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This week the UK gets a handful of great releases for all ages, so lets take a look at the movies hitting UK cinemas this week!


Pixar's latest family friendly adventure is the story of Arlo the Dinosaur who's on an adventure to find his parents, but on the way he forms an unlikely friendship with a human named Spot.

Should You Be Excited?

Pixar blew us all away earlier this year with the instant classic Inside Out, on almost every level Inside Out was a triumph but can The Good Dinosaur make a similar impact? From reviews it sounds like The Good Dinosaur is yet another great film from Pixar but won't be in the top 5 of their films. Beautifully animated and wonderful for kids, The Good Dinosaur sounds like a more straightforward tale with a lot of heart. I haven't yet seen The Good Dinosaur unfortunately but I'm planning to this weekend, so my review should be up on Saturday! The Good Dinosaur hits cinemas Friday November 27th in 2D and 3D.


Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks collaborate for this Cold War political thriller. Tom Hanks plays an American lawyer recruited to defend a Soviet spy in court and then assist the CIA in exchanging the spy for their American spy pilot captured by Soviets.

Should You Be Excited?

Currently Bridge Of Spies sits at 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is very impressive yet not at all surprising. Spielberg in my opinion is the finest director we've ever had and some of his best films have been with Tom Hanks in the lead, pair that with a script written by the Coen Brothers and it's a recipe for success. I'm seeing Bridge Of Spies tonight (Thursday 26th) and my review should be up a couple of hours after I see the film. Bridge Of Spies hits cinemas today, Thursday 26th November.


Johnny Depp stars as the infamous James 'Whitey' Bulger in this South Boston crime thriller directed by Scott Cooper. The story is told through a series of interviews with Whitey's former allies and tells the story of Whitey's alliance with the FBI to take down a rival Mob family invading his turf.

Should You Be Excited?

Black Mass hit UK cinemas last night but I did have the chance to see it a month ago and enjoyed what I saw. It wasn't the Best Picture contender I was hoping for but it did have a lot of excellent moments and the performances around the board are fantastic, most notably Johnny Depp in the lead. Depp is unlike you've ever seen him before, he's terrifying. You can check out my full review here. Black Mass is worth seeing for the performances alone! The movie is in cinemas now.


Academy Award Winner Cate Blanchett and Nominee Rooney Mara star together in this romantic drama that is sure to be a serious Oscar contender. Mara plays a store clerk with ambitions of a better life who falls for an older, married woman played by Blanchett.

Should You Be Excited?

I am dying to see Carol but unfortunately it's not playing at my local cinema, but I'm willing to travel because this looks fantastic. Blanchett is in my top 3 working actresses, she blows me away in almost every role and is only getting better with age proven by 2013's Blue Jasmine for which she won an Oscar. Mara is also a very talented actress under the right direction, her performances especially when working with David Fincher on The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo for which she was nominated are excellent. Carol is in cinemas Friday 27th November.


What movie are you most excited for this weekend?

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