Release Date: 20 November 2014 Certification: 12A Running Time: 123 min Director: Francis Lawrence Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman
A lot can be read into the name of a film. Take The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 for instance, perhaps the ugliest and most impractical title since 2003’s Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life. Like the title, the film itself is vastly overlong and doesn’t really say much in the end. There’s a lot of moping in this one.
Release date:14 November 2014 Certification: 12A Running time: 114 min Director: Morten Tyldum Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Charles Dance.
Mathematician. Computer scientist. Philosopher. War hero. Alan Turing’s genius cannot be overstated, and his story is as compelling as it is harrowing. The queen posthumously pardoned him last year for the harsh convictions that led to his suicide, after an online petition brought the issue to the attention of government. It is no surprise then that this biopic should be released little less than a year later, featuring man of the moment Benedict Cumberbatch on leading role duty.
Release date: 7 November 2014 Certification: 15 Running time: 99 min Director: Lynn Shelton Starring:Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell
“A comedy about acting your age and other adult decisions”. So reads the tagline for Say When, the latest offering from Lynn Shelton. It is a slogan that implies a look at lovable losers stuck in arrested development. A more fitting line would be “First World Problems”, as this awkward story boils down to rich friends not being as fun to hang around with as they use to be, and a partner who proposes in an unromantic fashion. Kooky comedies about gorgeous, privileged people whining about how hard life is can be a tough sell, but Shelton’s cringeworthy observations of the oblivious elite are actually the film’s greatest strength.
Release date: 7 November 2014 Certification:12A Running time: 169 minutes Director: Christopher Nolan Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley
The master of the critically lauded modern blockbuster, Christopher Nolan seemingly shuns much of Hollywood, and yet has been its golden child for the best part of a decade. He is currently one of the only directors who can sell blockbuster films based solely on his own reputation, a mantle previously held by M Night Shyamalan, and ten years before that Spielberg. Interstellar clearly owes much to both of his predecessors, although in many aspects not necessarily for the better.
Release Date: 29 October 2014 Certification: 15 Running time: 120 minutes Director: Alexandre Aja Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Heather Graham, David Morse
Following his turn as one of popular culture’s most beloved icons, Daniel Radcliffe has become a strange sort of commodity. Despite being instantly recognisable by many and no doubt backed by thousands of fans, his awkward screen persona has made for an uneasy transition into less kid-friendly fare. His first post-Potter role TheWoman in Black seemed to be shy of his capabilities, and this years hipster rom-com What If was thoroughly wince-inducing. Director Alexandre Aja has been smart in this instance; for Radcliffe it has been all or nothing when approaching Horns, and by rushing headlong into his first bad-boy role he has freed himself from his gawkish shackles. It’s a shame then that his finest performance is eclipsed by the at times inventive but ultimately frustrating framework he’s tied into.