10 January 2012


january film round up

Story by Michelle Veysey

Ensure you get along to see our pick of these must-see January release films.

The New Year brings with it a slew of brand new films that are worth putting aside a few hours of sunshine to see. Denizen’s resident film buff Michelle Veysey gives us the inside word on three of the best January release flicks deserving of a movie date.


Director: Cindy Meehl
Season starts: 19 January
Rating: PG Contains violence and coarse language

A film that charmed and surprised audiences at the New Zealand International Film Festival was Buck. Buck Brannaman is a true American cowboy and sage on horseback who travels the country for nine months each year helping horses with people problems. This is not just a film for horse lovers, although those with equine interests will enjoy a deeper appreciation for this film. A richly textured and beautiful movie, Buck follows Brannaman from his abusive childhood through to his phenomenally successful career with horses. A real life horse-whisperer, he teaches people to communicate with horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment.

 “The result is a portrait that expertly mirrors its subject: Buck is shaped with the same economy, restraint, and unfussiness as the man, to unexpectedly inspiring effect.” Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly


 Starring: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller
Season starts: 26 January
Director: Alexander Payne
Rating: TBC

From Alexander Payne, the creator of the Oscar-winning Sideways, The Descendants is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident in Hawaii. The film has an impressive five nominations at the 2012 golden Globe awards including Best Picture, Best Performance by an Actor and Best Screenplay.

“One of the year’s best films, a bubbly meditation on family and responsibility that weighs just enough to matter.” Tom Long, Detroit News


Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Stellan Skarsgård
Season starts: 26 January
Director: David Fincher
Rating: R18 Contains violence, sexual violence and offensive language

The US remake of the first film in the hugely popular Swedish book trilogy races out of the blocks. Director David Fincher (The Social Network, 2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) continues his partnership with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, setting his heady opening sequence to Reznor’s cover of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song,’ featuring Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on vocals. The film follows Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) on his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years, aided by Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), a young computer hacker.

“[Fincher] has made The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo into an electrifying movie by turning the audience into addicts of the forbidden, looking for the sick and twisted things we can’t see.” Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

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