THIS WEEK’S FILM RELEASES (4TH – 10TH SEPTEMBER 2023)

Now that the kids are officially back at school, there’s plenty of fun new offerings this week for the worn-out parents, including an outstanding new romantic drama, the return of a demonic nun, and dozens upon dozens of animated Disney puppies…

Movie of the Week

Cinemas

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Re-Releases


MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Past Lives (2023, dir. Celine Song)

CAST: Greta Lee, Teo Yoo, John Magaro, Yoon Ji-hye, Choi Won-young, Ahn Min-young, Jonica T. Gibbs, Emily Cass McDonnell, Federico Rodriguez, Conrad Schott, Kristen Sieh, Moon Seung-ah, Yim Seung-min

CREW: Celine Song (director, writer), David Hinojosa, Pamela Koffler and Christine Vachon (producers), Christopher Bear and Daniel Rossen (composers), Shabier Kirchner (cinematographer), Keith Fraase (editor)

PLOT: In South Korea, Na Young (Seung-ah) bids farewell to her beloved classmate Hae Sung (Seung-min) before she emigrates to America, where she changes her name to Nora. Several years later, Nora (Lee) – now married to writer Arthur (Magaro) – reconnects with Hae Sung (Yoo) when he comes to visit New York, and the two struggle to understand their feelings for each other…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  1. Fresh from taking the international festival circuit by storm, writer-director Celine Song’s outstanding romantic drama arrives on UK shores
  2. It is an exceptionally universal story of realising how much people have grown over years, and how there is always hope that romance will come around in past, present and future incarnations
  3. Greta Lee, previously heard in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, is captivating opposite on-screen love interests Teo Yoo and John Magaro, both of whom have fantastic arcs to work with as well
  4. At festival screenings all over the world, from Berlin to Sundance London (where it won the Audience Award), it has moved audience members to the point of tears, boding well for your own emotional investment
  5. It’s easily one of the best films of the year, so don’t miss your chance to see what all the hype is about!

Past Lives is showing in cinemas from Thursday 7th September 2023


WHAT’S SHOWING IN

CINEMAS THIS WEEK?

The Nun II (2023, dir. Michael Chaves)

CAST: Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Storm Reid, Anna Popplewell, Bonnie Aarons, Katelyn Rose Downey

CREW: Michael Chaves (director), Akela Cooper, Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing (writers), Peter Safran and James Wan (producers), Marco Beltrami (composer), Tristan Nyby (cinematographer), Gregory Plotkin (editor)

PLOT: In 1956, five years after her terrifying encounter with the Nun-like demon Valak (Aarons), Sister Irene (Farmiga) is drawn to a small town in France where a priest has been murdered, which may be the work of Valak’s evil…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  1. That scary-as-hell Nun is back for more frights in her own sequel, which is the ninth overall film in the Conjuring Universe
  2. Franchise creator James Wan is also on-board as a producer, while regular director Michael Chaves – who previously made series entries The Curse of La Llorona and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It – directs
  3. Taissa Farmiga also reprises her role as the heroic Sister Irene, in a new story that sees her encounter the evil Valak once more
  4. As the timeline moves closer to the Lorraines and their own investigations, there might be one or two connections to the main Conjuring narrative that may just fill in some handy holes
  5. Mostly, though, this is an effective standalone that will further implant the Nun deep inside your nightmares

The Nun II is showing in cinemas from Friday 8th September 2023

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 (2023, dir. Nia Vardalos)

CAST: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Louis Mandylor, Elena Kampouris, Lainie Kazan, Andrea Martin, Gia Carides, Joey Fatone, Maria Vacratsis

CREW: Nia Vardalos (director, writer), Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson (producers), Stephanie Economou (composer), Barry Peterson (cinematographer), Annette Davey and Craig Herring (editors)

PLOT: After the death of her beloved father, Toula (Vardalos) travels with her Greek relatives, as well as her American husband Ian (Corbett) and daughter Paris (Kampouris), to a family reunion over in Greece, where a number of crazy situations arise…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  1. The second sequel to the 2002 sleeper hit takes everyone’s favourite Greek family to Greece for the first time
  2. Original writer Nia Vardalos not only reprises her role as the hapless Toula, but she also directs as well as writes the screenplay
  3. Most of the original cast also return, barring Michael Constantine (as patriarch Gus) who sadly passed away in 2021
  4. Filmed on location in the city of Athens, there’s plenty of beautiful sunny scenery to go around
  5. Expect plenty more wacky hijinks with this eccentric family who almost never fail to get a laugh

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 is showing in cinemas from Friday 8th September 2023

Man on the Run (2023, dir. Cassius Michael Kim)

