This Week’s Movie Menu (6 – 12 November 2023)

It’s time for yet another Marvel-ous (sorry) week at the movies, with some of the highlights on offer including a superpowered team-up, a compelling courtroom drama, a cold-blooded assassin thriller, and more…

Movie of the Week

 

The Marvels (2023, dir. Nia DaCosta)

CAST: Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, Iman Vellani, Zawe Ashton, Park Seo-joon, Samuel L. Jackson, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Saagar Shaikh, Lashana Lynch, Randall Park, Daniel Ings, Colin Stoneley, Gary Lewis, Shamier Anderson, Abraham Popoola, Ffion Jolly, Caroline Simonnet, Jessica Zhou

CREW: Nia DaCosta (director, writer), Megan McDonnell and Elissa Karasik (writers), Kevin Feige (producer), Laura Karpman (composer), Sean Bobbitt (cinematographer), Catrin Hedström and Evan Schiff (editors)

PLOT: Carol Danvers (Larson) finds her powers unexpectedly connected to fellow superpowered beings Monica Rambeau (Parris) and Kamala Khan (Vellani), forcing the three of them to form an alliance to take on a new threat to the galaxy…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • After some time away from the big screen, Marvel makes a glorious return with a long-awaited team-up featuring some of the MCU’s most powerful heroes
  • Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel joins forces with Teyonah Parris’s Monica Rambeau, last seen gaining some interesting new powers in the miniseries WandaVision, and her biggest fan Kamala Khan, played with as much lovable energy by Iman Vellani as there was in her own series Marvel
  • There’s a mysterious new villain in the form of Kree warrior Dar-Benn, played by Zawe Ashton (who, in a curious coincidence, happens to be the partner of another Marvel villain actor, Tom Hiddleston)
  • Expect plenty of power-swapping action, with director Nia DaCosta bringing some much-needed style to the Marvel formula
  • For anyone hoping that Danvers’ adorable (but deadly) pet cat Goose will also be back: not only is the cat-disguised Flerken in this movie, but so are a bunch of other adorable (but deadly) alien creatures

The Marvels is showing in cinemas from Friday 10th November 2023

What’s Showing in Cinemas This Week?

 

Anatomy of a Fall (2023, dir. Justine Triet)

CAST: Sandra Hüller, Swann Arlaud, Milo Machado-Graner, Antoine Reinartz, Samuel Theis, Jehnny Beth, Saadia Bentaieb, Camille Rutherford, Anne Rotger, Sophie Fillières

CREW: Justine Triet (director, writer), Arthur Harari (writer), Marie-Ange Luciani and David Thion (producers), Simon Beaufils (cinematographer), Laurent Sénéchal (editor)

PLOT: Sandra Voyter (Hüller), an acclaimed German writer, is arrested and put on trial in France after her husband Samuel (Theis) mysteriously falls to his death from their family’s chalet in the French Alps. As Sandra fights to prove her innocence, it falls to the couple’s young, blind son Daniel (Machado-Graner) to give the decisive proof about not just the death, but of his parents’ disintegrating marriage that led to it…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • Fresh from winning the Palme D’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, filmmaker Justine Triet’s compelling murder-mystery arrives to present its case to wider audiences
  • Sandra Hüller gives a heavy lead performance that is already gaining some strong awards buzz among some of the top voting branches in Hollywood
  • The central courtroom procedural cleverly paves the way for a smart and sophisticated look at a failing marriage, in ways that might be shocking but also heart-breaking
  • You never quite know who may be telling the truth or what may be the proper explanation behind everything, keeping the mystery a close secret until the final few frames
  • It is endlessly compelling, powerfully acted, and unpredictable enough to leave a lasting impression on many curious viewers

Anatomy of a Fall is showing in cinemas from Friday 10th November 2023

 

Dream Scenario (2023, dir. Kristoffer Borgli)

CAST: Nicolas Cage, Julianne Nicholson, Michael Cera, Tim Meadows, Dylan Gelula, Dylan Baker, Kate Berlant, Lily Bird, Jessica Clement, Cara Volchoff, Noah Centineo, Nicholas Braun, Amber Midthunder, Lily Gao

CREW: Kristoffer Borgli (director, writer, editor), Ari Aster, Tyler Campellone, Jacob Jaffke and Lars Knudsen (producers), Benjamin Loeb (cinematographer)

PLOT: Paul Matthews (Cage), a mild-mannered professor and family man, becomes an overnight celebrity when he mysteriously begins appearing in people’s dreams. However, when his dreamy appearances turn into nightmares, he is forced to reckon with his newfound fame…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • Witness Nicolas Cage literally become the man of your dreams in this hilarious dark satire
  • Cage gives one of his best comedic performances in a role that skewers all aspects of modern celebrity culture
  • Kristoffer Borgli, the filmmaker who previously shocked with Sick of Myself, directs and writes with his usual flair for shocking material
  • He’s got the support of fellow acclaimed filmmaker Ari Aster, who’s credited as a producer on this film
  • There are laughs, twists, and unexpected turns that you’ll be dreaming about long after you see it

