One of the great joys of being a student is having lots of free time to spend on cultural things like music and film. From the mainstream to the classics, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the current cinema listings. The listings are full of a fantastic selection of films that feature everything from the latest in cinematic technical accomplishments to insightful views on modern life. The cinema in Edinburgh shows all the latest screenings. Better still, the films at the Edinburgh festival that were showcased this year are a sure sign that there are yet more great things to come. Here’s a look at what’s out this month.
Killing Them Softly (2012) is the current box office smash, which features Brad Pitt as a flawed but deadly assassin called Cogan. Not yet released in the US, British audiences have the rare privilege of being able to watch the film over two months before the American public. The film is an adaptation of the 1974 novel Cogan’s Trade by George V Higgins and features some stunning performances. It follows in the tradition of Pulp Fiction (1994) and Goodfellas (1990) by showcasing mobster incompetence with a stylish twist, as an unhappy Cogan investigates a heist that was made during a high stakes mob-run poker game.
House at the End of the Street (2012) is a fun but tense horror film starring Jennifer Lawrence. A mother (Lawrence) and her daughter find themselves living next door to a house where a girl murdered her parents. It’s rumoured that the young killer drowned in a close-by dam. But her body was never found and some people think that they have seen her hiding in the woods. The girl’s brother, Ryan, is the only known survivor of the family. But these horrible events have driven down the value of the local homes. So, the neighbours lack in sympathy for him and the local school children bully him. It is, in short, the model Halloween warm-up.
For those looking for something a little less gory, the highly rated French language picture Untouchable (2012) is a charming award-winner that is based on a true story. The Observer wrote that, “It's as slick as an oil spill, as sugary as an eclair, and many moviegoers will find it irresistible.” The film charts the strange friendship between a quadriplegic and a troubled young person. The latter, Driss, must keep applying for jobs to continue receiving his benefits. So he applies for the role of Philippe’s carer, secretly believing that he doesn’t stand a chance of getting the job. But, Philippe sees something in Driss and hires him, igniting a friendship that rises above cultural differences.
This month sees a brilliant set of releases fighting for your attention. Whether you want to watch genre-bending slick mobster scenarios, or fancy scaring yourself silly with spooky family histories, there’s bound to be something that captures your fancy. Plus, with so many late afternoon showings and monthly subscription deals available to you this winter, you’ll find it difficult to choose wrong.