Well we’re only nine days into January and it already looks like it’s going to be a pretty interesting year as far as cinema is concerned. First up Hollywood icon Robert Redford is set adrift and desperately fighting for survival in the very tense nautical drama All is Lost. Blackmail, corrupt politicians, and epic hair all come together in American Hustle, David O Russell’s slick seventies comedy thriller starring Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper, no doubt relishing his funked-up and flared out period wardrobe having spent the majority of Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook (2012) dressed in a grey tracksuit and a bin liner. But no one rocks the rayon harder than news legend Ron Burgundy, still keeping it classy in Anchorman 2.
Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom follows the journey of the recently deceased Nelson Mandela from young lawyer, angry activist, and political prisoner to one of the world’s most celebrated statesman. In The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Ben Stiller gives James Thurber’s classic short story a modern slant. Meanwhile Roman Polanski’s creepy satanic horror classic Rosemary’s Baby (1968) gets a late night screening, as does Paul Shrader’s excursion into low-budget soap opera excess The Canyons, starring Lindsey Lohan. Also being screened this week is political documentary The Square, delving into the complex truth behind the recent Egyptian revolution and its repercussions. So here’s to 2014 and another great year of film at one of London’s greatest cinemas, The Ritzy. Happy viewing.