This season’s essential movie viewing

 

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The autumn and winter months are the ideal time for cinema trips. The nights are drawing in, the evenings are getting cooler and the idea of sitting out under the stars has lost some of its appeal. Whether you are looking for something for a date night, girls night or even a family cinema trip; there are lots of great titles to keep an eye out for this season.

American Pastural

Starring Ewan McGregor, this adaption of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is also McGregor’s directorial debut. The film stars Jennifer Connelly as McGregor’s wife (a former beauty queen) and Dakota Fanning as the couple’s daughter. McGregor plays Seymour Levov, a successful Jewish American Businessman with the perfect life. When their daughter turns to political terrorism, this amiable couple find their comfortable life turned upside down. It’s a thought-provoking and well-executed adaption of a remarkable work of literature.

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Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander at ‘The Light Between Oceans’ premiere at the 73rd Venice Film Festival, September 2016.

The Light Between Oceans

Based on ML Stedman’s 2012 bestseller, this poignant and sentimental tale stars Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz. Set in 1919, Fassbender and Vikander’s characters fall in love after being independently devastated by the war (Fassbender by his own experiences and Vikander by the loss of her beloved brothers). Despite their commitment and devotion, plenty of heartbreak ensues after they suffer multiple miscarriages. When they find what appears to be an orphaned baby, they have some tough decisions to face, especially when confronted with the child’s grieving mother. This is a real tear-jerker, beautifully tragic and deeply heartfelt. Be sure to pack your tissues.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Based on an original screenplay by J K Rowling and starring the brilliant Eddie Redmayne, this film is set to cause quite a stir. Although the story is based around the world that Harry Potter inhabits, it is set in America where things are darker, edgier and far more threatening. There is a strong political edge to the script and although the movie is suitable for younger viewers, it certainly has a broader adult appeal. Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton also star in this tantalising and refreshing adventure.

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Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch at the world premiere of ‘Doctor Strange’ held at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.

Doctor Strange

Even if you’re not a Marvel convert; the appeal of Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton and Mads Mikkelsen is too big to ignore. With incredible visuals, a witty and thrilling script and a striking aesthetic; this film is set to create quite a stir. For those who aren’t familiar with the comic, the story revolves around the enigmatic Dr Stephen Strange (played by Cumberbatch) a disgraced ex-surgeon who has lost his way, until he meets The Ancient One (Swinton) a powerful mystic who becomes his mentor and guides him through to a new way of life as a sorcerer. Expect exceptional acting, a gripping story and plenty of adventure.

Allied

Set in the 1940s in North America, Brad Pitt stars as an intelligence officer on a potentially deadly mission when he meets a French Resistance Officer (played by Marion Cotillard). The film explores their relationship and the impact that the war has on them as lovers and individuals. Expect plenty of twists, turns and surprises as well as some seriously brilliant acting from the leading couple. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the story is reportedly based on real-life events. 

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