The Woman In Black

The Woman In Black

British film really has been on a major high this year with some corking movies hitting the big screen.

This week we have two more to enjoy in the form of Great Expectations and Sightseers - an adaptation of Charles Dickens and a black comedy.

So we have take a look at some of the best British movies that you should have seen this year.

- Woman In Black

Daniel Radcliffe returned to the big screen in February for his first role since leaving the Harry Potter franchise behind.

He took on the central role in the big screen adaptation of Susan Hill's much loved novel while James Watkins was in the director's chair.

Woman In Black was a gripping movie from start to finish as it haunting and chilling while Radcliffe delivered a really great performance.

The movie did take some artistic license with the story and didn't stick rigidly to the novel.

Woman In Black topped the UK box office and took $20 million in the U.S. in its opening weekend - making it the biggest U.S. opening for a Hammer Horror movie.

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- Skyfall

But if there is one British movie that has really dominated the box office this year then it is Skyfall as Daniel Craig returned to the role of 007.

It was the first Bond film since Quantum of Solace back in 2008 and saw Sam Mendes take the helm for the very first time.

This is the best Bond movie ever as it feel contemporary whilst nodding back to the past as the franchise celebrates 50 years. It really is a knockout movie.

The movie smashed record after record as it stormed the global box office - it is now the biggest Bond film of all time and has so far taken in excess of $790 million.

- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Another gem that you really must see is The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as it brought together one of the best casts of 2012.

Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Ronald Pickup and Dev Patel all starred in this fantastic comedy.

Directed by John Madden the movie was an adaptation of These Foolish Thing by Deborah Moggach.

This is a heart-warming and charming movie from start to finish that really sees some of our best actors on top form.

The movie was a huge hit at the UK box office as well as in the States and it is one of the best international grossing films to be released worldwide this year.

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- Wild Bill

A whole host of people have made their directorial debuts this year and one of them is actor Dexter Fletcher.

And Wild Bill really is a fantastic movie that shows a lot of promise for Fletcher as a filmmaker.

This is an incredibly engaging movie from start to finish as this movie is packed with interesting characters and complex relationships - not to mention great performances.

And there is no performance greater than that of Will Poulter - a teenager who has had to step up and take care of his younger brother in the absence of a parent.

Fletcher penned the script as well as directed the movie and it will be interesting to see what he does next.

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- Fast Girls

Another Great British movie that hit this big screen earlier this year was Fast Girls as Regan Hall was another director making his debut.

The movie saw Lenora Crichlow, Lily James, Bradley James and Noel Clarke on the cast list - the latter also having a hand in penning the script.

The sporting film delivers a fantastic message that no matter what background you are from you can achieve exactly what you want.

It is a inspiring and heartwarming story and you will get swept along with racing and the rivalry.

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- Great Expectations

This week sees Mike Newell back in the director's chair as he bring his adaptation of Great Expectations to the big screen.

Jeremy Irvine leads an all star cast as he takes on the role of Pip in the movie while Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Holliday Grainger and Robbie Coltrane are all also set to star.

Young orphan Pip is given a chance to rise from his humble beginnings thanks to a mysterious benefactor.

Moving through London’s class ridden world as a gentleman, Pip uses his new found position to pursue the beautiful Estella; a spoilt heiress he’s loved since childhood.

Yet the shocking truth behind his great fortune will have devastating consequences for everything he holds dear.

- Sightseers

Another British movie on release this week is black comedy Sightseers as Ben Wheatley returns to the director's chair for the first time since Kill List.

Steve Ora, and Alice Lowe have penned the screenplay and take on the central characters of Tina and Chris in the film.

Chris wants to show Tina his world and he wants to do it his way - on a journey through the British Isles in his beloved Abbey Oxford Caravan.

Tina's led a sheltered life and there are things that Chris needs her to see - the Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Keswick Pencil Museum and the rolling countryside that accompanies these wonders in his life.

But it doesn't take long for the dream to fade. Litterbugs, noisy teenagers and pre-booked caravan sites, not to mention Tina's meddling mother, soon conspire to shatter Chris's dreams and send him, and anyone who rubs him up the wrong way, over a very jagged edge..

Great Expectations & Sightseers are released 30th November

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw

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