In our final countdown of the year we take in October, November and December. It’s been a bumper cinematic year thus far and the final quarter is on trend with some cracking films!
The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel makes it to the big screen. Relocating the story from London to New York, Emily Blunt plays Rachel, recently divorced and borderline alcoholic. Her emotional pain is soothed by her excessive drinking and wild fantasies she constructs about a seemingly perfect couple she sees from her daily commute.
The Girl on the Train is at Showcase Cinemas from October 5
Another bestseller also hits the big screen in October. Director Ron Howard reunites with Tom Hanks as Harvard professor, symbolist Robert Langdon for their third adaptation of Dan Brown's work. After waking in an Italian hospital with no memory of what has transpired over the last few days, Langdon teams up with Dr Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) to solve the most intricate riddle he has faced.
Inferno is at Showcase Cinemas from October 14
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
October is when cinema and literature combine with another bestseller hitting the big screen. Lee Child's popular character, Jack Reacher, once again played by Tom Cruise, must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy when he busts Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders) out of prison after her arrest for treason.
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is at Showcase Cinemas from October 21
Director and co-writer Scott Derrickson helms the tale of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) who after a horrific car accident discovers the hidden world of magic and alternative dimensions. Also starring in Marvel’s latest movie extravaganza are Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton
Doctor Strange is at Showcase Cinemas from October 25
Also out: War On Everyone; Keeping Up with the Joneses; Ouija: Origin Of Evil; Storks; Trolls
Two- time Academy Award winner Ben Affleck stars as Christian Wolff, a mild-mannered maths genius who works as a government accountant, moonlighting as a highly trained assassin. Using a small-town CPA office as a cover for his dangerous work, he has Treasury agent (Oscar winner JK Simmons) hot on his heels as the body count rises.
The Accountant is at Showcase Cinemas from November 4
Mankind teeters on the verge of global war when a mysterious spacecraft lands on Earth and everyone scrambles for answers. On hand to find them are Dr. Louise Banks, a linguist, played Amy Adams, Ian Donnelly, a mathematician played by Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker as Colonel Weber, a senior US military colonel. In Denis (Sicario) Villeneuve’s film, based on Ted Chiang’s short story Story Of Your Life, the trio take a chance that could threaten their lives, and, quite possibly, humanity.
Arrival is at Showcase Cinemas from November 11
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
J K Rowling’s wizarding world is back! Newt Scamader (Eddie Redmayne), a magizoologist, makes a brief stop in 1926 New York but is waylaid by a Muggle, a misplaced magical case and the escape of some fantastic beasts. Making her screenwriting debut, J K Rowling has adapted her book of the same name and once again we dive into her magical world. A spin-off/prequel to the Harry Potter series, David Yates directs with David Heyman producing; it’s great to have them back as a team!
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is at Showcase Cinemas from November 18
Also out: A Street Cat Named Bob; Allied; Rings; Bad Santa 2; The Light Between Oceans
The new animation from Disney and featuring Dwanye Johnson as the legendary demi-god Maui , Moana tells the story of a spirited teenager (Moana voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfil her ancestors’ unfinished quest.
Moana is at Showcase Cinemas from December 2
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Yes! December see the much-anticipated release of the latest Star Wars adventure. We waited a long time for Episode VII: The Force Awakens and within a year we have the first stand-alone Star Wars anthology film. 19 years after the formation of the Galactic Empire, the Rebel Alliance recruits Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) to work with Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and a team to steal the Death Star plans. We cannot wait!
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is at Showcase Cinemas from December 16
Awakened from suspended animation 90 years too soon, two space travellers (Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt) must find a way to save the other 5,000 passengers aboard their endangered ship. Morten Tyldum whose last film The Imitation Game won him an Academy award nomination for Best Director is at the helm of the great sounding sci-fi adventure; also on board are Martin Sheen and Laurence Fishburne.
Passengers is at Showcase Cinemas from December 23
Also out: Sully; Ballerina; Collateral Beauty; Why Him?