Reel Reviewer cinema column, by Jason Day.
Dev Patel stars in ‘Lion’ as a poor Indian boy who is adopted by Tasmanian parents after losing contact with his family as an illiterate child.
This moving drama may not set the box office alight, but with its formidable arsenal of a first-rate cast firing on all of the emotional cylinders (Patel, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman), this 20-hanky weepie is well worth seeing.
Yes, there are lots of teary scenes, but the film works so well because it hones in on your sympathy and innate vulnerabilities with laser-like precision.
Kidman can take a well-deserved bow here for a remarkable performance as a woman whose cautious, non-threatening mothering style verges on the passive aggressive.
Here’s a rundown of the best of the rest of the films out this month…
Hacksaw Ridge: Mel Gibson directed, gritty WWII drama.
T2: Trainspotting: Sequel to the heroin-heroes cult-classic.
Sing: Animated X-Factor/save a theatre yarn.
Loving (released Feb 3): Interracial marriage/legal drama.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (Feb 3): The conclusion to the Zombie series.
Fifty Shades Darker (Feb 10): First sequel to last year’s S&M romance.
Fences (Feb 10): Denzel Washington-directed drama about a black American family.
The Lego Batman Movie (Feb 10): Superhero-themed sequel to the critical animation success.
The Founder (Feb 17): Michal Keaton is into fast-food.
The Great Wall (Feb 17): Matt Damon tackles beasts at The Great Wall of China.
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This column was published in the February issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. You can read the digital edition here.