THIS WEEK’S RELEASES (27TH FEBRUARY – 5TH MARCH 2023)

We’ve just marched straight into, erm, March, as well as a whole new week of exciting film releases to kick off a month filled with exactly that! This week, we’ve got the fiercest match yet for Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Creed, an Oscar-nominated tale of young love and friendship, and a special re-release of a Sidney Poitier classic…

MOVIE OF THE WEEK: Creed III (dir. Michael B. Jordan)

CAST: Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Jonathan Majors, Wood Harris, Florian Munteanu, Phylicia Rishad, Tony Bellow, Selenis Leyva, Thaddeus J. Mixon, Mila Davis-Kent, Canelo Álvarez, Alex Henderson, Spence Moore II

CREW: Michael B. Jordan (director, producer), Zach Baylin and Keenan Coogler (writers), William Chartoff, Ryan Coogler, Jonathan Glickman, Elizabeth Raposo, Sylvester Stallone, Charles Winkler, David Winkler and Irvin Winkler (producers), Joseph Shirley (composer), Kramer Morgenthau (cinematographer), Jessica Baclesse and Tyler Nelson (editors)

PLOT: Adonis Creed (Jordan), the heavyweight boxing world champion, is thriving in his career and his family life, raising his daughter Amara (Davis-Kent) with his supportive wife Bianca (Thompson). However, when Creed’s old childhood friend Damian (Majors) comes back into his life after a lengthy prison sentence, he proves himself to be a more than formidable fighter who seeks retribution against his former friend. Now, Adonis must put everything on the line in order to face off against an opponent who has nothing to lose…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

1) Michael B. Jordan returns to the ring for a third time as Adonis Creed, the son of fallen boxer Apollo Creed in the Rocky universe, in his most personal face-off yet

2) Jordan also sits in the director’s chair for the first time, putting him in the same league as former franchise star Sylvester Stallone who directed a bunch of his own adventures as Rocky Balboa

3) Sadly, the Italian Stallion is sitting this one out, making Creed III the first film in the Rocky saga not to feature Stallone in any capacity (though he is still credited as a producer)

4) Jonathan Majors, fresh off of kicking Ant-Man’s butt in Quantumania, makes for an intimidating foe for our titular boxer, and more than fills the Stallone-shaped hole that’s been left behind

5) It’s set to be a real sporting epic, especially with this being the first in the franchise – and, indeed, the first sports movie ever – to have sequences shot in IMAX

Creed III is showing in cinemas from Friday 3rd March 2023

 

WHAT ELSE IS COMING OUT THIS WEEK?

Close (dir. Lukas Dhont)

CAST: Eden Dambrine, Gustav de Waele, Émilie Dequenne, Léa Drucker, Kevin Janssens, Marc Weiss, Igor van Dessel, Léon Bataille

CREW: Lukas Dhont (director, writer), Angelo Tijssens (writer), Michiel Dhont, Dirk Impens and Michel Saint-Jean (producers), Valentin Hadjadj (composer), Frank van den Eeden (cinematographer), Alain Dessauvage (editor)

PLOT: Over a summer, thirteen-year-old friends Léo (Dambrine) and Rémi (de Waele) enjoy a close bond with each other. However, when they head back to school, their unusually close relationship is noticed and commented on by others, leading to a tragic separation between the two…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

1) Belgian filmmaker Lukas Dhont, best known for his challenging debut feature Girl, dials up the emotion for his outstanding sophomore outing

2) It’s scored a nomination in this year’s International Feature Film Oscar category, where it’s going up against equally powerful contenders like Germany’s All Quiet on the Western Front and Ireland’s The Quiet Girl

3) The story of two adolescent boys and their intimate friendship is heart-warming, but takes a much more sombre turn when it gets into some heavy real-world consequences

4) At last year’s Cannes Film Festival, it shared the Grand Prix prize – basically the runner-up to the coveted Palme D’Or – with French filmmaking legend Claire Denis

5) Between this and Girl, which centred around a trans teen, Dhont is quickly becoming a leading pioneer in youth-orientated LGBTQ+ cinema

Close is showing in cinemas from Friday 3rd March 2023, and will be streaming exclusively on Mubi from Friday 21st April 2023

I’m Fine (Thanks For Asking) (dirs. Kelley Kali and Angelique Molina)

CAST: Kelley Kali, Deon Cole, Wesley Moss, Brooklynn Marie, Ira Scipio, Andrew Galvan, Jacolyn Holmes, Xing-Mai Deng

CREW: Kelley Kali and Angelique Molina (directors, writers, producers), Roma Kong (writer, producer), Deon Cole and Capella Fahoome (producers), Erick Del Aguila (composer), Becky Baihui Chen (cinematographer), Angelica Lopez and Katie McClellan (editors)

PLOT: Danny (Kali), a recently widowed hairdresser, suddenly finds herself homeless. Wanting to shield and her young daughter Wes (Moss) from the truth, Danny convinces her that they’re on a camping trip, while she works tirelessly to earn the cash she needs to find new accommodation for the two of them…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

1) Homelessness and financial woes are given a quirky, but still humbling, new perspective in this touching comedy-drama

2) Co-director/writer/producer Kelley Kali, who won a Student Academy Award for her short film Lalo’s House, also stars in the film, where she gets to display her unique acting abilities

