In the run-up to the inevitable Oscars hype, we’ve rounded up our five films of the moment that you must watch. The 91st Academy Awards take place on 25 February so you’ve got time to get up to speed!
Early 18th century England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing, and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way. Olivia Colman delivers a staggering performance and there is no doubt as to why this film is nominated for ten Oscars.
When Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighbourhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a world-class African-American pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger—as well as unexpected humanity and humour—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime. A road movie that will warm your hearts and remind you how beautiful friendship can be.
Based on the memoir Beautiful Boy by David Sheff and Tweak by his son, Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heart-breaking and inspiring experience of survival and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. Steve Carrell is phenomenal and like you’ve never seen before – the relationship between David (Carell) and his son Nic (Timothée Chalamet) is devastatingly beautiful. The film’s message is increasingly important with America’s growing drug crisis. A must watch for 2019.
Can you ever forgive me?
Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estée Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, she turned her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant). Grant and McCarthy are the perfect casting for this brilliant film. Director Marielle Heller stated about the film, “I want to be able to tell stories about women who society would otherwise ignore and not look at closely.” She has indeed created a masterpiece with Can you ever forgive me?.
The story of Dick Cheney, the most powerful Vice President in history, and how his policies changed the world as we know it.
VICE explores the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.