Alice Burns takes a look at the latest blockbusters, ready-to-stream films, Netflix exclusives and DVD releases
Release Date: 3rd November
Director: Philippa Lowthorpe
Starring: Keira Knightley, Jessie Buckley, Keeley Hawes, Suki Waterhouse and Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Set amidst the dizzying heights of beauty pageants, this British comedy-drama follows the events of the 1970 Miss World competition set in London and hosted by American comedian (and patriarch) Bob Hope. In an unexpected diversion from the Swedish favourite to win, the show saw Jennifer Hosten representing Granada crowned Miss World – the first black woman ever to do so. This same event, watched by over 100 million viewers worldwide, also saw the public rise to fame of the Women’s Liberation Movement who disrupted the live broadcast of the event and propelled the feminist movement onto the global stage.
Bill and Ted Face the Music
Release Date: 10th November
Director: Dean Parisot
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Kristen Schaal and Samara Weaving
Continuing on from the 1989 original, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill and Ted are back. This time, the mysterious ruler of the future commands the two wannabe rock star legends to come up with a new hit song in order to save the current universe as we know it. If they fail, all hell breaks loose. However, with a serious case of writer’s block, the pair struggle to compose the one-hit-wonder that’s needed. Rather than working even harder, the pair decide to travel through time to steal the song – from their future selves. Meanwhile, their two daughters realise their fathers’ ill-conceived plans and devise their own musical scheme instead.
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square
Release Date: 22nd November
Director: Debbie Allen
Starring: Dolly Parton, Christine Baranski, Jenifer Lewis and Treat Williams
Dolly Parton is the self-titled angel in this new festive musical, sitting somewhere between It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol. Netflix’s seasonal offering provides a tinsel-wrapped bundle of song and holiday spirit. The story follows the cold-hearted Regina Fuller (Baranski) who attempts to sell the land of her local town to a mall developer, evicting the entire area and all its residents right in the middle of the Christmas period. Just in the nick of time, Parton arrives as an angel, to change Fuller’s Scrooge-like mindset and restore congeniality back in time for Christmas.