Film

10/01/22


The Best Films To See At The Cinema Right Now

Dinner & a movie is a classic date night combo for a reason.

And while we’ve always historically been very adept at solving 50% of that equation, we thought we may as well take a crack at the other half too. So here’s a list of what’s clattering through the city’s projectors right now…

 

The Duke

In 1965, Geordie cab driver Kempton Bunton appeared at the Old Bailey for stealing a Goya painting from the National Gallery. It was a form of protest at public spending, and now this true story’s been spun into a warm-hearted film.

It’s turned out to be the last film by the late, acclaimed director Roger Michell, and it features two screen heavyweights: Jim Broadbent as the endearingly curmudgeonly protagonist and Helen Mirren as his long-suffering, but completely devoted wife, Dorothy. Despite its message of the importance of connectedness, the film manages to steer away from becoming schmaltzy or overly sentimental, and it’s been winning over critics left right and centre.

Details: 1h 36m | 12a | Rotten Tomatoes: 93% (critics) | Trailer | See Showtimes

Death on the Nile

It’s Agatha Christie. Done by Kenneth Branagh. Starring Gal Gadot. It doesn’t get much more high-profile than this, an epic sequel to Branagh’s take on Murder on the Orient Express. Here, Hercule Poirot is lured out of retirement when a couple’s honeymoon to Egypt gets inconveniently cut short by the small matter of the bride getting murdered.

As a 1920’s murder mystery that occasionally falls into style over substance territory, it doesn’t take a lot of little grey cells to see why some critics have been a bit snooty about it. The audience reviews are glowing, though, and it’s the perfect bit of glamorous, epic escapism to sink into for a few hours.

Details: 2h 7m | PG-13 | Rotten Tomatoes: 64% (critics) 82% (audience) | Trailer | See Showtimes

Boiling Point

Boiling Point is set in a top London restaurant on its busiest evening of the year, and the head chef (played by the wonderful Stephen Graham) is putting the finishing touches on a personal & professional crisis sandwich. It’s all shot in one long take, much like 1917 and, make no mistake, this is a war film too.

The writer/director Philip Barantini used to work in restaurants on his off time, so the realism and attention to detail is first class (including the fact that half the waiters are out-of-work actors. Played by in-work actors.). The entitled customers, the toxic aggression, the endless orders for chips, the surprise visit from a critic, it’s all there. If you go out to dinner afterwards, you’ll probably want to hug your waiter.

Details: 1h 35m | 15 | Rotten Tomatoes: 98% (critics) 74% (audience) | Trailer | See Showtimes

Scream

I Scream, you Scream, we all Scream for the reboot/sequel/requel of Scream, which brings the series right back to its meta-roots. If you like the original, you’ll like this one. Just try to go into it cold, without spoilers.

Details: 1h 54m | 18 | Rotten Tomatoes: 78% (critics) 82% (audience) | Trailer | See Showtimes

Moonfall

Moonfall has not been screened for critics, but then, it’s a Roland Emmerich movie, which means that the critics will have essentially no impact on its eventual success or failure. If you want to see a film in which the moon attacks earth for some reason on a massive screen, then this is the one.

Details: 2h 4m | 12a | Rotten Tomatoes: N/A | Trailer | See Showtimes

Parallel Mothers

A Pedro Almodóvar film through and through, Parallel Mothers depicts two single mothers as they meet in hospital about to give birth, and takes the journey from there. Critics loved it, audiences liked it, and everyone got something from it.

Details: 2h 3m | 15 | Rotten Tomatoes: 97% (critics) 78% (audience) | Trailer | See Showtimes

Belle

Usually, for an anime film like this to make it across borders and into UK cinemas, it’s because it’s pretty good. And Belle appears to be exactly that. The story of shy high school student in a rural village who moonlights as a globally famous singer in a virtual online universe, it’s beautiful, intriguing, and worth checking out if you like the look of the trailer.

Details: 2h 1m | 12a | Rotten Tomatoes: 95% (critics) 95% (audience) | Trailer | See Showtimes

Nightmare Alley

Nightmare Alley is based on a novel first published in 1946, and it’ a classic neo-noir with all the sinister psychological trimmings. Bradley Cooper plays an ambitious, manipulative carnival worker who hooks up with a corrupt psychiatrist (played by Cate Blanchett) who can more than match him for his artfully hypnotic skills. Malevolence ensues.

It’s all directed by the masterful Guillermo del Toro, whose knack for creating atmosphere will be matched by the people at Screen on the Green in Islington, who’ll be creating a series of immersive screenings over the opening weekend. Expect circus performers, a live band, and fellow punters dressed like it’s the ’40s…

Details: 2h 20m | 15 | Rotten Tomatoes: 80% (critics) 67% (audience) | Trailer | See Showtimes

Spiderman: No Way Home

So, you probably don’t need to be told about this one. It’s currently the 8th highest grossing movie of all time (and that’s during a pandemic) so it’s unlikely that it’s entirely escaped your radar. And if it has, then you need a new radar. But put simply, after years of Marvel movies pulling off huge crossovers, the producers decided that instead of throwing Spiderman in together with other superheroes, they’d throw him together with other Spidermans. It’s a trip. A fun, beautiful, popcorn-fuelled trip.

Details: 2h 28m | 12a | Rotten Tomatoes: 94% (critics) 98% (audience) | Trailer | See Showtimes

Liquorice Pizza

Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the few filmmakers who, in a career spanning a quarter of a century, doesn’t have a single bad movie to his name. So, surprise surprise, Liquorice Pizza is not a bad movie. In fact, some critics are going so far as to say that it’s actually really, really good.

It’s a coming-of-age story set in ’70s California, depicting a romance between a 15 year old Gary Valentine (played by Cooper Hoffman, the son of PT Anderson’s late friend Phillip Seymour Hoffman) and a 25 year old Alana Kane (played by the unspeakably cool Alana Haim). It’s got a whole load of excellent supporting acts, from Bradley Cooper – who steals every scene he’s in – to Sean Penn and Tom Waits, and it’s got all the quirky, funny, magnetic, and enriching charm you’d expect.

Details: 2h 13m | 15 | Rotten Tomatoes: 98% (critics) 74% (audience) | Trailer | See Showtimes

West Side Story

By all accounts, this West Side Story is as good as – maybe even better than – the 1961 film. It stars Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler (in her feature film debut), and is directed by Steven Spielberg (in not his feature film debut). It looks absolutely beautiful, the awards are piling up for it, and there’s a lot of credit due for Rita Moreno, who is still absolutely nailing it at almost 90 years old.

Details: 2h 36m | 12a | Rotten Tomatoes: 93% (critics) 94% (audience) | Trailer | See Showtimes

Belfast

Belfast is a semi-autobiographical story about Kenneth Branagh’s childhood in 1960s Belfast, in which he cast two of the most attractive people ever created (Caitríona Balfe and Jamie Dornan) as his own parents. Which is quintessential Branagh. It’s been extremely well reviewed, and he packs in a lot of emotion in a very short runtime. It’s charming, heartfelt, and warm, and will make you yearn for a time and place you’ve probably never been to.

Details: 1h 38m | 12a | Rotten Tomatoes: 98% (critics) 74% (audience) | Trailer | See Showtimes

 


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