We round up the best in January film releases across the UK.
LA LA LAND Fri 13 Jan
In a fantastic reinvention reminiscent of the golden age of Hollywood cinema, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone find themselves once again starring together in a tangled love affair – their third following Crazy, Stupid, Love and Gangster Squad. La La Land follows director and writer Damien Chazelle’s classic story of aspiring actress Mia (Stone) and jazz pianist Sebastian (Gosling) as they struggle to get by, surrounded by out-of-touch movie stars in the heart of Los Angeles. The two cross paths and quickly fall in love, fighting to become stars in a tough world. But La La Land isn’t all-singing, all-dancing for long as the dreams they worked so hard to maintain soon begin to fray and threaten to tear the two apart.
LIVE BY NIGHT Fri 13 Jan
In this stunningly stylish crime story set in 1920s Boston, bullets are flying, liquor is flowing and no one can be trusted. Written, directed and co-produced by Ben Affleck, we follow Joe Coughlin, the prodigal son of a police captain, going against his prim and proper upbringing to immerse himself in a life full of mobsters, cash and guns. Bootlegging and rum-running, Coughlin transforms himself into a notorious outlaw, but learns a little too late his untimely fate of a gangster’s life is already decided for him. Featuring an all-star cast of Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Chris Cooper and more, Live By Night is a classy, edge-of-your-seat drama not to be missed.
JACKIE Fri 20 Jan
Natalie Portman stars as the titular First Lady Jackie Kennedy immediately following one of the most tragic moments in American history: the 1963 assassination of her husband President John F Kennedy. In a heartbreaking struggle to console her children and grieving her husband whilst fighting to maintain his historic legacy. Doing everything she can to keep her faith through the trauma, Jackie is an intimate and striking portrait. Selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, Jackie is the undeniably perfect biopic of an unforgettable icon. Known for her astounding poise, dignity and style, Jackie Kennedy has her insecurities and heartaches exposed in this heart-wrenching film you won’t be forgetting in a hurry.
If you love your psychological horrors full of twists and turns and a man with over 20 different personalities, you’ll love Split. Directed by M Night Shyamalan, the mind behind critically acclaimed films such as The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, Split is the story of Kevin, a troubled man played by James McAvoy who suffers from a very rare mental disorder. Kevin abducts three girls and holds them captive whilst having his own haunting breakdowns. The girls begin to meet each of Kevin’s unpredictable personalities, from a little boy to a sophisticated woman, and attempt to take advantage of these in a struggle to make their escape. That is, until Kevin unleashes his 24th and final personality – ‘The Beast’.
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