January at Genesis: Scorsese, Coens and Independent Comedy

It may seem like an eternity until we tackle Christmas and hit 2014, but it’s only 10 days away! We’ve got a bumper list of awards season films coming to our five screens in a month that may be one of our greatest for a long time. We’re getting:

Inside Llewyn Davis
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A comedy-drama from the makers of Fargo and The Big Lebowski, The Coen Brothers. This love-letter to 1960s folk music follows a young musician trying to make it big during a harsh New York winter.

The Wolf of Wall Street
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Martin Scorsese bursts back onto the silver screen with this epic portrait of capitalist greed. Leonardo Di Caprio plays Belfort, a wheeler-dealer who’s willing to break the rules to make it big in Wall Street.

American Hustle
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After David O’Russell’s success last year with rom-com Silver Linings Playbook, he’s taking Bradley Cooper and Oscar-winner, Jennifer Lawrence, back to the 70s in this alluring con-caper. We expect a stylish gangster picture brimming with funk and violent fancy.

12 Years a Slave
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Steve McQueen directs this Pre-civil war American slave picture about a free black man who’s abducted and forced onto a cotton field. Lead actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, is considered a favourite for Best Actor at the Oscars.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
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Idris Elba plays South-African freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela, in this expansive biopic made even more relevant by the man’s death this month.

Railway Man

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Colin Firth plays an ex-POW who was tortured while working on the Thai-Burman railway in World War 2. Years later, he tries to ease the trauma by tracking down his captors. This has the makings of a lean, post-war drama.

LOCO London Comedy Festival

We can’t reveal exact details quite yet, but we can say that we’ll be hosting this festival at the end of January. Expect a rich film roster recognising the comedic treats that may slipped have under the radar. Watch this space for more details!

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