Must Watch Movies this season

By: Marie Choblet, Vogue+ Bureau, Paris | January 22, 2012

The Artist is a Française romantic comedy-drama film directed by Michel Hazanavicius, starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo.

The story takes place in Hollywood between 1927 and 1932 and focuses on a declining male film star and a rising actress, as silent cinema grows out of fashion and is replaced by the talkies. Most of the film itself is silent; it is shown in black-and-white, and has received wide praise from critics and many accolades. Dujardin won the Best Actor Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where the film premiered. The film was nominated for six Golden Globes, the most of any film from 2011, and won three; Best Motion Picture – Musical or ComedyBest Original Score, and Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Dujardin). On 17 January 2012 the film was nominated for twelve BAFTAs.

Release date(s): 15 May 2011 (Cannes Film Festival), 12 October 2011 (France), 17 February 2012 (India)

The Hunger Games is an upcoming science fiction action drama film directed by Gary Ross and based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins.

The film stars Jennifer LawrenceJosh HutchersonLiam HemsworthElizabeth Banks, and Woody Harrelson. In the ruins of what was once the United States, the nation of Panem randomly chooses one boy and girl, aged 12-18, from each of the 12 districts to risk their lives in the Hunger Games, a ruthless competition in which each contestant, or tribute, tries to kill the others until only one remains. The winner receives honor, gifts, and enough food and supplies to never worry for anything material again. The Games, while entertainment for the Capitol’s citizens, are a yearly reminder to the 12 districts of their unsuccessful rebellion 74 years ago, during which District 13 was completely destroyed.

Release date(s): 22 March, 2012 (Australia), 23 March, 2012 (Worldwide)