This Week's Cinema Picks

This Week's Cinema Picks

    By Ben Travis Posted 10 days ago

    Planning a weekend cinema trip, or a mid-week jaunt to your local independent or multiplex? There are plenty of big-screen treats vying for your attention – here’s Empire’s pick of the the best things currently in cinemas.

    New This Week:

    The Kid Who Would Be King

    ★★★★☆

    After bringing an alien invasion to South London in Attack The Block, filmmaker Joe Cornish returns with a family-friendly Arthurian adventure. When school kid Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) discovers a sword in a building site, it turns out to Excalibur – the sword in the stone. But the sword’s reappearance also marks the resurgence of ancient foe Morgana, forcing Alex and his schoolmates to fashion themselves into a new generation of round-table knights. Warm and witty, this is an old-fashioned family film that works for all ages.

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    Happy Death Day 2U

    ★★★★☆

    Blumhouse’s time-loop horror returns with a sequel that’s splashier, sillier, and funnier – giving a Back To The Future Part II spin to the original’s Groundhog Day-slasher set-up. Jessica Rothe is on brilliant form as heroine Tree – and while she emerged from her death-defying loop, the time-twisting phenomenon is far from over. Returning director Christopher Landon cranks up the craziness with gleeful results, though the horror element takes more of a backseat. A funhouse ride that demands to be seen with a packed audience, and an armful of snacks.

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    Still On Release:

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    ★★★★★

    Barry Jenkins, director of the Oscar-winning Moonlight, returns with another sumptuous, emotional treat. Based on a James Baldwin novel, the film follows the love story of Alonzo ‘Fonny’ Hunt (Stephan James) and Clementine ‘Tish’ Rivers (KiKi Layne) in ‘70s Harlem, New York. When Fonny is locked up for a crime he didn’t commit, Tish and her family rally support in an attempt to get him out – but can they truly fight back an unjust system embedded with institutional racism? Romantic, hopeful, and despairing in equal measure.

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    The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

    ★★★★☆

    Everything is awesome – again! The concept might not be new anymore, but this follow-up to the genius LEGO Movie is stuffed to the gills with the rapid-fire gags and visual invention that made the last film such a hit. The fingerprints of writer-producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are all over this, bringing the best out of returning cast members Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, and Will Arnett, as well as newcomers Stephanie Beatriz and Tiffany Haddish. Just be warned: there’s a new catchy song, and this one’s literally called ‘Catchy Song’.

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    Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    ★★★★☆

    Part crime-thriller, part outsider-drama, part sardonic comedy, Can You Ever Forgive Me is a total, true-story treat. Melissa McCarthy is writing Lee Israel, hitting a low patch of her career – and when she attempts to sell a letter from a literary icon to stay afloat, Israel’s fabricated additions to the note see its value shoot up. Soon she becomes a full-time forger, teaming up with Richard E. Grant’s lovable layabout Jack Hock to keep up he game. Warm, witty, and gripping, with an undertow of melancholy adding emotional heft.

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    Destroyer

    ★★★★☆

    Nicole Kidman is near-unrecognisable in Karyn Kusama’s brilliant, bruising crime-drama. She plays Erin Bell, a former undercover cop whose past comes back to haunt her in the most destructive of ways. Thick with a claustrophobic, sweltering atmosphere, Kusama and Kidman conjure a nightmarish vision of LA, with a story that lingers in the memory.

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    Vice

    ★★★★☆

    Following his take on the financial crisis in The Big Short, Adam McKay – director of Anchorman and Step Brothers – continues his run of comedic-but-deadly-serious stories of American outrage. This time it’s a biopic of Dick Cheney, George W. Bush’s Vice President, who muscled his way into considerable power. A bulked-up Christian Bale disappears into his prosthetics, while the angrily-comic tone keeps things entertaining among the horror.

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