Pick of the week
Jackie – 5 stars
Impressionistic, non-linear portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy, with an agonising, in-depth performance by Natalie Portman, who is gripping either while giving a shy television tour of the White House, or going to pieces in a bathroom. A mesmerising, technically virtuosic and remarkable reflection on celebrity, memory and the determined individual crafting history. Out Fri 20 Jan.
Top 5 Films Set in London
London Calling count down 5 brilliant films set in London…
Planning a trip to London in 2017? Take an alternative tour of the city and visit five film sets that will outshine any bus tour!
La La Land – 5 stars
In Los Angeles, aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) falls for jazz musician Sebastian (Ryan Gosling). Audaciously inventive homage to classic movie musicals from Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), technically wonderful and joyously emotional, with Gosling as a goofy idealistic charmer and Stone showing the versatility, vulnerability and talent of a young Shirley MacLaine. Irresistible.
Manchester by the Sea – 5 stars
Lee (Casey Affleck) is a carefree small-town guy who, when his brother dies, is given the job of raising his nephew (Lucas Hedges). A masterful blend of high drama, quirky characterisations and incidental detail, with a soulful, heartbreaking turn by Affleck at its core.
Live by Night – 3 stars
Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck) is a mobster and WW1 veteran who aims to avenge the death of his lover. Lavish production values and fine performances aside, Affleck the actor doesn't quite get under his character's skin and this isn't up to the standard of his previous directorial work, like the Oscar-winning Argo.
Lion – 4 stars
The true story of Saroo Brierley, who aged five is separated from his mother and family in India, declared lost and adopted by an Australian couple, only to track his family down years later using Google Earth. Hugely emotional, remarkably assured debut from Garth Davis with fine performances and a striking turn from Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) as the adult Brierley. Out Fri 20 Jan.
Split – 4 stars
Kevin (James McAvoy) suffers from dissociative identity disorder; when he kidnaps three teenage girls, best pals Marcia (Jessica Sula) and Claire (Haley Lu Richardson) and troubled loner Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), multi-personality strangeness ensues. With superb work from McAvoy and Taylor-Joy, this is easily M Night Shyamalan's most compelling and intelligent movie in years. Out Fri 20 Jan.
The cast of Danny Boyle's 1996 hit Trainspotting are reunited for the imaginatively named T2. Renton, Sick Boy, Begbie and Spud are definitely older but are they any wiser? The film is loosely based on Irvine Welsh's 2002 novel, Porno and had the residents of Edinburgh agog as they filmed scenes around the city. Out Fri 27 Jan.