The cinemas are back! Here’s what you can watch

Spiral: From the Book of Saw

Cinemas in England have been closed since December and I am SO excited for them to reopen tomorrow! I have missed them so much! To make up for lost time, I have got two films booked in on Monday and three overall this week.

Films don’t generally get released on Mondays, but to celebrate the return of cinemas, the following four movies were given the release date of Monday 17th May. Here’s all the info:

Spiral: From the Book of Saw

Get ready for more elaborately gruesome, wince-inducing traps – the Saw franchise is back! This ninth instalment stars Chris Rock and Max Minghella as two cops who investigate grisly murders which bear an uncanny resemblance to the work of the Jigsaw killer. This instalment is said to have more comedy moments and a social justice angle, in addition to the gore.

Those Who Wish Me Dead

Taylor Sheridan‘s new thriller has an amazing cast which includes Angelina Jolie, Nicholas Hoult, Jon Bernthal and Aidan Gillen. Jolie plays a smokejumper who goes on the run with a teenager murder witness in the Montana wilderness to escape a pair of assassins hired to silence him. This is my first screening tomorrow and I’m excited for it.

Peter Rabbit 2

More animated hijinks in this sequel to the 2018 family adventure. Domhnall Gleeson and Rose Byrne return as the live-action leads, who are now married and living happily with the animated Peter (voiced by James Corden) and his family. But Peter gets restless and bored with blissful garden life and causes chaos (as always) by going to the big city.

The Unholy

And for people who like their horrors more supernatural than gory, there’s The Unholy, starring The Walking Dead’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan. It follows a hearing-impaired girl who is visited by the Virgin Mary and can suddenly hear, speak and heal the sick. People flock to witness her miracles but terrifying events unfold. Sounds spooky!

Those are all the new releases but plenty of cinemas are showing some awards season films – the most popular listings are for Nomadland, Sound of Metal and Judas and the Black Messiah – new blockbusters like Mortal Kombat and Godzilla vs. Kong as well as old classics.

If you feel comfortable to do so, please go and support your local cinema when you can! I personally cannot wait to switch off my phone and devote my entire attention to a movie surrounded my like-minded film fans.

The Glorias: Film Review

The Glorias

As a feminist and fan of Gloria Steinem, the well-known journalist and equal rights activist, I was excited to watch The Glorias, and while I came away satisfied that I had learned more about the feminist icon, I wasn’t particularly impressed by the biographical drama as a whole.

Julie Taymor‘s film features Steinem in four stages of her life – Ryan Kiera Armstrong plays her as a child, then Lulu Wilson as a teenager, Alicia Vikander from 20 to 40 years old, and Julianne Moore thereafter. The film begins with her childhood in 1940s Ohio and depicts her travels in India, her beginnings in journalism, her learning to speak in public with the help of Dorothy Pitman Hughes (Janelle Monae) and Florynce Kennedy (Lorraine Toussaint), and the creation of Ms. magazine and the ERA movement.

The film took ages to find its feet and I struggled to get into it for a while because Taymor played around with structure and made The Glorias all over the place chronologically – one moment we’re with Armstrong as a child and the next we’re in India with Vikander. Although it continues to do this throughout the movie, it happens slightly less – particularly once Steinem starts her journalism career – and you eventually get to grips with it.

The biopic is framed around all four Glorias riding together on a Greyhound bus to who knows where. Every so often the film returns to the bus and the Glorias will interact with each other and discuss a particular decision she made, such as the younger asking the older if she ever regretted not having children. It was incredibly jarring at first but I grew to like them because they gave us more insight and depth into Steinem than the other scenes, and the pay-off at the end – when you find out where they’re going – is cool.

Taymor also makes some interesting style choices, plays around with colour, and a couple of times throws in a surreal, fantasy scene that is just bizarre. Occasionally she’ll switch up the Glorias mid-scene and you’ll be left thinking, ‘Huh?! I swear it was Vikander just now?!’ and it’s just jarring and baffling. Also, there was logic to when the younger actresses changed but the switch from Vikander to Moore seemed to happen with no significant time jump and that made no sense.

I think Mrs. America will also have a big impact on how this is received. When The Glorias had its world premiere at Sundance in January 2020, the TV miniseries hadn’t come out yet, but by the time it got a release, the show had and it’s very easy to compare the two. For example, the section about Ms. magazine and the ERA is heavily depicted in the series so I knew all about that already and didn’t learn anything new, and you also can’t help but compare the performances too – Rose Byrne vs. Moore, Margo Martindale vs. Bette Midler as Bella Abzug, and Niecy Nash vs. Toussaint for Kennedy. Everyone was great but you just can’t help thinking about it.

My favourite Gloria was Moore – she felt more like the real deal and looked the part too. As much as I love Vikander as an actress, she didn’t look like Steinem and her accent was very inconsistent. I enjoyed Midler as the loud Abzug, Toussaint as the bold Kennedy, and I would have liked more of Monae as the kind and understanding Hughes.

If like me, you presumed this would be a straightforward biopic, you will be very much mistaken. At almost two and a half hours, it’s far too long, and it struggles in the beginning and starts to drag towards the end, but I still found it insightful and engaging.

On Sky Cinema from Sunday 7th March

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Irresistible: Film Review

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Jon Stewart was known for voicing his opinions about U.S. politics when he used to be the host of The Daily Show, so it’s no surprise he has turned to politics for the subject of his latest directorial effort, Irresistible.

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Like a Boss: Film Review

Like a Boss currently has a critics’ score of 20% and an audience score of 65% on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s quite a difference, and I reckon I’m somewhere in the middle.

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Instant Family: Film Review

I’m not always Mark Wahlberg‘s biggest fan and he has starred in his fair share of duff films – namely the Daddy’s Home movies – but Instant Family won me over completely.

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Peter Rabbit: Film Review

As much as I love Domhnall Gleeson, I must admit that I didn’t like the look of Peter Rabbit much. The trailer really didn’t sell it to me, so I was very surprised to find that it is a fun family movie that I enjoyed immensely.

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Met Gala 2017: Best & Worst Dressed

In case you have been hiding under a rock, it was fashion’s BIG event last night – the Met Gala. Unlike the Oscars etc, where the red carpet looks are just a bonus, the Met Gala is ALL about the red carpet fashion. Here are were my favourites:

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X-Men: Apocalypse – Film Review

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The initial reaction to X-Men: Apocalypse was very mixed so I went in with low expectations and this probably helped because I actually liked it. Sure, it’s not as good as Days of Future Past and it’s pretty bleak, but it is still a decent watch with some great performances so I definitely recommend checking it out if you’re into this kind of thing.

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Bad Neighbours 2: Film Review

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I loved the 2014 comedy Bad Neighbours and since it did so well at the box office it was no surprise a sequel was ordered. I was wary of it though because I didn’t think it could beat the original, be as remotely funny or be anything more than a repeat of previous events. But I didn’t need to worry – Bad Neighbours 2 is brilliant and such a laugh.

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Top Films for May

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It’s that time of the month again – where I choose the releases I’m looking forward to in May. There isn’t a huge amount of good ‘uns but my picks below look pretty damn sweet.

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