There are six major new film releases in UK cinemas this week, and we have all the details for you.
2023 has been a huge 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'.
Martin Scorcese's Killers of the Flower Moon was another huge release as that is expected to be an awards darling.
Barbie became the most successful movie ever directed by a solo female director, earning $1.43 billion at the box office, while Oppenheimer has made $942m. No pressure for the movies that follow then...
New Film Releases this week
As we approach 2024, several movies will be released before the end of the year, including six this week.
There is a lot of hype surrounding psychological thriller The Royal Hotel as it received its premiere at the 50th Telluride Film Festival in September and received rave reviews.
'Two young backpackers, Hanna and Liv, take jobs at The Royal Hotel, an Australian Outback bar run by Billy, where they become disturbed by the male patrons.'
The Royal Hotel cast: Julia Garner, Jessica Henwick, Toby Wallace, Herbert Nordrum, Bree Barin, Ursula Yovich and Hugo Weaving.
Satirical sex comedy Bottoms is released this week and, like The Royal Hotel, has already received hugely positive reviews for its queer-centric focus.
'Unpopular best friends PJ and Josie start a high school fight club to meet girls and lose their virginity. They soon find themselves in over their heads when the most popular students start beating each other up in the name of self-defence.'
Bottoms cast: Rachel Sennott, Ayo Edebiri, Ruby Cruz, Havana Rose Liu, Kaia Gerber, Nicholas Galitzine, Miles Fowler, Dagmara Domi?czyk, and Marshawn Lynch.
The British girlfriends Zara, Em and Skye go to Mallorca in the summer months to party well. Many young people come to this place to lose their virginity at sex parties. The trio also feels pressured by their environment.
While Bottoms is a sex comedy, How to Have Sex has a more dramatic focus on the subject. A British movie, it is written and directed by Molly Manning Walker.
'Three British teenage girls go on a rites-of-passage holiday; drinking, clubbing and hooking up in Malia on the Greek island of Crete of what should be the best summer of their lives.'
How to Have Sex cast: Mia McKenna-Bruce, Lara Peake, Samuel Bottomley, Shaun Thomas, Enva Lewis and Laura Ambler.
Dance First is a biographical film about Irish playwright Samuel Beckett, directed by James Marsh and written by Neil Forsyth.
'The film documents the Irish writer’s life, from his childhood, his friendship with James Joyce until the incarceration of the latter's mentally ill daughter Lucia Joyce, his relationship with his future wife Suzanne Dumesnil, his time as a fighter for the French Resistance during the Second World War, his postwar literary rise and subsequent Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969, his affair with translator Barbara Bray and his later life until his death in 1989. Throughout the film, Beckett carries out an interior monologue.'
Dance First cast: Gabriel Byrne, Aidan Gillen, Maxine Peake, Sandrine Bonnaire, Robert Aramayo and Bronagh Gallagher.
Another biographical tale here, with this one focusing on civil rights activist Bayard Rustin. It is produced by Barack and Michelle Obama and will be released theatrically in cinemas before hopping over to Netflix.
'Bayard Rustin, advisor to Martin Luther King Jr., dedicates his life to the quest for racial equality, human rights and worldwide democracy. However, as an openly gay Black man, he is all but erased from the civil rights movement he helped build.'
Rustin cast: Colman Domingo, Chris Rock, Jeffrey Wright, Glynn Turman, Aml Ameen, CCH Pounder and Audra McDonald.
There is a lot of hype surrounding the release of Fingernails due to the Black-Mirror esque sci-fi romance plot.
'Anna and Ryan have found true love, and it's proven by a controversial new technology. There's just one problem, as Anna still isn't sure. Then she takes a position at a love testing institute and meets Amir.'
Fingernails cast: Jessie Buckley, Riz Ahmed, Jeremy Allen White, Annie Murphy and Luke Wilson.
Royal Hotel, The
2023 • 91 minutes
Drama / Scifi
2023 • 113 minutes
Biography / History
2023 • 106 minutes
Biography / Drama
2023 • 100 minutes
How to Have Sex
2023 • 98 minutes