Reel Reviewer Column: Batman returns to screens

Jason Day previews the latest cinema releases for February and March, including Robert Pattinson’s first outing as Batman and a return to Downton Abbey…

The movie industry is in awards season and the Golden Globes were held in January, with Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast scooping Best Motion Picture (drama).

The Globes are a strong predictor of Oscar wins, so all eyes will be on the Dolby Theatre in late March to see if Belfast strikes lucky again.

For now, here are the big movies out at cinemas over the next two months.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye (out on Fri 4 Feb)

Jessica Chastain has been busy posting cute social media of her leading role in this biopic of evangelist Tammy Faye.

Her moral stance was different to other evangelists, making her an unlikely gay rights ally.

Death on the Nile (Fri 11 Feb)

Branagh’s remake of Murder on the Orient Express was so-so but did great business at the box office.

It will be interesting to see if his version of the 1978 whodunnit will be an improvement, considering
how the original groaned at the seams with camp acting, ravishing locales and Peter Ustinov’s gut in his costumes.

Cyrano (Fri 25 Feb)

Update of the classic tale but, instead of the shy romantic having a large nose, Cyrano (Peter Dinklage) has dwarfism.

He’s in love with the beautiful, kindly Roxanne who loves another man. A gorgeous, light musical directed by Joe Wright.

The Batman (Fri 4 Mar)

Robert Pattinson assumes the caped crusader’s mantle from Christian Bale and deploys Bale’s growling, low-pitched voice to battle Zoe Kravitz/Cat Woman, Colin Farrell/Penguin and Paul Dano/Riddler.

Turning Red (Fri 11 Mar)

Disney Pixar animation about a girl who turns into a giant Red Panda whenever she gets excited, leading to some very strange encounters as she heads back to school in this typically fun and colourful production.

Downton Abbey 2 (Fri 18 Mar)

Downton goes on tour in a sequel with a novel approach about a franchise set around one location…by going overseas!

The crafty Dowager (Maggie Smith) had another lover in her past and he has bequeathed her a villa in the
south of France.

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

This feature was published in the February/March 2022 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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