Films to look forward to: Early 2016
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With 2015 being a stellar year in the world of film and culminating in the release of the best thing since sliced bread in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it would be understandable if people couldn't find equally compellng reasons to go to the cinema in the new year. Moreover, it would be easier to understand why people may prefer to save their money, with today's extortionate ticket prices and with an increasing amount of people becoming members of the "seen Star Wars multiple times" club. This article will dispel people's reservations about going to the cinema in those first few months of the new year, by highlighting the plethora of great films about to hit UK screens. Joy Joy is the semi-biographical story of entreprenuer Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence) and her Italian-American family across four generations. The film charts her struggle in creating her most renowned product, the Miracle Mop, and the conflict she faces from both inside the family and outside it. Alongside leading star Jennifer Lawrence, the film also stars Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper and is director David O. Russell's follow up to recent triumphs like The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. Expect David O. Russell's usual blend of drama and comedy, eccentric characters and family dynamics, as well as career highlight performances from his core cast. Release Date: 1st January 2016. The Hateful Eight The Hateful Eight is set in post-civil war Wyoming and focuses on eight equally despicable killers, who are forced to take shelter under the same roof during a ferocious blizzard. Treachery and betrayal follow as the audience is forced to speculate on who is allied with who and who is not what they seem. Tarantino's eighth film, like his others, will contain verbose and larger than life chracters and of course, plenty of blood and violence. Among these eight are Tarantino veterans Samuel L. Jackson and Tim Roth and newcomers like Jennifer Jason Leigh. A post-civil war setting seems perfect for Tarantino to explore his most visited theme of race relations, with the aid of a typically non-linear structure. Release Date: 8th January 2016. The Revenant The Revenant is set in the early 19th century and is based on frontiersman Hugh Glass' (Leonardo DiCaprio) quest for vengeance against those who left him for dead in the aftermath of being mauled by a bear. The film is very loosely inspired by true events. With Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in the two leading roles and with Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu at the helm, expectation for this film is high. A beautifully shot, brutal survival tale that transcends the overly familiar theme of revenege is what this film promises. With the talent involved both in front of and behind the camera, there is a strong belief that this promise can and will be fulfilled. Release Date: 15th January 2016. Spotlight Spotlight is the true story of how a group of Boston Globe reporters unraveled a huge child molestation scandal within the Cathloic Church. As the story develops, the scope of this decades-long cover-up comes to the forefront. A fantastic ensemble has been assembled for this film, with great actors Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Liev Schreiber forming the Boston Globe team. Spotlight looks to be a compelling drama that will resurrect your belief in not only investigative journalism but journalism as a whole. The conduct of the Catholic Church is a very sensitive subject and it's refreshing to see an American film that has the confidence to confront this topic in an uncomprimising way.
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