12 YEARS A SLAVE
It’s Oscar season – and this is undoubtedly the favourite.
British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor – best know for 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 may 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 II.
Released: January 10