Welcome to The Light Cinema New Brighton’s forthcoming Ones to Watch, give you a run-down of forthcoming movies that are sure to satisfy to all tastes and moods.
A decade ago Denis Villeneuve was making highly acclaimed films whilst based in his hometown of Quebec. Along the way he was picking up a string of nominations and wins from film festivals such as Sundance, TIFF and even Academy Award nominations. However, it was when Villeneuve made his first steps into mainstream filmmaking with the critically acclaimed Prisoners that audiences took notice. Enemy was released a matter of months later and it seems the entire industry took notice. This led to Warner Bros. and Ridley Scott wanting him to take on the Blade Runner sequel as a result. In the meantime we have Sicario, a crime drama starring the outstanding trio of Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro, which has vibes of Soderbergh’s Traffic and Michael Mann’s Heat. Blunt plays FBI agent Kate Macer, who is enlisted in an elite government task force to help with America’s on going “war on drugs”. Macer quickly discovers that it’s a different game and the rules can change when operating in an uncontrollable and ferociously violent area in Mexico. Filled with suspense, violence and Hollywood big-hitters, Sicario is certainly one to watch for action and crime genre enthusiasts.
Sicario opens October 9.
Following the $1bn grossing Skyfall in 2012 this October will see the release of the 24th Bond instalment, Spectre. Once again, local boy Daniel Craig returns as 007 on his latest quest to stop tyranny in its tracks. The spy thriller is directed by the supremely talented Sam Mendes and shot by Hoyte Von Hoytema (also the cinematographer for Interstellar and Her!), audiences can therefore sleep easy knowing that Spectre will at the very least be as visually stunning as Skyfall. Amongst the returning cast is Ralf Finnes reprising his role as M, Niomee Harris as Moneypenny and Ben Winshaw as Q. In addition to an already stellar cast we can look forward to seeing Christoph Waltz (a man born to play a Bond Villain!) playing super-villain Franz Oberhauser, Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux.
Spectre opens October 26.
Pan is the latest re-telling of the classic J.M. Barrie tale of the boy who never grew up. Directed by Joe Wright (Hanna and Pride & Prejudice) we will finally see the origin story of Peter and the beginning of his relationship with the magical and mystical world of Neverland. The film stars newcomer Levi Miller who plays a wartime orphan who is kidnapped by Blackbeard’s band of outlaws and taken to Neverland, an experience that shapes young Peter’s future into what we know today. The infamous Blackbeard is played (with the usual gusto) by Hugh Jackman (X-Men) with Garrett Hedlund as James Hook, Oscar nominee Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as Tiger Lily. As Blackbeard threatens Neverland with tyranny, Peter must team up with Hook and Tiger Lily in order to defeat the ruthless pirate to save Neverland, to discover his true destiny and become a hero to all.
Pan opens October 16th.
Also this October:
- Hotel Transylvania 2 – 16th
During September The Light Cinema New Brighton is hosting a wealth of live cinema including theatre, opera and ballet.
English National Opera: The Barber of Seville – October 19th
Filled with fun and farce, National Opera's classic staging of this sunny adventure follows the escapades of the barber Figaro as he assists Count Almaviva to prise the beautiful yet feisty Rosina away from her lecherous guardian Dr Bartolo.
Henry V: Royal Shakespeare Company Live – October 21st
Henry IV is dead and Hal is King. With England in a state of unrest, he must leave his rebellious youth behind, striving to gain the respect of his nobility and people.