Films of the Fortnight

Films of the Fortnight: Coco, Downsizing, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and more

By Mark Rocks at

Here’s the latest instalment of our regular feature, where we hand-pick a selection of films showing at our only cinema, Vue Altrincham.

Film fan Mark Rocks takes you through them…

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Out This Week

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (15)

Awards season is now in full swing with celebrities dusting off their finest garments and red carpets being rolled out internationally so it’s a golden time of the year to head to the cinema to catch the films in the limelight.

Following a complete sweep of some key accolades at last week’s Golden Globes, the specifically titled Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is fresh off the red carpet and straight into UK cinemas this week. From In Bruges director Martin McDonagh and featuring a heap of talented leads, including Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and the incredible Frances McDormand, this pitch black comedy is occasionally laugh out loud, occasionally shocking and consistently brilliant.

Centring around a grieving mother who personally challenges the local authorities about the unsolved case of her daughter’s murder, Three Billboards starts 2018 off to a highly recommended flying start for big screen releases.

Out next week

Downsizing (15)

Sci-fi is constantly coming up with outlandishly creative ways to save the human race, whether it’s protecting the world from incoming meteors to moving to a new interstellar home in the stars. However, Alexander Payne’s latest movie Downsizing is bringing forth a much more minuet solution, by shrinking humanity down a peg.

The film stars Matt Damon as Paul Safranek, a man living in a world where efforts to solve overpopulation and world hunger are tackled thanks to the act of downsizing i.e. making everyone just 5 inches tall. Now this is a pretty big, irreversible decision for Paul as well learn the ups and downs of downsizing and how it’ll change his life for good.

Think a more satirical Honey, I Shrunk The Kids with a dash of drama in the mix and the result is an interesting new take on science fiction that might not be like anything that you’ve seen before.

Last Chance to See

Pitch Perfect 3 (12A)

The Bellas are back but only for another week or so!

The third film in the box-office smashing franchise promises more singing, more dancing and more hilarious hijinks. This time, however, the mood-raising a-capella performances are set to the back drop of an action-packed spy thriller with Fat Amy displaying some seriously impressive martial arts.

With a scene-stealing appearance from DJ Khaled starring as himself in a largely improvised role, some fans are already calling it the best Pitch Perfect yet.

Family Favourite

Coco (U)

Fresh off its Golden Globes win for Best Animated Picture, the latest creation from Disney Pixar is a vibrant, witty and heartfelt story that deals sensitively with a subject often avoided in kids’ films – death.

The film follows young Mexican boy, Miguel, on a quest to become a musician against his family’s wishes but who finds his reality turned upside down when the annual Day of the Dead festival comes about.

With Disney’s trademark toe-tapping musical numbers, as well as plenty of twists and turns along the way, there won’t be a dry eye in the house as Coco draws to its close.

Coming Soon

The Maze Runner: The Death Cure (TBC)

Remember when YA novels were all of the rage? Now that the Hunger Games have finished and the Divergent series seemingly vanished, only one major contender is still around to wrap up loose ends and that is The Maze Runner.

The 2014 action adventure starring Dylan O’Brien based on James Dashner’s series of books was a surprisingly fun romp as a group of teenagers stranded in a mysterious maze by the completely-not-evil company W.C.K.D.

Now onto the third and final film in the series, the maze is long behind them but with W.C.K.D. hot on their trials, the gang of remaining survivors must band together with a small group of rebels in order to finally end W.C.K.D.’s post-apocalyptic reign of terror and cure ‘The Flare’ – a fatal virus which turns people into ravenous zombies.

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