This week, there are THREE new films out for you to choose from, led by The Wedding Guest. Here are the titles, with more info below:
The Wedding Guest
Tell It to the Bees
The Lion King 2019
The Wedding Guest tells a story centered on a mysterious British Muslim man (Dev Patel) on his journey across Pakistan and India.
This is clearly something different for Dev Patel, and shows him moving into stronger adult roles, leaving behind the likes of Slumdog Millionaire and The Last Airbender.
The Wedding Guest is released on March 1st in the US, but as of yet there’s no UK date.
Writer/Director: Michael Winterbottom
Also stars: Radhika Apte, Jim Sarbh, Harish Khannaa, Nish Nathwani
Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!
Tell It to the Bees
A single mother Lydia (Holliday Grainger) who is abandoned by her husband, meets the small village’s Doctor Jean Markham (Anna Paquin) who has recently returned to her hometown when Lydia’s son Charlie is taken to the doctor after being bullied in school. When Lydia and Charlie are evicted because of Lydia’s earnings from her work are not adequate to pay the rent, Jean invites them to stay in her home and she and Lydia soon develop a friendship and something more.
This looks like it could either be okay, or a bit so-so. It just feels like it’s only got the ‘lesbian’ card to play.
Director: Annabel Jankel
Writers: Henrietta Ashworth (screenplay adaptation), Jessica Ashworth (screenplay adaptation)
Also stars: Gregor Selkirk, Euan Mason, Lauren Lyle, Kate Dickie
Hit or Miss? Verdict: Maybe!
The Lion King 2019 brings us… The Lion King, again.
Okay, so it’s been 25 years since the Disney original, and along the way we’ve had the musical, but I haven’t seen either, and I still don’t care.
That said, this CGI and live-action re-imagining of the 1994 Disney classic comes from director Jon Favreau, who brought us 2016’s The Jungle Book.
The Lion King 2019 is released in the UK on July 19th 2019.
Screenplay: Jeff Nathanson
Story: Brenda Chapman
Stars: Seth Rogen, Donald Glover, Keegan-Michael Key, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, Alfre Woodard, Beyoncé, Eric André, Florence Kasumba, John Kani, John Oliver, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph and James Earl Jones returns as Mufasa.
Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!
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