58th BFI London Film Festival: Ten Movies To Check Out

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The 58th BFI London Film Festival kicks off in October, with tickets to the general public now on sale. Here’s our pick of the stuff you really shouldn’t miss.

The Imitation Game
Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing, the genius who lead the team of code-breakers at Bletchley park during World War II, but who was later arrested for the criminal offence of homosexuality.

Brad Pitt fronts director David Ayer’s ferocious war drama playing a battle-hardened sergeant in World War II leading deadly missions behind enemy lines. Shia LaBeouf and Jon Bernthal also star.

Unrecognisable as the eccentric millionaire John E du Pont, Steve Carrell is said to be an Oscar-contender in this psychological thriller based on real events, with support from Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Sienna Miller.

Hailed at the Sundance Film Festival, this breathless tale of a prodigious jazz drummer (Miles Teller) and his brutal, insatiable teacher (the always superb JK Simmons) has had critics hurling their praise.

Mr Turner
Timothy Spall should feature prominently at next year’s Oscars, having won Best Actor at Cannes for his portrayal of the painter J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh’s lavish biopic.

Men, Women & Children
Juno director Jason Reitman hits the zeitgeist in a poignant and funny exploration of society’s obsession with technology and the isolation it may be causing. Starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner.

A Little Chaos
A sumptuous period piece, Kate Winslet plays landscape gardener Sabine De Barra, who transforms the gardens at King Louis XIV’s (Alan Rickman) palace at Versailles.

Reese Witherspoon is the lead in ‘Wild’, playing a woman who takes on a 1000-mile expedition following her divorce and years of self-destructive behaviour. Adapted from the memoir by Cheryl Strayed, it’s directed by Dallas Buyer’s Club’s Jean Marc Vallee.

Winter Sleep
Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Turkish-made Winter Sleep is a human story of marital tension surrounding a retired actor and his young wife running a boutique hotel in remote Cappadocia.

Song of the Sea
Director Tomm Moore’s debut The Secret of Kells scored him an Oscar nomination. Follow-up Song of the Sea, a hand-drawn animation filled with Celtic magic and folklore, is a joy.

Tickets are on sale now, from the BFI.

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