Why can’t I say the word Peterloo without singing it as per the Abba song of almost the same name? I guess that’s just me then. Yes, we have a new release from Mike Leigh, which is always of interest. Otherwise, there’s a big Disney release in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and another Nick Hornby novel adaptation in Juliet, Naked. Despite the lack of reviews, I’m pretty sure Slaughterhouse Rulez will be worth watching, due to the cast alone. The less said about Hunter Killer the better!
Update – Ok, so avoid Slaughterhouse Rulez and The Nutcracker! There are reasons for the late reviews…
Our Top Five Films This Week –
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Peterloo – 67% on Rotten Tomatoes
The story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester.
Director: Mike Leigh
Writer: Mike Leigh
Stars: Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Neil Bell
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – 29% on Rotten Tomatoes
A young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.
Directors: Lasse Hallström, Joe Johnston
Writers: Ashleigh Powell (screen story by), Ashleigh Powell (screenplay by)
Stars: Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman
Hunter Killer – 35% on Rotten Tomatoes
An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general.
Director: Donovan Marsh
Writers: Arne Schmidt (screenplay by) (as Arne L. Schmidt), Jamie Moss (screenplay by)
Stars: Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common
Juliet, Naked – 82% on Rotten Tomatoes
Juliet, Naked is the story of Annie (the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan) and her unlikely transatlantic romance with once revered, now faded, singer-songwriter, Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the subject of Duncan’s musical obsession.
Director: Jesse Peretz
Writers: Evgenia Peretz (screenplay by), Jim Taylor (screenplay by)
Stars: Chris O’Dowd, Rose Byrne, Kitty O’Beirne
Slaughterhouse Rulez – 25% on Rotten Tomatoes
An illustrious British boarding school becomes a bloody battleground when a mysterious sinkhole appears at a nearby fracking site unleashing unspeakable horror.
Director: Crispian Mills
Writers: Crispian Mills (screenplay by), Henry Fitzherbert (screenplay by)
Stars: Michael Sheen, Hermione Corfield, Simon Pegg