There are four major new movie releases in U.S. theaters 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 theater-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 $943m. 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 as 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
The End We Start From - 8 December, 2023
The End We Start From is a survival thriller is based on the novel of the same name by Megan Hunter. It concerns a mother who attempts to find her way north with a newborn baby amid apocalyptic flooding in London.
'A woman tries to find her way home with her newborn while an environmental crisis submerges London in floodwaters.'
The End We Start From cast: Jodie Comer, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, Katherine Waterston, Joel Fry, Gina McKee and Nina Sosanya.
Poor Things - 8 December, 2023
Poor Things is a 2023 black comedy fantasy film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and written by Tony McNamara.
'A young woman, Bella, is brought back to life by her guardian, the scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter. Initially naïve, Bella is eager to learn about the world around her, albeit under Baxter's protection. Wanting to see more, she runs off with Duncan Wedderburn, a slick and debauched lawyer, and travels across continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella demands equality and liberation.'
Poor Things cast: Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe, Ramy Youssef, Christopher Abbott and Jerrod Carmichael.
Eileen - 8 December, 2023
Eileen is a psychological thriller film directed by William Oldroyd based on the novel of the same name written by Ottessa Moshfegh, who also contributed to the screenplay.
'In 1964 Massachusetts, a young secretary becomes enchanted by Rebecca, the glamorous new counsellor at the prison where she works. Their budding friendship soon takes a twisted turn when Rebecca reveals a dark secret.'
Eileen cast: Thomasin McKenzie, Shea Whigham, Marin Ireland, Owen Teague and Anne Hathaway.
The Boy and the Heron - 8 December, 2023
The Boy and the Heron is a Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. It was released in Japan in July and has already received critical acclaim.
'Mahito, a young 12-year-old boy, struggles to settle in a new town after his mother's death. However, when a talking heron informs Mahito that his mother is still alive, he enters an abandoned tower in search of her, which takes him to another world.'
The Boy and the Heron cast: Soma Santoki, Masaki Suda, Ko Shibasaki, Aimyon, Yoshino Kimura, Takuya Kimura, Kaoru Kobayashi, and Shinobu Otake.
End We Start From, The
2023 • 102 minutes