Dream Scenario is showing in cinemas from Friday 10th November 2023

 

A Forgotten Man (2023, dir. Laurent Nègre)

CAST: Michael Neuenschwander, Manuela Biedermann, Yann Philipona, Cléa Eden, Peter Wyssbrod, Sabine Timoteo, Victor Poltier, Margherita Schoch, Yves Raeber, Simon Romang, Dominik Gysin, Sebastian Krähenbühl, Jeff Burrell, Sophie Kandaouroff

CREW: Laurent Nègre (director, writer), Andreas Roald and Dan Wechsler (producers), Ladislav Agabekov and Christophe Calpini (composers), Diego Dussuel (cinematographer), Stefan Kälin (editor)

PLOT: In May 1945, after the surrender of Nazi Germany, Swiss ambassador Heinrich Zwygart (Neuenschwander) is ordered back home to Switzerland, where he attempts to launch a campaign for a seat on the Federal Council. However, as his past decisions during his time in Berlin begin to surface, Heinrich is forced to contend with his legacy…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • This gripping post-war thriller takes a compelling look at Switzerland’s role in the Second World War by way of a tightly-wound family drama
  • It is loosely inspired by Thomas Hürlimann’s stage play Der Gesandte, with a number of theatrical attributes remaining in Laurent Nègre’s direction
  • The Genevan filmmaker gives his film a bleak look with some black-and-white cinematography highlighting the murky morals at play
  • Michael Neuenschwander gives a commanding performance as the former Nazi associate who wrestles with his own guilt in enabling the atrocities of war
  • You will find yourself unnaturally gripped by the human drama on display here, with its explorations of true neutrality and how to move on from pure evil

A Forgotten Man is showing in cinemas from Friday 10th November 2023

 

The Jester (2023, dir. Colin Krawchuk)

CAST: Michael Sheffield, Lelia Symington, Delaney White, Matt Servitto, Ken Arnold, Sam Lukowski, Jesse L. Green, Judson Grubby, Joe Hansard, Faye Higdon, Lena Janes, Gabriel Morgan, Mia Rae Roberts, Cory Okouchi

CREW: Colin Krawchuk (director, writer), Brian Clarke, Patrick Ewald, Carlo Glorioso, Ted Hentschke, Chad Horn, Cory Okouchi and Katie Page (producers), Rafal Gosciminski (composer), Joe Davidson (cinematographer), TBA (editor)

PLOT: Estranged half-sisters Emma (Symington) and Jocelyn (White) are reunited after their father John (Servitto) is found dead from an apparent suicide. However, the sisters soon find themselves stalked by a malevolent figure known as the Jester whilst out on Halloween night, and they must now find a way to survive their powerful enemy…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • Prepare to meet a terrifying new face of horror in this creepy slasher horror
  • Who the titular threat is, what his powers are, and why he’s eager to cause chaos are all part of the mystery that the film attempts to explore
  • It is executive produced by Eduardo Sánchez, best known as the co-director of influential horror classic The Blair Witch Project
  • The film is a feature-length expansion of a trilogy of horror shorts by writer-director Colin Krawchuk
  • There are enough scares and frights to give iconic slashers like Halloween and Friday the 13th a run for their money

The Jester is showing in cinemas from Friday 10th November 2023

 

Give Me Pity! (2023, dir. Amanda Kramer)

CAST: Sophie von Haselberg, Shelley Long, Cricket Arrison, M. Diesel

CREW: Amanda Kramer (director, writer), Jake Agger and Sarah Winshall (producers), Josh Ascalon, Giulio Carmassi and Bryan Scary (composers), Patrick Meade Jones (cinematographer), Benjamin Shearn (editor)

PLOT: Sissy St. Claire (von Haselberg) stars in her very first live television special full of music and entertainment, but when a mysterious presence makes itself known, the dream broadcast slowly turns into a nightmare…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • Get ready to experience an 80s TV special like never before in this bizarre psychedelic film
  • Filmmaker Amanda Kramer taps into her inner David Lynch for a truly strange journey through the gaze of a cheesy live broadcast
  • Lead actor Sophie von Haselberg’s mesmerising performance is a crucial component of the film’s wildly unpredictable structure
  • It will have you looking back on all the actual TV specials from this particular era and realising just how weird some of them could actually be
  • Unapologetic in its surreal nature, this is an experience you won’t soon forget!

