This Week’s Movie Menu (29 April – 5 May 2024)

An all-encompassing tribute to stunt performers leads this week’s pack of engaging new film releases, which also include a hard-knuckle bodybuilding romance, the bizarre origins of an iconic breakfast meal, and a return to the beginning of cinema’s most successful saga…

Movie of the Week

 

The Fall Guy (2024, dir. David Leitch)

CAST: Ryan Gosling, Emily Blunt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Winston Duke, Hannah Waddington, Stephanie Hsu, Teresa Palmer, Lee Majors

CREW: David Leitch (director, producer), Drew Pearce (writer), Guymon Casady, Ryan Gosling and Kelly McCormick (producers), Dominic Lewis (composer), Jonathan Sela (cinematographer), Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir (editor)

PLOT: Colt Seavers (Gosling), a washed-up Hollywood stuntman, is hired to work on a new action blockbuster that’s being directed by Jody Moreno (Blunt), who also happens to be Colt’s ex-girlfriend. However, when the film’s star Tom Ryder (Taylor-Johnson) suddenly goes missing, threatening production of Jody’s film, Colt volunteers to investigate, leading to the uncovering of a deadly conspiracy…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • Stunt performers are (finally) given their dues in this action-packed blockbuster that celebrates the all-important film profession
  • Director David Leitch, himself a former stunt coordinator and performer, adapts the hit 80s TV show of the same name with screenwriter Drew Pearce
  • Oscar nominees Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt – both of them Barbenheimer rivals – generate some winning romantic chemistry that drives the central plot
  • There are some fun surprises around every corner, most of them action-oriented and with plenty of brutal stunt work
  • It’s a rare summer blockbuster with something for everyone, whether it’s high-octane action or charming romance or even some laugh-out-loud comedy!

The Fall Guy is showing in cinemas from Thursday 2 May 2024

What’s Showing in Cinemas This Week?

 

Love Lies Bleeding (2024, dir. Rose Glass)

CAST: Kristen Stewart, Katy O’Brian, Ed Harris, Jena Malone, Anna Baryshnikov, Dave Franco

CREW: Rose Glass (director, writer), Weronika Tofilska (writer), Andrea Cornwell and Oliver Kassman (producers), Clint Mansell (composer), Ben Fordesman (cinematographer), Mark Towns (editor)

PLOT: In 1989, reclusive gym manager Lou (Stewart) meets Jackie (O’Brian), an ambitious bodybuilder who’s on her way to a Las Vegas competition, and the two soon form a passionate relationship. However, the two of them are soon caught in the web of Lou’s criminal family, including her estranged father Lou Sr. (Harris)…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • Filmmaker Rose Glass follows up her terrifying debut feature Saint Maud with a pulpy and violent crime thriller for genre enthusiasts everywhere
  • Kristen Stewart shares some powerful chemistry with co-star Katy O’Brian, whose muscular body alone makes this a true breakout role for the Mandalorian actor
  • Glass and co-writer Weronika Tofilska (who recently co-directed episodes of Netflix’s Baby Reindeer) nail the late 80s aesthetic, from the bright workout clothing to a synth-heavy score by Clint Mansell
  • Prepare yourself for some extremely brutal violence that’s almost as shocking as Ed Harris’ hair in this film!
  • It’s an absolute blast from its intriguing start to a truly unpredictable finish, one that needs to be seen to be believed

Love Lies Bleeding is showing in cinemas from Friday 3 May 2024

 

Tarot (2024, dirs. Spenser Cohen and Anna Halberg)

CAST: Harriet Slater, Adain Bradley, Avantika Vandanapu, Wolfgang Novogratz, Humberly González, Larsen Thompson, Jacob Batalon, Olwen Fouéré

CREW: Spenser Cohen and Anna Halberg (directors, writers), Scott Glassgold, Elysa Koplovitz Dutton and Leslie Morgenstein (producers), Joseph Bishara (composer), Elie Smolkin (cinematographer), Tom Elkins (editor)

PLOT: After a group of college friends play around with a deck of tarot cards, they unleash a deadly evil that begins picking them off one by one based on the fortunes initially read to them…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • The mystical fortune-telling tarot cards are the source of evil in a chilling supernatural horror that you’ll be unable to predict
  • Screenwriter Spenser Cohen (of Roland Emmerich’s Moonfall) makes his directorial debut alongside producer Anna Halberg, both of whom adapt Nicholas Adams’s novel Horrorscope
  • The fresh faces among the young cast include Spider-Man star Jacob Batalon and Mean Girls scene-stealer Avantika Vandanapu
  • Some of them meet grisly fates that rival just about any Final Destination movie, and are just as shockingly violent
  • It’s an effective horror that will have you thinking twice about relying on a mere deck of cards to predict your future

