'Jumanji: The Next Level' leads this week's new releases

13 Dec 2019 in New Releases

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Jumanji: The Next Level
Jumanji: The Next Level

Building on the success of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, this sequel reunited us with action star Dwayne Johnson and an excellent cast of comedic actors to take the Jumanji series to the next level.

Spencer, Martha, Bethany and Fridge have moved on with their lives after their adventures in the previous film, but with Spencer and Martha's long-distance relationship on a break, he's struggling to maintain the confidence and strength he found as Dr. Bravestone in the video game world of Jumanji. To regain that feeling, Spencer decides to travel back into the game, with his friends following suit to rescue him... only the group of teens aren't the only ones to get sucked into the game!

Also out in cinemas this week

Citizen K; Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles

Citizen K tells the story of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once believed to be the wealthiest man in Russia. and now emerging as an unlikely adversary to the reign of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Gibney presents this story with enough clarity that anyone with even a passing interest in history or politics will find themselves sucked into this remarkable and ongoing story of one man's turbulent life.

Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles is another fascinating documentary, this time taking a deep dive into one of the most well-loved and successful musicals in Broadway history, Fiddler on the Roof. The film explores the political climate of the time and the defiance of a musical that centred a marginalised community, as well as its themes of race, gender and sexuality.

New to DVD this week

Dora and the Lost City of Gold

This live-action reboot of  popular children's television animation Dora the Explorer follows an inquisitive and energetic Latina teenager who has been raised in the depths of the Amazon Rain-forest by her explorer parents alongside her pet monkey, Boots.

When Dora and three of her classmates, including her cousin Diego, are captured and discover that her parents have also been kidnapped, they resolve to track them down through the jungle and uncover the mysterious 'Lost City of Gold'. This charming children's adventure film contains themes of family, exploration and learning how to be yourself.

Also new to DVD this week

Blinded by the Light; Uglydolls

American music and British politics collide in Blinded by the Light, a coming-of-age drama about an English-born Pakistani teenager who discovers the music of Bruce Springsteen, finding the inspiration he so craves. Set against the backdrop of Britain in the turbulent 1980s, when racism and xenophobia was dividing the nation, this is an uplifting musical comedy with key themes around community, growing up and cultural differences.

Uglydolls, meanwhile, is another film about identity and self belief but much more suited to younger audiences. Based on the plush toys of the same name, this musical animation takes place in Uglyville, a town where faulty and strange-looking dolls are left behind. With lively musical numbers, this story about embracing your imperfections, offers a great place to discuss anti-bullying, self-esteem and mental wellbeing with younger students.

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