Top 3 Films of the Week

Blockbuster Of The Week

Sing 2 (U)

Gunter (voiced by Nick Kroll), Miss Crawly (Garth Jennings), Johnny (Taron Egerton), Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), Meena (Tori Kelly) and Rosita (Reese Witherspoon) in Sing 2, directed by Garth Jennings and Christophe Lourdelet. Copyright: 2021 Universal Studios/Illumination Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.

Koala Buster Moon hopes to impress arctic wolf Jimmy Crystal, CEO of Crystal Entertainment, with his troupe of gifted singers including maternal pig Rosita and her flamboyant dancing partner Gunter, porcupine punk rocker Ash and gorilla Johnny. Nothing piques Crystal’s interest until Gunter pitches an outlandish sci-fi-themed spectacular that would bring lion rock star Clay Calloway back to the stage after a 15-year hiatus. Crystal gives Buster three weeks to pull together the ambitious show.

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Drama of the Week

Parallel Mothers (15)

Milena Smit as Ana Manso and Penelope Cruz as Janis Martinez in Parallel Mothers, directed by Pedro Almodovar. Photo: Iglesias Mas. Copyright: El Deseo DA SLU/Pathe Film Distribution. All Rights Reserved.

Expectant mothers Janis and Ana meet by chance at hospital as they prepare to deliver their first children. The two women approach their birth with very different mindsets but the same happy resolution. A bond is formed and Janis and Ana continue to support each other as they embark on their journeys of single motherhood with very different, emotionally shattering outcomes.

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Critic's Choice Of The Week

Taming The Garden (15)

Taming The Garden, directed by Salome Jashi. Copyright: Dogwoof. All Rights Reserved.

A timely documentary reflects on the theme of forced migration by focusing on an anonymous and powerful man, who leaves an indelible mark on Georgian society. The elusive figure purchases centuries old trees from communities along the country’s coast and transports the majestic specimens – some as tall as a 15-storey building – to his private garden by water. The landscape around each tree is often ripped apart to safely convey the tree to its final destination.

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Also Released This Week...

Amulet (15)

After he is injured and hospitalised, former soldier Tomaz meets Magda, who needs someone to renovate the rundown home she shares with her elderly, invalid mother in exchange for board and meals. Tomaz agrees and quickly senses that something malevolent lurks inside the house.

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Bill Murray's New Worlds (TBC)

At the Acropolis of Athens, actor Bill Murray joins world renowned cellist Jan Vogler for a special evening of music, literature, and poetry including pieces by JS Bach, Van Morrison, Walt Whitman, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.

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Detective Chinatown 3 (15)

A powerful businessman is killed during a meeting with Watanabe, president of the Black Dragon Gang. The door to the meeting room was locked. Chinatown detectives Tang Ren and Qin Feng join forces with Japanese investigator Noda Hiroshi to unravel the intricacies of the case.

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Flag Day (15)

Jennifer Vogel and her brother Nick love their roguish counterfeiter father John despite his manifold failings. Their mother Patty is partial to the bottle and Jennifer navigates a troubled upbringing to truly see John for the calculating and devious chancer he is.

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Gierek (12A)

In 1970, Edward Gierek secures the position of First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Polish United Workers' Party (PZPR). Supported by his wife Stanislawa, Gierek positions himself as a man of the people in the aftermath of protests, which threatened to undermine the Prime Minister.

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The Metropolitan Opera Live: Rigoletto (TBC)

Baritone Quinn Kelsey sings the role of the deformed court jester in Bartlett Sher's powerful staging of Giuseppe Verdi's drama of revenge and deceit, broadcast live from the stage of the Lincoln Centre For The Performing Arts in New York.

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Sing A Bit Of Harmony (PG)

Satomi Amano is a loner at Keibu High School. Her sense of isolation slowly dissipates when Shion Ashimori transfers to the school. The new girl breaks into song without warning. It transpires that Shion is an artificial intelligence, whose primary objective is to make Satomi happy.

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The Smile: Live Broadcast (TBC)

Radiohead's Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood and Sons Of Kemet's Tom Skinner aka new band The Smile play three consecutive live shows in 24 hours in London's Docklands at Magazine London to a seated audience in the round, which are broadcast in real time via livestream courtesy of director Paul Dugdale.

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South (U)

Digitally remastered by BFI National Archive with a newly commissioned score composed by Neil Brand, this ground-breaking documentary captures Sir Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated 1914 Antarctic expedition in his three-masted ship Endurance, which was crushed by ice.

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