Film previews for the New Year

12 Years a Slave.
12 Years a Slave.
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Gavin Miller gives us a taste of movies due for release in the coming weeks

12 YEARS A SLAVE

It’s Oscar season – and this is undoubtedly the favourite.

British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor – best know for second string roles in the likes of American Gangster, Inside Man and 2012 – finally gets the plaudits he deserves in this amazing based-on-a-true-story slavery drama.

He stars as a free black man in pre-Civil War America, who is abducted from New York and sold into slavery.

Over an unforgettable 12-year odyssey he experiences cruelty – primarily from his slave owner (Michael Fassbender) – and unexpected kindness, as he struggles to not only stay alive, but retain his dignity.

Brad Pitt and Benedict Cumberbatch – who seems to appear in just about everything at the moment – co-star in the film that will probably go head-to-head with Gravity for the Best Film Academy Award.

One thing’s for sure, Ejiofor should be a shoe-in for Best Actor.

Released: January 10

THE RAILWAY MAN

Those of us Brits hoping that Colin Firth will recreate some of his Oscar-winning magic of The King’s Speech may be disappointed, with this war drama only receiving middling early reviews.

Fellow Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman and War Horse’s Jeremy Irvine co-star as Firth’s war veteran looks to confront those responsible for his torture on Japan’s prisoner of war “Death Railway” during World War Two.

Released: January 10

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

The dream team of Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio reunite for this true story-based comedy crime caper. DiCaprio stars as Jordan Belfort, who went from wealthy stockbroker living the high life, before falling foul of crime and corruption – and the federal government. Only time will tell if this biographical movie – which co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Jonah Hill – will be in Oscar contention.

Released: January 17