Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bye Bye Blockbusters; the Season of Megabudget Movies Is Winding Down, Leaving Cinephiles with More Offbeat Offerings to Look Forward to -- Our Critic Ben Walters Picks 10 Films to Watch out for over the Coming Months

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bye Bye Blockbusters; the Season of Megabudget Movies Is Winding Down, Leaving Cinephiles with More Offbeat Offerings to Look Forward to -- Our Critic Ben Walters Picks 10 Films to Watch out for over the Coming Months

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Byline: Ben Walters

1. A MOST WANTED MAN This John le Carre adaptation features Philip Seymour Hoffman, in one of his final leading roles, as an understated Hamburg intelligence officer on the trail of a suspected Islamist kingpin. Expect more paperwork than fight scenes but early reports suggest Hoffman is terrific. Rachel McAdams and Willem Dafoe also star and all use German accents. Out September 12

2. PRIDE The true story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, the London-based fundraising group that set up contacts with a small Welsh community during the 1984 miners' strike. With a topnotch cast including Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton and Paddy Considine, it's part culture-clash comedy, part rousing tale of coming together against the odds. Out September 12

3. MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT In Woody Allen's 47th feature, set on the Riviera in the 1920s, Colin Firth plays a famous illusionist recruited to debunk a young medium (played by Emma Stone) whose apparent channel to the spirit world has seen her being taken in by a rich American family. Romance blossoms in a story reportedly more charming than substantial. Out September 19

4. THE RIOT CLUB This British film is based on Laura Wade's hit play Posh -- itself inspired by the escapades of Oxford's ultraexclusive Bullingdon Club, whose former members include David Cameron and Boris Johnson. Directed by Lone Sherfig (An Education), it promises a punchy take on privilege, entitlement and the abuse of power. Max Irons and Sam Claflin star. 9 Out September 19

5. ALL IS BY MY SIDE OutKast's Andre 3000 stars as Jimi Hendrix in this take on the legendary singer's early career in London from writer-director John Ridley (who also wrote 12 Years a Slave). It's not the only music biopic of the season: September 26 sees the release of Get On Up, about James Brown, co-written by Jez Butterworth. Out October 10

6. GONE GIRL Gillian Flynn adapts her own hit novel for director David Fincher, whose experience with twisted crime stories such as Fight Club, Zodiac and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo should be good preparation for this tale of a man suspected of involvement in his wife's disappearance. …

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