Seven movies to watch in cinemas this week

From festive movies to the return of Frozen

Frozen 2
Frozen 2

Last Christmas
Director: Paul Feig
Starring: Henry Golding, Emila Clarke
If Helen Fielding reworked A Christmas Carol subbing in Bridget Jones for Ebenezer Scrooge, it might look a little like this good-natured but lightweight romcom about a struggling twenty-something finding salvation in a handsome stranger.

Frozen 2
Director:
Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Starring: Kristen Bell, Evan Rachel Wood, Jonathan Groff
It does not matter one bit what the critics think of this, is there ever going to be a more surefire smash hit? The only real question is, will there be a song as ubiquitous as Let It Go in this sequel? This time, the cast go in search of answers, trying to find out the origin of Elsa’s powers.

21 Bridges
Director:
Brian Kirk
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, J.K. Simmons, Sienna Miller
So this is where we find out if Black Panther himself, Chadwick Boseman, has what it takes to step out of the Marvel Universe and into regular films that don’t have a ready-made audience of hundreds of millions. Boseman is Andre Davis, an NYPD detective on the tail of a pair of cop killers. Along the way he uncovers a massive conspiracy. Sounds good, looks good. We’ll take it.

Charlie’s Angels
Director:
Elizabeth Banks
Starring: Naomi Scott, Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Stewart
Do we really need another remake of the 1970s TV show? It seems so, and why not? In the age of female-fronted versions of Ghostbusters and in the wake of #METOO there’s something to be said for Elizabeth Banks’ bold feminist vision for the trio. This time there are Angels and Charlies all over the world, working to take down bad guys across the globe. Looks fun.

The Good Liar
Director:
Bill Condon
Starring: Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Russell Tovey
Based on the book of the same name by former British intellegence officer Nicholas Searle, this thriller has a super cast and good source material. McKellen stars as a conman  who is out to swindle Mirren’s rich widow out of her big pot of cash. If only it was that easy, as McKellen’s plan doesn’t quite go to plan. Expect plenty of twists and turns.

Midway
Director:
Roland Emmerich
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Woody Harrelson, Nick Jonas
There are hundreds of epic World War II movies already but that doesn’t stop them being popular, and who better to helm this epic tale of an airborne battle between the US and Japan than Independence Day director Roland Emmerich. With a top cast (and Nick Jonas) this could really take flight.

Doctor Sleep
Director:
Mike Flanagan
Starring: Rebecca Ferguson, Ewan McGregor
No-one can convince us that we need a cinematic revisit to the world of The Shining. The orignal’s director Stanley Kubrick cooked up one of the most brilliant horrors of all time, though the book’s author Stephen King was not a huge fan. King released this follow-up, about a grown-up Danny, in 2013, some 36 years after the first instalment. He needn’t have bothered.

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