|Glenn Close finds a way to overcome the struggles of survival in late 19th century Ireland.|
Finally leaving the naff rom-coms in his dust, Matthew McConaughey has embraced his inner thespian in recent times, turning in a number of strong performances. Here, with the help of William Friedkin (the director of The Exorcist and The French Connection), McConaughey portrays a hired killer employed by a desperate Emile Hirsch who decides to have his mother rubbed out in order to pay off his debts. Touted as “a totally twisted deep fried Texas redneck trailer park murder story”, advance word has been very positive.
Premieres 28 September
Having surprised everyone, himself included now doubt with the runaway success of B-movie actionfest Taken a couple of years ago, Irish big man Liam Neeson returns in a hotly anticipated sequel. But, what to do when the plot crux of the original involved the kidnapping of his daughter by Albanians? Well, go all in and have the whole family kidnapped this time around. Promising enough bone crunching moments to keep the teenage crowd happy, things are looking good for the revitalised Neeson, hot off the success of The Grey earlier this year.
Premieres 5 October
While the phrase “can do no wrong” will never be applied to director Oliver Stone, the sheer fact that every film he makes at least gets tongues wagging for whatever reason – good or bad – means that at least his output remains interesting. Here he erases the memory of the disappointing Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, to gather an impressive ensemble cast that includes Hollywood heavyweights such as John Travolta, Benicio del Toro and Salma Hayek, alongside such fresh names as Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively and Aaron Johnson for a tale of Californian pot growers who go head to head with a Mexican drug cartel.
Premieres 12 October
While the idea of a man dressing up as woman is seen to be comedy gold in some circles, the vice versa is often played out as a serious drama, with films such as Boys Don’t Cry offering often devastating insight into gender confusion. Here, Glenn Close’s eponymous hero finds a way to overcome the struggles of survival in late 19th century Ireland, where women’s independence is frowned upon. Nominated for both Academy and Golden Globe awards, Close’s performance as the conflicted Hobbs and that of her co-star Janet McTeer’s Hubert Page have garnered accolades around the globe.
Premieres 19 October