Hobbits, bears, spacemen and more films coming to cinemas in the UAE
Time Out Dubai staff
Our pick of the must-see movies heading your way this winter. It’s going to be epic...
Interstellar In a nutshell: The sci-fi film of the year – probably.
Man of the moment Matthew McConaughey heads into space in Christopher ‘Batman trilogy’ Nolan’s hotly anticipated sci-fi – in the company of Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway – for what wags have claimed is the closing chapter in his unofficial ‘In-’ trilogy, after Insomnia and Inception. Gags aside, the level of secrecy surrounding this film is as high as it would be if it was an actual mission to save the world. All Nolan is saying is that it’s about ‘human beings and what it is to be human’. All the early word from behind closed doors is saying is… ‘masterpiece’.
Bound to be compared to... Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Out in cinemas across Dubai from November 11.
Gone Girl In a nutshell: Hot book, hot director, hot film.
Please, please, please, let The Social Network director David Fincher’s film of Gone Girl be half as gripping as Gillian Flynn’s book. Flynn and Fincher have tinkered together with the novel’s contentious ending (wisely, perhaps, given the criticism Fincher faced for sticking too rigidly to the template of his previous literary adaptation, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo). British actress Rosamund Pike plays anti-heroine Amy Dunne, who vanishes on her fifth wedding anniversary. Ben Affleck is her husband Nick, Murder Suspect No. 1. ‘My fondest dream is that it will be the date movie that breaks up couples nationwide,’ says Flynn. ‘I’m aiming to upset,’ adds Fincher. You have been warned.
Bound to be compared to... The War of the Roses, Fatal Attraction. Out in cinemas across Dubai this October.
Fury In a nutshell: Brad is back. And he’s brought his tank.
With Angelina Jolie on her own World War 2 mission, directing Oscar-favourite Unbroken, her other half and original Inglourious Basterd, Brad Pitt, returns to combat here as a battle-weary army sergeant named Wardaddy who leads his men into battle towards the end of the war. Gritty director David Ayer kept his cast locked in the metal coffin for sustained periods of time, which can’t have been easy given one of them was Shia Labeouf. Expect grime and grief in equal measure.
Bound to be compared to... Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers. Out in cinemas across Dubai from October 23.
The Imitation Game In a nutshell: Wartime tale of a persecuted genius.
The British government’s treatment of Alan Turing is a national embarrassment – the wartime hero and precocious maths wizard who cracked the Nazi Enigma code was later shamed and nudged towards an early grave because of his private life. So who else to depict him on screen but Benedict Cumberbatch, already an old hand at playing complex, tempestuous superbrains like Sherlock Holmes, Julian Assange and Stephen Hawking? Give him the Best Actor Oscar now. Seriously, he’s a lock.
Bound to be compared to… A Beautiful Mind, The Theory of Everything. Out in cinemas across Dubai this November.
The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies In a nutshell: It’s time to break the Hobbit. Yep, we went there.
This is it, the end of the road for furry-footed Bilbo Baggins and his precious. As elves, dwarves, goblins, orcs and men all converge on the Lonely Mountain in search of treasure, the stage is set for the year’s most impressive, knock-your-socks-off set-piece. With this director Peter Jackson’s final foray in Middle-earth, don’t expect him to go out without a bang.
Bound to be compared to... Well, the third Lord of the Rings movie nabbed nine Oscars. Out in cinemas across Dubai from December 11.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 In a nutshell: The Hunger Games is back.
Katniss has destroyed the Games forever, and the revolution that’s been brewing in the districts is about to explode. The most bankable (deservedly) woman on the planet, Jennifer Lawrence returns, but now with added Julianne Moore (looking downright scary) playing the rebel leader of District 13, alongside her old friend, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, in his final role.
Bound to be compared to... The other two films. Out in cinemas across Dubai this November.
Paddington In a nutshell: Please look after this bear, thank you. Colin Firth consciously uncoupled from this CG-enhanced live action adaptation of the classic British children’s tale, unable to find the correct voice for the Peruvian bear. Enter the lovely James Bond star Ben Whishaw, who is clearly a fan of marmalade sandwiches, and who could make this as big as a Ted, without the bear-faced profanity.
Bound to be compared to... As long as it’s better than Postman Pat: The Movie, we’re happy. Out in cinemas across Dubai from December 25.