Films (to learn from) in 2015

Everybody knows that we remember images better than words, so what better way to learn some Humanities topics, than sit back with a large popcorn and watch a film with friends.

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Here are a few films due for release in 2015 which might let you learn whilst you relax, as long as the age rating is appropriate (information from the Guardian):

I Am Michael
James Franco plays a gay activist who rejects his homosexuality and becomes a Christian pastor. Zachary Quinto is his boyfriend. Premieres at Sundance.

Last Days of the Devil
Ewan McGregor is Jesus and the devil in an imagined chapter from the Bible’s desert-set bit. Premieres at Sundance.

Louder than Bombs
Jesse Eisenberg plays the son of war photographer Isabelle Huppert in a New York-set family drama directed by Joachim Trier, making his English language debut.

Racing Extinction
The new documentary from Louie (The Cove) Psihoyos examines animal extinction by means of grisly and traumatic undercover footage. Premieres at Sundance.

Silence
Scorsese returns to religious themes with this adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s 1966 novel, following the travails of Jesuit missionaries in 17th century Japan. Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield lead the way. An awards run is in the air, so end of year release likely.

Suffragette
Meryl Streep plays Emmeline Pankhurst in this timely dramatisation of the struggle for women’s voting rights in the UK, backed up by a starry cast including Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Ben Whishaw. Prime awards fodder, with autumn festival run and September release in the UK planned.

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