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What to See at The Cinema

30 September 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: Joker


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Release date: 4 October
Genre: Crime thriller
Certificate: 15
Running time: 121 mins
Featuring: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy
Summary: Adding to the numerous guises of arguably the most popular comic villain in history, Joker is a gritty origin story to what would become Batman’s arch nemesis. Set in 1981 in a crime-ridden Gotham ready to boil over, Phoenix plays Arthur Fleck, a psychologically damaged but well-meaning wannabe comedian who comes up against disappointment after disappointment in all areas of his life. When the blows become too much for Arthur to grin and bear anymore, it’s the start of the decline into the character we all think we know.
Trivia:  Joaquin Phoenix and the late Heath Ledger were good friends; Ledger having won an Oscar posthumously for his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight. 



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Release date: 4 October
Genre: Biographical drama
Certificate: 12A
Running time: 118 mins
Featuring: Renee Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon
Summary: Focusing on her five-week engagement at the Talk of the Town nightclub in London in 1968, a show she had to take for the money, Judy charts the later life of the iconic yet troubled singer as she finds herself separated from her children anddealing with a deep depression and the pressures of fame with her well-publicised substance abuse as well as the remaining close relationships around her.Based on the Broadway play of Garland’s life ‘End of the Rainbow’, Zellweger brings to life one of Hollywood’s most glittering but damaged stars. 
Trivia:  The Talk of the Town club where a large part of the film is set is now the Hippodrome Casino and therefore could not be used as a location. Therefore, the Hackney Empire was used as the location for the club instead.



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Release date: 11 October
Genre: Animated family adventure
Certificate: U
Running time: 97 minutes
Featuring: Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson
Summary: When teenage Yi (Bennet) finds a young yeti stranded in Shanghai after escaping capture, she quickly forms a bond with him, naming him Everest. However, Yi along with her friends Jin (Trainor) and Peng (Tsai) have to getEverest back home and evade those who captured him in the first place.
Trivia: Tenzing Norgay Trainor’s grandfather was Tenzing Norgay, the first man to summit Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary. 


Ad Astra 


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Release date:18 September 
Genre: Space adventure drama
Certificate: TBC
Running time: 124 mins
Featuring: Brad Pitt, Live Tyler, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, Ruth Negga
Summary:  In the not too distant future, space travel has become a commodity until electric surges begin striking the Earth and threatening our way of life. It’s up to astronaut Roy McBride (Pitt) to seek answers that coincide with the disappearance of his father deep at the edge of the Solar System and uncover some of the mysteries of space. 
Trivia:  The title is Latin for “to the stars” 

Zombieland: Double Tap


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Release date: 18 October
Genre: Horror comedy
Certificate: TBC
Running time: 93 mins
Featuring:  Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin
Summary: Released almost exactly 10 years after Zombieland became a cult smash, Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita and Little Rock are back living by the many, many rules to survive the zombie apocalypse, and also have a little fun along the way. However, when Little Rock goes off with a new survivor, the rest of the gang have to track her down, encountering a whole host of new dangers. 
Trivia:  The four original lead actors have all been nominated for or, in the case of Emma Stone, won an Oscar since the release of the first film.


IT: Chapter Two 


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Genre: Horror/Thriller
Certificate: 15
Running time:169 mins 
Featuring: Jessica Chastain, Bill Skarsgard, James McAvoy, Bill Hader
Summary: The Losers’ Club are back in Derry 27 years after their horrifying encounter with Pennywise the clown. Evil has resurfaced and children are once more going missing, so the group, who have drifted apart, now must uphold their oath to defeat IT once again. However, Pennywise has had years to grow in strength and malice so their task has never been so dangerous.
Trivia:  Bill Skarsgard has stated he had more fun filming the sequel as he could actually hang out with his adult co-stars this time around, whereas in the first movie he had little contact with the young cast to help them be genuinely scared of his character. 


Downton Abbey


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Release date:13 September
Genre: Period drama
Certificate: PG
Running time: 122 mins
Featuring: Dame Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Imelda Staunton and many more
Summary: The Crawleys and the Downton downstairs team are back, and this time on the big screen. Following on from the hugely popular television show that charted the course of the lives of those in Downtown both upstairs and downstairs from 1912 and into the roaring twenties, the film picks up in 1927 when an impending visit from King George V and Queen Mary sends everyone into a spin to put their best foot forward. 
Trivia:  Imelda Staunton, who plays new character Lady Bagshaw, and Jim Carter known to fans as long-time favourite Mr Carson, are married in real life. 



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