On the slate
On the slate – have your calendars at the ready to jot down when these JSHmoviestuff must-see films are at a cinema near you.
And so after 9 movies playing the iconic mutant, the marvellous Hugh Jackman looks like he’ll sign off with a flourish in this 2nd collaboration with director James Mangold – following the absolute best of the X-Men movies in my opinion The Wolverine – so get ready for fireworks!
Kristen Stewart follows up her Cesar award-winning performance in Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria by collaborating with him again on this very intriguing-looking mystery drama. Stewart plays Maureen, grieving for her brother whilst stuck in a dreary fashion assistant job. But ghostly happenings make her start to think, her brother may be very much still with her.
Director Daniel Espinosa who made the taut thriller Safe House, re-teams with one of his stars from that, Ryan Reynolds, for this exciting-looking sci-fi thriller. And when you add in Rebecca Ferguson who made a scintillating impression in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Hiroyuki Sanada who was so great in The Wolverine and Jake Gyllenhaal (enough said) – you’ve got a must-see on your hands.
Released in February…
It’s Only The End of the World
One of the 4 marvellous new movies bound for glory I caught at last year’s LFF. The very talented Canadian film-maker Xavier Dolan delivers an amazing family drama that bowls you over with a cast of Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel, Lea Seydoux, Nathalie Baye and Gaspard Ulliel – double wow.
I’m a big admirer of the work of writer / director Jeff Nichols, who gave us one of the best films of 2016 in Midnight Special. Here he takes the incredible true story of Richard and Mildred Loving and their battle to be together in 1960’s America. Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga give powerhouse performances in this not-to-be-missed drama.
Writer / director Barry Jenkins has really hit the jackpot – both with audiences and critics – with this emotionally riveting drama, told in 3 chapters, of the journey from childhood to adulthood of a black African-American man Chiron. The ‘Best Picture’ Oscar winner looks essential and rewarding viewing.
The marvellous Michael Keaton who has wowed us of late with his performances in the Oscar-winning Birdman and Spotlight, now plays Ray Kroc a go-getting salesman who persuaded the 2 brothers behind McDonald’s to franchise the business, thus turning it into a worldwide phenomenon. The excellent John Carroll Lynch and Nick Offerman play the somewhat bewildered brothers.