The Silver Screen brings you monthly updates on upcoming movie releases. Here are the ones to watch out for now the New Year has arrived.
Bringing in the New Year is Joy, a comedy-drama based on a true story, directed and produced by David O. Russell (American Hustle, The Fighter).
The film follows struggling single mother of three, Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence: The Hunger Games, Serena) along her journey as she becomes an independent matriarch, inventing the ‘Miracle Mop’ and building a business empire.
Joy makes enemies of people inside and outside her family as she discovers who she can truly depend upon. Overcoming betrayal and a broken down marriage, Joy relies on her imagination to keep her going.
Co-starring Robert De Niro (Meet the Parents, Limitless), Bradley Cooper (The Hangover, American Hustle) and Dascha Polanco (Orange is the New Black), Joy is out now.
Based on the true events of 1823, The Revenant portrays one man’s fight for survival after he is abandoned in previously unexplored American wilderness (now known as the Bridger Mountain Range).
Fur trapper, Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio: The Wolf of Wall Street, The Departed), is savagely attacked by a bear and left in a shallow grave by fellow members of his hunting team. As he battles to survive a harsh winter in order to seek revenge on the people who left him to die, Glass also faces betrayal by so-called friend, John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy: Legend, Inception).
Directed and co-written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman, Babel), The Revenant is full of suspense and violence, as it depicts Glass’ fight to the bitter end. Catch it in cinemas from January 15.
The Fall of the Krays
Not only did 2015 bring box office success, Legend, but also the lesser-known The Rise of the Krays, which went somewhat under the radar. On January 8, sequel The Fall of the Krays hits screens - with the hype surrounding Legend lingering on, it may be just what the up-and-coming tale of the notorious twins needs.
Reg (Kevin Leslie: Soldier’s Heart, A Dark Reflection) and Ron Kray (Simon Cotton: The Rise of the Krays) ruled over London’s gangland for a large portion of the 1950s and 60s, operating an organised crime ring and intimidating anyone who threatened to get in their way.
Watch as their gangland empire begins to crumble around them, and their web of crimes slowly catches up with them.
The Danish Girl
Artist, Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander: Testament of Youth, The Fifth Estate), creates a piece of art in the early 1920s: a portrait of her husband, Einar (Eddie Redmayne: Les Misérables, My Week with Marilyn), dressed as a woman.
The painting becomes incredibly popular and Einar begins appearing as a woman more often, eventually naming himself Lili Elbe. Lili is passionate about feminism and Gerda supports her as she attempts to undergo the first ever male-to-female gender reassignment surgery.
This decision brings with it huge changes to their marriage and it dawns on Gerda that her husband is no longer the person she married. When Lili’s childhood friend, Hans Axgil (Matthias Schoenaerts: Rust and Bone, Far From the Madding Crowd), turns up, the situation becomes even more complicated.
The Danish Girl is in screens now.