From true story films to a romantic survival flick with two of Britain’s favourite actors, these are the upcoming films that you need to see during September and October.
Battle of the sexes
“Male chauvinist pig versus hairy legged feminist,” Steve Carell huffs to Emma Stone as the two join on the big screen again to bring us a film about gender equality that is bound to rile you up – and simultaneously fill you with pride. In 1973 Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) and Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) went head to head in a tennis match after Riggs took the stance that women were inferior tennis players and he could beat any top-ranked female player, even in his 50’s. The game became a spark for the feminist movement. The film is directed by Valerie Faris and Johnathan Dayton, who were behind the indie hit Little Miss Sunshine. It’s got the makings of another fan-favourite film with an inspirational message and the whispers of an Oscar-worthy story-line and actors.
“You’re insane! Murderer!” someone shouts in this new dark, psychological thriller film that has all-round actress Jennifer Lawrence, taking front and centre. It’s based on the tale of a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive in their home. The film has a star-studded cast, with Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem taking the leads and Michelle Pfeiffer, Domnhall Gleeson, Ed Harris and Kristen Wigg joining them on the big screen. The man behind the magic is director and producer Darren Aronofsky, who received an Academy award nomination for best director of Black Swan. It’s no surprise, then, that a source has described the film as being similar to that ‘psycho-horror’ classic.
Victoria & Abdul
“I am greedy, fat, I am perhaps disagreeably attached to power, but I am anything but insane,” Judi Dench mutters as she is accused of being mad due to her friendship with her young Indian clerk Abdul Karim. In 1887 Karim was brought to England to serve at Queen Victoria’s court during her golden jubilee celebrations. Karim soon became Victoria’s favourite and closest confidante. Their friendship was frowned upon, and nearly all traces of their correspondence was destroyed after her death. However, details of the association were unearthed in 2011, when previously undiscovered diaries were found by author Shrabani Basu. They revealed an insight into the relationship between Queen Victoria and Karim. The tale is told, starring Judi dench and Ali Fazal, with director Stephen Frears at the helm.
The mountain between us
“We’re not going to – not today,” Idris Elba bellows as he and co-star Kate Winslet find their characters stranded and lost in the snowy wilderness, battling the elements after their plane crashes in High Uintas wilderness. It doesn’t take much for Winslet or Elba, two of Britain’s most popular actors, to charm us in this survival story as hope keeps them going. The pair must place their trust in each other, complete strangers, if they want to make it out alive. The film is based on Charles Martin’s bestselling novel of the same name.
This list of upcoming films was originally published in the September/October issue of M2Woman to pick up a copy of the magazine you can visit our shop or check out your local news agent.