This Week’s Movie Menu (16th – 22nd October 2023)

Even though the BFI London Film Festival is over for another year, that isn’t stopping the movies from coming in hot, and there’s plenty of fireballs to keep an eye out for this week, including the anticipated new Martin Scorsese epic, a sparkly new animated musical, and the return of a terrifying Stephen King classic…

Movie of the Week

 

Killers of the Flower Moon (2023, dir. Martin Scorsese)

CAST: Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone, Jesse Plemons, Tantoo Cardinal, John Lithgow, Brendan Fraser, Cara Jade Myers, JaNae Collins, Jillian Dion, Jason Isbell, William Belleau, Louis Cancelmi, Scott Shepherd, Everett Waller, Talee Redcorn, Yancey Red Corn, Tatanka Means, Tommy Schultz, Sturgill Simpson, Ty Mitchell, Gary Basaraba, Charlie Musselwhite, Pat Healy, Steve Witting, Steve Routman, Michael Abbot Jr., Jack White, Pete Yorn, Larry Sellers, Barry Corbin, Steve Eastin, Katherine Willis, Gene Jones, Larry Fessenden, Elden Henson

CREW: Martin Scorsese (director, writer, producer), Eric Roth (writer), Dan Friedkin, Daniel Lupi and Bradley Thomas (producers), Robbie Robertson (composer), Rodrigo Prieto (cinematographer), Thelma Schoonmaker (editor)

PLOT: In 1920s Oklahoma, after oil is discovered underneath land occupied by the Osage tribe, a wave of brutal murders within the Native community prompts a major investigation by the newly-formed FBI, which soon discovers some shocking ties to wealthy cattleman William Hale (De Niro) and his nephew Ernest (DiCaprio), the latter of whom is married to wealthy Osage native Mollie (Gladstone)…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • Martin Scorsese’s big-budget adaptation of David Grann’s non-fiction book of the same name highlights one of the most disturbing criminal conspiracies in history
  • It marks Scorsese’s sixth collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as his tenth with Robert De Niro, both of whom play some of the nastiest and most complex characters of their careers
  • The ensemble cast is stacked with plenty of other noteworthy faces, including Jesse Plemons, recent Oscar-winner Brendan Fraser, and Lily Gladstone in what is said to be a star-making turn if ever there was one
  • The project is by far the most expensive yet to be made by Apple, which collaborated with main distributor Paramount to co-finance the enormous $200 million budget
  • Going off early reviews from its debut at Cannes earlier this year, this is set to be yet another massive critical and audience hit for Scorsese, and a surefire contender during the upcoming awards season

Killers of the Flower Moon is showing in cinemas from Friday 20 October 2023

What’s Showing in Cinemas This Week?

 

Trolls Band Together (2023, dir. Walt Dohrn)

CAST: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Camila Cabello, Eric André, Kid Cudi, Troye Sivan, Daveed Diggs, Amy Schumer, Andrew Rannells, Zosia Mamet, RuPaul, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Icona Pop, Anderson .Paak, Ron Funches, Kenan Thompson, Kunal Nayyar, Walt Dohrn

CREW: Walt Dohrn (director), Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger and Elizabeth Tippet (writers), Gina Shay (producer), Theodore Shapiro (composer), Nick Fletcher (editor)

PLOT: Poppy (Kendrick), the Queen of the Trolls, discovers that her boyfriend Branch (Timberlake) was once part of boyband phenomenon BroZone, along with Branch’s now-estranged brothers Floyd (Sivan), John Dory (André), Spruce (Diggs) and Clay (Cudi). When one of Branch’s brothers is kidnapped by nefarious pop-star villains Velvety (Schumer) and Veneer (Rannells), he and Poppy must set out on a perilous journey to reunite the remaining brothers and save the day…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • The third film in DreamWorks Animation’s hit musical franchise celebrates the numerous boybands that have left their mark on popular culture
  • In addition to returning voices like Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick, there are plenty of new roles for musicians and actors like Camila Cabello, Troye Sivan, Amy Schumer and RuPaul
  • Timberlake once again oversees the pop-filled soundtrack, which is rumoured to include an anticipated reunion with the artist’s former *NSYNC members
  • As ever, the animation is bright and colourful, with some eye-popping sequences that combine more psychedelic visuals than the previous films combined
  • It’s a jovial and upbeat family adventure that will keep the kids fully occupied during half-term

Trolls Band Together is showing in cinemas from Friday 20 October 2023

 

Foe (2023, dir. Garth Davis)

