We enter a period of change as five new releases make it to the local cinema, at the cost of eight movies being dropped. The new releases are:
Fences (12A) - Drama. The story of a black working class man in the 1950s USA.
I.T. (15) - Suspense/drama. A successful business man makes an enemy of his I.T. computer expert and consultant.
Irreplaceable (12A) - French Comedy/Drama. A rural doctor is diagnosed with a potentially terminal illness.
Kong: Skull Island (12A) - Drama. A team of scientists and soldiers explore an uncharted island in the S. Pacific, the home of King Kong.
The Time of Their Lives (12A) - Comedy. Former movie star and neglected housewife embark on a journey to France.
In addition we see the return of the movies Ballerina; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; Manchester by the Sea and Trolls.
Movies that have have disappeared from the listings include 20th Century Women; A Cure for Wellness; Hacksaw Ridge; La La Land; Prevenge; Resident Evil: The Final Chapter; Rings and T2 Trainspotting. In addition the following are nearing the end of their screening: Fifty Shades Darker; Moonlight; Patriots Day; and The Great Wall.
Drama during this week comes with struggling mathematicians in Hidden Figures; family relationships in Lion; Manchester by the Sea & Moonlight; terrorism with Patriots Day and the British exit of India in The Viceroy's House.
Action comes with the shoot-em-up John Wick: Chapter Two; X-man adventure in Logan and monsters in The Great Wall.
Fifty Shades Darker provides love on the wild side whereas comedy comes with Fist Fight.
Family animation is represented by Ballerina; Moana; Sing; The Lego Batman Movie and Trolls. Also there is the return, for one day only, of the J.K Rowling's drama Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Finally, high culture comes with just one entry with NT Live: Hedda Gabker.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Director: David Yates
Cast includes: Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, Johnny Depp, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Colin Farrell
This is a Harry Potter prequel, inspired by J K Rowling's book of the same name. The movie is set in the 1920's, where Newt Scamander is a magizoologist, collecting and studying mag ical creatures. He visits New Your City where several of these creatures escape from his suitcase. He collects about him a group of allies to try to recapture the beasts. However New York at this time has been under a reign of terror from the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) and in the era of suspicion the creatures are believed to be responsible for an attack. Hence P ercival Graves (Farrell), a director of magical secrets, declares war on Scamander and his helpers. This is a wonderful film and a fine tribute to the creativity of Rawlings. There are lot s of plots, strange people and weird and wonderful beasts. The movie has received favourable reviews, but is perhaps a little darker than the Harry Potter series.
Fifty Shades Darker
Director: James Foley
Cast includes: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan
A sequel to the 2015 film 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. Anastasia (Johnson) had broken off her relationship with Christian Grey (Dornan) intending to pursue a career in a Seattle publishing house. However Christian entices her back albeit on her terms of a 'vanilla' relationship. However his desire for ownership rather than a relationship and rather shady figures from his past threat en to destroy their future. A sex and kink movie that rather lacks the novelty value of the original. Mildly entertaining.
Director: John Moore
Cast includes: Pierce Brosnan, Anna Friel, Stefanie Scott, James Frecheville
Mike Regan (Brosnan) is a business tycoon, living with his wife Rose (Friel) and their daughter Kaitlyn (Scott) in a state of the art house. He hires an I.T consultant Ed Porter (Frechevill e) who he invites to fix a problem in his house. However they fall out and Porter extracts revenge by spying on the family and controlling their house. The feud escalates. This is a high tech, though rather disappointing stalker movie, with a plot that lacks originality. It has received rather poor reviews.
John Wick: Chapter 2
Director: Chad Stahelski
Cast includes: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamercio
The sequel to the 2014 movie. John Wick (Reeves) again comes out of retirement to honour a blood oath and assist a former associate Santino D'Antonio (Scamarcio) who is plotting to t ake control of an international assassins' guild. As a consequence Wick finds himself with a bounty 'on his head' and he must go on the run, pursued by assassins looking to kill him. The plo t requires a large suspension of disbelief but the movie provides dizzying action, non stop gun related pandemonium and some flashes of wit and humour. The movie has been well received. It o ffers plenty of entertainment, but little novelty.
Director: Ron Clements and John Musker
Cast includes: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson
A Walt Disney animated fantasy adventure. Moana (Cravalho) is the teenage daughter of the chief of a Polynesian island. However the fish and island produce become less abundant and h ence Moana undertakes a nautical quest to find the magical amulet Te Fiti's heart and the demigod Maui (Johnson). The quest involves monsters and battles This is a magical film, with music, comedy and a good dose of adventure. It is extremely well produced and has received excellent reviews from both critics and audience. A must see movie for all ages.