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The Rock-itt : November 2011
Runni ng from a life of orphaned destitution, governes s Jane Eyre ( MONEYBALL IN CINEMAS 10 November Director: Bennett Miller Genre: Drama, Sport Rated: M Starring: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Pratt and Jonah Hill Based on a true story, Moneyball is a movie for anybody who has ever dreamed of taking on the system. Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's and the guy who assembles the team, who has an epiphany: all of baseball's conventional wisdom is wrong. Forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget, Beane will have to outsmart the richer clubs. The onetim e jock teams with Ivy League grad Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) in an unlikely partnership, recruiting bargain players that the scouts call flawed, but all of whom have an ability to get on base, score runs, and win games. It's more than baseball, it's a revolution - one that challenges old school traditions and puts Beane in the crosshairs of those who say he's tearing out the heart and soul of the game. THE TALL MAN IN CINEMAS 17 November Director: Pascal Laugier Genre: Horror Thriller Starring: Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, Stephen McHattie, William B. Davis and Samantha Ferris Set in the town of Cold Rock, "The Tall Man" is a story of the haunting secrets that hide behind closed doors. W ith children gone missing over the years leaving neither a clue nor a witness, superstitious locals talk of 'The Tall Man,' a legendary, mysterious dark figure who takes children away never to be seen again. When a woman's son is taken, the chase is on and with it the quest for answers: who is the Tall Man and what happens to the children? WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN IN CINEMAS 10 November Director: Lynne Ramsay Genre: Drama, Thriller Starring: John C. Reilly, Tilda Swinton, Siobhan Fallon, Ursula Parker and Ezra Miller Variety called We Need To Talk About Kevin an exquisitely realised adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s bestselling book. Tilda Swinton turns in a critically acclaimed performance as Eva, a mother who puts her ambitions and career aside to give birth to Kevin. The relationship between mother and son is difficult from the very first years. But when Kevin is 15, he does something truly evil and unforgiveable and Eva must grapple with her own feelings of grief and responsibility. Did she ever love her son? And how much of what Kevin did was her fault? This is an earth-shattering film that will devastate and enthral audiences in equal measure. Chilling but absolutely captivating, Kevin is one of those talking-point films that will create fierce debate. Is it nurture or nature? But one thing is for certain; this is very powerful filmmaking by a truly visionary director. THE IDES OF MARCH IN CINEMAS 24 November Director: George Clooney Genre: Drama Rated: M Starring: Paul Giamatti, George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei and Philip Seymour Hoffman The movie tells the story of Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling), the young, hotshot press secretary running the media campaign for the Democratic Party’s Presidential frontrunner, Governor Mike Morris (George Clooney, who also directs the film). Stephen is ambitious, calm, suave, and cutthroat, doing whatever is necessary in these final days of the primary to win Ohio, the most important swing state that will make or break the race. To give any m ore plot details would be to spoil the story, though it is safe to say political scandal, secrets, backstabbing, and media leaks are all involved. Loyalties are tested, reputations are tarnished, and lives are changed in the game of politics, and this film revels in the drama of all the key players in a process that, in our democratic country, occurs every four years. From an audience’s point-of-view, The Ides of March is an entertaining piece of political fiction that does not bore, but ultimately packs much less of a punch than one would hope.