SUMMER blockbuster season seems as good a time as any to look back at what films I’ve seen this year, and select my top five (in purely chronological order):
Manchester By The Sea:
Cast: Casey Affleck, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams.
Director: Kenneth Lonergan.
A restrained study in grief and loss, with an outstanding six-star performance by Casey Affleck at its heart.
Cast: Sunny Pawer, Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara.
Director: Garth Davis.
This tale of a lost child’s long journey home delivered plenty of emotional clout.
Cast: Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes, Naomie Harris, Jangle Monáe, Mahershala Ali.
Director: Barry Jenkins.
Named the Best Picture Oscar winner (eventually), a complex tale in which what remains unsaid is as important as what is said.
Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston.
Director: Lone Scherfig.
Let’s hear it for the British. Nostalgic and patriotic, with some genuinely emotional moments, and a convincing Welsh accent from Gemma Arterton.
Cast: Andel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx.
Director: Edgar Wright.
A superbly choreographed match-up of a brilliant soundtrack and incredible driving stunts.
And a couple of duds
Going In Style:
A cast of starry veterans wasted in a predictable and limp tale, with some embarrassingly awful ‘action’ scenes.
Not every film lives up to its hype. This was a tedious reprisal of over-familiar scenarios.