The marmalade-munching bear from darkest Peru brings chaos to a London household in this charming debut feature for Michael Bond’s much-loved creation. Bafta-nominated and a smash-hit in cinemas, one suspects this won’t be the last time we enjoy the accident-prone antics of the duffel coat-wearing mischief-maker.
Hilary Swank gives a typically gutsy performance in this western as a frontierswoman who takes on a man’s job of transporting three women from the wilds of Nebraska back to Iowa. Tommy Lee Jones directs and co-stars, and Meryl Streep, James Spader and True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld also feature in the impressive cast.
The last film to be released featuring the late James Gandolfini pairs him with the equally brooding Tom Hardy. They play cousins running a New York bar who wind up in debt to Eastern European gangsters, prompting them to take desperate measures to get themselves out of their fix. It’s a mean and moody affair, with a script adapted by Dennis Lehane from his short story Animal Rescue.
With his Oscar-winning Crash, Paul Haggis demonstrated an assured handling of an ensemble cast and multiple storylines. His latest film is an equally starry affair (Liam Neeson, Adrien Brody, Mila Kunis all feature) that crisscrosses between Rome, Paris and New York to tell the stories of a child-custody battle, a suspected kidnapping and a stormy love affair.
He may have been ignored by the Baftas and Oscars, but Turkish film-maker Nuri Bilge Ceylan has scored wins in festivals as far flung as Chicago and Japan. This, his latest work, earned him the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes. Unfolding over three hours, it tells the deceptively simple story of a hotel proprietor in Anatolia, and unfolds in captivating style.
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