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Crowd-pleasing films are exactly what cinemas exist for and this year has seen a host of new releases that fit this description, with September being no different. The classic murder mystery, usually more popular on television, is seeing a big-screen revival at the moment and a new, London-set, thriller continues this trend. Alongside this is a delightful new animation, an adrenaline-pumping documentary from Scotland and an experimental documentary on one of music's most intriguing icons.
With the glamourous world of British theatre providing a sordid backdrop full of charismatic and eccentric characters, this comedic murder mystery is an entertaining portal into a bygone era with an emphasis on the history of the London theatre scene. In the post-war era of 1950s London, the entertainment industry is booming. However, the plans for a movie version of a hit new play are suddenly derailed when an important member of the crew is murdered in the West End. Looking to crack the case are the world-weary Inspector Stoppard and the enthusiastic, but inexperienced Constable Stalker, who both suddenly finding themselves thrust into a puzzling and remarkable whodunnit.
This third installment of the popular Spanish animated series launches a race against time across the world, bringing the topics of ancient history, mythology and archaeology to life. Tad Jones has finally achieved his dream of becoming a real archaeologist, proudly supported by his friends Sara, a fellow explorer, and Mummy, a hilarious undead guardian of an ancient civilization. But after discovering a long-lost sarcophagus in Mexico, Tad manages to accidentally destroy it, unleashing an ancient shape-shifting spell upon Mummy. Even his dog Jeff and Sara's pet parrot Belzoni get caught up on the havoc of the curse, and the Mummy comes face-to-face with one of his own. Tad sets off on an adventure that will take him from the famous Louvre gallery in Paris to the pyramids of Egypt to try and save the mummy.
Fresh off a hugely successful festival run, Ride the Wave is an impactful and relatable documentary for young people with themes around anti-bullying, family, and finding what you love to do in life. At the start of this story Ben Larg is 12 years old and already the under-18 surfing champion in Scotland. He lives on the remote isle of Tiree with his parents but travels to compete in surfing contests around the world, meeting new people and experiencing different cultures. While Ben's parents are supportive of his pursuits, he sometimes clashes with his dad who becomes frustrated if Ben isn't trying his hardest. Instead of pursuing competitions, Ben decides that what he really wants to do is to ride a particularly challenging and dangerous wave in Ireland, and so dedicates his training towards achieving that goal over the next three years.
Considered one of the most creative and groundbreaking artists of all time, David Bowie's legacy can effortlessly be found in pop music, fashion, and even shifting cultural values. This cinematic documentary uses archive footage to dive into Bowie's past to explore just what made him so unique and fascinating to fans, both old and new. Featuring experimental video art, performances and some of his iconic interviews, the film focuses mostly on his public persona, somewhat fitting for such a private star, and the impact this had during the 1970s, at a time of significant changes in society. Narrated by Bowie himself, the film is a musical journey into his colorful life and outlook on the world around him.
Playing as part of the Into Film Festival 2022 later this year, this coming-of-age road movie is a journey of growth, raw but tender and full of hope, exploring topics including family and LGBTQ+ issues. Link is a downtrodden but feisty teenager, his bleached-blonde hair a testimony to his estrangement from his Mi'kmaq indigenous Canadian roots. He escapes from an abusive father, setting out with his little half-brother in search of a mother who had abandoned him. On the road they meet Pasmay, a dancer who performs in pow wows, gatherings in which Native American people honor their centuries-old cultures. Pasmay too is estranged from his family, due to their rejection of his sexual identity. As the boys travel through the Mi'kmaq territories of Nova Scotia, Link's hardened character thaws in learning about self-acceptance and his heritage.
A film list exploring the evolution of 3D/CGI animation.
Suitable forAll ages
No. of films11
Made by Jacob in Cheshire, 'Foil' is a superb stop-motion animation that sees a small man made of foil wake up to explore his newfound surroundings.
Viewing time 8 mins
A film list that celebrates the power of music to express identity and bring people together.
Suitable forAll ages
No. of films23
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