Movie of the Week – 11-12-19

Movie of the Week – 11-12-19

It’s a slow week as the world waits for… Star Wars!

We have Jumanji: The Next Level, along with a few arthouse flicks in Beanpole, Citizen K and Kingmaker. There’s even a Christmas horror with Black Christmas. The first in a while!

For our film of the week we went for a tale of poverty during World War Two.

Movie of the Week – Beanpole

Beanpole96% on Rotten Tomatoes

1945, Leningrad. WWII has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Two young women search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins.

Director: Kantemir Balagov
Writers: Kantemir Balagov, Aleksandr Terekhov
Stars: Viktoria Miroshnichenko, Vasilisa Perelygina, Andrey Bykov

Our Top Five Films This Week –

5. La Belle Epoque
4. The Kingmaker
3. Ordinary Love
2. So Long, My Son 
1. Beanpole

13 December 2019

Black Christmas – ?% on Rotten Tomatoes
Director(s): Sophia Takal
Writers(s): Sophia Takal, April Wolfe
Actors: Cary Elwes, Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Brittany O’Grady

A group of students are stalked by a stranger during their Christmas break. A remake of the 1974 horror film ‘Black Christmas’.

Citizen K – 100% on Rotten Tomatoes

Director: Alex Gibney
Writer: Alex Gibney
Stars: Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Vladimir Putin, Leonid Nevzlin

The strange case of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once believed to be the wealthiest man in Russia, who rocketed to prosperity and prominence in the 1990s, served a decade in prison, and became an unlikely martyr for the anti-Putin movement.

Jumanji: The Next Level83% On Rotten Tomatoes

Director: Jake Kasdan
Writers:: Jake Kasdan, Jeff Pinkner
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart

In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to rescue one of their own, the players will have to brave parts unknown from arid deserts to snowy mountains, to escape the world’s most dangerous game.

The Kingmaker – 93% on Rotten Tomatoes
Director(s): Lauren Greenfield
Writers(s): N/A
Actors: N/A

Centered on the indomitable character of Imelda Marcos, The Kingmaker examines, with intimate access, the Marcos family’s improbable return to power in the Philippines. The film explores the disturbing legacy of the Marcos regime and chronicles Imelda’s present-day push to help her son, Bongbong, win the vice-presidency. To this end, Imelda confidently rewrites her family’s history of corruption, replacing it with a narrative of a matriarch’s extravagant love for her country. In an age when fake news manipulates elections, Imelda’s comeback story serves as a dark fairy tale.

In Cinemas Now –

21 Bridges?% On Rotten Tomatoes
A Dog Called Money20% on Rotten Tomatoes
Abominable80% On Rotten Tomatoes
Ad Astra 80% on Rotten Tomatoes
The Addams Family39% on Rotten Tomatoes
The Aeronauts 81% on Rotten Tomatoes
After the Wedding – 43% on Rotten Tomatoes
Amazing Johnathan Documentary, The – 81% On Rotten Tomatoes
Bait100% on Rotten Tomatoes
Beanpole96% on Rotten Tomatoes
La Belle Epoque – 100% on Rotten Tomatoes
Black And Blue – 50% on Rotten Tomatoes
Black Christmas – ?% on Rotten Tomatoes
Blue Story ?% On Rotten Tomatoes
By The Grace Of God – 95% on Rotten Tomatoes
The Cave97% on Rotten Tomatoes
Charlie’s Angels – 58% on Rotten Tomatoes
Citizen K – 100% on Rotten Tomatoes
The Day Shall Come75% On Rotten Tomatoes
Doctor Sleep78% On Rotten Tomatoes
Extra Ordinary – 100% on Rotten Tomatoes
The Farewell99% On Rotten Tomatoes
Ford v Ferrari/ Le Mans ’6688% On Rotten Tomatoes
Frozen 2 84% on Rotten Tomatoes
The Good Liar67% on Rotten Tomatoes
Harriet – 92% on Rotten Tomatoes
The Irishman 97% on Rotten Tomatoes
Joker 76% On Rotten Tomatoes
Jumanji: The Next Level83% On Rotten Tomatoes
Knives Out – 97% on Rotten Tomatoes
The Kingmaker – 93% on Rotten Tomatoes
The Last Black Man In San Francisco – 93% on Rotten Tomatoes
Last Christmas52% On Rotten Tomatoes
Le Mans ’6688% On Rotten Tomatoes
Luce92% on Rotten Tomatoes
Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil – 51% on Rotten Tomatoes
Marriage Story97% on Rotten Tomatoes
Motherless Brooklyn63% on Rotten Tomatoes
The Nightingale – 86% on Rotten Tomatoes
Non-Fiction – 89% on Rotten Tomatoes
Ordinary Love100% on Rotten Tomatoes
Ready or Not88% on Rotten Tomatoes
Sorry We Missed You74% On Rotten Tomatoes
So Long, My Son100% on Rotten Tomatoes
Terminator: Dark Fate – 56% on Rotten Tomatoes
The Two Popes – 91% on Rotten Tomatoes
Zombieland: Double Tap – 75% on Rotten Tomatoes

18 December 2019

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – ?% on Rotten Tomatoes
Director: J.J. Abrams
Writers: Chris Terrio (screenplay by), J.J. Abrams (screenplay by)
Stars: Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Billie Lourd

The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga.

20 December 2019

Cats ?% on Rotten Tomatoes
Director(s): Tom Hooper
Writers(s): T.S. Eliot (poetry collection “Old Possum’s Books of Practical Cats”), Lee Hall (screenplay), Tom Hooper (screenplay), Andrew Lloyd Webber (musical)
Actors: Ian McKellen, James Corden, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson

A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life.

26 December 2019

Little Women96% on Rotten Tomatoes

Director(s): Greta Greta
Writers(s): Louisa May Alcott (novel), Greta Gerwig
Actors: Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet, Eliza Scanlen, Emma Stone

Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Playing With Fire22% on Rotten Tomatoes
Director: Andy Fickman
Writers: Dan Ewen, Matt Lieberman
Stars: John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo

A crew of rugged firefighters meet their match when attempting to rescue three rambunctious kids.

Spies In Disguise – ?% on Rotten Tomatoes

Directors: Nick Bruno, Troy Quane
Writers: Brad Copeland (screenplay by), Lloyd Taylor (screenplay by)
Stars: Karen Gillan, Rachel Brosnahan, Tom Holland

When the world’s best spy is turned into a pigeon, he must rely on his nerdy tech officer to save the world.


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