There are two major new film releases in UK cinemas this week, and we have all the details for you.
2023 has been a massive year for cinema, with the summer period flourishing thanks to the releases of Barbie and Oppenheimer. The movies were released around the same time and many cinema-goers actually did the double-feature, which was affectionately named 'Barbenheimer'.
Barbie became the most successful movie ever directed by a solo female director, earning $1.44 billion at the box office, while Oppenheimer has made $942m. No pressure for the movies that follow, then.
The year has also been impacted by the writer and actor strike in Hollywood, as several productions have faced delays into 2024. Now those strikes are over, productions can recommence.
Martin Scorcese's Killers of the Flower Moon was another huge release that is expected to be an awards darling. The Marvels came out recently, too, and underwhelmed at the box office.
New Movie Releases this week
Wonka - 8 December, 2023
The official premise of the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory prequel reads:
'The story of how Willy Wonka went from a young adult selling chocolate in a small candy store to an eccentric genius known all the world over.'
Timothee Chalamet stars as Wonka, who was previously played to critical acclaim by Gene Wilder.
The movie has already received plenty of positive reviews, most of which have reserved praise for Chalamet's performance.
Wonka cast: Timothee Chalamet, Keegan-Michael Key, Paterson Joseph, Matt Lucas, Mathew Baynton, Sally Hawkins, Rowan Atkinson, Jim Carter, Tom Davis, Olivia Colman, and Hugh Grant.
Earth Mama - 8 December, 2023
Earth Mama is directed and written by Savanah Leaf, based on the short film The Heart Still Hums by Leaf and Taylor Russell.
With two children in foster care, Gia, a pregnant single mother pitted against the system, fights to reclaim her family. In her close-knit Bay Area community, she works to make a life for herself and her kids.
Earth Mama cast: Tia Nomore, Erika Alexander, Keta Price, Doechii, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Bokeem Woodbine, Olivia Luccardi and Dominic Fike.