It's that time again as we round up the epic new releases headed towards your Cineworld screens this week. And we kick off with something that's truly out of this world...
What's the story? Amy Adams stars as a linguist recruited to communicate with aliens in this smart, emotional sci-fi drama.
When twelve spacecraft land at seemingly random locations all over Earth, US Army Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker) recruits two experts to handle the 'first contact'. Military scientist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) is teamed with Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) - a linguist whose mission is to determine the aliens' intentions.
This is an urgent task. Although the craft appear to pose no immediate threat, their arrival sparks widespread public alarm and heightens international tensions between old foes. What Louise doesn't anticipate is that the work will illuminate a tragedy in her own past.
Adapted from Ted Chiang's award-winning novella 'Story of Your Life', this thoughtful, provocative, strikingly original sci-fi drama poses big questions in the tradition of '2001: A Space Odyssey' and 'Interstellar'. The director is Denis Villeneuve, whose impressive list of credits includes 'Sicario' and 'Prisoners'.
What's the story? Dakota Fanning plays a radical '60s teen who tears her family apart in Ewan McGregor's directorial debut.
Seymour 'Swede' Levov (Ewan McGregor) seems to lead a charmed and perfect life. A former high school football star, he married Dawn (Jennifer Connelly), the beautiful former Miss New Jersey, and is now a successful businessman.
But this is the strife-ridden America of the 1960s. As she becomes a teenager, the couple's suttering only child Merry (Dakota Fanning) finds herself drawn to revolutionary politics. Beginning with peaceful protests against the Vietnam War, her radicalism leads to a shocking act that destroys the family from within.
Trainspotting star Ewan McGragor's directorial debut is skilfully adapted from Philip Roth's ambitious, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel exploring the post-war generational divide in America. Spanning more than two eventful decades, this wrenchingly emotional tragedy boasts powerhouse performances from Dakota Fanning as the combative Merry and McGregor himself as her heartbroken father.
Nocturnal Animals (expanded release)
What's the story? The past comes back to haunt Amy Adams in this stylish and absorbing psychological noir thriller.
LA art gallery owner Susan (Amy Adams) is prosperous and successful but deeply unhappy in her faltering marriage to emotionally distant Walker (Armie Hammer). Out of the blue, she receives the manuscript of a novel by her ex-husband Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal), who she dumped 19 years earlier.
As she starts to read, the story springs to life on screen. It's a gruesome, symbolism-laden West Texan revenge tale, beginning with a man named Tony (Gyllenhaal), his wife Susan (Isla Fisher) and their daughter being terorrised by a gang of good ol' boys led by the sinister Ray Marcus (Aaron Taylor-Johnson).
A multi-layered story unfolding in different time frames, this sumptuous and sophisticated, malice-laden pitch-black thriller is fashion designer-turned-director Tom Ford's follow-up to his Oscar-nominated A Single Man. It won the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Venice Film Festival.
Rock On 2 (Hindi)
What's the story? Magik are back with some new members in the long-awaited sequel to the cult 2008 Indian rock musical.
Abhishek Kapoor really broke the mould with his innovative 2008 film 'Rock On!!', which was the very first Hindi rock musical. The story of Mumbi-based grunge band Magik, who reunite after ten years apart, it was an instant cult and critical hit, winning an extraordinary seven Filmfare Awards.
Now many of the orignal cast reunite for this eagerly anticipated sequel, which also introduces a new generation of Indian rockers. This time the action is relocated to the North East - specifically Shillong, which is renowned as India's rock capital.
The story is being kept under wraps, but we know that returning band members Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal and Purab Kohli are joined by talented newcomers Shraddha Kapoor and Shashank Arora. The rocking music is by Shankar-Ehsan-Loy, who scored the original film.
Chaar Sahibzaade: Rise of the Banda Singh Badahur (2D & 3D)
What's the story? A legendary superhero is brought to life in Harry Baweja's sequel to his ground-breaking hit Punjabi animation.
