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New films and DVDs for January 2018

Written by · Published Dec 29, 2017

Victoria & Abdul, Mother!, Detroit

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“Bill Skarsgård stars as Pennywise the clown in this adaptation of Stephen King’s novel directed by Andrés Muschietti.”

“In Derry, Maine, in the late 1980s, a group of seven childhood friends, known as The Losers Club, unite to combat a mysterious threat which their cursed town had thought was long since buried. After his little brother Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott) disappears, along with several more of the town’s youngsters, Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Liberher) gathers his group of outsider friends together to search for clues.

“Their quest eventually leads them to fight back against the shape-shifting, supernatural predator lurking in the shadows of their town and preying on children’s innermost fears, manifesting itself as a killer clown called Pennywise.”

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

“After the Kingsman headquarters in London are destroyed in an explosion, they discover that the organisation behind the attack is the notorious Golden Circle, led by criminal mastermind Poppy (Julianne Moore). As they prepare to travel to America to confront and take down Poppy and her crew, the Kingsmen contact their American counterparts, Statesman, who agree to help them in their quest. Although they have the same agenda - save the world - the Kingsmen and the Statesmen have very different methods and values but they must put these aside and work together if they stand any chance of bringing down the Golden Circle.”

Victoria & Abdul

“The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule.

“When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.”

Mother!

“Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem star in this psychological horror written and directed by Darren Aronofsky.

“The film follows a successful poet (Bardem) and his young wife (Lawrence) as they settle in to their new home in the remote countryside. Their peaceful existence is soon shattered however, as they are joined at the house by some uninvited guests including a doctor (Ed Harris), his wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) and two brothers (Domhnall and Brian Gleeson).

“With mysterious visitors continuing to arrive at the house, the wife’s fragile mental state quickly deteriorates as she begins to experience a number of increasingly threatening and disturbing visions.”

Detroit

“Kathryn Bigelow directs this crime drama which focuses on the 1967 Detroit riot and the subsequent Algiers Motel Incident.

“When police raid an unlicensed bar on Detroit’s 12th Street, their overzealous handling of the bar’s African-American patrons sparks a violent retaliation from the large crowd of angry observers. The disturbance quickly escalates into days of looting, rioting and widespread violence across the city, overwhelming the Detroit police force and leading to the Michigan State Police and National Guard being called in to quell the trouble. As acts of violence continue to erupt across the city, officers respond to reports of fired gunshots at the Algiers Motel, where many have sought refuge from the riots.”

American Assassin

“Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton and Taylor Kitsch star in this US thriller directed by Michael Cuesta.

“The film follows Mitch Rapp (O’Brien), a grief-stricken student who joins an elite undercover branch of the CIA after his girlfriend is killed in a terrorist attack. Following the completion of his intense training, Mitch is assigned by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to work with experienced operative Stan Hurley (Keaton) on a mission to find out who is behind a series of seemingly random attacks on a number of military and civilian targets. However, after discovering the strikes may be linked, the pair join up with Turkish agent Annika (Shiva Negar) as they attempt to chase down the deadly extremists behind the violence.”

Brandon King

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