Stuck for what to watch at the weekend? Let Entertainment Focus help you with our handy guide to this week’s new releases. From the biggest blockbusters to the best in independent and world cinema, we’ve got it covered.
Alice Through the Looking Glass
What’s it about? The inevitable sequel to billion dollar smash hit Alice in Wonderland, but this time without Tim Burton. New director James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords, The Muppets) is at the helm, to tell the story of Alice’s return to the nonsensical wonders of Wonderland. Once back in Wonderland she finds herself in a race against Time himself, in order to save the Mad Hatter, played with terrifying weirdness by the returning Johnny Depp. If this does anywhere near the level of business that Burton’s original did, it will be a huge success.
Who’s in it? Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall
What’s it about? Jodie Foster directs an all-star cast including George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell in this financial thriller. Clooney plays Wall Street guru Lee Gates, a TV personality who provides stock market advice on his hit show “Money Monster”. When one of his tips leads to a man losing all his money, the man turns up at the studio brandishing a gun and takes Gates hostage live on television.
Who’s in it? George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell
What’s it about? Based on the play The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen, The Daughter tells the story of a man who returns home only to discover a long buried family secret. His attempts to put things right however, threaten the lives of those he abandoned all those years ago. This Australian drama features a terrific ensemble cast in this haunting and poignant adaptation.
Who’s in it? Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill, Odessa Young, Paul Schneider, Miranda Otto, Ewan Leslie, Anna Torv
Love and Friendship
What’s it about? Based on the short epistolary novel Lady Susan by Jane Austen, Love and Friendship tells the story of the widow Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) who seeks refuge with her in-laws, whilst rumours of her private life circulate through 1790s society. She resolves to find both herself and her daughter a husband. Directed by Whit Stillman, this latest addition to his unhurried but widely acclaimed filmography (5 films in 26 years) will no doubt be met with love and affection from fans and critics alike, but is unlikely to trouble the box office.
Who’s in it? Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwell, Justin Edwards, Tom Bennett, Morfydd Clark, Jemma Redgrave, James Fleet, Jenn Murray, Stephen Fry
What’s it about? Here is a rare beast these days – a Nic Cage film getting a cinematic release. The ever-prolific one-time Academy Award winner has been churning out straight to home-video dross at an alarming rate in recent years, with only the occasional reminder of what a great actor he can be. In The Trust, Cage and Elijah Wood play cops who plan to rip off a drug dealer. Oh wait, I just checked, this went straight to VOD as well. This won’t be a long stint in the cinema.
Who’s in it? Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood, Jerry Lewis, Sky Ferreira
Top Cat Begins
Computer-animated film based on the Hanna-Barbera television series
Documentary about the Entity Allstars dance crew
Documentary about England World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore
French drama starring Vincent Cassel
The Price of Desire
Controversial drama about famed architect Eileen Gray