Top 3 Films of the Week

Blockbuster Of The Week

Wonka (PG)

Mathew Baynton as Fickelgruber, Matt Lucas as Prodnose, Keegan-Michael Key as Chief of Police and Paterson Joseph as Slugworth in Wonka, directed by Paul King. Photo: Jaap Buittendijk. Copyright: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Willy Wonka pursues his dream of opening a chocolate shop at the Galeries Gourmet, a glittering arcade where confectionery titans Slugworth, Fickelgruber and Prodnose already have high-end boutiques. Alas, the entrepreneurs have formed a secret chocolate cartel and bribe the Chief of Police to thwart Willy’s wholesome ambitions. Young Wonka falls into the clutches of villainous Mrs Scrubbit and her sidekick Bleacher, but his resolve is undiminished.

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Animation Of The Week

The Inseparables (U)

DJ Doggy Dog (voiced by Jordan Baird) and Don (Dakota West) in The Inseparables, directed by Jeremie Degruson. Copyright: Signature Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.

Enchanted puppet Don is condemned to forever play the fool on the stage of a children’s theatre in New York. The mannequin daydreams about inhabiting the armour of noble sword-wielding knight Don Quixote and vanquishing terrifying beasts. Consequently, Don quits the theatre and charges heroically into Central Park in search of a fabled Castle in the Sky. En route, he encounters battery-operated toy DJ Doggy Dog, whose greatest wish is a place to call home.

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Critic's Choice Of The Week

The Peasants (15)

Alma Poysti as Ansa and Jussi Vatanen as Holappa in Fallen Leaves, directed by Aki Kaurismaki. Photo: Malla Hukkanen. Copyright: Sputnik/MUBI. All Rights Reserved.

Jagna Paczesiowna is married off to rich widower Maciej Boryna (in the village of Lipke. Everyone knows their neighbours’ business in this patriarchal 19th-century rural community. Tongues are certain to wag because Jagna is in love with her husband’s son Antek and the couple’s new proximity adds fuel to a raging fire of desire.

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Also Released This Week...

Anselm (PG)

A documentary portrait of German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer, who continues to push boundaries with his work well into his 70s. Kiefer draws inspiration from literature, mythology, poetry, philosophy, religion and science in his work.

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Chicken Run: Dawn Of The Nugget (PG)

Ginger and Rocky's headstrong daughter Molly is a cluck off the old block, devoted to keeping her feathered friends safe from harm. She defies her parents to seek poultry nirvana with new friend Frizzle. However, paradise conceals a dark and deadly secret.

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The Metropolitan Opera Live: Florencia En El Amazonas (TBC)

Director Mary Zimmerman conjures the magical realism of the Amazon in Mexican composer Daniel Catan's opera inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, broadcast live from the stage of the Lincoln Centre For The Performing Arts in New York under the baton of conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin.

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Please Don't Destroy: The Treasure Of Foggy Mountain (15)

Best buddies Ben, John and Martin have simple dreams until a social media post reveals that a compass they found many years ago could be the missing link to unearthing a bust of Marie Antoinette with an estimated worth of 100 million US dollars.

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The Red Shoes (PG)

To mark its 75th anniversary, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's visually arresting drama pirouettes back into selected cinemas. Ballet impresario Boris Lermontov casts young dancer Victoria Page in a new ballet called The Red Shoes and asks Julian Craster to compose the score.

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Royal Ballet Live: The Nutcracker (TBC)

A live performance of Peter Wright's classic festive production set to Tchaikovsky's score, broadcast from the stage of the Royal Opera House in London under the baton of conductor Andrew Litton. Loosely based on a story by ETA Hoffmann, The Nutcracker opens with a lively party on Christmas Eve.

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