There’s a nice mix of drama and comedy in this week’s new releases so whether you’re looking for some light first date entertainment or a hard-hitting political piece, there’s lots to choose from! Here are our top cinema picks for the week ahead…
This film is a big leap for Chloe Grace Moretz who plays teenage hooker Elina, living in terror of her Russian pimp. Elina is taken under the wing of retired hitman Robert McCall, played by Denzel Washington. Expect lots of shoot-outs and action scenes, but some lighter moments too – Denzel isn’t your typical hero!
This Is Where I Leave You
Comedy bigwigs Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Rose Byrne, Jane Fonda and Kathryn Hahn all star in this new release so we are more than a little excited. The dysfunctional Altman family meet for their father’s funeral only to discover it was his dying wish that they “sit shiva” for him – a Jewish tradition in which the family spend seven days together in their home to mourn. Expect family drama, slapstick comedy and lots of jokes about Jane Fonda’s fake boobs.
The Good Lie
Reese Witherspoon stars in this hard-hitting drama about six young Sudanese refugees making their way to the USA to begin a new life. The actress plays Carrie Davis, a sharp and sassy resettlement officer who helps the refugees to find work and accommodation in their new home of Kansas City. If you’re hoping for a Hollywood blockbuster though, you won’t find it here – Reese doesn’t appear until around 35 minutes in. The film itself begins in Sudan and Kenya so be prepared for some violent scenes.
What We Did On Our Holiday
Writers Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton are best known for creating BBC’s Outnumbered, so expect a similarly hilarious cast of children this time around. Four-year-old Harriet Turnbull is adorably sharp-witted as the youngest family member in this madcap comedy, and she easily outshines parents Rosamund Pike and David Tennant. The plot involves a family road trip to the Scottish Highlands to visit the family’s terminally ill grandfather, played by comedy legend Billy Connolly. This could go either way but we’ll definitely be giving it a watch!
Get On Up
This biopic about the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, will no doubt have you wanting to get up and dance in the aisles. Classics like Night Train, Please Please Please and Try Me all feature, but there are lots of darker moments too – Brown was reportedly a controlling man with a short temper, unlike his public persona. Director Tate Taylor made a big name for himself with civil rights drama The Help, so we’re expecting big things this time around.