Film festival of the week: BFI London Film Festival, various venues
Friday 04 October 2013
With Tom Hanks at his least Gump-ish in the lead, Paul Greengrass's engaged and muscularly entertaining Somali pirate thriller Captain Phillips is a fine choice to open this year's London Film Festival.
Hanks is back for the closer, Saving Mr Banks, while the 200-plus films in between include the variously accessible and adventurous likes of Cannes hit Blue Is the Warmest Colour; Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin, with Scarlett Johansson as a (literal) maneater; the Coens' Inside Llewyn Davis; Alfonso Cuarón's Sandra Bullock- in-space knuckle-gnawer Gravity; and Steve McQueen's sure awards bet 12 Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor.
020 7928 3232; bfi.org.uk/lff; Wednesday to 20 October
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Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 3 Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
- 4 Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
- 5 Refugee crisis: Aylan's life was full of fear - in death, he is part of 'humanity washed ashore'
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