Reel Reviewer Column: The origins of The King’s Man

Jason Day previews the new cinema releases in September, including the Kingsman prequel…

The Longest Day is an apt film title to describe the wait for cinemas to open again after the ‘pandemic pause’.

You could also use The Longest Wait, Long Time No See, The Last Picture Show and countless others.

But let’s not gripe and be thankful!

The Lady in the Portrait (out on September 4)

The true-life tale of a Frenchman who painted a Chinese Empress (Bing Bing Fan).

Her exalted position means she struggles to express herself, but working with the painter helps her. The final result looks as pretty as a picture.

La Haine (September 11)

Classic French urban thriller. It covers 24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot.

It’s a searing, gritty piece and burns into the memory – catch it if you can at your nearest indie cinema.

Our Ladies (September 11)

Set in Scotland, this drama follows six young women after they finish High School, when the world’s your oyster and you can be anything… and you also discover sex and romance!

The Roads Not Taken (September 11)

A movie from acclaimed director Sally Potter (Orlando) is a rarity and to be welcomed.

This starry drama (Elle Fanning, Javier Bardem, Laura Linney) follows a day in the life of Leo (Bardem) and his daughter Molly (Fanning) as he floats through alternate lives he could have lived, leading Molly to consider her future.

The King’s Man (September 16)

No Taron Egerton for the third Kingsman movie, but Matthew Vaughan returns as director and co-writer (sans Jane Goldman, the other half of this dynamic screenwriting duo).

The first two films weren’t classics but they were huge fun due in part to Egerton’s energy.

At the MK Gallery…

No movies for September, but the Gallery is hostinga Saturday Studio each weekend.

This has artist-led activities to explore, question and create whilst working together as a family: www.
mkgallery.org/whats-on/saturday-studio/

You can read more in-depth reviews from Jason by following him on Twitter: @Reelreviewer

This feature was published in the September 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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