1 February 2012
february film round up
Story by Michelle Veysey
Tee up a cinema date to ensure you get along to this month’s hottest film picks.
Want to make the most of these rainy days? Look no further than our selection of films that should be making an appearance on your cinematic radar this month.
Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo and John GoodmanDirector: Michel Hazanavicius
Season starts: 9 February
Nominated for an incredible 10 Academy Awards and winner of three Golden Globes, this silent movie is making all the right noises in Hollywood right now. Set in 1927, the film introduces us to George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), it seems the sky’s the limit – major movie stardom awaits. The Artist tells the story of their interlinked destinies.
“A silent movie shot in sumptuous black-and-white, no less. A silent flick made with not a jot of distancing winking, but instead born of a heady affection for a bygone, very bygone, era of filmmaking.” Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
The Ides of March
Stars: Ryan Gosling,Paul Giamatti, George ClooneyDirector: George Clooney
Season starts: 16 February
Rating: M – Sex scenes & offensive language
A supremely well-acted drama that moves at a calm, confident pace, The Ides of March takes place during the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary. An up-and-coming campaign press secretary (Ryan Gosling) finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate’s shot at the presidency. The Ides of March is an intelligent and engaging political drama which offers realism in place of hope, and boldly addresses the morality of politics.
“The acting is heavyweight, as are the moral questions about the personal cost of serving the greater good that propel the story with an unstoppable force.” Stella Papamichael, Radio Times
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Stars: Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock
Director: Stephen Daldry
Season starts: 23 February
With two Academy Award nominations, this film is also a must-see. Starring Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks is the beautifully told story of a boy, Oskar, trying to make sense of the senseless; the death of his father in the 9/11 tragedy. He is convinced that his father (Tom Hanks), has left a final message for him hidden somewhere in the city. Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother (Sandra Bullock) and driven by an active mind that refuses to believe in things that can’t be observed, Oskar begins searching New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key he found in his father’s closet. His journey takes him beyond his own loss to a greater understanding of the observable world around him.
“Jonathan Safran Foer’s acclaimed novel about a boy whose father was killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11 has been brought to the screen with great sensitivity and heart.” Nell Minow, Beliefnet
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan and James Badge Dale
Director: Steve McQueen
Season starts: 23 February
Rating: R18 Sex scenes & suicide
Director Steve McQueen boldly explores one man’s struggle with sexual addiction in this graphic and unsettling film, featuring a bracing performance from Golden-Globe nominated lead Michael Fassbender. Brandon is a New Yorker who shuns intimacy with women but feeds his desires with a compulsive addiction to sex. When his wayward younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves into his apartment stirring memories of their shared painful past, Brandon’s insular life spirals out of control.
“Few filmmakers have plumbed the soul-churning depths of sexual addiction as fearlessly as British director Steve McQueenhas in Shame.” Justin Chang, Variety