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

Release Date: 8th February
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Ian McKellen, Kathryn Wilder and Lolita Chakrabarti
Certificate: 12A

Think you know William Shakespeare? This fascinating biopic starring three Academy Award winners and nominees tells the story of one of the most well-loved playwrights of all time. Revealing the compelling narrative of Shakespeare’s later years, the film explores the Bard’s life back in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, having returned from London after decades of literary and social success, including numerous performances for royalty. In his older age, Shakespeare reflects upon his lifetime achievements, but how does this all fit back in with life and family back home once he has retired? What happens after the curtain falls?

Release Date: 8th March
Director: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, Gemma Chan and Jude Law
Certificate: 12A

The most anticipated Marvel release of the year, Captain Marvel (Catherine Danvers played by Brie Larson) becomes one of the most powerful defenders of the universe when earth is caught in the midst of an inter-galactic war between two alien forces. Set in the 1990s, this all-new empowering action adventure explores a period in modern history previously unexplored in the Marvel universe. With a host of returning familiar faces, Captain Marvel offers a new take on the typical heroic battlefield, with the hope of empowering women internationally, inspiring a new generation of superheroes.

Release Date: 11th February
Director: Bradley Cooper
Starring: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Dave Chappelle and Alec Baldwin
Certificate: 15

Bradley Cooper stars as seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers struggling start-up Ally (Gaga) attempting to get her voice heard amongst the crowded music scene. Jackson falls in love with Ally, and as their personal relationship blossoms on and off stage, things gradually begin to pick up for Ally. Having been coaxed into the spotlight by Jackson, Ally’s seizes her moment and her career soars. However, in spite of their success, the personal side of their relationship begins to break down, and Jackson finds himself battling personal demons in this classic retelling of the fight for love and success in an increasingly pressurised industry.



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