Films: What’s on at the cinema




Fancy a trip to the Cinema? Always a good idea of course, but what should you spend your hard-earned money on and what should you avoid? Here’s a roundup of what’s on. Other opinions are of course available but, here are mine.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3: To be blunt this is a steaming pile of cold moussaka which tasted awful. There’s no wedding in this film, the characters travel to Greece for, get this, a reunion with people they have never met. I didn’t laugh once, though I was aware of someone sneezing in the cinema, and that did jolt me awake. Basically, I thought it was rubbish.

A Haunting in Venice: Based on the Agatha Christie book Halloween Party, Kenneth Branagh plays Hercule Poirot for the third time. This time he must solve three murders during a stormy night in a dark mansion on Halloween. It’s nothing out of the ordinary and follows the tried and trusted Christie format but it’s fun while it lasts.

Expend4bles: No I haven’t mis-typed that. The fourth form in the franchise began way back in 2010, this one has a team of action heroes battling against bad guys who’ve got their hands on some nuclear warheads. Expect explosions and plenty of gun-toting action.

Past lives: One of the best films of the year and a film which is in my top five of 2023 so far. A beautiful, moving, heart-wrenching story of childhood sweethearts in Korea who are split up when her parents move to America. Meeting online twelve years later we follow their up-and-down relationship over a period of thirty-six years. This film will do well when awards season comes around and, for me, is one of the year’s must-sees.

Disney at One Hundred: In order to celebrate that milestone, selected Disney films have been shown in cinemas. This weekend we get a re-issue of Beauty and the Beast and in the coming weeks we will get Toy Story, Frozen, and The Princess and the Frog.

The Lord of the Rings Extended Versions: If you have the time! These films need no introduction and I for one welcome the chance to see them again on the big screen. Fantastic.

The Canterville Ghost: Another one for the kids A new animated version of the famous Noel Coward story. It has a touch of the Scooby Do about it but that’s ok because it’s good fun. A top-notch British cast includes Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie reunited.

Dumb Money: Based on the true story of a group of rag-tag investors from the Reddit page called wallstreetbets, who banded together to put the squeeze on at least two hedge funds that had bet that GameStop shares would fall. Expect to have fun.

Well, that’s all for now folks. I hope that this guide to what’s out there in cinemas at the moment will be helpful and that you enjoy your movies. Have fun.

Main Photo Credit: Pavel Danilyuk via Pexels

Andy Godfrey

Andy Godfrey is a speaker with Outreach UK and has been in full-time Christian work for many years. He is a founding member of the Mark Kermode Appreciation Society and has a collection of nearly 3,000 movies. He’s also an ardent Bristol City fan.

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