Posted 04/03/2014 by BrightHouse Team
Movie awards season is heading towards its biggest night with the Oscars on the 2nd March, with a great selection of films vying for the coveted golden statues. There have been some great films over the last year, and there are even more to look forward to during 2014.
If you’re wondering what to go see this weekend then take a look at our list of our favourite films currently on release, as well as what’s going to be coming out very soon:
The Lego Movie
An entire film made out of Lego? On paper it sounds like the best movie ever. And it is! What might have just ended up as a big marketing exercise turned out to be a fantastic adventure of imagination and humour, which has been delighting kids and adults alike. The film’s hero is a simple construction worker who must team up with an assortment of cohorts including Batman, and a wizard played by Morgan Freeman, in order to stop Lord Business from ridding the world of imagination and freedom by gluing everything down. Funny, witty, and full of heart; the whole family will love it.
In cinemas now
The Monuments Men
Based on the true events of a WWII special US army unit that was sent to rescue historic works of art looted by the Nazis, this film directed by George Clooney features a stellar cast including Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, and Clooney himself. The Monuments Men, a collection of artist and art experts, are tasked with tracking down priceless cultural artefacts to rescue them from destruction as the Nazi regime begins to crumble. Despite appearances, this is a generally a light-hearted romp, with understated humour and whiffs of Indiana Jones.
In cinemas now
This is a remake of the 1980s classic, taking on the themes of tyrannical law enforcement and the conflict of man vs. machine. Joel Kinnaman as Alex Murphy is the new man, and the machine is his rebuilt cyborg body. The year is 2028, and a huge corporation named OmniCorp is supplying robotic soldiers to the US military to fight its wars overseas, but at home the streets are rife with crime. Robotic weapons are banned on US soil, so the ruthless CEO of OmniCorp gets around this by fusing a real cop, Alex Murphy, with a robotic body. Naturally, it doesn’t go that well, and Alex is unwilling to be a puppet of his creator, instead becoming bent on personal vengeance.
In cinemas now
300: Rise of an Empire
Having defeated Leonidas’s 300 Spartans at the battle of Thermopylae, god-king Xerxes marches his vast Persian army into Greece, preparing to conquer all. The first 300 movie saw King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) take his band of Spartan soldiers to defend against the might of Persia, and this sequel follows directly on from his glorious last stand. Lena Heady returns as the Queen of Sparta, along with David Wenham as Dilios. Newcomers include Eva Green as Artemisia, the vengeful commander of the Persian navy, and Sullivan Stapleton who plays the Greek general Themistocles.
In cinemas on 7th March
Need for Speed
Based on a popular series of racing video games, this film stars Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper. Movies based on video games have generally proven to be pretty terrible, but this one looks more promising. While the Fast and Furious serious quickly descended into complete absurdity with CGI cars and special effects, Need for Speed utilises good old fashioned real-life car stunts. Aaron Paul’s character has been framed for a federal crime, and after he gets out of prison he sets off on a race across the country to take revenge. If you like a good car chase, this is definitely going to be the film for you.
In cinemas 12th March