New films out in the UK this weekend

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A list of the new films being released across the UK, from Friday 6 November 2015. Use the Find Any Film website for details of which cinema nearest you will show these films.

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Brief EncounterBrief Encounter poster

Celia Johnson’s middle class housewife dithers at a train station and gets a bit of dirt in her eye. Cue Trevor Howard who helps her and an oh so very British sexual/non-sexual affair develops. A classic of British WWII cinema. Showing at key cities only, see the Park Circus website for details of where.

BrooklynBrooklyn poster

Sight & Sound carried an interesting obituary of Maureen O’Hara recently, praising the hard work Saoirse Ronan has put in to her own fiery, passionate Irish colleen in this film, portrayed so memorably on screen in the past by Ms O’Hara. Ronan moves from small town Ireland to Brooklyn where, unlike home, she develops a career and falls in love with an Italian-American. When a family tragedy brings her back to Ireland, she finds herself absorbed into her old community, but now with eligible Jim (Domhnall Gleeson) courting her. As she repeatedly postpones her return to America, Eilis finds herself confronting a terrible dilemma – a heart-breaking choice between two men and two countries. Screening across almost all UK cinema screens, the official site has a bit more info.

See our review for more.

BurntBurnt poster

I shouldn’t pre-judge before seeing the whole film, but from the trailer this Bradley Cooper starring foodie-crisis drama seems glibly self indulgent and facile. Chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) had it all – and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he’ll need the best of the best on his side.

Perhaps the proof of the pudding is in the eating…see the official Facebook page for more. Showing across just about every UK cinema screen.

The Closer We GetThe Closer We Get poster

Autobiographical drama from director Karen Guthrie as she returns home to care for her mother who has suffered a stroke. Compounding this is her errant father Ian, long since separated from his wife and whose presence disrupts this family ‘reunion’. Winner of the Best International Feature award at ‘Hot Docs’ in Toronto, this will be showing on a limited run only, see the official website for screening locations and other details.

He Named Me MalalaHe_Named_Me_Malala_Poster

Time for one of my ‘admissions’, but I’m a bit of a fan (if that is the correct term) of the wonderful and inspiring women’s education right’s activist Malala Yousafzai. I cheered when she won the Nobel Peace Prize last year.

Documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, 2006 and Waiting for Superman, 2010) shows us how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide. The film gives us an inside glimpse into this extraordinary young girl’s life – from her close relationship with her father who inspired her love for education, to her impassioned speeches at the UN, to her everyday life with her parents and brothers.

See our review for more.

Kill Your FriendsKill-Your-Friends poster

Britpop drama with Nicholas Hoult starring as a successful music man who, when the hits start to dry up, resorts to ever more extreme methods to continue his career. See the official Facebook page for more details. This will have a wide release; check Find Any Film for your nearest cinema.

Microbe & Gasoline

Two teenagers make their own vehicle and go on a road-trip, in this French comedy co-Microbe_et_Gasoil_posterstarring Audrey Tatou. No official website, so use IMDb for the finer details. On a limited run only, so catch it while you can by using Find Any Film.

The RunnerThe Runner poster

Set following the BP oil spill in 2010, a flawed but idealistic politician (Nicholas Cage) is forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal. Showing at key cities only, so use Find Any Film to find out which ones. The official Facebook page contains more information.

Scouts Guide to the Zombie ApocalypseSCOUTS-GUIDE-TO-THE-ZOMBIE-APOCALYPSE

I saw a very funny trailer for this ‘teens take on zombies’ comedy/horror the other day. On that basis alone this looks worth a viewing. As it’s at showing just about every place across the UK, it shouldn’t be too difficult to arrange either. The official website has that trailer.

See our review for more.

The Sweet Escape

It’s clearly the week for French road movies, although this one is set on a river as a fifty-Comme_un_avion_postersomething man (Bruno Podalydès) builds a kayak and sets off on a trip of unexpected encounters. On a limited run, see Find Any Film for your nearest screening cinema.

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