Give Me Pity! is showing in cinemas from Friday 10th November 2023

 

Seaside Special (2023, dir. Jens Meurer)

CAST: Olly Day, Polly Duniam, Natasha Lamb, Matthew Pomeroy

CREW: Jens Meurer (director, writer, producer), Cloé Garbay, Bastien Sirodot and Judy Tossell (producers), Steve Willaert (composer), Léonidas Arvanitis, Bernd Fischer and Torsten Lippstock (cinematographers), Matthieu Jamet (editor)

PLOT: In the summer of 2019, the British seaside town of Cromer, Norfolk prepares for its annual variety show on the iconic pier, while the harsh reality of Brexit lingers in the background…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • This snapshot documentary offers an interesting portrait of modern-day Britain and some of its eccentric culture
  • Filmmaker Jens Meurer interviews several people from the performers of the central variety show to the townsfolk who flock to see them, to get their opinions on the rapidly changing world around them
  • The film is shot on Kodak 16mm film, which lends it an appropriately nostalgic look that compliments the broader themes being explored
  • One of the major topics is the effect of Brexit on the economic and cultural aspects of Great Britain, which proves to be divisive long after the controversial referendum
  • Whatever your stance on Brexit may be, you’ll find yourself charmed by the small-town sensibilities that Meurer fills her film out with

Seaside Special is showing in cinemas from Friday 10th November 2023

 

The Eternal Memory (2023, dir. Maite Alberdi)

CAST: Augusto Góngora, Paulina Urrutia

CREW: Maite Alberdi (director, writer, producer), Rocío Jadue, Juan de Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín and Andrea Undurraga (producers), Miguel Miranda and José Miguel Tobar (composers), Pablo Valdés (cinematographer), Carolina Siraqyan (editor)

PLOT: Augusto Góngora, a prominent Chilean journalist, and Paulina Urrutia, and actress and former Minister of Culture and the Arts, have been together for over twenty years, with Paulina taking care of Augusto after he is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As the effects of his deteriorating health take their toll on both of them, they attempt to maintain his identity as well as their love for each other…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • A couple’s undying love for each other forms the powerful core of this deeply effective Chilean documentary
  • We dive into the lives of both Augusto Góngora and Paulina Urrutia, and how their successful careers have allowed them to reach this devastating point in their lives with a fair amount of comfort
  • One of Chile’s most famous filmmakers, Pablo Larraín, takes on a producing role to help benefit director Maite Alberdi’s profound work
  • The film won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary in World Cinema at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year
  • It’s bound to bring about more than a few tears as the moving story continuously tugs at your heartstrings

The Eternal Memory is showing in cinemas from Friday 10th November 2023

 

Tiger 3 (2022, dir. Maneesh Sharma)

CAST: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Emraan Hashmi, Revathi, Riddhi Dogra, Vishal Jethwa, Kumud Mishra, Ranvir Shorey, Anant Vidhaat Sharma, Sartaaj Kakkar, Gavie Chahal, Varinder Singh Ghuman, Shah Rukh Khan

CREW: Maneesh Sharma (director), Shridhar Raghavan (writer), Aditya Chopra (producer), Pritam Chakraborty (composer), Sahil Bhardwaj and Anay Goswami (cinematographers), Rameshwar S. Bhagat (editor)

PLOT: After being framed as traitors to their agency, spy couple Tiger (Khan) and Zoya (Kaif) set out on a deadly crusade to clear their names, and defeat the vengeful terrorist responsible for their predicament…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • Straight out of Bollywood comes this gloriously action-packed spy thriller from production company Yash Raj Films that has something for just about everyone
  • It is the fifth film set within the YRF Spy Universe, which depicts the heroic lives of fictional RAW agents across India, and the second to come out this year after the successful release of Pathaan
  • Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif reprise their roles from the earlier movies Ek Tha Tiger and Tiger Zinda Hai, and face greater challenges than ever before
  • Look out for a small cameo from Pathaan star Shah Rukh Khan, which is intended to set up a future Tiger vs. Pathaan movie that is currently in development
  • Even if this is your first experience of YRF’s crazy action extravaganzas, it is far from the worst place to start!

Tiger 3 is showing in cinemas from Sunday 12th November 2023

What’s Showing in Cinemas This Week?

