Film Feature by Kieran Freemantle
November is upon us, a month that sees a number of award contending films being released this, including a bio-pic about Steve Jobs and a Cold War thriller. Also out this month is the final entry of a major film series. To celebrate we look at some of the films coming out this month, ranging from big blockbusters to indie gems.
Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival Brooklyn is a historical drama starring Saoirse Ronan and supported by a great cast that includes Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen (The Place Beyond the Pines) Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters. Brooklyn was directed by John Crowley (Boy A) and adapted by Nick Hornby and follows the story of Eilis Lacey (Ronan), a young Irish immigrate to America and is torn between two men and her old and new countries.
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
The zombie comedy genre has the likes of Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland in its ranks and now Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse sets out to stake its claim. Tye Sherdian, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan and Sarah Dumont star as three boy scouts friends and a badass cocktail waitress who set out to survive when the walking dead rise.
Kill Your Friends
Having starred in movies like the "X-Men" series and Mad Max: Fury Road Nicholas Hoult returns to the British film industry, starring in the dark-comedy Kill Your Friends as a music talent scout looking for the record label who takes extreme measures to find the next big hit.
He Named Me Malala
He Named Me Malala is a documentary about the Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban in the Swat Valley for speaking out for female education.
Steve Jobs is the long awaited bio-pic about the co-founder and chairman of Apple. Written by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), directed by Danny Boyle and starring Michael Fassbender as the popular businesssman Steve Jobs has been well received by critics and is being seen as a awards contender.
Read our film review of Steve Jobs.
The Irish-set horror film The Hallow is the feature film directional debut for music video director Corin Hardy. The Hallow follows an English family who move to a remote house in the woods and ends up awaking a demonic force.
The comedy-drama Tangerine has been successfully doing the rounds at the festival circle since premiering at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Shot on three iPhones Tangerine follows two transgender prostitutes on Christmas Eve in Los Angeles on the search for their pimp. Tangerine currently boosts a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 is set to the biggest film this month, at least on finance level, being the final part of the popular "Hunger Games" series. If it's like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 the fourth "Hunger Games" film should be the biggest in its franchise.
"Mockingjay - Part 2" picks up where Part 1 left off and sees Katniss Everdean (Jennifer Lawrence) continuing to be the symbol of rebellion. She leads the forces of The Districts against The Capital and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in a sci-fi war film. People who have read the novel will know that Katniss will suffer lose and heartbreak as she sets out to bring down Snow.
Bridge of Spies
Steven Spielberg returns to the historical drama genre with Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies. Written by Matt Charman (Suite Française) and The Coen Brothers Bridge of Spies tells the true story about James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks), an American attorney who is tasked with the mission to negotiate a prisoner exchange after U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers is shot down over the Soviet Union.
Bridge of Spies currently has a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 8.1/10 rating on IMDB and looks like a strong contender for the upcoming awards season.
Starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara the romantic drama Carol competed for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and Mara winning joint-winning the Best Actress at the festival. Set in the 50s, Carol focuses on an aspiring photographer who becomes romantically involved with a older married woman, Carol (Blanchett).
The Good Dinosaur
2015 has given us something extraordinary, two Pixar films with The Good Dinosaur being the second film. The Good Dinosaur is set in an alternative world where the dinosaurs never become extinct and follows an unlikely friendship between an Apatosaurus and a young caveboy.
Based the true story of James "Whitley" Bulger, the crime drama Black Mass has been hailed as a return to form for Johnny Depp. Depp stars as Bulger, an Irish Mafia gangster in Boston who becomes an FBI informant. Black Mass has an ensemble cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Kevin Bacon, Corey Stoll (Ant-Man) and Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) with Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) directing.
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