November - cinema in London's South Bank
The power of film can work best in two opposing but equally enthralling ways. One is to transport you to another world completely, one you would otherwise not be able to reach. The other reflects the people, places and the times we live in. This month across the South Banks’s venues you can catch wonderful examples of both as screens are filled with wizards and heroes as well as political struggles and melancholic introspection. So come and celebrate the power of film in its truest form.
Blackstar at BFI Southbank
Celebrating black cinema in all its guises, the BFI Southbank offers up a compelling selection of films for its Blackstar season. There’s extended runs of Boyz N the Hood and In the Heat of the Night, musical biopics Ray and Dreamgirls, close-ups on the likes of Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Paul Robeson and Earl Cameron as well as modern actors like Chiwetel Ejiofor and David Oyelowo and a look at the birth of the hip hop star. Talks, introductions and exclusives round off this varied and pertinent showcase.
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Superhero Hype at House of Vans
Get your capes at the ready and don your finest lycra, London’s House of Vans are lining up a super-powered roll call of heroes for their month long celebration of cinematic superheroes. Whether it’s Batman, X-Men or Watchmen you’re after there’s something to suit every taste. Kids can enjoy big screen outings of The Incredibles and Big Hero 6 there’s even films that take an alternative approach to heroes in the form of V for Vendetta, Scott Pilgrim Vs the World, Unbreakable and Birdman.
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at BFI IMAX
Introducing us to a bewitching new land of otherworldly creatures and fantastical monsters, JK Rowling casts a spell over cinema goers with a spirited return to the world of wizardry for one of the year’s most anticipated films. Arriving in 1920s New York armed with a suitcase full of beasts, Newt Scamander is soon set on a path against the authorities as his wondrous cargo escape and run havoc across the city as Magic and Muggles collide.
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Arrival at Curzon Mondrian
Dressing a rich character story in a sci-fi wrapper, ARRIVAL is a superbly executed blend of bold visuals and emotional depth. Linguistics professor Louise Banks is called upon to engage with the alien pods that have mysteriously arrived across the world, triggering memories and visions as she unearths the truth behind their guests’ arrival. Both engaging and visually striking, ARRIVAL is a close encounter of the cerebral kind.
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