 

The Killer (2023, dir. David Fincher)

CAST: Michael Fassbender, Arliss Howard, Charles Parnell, Kerry O’Malley, Sala Baker, Sophie Charlotte, Tilda Swinton, Emiliano Pernía, Gabriel Polanco

CREW: David Fincher (director), Andrew Kevin Walker (writer), Ceán Chaffin, William Doyle and Peter Mavromates (producers), Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (composers), Erik Messerschmidt (cinematographer), Kirk Baxter (editor)

PLOT: A skilled assassin (Fassbender) is hired for a job in Paris, but when the hit goes wrong, he is forced to take revenge on his former employers, and the other assassins who have turned against him…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • David Fincher is back with a meticulous and stylish take on the classic hitman template
  • Michael Fassbender, in his first film role in four years, has a cold and steely presence about him as the unnamed killer of the title
  • Fincher also reunites with screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker, who penned the script for the director’s breakthrough film Se7en
  • Some memorable supporting turns from Tilda Swinton and Charles Parnell lend some light relief amidst the harsh and bleak atmosphere
  • Expect slick violence, fast-paced editing, a thumping soundtrack (including various songs by The Smiths) and a whole lot of sociopathy – in other words, it’s pure Fincher

The Killer is streaming exclusively on Netflix from Friday 10th November 2023

 

She Came to Me (2023, dir. Rebecca Miller)

CAST: Peter Dinklage, Anne Hathaway, Marisa Tomei, Evan Ellison, Harlow Jane, Joanna Kulig, Brian d’Arcy James, Judy Gold, Gregg Edelman, Aalok Mehta, Chris Gethard, Dale Soules, Jen Ponton, Isabel Leonard, Emmet O’Hanlon, Greer Grimsley

CREW: Rebecca Miller (director, writer, producer), Len Blavatnik, Damon Cardasis, Anne Hathaway, Pamela Koffler and Christine Vachon (producers), Bryce Dessner (composer), Sam Levy (cinematographer), Sabine Hoffman (editor)

PLOT: Steven Lauddem (Dinklage) is a composer struck with creator’s block, leaving him unable to complete the score for his anticipated comeback opera. At the behest of his wife Patricia (Hathaway), Steven sets out to find inspiration, and comes across tugboat captain Katrina (Tomei) who inspires him in ways he couldn’t have imagined…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • Director/writer Rebecca Miller’s latest film is an intriguing blend of farcical comedy and poignant human drama
  • Peter Dinklage heads a cast that also includes Oscar winners Anne Hathaway and Marisa Tomei
  • The film had its world premiere at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, where it got a strong reception from audiences
  • It pokes light fun at the creative process and how inspiration can arrive in the most unexpected of places
  • Equal parts funny and endearing, this is a film that will have you laughing and maybe even crying in several different places

She Came to Me is streaming exclusively on Sky Cinema from Saturday 11th November 2023

 

The Magic Flute (2023, dir. Florian Sigl)

CAST: Jack Wolfe, Iwan Rheon, Greg Wise, F. Murray Abraham, Stéfi Celma, Robin Gooch, Sabine Devieilhe, Asha Banks, Morris Robinson, Stefan Konarske, Larissa Herden, Jasmin Shakeri, Jeanne Goursaud, Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo, Niamh McCormack, Elliot Courtiour, Cosima Henman, Amir Wilson, Rolando Villazón, Tedros “Teddy” Teclebrhan, Waldemar Kobus

CREW: Florian Sigl (director), Andrew Lowery, David White and Jason Young (writers), Roland Emmerich, Gerrit Klein, Juan Cano Nono, Martin Pfeil, Andreas Wentz, Fabian Wolfart and Christopher Zwickler (producers), Peter Matjasko (cinematographer), Alexander Dittner (editor)

PLOT: 17-year-old Tim Walker (Wolfe) travels from London to the Austrian Alps to attend a prestigious music school, but initially struggles to fit in with his classmates, or his stern headmaster Dr. Longbow (Abraham), as they prepare to put on a production of Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute. Soon, Tim discovers a magical gateway that leads him to the world of The Magic Flute, where he is tasked with a perilous mission that could restore its harmony…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  • Get ready for a completely different take on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s classic opera which combines the timeless music with an engaging fantasy adventure
  • Roland Emmerich, known for big crowd-pleasing blockbusters like Independence Day and 2012, produces this English-language German production
  • Several recognisable faces pop up throughout, including Game of Thrones veteran Iwan Rheon, and Oscar-winning thespian F. Murray Abraham (who, incidentally, won his Oscar for playing Mozart’s nemesis Salieri in Amadeus)
  • Speaking of the legendary composer, his music is beautifully incorporated into the story in some rather unexpected ways
  • It’s a fun, action-packed fantasy for families who might not be familiar with the opera that it’s based on

The Magic Flute is available to rent/buy on digital platforms from Monday 6th November 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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The Taste of Things (2023, dir. Trần Anh Hùng)

A gourmet chef is courted by her years-long employer…

The Promised Land (2023, dir. Nikolaj Arcel)

An 18th century Danish officer runs into complications whilst building on uninhabitable land…

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