Controversial biopic Snowden is finally set for release in the UK in December after a year’s delay and features Joseph Gordon-Levitt as whistleblower Edward Snowden. The film follows the US computer analyst from his time in the army to the CIA, and then the notoriety that followed after he leaked classified documents detailing the extensive and illegal cyber-surveillance of millions of US citizens to the Guardian in 2013. Though having received mixed reviews from the critics, which was expected due to the contentious nature of the film, most were unanimous in their praise for Gordon-Levitt’s performance. And I don’t know about you, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt has our vote any day.
LIFE, ANIMATED Fri 9 Dec
Having already garnered a multitude of awards during this year’s independent film festival circuit, Life, Animated is the moving story of Owen Suskind, a boy who stopped speaking at the age of three as a result of autism. The documentary, directed by Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams, shows the unique way Owen and his family communicated. Using animated films, especially Disney classics, the Suskind family were able to interact with each other and the world around them in a way that was meaningful to Owen while no other medium had proved to be. The film interweaves classic sequences with real-life footage from Owen’s life and demonstrates how stories, and everyone’s favourite Disney characters, can provide a means of identifying and interpreting the complex world that many of us struggle to connect with. Emotional, uplifting and fundamentally triumphant, Life, Animated is the ultimate coming-of-age story of a boy whose lot in life has been stacked against the odds.
Steady yourselves Star Wars fans, Rogue One hits our screens mid-December as the first stand-alone film in the series that will not cross over with the original Star Wars Saga. Nonetheless, it exists within the universe, set some time after the events of Revenge of the Sith and shortly before the events of the original. The story tracks the Rebel Alliance, a group of spies on a mission to steal the plans for the Galactic Empire’s new weapon, the Death Star. Get ready for an all-new epic adventure that will undoubtedly set the precedent for future stand-alone Star Wars films. Starring the likes of Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen and Forest Whitaker (to name but a few), the latest Star Wars film promises to be a banger.
COLLATERAL BEAUTY Sun 26 Dec
Collateral Beauty is the latest offering from director David Frankel, the man responsible for all-time favourites The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me. It features an ensemble cast of impressive calibre, with the likes of Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Kate Winslet and Keira Knightley gracing the screen. Collateral Beauty promises to be both tear-jerking and heart-warming, as it follows the story of a brilliant advertising executive as he comes to terms with personal tragedy. As he begins to descend into depression, his colleagues devise a plan to force him to confront his grief in a remarkable and profound sense. Let the tugging of heartstrings commence.
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