CAST: Low Taek Jho, Najib Razak, Clare Rewcastle-Brown

CREW: Cassius Michael Kim (director, writer), Fabian Joseph, Rhana Natour and Alyse Shorland (producers), Jordan Asher Cruz (composer), Joe Simon (cinematographer), Jon Connor and Karl Dawson (editors)

PLOT: In Malaysia, enigmatic businessman Low Taek Jho collaborates with Prime Minister Najib Razak to exploit a sovereign wealth fund called 1MDB, which they use to fund their extravagant lifestyles. Soon, though, reporter Clare Rewcastle-Brown begins investigating their corrupt practises, and eventually exposes them to the world…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  1. The controversial 1MDB scandal, and its primary figures, are the subject of this hard-hitting documentary about the angering levels of corruption and greed within society
  2. Central to the film’s investigation is Low Taek Jho, the businessman turned entrepreneur who, using stolen funds from the Malaysian government, fuelled an extravagant lifestyle
  3. Funnily enough, Low was also a major investor in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, the irony of which is detailed quite heavily here
  4. Filmmaker Cassius Michael Kim dives deep into the web of shady politics that enabled the scandal to carry on, until it was finally uncovered
  5. It also calls to question the mystery of Low’s current whereabouts, with this movie hopefully renewing calls to seek him out and finally bring him to justice for his crimes

Man on the Run is showing in cinemas from Friday 8th September 2023

Once Upon a Time in Uganda (2023, dir. Cathryne Czubek)

CAST: Isaac Nabwana, Alan Hofmanis, Asiimwe Apollo, Bukenya Charles, Bisaso Dauda, V.J. Emmie, Manisuru Kizza, Harriet Nabwana, Namutebi Ritah, Kazibwe Ronald

CREW: Cathryne Czubek (director, writer, producer, editor), Amanda Hughes (writer, editor), Matt Porwell (producer, cinematographer), Gigi Dement, Kyaligamba Ark Martin and Hugo Perez (producers), Andrew Hollander (composer)

PLOT: In Uganda, brick layer Isaac Nabwana becomes a viral sensation when he begins making a series of low-budget action movies. After forming a partnership with New York film programmer Alan Hofmanis, Nabwana finds his films reaching an international audience, which put Uganda’s film industry on the map…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  1. Enter the world of Wakaliwood in this playful and inspiring new documentary about one of Africa’s leading action filmmakers
  2. Isaac Nabwana’s unlikely path to movie notoriety is captured through director Cathryne Czubek’s steady and focused lens
  3. The film explores Nabwana’s rigorous filmmaking process, his relationship with American film programmer Alan Hofmanis, and the international reach of his movies
  4. It puts a much-needed spotlight over Uganda’s overlooked film industry, which is filled with creatives like Nabwana who are eager to tell their own unique stories
  5. Who knows, it might even inspire you to pick up a camera and start making your own low-budget action blockbusters!

Once Upon a Time in Uganda is showing in cinemas from Friday 8th September 2023

A Life on the Farm (2023, dir. Oscar Harding)

CAST: Charles Carson, Derrick Beckles, Lehr Beidelschies, John Harding, Oscar Harding, Karen Kilgariff, Thomas Lynch, Nic Maier, Joe Pickett, Nick Prueher, Davy Rothbart, Peter Shaw, Dimitri Simakis, Koo Stark

CREW: Oscar Harding (director, producer), Edward Lomas (producer, cinematographer) David Lee Hawkins and Dominik Platen (producers), Sam Paul Toms (composer), Hannah Christensen (editor)

PLOT: In Somerset, eccentric farmer Charles Carson is remembered for his bizarre home movies, which have since become a cult phenomenon around the world…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  1. Filmmakers can come from the most unlikely of places, as this eccentric new documentary shows
  2. The late Charles Carson, the Somerset filmmaker turned cult film icon, is the central focus, as are his strange but unique amateur films
  3. Carson is remembered by several close friends and family members, as well as those who became entranced by his work
  4. Their input helps to paint a portrait of the mysterious figure as clearly as possible, for preservation purposes so that the next generation of cult movie lovers can identify with him
  5. You’ll get a chance to see the delightfully bonkers works of art that Carson himself is best known for!

