Bumper Film Post – MUST-WATCH FILMS OCT 2014 – JAN 2015!!

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Well, it’s been a while. I’ve been super busy and haven’t had chance to come up with an article. However, as we’re rapidly approaching the last quarter of 2014 (where did the time go?!) there are lots of films I am excited for in the closing moments of 2014; I thought it would be a good idea for me to compile a list of said films, seeing as 2014 hasn’t had a great deal to offer (IMO), containing release from October 2014 – (early) January 2015.

DRAMA:

Gone Girl
(UK: 2nd October, US: 3rd October)

Cast – Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry

Plot: With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent. – IMDB

Wild
(UK: 6th January, US: 5th December)

Cast – Reese Witherspoon, Gaby Hoffmann, Laura Dern and Charles Baker

Plot: With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. – Rotten Tomatoes 

Foxcatcher
(UK: 9th January, US: 14th November)

Cast – Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller and Vanessa Redgrave

Plot: FOXCATCHER tells the story of Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Tatum), who sees a way out from the shadow of his more celebrated wrestling brother Dave (Ruffalo) and a life of poverty when he is summoned by eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont (Carell) to move onto his estate and train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Desperate to gain the respect of his disapproving mother, du Pont begins “coaching” a world-class athletic team and, in the process, lures Mark into dangerous habits, breaks his confidence and drives him into a self-destructive spiral. Based on actual events, FOXCATCHER is a gripping and profoundly American story of fragile men who pinned their hopes for love and redemption on a desperate obsession for greatness that was to end in tragedy. Rotten Tomatoes

Big Eyes
(UK: 26th December, US: 25th December)

Cast – Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Krysten Ritter and Terence Stamp

Plot: A drama centered on the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s. – IMDB

The Theory of Everything
(UK: 1st January, US: 7th November)

Cast – Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jone, Charlie Cox and Emily Watson

Plot: The extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of – time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. – Rotten Tomatoes

COMEDY:

Paddington
(UK: 28th November, US: 25th December)

Cast – Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters, Sally Hawkins, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw and Nicole Kidman

Plot: A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family, who read the label around his neck (‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’) and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist… – IMDB

This Is Where I Leave You
(UK: 24th October, US: Out Now)

Cast – Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Jane Fonda, Dax Sheppard and Corey Stoll

Plot: When their father passes away, four grown siblings are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. – IMDB

ADVENTURE:

Interstellar
(UK, US: 7th November)

Cast – Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Topher Grace, Wes Bentley and Michael Caine

Plot: A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. – IMDB

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
(UK, US: 21st November)

Cast – Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin and Phillip Seymour Hoffman

Plot: Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage. – IMDB

HORROR/THRILLER:

Annabelle
(UK: 10th October, US: 3rd October)

Cast – Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Tony Amendola and Eric Ladin

Plot: She terrified you in “The Conjuring,” but this is where it all began for Annabelle. John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia – a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now… Annabelle. – ComingSoon.Net

Nightcrawler
(UK, US: 31st October)

Cast – Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Paxton, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed and Anne Cusack

Plot: “Nightcrawler” is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story. – ComingSoon.Net

There you have it, a list boasting some very exciting films coming up in the next few months. Some will be Oscar contenders (Wild, Big Eyes and Foxcatcher), whereas others  such as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Paddington will not be. Regardless, the varied potential of these films combined will surely make up for the lacklustre film year!

Which film(s) are you looking forward to seeing? (Comment below)

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