16 Dec 2015

Top 10 Movies To Watch Out For This Christmas

You may think the movie houses will be packed this December with families and fans trooping over to watch holiday movies and the latest Star Wars instalment , but fear not dear cinephile. Ten promising contenders are out for your money. Three are based on the real and extraordinary stories of ordinary men who fought to right a wrong, and sought out justice with their bare hands. Throw in a Tarantino western in there, for kicks. If that’s not enough to get your blood pumping, then maybe these other seven will do. Check out the entire list below:

10. The Revenant

Opens on:

December 25

Directed by:

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Cast:

Tom Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio, Domhnall Gleeson

Overview:

A biographical western thriller based on the 2002 novel by Michael Punke. The plot revolves around a fur trapper’s (Di Caprio) mission for revenge after he was betrayed, left to die, and his son murdered by his trusted friend (Hardy). This might just be the film that’s going to get Di Caprio’s first Oscar.

9. Concussion

Opens on: December 25

Directed by: Peter Landesman

Cast: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Stephen Moyer

Overview:

A sports thriller drama based on a 2009 GQ exposé Game Brain. A brilliant forensic pathologist uncovers the link between football related injuries and brain trauma and single-handedly fights the NFL’s attempts to cover up his important research findings.

8. The Big Short

Opens on:

Directed by: Adam McKay

Cast: Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling

Overview:

A comedy-drama based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Michael Lewis. Four men who predicted the recent housing bubble collapse join forces to challenge the greed and negligence of the financial industry bigwigs.

7. In The Heart Of The Sea

Opens on: December 11

Directed by: Ron Howard

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw

Overview:

Based on the real events that inspired the book Moby Dick, a whaling ship is attacked by a whale of monstrous force and proportions, and of eerily human fortitude. This is the harrowing account of the surviving crew’s desperate attempts to escape and conquer the danger that lurks beneath the waves.

6. Life

Opens on: December 4

Directed by: Anton Corbijn

Cast: Robert Pattinson, Peter Lucas, Dane Dehaan

Overview:

It follows the journey of a friendship a Life Magazine photographer struck up with James Dean after the release of East of Eden. It is a study on the inner life and flawed humanity of cinema’s ubiquitous bad boy.

5. Son of Saul

Opens on: December 18

Directed by:

László Nemes

Cast:

Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn

Overview:

A Sonderkommando finds and salvages the body of a boy he sees as his own son. In the midst of an uprising, he plots to perform his duty one last time and carry out a burial for the son he could not save. The film has garnered critical acclaim after its screening at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

4. Legend

Opens on: December 20

Directed by:

Brian Helgeland

Cast:

Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton

Overview:

A biographical crime thriller that revolves around the the rise and downfall of the most notorious criminals in London in 1960’s, the Kray twins (played by Tom Hardy). It is based on the book by John Pearson.

3. The World of Kanako

Opens on: December 4

Directed by:

Tetsuya Nakashima

Cast:

Kôji Yakusho, Nana Komatsu, Satoshi Tsumabuki

Overview:

A retired detective goes on a hunt for his missing teenage daughter. But make no mistake, this isn’t an Asian ripoff of Taken. His search leads him to discover her mysterious secret life.

2. Macbeth

Opens on: December 4

Directed by:

Justin Kurzel

Cast:

Michael Fassbender, Elizabeth Debicki, Marion Cotillard

Overview:

A powerhouse cast brings Shakespeare’s tale of power, family, and honour to incredible life in this adaptation. If you think it might not be worth the trip to the cinema because it’s just going to be another period drama, there’s one hell of a reason you should get off that couch and g0 see this: Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. Enough said.

1. The Hateful Eight

Opens on:

December 25

Directed by:

Quentin Tarantino

Cast:

Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Overview:

A bounty hunter, a fugitive, and a hangman take refuge in a stagecoach stopover in the midst of a blizzard. They encounter an equally troublesome lot as the snow storm rages on outside. Who will survive?