London Film Festival 2014

Our essential guide to 2014’s biggest and best UK film festival

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London Film Festival 2014

The biggest, brightest and best event in the capital’s filmgoing calendar, the London Film Festival lands in cinemas across the city on October 8 2014. Screening everything from swanky, star-studded red carpet premieres of major Hollywood movies to the very best in world cinema, the festival centres around Leicester Square but also branches out to local movie houses all over London. There are also heaps of Q&As and masterclasses with filmmakers, as well as short films, talks and workshops.

Wondering how you can make the most of it? Read our handy guide about how to get LFF tickets, check out the latest reviews or take a look at the 25 films we’re most excited about seeing.

London Film Festival’s biggest films

1

The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in a biopic of maths genius Alan Turing.

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2

Foxcatcher

Athletics and angst in this dark comedy starring Channing Tatum.

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3

Fury

Tank commander Brad Pitt smashes the German lines.

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4

Wild

Reese Witherspoon goes backpacking in the desert.

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5

Mr Turner

A stately biopic of Britain’s finest landscape painter.

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6

Whiplash

Fear at 200bpm in this ferocious music academy thriller.

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7

Men, Women and Children

Adam Sandler gets semi-serious in this smart family drama.

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8

Testament of Youth

Life and love during WWI in a timely Brit drama.

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The latest London Film Festival reviews

Wild

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Mon Jan 13 - Thu Feb 27

The President

  • Rated as: 3/5

Men, Women and Children

  • Rated as: 2/5
  1. Mon Dec 22 - Fri Dec 12

Far From Men

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Discover more film events in London

Every week, we round up the best film events happening outside London’s multiplexes, from major international film festivals to classic seasons at the BFI, from double bills and all-nighters to one-off screenings and in person Q&As with stars, filmmakers or experts. London also has a thriving DIY film club scene in pubs, restaurants, galleries and pop-up venues, and in the summer months you’ll find a wealth of outdoor screenings in parks and gardens across the city.

See our guide to London’s best film events

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London Film Festival details

When is the London Film Festival?

The London Film Festival takes place from Wednesday October 8 to Sunday October 19 2014.

Where is the London Film Festival?

Lots of cinemas across London host screenings at the LFF, though the majority take place in Leicester Square and BFI Southbank.

How do I get London Film Festival tickets?

Tickets for the LFF go on sale to the general public at 10am on Thursday September 18 or 10am on Thursday September 11 for BFI members, and you can purchase them online at www.bfi.org.uk/lff or by phone on 020 7928 3232. For more information, check out our guide to buying LFF tickets.

The best films now showing

1

Paddington

  • Rated as: 4/5

Fond and giddy, the film of Michael Bond's books is everything you want it to be

2

Kon-Tiki

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

A boys-own retelling of adventurer Thor Heyerdahl’s 1947 Pacific crossing

3

Manakamana

  • Rated as: 5/5

A soulful, uplifting documentary following the occupants of a Nepalese cable car

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