Tarot is showing in cinemas from Thursday 2 May 2024

 

Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry (2023, dir. Elene Naveriani)

CAST: Eka Chavleishvili, Temiko Chichinadze, Lia Abuladze, Mariam Didia, Sopo Grigolashvili, Rezi Karosanidze, Giorgi Kartvelishvili, Anka Khurtsidze, Tamar Mdinaradze, Ani Mogeladze, Gocha Nemsitsveridze

CREW: Elene Naveriani (director, writer), Nikoloz Mdivani (writer), Ketie Danelia, Thomas Reichlin and Britta Rindelaub (producers), Agnesh Pakozdi (cinematographer), Aurora Franco Vögeli (editor)

PLOT: In a small Georgian village, 48-year-old Etero (Chavleishvili) is keen to preserve her freedom by refusing to marry, much to the fascination of her gossip-ridden neighbours. After a near-death experience, Etero experiences a sexual awakening, which leads her to unexpectedly fall in love…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • This charming film from Georgia gives middle-aged desire a plentiful and oddly uplifting new narrative
  • Lead actor Eka Chavleishvili delivers an endearing turn as a woman torn between her independence and her inner desires
  • Its wry sense of humour and endearing heart give the oddball story a beating pulse
  • The film scored acclaim during its festival run, showing everywhere from Cannes to London to Melbourne, Australia
  • Those seeking a very European look at later-life intimacy will get more than they bargained for here!

Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry is showing in cinemas from Friday 3 May 2024

 

Lassie: A New Adventure (2023, dir. Hanno Olderdissen)

CAST: Nico Marischka, Katharina Schüttler, Justus von Dohnányi, Annette Frier, Anna Lucia Gualano, Pelle Staacken, Dennis Mojen, Maike Jüttendonk

CREW: Hanno Olderdissen (director), Andreas Cordes (writer), Henning Ferber (producer), Enis Rotthoff (composer), Carol Burandt von Kameke (cinematographer), Nicole Kortlüke (editor)

PLOT: During the summer holidays, Flo (Marischka) and his canine best friend Lassie stay with his Aunt Cosima (Schüttler) on her farm. However, when a band of dog-nappers take Cosima’s cherished Jack Russell Terrier, along with many other pedigree dogs in the village, it’s up to Lassie and Flo to solve the mystery and rescue the dogs…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • The most famous dog in cinema history returns to the big screen in a thrilling new family adventure
  • This German film is the sequel to 2020’s Lassie Come Home, which brought the iconic Rough Collie back to audiences
  • Lassie has appeared in over ten films across seven different decades, which has more than earned the canine her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (one of only four animals in film history)
  • There are plenty of exciting stunts and animal escapades for children and adults to enjoy, as well as an exciting central mystery
  • Whether or not you’ve experienced a Lassie film before, you’ll be inspired by her fearless heroism

Lassie: A New Adventure is showing in cinemas from Friday 3 May 2024

 

Red Herring (2024, dir. Kit Vincent)

CAST: Kit Vincent, Lawrence Vincent

CREW: Kit Vincent (director), Edward Owles (producer), Xav Clarke (composer), Rik Burnell (cinematographer), Harriet Brookes-Ward and David Higgs (editors)

PLOT: After being diagnosed with a terminal illness at the age of 24, young filmmaker Kit Vincent turns the camera on himself and his close friends and family as they all attempt to process the shocking news…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • Filmmaker Kit Vincent documents a deeply personal issue in his life that is made both amusing and uplifting to watch
  • Vincent uses his brain tumour diagnosis to engage his subjects, and the viewer, on difficult subjects like death
  • Members of his family, including father Lawrence (who reportedly had a heart attack upon hearing his son’s news), offer invaluable support to the dying young man that might have you in tears
  • The film won Best UK Feature at last year’s Raindance Film Festival, which champions and promotes independently-crafted movies
  • It dares everyone to view terminal illness not as a depressing end, but a hopeful new beginning for anyone

Red Herring is showing in cinemas from Friday 3 May 2024

 

Nezouh (2023, dir. Soudade Kaadan)

CAST: Hala Zein, Kinda Alloush, Samir Almasri, Nizar Alani, Darina Al Joundi, Nabil Abousalih, Samer Seyyid Ali, Sonia Bittarova, Muhammed Saleh Kadiko, Hamza Sadik, Abdullah Zafir, Firas Ibrahim, Mustafa Assu, Zekeriya Urfali, Ahmad Alheb

