17 February 2017 Friday Night Premieres
Another weekend, another great opportunity to hit the cinema for the top films of the season. This weekend features an appealing combination of action, comedy and drama, as well as two inspiring Academy Award nominees. Which will you choose?
Golden Globe winner for Best Motion Picture and nominee for eight Academy Awards is Moonlight, a story about self-discovery, battling seemingly insurmountable obstacles and finding a rightful place in the world. Broken up into three sections depicting Chiron’s childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood – titled Little, Chiron, and Black – Moonlight tackles parental negligence, poverty, bullying, intolerance, drugs and survival while following Chiron’s journey through life as a gay black man. Through the gritty, raw and emotional experiences Chiron struggles with, director Barry Jenkins (Best Directing) believes it’s important for people to see themselves in film, but it’s even more important they see people they maybe don’t know as well. Chiron’s specific situation may appear foreign to audience members, but the film’s ability to portray such universal concepts will grip the hearts of many and leave a lasting impression.
Hidden Figures premieres Friday evening as another hot Oscar contender, nominated for Best Motion Picture, Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay. Starring Octavia Spencer (Best Supporting Actress), Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monáe, Hidden Figures portrays the true story of three female African-American mathematicians recruited by NASA to work as “computers” in the pre-electronic era of the 1960s. Filled with humour and friendship, Hidden Figures simultaneously delves into workplace inequalities encompassing gender and race. A story about determination and triumphing over a repressive system, Hidden Figures is a feel-good movie for anyone and everyone, revealing the untold stories of the hardworking women who sent the astronauts to space.
Following the raving reviews of its exciting predecessor, John Wick: Chapter 2 is sure not to disappoint, as badass John Wick returns to screens for some “unfinished business” in fighting crime and coming out on top, alive. The action-packed film starring Keanu Reeves features high-intensity scenes and gripping violence in a thrilling game of cat-and-mouse. The film runs on testosterone, adrenaline, blood, viscera, and broken bones, and will certainly satisfy thrill-seekers and action-junkies alike.
Have you ever wondered how McDonald’s was able to grow into such a well-known global superpower? The Founder details this exact journey in following the determination and persistence of businessman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) as he develops the idea of two brothers and builds a food empire. Featuring well-known celebs including Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch and Laura Dern, The Founder depicts the true story of American innovation and the methods behind the madness in building, marketing, and selling the McDonald’s brand.
With so many quality films to choose from, it’ll be difficult to decide how to spend your Friday evening. Either way, watching any of the movies will be time well spent.
To see a full list of Oscar nominated films, please visit here
And for links to trailers of all the above mentioned films, see below:
- Photograph: Darren Berry
- Duncan Ward, Director
Photograph: Darren Berry