Alice Burns finds out about recent film launches and the latest DVD releases
Release Date: 14th February
Director: Autumn de Wilde
Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Josh O’Connor, Bill Nighy, Miranda Hart and Johnny Flynn
A new decade, and a new retelling of Jane Austen’s beloved comedy. Emma Woodhouse is handsome, clever and rich. A devastating combination of assets which leaves her miles ahead of everyone else and impossibly difficult to live up to – in her eyes, at least. A restless queen bee in the hive of her small-town home, Emma must learn to navigate the difficult path to happiness amidst confusion and mishaps from a plethora of unexpected sources. A self-proclaimed matchmaker and overseer of general happiness, Emma soon realises that true happiness blossoms when least expected – even without her intervention.
Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Release Date: 7th February
Directors: Cathy Yan
Starring: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor and Bojana Novakovic
Move aside Joker, this is the retelling of events from Harley Quinn’s side. When the notorious villain Roman Sionis and his henchman Zsasz move on their next target, a young girl called Cass, the city descends into chaos during the hunt-down. Unexpectedly Harley teams up with Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya and these antiheroes work together to take down Sionis and his team. Sionis doesn’t know it yet but he’ll soon find out, Harley’s the one they should be scared of – the Joker was just for starters.
Black and Blue
Release Date: 2nd March
Director: Deon Taylor
Starring: Naomi Harris, Frank Grillo, Mike Colter, Nafessa Williams and Tyrese Gibson
New into the New Orleans police force, rookie cop Alicia West (Naomi Harris) inadvertently captures the murder of a young drug dealer on her body cam. The problem? Two corrupt police officers are guilty of the murder. After realising the identity of the policemen responsible, West teams up with the only person from the community who will help her deliver justice. Only now, the pair are hunted down by the very forces they set up to defend, with the bent coppers determined to delete the incriminating footage whatever the cost. Does the truth always set you free? Or does it make you a target?