This Week's UK Cinema Releases

Week Commencing January 22nd 2018

With nearly all the main awards contenders now released in cinemas, its time to get back to business as normal. The big releases this week are Downsizing, Maze Runner: The Death Cure and 12 Strong, with Aardman's Early Man also going on wide release. Richard Linklater's Amazon-backed Last Flag Flying only gets a small cinema run, and a film surrounded by controversy in India, Padmaavat, also hits the UK. Neorealist musical, The Nothing Factory and The Cinema Travellers documentary round out the list.



12 Strong



Director: Nicolai Fuglsig
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Navid Negahban, Elsa Pataky, Rob Riggle, Trevante Rhodes, Taylor Sheridan, Geoff Stults, Austin Stowell

12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.





Downsizing



Director: Alexander Payne
Starring: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Cha, Kristen Wiig

A social satire in which a man realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself to five inches tall, allowing him to live in wealth and splendour.





Early Man



Director: Nick Park
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne, Maisie Williams

Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home.





Last Flag Flying



Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, Steve Carell

Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry "Doc" Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.





Maze Runner: The Death Cure



Director: Wes Ball
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Espositio, Aidan Gillen, Hong Lee, Barry Pepper, Patricia Clarkson

Young hero Thomas embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as the "Flare".





Padmaavat



Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Starring: Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh

Set in medieval Rajasthan, Queen Padmavati is married to a noble king and they live in a prosperous fortress with their subjects until an ambitious Sultan hears of Padmavati's beauty and forms an obsessive love for the Queen of Mewar.





Padman 



Director: R. Balki
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte, Sonam Kapoor

Lakshmi is a newly married welder who causes a stir in his East Indian village when he tries to revolutionize the manufacturing of sanitary napkins for women.





The Cinema Travellers



Directors: Shirley Abraham, Amit Madheshiya

The travelling cinema lorries of India bring the joy of movies to rural villages.





The Nothing Factory



Director: Pedro Pinho
Starring: José Smith Vargas, Carla Galvão, Njamy Sebastião

One night a group of factory workers realize that their employer is stealing its own machines and raw materials. They organize to guard the equipment and keep production from being moved elsewhere. As a form of retaliation the workers are forced to stand at their workstations doing nothing, while the negotiations for a general layoff go on.

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