Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Brian Percival
Screenwriter: Michael Petroni
￼￼￼￼Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nélisse
Based on the beloved bestselling book, The Book Thief tells the inspirational story of a spirited and courageous young girl who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a new family in World War II Germany.
Two-time Academy Award–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney's Saving Mr Banks, inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney's classic Mary Poppins made it to the screen.
When Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie of their favourite book, PL Travers' Mary Poppins, he made them a promise - one that he didn't realise would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Disney comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine.
But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney's plans for the adaptation.
For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on PL Travers, but the prickly author doesn't budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.
It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing movies in cinematic history.
Join some fans in this video as they engage in a little foolery around the release of the movie.
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Screenwriter: Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel
Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Lerman
Academy Award-winner and media sometime darling Russell Crowe stars as Noah, a man chosen by God for a great task before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world.
It’s like Gladiator, but wetter, and with far more animals.
If your thing is Crowe in need of a good shower, Emma Watson with a distressed hairdo and a certain amount of swordplay, then this could be the movie for you.
Avoid if Ray Winstone snarling his way through a script is not your thing and if you get the yawns when the CGI kicks in [because this picture has lots and lots of CGI]...
Studio: BBC Films
Director: Declan Lowney
Screenwriter: Peter Baynham and Steve Coogan
Starring: Steve Cogan, Colm Meaneys Sean Pertwee
BBC favourite comedy legend Alan Partridge arrives on the big screen, with Steve Coogan in the role he made famous on television and also on writing duties.
It's a hostage situation, is filled with jokes about celebrity and the media and builds on the television heritage of the great Alan Partridge.
Expect laughs, a certain amount of buffoonery and lots of jokes about Norfolk...
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Steve McQueen
Screenwriter: John Ridley
￼￼Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong’o, Adepero Oduye, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Michael Kenneth Williams, Alfre Woodard, Chris Chalk, Taran Killam, Bill Camp
12 Years A Slave is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom.
In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup [Chiwetel Ejiofor], a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty [personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender], as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity.
In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist [Brad Pitt] will forever alter his life...
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