Jack Bottomley, Media Correspondent

Silver Screen Weekly - What's Coming Up At The Cinema - From Friday 4 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!

Watcher (15)
V/H/S/94 segment director Chloe Okuno makes her full feature length directorial debut with this unease inducing Hitchcockian horror/thriller. The story sees American couple Julia (It Follows’ Maika Monroe) and Francis (The Neon Demon’s Karl Glusman) relocate to Bucharest, moving into a new apartment, as Francis pursues his career. However, one rainy night, Julia notices that a figure at an apartment window across from them is seemingly staring at her, and from there on in events begin to escalate, as she believes she is being followed by this mysterious onlooker, while some horrendous crimes are also occurring in the local area. A slow burning but rewarding viewing experience, with a tremendous lead performance.

Living (12a)
Director Oliver Hermanus’s British drama, with a screenplay by Kazuo Ishiguro, is an adaption of the 1952 Japanese film Ikiru, directed by cinema legend Akira Kurosawa. The film stars Bill Nighy, in what critics are calling one of his greatest ever performances, as Mr. Williams, a bureaucrat facing a fatal illness in 1953 London. Being hailed by critics as a masterful film remake and a triumphant attempt to do the near impossible, this meditation on life is a remarkably crafted and performed achievement, that has already garnered awards attention.

Call Jane (12a)
The time could not be any more right for director Phyllis Nagy’s important and powerful new film Call Jane. Set in 1960s America, the film sees a pregnant housewife face a crisis as her second child threatens her life, and she must seek out the Janes, a secret group who offer abortions to women. A look at a powerful subject and a reflection on current events in America, this film dares to explore the issues that so many face and so many more minimise, and shows how history is very much not in the past. The film stars Elizabeth Banks and Sigourney Weaver.

Other releases:
Hunt (15) (director/star Lee Jung-jae’s debut feature as a director is a complex and incredible 1980s set spy thriller, concerned with National Security Planning) - Friday 4th November
The Wonder (15) (A) - Friday 4th November (also released on Netflix)
The Oil Machine (PG) (documentary examining North Sea Oil) - Friday 4th November
Nil By Mouth (18) (25th anniversary 4K restoration re-release of Gary Oldman’s acclaimed British drama) - Friday 4th November
My Neighbour, Adolf (12a) (comedy/drama about a Holocaust who is convinced his neighbour is Adolf Hitler) - Friday 4th November
Return to Dust (PG) (Chinese drama about an arranged marriage couple coming together) - Friday 4th November
Duran Duran: A Hollywood High (PG) (documentary Duran Duran’s iconic career) - Friday 4th November
Lyra (15) (documentary about Northern Irish investigative journalist Lyra McKee) - Friday 4th November
Good Night Oppy (U) (documentary about Opportunity, the mars exploration rover that lived on Mars for 15 years) - Friday 4th November (also on Amazon Prime)
Neptune Forest (15) (stunning genre blended sci-fi romance musical) - Friday 4th November
Deus: The Dark Sphere (15) (sci-fi about a black sphere discovered in the orbit of Mars) - Friday 4th November
To Leslie (15) (true life drama about a West Texas woman who wins the lottery and has to rebuild her life following it) - Friday 4th November
Causeway (15) (Jennifer Lawrence led drama about US soldier recovering from a brain injury) - Friday 4th November (also showing on Apple TV+)
Cette Maison (12a) (tragic fantasy/part biographical experimental film about a girl found hanged in her room but the autopsy report reveals there may be more to it) - Friday 4th November
Something in the Dirt (15) (a horror infused sci-fi/comedy about paranormal occurrences in a neighbourhood and some friends setting out to film it) - Friday 4th November
One Piece Film: Red (12a) (the fifteenth film in the One Piece anime film series, based on the manga by Eiichiro Oda) - Friday 4th November
Mili (12a) (Hindi survival thriller remake of the 2019 Malayalam film Helen) - Friday 4th November
La Traviata – Met Opera 2022 - Saturday 5th November
The Bodyguard (15) (30th anniversary re-release of the beloved romantic drama thriller starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston) - Sunday 6th November