The dark winter nights and the inclement weather is a perfect excuse to spend the evening at home or at the cinema watching a movie. Here is my list of film recommendations that are sure to keep you entertained until the spring.
Miss Sloane, 2016 | Available to watch on Amazon Video
Jessica Chastain stars as the protaganist, Elizabeth Sloane, the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in Washington D.C. Willing to bend the rules for her clients, Sloane will go to any means to succeed. When asked to help oppose a bill that imposes regulations on firearms, she joins a small firm that represents the backers of the law. Her defiant stance and determination to win makes her the target of powerful new enemies who not only threaten her career but the people she cares about. She finds that winning may come at too high a price.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, 2017 | In cinemas
Picking up where Star Wars: The Force Awakens ends, Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force, disrupts Luke Skywalker's peaceful existence when she asks him to mentor her and teach her the ways of the Jedi. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy. Will Skywalker choose shelter in his solitude of will he join the fight against the First Order? In cinemas.
Mom and Dad, 2017 I In cinemas
We can all breath a sigh of relief as a decent Nicolas Cage movie has finally arrived in the form of horror-comedy, Mom and Dad. A strange disorder suddenly causes parents to violently turn against their own children forcing a surly teenage girl and her younger brother to play a deadly game of cat and mouse with their own homicidal mother and father.
Veronica, 2017 | Available to watch on Netflix
I couldn't resist watching this Spanish demonic-horror that is being touted as the "scariest movie ever". Directed by [REC] director, Paco Plaza, the films tells the story of Veronica, a teenager who has taken care of her little brother and sisters since the death of their father. During a total eclipse of the sun, Veronica and two friends decide to dabble with a Ouija board in order to invoke her father's spirit. What follows are a series of terrifying events that suggest that they had successfully made contact with an entity who is not her father.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, 2017 | In cinemas
What's not to like about an action-adventure comedy starring The Rock? After being tasked with cleaning out an disused school room as punishment during their detention, four high school kids happen upon an old video game console called Jumanji and are magically sucked into the game's jungle setting, becoming the adult avatars they chose. To beat the game and return to the real world, they have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives which will change the way they think about themselves, and others, forever.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle, 2017 | Available to rent online
This is my favourite film so far. Having loved the first chapter of the Kingsman series, I had high expectations for the sequel and I'm glad to say that it did not disappoint. With their headquarters destroyed and the world held to ransom by the villainous, Poppy (Julianne Moore), members of the Kingsman reach out to new allies in the United States known as Statesman. In an adventure that tests their strength and wits, the two elite secret organisations must band together to defeat a common enemy and save the day.
Brawl in Cell Block 99, 2017 | Available to rent online
Vince Vaughn is currently on a journey of movie redemption. After years of playing the smug misogynist stereotype, he finally won me over in his role as Bradley Thomas, a former boxer who, after losing his job as an an auto mechanic, takes a job a a drug courier. After a botched drug pick up, Thomas finds himself in prison where his enemies force him to commit acts of violence and kill an inmate in cell block 99. With his pregnant wife held hostage, Thomas will not stop at anything until she is safe again which means turning the prison into a savage battleground. Be warned, this film is not for the squeamish.
The Ritual, 2017 | Available on Netflix
Reuniting after the tragic death of their friend, four friends set out to hike through the Scandinavian wilderness in tribute to him. When one of the group injures their leg and they are forced to take a short cut through a dense forest, a wrong turn leads them into the mysterious woodland where an ancient evil exists and stalks them at every turn.
In Order of Disappearance, 2014 | Available on BBC iPlayer until 20 March 2018
Nils Dickman lives a quiet but happy existence in the Norwegian mountains, keeping the roads clear with his snowplough company and even winning a citizen of the year award. But when his son is murdered by a drugs gang in a case of mistaken identity he goes looking for revenge and his search for the killers unwittingly kick starts a brutal gang war between local gangster 'The Count' and his Serbian rival 'Papa', with Nils caught in the middle seeking justice for his son.