A Life on the Farm is showing in cinemas from Friday 8th September 2023

Jawan (2023, dir. Atlee)

CAST: Shah Rukh Khan, Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara, Priyamani, Sanya Malhotra, Sunil Grover, Yogi Babu, Riddhi Dogra, Astha Agarwal, Kenny Basumatary, Deepika Padukone, Vijay, Sanjay Dutt, Allu Arjun

CREW: Atlee (director, writer), Gauri Khan and Shah Rukh Khan (producers), Anirudh Ravichander (composer), G.K. Vishnu (cinematographer), Ruben (editor)

PLOT: Raj Vardhan Thakur (Khan) is driven by a personal vendetta to right the wrongs in society, while also fulfilling a promise that he made years ago. His mission brings him to the attention of a monstrous outlaw (also Khan) who has no fear…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  1. Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan plays both hero and villain in dual roles that sees the actor thrive in both
  2. Khan teams with prolific director Atlee Kumar (known best as simply Atlee) for an action-packed tale of vengeance
  3. Look out for some high-profile cameos by some of India’s most recognisable faces, including Deepika Padukone who is currently one of Bollywood’s highest-paid actors
  4. The film was shot across multiple locations in India, and will be released in various languages including Hindi, Telugu and Tamil
  5. Audiences are in for a wild ride as they buckle in for a crime thriller that promises action unlike any other

Jawan is showing in cinemas from Thursday 7th September 2023


WHAT’S SHOWING AT

HOME THIS WEEK?

Sitting in Bars with Cake (2023, dir. Trish Sie)

CAST: Yara Shahidi, Odessa A’zion, Bette Midler, Ron Livingston, Martha Kelly, Maia Mitchell, Charlie Morgan Patton, Simone Recasner, Rish Shah, Aaron Dominguez, Will Ropp, Adina Porter, Navid Negahban, Diep Tran, Reshma Gajjar, Kayla Njeri

CREW: Trish Sie (director), Audrey Shulman (writer), Susan Cartsonis, Brent Emery, Suzanne Farwell and Nick Moceri (producers), Jeff Cardoni (composer), Matthew Clark (cinematographer), Lauren Connolly (editor)

PLOT: Jane (Shahidi), a talented but shy baker, is convinced by her best friend Corrine (A’zion) to commit to a year of making cakes and then bringing them to bars, with the goal of meeting new people and developing confidence. However, their new ritual is tested when one of them receives a life-changing diagnosis…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  1. Get ready to experience a different style of bar-hopping in this fun and warm-hearted comedy-drama
  2. Writer Audrey Shulman adapts her own book of the same name, which was inspired by a blog she made about baking cake and bringing them to bars for a year
  3. Black-ish star Yara Shahidi shares powerful on-screen chemistry with co-star Odessa A’zion
  4. Look out for a scene-stealing supporting role from acting and singing legend Bette Midler
  5. It’s an uplifting tale of friendship, romance, and the deliciousness that is cake!

Sitting in Bars with Cake is streaming exclusively on Prime Video from Friday 8th September 2023

Sympathy for the Devil (2023, dir. Yuval Adler)

CAST: Nicolas Cage, Joel Kinnaman, Alexis Zollicoffer, Cameron Lee Price, Oliver McCallum, Burns Burns, Rich Hopkins, Nancy Good, Kaiwi Lyman

CREW: Yuval Adler (director), Luke Paradise (writer), Alex Lebovici, Stuart Manashil and Allan Ungar (producers), Ishai Adar (composer), Steven Holleran (cinematographer), Alan Canant (editor)

PLOT: In Las Vegas, a man (Kinnaman) arrives at the hospital where his wife is about to give birth, only for a mysterious stranger (Cage) to get in his car and hold him at gunpoint. Forced to drive his dangerously psychotic passenger across the city, the man becomes embroiled in a deadly cat-and-mouse game with someone who might be more than he initially appears to be…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  1. Nicolas Cage might actually be the Devil in this small but suspenseful new crime thriller that echoes Michael Mann’s Collateral
  2. Cage and co-star Joel Kinnaman share an uneasy chemistry as the former endlessly terrorises and intimidates the latter, as well as several other unfortunate people
  3. The film was filmed entirely in Las Vegas, including in a virtual studio, making it the first movie in Nevada history to be shot on an LED sound stage
  4. It’s a wildly unpredictable ride as unhinged criminal activity reigns supreme across one long and eventful night
  5. Most of all, it’s a fine excuse to watch Nicolas Cage go completely and gloriously over-the-top

Sympathy for the Devil is available to rent/buy on digital platforms from Friday 8th September 2023


WHAT’S RETURNING TO

CINEMAS THIS WEEK?

