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New movies in-store this week, all of the film and tv releases that get the fopp stamp of approval in one handy place.
Check out all of our favourites below.
Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool
A true story of the May to December romance between golden age Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame and an upcoming actor, Peter Turner, who meet first in digs in Primrose Hill. How Grahame – who’d starred opposite Humphrey Bogart and James Stewart – came to be in a boarding house in north London in the first place has contemporary resonance in the age of #MeToo.
But this film from screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh and director Paul McGuigan is focused on the very human story between Grahame (Annette Bening) and Turner (Jamie Bell), in particular the time the actress spent in her young partner’s home city during her final days.
In many respects, this is a classy, old-fashioned melodrama, given gravitas by a nuanced performance from Bening – tender, yet flinty – and quiet, sympathetic support from Bell alongside Julie Walters, Kenneth Cranham and Vanessa Redgrave.
Julian Rosefeldt’s film Manifesto (2016) pays homage to the moving tradition and literary beauty of artistic manifestos, ultimately questioning the role of the artist in society today.
Manifesto draws on the writings of Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxus artists, Suprematists, Situationists, Dogma 95 and other artist groups and the musings of individual artists, architects, dancers and filmmakers. Passing the ideas of Claes Oldenburg, Yvonne Rainer, Kazimir Malevich, Andrï Breton, Sturtevant, Sol LeWitt, Jim Jarmusch, and other creators through his lens, Rosefeldt has edited and reassembled thirteen colleges of artists’ manifestos.
Performing these ‘new manifestos’ as a contemporary call to action, while inhabiting thirteen different persons – among them, a school teacher, a puppeteer, a newsreader, a factory worker and a homeless man – Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett imbues new dramatic life into both famous and lesser-known words in unexpected contexts.
Rex is based on the true life story of a young Marine Corporal named Megan Leavey (Kate Mara), whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.
When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an explosion injures them, putting their fate in jeopardy.
Professor Marston & The Wonder Woman
Based on the extraordinary true story of the creator of one of the most iconic super heroes ever conceived, and the seductive secret life he kept from his fans.
Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans, Beauty and the Beast) was roundly criticized for the creation of his feminist superhero, but it was his personal life, with his polyamorous relationship with his wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall, The Gift) and their lover, Olive (Bella Heathcote), that was more provocative than any adventure he had ever written.
Daddy's Home 2
In the sequel to the 2015 global smash, father Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and stepfather Brad (Will Ferrell) have joined forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas.
Their newfound partnership is put to the test when Dusty’s old-school, macho Dad (Mel Gibson) and Brad’s gentle Dad (John Lithgow) arrive just in time to turn the holidays upside down.
Age Of Innocence: The Criterion Collection
Badlands: The Premium Collection
Legend Of The Mountain: Subtitled/Mandarin
Mccabe & Mrs Miller: The Premium Collection
Pistol For Ringo/Return Of Ringo: Two Films By Duccio Tessari
Robert Altmans Images
Sheriff Of Fractured Jaw
Town On Trial