Each month I pick four films due for release at the cinema that I believe are worthy of your viewing pleasure. The feature is running a few days late this month, but as none of my picks are released yet I don’t think that’s too much of a problem.
There’s a nice bit of variety this month with an early Oscar contender, two horror films and one comedy/drama to choose you from, you should have no problems picking something to watch this month.
Pick Of The Month: Gravity, November 7th
Gravity has already proved a huge hit at both the American and worldwide box office, with a total gross of over $426 million, and is being talked about as the film of the year by many, and also an early Oscar contender. The hype seems to be justified, and the film is sure to take even more when it is released in the UK this week. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron and starring George Clooney & Sandra Bullock, the IMDb has this synopsis: “A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.”
Don Jon, November 15th
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, what can you say about this guy that hasn’t already been said? He’s good-looking, charming, funny and he’s also a pretty damn good actor too! He has a back catalogue of films that most actors can only dream of, but now he is turning his attention to directing. Don Jon is Levitt’s directorial debut, and he stars as a local New Jersey boy who struggles with his addiction to porn and the unrealistic approach to love it creates for him, and the problems it creates for him and his girlfriend who is played by Scarlett Johansson. God, I hate this guy.
In Fear, November 15th
After seeing the trailer for In Fear at the cinema the other month, I was completely hooked by this attempt at a low-budget, visceral horror. Directed by Jeremy Lovering, In Fear looks to be the sort of horror movie that can provide true white knuckle tension, especially due to the fact that the director kept many elements from the actors, so as to produce a real sense of fear among them as the movie progresses. The IMDb has the following to say: “Driving, lost and tormented in the night, primal fears of the dark and the unknown give way to fear that you have let the evil in, or that it is already there.”
Carrie, November 29th
The remake of Brian De Palma’s classic, my review can be found here by the way, came out to mixed reviews on the other side of the pond, with some critics saying it brings nothing new to the table, while others praise it for ironing out the kinks of the original. Time will tell whether it becomes as highly regarded as the original, but with strong performances due from Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore, and director Kimberly Peirce promising even more blood shed, this could be one of the rare occasions where we see a horror remake that is actually quite good.