NEW FILMS YOU NEED TO SEE WITH YOUR GAL PALS

A trip to the flicks with girlfriends is one of life’s little pleasures: gossip, popcorn, a soupçon of culture, and a night out that doesn’t involve a hangover. What’s not to like? And right now is an excellent time to get a big screen jaunt booked in, given the slew of female-friendly movies coming up. So bench the man in your life, grab a girlfriend and go.

Jackie (out 20 Jan)

A hotly tipped Oscar contender, this biopic stars Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy and homes in on the bleak days following JFK’s assassination. Portman is extraordinary as a woman who has the rug pulled out from under her feet – quite literally when she has to relinquish the White House as her family home, while mourning the sudden loss of her husband. The costumes are, naturally, fabulous too.

Loving (out 3 Feb)

Another potential Oscar magnet, this is the true story of Mildred and Richard Loving from rural Virginia who got married in the late 1950s – and act that resulted in them being jailed. Why? Because he was white and she was black. Starring Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton, this epic weepy is about the transcendent power of love in the face of terrifying prejudice. You’ll need a whole pack of tissues.

20th Century Woman (out 10 Feb)

Looking for something a bit arthouse-y? 20th Century Women stars Annette Bening as a fiftysomething single mother who enlists the help of two younger woman (Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig) to help with the upbringing and emotional education of her teenage son. Set in late ’70s California, it’s a quirky coming-of-age tale.

50 Shades Darker (out 10 Feb)

Let’s be honest, Fifty Shades Of Grey was not exactly Citizen Kane but I’m not one to pass up an opportunity to see Jamie Dornan’s buttocks under any circumstances. So count me in for this sequel, adapted from the second book in EL James’ bestselling erotic fiction trilogy. Word of warning – a friend of mine took her husband to see the first film and the poor man was the only bloke in the cinema amid a gaggle of giggling women, so this is definitely a girl gang thing.

La La Land (out now)

Ryan Gosling – that’s all you need to know. What, you want more? OK, it’s a musical that even musical-haters will like, last week it won the most ever Golden Globes won by a single film (seven), it’s set in modern day LA, and it involves Emma Stone’s waitress character falling in love with Gosling’s jazz pianist. Well, who wouldn’t.

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