Midway leads the new cinema releases November 8th 2019

MidwayThis week, there are FIVE new films out for you to choose from, led by Midway. Here are the titles, with more info below:

    The Irishman
    The Good Liar
    Arctic Dogs

Midway… not the videogames company from the ’80s, but the Battle of Midway, a clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy which marked a pivotal turning point in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The film, based on the real-life events of this heroic feat, tells the story of the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome the odds.

This is directed by 2012‘s Roland Emmerich, so that means great, big-screen, kick-ass action, so this is a definite must-see.

As Midway is released on November 8th in the UK, it’s not the midway point of the year… (slow hand clap)

Director: Roland Emmerich
Writer: Wes Tooke
Stars: Luke Evans, Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Mandy Moore, Ed Skrein, Alexander Ludwig, Dennis Quaid, Nick Jonas, Aaron Eckhart

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

The Irishman is the latest movie from Martin Scorsese and it brings together many of those who have worked with Scorsese in the past, as a mob hitman recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.

I so want to see this, BUT, you’ll struggle to see it in the cinema because (a) it’s three-and-a-half hours long, AND (b) it only has a 3-week cinema window before it goes to Netflix. Either way, I definitely want to see this.

Screenplay: Steven Zaillian
Novel: Charles Brandt
Also stars: Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemons, Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Jack Huston, Stephen Graham, Sebastian Maniscalco, Domenick Lombardozzi

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

The Good Liar centres around career con artist Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen), who can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren) online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.

This sort of thing isn’t a new topic for movies, but the pedigree of those involved certainly makes it look a must-see.

Director: Bill Condon
Writer: Jeffrey Hatcher
Novel: Nicholas Searle
Also stars: Russell Tovey, Mark Lewis Jones, Jim Carter

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!


After he’s busted for smuggling coke on his plane, Jim Hoffman (Jason Sudeikis) has a chance to start over in a lush, affluent suburb of San Diego. Jim and his wife, Ellen (Judy Greer) are surprised to find maverick auto mogul John DeLorean (Lee Pace) lives in a glamorous house down the street. Soon an unexpected friendship forms between the two men, just as John’s new venture – the DeLorean Motor Company – is taking off. But with the FBI pushing Jim to inform on his flashy former dealer, Morgan Hetrick and John’s financing falling through the cracks, things are far from idyllic…and about to take a dark turn. Based on the real events that would become the celebrity scandal of its generation.

Naturally, I’m drawn to this because the car was featured in Back To The Future, but I it does look an intriguing movie.

Director: Nick Hamm
Writer: Colin Bateman
Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace, Judy Greer, Isabel Arraiza, Michael Cudlitz, Erin Moriarty, Corey Stoll

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Maybe!

Arctic Dogs

An Arctic fox works in the mailroom of a package delivery service, but wants to be doing the deliveries… it’s another junk CGI kids movie.

Director: Aaron Woodley
Stars: Jeremy Renner, Heidi Klum, James Franco, John Cleese, Alec Baldwin

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!