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Director: Warren Beatty

Writer: Warren Beatty (screenplay), Warren Beatty, Bo Goldman (story)

Cast: Warren Beatty, Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Matthew Broderick, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, Oliver Platt, Steve Coogan, Taissa Farmiga

Cert: 12

Running time: 127mins

Year: 2016


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What’s the story: Young Marla (Collins) is brought to 1950s Hollywood as one of billionaire Howard Hughes’ many movie star ingenues. She and sensitive chauffeur Frank (Ehrenreich) are soon pulled into the dangerous, exciting orbit of Hughes (Beatty).

What’s the verdict: Warren Beatty’s return to the big screen fifteen years after the catastrophic failure of Town & Country, may be the now octogenarian’s final silver screen outing.

Befitting its subject, OCD-crippled billionaire Howard Hu...

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Must-See Films at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival

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The 59th London Film Festival runs Wednesday 7th to Sunday 18th October.

12 days.

240 movies and documentary features, plus hundreds of shorts from all over the globe.

Even the most rabid movie buff will concede defeat in trying to see all those films in less than two weeks. So what to watch?

In the best tradition of internet Top Lists, we proudly present the Top 10 movies we are most hotly anticipating. And then looked again and had to expand it to 15.

They may be great, they may exhilarate, hell they may even frustrate… The only guarantee is they will be memorable. Which is what makes the London Film Festival such an essential event year after year.

Enough of the preamble, let’s dive into the idiosyncratic Electric Shadows 59th London Film Festival Must-See list...

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Straight Outta Compton

Straight-Outta-Compton-final-posterDirector: F. Gary Gray

Writers: Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff

Cast: Jason Mitchell, O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Corey Hawkins, Paul Giamatti, R. Marcos Taylor

Cert: 15

Running time: 147mins

Year: 2015

The lowdown: Energetic and self-aggrandising, the story of legendary rap outfit N.W.A arrives with all the posturing and anger befitting the group who lit a fire under 1980s pop culture. Following the standard rags-to-riches biopic plotline, the police discrimination and re-enactments of the post-Rodney King LA riots nonetheless pack a 9mm punch due to their on-going relevance. But, for characters this larger-than-life a warts n’ all telling of their story would have been spicier than merely printing the legend.

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The full verdict: With Ice Cube, Dr...

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The Theory of Everything

The-Theory-of-Everything---Eddie-Redmayne,-posterDirector: James Marsh

Writer: Anthony McCarten, Jane Hawking (book)

Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Thewlis, Maxine Peake, Charlie Cox

Cert: 12

Running time: 123mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Eddie Redmayne delivers a stunning portrayal of world-acclaimed British physicist Stephen Hawking in this account of the relationship between Hawking, stricken with motor neurone disease while studying at Cambridge, and his wife Jane, (Felicity Jones). Expect Redmayne’s remarkable performance to be up for every acting award going.

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The full verdict: Stephen Hawking is renowned for his irreverent wit almost as much as his pioneering work on black holes.

Shame then that Man on Wire director James Marsh has turned in a biopic so dutiful, coy and by the numbers...

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Pasolini

Pasolini - posterDirector: Abel Ferrara

Writer: Maurizio Braucci

Cast: Willem Dafoe, Adriana Asti, Giada Colagrande, Valerio Mastandrea, Maria de Medeiros

Cert: 18 TBC

Running time: 84mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Abel Ferrara recounts the final two days of inflammatory Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini in typically opinion splitting style. Willem Dafoe impresses as the radical, outspoken leftwing director who met a brutal end after picking up a rent boy in a seedy suburb of Rome. Reality and illusion blur to dynamic effect in an idiosyncratic look at a filmmaking giant.

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The full verdict: On 2nd November 1975 Pier Paolo Pasolini’s body was found on the outskirts of Rome...

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The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game - Benedict Cumberbatch, posterDirector: Morten Tyldum

Writer: Graham Moore, Andrew Hodges (book)

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Rory Kinnear, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Mark Strong

Cert: 12

Running time: 113mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Alan Turing, the tragic father of modern age computing, is the focus of Headhunter’s director Morten Tyldum’s engrossing biopic. Benedict Cumberbatch delivers a performance of pathos and intelligence as the genius mathematician and cryptanalyst who led the team which cracked the Nazi’s Enigma code machine, turning the tide of the war, while hiding a damaging secret of his own. Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong and Charles Dance round out a great cast in a moving and gripping portrayal of one of Britain’s most unsung heroes.

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The full verdict: Easy c...

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Diana

diana_quad_master_awDirector: Oliver Hirschbiegel

Cast: Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, Juliet Stevenson, Geraldine James

Cert: 12

Running time:113 mins

Year: 2013

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The lowdown: The most misjudged celebrity biopic since Mommie Dearest or Caligula, Diana is bewilderingly bad. Clearly aiming to be cast in the same mould as The Iron Lady and The Queen, this account of Lady Di’s final two years and relationship with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan is sunk by tin-ear dialogue, a script part Mills & Boon, part Hello! and drab movie-of-the-week type visuals. No one survives with any credibility in a movie that’s less Queen of Hearts, more fart in a spacesuit.

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The full verdict: “The legend is never the whole story” breathlessly pants the Diana poster.

Hmmmm...

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