You may have seen the posters, you may have booked your tickets already. But if you haven’t heard of these must-see films, see our thoughts below – here are five historical films that tackle culturally relevant, contemporary themes.
5 Must-See Films of 2019
Peter Farrelly’s new comedy has a serious backbone. A world-class African-American pianist tours the Deep South in 1962. He hires a driver and protector – who’s racist. Alongside the humiliation he suffers, the driver’s attitude changes and the two characters become true friends. A fun ride with a deeper message. 1 Feb
Our protagonist’s books become controversial bestsellers, yet her husband takes all the credit. She performs in the Moulin Rouge with her lover, Missy, where they kiss on stage and cause riots in the Parisian streets. It’s a sensory explosion and a celebration of diversity and sexual dissent. 11 Jan
Director Barry Jenkins wowed with Oscar- winner Moonlight. His latest film, set in 1970s Harlem, sees Tish and Fonny’s love threatened when Fonny is falsely accused of rape in a system that assumes he is guilty. Great chemistry and delicate composition. 8 Feb
House of Cards writer Beau Willimon has segued his political writing into 16th-century drama. Already criticised for embellishment by historians, Donmar director Josie Rourke brings the tragic queen to dazzling life. Drama dethrones accuracy with stunning results. 18 Jan
Studying Law in the 50s, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is overlooked by chauvinist lecturers and law firms. She represents a man in a case of gender discrimination, revolutionises the law surrounding equality, and is now a lauded member of the Supreme Court. This will doubtless have a cult following stateside. 8 Feb
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