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  • Interstellar

    Why we’re excited?
    This is autumn’s biggest blockbuster. Man of the moment Matthew McConaughey heads into space in Christopher ‘Dark Knight’ Nolan’s hotly anticipated space epic.

    What could go wrong?
    Absolutely nothing according to Time Out film editor Dave Calhoun, who gives ‘Interstellar’ the five-star review treatment. Not all the critics are on board, however. The Guardian’s Henry Barnes argues that ‘the relationships don’t have enough pull. The characters got lost in space.’

    ‘Interstellar’ is out on November 6

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    Interstellar
  • The Imitation Game

    Why we’re excited
    Benedict Cumberbatch is back under the skin of another complex, tortured superbrain. After Sherlock Holmes, Julian Assange and Stephen Hawking he plays Alan Turing in ‘The Imitation Game’. Turing was the wartime hero and maths genius who cracked the Nazi Enigma code and was persecuted for being gay in the 1950s.

    What could go wrong?
    Even our glowing four-star review admits that Benedict Cumberbatch does the heavy lifting in Morten Tyldum’s (‘Headhunters’) classy if slightly too respectable Brit biopic.

    ‘The Imitation Game’ is out on November 14

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    The Imitation Game
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1

    Why we’re excited
    Katniss is back! After destroying the Games for ever, that revolution that’s been a brewin’ in the districts for the past two films is about to explode. Jennifer Lawrence returns, of course, with Julianne Moore (looking downright scary) as the rebel leader of District 13. Can’t wait.

    What could go wrong?
    Very little, we reckon. The makers are sticking to the tried-and-tested formula, bringing back director Francis Lawrence.

    ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ is out on November 20.

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    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1
  • Horrible Bosses 2

    Why we’re excited
    Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day return as the three vengeful office workers, this time taking on a smart-guy investor whose dirty dealings have ruined their business. Oh, and Jamie Foxx plays someone called Motherfuckah Jones, which has to be a good thing.

    What could go wrong?
    If you laughed your socks off at ‘Horrible Bosses’, chances are you’ll love this. But if you felt that the first film was a bit smug – and not really all that funny – steer clear.

    ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ is out on November 28

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    Horrible Bosses 2
  • The Drop

    Why we’re excited
    With this one, it’s all about the cast. Tom Hardy is a Brooklyn barman who launders money for the mob with his cousin, played by the late great James Gandolfini. Oh, and ‘Shutter Island’ author Dennis Lehane has adapted one of his own short stories for the very first time.

    What could go wrong?
    Reviews from the US have been kind, but not exactly enthusiastic. Still, everyone seems to agree that the performances make it well worth the price of a ticket.

    ‘The Drop’ is out on November 14

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    The Drop
  • Get on Up

    Why we’re excited
    This is the story of the funkiest man ever to walk God’s green earth, soul legend James Brown. We’ve seen it and can confirm that newcomer Chadwick Boseman is breathtaking in the lead.

    What could go wrong?
    Like all music biopics, the film does try to cram a bit too much in, with the result that not all of it sticks. But fans of Brown’s music (which should be pretty much everyone) are going to have an absolute blast.

    ‘Get On Up’ is out on November 21

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    Get on Up
  • Paddington

    Why we’re excited
    Who doesn’t love Paddington? The hat, the suitcase, the marmalade sandwiches. For the first time, Michael Bond’s stories are being adapted for the big screen, mixing live action and CGI to tell the tale of the abandoned Peruvian bear taken in by a loving London family.

    What could go wrong?
    The Paddington stories are so cosy and old-fashioned, we dread to think what horrors modern technology could wreak on them. But with trustworthy stalwarts like Jim Broadbent, Hugh Bonneville and Julie Walters in the cast, we’re willing to bet this’ll retain that fusty old charm.

    ‘Paddington’ is out on November 28

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    Paddington
  • Hockney

    Why we’re excited?
    This is the first time that David Hockney, national treasure and one of the most influential artists of the twentieth-century, has opened up his treasure trove of personal videos and photos. The 77-year-old Yorkshireman has always documented his life, and the makers of this doc promise a revealing insight.

    What could go wrong?
    There’s always the chance that in return for exclusive access the makers will go easy on their subject with flattery and fawning.

    ‘Hockney’ is out on November 28

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    Hockney
  • Leviathan

    Why we’re excited
    This Russian tragedy with a touch of satirical black comedy scooped the top prize at the London Film Festival last month. A story of political corruption in a small town, it throws more than few punches at life in modern Russia.

    What could go wrong?
    Not much. This is a film with a 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. Critics have been united in their praise of director Andrei Zvyagintsev. Here’s Oliver Lyttelton of Playlist: ‘If there was ever any doubt as to Zvyagintsev's position as one of world cinema's foremost auteurs, it’s put to rest here.’

    ‘Leviathan’ is out on November 7

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    Leviathan
  • Winter Sleep

    Why we’re excited
    For arthouse film lovers, a new movie from the Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan is the equivalent of a new Bond film and a Star Wars reboot combined. After his masterpiece ‘Once Upon a Time in Anatolia’ comes this story of a hotel owner and frustrated intellectual in a remote village.

    What could go wrong?
    Don’t expect a rerun of the knotty murder mystery in ‘Once Upon a Time in Anatolia’. This is a talkier film, and at over three hours long, ‘the most challenging of Ceylan’s films so far’ according to our review.

    ‘Winter Sleep’ is out on November 21.

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    Winter Sleep

Interstellar

Why we’re excited?
This is autumn’s biggest blockbuster. Man of the moment Matthew McConaughey heads into space in Christopher ‘Dark Knight’ Nolan’s hotly anticipated space epic.

What could go wrong?
Absolutely nothing according to Time Out film editor Dave Calhoun, who gives ‘Interstellar’ the five-star review treatment. Not all the critics are on board, however. The Guardian’s Henry Barnes argues that ‘the relationships don’t have enough pull. The characters got lost in space.’

‘Interstellar’ is out on November 6

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Chris jones
Chris jones

Schoenarts is amazing in 'Rust and Bone' as well, with Marainne Cotillard. By the way he's Belgian, not Dutch, and it not too hard to pronounce if you ignore the spelling - shone (rhymes with bone) arts - shone-arts .

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