Joy (Brie Larson) and her young son Jack (spookily good newcomer Jacob Tremblay), escape from the grey concrete walls they were held captive in
Lenny Abrahamson’s powerful survival drama. Adapted by Emma Donoghue from her own novel, the film tells of the struggles Joy goes through returning to real life while introducing her son to it atthe same time. If Abrahamson were as gifted with a camera as he is with his cast, Room could have been truly worthy of its astonishing performances. As it stands, the film is still a heart-rending exploration of the worlds that parents create with their kids.
By David Ehrlich (Time Out New York)
With the Hunger Games franchise soon to end, Jennifer Lawrence is hanging up her bow and switching to a new kind of tough in Joy, a biopic of Joy Mangano, the inventor of the Miracle Mop. Mangano was single mum raising her kids and working as an airline reservation manager when she dreamt up the self-wringing mop; ten years later her company was selling $10 million worth of mops a year. Bradley Cooper is co-starring, and David O’Russell is at the helm. Having directed the actors in two earlier films, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, and getting naught but nominations for either, O’Russell is surely hoping it’s third time lucky working with the B-Coop/J-Law combo.
Samantha one day sees Anais on YouTube and thinks they look too similar. Intrigued, she reaches out to Anais via Facebook. This is a true story of twins from Busan, South Korea who were separated at birth and adopted to families in the United States and France. It’s a documentary that follows the journey of Samantha on her quest to meet Anais. Under the direction of Samantha (who also stars in the film), this special journey is shared with us from an interesting and fresh perspective.
With Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind so wellreleased, we’re sure to see a string of more re-releases. One of them is Josee, the Tiger and the Fish, a film based on a novel of the same name that tells the love story of Josee (Chizuru Ikewaki) and handsome college student Tsuneo (Satoshi Tsumabuki).
Is one screen – even the biggest IMAX you can find – big enough for these two bad boys? A lot is riding ‘Batman v Superman’. Not only is the first film to feature both superheroes, but director Zack Snyder has also got to introduce a new DC movie-verse of characters including Israeli actress Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo in ‘Game of Thrones’) as Aquaman. At the time of writing, the latest teaser sets the scene for a superhero smackdown, with Batman chained to the ceiling of a bunker. In strides Superman (Henry Cavill), guards dropping to their knees, and yanks off Batman’s mask to reveal a very, very cheesed-off looking Ben Affleck. Well, he has described his Dark Knight ‘older, more broken, kind of fucked up Batman’.
Finally, the director we’ve all been waiting for—Mr. Bayhem himself—weighs in on the most complex and controversial episode of American military history in recent years. All jokes aside, Bay hasn’t done that bad a job but he’ll always be on shaky ground when a movie’s plot is a bunch of heavily armed bros stranded in a parking lot. But with 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, this director is completely in his wheelhouse. It’s some of the most concentrated work Bay has ever done, dropping his customary slomo for a intentional chaos, fitting to Benghazi's Alamo-like midnight standoff.
By Joshua Rothkopf (Time Out New York)
Twenty-eight world leaders gather in London for the funeral of Great Britain’s prime minister but a terrorist attack is unleashed on the city. London Has Fallen is the story of a secret service agency and the British
intelligence agency M16 saving the city from disaster. The images of the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building being bombed are often shown in films but in London Has Fallen you’ll see Big Ben and St. Paul’s Cathedral in ruins. Gerald Butler of 300 plays secret service agent Michael Banning.