Alita: Battle Angel leads the new cinema releases February 8th 2019

Alita: Battle Angel
This time, there are SIX new films out for you to choose from, led by Alita: Battle Angel. Here are the titles, with more info below:

    Alita: Battle Angel
    The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
    All Is True
    Boy Erased
    If Beale Street Could Talk

Alita: Battle Angel is the live-action remake of the Manga film, Battle Angel: Alita. Why the changearound? Who knows.

Alita is a creation from an age of despair. Found by the mysterious Dr. Ido (Christoph Waltz) while trolling for cyborg parts, Alita (Rosa Salazar) becomes a lethal, dangerous being. She cannot remember who she is, or where she came from. But to Dr. Ido, the truth is all too clear. She is the one being who can break the cycle of death and destruction left behind from Tiphares. But to accomplish her true purpose, she must fight and kill. And that is where Alita’s true significance comes to bear. She is an angel from heaven. She is an angel of death.

I like the line in this trailer where she’s with a guy…

Alita: “Does it bother you that I’m not completely human?”

Well, she’s like most women I’ve dated, then…

I like the look of this, and it’s also the first 3D film to actually be FILMED in 3D, and grace the multiplex screens, since 2017’s Transformers: The Last Knight.

Check out our review here!

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Read our review!

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is here and it’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild!

This looks as good as the first one, but it’s difficult to assess a film like this from the trailer. The proof of the pudding will be in the eating, so I’ll tuck in soon.

The cast includes Chris Pratt as Emmet Brickowski, Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle, Channing Tatum as Superman, Jonah Hill as Green Lantern, Alison Brie as Unikitty, Stephanie Beatriz as Sweet Mayhem, Nick Offerman as Metal Beard, Will Arnett as Batman, and Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) as Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi, which sounds like they’re trying to copy character names from Black Panther.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

Sonchiriya is a new film in Hindi which revolves around Chambal dacoits and is set in the 1970s, and has a lot of action and humour and which I hadn’t heard of until this week and I definitely want to check this out.

Director: Abhishek Chaubey
Writers: Abhishek Chaubey, Sudip Sharma, Sudip Sharma
Stars: Manoj Bajpayee, Sushant Singh Rajput, Bhumi Pednekar

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

All Is True takes a look at the final days in the life of renowned playwright William Shakespeare, portrayed by Kenneth Branagh, who’s 58, so just a few years older than the 52 Shakespeare managed.

It’s written by Ben Elton who also is behind BBC2’s Upstart Crow, but unlike that, this actually look worth watching!

Branagh also directs, and this film also stars Lolita Chakrabarti, Jack Colgrave Hirst, Doug Colling & Judi Dench.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

Boy Erased is a forthcoming drama about Jared (Lucas HedgesLady Bird, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri), the son of a Baptist preacher, who is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program.

This looks like a pet project for Joel Edgerton, who stars, directs and co-writes (with Garrard Conley), and those playing Jared’s parents are Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman.

Personally, I don’t care for this.

Also stars: Xavier Dolan, Troye Sivan, Jesse LaTourette

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

If Beale Street Could Talk, based on a novel by James Baldwin, follows Tish (Kiki Layne), a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first born child. It’s a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families, and their lives.

The film doesn’t look like my sort of thing, but for fans of Moonlight, it comes from the same screenwriter/director Barry Jenkins.

Also stars: Stephan James, Regina King

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!