CAST: Saoirse Ronan, Paul Mescal, Aaron Pierre

CREW: Garth Davis (director, writer, producer), Iain Reed (writer), Iain Canning, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts and Emile Sherman (producers), Oliver Coates, Park Jiha and Agnes Obel (composers), Mátyás Erdély (cinematographer), Peter Sciberras (editor)

PLOT: In the year 2065, Hen (Ronan) and Junior (Mescal) live a peaceful life together on a remote farm. One day, a mysterious stranger named Terrance (Pierre) arrives with a shocking proposal that begins to drive a wedge between the couple…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • This moody and atmospheric sci-fi thriller tells a compelling story with numerous unfolding layers
  • Garth Davis, the director of the Oscar-nominated Lion, adapts the novel of the same name by Iain Reed, whose other nightmarish work I’m Thinking of Ending Things was recently adapted by Charlie Kaufman
  • Oscar nominees Saoirse Ronan and Paul Mescal are uniformly excellent as a couple confronted with a devastating new situation
  • Shot among the expansive plains of South Australia, there is a striking beauty in the natural cinematography that captures the sheer isolation of its main characters
  • There are twists and turns that will leave you shocked and wanting to look at certain events again in a completely different light

Foe is showing in cinemas from Friday 20 October 2023

 

It Lives Inside (2023, dir. Bishal Dutta)

CAST: Megan Suri, Neeru Bajwa, Mohana Krishnan, Vik Sahay, Gage Marsh, Beatrice Kitsos, Betty Gabriel

CREW: Bishal Dutta (director, writer), Ashish Mehta (writer), Raymond Mansfield and Sean McKittrick (producers), Wesley Hughes (composer), Matthew Lynn (cinematographer), Jack Price (editor)

PLOT: Sam (Suri), an American teenager of Indian origin, has rejected her heritage to fit in amongst her peers, which has caused her to become estranged from her best friend Tamira (Krishnan). However, after Sam breaks Tamira’s prized mason jar that she carries for mysterious reasons, Tamira is taken by a demonic spirit known as a Pishach, forcing Sam to confront her Indian heritage in order to save her…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • Indian culture is at the forefront of this spooky new tale from writer-director Bishal Dutta
  • Dutta takes inspiration from his own experiences of growing up as an Indian-American, as well as from Indian demonic mythology
  • Actor Megan Suri, whom viewers may recognise from a recurring role on Netflix’s Never Have I Ever, delivers a compelling and utterly chilled lead performance
  • After its debut at this year’s SXSW Festival – where eventual Oscar-winner Everything Everywhere All At Once debuted the year before – it became a sleeper hit with critics and audiences, even winning the Midnighter Audience Award
  • Like the most effective horror films, it’ll leave you scared as well as deep in ponderous thought

It Lives Inside is showing in cinemas from Friday 20 October 2023

 

A Mystery on the Cattle Hill Express (2023, dir. Will Ashurst)

CAST: Henriette Faye-Schjøll, Mats Eldøen, Henriette Marø, Fridtjov Såheim, Jan Martin Johnsen, Charlotte Frogner, Marit Andreassen, Jon Øigarden

CREW: Will Ashurst (director, editor), Kristian Landmark (writer), Heidi Palm Sandberg (producer), Marius Christiansen (composer), Simen Malmø and Silje Rekk (editors)

PLOT: When a poor crop season threatens the future of Cattle Hill, the genius inventor pig Albert Einswein (Øigarden) plans to showcase a revolutionary new seed that can grow no matter the weather. However, when the seed is stolen during a train ride, young calves Klara (Faye-Schjøll) and Gavin (Eldøen) team up with detective Agatha Chichester (Marø) to find the culprit and retrieve the seed…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • The third film in Norway’s hit family franchise is a compelling mystery that kids can easily follow along with
  • Many of the familiar anthropomorphic animal characters are thrust into an Agatha Christie-style sleuth story
  • For children, it’s a good introduction to the typical mystery thriller format
  • Even if they might not fully understand the format, they’ll be won over by the colourful animation used to bring these fun characters to life
  • It is a gentle and nice little distraction for children as half-term approaches

A Mystery on the Cattle Hill Express is showing in cinemas from Friday 20 October 2023

 

Our River…Our Sky (2023, dir. Maysoon Pachachi)

