In cinemas this week: Spectre, Knight of Cups, He Named Me Malala and Station to Station.
Spectre – A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre. The fourth entry in the Craig-era of the Bond franchise, and the reviews have been very very mixed. I understand that it is more reliant on classic 007 formulas than the more recent entries, and events follow on from Skyfall but bears little resemblance otherwise. We’re looking forward to seeing what DP Hoyte Van Hoytema and new Bond Girl Lea Seydoux bring to the franchise.
Knight of Cups – A man experiences an existential crisis after finding fame and fortune in Hollywood. We still don’t know what this is about, really, but it is directed by Terrence Malick and photographed by Emmanuel Lubezki. We have been looking forward to it since it was announced. It might not be a good film (but then everyone said that about To the Wonder, which was wonderful), but it is going to look stunning, and we wouldn’t miss it for the world.
He Named Me Malala – After the Taliban tries to kill her for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai emerges as a leading advocate for children’s rights and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
Station to Station – The film explores creativity through a different artist, musician, place or perspective, ultimately revealing a larger sense of modern expression transcending the individual voices.
Weekly Recommendation: A tip that will likely fall on deaf ears, but go see Knight of Cups. We have both it and Spectre lined up this weekend and we’re confident it is going to be a very good one.