Alice Burns finds out about recent film launches and the latest DVD releases

Slaughterhouse Rulez
Release Date: 31st October
Director: Crispian Mills
Starring: Simon Pegg, Micheal Sheen, Hermione Cornfield and Asa Butterfield
Certificate: 12A

In this unexpected mash-up somewhere between Shaun of the Dead and St Trinians, the illustrious and aptly named Slaughterhouse Boarding School becomes something of a bloodbath when an ominous sinkhole appears amongst its grounds. Set within range of a nearby fracking sight, horrors quickly begin to emerge for pupils and teachers alike when unspeakable monsters emerge from under the very ground they walk on. Students soon find themselves fighting not only among themselves in the notorious school hierarchies but fighting for their lives against the horrors released from the mysterious sinkhole. Will anyone leave school alive?

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Release Date: 2nd November
Director: Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnson
Starring: Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Mackenzie Foy and Jack Whitehall
Certificate: 12A

Inspired by the classic fairytale, Disney’s latest live action remake brings a host of festive magic to our screens with snow-covered treetops, armies of mice and gingerbread soldiers. After the death of her mother, young Clara is left a key, found at the end of a golden string. Following this string, Clara discovers a new world, which her very mother created. Together with her friend Phillip, the pair discover three of the four realms but it’s the ominous fourth which contains Clara’s key, hoarded by the tyrannical Mother Ginger. But can it be found? After all, it’s Christmas Eve, who knows what might happen?

Release Date: 29th October
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Starring: Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, Bobbi Kristina Brown, Marvin Gaye and Nelson Mandela
Certificate: 15

The most in-depth and personal documentary so far featuring what many people regard as one of the greatest voices of recent times. Telling the compelling and emotional story of Whitney Houston’s life, this biography features interviews and archive clips from her personal relationships as well as commentary from other iconic figures such as Marvin Gaye and Nelson Mandela. One of the most heralded women in the music industry, this film sheds new light on both the immense highs and lows of Houston’s colourful life and explores the ground-breaking impacts she had on the international music and cultural scenes.



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