By Katy Embling
The Summer blockbusters have come and gone for another year. And with the weather turning and all of us forced inside, what better time for a trip to the cinema once more. With so many great films hitting our screen, featuring both familliar faces and new, there are lots of reasons to spend your winter at the movies.
The long awaited return of James Bond hits our screens in October. The mysteriously titled Skyfall is the third in Daniel Craig’s rendition of everyone’s favourite super spy, and with an exciting trailer, it’s safe to say that Skyfall will retain that rougher edge that has perpetrated the series since Craig’s début.
Another series returning is the never-going-away Twilight Saga. Breaking Dawn: Part 2 picks up where the last one left off, with new vampire Bella Swan joining her husband in trying to protect their daughter. A guaranteed hit with so many fans of the book still out there, and if you are that way inclined, I’m sure thoroughly enjoyable. If like me, you are not a fan of creepy stalker romances, then how about an indie flick in the form of Ruby Sparks. Telling the tale of a frustrated writer, who creates his dream woman in his novel only for her to come to life and fall in love with her. A warm, funny offering with a wonderfully original concept, this is sure to melt even the hardest of hearts.
Got kids? Even if you haven’t, Tim Burton’s latest animated offering looks to be a real treat. Sporting the traditional quirky Burton style, Frankenweenie, a remake of a short film Burton made early in his career, tells the story of a young boy who brings his dog back to life- with some disastrous consequences.
Dreamworks too seems to be going all out with it’s beautiful and action packed adaptation of William Joyce’s book, with Rise of the Guardians coming to our screens in November.
Another book adaptation comes in the form of the beautiful Life of Pi, a tale of a young Indian boy lost at sea with the small collection of animals he rescued from the sinking ship. A best-selling novel with critical praise, the film looks like the stuff of fantasy and a wonderful treat.
Don’t tell me you don’t enjoy a good sing-along. December sees two additions to the movie showstopper collection. Pitch Perfect, the tale of an all-girl singing group at college may prove to be a sleeper hit. Come on, if it doesn’t sound like Glee: The Movie, then what does. But if you are looking for something slightly more traditional, then look no further than the eagerly anticipated big screen adaptation of the long running musical Les Miserables. A stunning cast, including Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, and directed by The King’s Speech director Tom Stoppard, get the tissues ready for a beautiful tale of love and loss... oh, and some singing as well.