3) Comedian Deon Cole (also a producer on the film) has a memorable supporting role as a seedy guy who Kali’s character encounters

4) It is set during the COVID-19 pandemic, and shows upfront the true cost of financial instability during that particular period

5) It has a tremendous amount of heart to it, which offsets some of the troubling social drama that it fearlessly doesn’t shy away from

I’m Fine (Thanks For Asking) is showing in cinemas, and will be available to rent/buy on most digital platforms, from Friday 3rd March 2023

Project Wolf Hunting (dir. Kim Hong-seon)

CAST: Seo In-guk, Jang Dong-yoon, Choi Gwi-hwa, Park Ho-san, Jung So-min, Ko Chang-seok, Jang Young-nam, Sung Dong-il, Son Jong-hak, Lee Sung-wook, Hong Ji-yoon, Jung Moon-sung, Lim Ju-hwan, Kwon Soo-hyun, Jung Sung-il, Kim Kang-hoon, Shin Seung-hwan

CREW: Kim Hong-seon (director, writer), Gu Seong-mok (producer), Kim Jun-sung and Jo Ran (composers), Yoon Ju-hwan (cinematographer), Shin Min-kyung and Lee Ga-ram (editors)

PLOT: A group of dangerous criminals, who are being held onboard a ship headed from the Philippines to South Korea, work together to stage a coordinated escape attempt. As the jailbreak descends into a blood-fuelled riot, the fugitives and their outside allies wage an all-out war on the special agents assigned to recapture them. Soon, however, everyone discovers that there may be an even more sinister threat coming after all of them…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

1) South Korean genre filmmaker Kim Hong-seon presents a gory, riotous sci-fi action-thriller that grasps the over-the-top spirit of John Woo

2) Think of it as a mash-up of two specific John Carpenter movies – specifically Assault on Precinct 13 and The Thing – and you’ll have a good idea of what’s in store here

3) The cast features plenty of recognisable faces for fans of South Korean cinema, and some bright scene-stealers for those who may be less familiar

4) It is one of the first titles to be part of a unique deal between distributors Icon and Kaleidoscope: films like this will get an exclusive window on Icon’s new streaming service, before being brought to theatrical and home entertainment by Kaleidoscope (be on the lookout for more titles in this deal coming very soon)!

5) Full of twists and turns, not to mention plenty of raw and brutal action sequences, this is the perfect genre movie to pop on with your friends during a night in!

Project Wolf Hunting is showing in cinemas from Friday 3rd March 2023, and is now streaming exclusively on Icon Film Channel

Fashion Reimagined (dir. Becky Hutner)

CAST: Amy Powney, Chloe Marks

CREW: Becky Hutner (director, producer, editor), Lindsay Lowe and Andrea van Beuren (producers), Daniel Götz (cinematographer), Sam Rogers (editor)

PLOT: Amy Powney, a rising star in the fashion world, becomes disillusioned with the pivotal impact that her industry is having on the environment, and sets out to transform her business across a three-year mission to create a sustainable collection…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

1) Fashionistas around the world should pay attention to this fascinating real-world story of designer Amy Powney’s admirable mission to transform the way her industry functions

2) The film covers Powney’s working-class roots, her early experiences with environmentalism, and how she quickly rose to fame within one of the most competitive industries in the world

3) It’s a major topic for first-time director Becky Hutner, who captures Powney and her efforts with a fly-on-the-wall approach that gives the story a real sense of power

4) It has won praise at various film festivals across the globe, including Tribeca, Edinburgh, Sheffield DocFest, and even Nantucket

5) Powney’s actions have the potential to inspire countless other aspiring fashion designers, and maybe even some current ones, to adopt sustainable new methods to keep the planet going as well as their industry

Fashion Reimagined is showing in cinemas from Friday 3rd March 2023

Buck and the Preacher (dir. Sidney Poitier) [RE-RELEASE]

CAST: Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Cameron Mitchell, Denny Miller, Nita Talbot, James McEachin, Clarence Muse, Enrique Lucero, Julie Robinson, Lynn Hamilton

CREW: Sidney Poitier (director), Ernest Kinoy (writer), Joel Glickman (producer), Benny Carter (composer), Alex Phillips Jr. (cinematographer), Pembroke J. Herring (editor)

PLOT: In the 1860s, former soldier turned wagon master Buck (Poitier) unites with a mysterious drifter posing as a preacher (Belafonte) to provide safe passage to a group of emancipated slaves…

FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED:

1) The directorial debut of legendary actor Sidney Poitier returns to cinemas with a brand-new 4K restoration to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary

2) Poitier, who passed away last year, also stars in the film alongside Harry Belafonte, as Buck and the Preacher respectively

3) The actor took over directing duties after sacking original filmmaker Joseph Sargent mere days into filming, citing a dissatisfaction with Sargent’s lack of ethnic awareness

4) It would mark one of the very first times that a Black filmmaker would tell the story of Black oppression, paving the way for countless others in the future

5) While it was considered a financial and critical flop in 1972, it is today revered as a classic Western that dared to tackle themes that no other genre films at the time would even touch upon

Buck and the Preacher is showing in cinemas from Friday 3rd March 2023

 

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

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