LFF 2018 Previews Part ii:

The Easy Picks

Not stand out gala screenings but we reckon these are no-brainers anyway.

They Shall Not Grow Old (Peter Jackson)

Now with a trailer, this one is occupying only two showings at the Festival, Jackson has re-worked film from the Imperial War Museum’s archives into one movie. Using the latest technology to bring the Centenary of the Great War to life, including 3D sections, this is part experiment and part homage to the courage of people you’ve never known but gave everything.

Destroyer (Karyn Kusama)

No trailer for this one yet but this has a pretty much transformed Nicole Kidman as a haunted cop. We enjoy a good haunted cop here. Still trying to deal with the trauma caused by her earlier undercover work, Erin is dragged back into action when the big bad guy Silas (Toby Kebbell) reappears on the scene…

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Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Marielle Heller)

Speaking of almost unrecognisable, Mellisa McCarthy looks like she’s in a movie that won’t make my head spontaneously combust. Here McCarthy ditches the ‘comedy’ and goes straight as the literary forger Lee Israel. Given that, and the the fact that this also brings the wonderful Richard E Grant back to the big screen this looks interesting. Add in Heller, director or the wonderful Diary of a Teenage Girl and we are sold.

Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (Ben Wheatley)

Also lacking a trailer, a quieter piece from BS favourite Wheatley this year. The superb Neil Maskell is Colin, at a rented stately home for new year when the family party is broken up by the arrival of his brother. This being Wheatley you can be assured that things will get a little, er… off….

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The Old Man and the Gun (David Lowry)

Having only recently caught up with Lowry’s sublime A Ghost Story (still haunting us to this day), this one seems an altogether more straightforward piece for him. And who can resist Robert Redford as an ageing gentleman bank robber….

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