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New films screening at Cineworld

Gravity

Feature by Jack Foley

FILM fans are in for a treat as the autumn begins to kick in. Whether it’s a blockbuster spectacle, awards contenders or one-off events, there’s something for everyone.

New films screening at Cineworld, for instance, include Alfonso Cuaron’s stunning Gravity, which has already been hailed by James Cameron as one of the best science fiction films of all time. Technically stunning, the film stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as a pair of astronauts who find themselves stranded in space when a shower of debris destroys their shuttle.

If you can, see it in IMAX, otherwise seek out the biggest screen possible. Even the 3D is amazing!

Beyond that, Marvel’s superheroes return with Thor: The Dark World, while there’s more blockbuster spectacle from keenly anticipated Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, which is due in November.

Also in November, the world’s longest running sci-fi series, Doctor Who, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an explosive anniversary episode.

Shot in 3D, The Day of The Doctor stars Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman with Billie Piper and John Hurt. The action packed adventure reveals that the Doctor has a dangerous past and will also be shown in cinemas, including Cineworld screens in Shaftesbury Avenue, Wandsworth, West India Quay, Fulham Road, Hammersmith and at the O2 Greenwich.

The Day of The Doctor (certificate PG) will be shown on November 23, 2013.

Other one-off events likely to generate interest include a screening of Frankenstein (starring Jonny Lee Miller as the Creature), to mark the 50th anniversary celebrations of The National Theatre, on November 21.

And a showing of The Nutcracker on December 12 as part of the Royal Ballet Live.

If awards contenders are your thing, then there’s plenty to choose from as the BAFTA and Oscar campaigns begin to heat up.

Tom Hanks is on career-best form in Paul Greengrass’s Captain Phillips, the true story of the kidnapping of an American shipping captain by Somali pirates. The film is on general release now.

Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan are also generating some awards buzz for Stephen Frears’ Philomena, another true story focusing on the attempts by a woman to be reunited with the son she was forced to give up by nuns as a young woman. This expertly combines heartbreaking drama with some very funny comedy.

Saving Mr Banks finds Emma Thompson on top form, playing Mary Poppins author PL Travers’. The film chronicles the attempts by Walt Disney (played by that man Tom Hanks again) to bring Mary Poppins to the big screen… something that its author was reluctant to do. The film also stars Colin Farrell and Ruth Wilson and opens on November 29 – although there will also be a Cineworld Unlimited Exclusive Show on November 11.

If that’s not enough, then we’d also recommend Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 and Turbo for the kids, Drinking Buddies and Don Jon as two great alternative date movies (capable of appealing to the boys as well as the girls), Prisoners as one of the best thrillers of the year, Sunshine on Leith for some musical satisfaction, and Parkland for a fascinating insight into the assassination of John F Kennedy (being released to mark its 50th anniversary) as seen from the perspective of the people involved on the day (including Lee Harvey Oswald’s brother).