CAST: Darina AL Joundi, Zainab Joda, Amed Hashimi, Meriam Abbas, Basim Hajar, Labwa Arab, Mahmoud Abo Al Abbas, Badia Obaid, Zaydun Khalaf, Suzan Muneam, Sami Al-Ali, Siham Mustafa, Kholod Mohamad, Al El Kareem, Kameran Raoof

CREW: Maysoon Pachachi (director, writer, producer), Irada Al-Jubori (writer), Talal Al-Muhanna and Alexander Ris (producers), Mario Schneider (composer), Jonathan Bloom (cinematographer), Alexandre Donot (editor)

PLOT: In 2006, several members of a small Baghdad community – including single mother Sara (Al Joundi), former prisoner-of-war Kamal (Hajar), and rebellious teen Haider (Al Abbas) – attempt to find some normalcy and hope amidst unpredictable waves of violence and war…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • Filmmaker Maydoon Pachachi offers viewers a glimpse into the lives of normal Iraqi citizens as war rages in their country
  • It is the first narrative feature for Pachachi, after previously making numerous documentaries in the Middle East, including Baghdad where she also co-founded a free film training centre
  • The impressive cast, made up almost entirely of local actors, was the recipient of last year’s British Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance
  • It explores the frightening and traumatic conditions that ordinary people in Iraq were forced to live in during the country’s controversial invasion by Western allies
  • Above all, it is a powerful reminder of how we can and must rely on one another to see ourselves through the utter horrors of life, no matter where we are in the world

Our River…Our Sky is showing in cinemas from Friday 20 October 2023

What’s Showing At Home This Week?

 

Old Dads (2023, dir. Bill Burr)

CAST: Bill Burr, Bobby Cannavale, Bokeem Woodbine, Miles Robbins, Katie Aselton, Reign Edwards, Erin Wu, Miles Robbins, Jackie Tohn, Rachael Harris, Bobby Lee, Dash McCloud, Justin Miles, Natasha Leggero, Katrina Bowden, Josh Brener, Rory Scovel, Dominic Grey Gonzalez, Rick Glassman, Nia Hill

CREW: Bill Burr (director, writer, producer), Ben Tishler (writer, producer), Mike Bertolina, Bill Block and Monica Levinson (producers), Sean McElwee (cinematographer), Patrick J. Don Vito and Adriaan van Zyl (editors)

PLOT: Jack (Burr), Connor (Cannavale) and Mike (Woodbine) are three middle-aged friends who, after selling their company to a millennial, find themselves woefully behind the times, and struggle to keep up with the changing world around them…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • Comedian Bill Burr directs, co-writes, and stars in this hilarious new comedy about the ever-changing world around us
  • Burr and co-stars Bobby Cannavale and Bokeem Woodbine constantly find themselves in awkward new situations as their un-PC views are constantly challenged and berated in today’s sensitive culture
  • It is Burr’s directorial debut, having previously made waves on the stand-up circuit as well as in films like Judd Apatow’s The King of Staten Island
  • You can expect plenty of Burr’s blue-collar humour to make its way into the narrative, some of which has caused a bit of a stir in recent years for its edgy content
  • However you may feel about Burr and his brand of humour, you’ll find yourself laughing heavily at all the relatable gags he brings to his debut feature

Old Dads is streaming exclusively on Netflix from Friday 20 October 2023

 

Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose (2023, dir. Adam Sigal)

CAST: Simon Pegg, Minnie Driver, Christopher Lloyd, Neil Gaiman, Edmund Kingsley, Tim Downie, Ruth Connell, Jessica Balmer, Paul Kaye, Gary Beadle, Drew Moerlin

CREW: Adam Sigal (director, writer), Dominic Burns, Jack Christian, Karl Hall, Robert Paschall Jr. and Sasha Yelaun (producers), Bill Prokopow (composer), Sara Deane (cinematographer), David Freeman (editor)

PLOT: In 1935, paranormal psychologist Nandor Fodor (Pegg) is called to the Isle of Man to investigate a family’s bizarre claim that a talking mongoose named Gef (Gaiman) is communicating secrets from beyond the grave. As Fodor pursues the truth behind the strange phenomenon, he begins to uncover a web of hidden motives…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • Simon Pegg lends his comedic prowess to this eccentric noirish story of talking animals and further conspiracies
  • Oddly enough, the film is based on true events (in that there really was a case of a family on the Isle of Wight claiming to have come across a talking mongoose)
  • Pegg is joined by other big acting names like Minnie Driver and Christopher Lloyd, who play equally eccentric characters
  • While certainly comedic in nature, there are parts where the mystery does become quite thrilling and even tense to watch unfold
  • If nothing else, where else can you find a film wherein Neil Gaiman voices a talking mongoose named Gef?

Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose is streaming exclusively on Prime Video from Friday 20 October 2023

 

Silver Dollar Road (2023, dir. Raoul Peck)

CAST: Mamie Reels, Melvin Reels, Licurtis Reels

CREW: Raoul Peck (director, writer, producer), Blair Foster, Rémi Grellety and Hébert Peck (producers), Alexei Aigui (composer), Katie Campbell and Mayeta Clark (cinematographers), Alexandra Strauss (editor)

PLOT: In North Carolina, the Reels family – headed by their matriarch Mamie – has owned a valuable waterfront property for generations, since the days following emancipation. However, when they are ruthlessly pursued and harassed by land developers hoping to purchase and renovate their property, the family attempts to protect their generational legacy, only to find themselves wrongfully persecuted as a result…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • A family’s fight to protect their home is the focus of this powerful and timely new documentary
  • Filmmaker Raoul Peck, previously Oscar-nominated for the James Baldwin profile I Am Not Your Negro, captures the efforts of the Reels family as they resist harassment and legal prosecution to preserve their generational land
  • Viola Davis is also on board as an executive producer, ensuring that the project carries a hefty amount of prestige with it
  • The inspiration for the film comes from an article on the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism website ProPublica
  • It is a deeply moving and all too relevant story of Black disenfranchisement, and the shameless wiping out of legacies going back several generations

Silver Dollar Road is streaming exclusively on Prime Video from Friday 20 October 2023

 

The Pigeon Tunnel (2023, dir. Errol Morris)

CAST: John le Carré, Jake Dove, Charlotte Hamblin, Alan Mehdizadeh, Douglas Rankine

CREW: Errol Morris (director, writer), Steven Hathaway (producer, editor), Simon Cornwell, Stephen Cornwell and Dominic Crossley-Holland (producers), Philip Glass and Paul Leonard-Morgan (composers), Igor Martinovic (cinematographer)

PLOT: The life and legacy of former British spy David Cornwell, better known as espionage author John le Carré, is explored across several decades, all within the author’s final interview…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • The highly-respected writer John le Carré, the author of such books as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Constant Gardener (among many others), is the focus of Oscar-winning filmmaker Errol Morris’ encapsulating new biographical documentary
  • Using as its jump-off point a brand-new interview with le Carré, recorded before his death in December 2020, Morris takes the viewer across numerous decades of the man’s life and career
  • His work for MI6, which inspired numerous espionage stories, is a strong focus in this film, providing further insight into the author’s secretive persona
  • Morris combines rare archival footage with re-enacted vignettes to piece together some of the more sensitive parts of the author’s personal story
  • This is as close as we’re ever going to get to having a detailed account of John le Carré, as told by the man himself

The Pigeon Tunnel is streaming exclusively on Apple TV+ from Friday 20 October 2023

 

Night of the Hunted (2023, dir. Franck Khalfoun)

CAST: Camille Rowe, J. John Bieler, Jeremy Scippio, Monaia Abdelrahim, Aleksandar Popovic, Brian Breiter, Stasa Stanic, Abbe Andersen, Brenda Nunez, Isaiah Reyes

CREW: Franck Khalfoun (director, writer), Rubén Ávila Calvo, Glen Freyer and David R.L. (writers), Alexandre Aja, Noémie Devide, Morris Ruskin and Alix Taylor (producers), Mathieu Carratier (composer), Steeven Petitteville (cinematographer), Stéphane Roche (editor)

PLOT: During a late-night drive, Alice (Rowe) makes a brief stop at a remote petrol station, where she unexpectedly finds herself under attack by a sociopathic sniper (Stanic) with a vengeful vendetta against the world. Now, Alice must do whatever she can to survive an enemy who can strike at any moment…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • This intense survival thriller puts the viewer slap-bang in the middle of a frightening and deadly situation
  • Director Franck Khalfoun, who was behind the 2012 remake of serial killer classic Maniac, reteams with producer Alexandre Aja for a wild and unpredictable thriller
  • Lead actor Camille Rowe commands the screen with a terrified performance, alongside a sinister killer heard largely through a walkie-talkie
  • People get shot left and right in this movie, with not even young children being safe from the villain’s vengeful wrath
  • It’s bound to leave you on edge throughout its whole running time, with no clues as to when it will finally let up

Night of the Hunted is streaming exclusively on Shudder from Friday 20 October 2023

What’s Returning to Cinemas This Week?