CREW: Soudade Kaadan (director, writer, producer, editor), Marc Bordure and Yu-Fai Suen (producers), Rob Lane and Rob Manning (composers), Burak Kanbir and Hélène Louvart (cinematographers), Nelly Quettier (editor)

PLOT: In the besieged Syrian town of Damascus, one family remains in their neighbourhood, even when a missile creates a giant hole in their roof, exposing them to the outside world. As the family is pressured to finally leave, 14-year-old daughter Zeina (Zein) discovers a mysterious rope being lowered down through the hole, which leads her to an unimaginable world of possibilities…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • Syrian filmmaker Soudade Kaadan finds joy and optimism deep within her country’s ongoing devastation
  • Kaadan flirts with surreal fantasy as she explores a young girl’s curiosity about the dangerous world outside her derelict home
  • At its heart is a tender family drama about a father’s fierce refusal to accept the reality surrounding him and his loved ones
  • It earned plenty of praise at film festivals across the globe, including ones at London, Tokyo and Venice (where it won an Audience Award)
  • Though the Syria conflict is beyond devastating, Kaadan’s film allows for a fresher perspective that instils hope into a hopeless situation

Nezouh is showing in cinemas from Friday 3 May 2024

 

Much Ado About Dying (2023, dir. Simon Chambers)

CAST: Simon Chambers, Uncle David

CREW: Simon Chambers (director, producer, cinematographer, editor), David Rane (producer), Irene Buckley (composer), Claire Ferguson (editor)

PLOT: Filmmaker Simon Chambers turns his camera onto his dying Uncle David, a retired Shakespeare actor whose life is beginning to resemble King Lear…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • Experience the final days of a truly theatrical performer in this loving and deeply personal documentary
  • Filmmaker Simon Chambers puts his eccentric uncle under the spotlight as his odd habits keep putting him in more and more absurd situations
  • It’s impossible to not be won over by Uncle David’s oddball nature, which often makes for some hilariously embarrassing encounters
  • The film charts David’s journey as he finds himself homeless and eventually in a care home before he finally makes his last bow
  • Ultimately, Chambers’ film is a final gift to his unusual relative, one that turns him into an eternal legend for audiences everywhere to uncover

Much Ado About Dying is showing in cinemas from Friday 3 May 2024

What’s Showing At Home This Week?

 

Unfrosted (2024, dir. Jerry Seinfeld)

CAST: Jerry Seinfeld, Melissa McCarthy, Jim Gaffigan, Hugh Grant, Amy Schumer, Max Greenfield, Peter Dinklage, Christian Slater, Bill Burr, Dan Levy, James Marsden, Jack McBrayer, Thomas Lennon, Bobby Moynihan, Adrian Martinez, Sarah Cooper, Mikey Day, Kyle Mooney, Drew Tarver, Tony Hale, Felix Solis, Maria Bakalova, Dean Norris, Kyle Dunnigan, Sebastian Maniscalco, Beck Bennett, Cedric the Entertainer, Fred Armisen, John Slattery, Jon Hamm, Aparna Nancherla, Andy Daly, Sarah Burns, Rachael Harris, Cedric Yarbrough

CREW: Jerry Seinfeld (director, writer, producer), Spike Feresten (writer, producer), Barry Marder and Andy Robin (writers), Beau Bauman (producer), Christophe Beck (composer), William Pope (cinematographer), Evan Henke (editor)

PLOT: In 1963 Michigan, cereal companies Kellogg’s and Post are locked in a heated and contentious race to create and produce a revolutionary toaster pastry that would become known as the Pop-Tart…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • Comedy icon Jerry Seinfeld makes his directorial debut with a hilarious account of how the Pop-Tart changed the breakfast game forever
  • Seinfeld also leads a jam-packed ensemble cast including (but far from limited to) Melissa McCarthy, Peter Dinklage, Max Greenfield, and even Hugh Grant as none other than cereal mascot Tony the Tiger!
  • The comedian also lends his irreverent style of humour to a truly zany script that escalates the corporate battle between Kellogg’s and Post to unimaginable heights
  • Funnily enough, despite becoming internationally renowned for his legendary self-titled sitcom, Seinfeld has never made or even led a major live-action feature-length movie, until now
  • Not only will you be laughing along with all the wacky revisions to actual events, but you may also be left hungry for the tasty breakfast snack at the very gooey centre of it all

Unfrosted is streaming exclusively on Netflix from Friday 3 May 2024

 

