Cheerful animation 'Princess Emmy’ leads this week's new releases

20 Aug 2019 in New Releases

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princess emmy

Based on the popular children's book series, Princess Emmy makes her colourful debut on the big screen. 

Eight-year old Princess Emmy lives in a castle and can speak to horses, a gift passed down her royal family through a magical book that one of her relatives wrote. Her idyllic life, which consists of spending time with her family and a stable of twenty-four horses, is disrupted when her cousin Gizana comes to stay in preparation for Emmy's inauguration at a princess ball. The two young girls do not get along, especially when Gizana begins to question to Emmy's abilities as a princess and puts her ability to speak to horses at risk.

Also out in cinemas this week

Hail Satan?; Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark; Astro Kid

Controversy abounds in Hail Satan?, a lively political documentary from America that aims to showcase members of the Satanic Temple, a progressive movement which argues primarily for the separation of church and state. Despite its provocative title, Hail Satan? is a rich and enlightening documentary which looks at modern law and incites discussion around the place of religion in society and the ethics of activism.

Meanwhile, in a summer season that has seen plenty of well-received horror movies, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark rears its monstrous head. This 1960s-set, nostalgia-tinged tale of terror follows a group of teenagers as they unleash an evil spirit and fall prey to a host of spooky ghosts and ghouls.

Finally, Astro Kid is the animated story of Willy, the son of two astronauts, who finds himself stranded on a mysterious alien planet after his family's spaceship crashes on the way back to Earth. Using what he has learned from his parents, along with help from a little alien named Flash, Willy must trek across the planet and find his way home.

New to Order on DVD

Wonder Park

First up is CGI animation extravaganza Wonder Park, a film which embraces creativity in all its forms. 10-year-old June loses all her sense of wonder and inventiveness when her mother gets sick but, after being thrust into a fantastic theme park straight from her imagination, must gather her strength and creativity to save it from the villanous Chimpanzombies. 

Also out on DVD this week

Wild Rose; The Flood

Rising star Jessie Buckley stars in this Glasgow-set musical drama following Rose, a spirited and slightly frenzied young woman just out of prison, as she chases her dream of moving to America and becoming a country music star. Wild Rose is an entertaining and heartfelt film that notably highlights working-class families, unconventional motherhood and the role of music in self-discovery.

The Flood, meanwhile, deals with the important topic of immigration in the U.K. from a very human perspective. Immigration officer Wendy is tasked with a high-profile case that forces her to question her morals and her career whilst she deals with her own personal demons. Haile is a refugee who is forced to run from his home-country under the threat of death and we watch his dangerous journey unfold in parallel with the sterile scenes of his interview at the immigration centre.

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