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What to See at The Cinema

20 February 2019 Kate Plummer

Calling all film fans! From awards season stunners and big budget blockbusters to indie delights and family favourites, we’ll be serving up weekly slices of what to watch on the silver screen.

Film of the week: Captain Marvel


Release date
: 8 March
Genre: Superhero/Adventure
Certificate: 12A
Running time: 124 mins
 
Featuring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Gemma Chan
 
Summary:
Part of galactic military team, Starforce, Carol Danvers, a part-human part-Kree warrior finds herself on Earth in 1995 teaming up with Nick Fury to reconcile past memories and in the process becomes the hero needed to protect the planet from an alien threat.
 
Trivia: This is the 21st film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the first with it’s main superhero being a woman, hence being released on International Women’s Day.


Border


Release date: 8 March
Genre: Fantasy drama
Certificate: 15
Running time: 110 mins
 
Featuring:  Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff
 
Summary: This Swedish dark fantasy drama sees Tina, a customs officer with the ability to smell emotion, particularly fear and guilt, finding herself assisting a police investigation after uncovering disturbing evidence during the search of a traveller. However, when she meets the mysterious Vore, she discovers the source of her abilities and the answer to many questions she’s long carried about herself.
 
Trivia: The screenplay was partly written by John Ajvide Lindqvist who was the author of short story this was based on. He is also known for his book-turned-film Let the Right One In.



On the Basis of Sex


Release date:
Out now
Genre: Drama
Certificate: 12A
Running time: 120 mins
 
Featuring: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Kathy Bates, Justin Theroux
  
Summary: Based on the life of US Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg (Or the Notorious RBG as she’s affectionally known by her fans), On the Basis of Sex shows the young lawyer Ruth striving for equal gender rights in the legal system, beginning with her first case in the 1970s that focused on discrimination on the basis of sex, and her quest to change US law.
 
Trivia: The writer of the film, Daniel Stiepleman, is actually RBG’s nephew. 



If Beale Street Could Talk
 

Release date: out now
Genre: Drama
Certificate: 15
Running time: 119 mins
 
Featuring: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King
 
Summary: Young and in love, Tish and Fonny are planning their future when a tragic perversion of justice results in Fonny being wrongly imprisoned. Newly pregnant, Tish must fight against the flawed system and its prejudices as an African-American couple in 1970s Harlem, whilst also fighting against the stigma of being an unmarried pregnant woman doing all she can to prove the innocence of the man she loves.
 
Trivia: The film is based on James Baldwin’s novel of the same name, and is directed, produced and written by Barry Jenkins of Moonlight fame.



Can You Ever Forgive Me?


Release date: Out now
Genre: Biographical Drama
Certificate: 15
Running time: 106 mins
 
Featuring: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells
 
Summary: Can You Ever Forgive Me? Is the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer (and friend to cats) Lee Israel (McCarthy) who made her living in the 70’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn and Estee Lauder. However, when at 51 she finds herself failing to sell her work and facing eviction, she resorts to faking letters from the stars in order to keep afloat, enlisting her friend Jack (Grant) to keep the deception going, despite growing interest from the FBI. 
 
Trivia: Richard E. Grant’s character in the film is an alcoholic, but Grant is actually allergic to alcohol. 

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part


Release date: Out now
Genre: Animation Adventure
Certificate: U
Running time: 107 mins
 
Featuring: (Voice Cast) Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Margot Robbie, Alison Brie
 
Summary: Following on from 2014’s block-buster hit, Emmett, Lucy, Batman, Benny, Unikitty and co. are back but everything is not as awesome as we remember. Duplo invaders from the ‘Systar System’ have turned Bricksburg into a wasteland, with everything being destroyed faster than the master builders can create. The team must journey to strange new worlds to defeat their newest threat and bring back the awesomeness.
 
Trivia: Stephanie Beatriz who voices the character Sweet Mayhem actually has a small scar on her eyebrow that was caused by tripping on a piece of LEGO when she was a child. 


Vice


Release date: out now
Genre: Drama
Certificate: 15
Running time: 132 mins
 
Featuring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell
 
Summary: Charting his rise from White House intern to George W. Bush’s Vice President, Vice explores Dick Cheney’s journey that resulted in him becoming the most powerful VP of all time, but also one of the least favoured politicians in American history. 
  
Trivia: Bale attributes his 3 stone weight gain for the role to “eating a lot of pies”


Green Book


Release date: Out now
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Certificate: 12A
Running time: 130 mins
 
Featuring: Mahershala Ali, Viggo Mortensen
 
Summary: When famed pianist Dr. Don Shirley plans an 8-week tour of the concert halls of segregated Deep South in 1962, he hires hot headed working class New York bouncer Tony as his driver to help him travel safely through the often unwelcoming country, resulting in an unlikely but powerful friendship as they confront their differences on the road.
 
Trivia: The film’s title comes from the name for the guide book published annually between 1936 and 1966 listing all the places in the segregated South that would welcome and provide safe havens for black people whilst travelling.
 

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

 
Release date: 1 February
Genre: Family Animation
Certificate: PG
Running time: 104 mins
 
Featuring: (Voice Cast) Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Kit Harington, Jonah Hill
 
Summary: Toothless the dragon, his best Viking pal Hiccup and their band of Dragon riders are back in the third installment of the How to Train your Dragon series. The dragon/Viking utopia of Berk has become crowded and there’s been an appearance of a potential mate for Night Fury Toothless in the shape of a female Light Fury, but she comes hand in hand with the biggest threat their way of life has ever faced. The riders must seek out a new hidden world to continue the hard-won friendship of Dragons and humans, but, at what cost?
 
Trivia: With a running time of 104 minutes, this is DreamWorks Animations longest film.
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