This Week's UK Cinema Releases
Week Commencing October 9th 2017
With Blade Runner 2049 underperforming on its opening weekend in the US, it's yet another reminder that big marketing budgets can only help, but never guarantee, a healthy return. Taking over the reigns this week is icy thriller, The Snowman, and The Lego Ninjago Movie - the Lego movie that no-one knew they needed. As Taika Waititi's stock continues to rise his wonderful second film, Boy, finally gets a UK release after 7 years. Director Noah Baumbach returns with his comedy, The Meyerowitz Stories, accompanied by a stellar cast and the world's first fully oil painted feature film, Loving Vincent, hits cinemas. Finally, it's also a case of the two Spalls this week; Rafe heads up British horror flick, The Ritual, while his father, Timothy, features in The Party, another horror film, of sorts.
Director: Scott Waugh
Starring: Josh Hartnett, Mira Sorvino, Sarah Dumont
Former professional hockey player Eric LeMarque finds himself stranded on a mountain during a fierce snowstorm. Coming to terms with his personal demons, he soon rediscovers the power of faith while fighting for survival.
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: James Rolleston, Taika Waititi, Moerangi Tihore
A New Zealand youth finds that his father is a far cry from the heroic adventurer he's imagined the man to be.
Director: Benjamin Barfoot
Starring: Danny Morgan, Georgia Groome, Michael Socha
Jim is on a reluctant quest to prove his manhood the night before he turns 30. He and his cocky friend Alex meet Kitty and Lulu, who seem up for anything on a wild party-fuelled night. But little do they know that the femmes fatales want to make Jim lose much more than just his virginity.
Directors: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
Starring: Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Robert Gulaczyk, Chris O'Dowd, John Sessions, Saoirse Ronan
The world's first fully oil painted feature film, brings the artwork of Vincent van Gogh to life in an exploration of the complicated life and controversial death of one of history's most celebrated artists.
Directors: Neasa Ní Chianáin, David Rane
Long careers are drawing to a close for John and Amanda, who teach Latin, English, and guitar at a stately home-turned-school, where they are legends with a mantra: "Reading. 'Rithmetic. Rock 'n' roll!" But leaving is the hardest lesson.
The Lego Ninjago Movie
Directors: Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher
Starring: Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Fred Armisen, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña
Shunned by everyone for being the son of an evil warlord, a teenager seeks to defeat him with the help of his fellow ninjas.
The Meyerowitz Stories
Director: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Adam Sandler, Emma Thompson, Ben Stiller, Adam Driver, Grace Van Patten, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Marvel, Sigourney Weaver
An estranged family gathers together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father.
Director: Sally Potter
Starring: Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall
A comedy wrapped around a tragedy. It starts as a celebration and ends with blood on the floor.
Director: David Bruckner
Starring: Robert James-Collier, Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali
A group of college friends reunite for a trip to the forest, but encounter a menacing presence in the woods that's stalking them.
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Chloë Sevigny
Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.