Four films to watch this month

It’s awards season again. With this comes reminders of the past year’s best hits, as well as all those lined up to entertain us on the silver screen over the next few weeks. Here are the Owl Eyes picks of what to watch this month…

Like Crazy

UK release date: 27th January 2012

First love plays itself out between two college students, (Anton Yelchin & Felicity Jones) in this transatlantic love affair, which is loosely based on the youthful experiences of director, Drake Doremus. Whilst the trailer gives off the feel of a schmaltzy American romantic-drama, Like Crazy’s low-budget spending (supposedly, Jones did her own hair and make-up) and cheap camerawork aims to give a new kind of intimacy to the silver screen. Playing on themes of departure and long-distance love, this film will certainly strike a chord with those in their final weeks at St Andrews.

 

The Descendants

UK release date: 27th January 2012

Despite having already won two Golden Globes last weekend, The Descendants is not released in the UK until next week. However, if it’s award-winning status is anything to go by, this is film one to see. The plot is set around Matt King (George Clooney) and his attempts to hold together his dysfunctional family on the paradise islands of Hawaii after his wife is injured in an accident. Yes, the poster is awful, and perhaps the tone is a little too ‘American feel-good’ for the film connoisseurs out there, but with a screenplay from the writers of Sideways, it’s likely to be worth a watch.

 

The Woman in Black

UK release date: 10th February 2012

Based on the novel by Susan Hill, this Victorian horror story tells of lawyer Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) who is sent to settle the affairs of recently deceased Alice Drablow in a desolate coastal town. Even the popular West End stage production has brought chills up the spines of the most fearless, which begs the question: how much scarier can it possibly get?

 

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

UK release date: 24th February 2012

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel looks rather like a combination of Eat Pray Love, mixed together with Calendar Girls, and half of the cast of Downton added in for good measure. An elderly gap-year adventure takes Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie and others off to India in this romantic comedy. A good one to see with your mum.

 

And a little later in the year…

Moonrise Kingdom

UK release date: Summer 2012

The latest quirky comedy creation from director Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom is set in 1960s America with two young lovers who run away together, prompting a search party headed by the sheriff (Bruce Willis). Complete with an all-star cast and shot in Anderson’s characteristic colourful style, this film looks like one that The Darjeeling Limited fans will enjoy. But will it be too similar to his past endeavours?

For local film listings in St Andrews, visit the New Picture House or alternatively, the cinema at the Dundee Contemporary Arts.

Main image sourced from Hollywood.com.

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