This Week's UK Cinema Releases
Week Commencing February 26th 2018
This week sees the release of Sebastián Lelio's A Fantastic Woman, nominated for Best Foreign Language film at the forthcoming Oscars. After the chaos of mother!, Jennifer Lawrence gets into spy mode for Red Sparrow, while Game Night threatens to be a comedic rarity of late: a comedy film that makes you laugh. Elsewhere, Andrea Luka Zimmerman's multi-layered Erase and Forget looks at the life of James 'Bo' Gritz and a whole host of interconnected cultural and political issues. The Nile Hilton Incident is an intense Swedish crime drama set in Egypt, and The Valley revolves around a father searching for answers about his daughter's suicide.
A Fantastic Woman
Director: Sebastián Lelio
Starring: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Küppenheim, Nicolás Saavedra, Amparo Noguera
Marina, a transsexual woman who works as a waitress and moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend.
Erase and Forget
Director: Andrea Luka Zimmerman
Starring: Bo Gritz, Ted Kotcheff, Gagik, Tudor Gates, Jo McNeal, Jack Mercer
This major new investigative documentary by one of Britain's leading woman filmmakers explores and exposes the decades of militarism, gun culture, toxic masculinity and social unrest that led to the age of Trump.
Directors: Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
Starring: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Danny Huston, Chelsea Peretti, Michael C. Hall, Kyle Chandler
A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves trying to solve a murder mystery.
Director: Holger Tappe
Starring: Jason Isaacs, Nick Frist, Emily Watson, Catherine Tate, Jessica Brown Findlay, Celia Imrie
The Wishbone family are far from happy. In an attempt to reconnect as a family, Mum and Emma plan a fun night out. However, her plan backfires when an evil witch curses them, and they're all turned into Monsters.
Director: Jen Randall
Starring: Andy Kirkpatrick
Based on his best-selling autobiography, Psycho Vertical is a study of the complex life and motivations of British writer, funny-man and unlikely hero-mountaineer, Andy Kirkpatrick, woven into an 18-day solo ascent of El Capitan, Yosemite.
Director: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeremy Irons, Mary-Louise Parker, Charlotte Rampling
Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to 'Sparrow School' a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. But her first mission, targeting a CIA agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.
The Nile Hilton Incident
Director: Tarik Saleh
Starring: Fares Fares, Mari Malek, Yasser Ali Maher
A maid witnesses a murder at an upscale hotel and a policeman is assigned to the case, but it soon becomes clear that important people don't want the case solved.
Director: Saila Kariat
Starring: Alyy Khan, Suchitra Pillai, Jake T. Austin
Devastated by his daughter's suicide, an immigrant entrepreneur working in high-tech seeks answers to his lingering questions.