Marvel fans will already be aware, but the much-anticipated Black Panther film is set to be released later this month. This will be the eighteenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, not to be mistaken for a remake of either The Black Panther, 1921 or 1977 films. Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther sees T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) return home, after the death of his father, as king of the Wakanda nation, yet is faced with difficulties. With his supremacy challenged by conflict from a longstanding enemy reappearing, the king must fight his allies and release the eternal power of Black Panther in order to defeat and secure equilibrium once more. Marked as the first solo film Marvel has produced which does not see the star as a white male, it is one not to miss this month.
Fri 16 Feb
This beautifully artistic and crafted film, written and directed by Greta Gerwig, is described as semi-autobiographical of truth that Gerwig resonates with herself. Following the life of Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan), a high school senior from the suburbs of Sacramento in 2002, the film follows a coming of age story of “Lady Bird” and her unruly relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf).When applying to colleges, hoping for one that is far out-of-state from her town, “Lady Bird” is faced with several rejection letters, humiliation from school careers officers and non-encouraging advice from her mother. She has little hope of fulfilling her dream of escaping her hometown. The narrative follows themes of battling friendships, disorderly relationships both motherly and romantically with short-term lovers. Seeking out to many teenagers far and wide, as well as adults, who are able to resonate with the looming feeling of becoming an adult.
FINDING YOUR FEET
Fri 23 Feb
Directed by Richard Loncraine, Finding Your Feet is a hilarious romantic comedy-drama following the retirement of ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton). After discovering her husband of forty years (John Sessions) has been having an affair with her best friend, she goes off to live with her distant, older sister Bif (Celia Imrie). These contrasting characters rekindle their sisterly bond, in an attempt to find Sandra a new romantic companion. Big takes her along to a community dance class to meet her friends. The narrative follows this group of wild, dynamic elders as they ultimately showcase that retirement is only just the beginning of her new-found life, which divorce has given her a new role in life. With laughter and cries, this humorous film will revive the idea that growing old turns you boring, dispassionate and frail, and shows the fulfilment it can furnish.
If you are a lover of spy or thriller films, Francis Laurence’s Red Sparrow will be for you. Based on the novel written by Jason Matthews, awarded for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author (2014) and ITW Thriller Award for Best First Novel (2014), the film stars Jennifer Lawrence as Russian spy, Dominika Egorova. Dominika, was trained amongst other men and women at Sparrow School, on how to seduce the enemy. She is assigned to seduce CIA agent, Nathaniel Nash (Joel Edgerton) who handles the CIA’s issues with Russian intelligence. In risking her own life, loved-ones career, Dominika must try and expose this American mole in Russia. Nathaniel however, tries to convince her, he is the only one to trust, which threatens the security of both nations. The impact is one which needs to be seen on screen.
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