Happy Friday the 13th everyone!
Here are the new UK cinema releases for this week. What will you be watching?
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, this film continues the adventures of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Thorin Oakenshield, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly
The Christmas Candle
Deep in the heart of English countryside lies the village of Gladbury. Legend has it every 25 years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches one candle. Whoever lights this candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve. But in 1890, at the dawn of the electric age, this centuries old legend may end. When David, a progressive young minister, arrives, the villagers discover a new formula for miracles. While David’s quest to modernize Gladbury sets him at odds with the old world candlemaker, he finds an ally in Emily Barstow. Now, the fiery candlemaker must fight to preserve the legacy of the Christmas Candle. But when the candle goes missing, the miraculous and human collide in the most astonishing Christmas Gladbury has ever seen.
Director: John Stephenson
Starring: Hans Matheson, Samantha Barks, Susan Boyle, Lesley Manville, John Hannah, Sylvester McCoy
A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village’s theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater’s projectionist.
Director: Guiseppe Tornatore
Starring: Antonella Attili, Enzo Cannavale, Isa Danieli
Original UK Release Date: 1989
Fill The Void
This film tells the story of an Orthodox Hassidic family from Tel Aviv. Eighteen-year-old Shira is the youngest daughter of the family. She is about to be married off to a promising young man of the same age and background. It is a dream-come-true, and Shira feels prepared and excited. On Purim, her twenty-eight-year-old sister, Esther, dies while giving birth to her first child. The pain and grief that overwhelm the family postpone Shira’s promised match. Everything changes when an offer is proposed to match Yochay – the late Esther’s husband – to a widow from Belgium. Yochay feels it’s too early, although he realizes that sooner or later he must seriously consider getting married again. When the girls’ mother finds out that Yochay may leave the country with her only grandchild, she proposes a match between Shira and the widower. Shira will have to choose between her heart’s wish and her family duty.
Director: Rama Burshtein
Starring: Hadas Yaron, Yiftach Klein, Irit Sheleg
The Innocents is a 1961 British supernatural gothic horror film based on the novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. The title of the film was taken from William Archibald’s stage adaptation of James’ novella.
Director: Jack Clayton
Starring: Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave, Peter Wyngarde
Original UK Release Date: 1961
Gay sculptor Temmuz lives in Istanbul, where he enjoys a carefree attitude to his work and to his relationship with his boyfriend. In his dreams, Temmuz is haunted by visions of a mysterious man, who needs his help. As if by magic, Temmuz meets this stranger, Ihsan, and they catalyse a strong friendship that endures through myriad trials and tribulations.
Director: Cagan Irmak
Starring: Deniz Celiloglu, Aras Bulut Iynemli, Sumru Yavrucuk, Zuhal Gencer Erkaya, Asli Enver, Gurkan Uygun
Set in Liverpool: Three Teenage girls chase their dream to become a famous Tamla Motown band. Their friendship is put to the test when a disruptive record Exec decides to take an interest in their career. Fully loaded with original Motown style music.
Director: Joe Scott
Starring: Adi Alfa, Tisha Merry, Alexandra Johnston, Jake Abraham, Phillip Oliviere
Check local press and cinemas for times.
Via Launching Films