Here are the new UK cinema releases for this week. What will you be watching?
Friday 17 February 2017
Across The Waters
The year is 1943 and rumors have it, that the Germans are about to deport all Danish Jews. The Jewish jazz musician Arne Itkin, his wife and their 5-year-old son quickly realize that they have to flee to safety in Sweden, in order to avoid the horrors of the concentration camps. But who can be trusted when Gestapo and Danish collaborators are on their heels to stop anyone from fleeing the country.
Director: Nicola Donato Starring: David Dencik, Danica Curcic, Jakob Cedergren
The Founder tells the true story of how Illinois salesman Ray Kroc met brothers Mac and Dick McDonald, operating a hamburger restaurant in southern California in the 1950s. Kroc subtly manoeuvres himself into a position to take control of their company, which grows into one of the world’s best-known brands after he buys the chain for $2.7 million in 1961.
Director: John Lee Hancock Starring: Linda Cardellini, Patrick Wilson, Michael Keaton
The Great Wall
The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure.
Director: Zhang YimouStarring: Matt Damon, Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Hanyu Zhang, Eddie Peng, Lu Han, Kenny Lin, Junkai Wang, Zheng Kai, Cheney Chen, Xuan Huang and Andy Lau
HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
Director: Theodore MelfiStarring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell and Kevin Costner
John Wick: Chapter 2
In this next chapter following the 2014 hit, legendary hitman John Wick [Keanu Reeves] is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.
Director: Chad Stahelski Starring: Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne, Ruby Rose, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane
Lost In France
In Glasgow in the mid-1990s, flourishing indie rock band The Delgados established cult record label Chemikal Underground, heralding a renaissance of independent music in the city that would bring the likes of Mogwai, Arab Strap and Franz Ferdinand to the world.
Lost in France, an exhilarating new documentary, explores the rise of this Glaswegian music scene, revisiting a defining, chaotic trip to France in the musicians’ early careers. Featuring a stunning mix of live performances and frequently hilarious interviews, the film reunites key label personnel in an intimate exploration of friendship, memory and making music.
Director: Niall McCann Starring: Stuart Braithwaite, Stewart Henderson, Alex Kapranos, Emma Pollock, Paul Savage, RM Hubbert, Holy Mountain
Love of my Life
After a stormy first marriage to a cheating husband, Grace (Anna Chancellor) built the perfect life: a solid second marriage to a good and faithful man (James Fleet), two successful daughters, and a dream career as an architect. So when she finds out that she has a potentially fatal brain tumour she accepts her impending demise the way she lives her life, graciously and without fuss… until her first husband (John Hannah), an award-winning novelist who wrote a tell-all bestseller about their marriage, arrives in the middle of the night vowing to win her back.
Director: Joan Carr-Wiggin Starring: Anna Chancellor, John Hannah, James Fleet, Hermione Norris, Greg Wise
Moonlight is the tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.
Director: Barry Jenkins Starring: Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome with Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali
Multiple Maniacs, the gloriously grotesque, unavailable-for-decades second feature from John Waters, is coming to UK cinemas at long last. Released in select sites on 17 February, Multiple Maniacs arrives replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery and murder to one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous moments.
Made on a shoestring budget in Baltimore, with Waters taking on nearly every technical task, this gleeful mockery of the peace-and-love ethos of its era features the Cavalcade of Perversion, a traveling show put on by a troupe of misfits whose shocking proclivities are topped only by those of their leader: the glammer-than-glam, larger-than-life Divine, who’s out for blood after discovering her lover’s affair.
Director: John Waters Starring: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivan Pearce
In one of the last remaining traditional tribes in the South Pacific, a young girl, Wawa (Marie Wawa), falls in love with her chief’s grandson, Dain (Mungau Dain). But when an inter-tribal war escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed to another man as part of a peace deal. Determined to remain true to their hearts, the Wawa and Dain run away, but are pursued by enemy warriors desperate to enforce tribal law. With their lives on the line, the star-crossed lovers must choose between their hearts and the peaceful future of the tribe.
Director: Martin Butler, Bentley Dean Starring: Mangua Daun, Marie Wawa
Follows a land surveyor on assignment to measure an ancient forest for a developer but soon looses his reason in a supernatural environment that has it’s own plans.
Director: Lorcan Finnegan Starring: Alan McKenna, Niamh Algar, James Browne