What movies to catch in the capital, from a romance set in the world of Georgian dance to a David Lynch classic restored in gorgeous 4K...
Fancy a film but can't make your mind up what to see? Look no further: we’ve assembled the best of what’s showing in London and gathered them here to make choosing a great movie as easy as possible. Whatever you're in the mood for, WeLoveCinema has you well and truly covered…
And Then We Danced
Swedish-Georgian filmmaker Levan Akin's new film tells the story of Merab (Levan Gelbakhiani), a talented member of Georgia’s National Dance Ensemble who finds his world turned upside-down by the arrival of the rebellious but naturally gifted Irakli (Bachi Valishvili). Yet what begins as a bitter rivalry quickly blossoms into romance. Met with controversy and protests in Georgia, And Then We Danced already seems to be finding a place as a new classic of queer cinema (read full review).
Calm with Horses
This gritty drama, set in rural Ireland and directed by first time feature filmmaker Nick Rowland, has western vibes and blackly comic chops. It stars musician Cosmo Jarvis as a boxer who's hired by a family of drug dealers and paired with the always impressive actor Barry Keoghan, who does great work here in a tale that thrives on their back and forth chemistry. Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, Shame) produces (read full review).
Some films simply defy description: Bacurau is one of them. To say it is a genre-bending thriller does little justice to many of the left-field choices that Brazilian filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho makes in this deeply weird but very watchable and unique slice of semi-horror. It's an angry picture about the Brazil of today that's unafraid to deliver its message via heaps of pulp (read full review).
Keira Knightley, Jessie Buckley, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw star in this likeable comedy, set against the backdrop of 1970 Miss World contest, famous today for the feminist protest that took place partway during the show. Misbehaviour is a who's who of British talent – Rhys Ifans! Leslie Manville! – that manages to touch on a lot of important subjects without compromising its accessible packaging. Greg Kinnear co-stars as iconic comedian Bob Hope, depicted here in a less flattering light (read full review).
Merce Cunningham might not be a household name, but he's considered to be one of the most influential figures in the world of modern dance. This documentary sets out to explain the origins of Cunningham's unique choreography and features archive clips of his famous dance company. It makes for a great introduction to his pioneering body of work, though anyone looking for insight into the man himself might feel it falls a bit short. Showing in 2D and 3D.
Still in Cinemas
Pixar are back with their latest adventure, Onward, and it's not a sequel! This time the action takes place in a fantasy realm that has evolved into a world not unlike our own, where magic has been replaced with technology and much laziness. Chris Pratt and Tom Holland are perfectly paired as two elf brothers who get the chance to reunite with their deceased father for just a day… if they can find his top half, that is. It's like Lord of the Rings crossed with Weekend at Bernie's. But in a good way (read full review).
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
Toni Morrison, the late, Noble Prize-winning author best known for her novels Song of Solomon and Beloved, gets the feature-length documentary treatment thanks to filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. And who better to discuss Toni Morrison than Toni Morrison, who appears here to relive her childhood, tell anecdotes about her life, and consider her legacy. Shot just months before she passed away, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is a powerful and affecting portrait of a true literary legend. (read full review).
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Céline Sciamma has been gifting us with wonderful films for years (Water Lilies, Girlhood). Her latest, the unforgettably named Portrait of a Lady on Fire, might be her first masterpiece. Set in 18th century France, it tells the story of Marianne (Noémie Merlant), who is hired to paint a portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel) so that it can be used to attract a potential suitor. But the relationship between artist and subject creates a place for a sensual kind of love to blossom; the resulting film is endlessly gripping, tender, alight with passion, and not to be missed (read full review).
Back on the Big Screen
The Elephant Man
David Lynch's monochrome masterpiece – produced by Mel Brooks, of all people! – has been lovingly restored in 4K and is back on the big screen. John Hurt stars as the famed “Elephant Man,” John Merrick, who was wheeled out as a circus performer so that paying patrons could marvel at his deformity. Hurt, yeller of that now immortal line “I'm not an animal… I'm a human being!”, is magnificent, and the film, for all its weirdness, stands as one of Lynch's most accessible nightmares.