After his thunderous robot-monster smackdown ‘Pacific Rim’, Guillermo del Toro is getting back to his spooky roots, with an old-school ghost story set in nineteenth-century Cumbria. Tom Hiddleston is a mysterious aristocrat who brings his young American wife (Mia Wasikowska) to live in his stately pile – but is he all he appears to be? If this has half the atmosphere of ‘The Devil’s Backbone’ and ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ it’ll be a real treat.
Is this a swagger I see before me? Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard make a dream-team Lord and Lady Macbeth in this blistering film of the Scottish Play. (Saying that, the savage beauty of the Scottish Highlands almost steals the actors' thunder). The director is Justin Kurzel, who made the brutal true-crime film ‘Snowtown’. ‘Macbeth’ is just as hardcore.
Daniel Craig is back as Bond. Is this his last spin of the merry-go-round? It’s impossible to tell from conflicting reports in the news. Either way, ‘Spectre’ picks up where ‘Skyfall’ left off, with M dead and Bond still wrestling with middle age and anger-management issues. Word is we can expect more lols this time around as 007 takes on the shadowy Spectre organisation.
The British actress Emily Blunt has a knack for raising the quality of any film she appears in – wiping the floor with Tom Cruise in ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ and holding Joseph Gordon-Levitt at gunpoint in ‘Looper’. Now she gets her own action thriller, playing an FBI agent hunting down a Mexican drugs cartel.
‘Atonement’ director Joe Wright’s ‘Peter Pan’ prequel – the story of how Peter came to Neverland – has been splitting reviewers. For some it lacks magic, childlike wonder and whimsy. But Time Out global film editor Dave Calhoun gives it a four-star seal of approval, calling it ‘a refreshingly imaginative experience', and one not afraid of 'inspiring a little fear in younger audiences’.
We know Lance Armstrong is a liar and a drug cheat. What’s left to say about the seven-time Tour de France winner’s fall from grace? Quite a lot, as it turns out. This new drama starring Ben Foster shows us a sociopath in action, going behind the scenes to show the injections, the dodgy doctors and the ruthless bullying of anyone who gets in Armstrong’s way.
Unbelievably, it’s taken over 100 years to make a film about the feminists who smashed windows and blew up post boxes to get women the vote. But ‘Suffragette’ is worth the wait, raw and real and brilliantly acted by Carey Mulligan as a working-class woman whose eye open to the movement. Meryl Streep plays suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst.
If you’ve followed the career of Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (‘Dogtooth’ ‘Alps’), you won’t be surprised by the absurd storyline of his first English language film. In this parallel world people are turned into animals if they fail to fall in love and find a soulmate in 45 days. Expect deadpan black comedy with a seam of tragedy running through its core.
The fearless Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi has directed three films since his house arrest in 2011 (including one he smuggled out of the country on a USB stick hidden inside a cake). In his latest two fingers up at the oppressive authorities, Panahi drives a taxi around Tehran with a camera fixed on the dashboard. Expect laughs with the outrage.