School of Rock (2003, dir. Richard Linklater)

CAST: Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike White, Sarah Silverman, Miranda Cosgrove, Joey Gaydos Jr., Kevin Clark, Rivkah Reyes, Robert Tsai, Maryam Hassan, Aleisha Allen, Caitlin Hale, Brian Falduto, Z Infante, James Hosey, Angelo Massagli, Cole Hawkins, Jordan-Claire Green, Veronica Afflerbach, Adam Pascal, Lucas Babin, Lucas Papaelias, Chris Stack

CREW: Richard Linklater (director), Mike White (writer), Scott Rudin (producer), Craig Wedren (composer), Rogier Stoffers (cinematographer), Sandra Adair (editor)

PLOT: Dewey Finn (Black), the recently fired guitarist of rock band No Vacancy, impersonates his roommate Ned (White) and applies for a substitute teacher role at the local prep school to earn some money. Posing as “Mr. S”, Dewey soon discovers his students’ natural talent for music, and begins to form a band with them in time for a local competition, which helps all of them overcome their biggest insecurities…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  1. Director Richard Linklater’s hilarious, all-rocking family classic is back in cinemas to celebrate its 20th anniversary
  2. Jack Black became a bona fide movie star after its release, winning acclaim and even a Golden Globe nomination for his memorable comedic performance
  3. His banter with the many young kids – including future iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove – still generates plenty of laughs as it did in 2003
  4. Of course, there’s also lots of rocking tunes on the soundtrack including ones by Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Velvet Underground, and even some tracks by the titular on-screen band
  5. The film has gained a major legacy among millennials, and even spawned a successful stage musical – so its return to cinemas will surely be a major event for them as much as anyone else!

School of Rock is showing in cinemas from Friday 8th September 2023

La Ronde (1950, dir. Max Ophüls)

CAST: Anton Walbrook, Simone Signoret, Serge Reggiani, Simone Simon, Daniel Gélin, Danielle Darrieux, Fernand Gravey, Odette Joyeux, Jean-Louis Barrault, Isa Miranda, Gérard Philipe

CREW: Max Ophüls (director, writer), Jacques Natanson (writer), Oscar Strauss (producer), Christian Matras (cinematographer), Léonide Azar (editor)

PLOT: In early 1900s Vienna, ten separate tales of amorous encounters between soldiers, counts, prostitutes and actors are told…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  1. German filmmaker Max Ophüls’ classic adaptation of the legendary anthology play by Arthur Schnitzler is back for another round in cinemas
  2. Despite Schnitzler’s strict stipulation that his play never be performed or adapted, Ophüls managed to get around it by simply adapting the French version, the rights to which were still up for grabs
  3. It became a widely acclaimed hit, and went on to win the BAFTA for Best Film, in addition to being nominated for some Academy Awards
  4. Its racy content caused the film to be denied screenings in New York due to local censors finding it “immoral”, which was overturned by an appeal to the US Supreme Court three years later
  5. It played for an unprecedented (even today) 17 straight months at the iconic Curzon Mayfair venue in London, which is under threat of closure due to a soon-to-expire tenancy agreement – click here to find out what you can do to help keep it open!

La Ronde is showing in cinemas from Friday 8th September 2023

101 Dalmatians (1961, dirs. Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske and Wolfgang Reitherman)

CAST: Rod Taylor, Cate Bauer, Betty Lou Gerson, Ben Wright, Lisa Davis, Martha Wentworth, J. Pat O’Malley, Frederick Worlock, David Frankham, Tom Conway, Tudor Owen, George Pelling, Ramsay Hill, Thurl Ravenscroft, Martha Wentworth, Queenie Leonard, Marjorie Bennett, Mickey Maga, Barbara Beaird, Mimi Gibson, Sandra Abbott, Barbara Luddy, Rickie Sorensen

CREW: Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske and Wolfgang Reitherman (directors), Bill Peet (writer), Walt Disney (producer), George Burns (composer), Roy M. Brewer Jr. and Donald Halliday (editors)

PLOT: Pongo (Taylor) and Perdita (Bauer), a Dalmatian couple, give birth to a litter of fifteen puppies. However, when the puppies are kidnapped by the evil Cruella de Vil (Gerson) and held with several other Dalmatian puppies, who plans to skin the puppies to make a fur coat, Pongo and Perdita set out to rescue them…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

  1. Disney’s celebration of its 100th anniversary continues with the re-release of its beloved canine classic
  2. Adapted from Dodie Smith’s classic book, the film has become a beloved favourite among Disney fans with its adorable animation and even cuter characters
  3. The film also introduced the world to a terrifying new Disney villain: the unhinged Cruella de Vil, whose devious animal-murdering antics have made her a top-tier baddie
  4. It was popular enough to not only spawn a live-action take in 1996, which famously starred Glenn Close as Cruella de Vil, but also an acclaimed and Oscar-winning prequel about the villain with Emma Stone in the title role
  5. Any dog lovers both young and old will absolutely not want to miss their chance to see the adorable antics of the cute Dalmatian pups on the biggest screen possible

101 Dalmatians is showing in cinemas from Friday 8th September 2023


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