Right now is a particularly great time for cinema, with some incredible feature films playing in venues all across Leeds. It’s even better when you’re a student and qualify for cheap tickets and deals! Here are 3 critically-acclaimed films that will cater to your every emotional need for the next few weeks. You will laugh, you will cry, you might feel a bit depressed, but ultimately you will experience a sense of fulfillment and joy at having spent an evening’s viewing at these silver-screen spectaculars.
After playing at the 2014 Leeds International Film Festival in November, 'Birdman' received the overall number 1 ranking in popularity, making it the most highly rated film of the entire festival. This was a trend that continued throughout the later part of 2014, with the film appearing on over 100 critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2014, making the film the consensus top film of the year. And personally, I can confirm that this film is bloody brilliant. Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and staring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, and Edward Norton, 'Birdman' tells the story of a washed up Hollywood actor, famed for his portrayal of 1980s superhero of the same name, trying to make a comeback on Broadway with an adaptation of a Raymond Carver’s ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Love’. American-surreal-black-comedy would be too simple a way to describe this masterpiece; it has everything from an incredible original soundtrack to a story that makes you want to question the meaning of everything you do in life. Showbiz satire at its finest, and a true must-see for film lovers of any genre.
Big Hero 6
This is one for anime fans, comic book devotees, and movie goers of all ages and walks of life. Inspired by the Marvel characters and graphic novels of the same name, 'Big Hero 6' follows the adventures of kid robotics genius Hiro Hamada and his band of super-powered friends, as they attempt to capture a masked fiend running around stealing Hiro’s robotic blueprints. This is the first film from Walt Disney Animated Studios to feature both comic book inspired characters, and a mixed race protagonist. In fact, it features arguably the most ethically diverse cast in any animated Disney movie, which is pretty damn cool. It also stars the most adorable, lovable robot character ever in the history of film. Baymax is big and squishy and you just wish he would step out from the screen to give you one of those incredible hugs. This film earned more money in previews than both 'Frozen' and 'The Lego Movie', and it deserves every penny. It is an incredible feat in animation, and well worth a trip to your local picture house to experience in all its glory.
Based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon, 'Inherent Vice' is a crime-comedy drama explosion with all all-star cast, featuring Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, and Reese Witherspoon among others. Set in a fictional town in 1970s LA, this neo-noir caper documents the exploits of hippie-stoner detective, Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello, and his investigations into the sudden disappearance of an ex-girlfriend. An experimental look at decadence, self-destruction, and the end of the hippie dream, this film is perfect for those seeking something a little more dark and edgy than the previous contenders on this list.
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