Two years ago, filmmaker Harry Baweja set out to tell the stirring story of the heroic sacrifices of the four sons of Shri Guru Gobind Singh. The prohibition on these revered figures being played by human actors meant that their valour could not previously be celebrated on film.
With the approval of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), he used photo-realistic computer animation technology to create the pioneering worldwide hit 'Chaar Sahibzaade'. Now he continues this thrilling saga with the tale of larger-than-life superhero Banda Singh Bahadur.
Collaborators Prime Focus, whose team worked on the likes of Captain America: Civil War and The Legend of Tarzan, help to take the stunning animation to a new level as Baweja brings the gripping and inspirational story of this great Sikh military commander to a new global audience.
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (Sunday 13th November, 3pm)
What's the story? February 9th, 1964, 8:12pm EST – after a brief commercial break, four young men from Liverpool step onto the Ed Sullivan stage, changing culture forever. Seventy-three million people watched The Beatles perform that night, the largest audience in television history. But it is what the band did next that would introduce them to the entire world, permanently transforming the music industry and forever engraining them into the fabric of popular culture... They went on tour.
By the time the band quit touring in August of 1966, they had performed 166 concerts in 15 countries and 90 cities around the world. The cultural phenomenon their touring helped create, known as "Beatlemania," was something the world had never seen before and, arguably, hasn't since. This is the not-to-missed story of the band's exceptional touring years – an intimate portrait of the band, and a behind-the-scenes look at The Beatles on tour.
Exploring the effect it had on their relationships, as well as their musical evolution, and looking at how they transformed the world of music, the film features interviews, unheard music and exclusive concert footage from the biggest band of all time. See the film and stay for an exclusive in-cinema only screening of the 1965 performance from Shea Stadium, digitally restored 4k transfer with remastered sound.
ROH Opera: Les Contes D'Hoffman (Tuesday 15th November, 6.15pm)
What's the story? Oscar-winning film director John Schlesinger's lavish production of Offenbach's popular opera fantastique.
Convinced that his four lovers have been whisked away by a succession of arch villains, drunken, tortured poet Hoffman is compelled to regale his buddies with the story of his romantic misfortunes. Drawn from three compelling stories by E.T.A. Hoffman, Offenbach's imaginative tall tale is filled with clockwork dolls, magical glasses, ghostly voices and sensual courtesans.
Something of an audience favourite, the ROH's sumptuous production was created by Academy Award-winning film director John Schlesinger and brings vividly to life a 19th century world of romance, comedy, mystery and menace. Charismatic young tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes the title role while superb baritone Thomas Hampson performs all four villains.
The stunning showpiece numbers are also perfect vehicles for the vocal virtuosity of Sofia Fomina as the automaton Olympia, Christine Rice as the courtesan Giulietta and Sonya Yoncheva as the sickly singer Antonia.
Alan Bennett's Diaries Live (Wednesday 16th November, 8pm)
What's the story? This unmissable live event will take a candid look into the mind of Alan Bennett, Britain’s best-loved writer, who, at 82, shows no signs of slowing down.
The event will include a screening of Alan Bennett’s Diaries, a new film about the writer, followed by an exclusive Q&A with Alan Bennett from his local community library in Primrose Hill.
Inspired by his acerbic and often hilarious diaries, the film shows Alan as he’s never been seen before – following him to New York, the scene of his early triumph in Beyond The Fringe, to accept an award from the city’s Public Library; to Shepherd’s Bush to record an episode of Private Passions for Radio 3 and open up about the importance of music in his life; to his local community-run library in Primrose Hill, which, he despairs, some would rather see turned into a Pizza Hut; to the East Coast railway line, which he’d like to see renationalised, and the village in Yorkshire he calls home.
Intimate encounters, filmed over the course of a year, reveal a writer who is bemused by his own popularity and is still as angry and irreverent in his 80s as he was in his 20s.
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