The Idea of You (2024, dir. Michael Showalter)

CAST: Anne Hathaway, Nicholas Galitzine, Ella Rubin, Reid Scott, Jordan Aaron Hall, Jaiden Anthony, Raymond Cham Jr, Viktor White, Dakota Adan, Annie Mumolo, Perry Mattfeld

CREW: Michael Showalter (director, writer, producer), Jennifer Westfeldt (writer), Anne Hathaway, Eric Hayes, Robinne Lee, Jordana Mollick, Jeff Morrone, Cathy Schulman and Gabrielle Union (producers), Siddhartha Khosla (composer), Jim Frohna (cinematographer), Peter Teschner (editor)

PLOT: Solène (Hathaway), a 40-year-old single mother, chaperones her teenage daughter Izzy (Rubin) to a music festival, where she unexpectedly encounters Hayes Campbell (Galitzine), the 24-year-old lead singer of world-famous boy band August Moon. In an even more surprising turn of events, the two of them end up falling for each other…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • There’s no such thing as an age gap in this charming and deeply romantic crowd-pleasing drama
  • Director and co-writer Michael Showalter, who recently directed Jessica Chastain to an Oscar win in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, adapts Robinne Lee’s novel of the same name
  • Fellow Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway shares some sizzling chemistry with younger co-star Nicholas Galitzine, previously seen in Prime Video’s standout rom-com Red, White and Royal Blue
  • The film, and by extension the novel it’s adapted from, is said to be heavily inspired by fan fiction about former One Direction member and groundbreaking solo artist Harry Styles
  • With more thoughtful and ponderous themes about aging and self-worth, this isn’t just your ordinary fairy-tale romance!

The Idea of You is streaming exclusively on Prime Video from Thursday 2 May 2024

What’s Returning to Cinemas This Week?

 

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999, dir. George Lucas)

CAST: Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Ahmed Best, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Pernilla August, Frank Oz, Oliver Ford Davies, Hugh Quarshie, Samuel L. Jackson, Ray Park, Peter Serafinowicz, Terence Stamp, Keira Knightley, Silas Carson, Jerome St. John Blake, Brian Blessed, Andy Secombe, Lewis MacLeod, Greg Proops, Scott Capurro, Alan Ruscoe, Ralph Brown, Matthew Wood, Dominic West, Sofia Coppola, Christian Simpson, Lindsay Duncan

CREW: George Lucas (director, writer), Rick McCallum (producer), John Williams (composer), David Tattersall (cinematographer), Ben Burtt and Paul Martin Smith (editors)

PLOT: During a hostile blockade and later invasion of the planet Naboo by the shady Trade Federation, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (Neeson) and his young apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi (McGregor) escape with Naboo’s Queen Amidala (Portman) to the desert planet Tatooine. There, they encounter a young slave boy named Anakin Skywalker (Lloyd), whom Qui-Gon believes to be the prophesised person who will bring balance to the Force…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • Celebrate the 25th anniversary of George Lucas’ much-anticipated return to his iconic Star Wars franchise, which charts the very beginning of the Skywalker saga
  • Despite the severe backlash it was met with upon release, the film introduced a whole new generation to the world of Star Wars, to where it is fondly remembered by many of them today
  • Some of the film’s stand-out sequences, such as the famous pod-racing scene and a climactic lightsaber duel with the legendary Darth Maul, continue to look amazing on the big screen after all these years
  • Set to John Williams’ truly epic score, as well as a heavy amount of impressive and even revolutionary CG effects, the film holds up as a seriously sensory spectacle
  • It’s a rare chance to experience the fun once more on the big screen, whether you saw it for the first time in 1999 or years later on physical/streaming media

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace is showing in cinemas from Friday 3 May 2024

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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The Strangers: Chapter 1 (2024, dir. Renny Harlin)

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IF (2024, dir. John Krasinski)

A young girl develops the ability to see people’s imaginary friends…

Hoard (2024, dir. Luna Carmoon)

A troubled teen begins a dysfunctional relationship with an older man…

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (2024, dir. Wes Ball)

Many years after the reign of Caesar, an ape-ruled kingdom comes under threat…

The Fall Guy (2024, dir. David Leitch)

A Hollywood stuntman winds up on an epic misadventure during his latest gig…

Tarot (2024, dirs. Spenser Cohen and Anna Halberg)

A group of teenagers find themselves haunted after messing with spiritual tarot cards…

The Idea of You (2024, dir. Michael Showalter)

A 40-year-old single mother begins a relationship with a much younger pop star…

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