This Week's UK Cinema Releases
Week Commencing October 2nd 2017
It's hard to look beyond the return of a classic that will no doubt dominate cinemas for weeks to come. No, we don't mean Raja Menon's Bollywood reworking of Jon Favreau's Chef, but of course, Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 sequel. Backed by a $185 million budget, Roger Deakins as DoP and Hans Zimmer called in at the last minute to re-work the score, Warner Bros have pulled out all the stops. They've chosen their week of release extremely carefully too, with no competition in site for its opening weekend. While both The Glass Castle and The Mountain Between Us are fairly big productions, they will play to a different demographic. Aside from a directors cut of the Coen's Blood Simple on limited release, documentaries like Michael Winterbottom's On The Road and The Reagan Show and João Pedro Rodrigues' strangely beguiling The Ornithologist, it looks like a clear run for the return of Deckard and co.
Blade Runner 2049
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, Robin Wright
A young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: John Getz, M. Emmet Walsh, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya
A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple. Director's cut.
Chasing The Dragon
Directors: Jason Kwan, Jing Wong
Starring: Donnie Yen, Andy Lau, Philip Keung
An illegal immigrant from Mainland China sneaks into corrupt British-colonized Hong Kong in 1963, transforming himself into a ruthless and emerging drug lord.
Director: Raja Menon
Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Padmapriya, Dhanish Karthik
An official remake of American film Chef.
Director: James Kermack
Starring: Gethin Anthony, Tom Bateman, Katie Sheridan
Everyone loves Joe Ridley, except Joe. Dark, crushing depression envelops him and a childhood trauma haunts him. Elly loves him but he is pushing her away. Can he save himself before he loses everything?
On The Road
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Shirley Henderson, Paul Popplewell, James McArdle
An intimate look at life on the road for the band Wolf Alice as they tour Great Britain.
The Glass Castle
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Starring: Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts
A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.
The Mountain Between Us
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Starring: Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, Beau Bridges
Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness.
The Night is Short, Walk On Girl
Director: Masaaki Yuasa
Starring: Gen Hoshino, Kana Hanazawa, Hiroshi Kamiya
A young girl embarks on an insanely long night of partying where she interacts with an increasingly eccentric cast of characters.
Director: João Pedro Rodrigues
Starring: Paul Hamy, Xelo Cagiao, João Pedro Rodrigues
Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for black storks when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrims, he plunges into an eerie and dark forest, trying to get back on his track.
The Reagan Show
Directors: Sierra Pettengill, Pacho Velez
Starring: Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev
Made up entirely of archival news and White House footage, this documentary captures the pageantry, absurdity, and mastery of the made-for-TV politics of Ronald Reagan.