1. Gold (02 Feb)
Directed by Stephen Gaghan (‘Syriana’, ‘Abandon’)
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Bryce Dallas Howard, Edgar Ramírez, Timothy Simons, Michael Landes, Stacy Keach, Rachael Taylor, Bruce Greenwood, Corey Stoll
Written by Patrick Massett, John Zinman
Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan directs Matthew McConaughey as relentless gold prospector Kenny Wells in this adventure film inspired by true events.
Based on the true story of the Bre-X Mineral Corporation mining scandal, Gold follows struggling hustler Kenny Wells and equally luckless geologist Michael Acosta (Edgar Ramírez) on their mission to find gold in the uncharted Indonesian jungle. Their subsequent success then sparks an adventure through the most powerful Wall Street boardrooms
2. Manchester by the Sea (02 Feb)
Directed by Kenneth Lonergan (‘Margaret’, ‘You Can Count on Me’)
Starring: Casey Affleck, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams, Erica McDermott, Gretchen Mol, Kara Hayward, Heather Burns, Tate Donovan
Written by Kenneth Lonergan
Grief drama from writer-director Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me) starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and Kyle Chandler.
“Lee Chandler (Affleck, in a career-defining performance), is the resident handyman for a small apartment complex in a Boston suburb. He spends his days shovelling snow, fixing leaks, and doing his best to ignore the tenants’ small talk. He spends his evenings either alone in his basement apartment or nursing a beer at his local, where he’ll pick a fight with anyone who throws a glance his way.
“When he receives the news that his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) has died of a congenital heart condition and that, to his unpleasant surprise, he’s been appointed legal guardian of Joe’s teenage son, Patrick (Lucas Hedges), Lee returns to his nearby seaside hometown, a place of both cherished and painful memories. Despite the sudden loss of his father, and in stark contrast to his uncle, Patrick is full of life. As this mismatched pair stumbles through the mundane details of estate planning and the awkward strain of adolescence, Lee is forced to confront his past, revealed seamlessly through flashbacks, T2.” (Toronto International Film Festival)
3. Patriots Day (02 Feb)
Directed by Peter Berg
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, J.K. Simmons
Written by Peter Berg, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Matt Charman, Matt Cook (based on the book ‘Boston Strong’ by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge)
Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), Kevin Bacon (X-Men: First Class), John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane) and Oscar-winner JK Simmons (Whiplash) lead this true story drama based on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Directed by Peter Berg (Deepwater Horizon) with a score composed by Oscar-winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Social Network).
In the aftermath of an unspeakable act of terror, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent Richard Deslauriers (Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (Goodman), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (Simmons) and nurse Carol Saunders (Monaghan) this chronicle captures the the sophisticated manhunt and the strength of the people of Boston.
4. Fences (09 Feb)
Directed by Denzel Washington (‘The Great Debaters’, ‘Antwone Fisher’)
Starring: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Saniyya Sydney
Written by August Wilson (based on his own stage play)
Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington directs and stars in this drama about a struggling father raising a family in a racially-intolerant 1950s America. Based on the Pulitzer-winning play by August Wilson, who adapts his own stageplay for screen. Co-stars two-time Oscar nominee Viola Davis (The Help) as his wife.
5. Fifty Shades Darker (09 Feb)
Directed by James Foley (‘Glengarry Glen Ross’, ‘At Close Range’, TV’s ‘House of Cards’)
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Kim Basinger, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford, Eric Johnson, Bella Heathcote, Marcia Gay Harden
Written by Niall Leonard (based on the novel by E. L. James)
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return to their roles in Fifty Shades Darker, the second film based on the bestselling Fifty Shades phenomenon.
When a wounded Christian Grey (Dornan) tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele (Johnson) back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As they begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together
6. Hidden Figures (16 Feb)
Directed by Theodore Melfi (‘St. Vincent’)
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell
Written by Theodore Melfi, Allison Schroeder (based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly)
Based on a true story, Hidden Figures recounts how three largely unacknowledged black American women served as the brains behind several key NASA missions.
Physicist, space scientist, and mathematician Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), along with Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), were instrumental in executing one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit. It was an achievement that restored the United States’ confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The gifted trio crossed gender and race lines and inspired generations to dream big. Kirsten Dunst and Kevin Costner co-star.
7. Silence (16 Feb)
Directed by Martin Scorsese (‘Wolf of Wall Street’, ‘Goodfellas’, ‘The Departed’, ‘Shutter Island’, ‘Taxi Driver’)
Starring: Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Ciarán Hinds, Tadanobu Asano, Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Nana Komatsu, Ryô Kase
Written by Jay Cocks (based on the novel by Shûsaku Endô)
Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson and Tadanobu Asano star in Martin Scorsese’s historical drama, based on the novel by Shûsaku Endô. Story follows two Jesuit Portuguese Catholic priests who, travelling in 17th century Japan to spread the teachings of Christianity, face violent persecution.
Scorsese has been developing this project since the early ’90s. Through the years the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio del Toro have been attached to star. Production finally began in 2015 and the film is expected to be released mid-2016
8. The Great Wall (16 Feb)
Starring: Matt Damon, Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau, Hanyu Zhang, Eddie Peng, Kenny Lin
Written by Tony Gilroy, Marshall Herskovitz, Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard, Max Brooks
From the director of 2002’s Hero comes this fantasy action blockbuster, an alternate history twist on why China built The Great Wall – and what elite forces were trying to keep out. Stars Oscar-winner Matt Damon, Jing Tian (Special ID), Willem Dafoe (The Grand Budapest Hotel), and Andy Lau (House of Flying Daggers)
9. T2: Trainspotting (23 Feb)
Directed by Danny Boyle
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner
Written by John Hodge (based on the novel ‘Porno’ by Irvine Welsh)
Director Danny Boyle, screenwriter John Hodge, and the cast (including Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle) return to the works of Irvine Welsh, over 20 years since releasing British classic Trainspottting
10. Rings (23 Feb)
Directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez (‘Before the Fall’)
Starring: Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Laura Wiggins, Aimee Teegarden, Zach Roerig
Written by Akiva Goldsman, David Loucka, Jacob Aaron Estes (based on the original material by Kôji Suzuki)
The third entry into the American videotape horror franchise turns back the clock to tell the tale of how the cursed tape came to be – and when Samara’s terror began. Co-stars Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki