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What to See at The Cinema

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: Portrait of a Lady on Fire


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Release date: out now
Genre:  Drama
Certificate: 15
Running time:  122 mins
Featuring: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, ValeriaGolino 

Summary: Set in 18thCentury Brittany, painter Marianne is hired to secretly paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman whose parents are arranging her advantageous marriage. As the portrait will be sent to her future husband, Héloïse has refused to sit for artists before as she doesn’t wish to get married. Posing as her companion, Marianne is tasked with gaining Héloïse’s trust in order to paint her, but as their bond deepens the women’s relationship develops into something that can’t last. 
Trivia: Throughout the film only a few lines of dialogue are spoken by men. 



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Release date:  6 March
Genre:  Animated adventure 
Certificate: PG
Running time: 102 mins 
Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Disney Pixar’s latest original slice of animated movie magic. Set in a world where gnomes, elves, mermaids and more are all real but magic is getting harder to muster as the population become more reliant on tech, two teenage elf brothers are given a magical staff and a spell to bring back their father who died when they were too young to remember him for one day only. However, when they botch the spell and end up conjuring only their father’s legs, the brothers must go on a quest to find some magic left in the world to help bring back the rest of him before the time runs out.
Holland and Pratt have obviously acted together before as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where Holland was Spider-Man and Pratt played Star-Lord. 

Birds of Prey


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Release date: 7 February
Genre: Action adventure
Certificate: 15
Running time: 109 mins
Featuring: Margot Robbie, Ewan McGregor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Ella Jay Basco
Summary:  Following on from 2016 hit Suicide Squad, everyone’s favourite character, the unpredictable Harley Quinn, is back heading up this welcomingly female-led spin-off. Harley (Margot Robbie) is no longer with her puddin’, the Joker, and finds herself teaming up with fellow vigilantes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to protect a young girl from Gotham crime lord Black Mask (Ewan McGregor) in this high energy mix of action and fun.  
Trivia: Cathy Yan becomes the second female director to direct a DC film, the first being Patty Jenkins for Wonder Woman. 

Queen & Slim 


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Release date: 31 January
Genre: Drama
Running time: 132 mins
Featuring: Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith
Summary:  Queen and Slim’s awkward first date takes a life-changing turn when a white Ohio cop pulls them over for a minor driving infraction which escalates when Slim finds himself shooting and killing the police officer in defence of himself and Queen. Knowing the consequences if caught, the two are forced to go on the run as their act against a broken system goes viral across the country. 
Trivia:  This is Jodie Turner-Smith’s first cinematic lead role, and after this performance we’re sure it’s the first of many. 



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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. 

The Personal History of David Copperfield


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Release date: out now
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Certificate: PG
Running time: 119 mins
Featuring: Dev Patel, Ben Whishaw, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Peter Capaldi, Benedict Wong, Paul Whitehouse, Gwendoline Christie
Summary:  Fans of The Death of Stalin and The Thick of It will enjoy writer and director Armando Iannucci’s adaptation of the Dickens classic traversing the life of the titular David Copperfield (Dev Patel). Passed from place to place since boyhood (some places rather better than others), the story focuses on David’s journey to find his place in the world and the larger than life characters he meets along the way. 
Trivia:  One of the filming locations, The Angel Hotel in Bury St Edmunds, once had Charles Dickens himself as a guest there. 

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