Upcoming cinema releases to look forward to…

  1. Last Night in Soho (29th October)

Dancing between modern day and 1960’s Soho, Edgar Wright’s latest feature tells the story of a young girl (Thomasin McKenzie) who dreams of becoming a fashion designer, idolising an aspiring singer from the 60’s (Anya Taylor-Joy). Mysteriously, the young designer becomes able to travel back to the 1960’s, and although things may at first seem exciting, this strange ability to time travel suddenly starts to corrupt her world. Applying the fast-paced and stylised characteristics of Wright’s filmmaking to a thriller will be sure to result in something very interesting, and shouldn’t be missed on the big screen.

2. The Beatles: Get Back (27th August)

Perhaps the best band to ever do it, Peter Jackson has reunited the fab four on the big screen once again. Working from over fifty-five hours of footage originally captured by Michael Lindsey-Hogg in 1970, the ‘Lord of the Rings’ director has restored and re-edited the footage to create an incredible three-part documentary series, with each instalment being two hours in length. To see all four of these incredible musicians come to life once again will be a brilliant experience, and my only complaint would be that I wish the documentary was covering footage from the ‘White Album’ rather than ‘Get Back.’ If you haven’t seen the teaser trailer released a few months ago, I would highly recommend giving it a watch.

3. House of Gucci (26th November)

Ridley Scott directing Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto and Al Pacino in a murder-tale about one of the most influential families in the fashion world might be enough to sell this film to anyone. With the trailer having recently been released, it’s difficult not to anticipate the day that we’ll be able to sit down and enjoy this on the big screen, and although Scott is known to have had a fairly on-and-off run in terms of quality in recent years, it’s looking like ‘House of Gucci’ could be another great film for the director.

4. Dune (21st October)

One of 2021’s most anticipated blockbusters finally arrives in the UK late October. Denis Villeneuve directs this new adaption of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel about the son of a nobel family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy. It’s unsurprising that with this star-studded cast Dune has already taken the film festival circuit by storm. This film is definitely one to watch on the big screen.

5. King Richard (12th November)

A film that seems to have flown relatively under the radar, but absolutely one to keep an eye on, King Richard. The film takes a look at tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams, where they came from and how they rose to dominate their sport having been coached by their father, Richard Williams. With early Oscar buzz around Will Smiths performance, it’s certainly a film to see in the cinema.

6. Death on the Nile (11th February)

After Kenneth Branagh’s ambitious adaptation of Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ brought an all-star cast to the big screen back in 2017, the director/starring actor is lining up another intriguing Christie text with ‘Death on the Nile’. Featuring such brilliant actors as Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Armie Hammer and Emma Mackey, with the likes of Ridley Scott helping out on the production side of things, Kenneth Branagh should hopefully deliver another exciting and intriguing blockbuster to cinema goers in early 2022.

Postponed cinema releases to look forward to…

As we enter yet another week of lockdown, many people are finding themselves going a little stir crazy. We’ve shared numerous film recommendations over the past few weeks as well as weekly reviews but we cannot wait to get back to watching new releases in the cinema and we’re sure many of you will be feeling the same. If you’re looking to the future and starting to think about things you’re looking forward to maybe some of these delayed releases will make it to your list…

1) Mulan, original release: 27th March, revised release: 24th July

The latest in Disney’s live action remake of one of their classic animations. The story follows a strong willed young woman who is struggling with the idea of stepping into the ‘female’ roles that she is expected to. Upon a call for the male members of each family to join the army to fight the huns, Mulan pretends to be a man and heads to war in the place of her ageing father in an attempt to save China.

2) Wonder Woman 1984, original release: 5th June, revised release: 14th August

The sequel to 2017’s DC sensation ‘Wonder Woman’, the plot has remained very secret. But Gal Gadot’s return to this iconic role is sure to a whirlwind of adventure and is definitely one to watch out for if you love a good superhero movie.

3) The French Dispatch, original release: 24th July, revised release: 16th October

Wes Anderson’s latest piece of work, The French Dispatch brings a star studded cast to an American newspaper in a fictional twentieth century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in “The French Dispatch Magazine”.

4) Black Widow, original release: 1st May, revised release: 6th November

In Black Widow’s stand alone movie the audience gets a look at the challenges Natasha Romanoff undertook in her quests between Marvel films ‘Civil War’ and ‘Infinity War’. As one of the Avengers with such an interesting and mysterious past we can be sure to expect and action packed adventure.

5) No Time To Die, original release: 4th April, revised release: 12th November

Daniel Craig returns as James Bond. No Time To Die see’s 007 having left active service. That is until his old friend from the CIA, Felix Leiter turns up asking for Bond’s help. James sets onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

6) Top Gun: Maverick, original release: 26th June, revised release: 23rd December

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.

7) Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, original release: 7th August, revised release: 15th January.

Thomas and Bea are now married and living with Peter and his rabbit family. Bored of life in the garden, Peter goes to the big city, where he meets shady characters and ends up creating chaos for the whole family.

8) In The Heights, original release: 26th June, revised release: UNKNOWN

A feature version of the Broadway musical written by Lin Manuel Miranda, in which a bodega owner has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune. A fantastic musical which looks to make an outstanding movie.

Of course, these are just 8 of the many films that have been postponed due to the global pandemic of Covid:19. We hope the day that cinemas reopen comes around quickly, but until then, enjoy catching up with those movies you’ve never got around to watching! Stay safe, stay well.

Top 5 movies to look out for before 2020…

We’ve had an incredible year of film so far, every genre has told stories at the very top of their game – and we still have 3 months of the year to go! Here are our top 5 film picks to look out for between now and 2020…

The Joker (Todd Philips) UK Release: 4th October
The highly anticipated DC movie telling the story of Batman’s nemesis ‘The Joker’, starring Joaquin Phoenix and directed by Todd Phillips. After Heath Ledger’s phenomenal portrayal of the same character, many were hesitant to ‘look forward’ to this film…until Joaquin Phoenix was announced. I’m a BIG Joaquin Phoenix fan, I think he is arguably one of the greatest actors around today and I personally think this casting is perfect. The trailer gives us a glimpse of the plot all set to a haunting version of the song ‘smile’. I’m expecting it to be quite sad, entangled perhaps with a bit of dark humour and, hopefully a really captivating plot re-introducing one of the villains we just love to hate. iMDB categorises it as a crime/drama/thriller so if you like a bit of action or just love the Batman universe then be sure not to miss this movie! – Ellen

The Peanut Butter Falcon (Tyler Nilson, Mike Schwartz) UK Release: 18th October
When I first heard the story behind ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’s’ creation, I was looking forward to its release immediately. Directors Nilson and Schwartz met the film’s star, Zack Gottsagen – a 22 year old with down syndrome who always wanted to be an actor – in Venice. They decided that his story would make a great film and shot a proof-of-concept video with him. After being funded for a feature length film, production began and quickly picked up big name actors such as Shia Lebouf, Dakota Fanning and Jon Bernthal, despite remaining a relatively indie release. I can’t think of a story which would be any more of a feel-good film than the creation of someone’s dream whilst telling their own story. – Fred

The Report (Scott Z. Burns) UK Release: 15th November
Based on true events, The Report (also known as ‘The Torture Report’) tells the story of Senate staffer Daniel.J Jones who was put in charge of investigating the CIAs detention and interrogation programme after the events of 9/11 and fought to make public some very dark secrets. Starring the likes of Adam Driver and Annette Benning this film is tipped to be a ‘big hitter’ and was very well received at Sundance Film Festival. Containing scenes of an upsetting nature, inhumane treatment and torture, this drama won’t be for everyone but I imagine it will be an important watch. – Ellen

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (Vince Gilligan) Worldwide Release: 11th October
Of all the films on this list, I would say that this is the one that I am most nervous about. Breaking Bad is one of, if not my favourite TV series of all time. Avoiding spoilers, I would perhaps describe the TV series’ ending as perfect, wrapping up many stories whilst leaving the ambiguity of others to stay with the viewer. When continuing such a story, there is always the risk that answers will be provided to questions that are perhaps better left unanswered, or maybe the writing just won’t hold up to the original series. However, it appears that the films creation has been left in the trusted hands of the original writer, Vince Gilligan, and I would like to believe that he wouldn’t carry on the story of such a beloved show if he didn’t think that he could maintain the high standard he’s set for himself. Either way, when Netflix releases the film, I’m sure I’ll be watching it as soon as I can. – Fred

Little Women (Greta Gerwig) UK Release: 26th December
This is quite possibly the most exciting release of 2019 for us. What’s not to love?! A classic novel, one of the best directors of our time and an A-list cast! Listed on iMDB as a drama/romance this film follows the story of four sisters in the aftermath of the civil war. Greta Gerwig directs the likes of Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep and Laura Dern, which should be enough to get anyone who has any interest in film along to see this movie. This coming of age story will undoubtedly be a brilliantly entertaining watch, an absolute masterclass at filmmaking and we’re sure will be carefully considered in the coming awards season. Gerwig’s continuation of strong female characters presents an exciting exploration by the director, which could be considered as the beginning of her establishment as an auteur. The energy shown in the trailer is undoubtedly infectious, and we can’t wait to experience this film. – Fred and Ellen

It wasn’t easy to pick just 5 between us so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for more reviews and articles. We’d love for you to comment and let us know which upcoming releases you’re looking forward to and why!