Staying In – April 22

Arts & Culture

Staying in with Adam Gunton

The Lost City  

Released: 22 April

Sandra Bullock plays a novelist, famous for her adventure novels and Channing Tatum plays the handsome model who’s always on the front cover of her books. But when she’s kidnapped by a billionaire (played by Daniel Radlcliffe) who’s convinced she can help him find a real lost city, Channing tries to embody the hero he portrays on the covers and attempts to go and rescue her. It’s like if Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw tried to do an Indiana Jones – the potential for hilarity is high.

Downton Abbey:
A New Era 

Released: 29 April

It’s the second big screen outing for the Downton Abbey lot. Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith) has inherited a lovely villa in the South of France and it’s perfect timing as these aristocrats are probably feeling very tired and need a lovely holiday and a bit of sun. If you’re a Downton Abbey fan, you’re in for a treat and if you’re not, you’ve probably not bothered reading this far and that’s fair enough.

The Northman  

Released: 15 April 

Director Robert Eggers, the visionary behind the haunting horrors The Witch and The Lighthouse, brings us a new film that combines the tension of his previous work with dramatic action. A young Viking prince witnesses his father’s (Ethan Hawke) murder at the hands of his uncle and is forced to flee his home. Years late, the prince (played by Alexander Skarsgård) makes it his life’s goal to avenge his father and rescue his mother (Nicole Kidman) and kill his uncle. Also starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Björk and Willem Dafoe, The Northman won’t be an easy watch, but you won’t be able to look away.

The unbearable weight

of massive talent  

Released: 22 April

In this action comedy, Nicolas Cage plays Nicolas Cage. Yep, you read that right. The story follows a cash-strapped Cage whose career has taken a downward turn and agrees to make a paid appearance at a billionaire super fan’s birthday party. The twist? Cage has agreed to be an informant for the CIA since the billionaire fan is a drug kingpin. What could go wrong? Expect lots of Nicolas Cage memes, jokes and tropes to come to life in what claims to be the most Nicolas Cage film ever.

The Bad Guys  

Released: 1 April

In films where the characters are animals, the bad guys are always the same sorts of animals aren’t they? Wolves, sharks, spiders, snakes etc. This bunch of animals decide to shake the status quo and go straight and become good. But stereotypes can be hard to shake, and things don’t go to plan. Featuring the voice talents of Sam Rockwell, Awkafina and Richard Ayoade, this is sure to be one of those animations that has something for children and adults alike.

Did you know?

Remember that famous scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark when the swordsman shows off his skills with the sword just be quickly gunned down by Indiana Jones? The sequence was originally written as a long fight scene but at the time of filming, Harrison Ford and a lot of the film’s crew were sick with dysentery. To avoid everyone filming such a taxing scene, Ford suggested that Indy just “shoot the sucker” instead. Director Steven Spielberg gave it the okay resulting in one of the most iconic film scenes of all time!

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