Whether you prefer catching fast-paced action flicks or tear-jerking biopics, the new year brings along a superb selection of films not to be missed. Here’s our picks of this month’s happenings on the big screen….
The Theory of Everything
This film tells the true story of one of the world’s greatest minds, astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, played by Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables), and his wife Jane (Felicity Jones of The Amazing Spider-Man 2). Once a healthy, active young man, Stephen receives an earth-shattering diagnosis at the age of 21, but with Jane by his side, he embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he has very little of – time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science. Opens 8 January.
Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills” to track down the real killers, enact his unique brand of justice and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace). Opens 8 January.
Into the Woods
Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Into the Woods is a fantasy film that puts a modern spin on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairytales. Intertwining the plots of famous fables, the musical follows Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (from Jack and the Beanstalk), and Rapunzel – all tied together by the wish of a baker and his wife (Emily Blunt) to have a child, and the vengeful witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them. As Disney’s first theatrical adaptation of a Broadway musical, this one’s sure to be an exciting treat. Opens 15 January.
Inspired by the autobiography of US Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle – the most lethal shooter in American military history, with more than 150 officially confirmed kills in his career – this action biopic follows the exploits of Chris, whose unerring accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield over four tours of duty in Iraq. In addition to being a prime target of insurgents, Chris faces a different battle on the home front, as he strives to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world. This Clint Eastwood-directed film stars Bradley Cooper as Chris alongside Sienna Miller as his wife. Opens 22 January at Golden Village cinemas.