This Week's UK Cinema Releases
Week Commencing February 19th 2018
With the Winter Olympics in full flow we get two ice skating related films this week. I, Tonya, telling the (sort of) true story about Tonya Harding's rise and fall, and documentary The Ice King, recalling the life of British skater John Curry. Director Clio Barnard returns after a 5 year absence with rural drama Dark Water, while British rom-com Finding Your Feet gets a wide release. Birth of the Dragon retells Bruce Lee's life story, while two Chinese films - Operation Red Sea and Monster Hunt 2 (which scooped up $190m in its opening weekend in China) - also get conservative releases.
Birth of the Dragon
Director: George Nolfi
Starring: Billy Magnussen, Yu Xia, Philip Ng
Set against the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, Birth of the Dragon is a modern take on the classic movies that Bruce Lee was known for. It takes its inspiration from the epic and still controversial showdown between an up-and-coming Bruce Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack Man - a battle that gave birth to a legend.
Director: Clio Barnard
Starring: Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley, Sean Bean
Following the death of her father, Alice returns to her home village for the first time in 15 years, to claim the tenancy to the family farm she believes is rightfully hers.
Finding Your Feet
Director: Richard Loncraine
Starring: Joanna Lumley, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton
A middle-class snob on the eve of retirement takes refuge with her bohemian sister after she discovers her husband is having an affair with her best friend.
Director: Craig Gillespie
Starring: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Bobby Cannavale, Paul Walter Hauser
Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.
Monster Hunt 2
Director: Raman Hui
Starring: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Baihe Bai, Boran Jing
The story continues with Wuba after he parts way with his human parents Tian and Lan for his own journey.
Director: Daniel Fitzsimmons
Starring: Rupert Graves, Ellie Kendrick, Leanne Best
Two scientists are selected to travel across the universe to the source of a distant transmission and potential life.
Operation Red Sea
Director: Dante Lam
Starring: Yi Zhang, Johnny Huang, Hai-Qing
PLA Navy Marine Corps launch a hostage rescue operation in Ihwea and undergo a fierce battle with rebellions and terrorism.
The Ice King
Director: James Erskine
Starring: John Curry
The Ice King is a searing documentary of a lost cultural icon, John Curry, in a story of art, sport, sexuality, and rebellion.
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Starring: Bibi Andersson, Elliott Gould, Max Von Sydow, Sheila Reid
Karin is a beautiful young Swedish woman and a seemingly happy wife and mother, married to Andreas, a very reserved surgeon. When an archaeologist from the United States, arrives in the area, Karin becomes strongly attracted to him and his inherent sense of freedom from mundane life.