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What to See at The Cinema

6 January 2020 | 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: 1917

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Release date: 10 January
Genre: War drama
Certificate: 15
Running time: 119 mins
Featuring: George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Andrew Scott, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch
 
Summary: British First World War soldiers,Lance Corporal’s Blake and Schofield (Chapman and MacKay) are tasked with the dangerous mission of delivering a message across enemy lines to stop a Battalion of 1600 soldiers, including Blake’s brother, from heading straight into a deadly German trap. 
 
Trivia:  Directed by Sam Mendes, the film was shot in sequence and edited to play as one continuous take. 

Jojo Rabbit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Release date: Out now
Genre: Satirical comedy/war drama
Certificate: 12A
Running time: 108 mins
 
Featuring: Roman Griffin Davis, Taika Waititi, Scarlett Johansson, Thomasin McKenzie, Sam Rockwell
 
Summary: 10-year-old Jojo lives in Nazi Germany towards the end of the Second World War with his kind mother Rosie and his imaginary friend…a childish version of Hitler. However, when Rosie begins hiding Elsa, a teenage Jewish girl, in their home, Jojo starts to question whether Hitler and the teachings of the Hitler Youth are right as he befriends the girl. Based on the novel Caging Skies by Christine Leunens, writer and director Taika Waititi has given the story his hilariously satirical treatment, as well as starring as the imaginary Hitler himself. 
 
Trivia:  During one scene in the film "heil Hitler" is said 31 times in one minute. Waititi wanted to illustrate how ridiculous Nazi protocols were. 

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Release date: out now
Genre: Fantasy epic
Certificate: 12A
Running time: 141 mins
Featuring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver
 
Summary: 
This is it – the final showdown in the new trilogy. We’re staying spoiler free despite the rumour mill churning out fan theories left right and centre for months.  Rey, Poe, Finn and the gang find new allies and old friends (Lando is back!) to make their last stand against the dark side of the First Order and their leader, Kylo Ren.
 
Trivia:  
Anthony Daniels who plays C-3PO is the only actor to appear in all nine episodes of Star Wars 

Little Women

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Release date: 26 December
Genre: Drama
Certificate: U
Running time: 134 mins
Featuring: Saorise Ronan, Florence Pugh, Timothée Chalamet, Emma Watson, Eliza Scanlen, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern
 
Summary: 
 Writer and director Greta Gerwig is breathing fresh life into Louise May Alcott’s classic tale of the four March sisters, each with their own unique dreams in a world where women were taught to be only content with marriage and family life.Focusing more on the sisters as they enter adulthood, with flashbacks to their childhood familiar from the novel, the film captures both the nostalgia that makes the book so loved, and the energy of the March family striving to find their own paths. 

Trivia:  Chalamet and Ronan previously starred together in Gerwig’s Lady Bird in 2017. 

Cats

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Release date: out now
Genre: Musical
Certificate: U
Running time: 110 mins 
Featuring: Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Jaaaaason Deruloooooo
 
Summary: 
Based on the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical which is itself based on a poetry collection by T.S. Eliot – a group of cats must decide which of them will get to ascend to the Heavyside Layer and get a new life. It was the trailer that launched a thousand memes earlier in the year, and critics and audiences alike have been less than kindciting the bizarre effects, but all agree it’s quite a spectacle and could end up being one of those films that gains cult status for being so bad it’s good. 
 
Trivia:  
This is director Tom Hooper’s second musical after 2012’s Les Miserables.

Jumanji: The Next Level

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Release date: out now 
Genre:  Action adventure
Certificate: 12A
Running time: 123 mins
Featuring: Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Awkwafina, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Nick Jonas, Danny DeVito 
 
Summary: 
More dangerous than a festive family game of Monopoly (or not, depending on your family), the deadly game of Jumanji is back again and the four teenage friends from the 2017 reboot find themselves trapped once again, but this time their avatars are all muddled up and Spencer’s grandad and his best mate end up along for the ride in this comedic action adventure for all. 
 
Trivia:  
Considering it’s a big budget blockbuster, this film had a ridiculously quick turnaround. Filming only started in February this year, wrapped in May and here we are in December with it already in cinemas! 

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