Jack Bottomley, Media Correspondent

Silver Screen Weekly - What's Coming Up At The Cinema - From Friday 18 November

Our film critic and media correspondent has been looking and trawling the new releases. Here's what you can see on the big screen this week!

Armageddon Time (15)
From director James Gray (The Lost City of Z and Ad Astra), this ‘80s set coming of age drama is part inspired by Gray’s own childhood. The film looks at a young Jewish-American boy who befriends a rebellious African-American classmate, as he struggles to measure up to family expectations and the privileged unjust world he grew up in. Starring newcomers Banks Repeta and Jaylin Webb, alongside a great ensemble cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong and Anthony Hopkins, Armageddon Time is a superbly acted drama.

The Menu (15)
The satirical dark comedy The Menu stars a simply delectable cast, including the likes of Ralph Fiennes, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult, Hong Chau, Janet McTeer, Judith Light and John Leguizamo. In a film that follows a young couple who travel to remote island to dine at an elite artistic restaurant run by a celebrity chef, but what is on the menu proves shocking for these wealthy guests as events escalate! Critics have raved about the film calling it “a black-hearted, mini-masterpiece” and “as nasty as it is hilarious”. This one will be a cinematic treat not to miss.

Spirited (12a)
Will Ferrell, Ryan Reynolds and Octavia Spencer star in this modern twist on Charles Dickens’ towering festive tale A Christmas Carol. This flamboyant and all singing all dancing musical focuses on the miserable modern day Scrooge Clint Briggs (Reynolds), who is taken on a magical journey one night to change his ways. Praised for its seasonal good cheer, musical sequences and jolly big screen infectious energy, this one could be a good primer for the Christmas season ahead!

From Wednesday 23rd November

Strange World (U)

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 61st animated feature, Strange World is a tribute to retro sci-fi, which sees Searcher Clade (Jake Gyllenhaal) taken on an otherworldly adventure with his legendary family, who are all famed explorers. Farmer Searcher has always been the odd one out but in this adventure across the mysterious, unusual and dangerous uncharted land of Avalonia, the Clade family will all have to overcome their differences and unite to survive. From the director of Big Hero 6 and Raya and the Last Dragon, this Disney animation looks visually wonderful but also with a big beating heart on show.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (12a) (One Week Only)
Ahead of its Netflix release in December, Rian Johnson’s sequel to Knives Out brings back Daniel Craig as detective Benoit Blanc in this new star-studded murder mystery, which is receiving an exclusive one week only cinema release. Starring the likes of Edward Norton, Dave Bautista, Janelle Mónae, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick and Kate Hudson, alongside some other big cameos! This whodunnit looks to be another treat from Johnson, as the story sees the enigmatic detective called in to a tech billionaire’s “murder mystery party” on his private Greek island ‘Glass Onion’. Naturally things get very real and Blanc must put his skills to the test to solve this mystery.

Other releases:
Aftersun (12a) (Reflective drama about a woman looking back on the relationship with her father) - Friday 18th November
Drishyam 2 (15) (Hindi crime thriller sequel, which remakes the 2021 Malayalam film of the same name) - Friday 18th November
The Sparring Partner (18) (True life inspired Hong Kong crime drama about a young man who murders his parents but pleads not guilty) - Friday 18th November
Confess, Fletch (15) (Jon Hamm stars in this crime comedy about a man trying to clear his name after being implicated in multiple murders, while also searching for his fiancé’s stolen art collection) - Friday 18th November
Clara Sola (15) (Spanish drama about a woman in a remote village undergoing a sexual and spiritual reawakening) - Friday 18th November
Bardo, False Chronicle Of A Handful Of Truths (15) (Academy Award winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s new film about a journalist-turned-documentarian who goes on an introspective journey) - Friday 18th November (Receives its Netflix release in December)
Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (PG) (new animated take on Charles Dickens’ iconic Christmas story) - Friday 18th November (Receives its Netflix release on the 2nd December)
Skint (15) (a collection of seven dramatic stories from across the UK, released in partnership with The Poverty Alliance) - Friday 18th November (One Day Only)
Sansón and Me (15) (documentary charting a young immigrant’s life from Coastal Mexico to being charge with murder in California) - Friday 18th November
Hong Kong: City On Fire (15) (documentary covering the frontline of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrations) - Tuesday 22nd November (One Day Only)
Tim Minchin BACK (15) (Tim Minchin’s latest stage tour on the big screen) - Wednesday 23rd November