'Jojo Rabbit' and 'Amanda' leads this week's new releases

02 Jan 2020 in New Releases

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Jojo Rabbit
Jojo Rabbit

Released in cinemas this week are two very different yet thought-provoking films - political satire Jojo Rabbit and French language drama Amanda

Directed by Taika Waititi, the filmmaker behind Hunt for the WilderpeopleJojo Rabbit re-imagines the end of World War Two in Nazi Germany. This is the comedic story of a ten year old boy whose imaginary friend happens to be none other than Adolf Hitler, but when he forms a friendship with a Jewish girl he starts to rethink everything he has been told. French drama Amanda, on the other hand, is a serious drama exploring alternative family units and parenting when a young man is faced with taking responsibility for his niece after his older sister is killed in a terrorist attack. 

Released in cinemas over the festive period

Little Women; Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker; Cats; Spies in Disguise

Greta Gerwig follows up her debut film (Lady Bird) with a much-anticipated adaptation of Little Women, a novel about the coming of age of three sisters in the aftermath of the American Civil War. Elsewhere, the final instalment in the nine-part space opera finally arrives in the form of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

For younger audiences and families, there's an adaptation of the popular cultural phenomenon Cats - a fantastical, somewhat barmy, take on Andrew Lloyd Webber's West End show of all-singing, all-dancing felines. There's also an animated comedy Spies in Disguise, which sees a flashy private detective unexpectedly turned into a pigeon by a young scientist with his latest spy gadget! 

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