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SPENCER - CERT 12a (117 mins) Released Fri 5 November
Starring Kristen Stewart, Timothy Spall, Jack Nielen, Freddie Spry, Jack Farthing, Stella Gonet, Richard Sammel
Directed by Pablo Larraín
Chilean director Pablo Larrain is the latest filmmaker to tackle that most revelatory and revealing of periods in the modern-day history of the royal family - namely, the Diana years.
Billed as ‘a fable from a true tragedy’, Spencer finds Kristen Stewart in monumental form as the troubled and coquettish Diana. She is ably assisted in the presentation of an utterly spellbinding yarn by an exceptional Timothy Spall, who takes on the role of the Queen Mother's equerry, Major Alistair Gregory. With Diana’s ever-spiralling waywardness threatening to undermine the monarchy even further, the Major is drafted in to steer the People’s Princess back onto the straight and narrow.
The action unfolds across three festive-season days at Sandringham in 1991, as the royals attempt a last-ditch patch-up job on Charles’ badly misfiring union with Di. But it soon becomes painfully apparent that any hope of a happier future for the king-in-waiting and his wife of 10 years has long since left the building...
ETERNALS - CERT tbc (157 mins) Released Fri 5 November
Starring Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Kit Harrington, Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie Directed by Chloé Zhao
Immortal beings the Eternals square up to their traditional adversaries the Deviants in this latest, and 26th, entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Featuring Angelina Jolie as a goddess-like Eternal named Thena, the movie is noteworthy for showcasing Marvel’s first-ever big-screen queer couple.
The film is helmed by Chloe Zhao, who earlier this year picked up the coveted best director Oscar for ‘best film’ Nomadland.
SHEPHERD - CERT 15 (103 mins) Released Fri 5 November
Starring Tom Hughes, Greta Scacchi, Kate Dickie, Gaia Weiss, Jamie Marie Leary
Directed by Russell Owen
Director Russell Owen pumps up the volume in this gothic chiller of a post-Halloween horror movie that comes complete with plenty of things that go bump in the night. Traumatised by the car-accident death of a pregnant wife he knows had been unfaithful to him, and having aborted a suicide attempt and been rejected by his monstrous Bible-basher of a mother, Eric Black takes a job as a shepherd on a remote island.
But if the psychologically tortured Eric is hoping his self-imposed isolation will grant him some much-needed peace of mind, he’s definitely selected the wrong seemingly uninhabited place in which to get away from it all...
THE CARD COUNTER - CERT tbc Released Fri 5 November
Starring Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan, Willem Dafoe, Alexander Babara, Bobby C King Directed by Paul Schrader
When dead-eyed gambler and former serviceman William Tell happens across an angry and excitable young man named Cirk, he finds his life taking an unexpected and somewhat ludicrous turn. Cirk is out for revenge against a military colonel and he thinks he may well have found a willing collaborator in Tell. Purchasing a tranquilliser gun and poisoned darts online, the pair hatch a plan - but not everything goes as smoothly as they’d hoped...
CRY MACHO - CERT 12 (104 mins) Released Fri 12 November
Starring Clint Eastwood, Dwight Yoakam, Daniel V Graulau, Amber Lynn Ashley, Brytnee Ratledge, Alexandra Ruddy
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Ex-rodeo star Mike Milo is hired by his former boss Howard Polk to travel to Mexico City in search of Howard’s 13-year-old son, and when he finds him, to bring him across the border into the United States...
Ninety-one-year-old Clint Eastwood’s latest movie has received a mixed response from the critics and underperformed at the box office, with many feeling that it’s maybe too similar to previous Eastwood projects Gran Torino and The Mule. That said, it does offer a chance to see Clint in a cowboy hat, riding on a horse, so what’s not to like?
BELFAST - CERT 12a (98 mins) Released Fri 12 November
Starring Jamie Dornan, Caitriona Balfe, Ciarán Hinds, Judi Dench, Colin Morgan, Lara McDonnell Directed by Kenneth Branagh
With Kenneth Branagh at the helm, Van Morrison contributing the soundtrack and Judi Dench bringing her trademark quality to proceedings, Belfast has got plenty going for it - even before you check out the four- and five-star reviews.
Branagh’s love letter to his own past, filmed in black-and-white, features Jamie Dornan as a carpenter in debt to the taxman and - with the Troubles kicking off - in need of a brand-new start away from his suddenly war-torn home city.
Newcomer Jude Hill hits the ground running as Dornan’s young son, Buddy.
MOTHERING SUNDAY - CERT 15 (104 mins) Released Fri 12 November
Starring Olivia Colman, Josh O’Connor, Colin Firth, Odessa Young, Glenda Jackson, Sope Dirisu
Directed by Eva Husson
With the Great War having claimed so many young middle-class men, survivor Paul Sheringham carries the entire weight of his family’s expectations on his shoulders. And their aspirations for him most certainly do not include sexual liaisons with the maid from a neighbouring grand household...
Australian star Odessa Young takes the role of the maid, Jane Fairchild, whose employers, the Nivens - played by Olivia Colman and Colin Firth - are being admirably stiff-upper-lipped about the losses they have endured...
This slow-paced love affair would benefit from an explosive moment or several, but even without them Eva Husson’s first English-language film has plenty to offer.
HOUSE OF GUCCI - CERT tbc Released Fri 26 November
Starring Adam Driver, Lady Gaga, Salma Hayek, Jermey Irons, Al Pacino, Jared Leto, Jack Huston
Directed by Ridley Scott
A star-studded cast directed by Ridley Scott bring to the screen the tragic and true-life tale of Maurizio Gucci, the heir to Guccio Gucci’s famous fashion house.
Marrying Patrizia Reggiani in 1973, Maurizio traded her in for a younger model some 12 years later. It was a move that didn’t sit well with Patrizia, to say the least. A decade later, Maurizio met his fate at the hands of a hired hitman, with Patrizia - who subsequently became known as ‘the Black Widow’ - finding herself on trial for allegedly doing the hiring.
The film is based on Sara Gay Forden’s book The House Of Gucci: A Sensational Story Of Murder, Madness, Glamour, And Greed.
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