Silver screenings

In the mood for a movie? Or just a dark place to fill your face with a tub of popcorn? Whatever your motivation, there are plenty of reasons to hit the cinema this winter. Here are some top picks for the months ahead

Silver screenings
A Star is Born
Out now

The fourth – fourth! – A Star is Born in movie history, this one has Bradley Cooper writing, directing and co-starring alongside one Stefani Germanotta. Yep, Lady Gaga is starring as a country musician heading for the big leagues. Could a new movie star be about to be born?

Bad Times at the El Royale
Out now

With its Tarantino-y vibe and still-mysterious plot, this hotel-based thriller should pique your interest. The cast is A-class (Chris Hemsworth, Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson) and its writer-director, Drew Goddard, has pedigree. Turn to page 61 for Time Out’s verdict.

First Man

Out now
Ryan Gosling is getting Oscar buzz for his turn as grieving moon-conqueror Neil Armstrong in this reunion with La La Land director Damien Chazelle, but look out too for Claire Foy as Armstrong’s wife, Janet. Expect Gravity-like thrills – and tears too.

Out now
Just in time for Halloween – they know what they’re doing, these movie people – this new take on the John Carpenter classic reunites Michael Myers with original scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode. Intriguingly, indie doyen David Gordon Green is directing.

Bohemian Rhapsody
November 1
Long and troubled in the making, this Queen origin story could just silence the doubters. American actor Rami Malek is bold casting as Freddie Mercury but judging by the trailers, he’s nailed the shy Mercury’s charisma on stage and hedonism off it – not to mention those gnashers.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
November 17

Evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) is in custody. But guess what? He’s escaped again. A young Dumbledore (Jude Law) and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) have to team up to nab him before he wizards up some kind of apocalypse.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web
November 8

Claire Foy (The Crown) is Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker in this Swedish-American crime thriller directed by Fede Álvarez. Teaming up with an investigative journalist, they find themselves caught up in a network of cyber spies, criminals and corrupt government officials.

Ralph Breaks the Internet
November 22
Six years on from saving the arcade from Turbo, the Sugar Rush game breaks down and Ralph and Vanellope must travel to the internet through the arcade’s new wi-fi router in order to save it and all the characters living within it.

Creed 2
November 29
With the help of Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), Adonis Creed (Michael B Jordan) faces the son of the Russian boxer who killed his father in the ring in 1985’s Rocky IV.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
December 13
Set in an alternate universe to Sony’s other Spider-Man entries, but introducing a shared multiverse (the mind boggles), this animated Spider-Man movie follows the classic mold. Ish. Miles Morales is a high school student who is forced to juggle homework with superhero responsibilities once he’s brought into the Spider-Man multiverse – where more than one Spider-Man can exist.

December 20

We’ve met DC’s aquatic superhero already in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the poorly received Justice League, but for all that film’s flaws, you couldn’t point the fishy finger of blame at Jason Momoa. The brawny star had almost no chance to strut his stuff in either. Here’s hoping the Atlantean gets a fair shake of the trident in a solo outing that has him battling against polluting humans.

Mary Poppins Returns
December 27
Emily Blunt looks like the perfect choice to fill Julie Andrews’ lace-up boots in Disney’s new take on the supernatural nanny. Would you trust this lady with your children? Probably not. Would you take them to see cinema’s most unusual childcare specialist (apologies, Nanny McPhee) casting another spell alongside the likes of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep... and, yes, the original’s cheeky kinda-cockney Dick Van Dyke? Oh yes.

December 20
Centred around the character from the Transformers series, this prequel to the films – set 20 years before 2007’s Transformers, in 1987 – sees Bumblebee take refuge in a small town, befriending a young girl named Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld). The pair find themselves on the run, where they learn Bumblebee might not be the only Transformer on the planet.

Alita: Battle Angel
December 20

This cyberpunk action fare, produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau, stars Rosa Salazar and Christoph Waltz as the cyborg heroine, Alita, and the scientist who looks after her. Created during a period of despair, Alita comes under threat when a new age of cyborgs discover her existence.

Don’t miss

Hunter Killer
Imagine a mash-up of 1990s submarine action movies Crimson Tide and The Hunt For Red October. Now imagine it has Gerard Butler boorishly chewing the scenery as the lead. That’s what we’re looking at with Hunter Killer. It looks absolutely terrible, in the best possible way.
Out now

Writer-director Steve McQueen has rounded up a posse of strong ladies for this thriller set in Detroit. With Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo and Elizabeth Debicki tooling up for a heist, it should be near the top of your must-see list.
November 22

Dario Argento’s 1977 original is a stone-cold masterpiece, but director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) is bringing something weird and wonderful to this new take on the horror film. He’s got Radiohead’s Thom Yorke doing the soundtrack too.
November 8

Robin Hood
Brit actor Taron Egerton (Kingsman) stars as the titular character in this contemporary retelling of the classic Sherwood legend, with Jamie Foxx playing partner in crime Little John. Expect plenty of thrills and explosive battle scenes from the action duo. Here’s hoping they bring their own distinct swagger to the reboot.
November 22

Mortal Engines
This mega-budget fantasy adventure is based on a quartet of YA books by Philip Reeve, lending it the kind of built-in fanbase that studios dream about. It’s produced by Peter Jackson (his Lord of the Rings visual effects master Christian Rivers directs), so spectacle is guaranteed. Oh, and did we mention that it’s all set on moving cities? Climb aboard.
December 6

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