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On the Basis of Sex (c) Focus Features

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: On the Basis of Sex


Release date:
22 February
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. 


Boy Erased


 Release date: out now
Genre: Biographical Drama
Certificate: 15
Running time: 115 mins
 
Featuring: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton, Russell Crowe
 
Summary:
When Jared (Hedges), the only son of a strict Baptist minister (Crowe) brought up in middle-class Arkansas, admits to his parents that he’s attracted to men, they see his sexuality as a sin to be fixed and force him to attend a church based gay conversion therapy program, where the methods are as cruel and unfeeling as the aim behind them and those carrying it out.
 
Writer-director Joel Edgerton plays the programme’s director Victor Sykes, who runs the place as a boot camp/rehab facility/ detention centre for which parents pay thousands of dollars. A starry cast give beautifully crafted and moving performances in this understated but powerful film.

Trivia: Based on Garrard Conley’s 2016 memoir, Boy Erased was adapted for film by Joel Edgerton who also directs and stars in the film as the program’s chief therapist.


The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part


Release date: 8 February
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”


Beautiful Boy


Release date: out now
Genre: Biographical drama
Certificate: 15
Running time: 120 mins
 
Featuring: Timothee Chalamet, Steve Carell, Maura Tierney
 
Summary: When teenager Nic (Chamalet) goes missing only to turn up with obvious signs of drug use, his family, particularly his father David (Carell), begin an emotional journey of support and heartbreak as Nic’s growing struggle with drug addiction, and cycles of recovery and relapse, show the indiscriminate nature of addiction and its ability to tear lives apart.
 
Trivia: The movie is based on Nic Sheff's book Tweak and his father David's book Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction.
 

Green Book


Release date: 1 February
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.
 
 
Destroyer


Release date: 25 January
Genre: Crime/Drama
Certificate: 15
Running time: 121 mins
 
Featuring: Nicole Kidman, Toby Kennell, Sebastian Stan
 
Summary: When a worn down LAPD detective (Kidman) finds her past back to haunt her when old gang leader Silas (Kebbell) resurfaces years after her undercover infiltration into his gang, she finds herself confronting years of guilt and pain as she tracks him down.
 
Trivia: Nicole Kidman filmed one of the films most pivotal scenes whilst suffering from flu so bad that she could barely stand.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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