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London Film Festival Must-sees


Try as you might, there’s no way to see everything at the London Film Festival between now and the final day on 27 October. But should you see farm-based Swedish drama Women With Cows or Michael Fassbender struggling with sex addiction in Shame? ShortList selects its best films of the festival.



Tales of the end of the world tend to be blockbusters, but this is an intriguing independent drama. Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Shannon (image 1) stars as a small-town man suffering visions of the apocalypse. But are they actually premonitions?


A boating accident leaves the wife of lawyer Matt King, played by George Clooney (image 2), in a coma. Distressing enough? Undoubtedly, but there’s the bonus revelation that his wife had a secret lover. Directed by About Schmidt’s Alexander Payne, but thankfully lacking Kathy Bates in a hot tub.


A hit at Sundance, this thriller showcases a third, surprisingly talented, Olsen sister as an escapee from a religious cult. She attempts to return to normal, but her paranoid behaviour becomes harder to control. Ignore surname-based bias — Elizabeth Olsen’s performance is provoking Oscar buzz.


Steve McQueen — the director of Hunger, rather than the icon of Sixties cool — reunites with his favoured leading man Michael Fassbender for an uncompromising tale of sex addiction. Graphic from the outset and relentlessly bleak, it’s tough, but well worth enduring.


Describing The Artist as a silent French film shot in black and white, despite being accurate, is likely to dull your interest. But if we also add that it’s a feel-good tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood, that it stunned audiences at Cannes and it’s already being touted as a Best Picture frontrunner at the Oscars, might perk it again.


If Pineapple Express taught us anything, it’s that Seth Rogen is a funny man. That continues in 50/50, but it’s not exactly the type of slacker comedy we’ve come to expect. Based on a true story, he plays the best friend of a man fighting cancer, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.


In this James Ellroy-scripted thriller, Woody Harrelson (image 3) plays a corrupt cop, struggling to fit into a cleaner LAPD in the late Nineties. It’s being hailed as the performance of his career.


Billed as this year’s Blue Valentine, this well-observed film about young love turning sour is not recommended date viewing. Switching between London and LA, the bittersweet drama revolves around the pitfalls of a long-distance romance.



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19 Oct 2016

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You've gotta roll(ing stock) with it

19 Oct 2016

This year's 15 most terrifying films to watch on Halloween

Chances of weeping behind your sofa: high

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19 Oct 2016

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This is why they're the best

18 Oct 2016

Leonardo DiCaprio is producing a new Captain Planet movie

There's a headline we didn't expect to write

18 Oct 2016

QUIZ: Can you match these famous opening lines to the films?

Being attentive in the cinema is about to pay off

17 Oct 2016

Watch Ben Affleck's slick new thriller The Accountant for FREE

We, dear reader, are bringing you his latest blockbuster for absolutely nothing

14 Oct 2016

Stop everything, the New Star Wars: Rogue One trailer is here

Guess who's back

13 Oct 2016