 

Christine (1983, dir. John Carpenter)

CAST: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Robert Prosky, Harry Dean Stanton, Christine Belford, Roberts Blossom, William Ostrander, David Spielberg, Malcolm Danare, Steven Tash, Stuart Charno, Kelly Preston, Robert Darnell, Jack Faust

CREW: John Carpenter (director, composer), Bill Phillips (writer), Richard Kobritz (producer), Alan Howarth (composer), Donald M. Morgan (cinematographer), Marion Rothman (editor)

PLOT: In 1978, nerdy teenager Arnie Cunningham (Gordon) purchases a red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury named Christine, which appears to have a mind of its own. Arnie’s personality begins to radically change as he becomes increasingly obsessed with the car, leaving it to his best friend Dennis (Stockwell) and new girlfriend Leigh (Paul) to help Arnie before the car consumes him – and kills anyone else standing in its way…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • John Carpenter’s adaptation of Stephen King’s terrifying novel is back on the big screen for its 40th anniversary
  • The author was so popular at the time that this film went into production before the original book was even published
  • Upon its release, the film was a modest box office success and a mild critical hit, while today it is fondly remembered as a cult classic
  • However, King himself has admitted on the record that this is one of two adaptations he isn’t too fond of (the other being Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, which he eventually came round to some years later)
  • To this day, it’s a fun and gory car-themed horror that continues to make viewers honk with delight

Christine is showing in cinemas from Friday 20 October 2023

 

Gravity (2013, dir. Alfonso Cuarón)

CAST: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Orto Ignatiussen, Phaldut Sharma, Amy Warren, Basher Savage

CREW: Alfonso Cuarón (director, writer, producer, editor), Jonás Cuarón (writer), David Heyman (producer), Steven Price (composer), Emmanuel Lubezki (cinematographer), Mark Sanger (editor)

PLOT: Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock), a medical engineer, and Lt. Matt Kowalski (Clooney), a seasoned astronaut, are on a routine mission just above Earth’s orbit, when a sudden wave of oncoming debris strands them in the depths of space, forcing them to use all their skills and survival instincts to make it back to Earth…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • Alfonso Cuarón’s masterful sci-fi thriller celebrates its 10th anniversary with a glorious return to cinemas
  • Upon its release, the film received universal praise for its simple but effective story and its breathtaking filmmaking
  • Sandra Bullock and George Clooney provide the film with some much-needed star power, with Bullock estimated to have earned a hefty $70 million from the theatrical returns alone
  • In addition to becoming a huge box office smash, grossing north of $700 million worldwide, it was nominated for ten Oscars including Best Picture, winning seven including Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score and Best Visual Effects
  • It is an example of a survival story done right, and remains one of the most impressive films of the 21st century thus far

Gravity is showing in cinemas from Friday 20 October 2023

 

I Know Where I’m Going! (1945, dirs. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)

CAST: Wendy Hiller, Roger Livesey, Pamela Brown, Finlay Currie, George Carney, Nancy Price, Catherine Lacey, Jean Cadell, John Laurie, Valentine Dyall, Norman Shelley, Margot Fitzsimons, Murdo Morrison, C.W.R. Knight, Walter Hudd, John Rae, Anthony Eustrel, Herbert Lomas, Graham Moffatt, Petula Clark

CREW: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (directors, writers, producers), Allan Gray (composer), Erwin Hiller (cinematographer), John Seabourne (editor)

PLOT: Joan Webster (Hiller), an ambitious and stubborn young English woman, is travelling to Scotland, where she plans to marry a wealthy industrialist. However, when severe weather leaves her trapped on the Isle of Mull, she meets naval officer Torquil MacNeil (Livesey) and begins to fall in love with him…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • This lesser-known romance from iconic filmmaking duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger gets its chance to connect with modern audiences
  • It is being re-released as part of the BFI’s new season celebrating one of the most celebrated film partnerships in cinema history
  • The film was part of the duo’s series of acclaimed wartime productions, which also included The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, A Canterbury Tale and, most famously, A Matter of Life and Death
  • Actors Wendy Hiller and Roger Livesey share burning romantic chemistry as their on-screen relationship slowly blossoms
  • Although not as well known as Powell and Pressburger’s other films such as Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes, it is still a decent enough starting point for anyone wanting to go through the duo’s timeless filmography

I Know Where I’m Going! is showing in cinemas from Friday 20 October 2023

That’s about it for this week – be sure to come back next week for a whole new set of movies to work up an appetite for!

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