Out this week
* Dance Fever by Florence and the Machine: The English indie rock band’s fifth album; comes after 2018’s High as Hope; includes the singles ‘King’, ‘Heaven Is Here’, ‘My Love’, and ‘Free’.
* Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar: Fifth album by the American rapper; follows 2017’s Damn; led by the single ‘The Heart Part 5’.
* Operation Mincemeat (starring Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Penelope Wilton, Johnny Flynn, Jason Isaacs) – war drama; during the Second World War, British intelligence officers use a corpse and false papers to deceive German troops.
* Firestarter (starring Zac Efron, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Sydney Lemmon) – horror, based on the 1980 Stephen King novel; after a young girl (Armstrong) develops pyrokinesis, her father (Efron) must protect her from those who want to capture and control her.
* Senior Year (starring Rebel Wilson, Justin Hartley, Sam Richardson, Zoë Chao) – comedy; after missing her senior prom due to being in a 20-year coma, a 37 year old (Wilson) re-enrols in school with the dream of becoming prom queen.
* Sneakerella (starring Chosen Jacobs, Lexi Underwood) – musical comedy, re-imagining of Cinderella; aspirant sneaker designer (Jacobs) falls for the daughter (Underwood) of a basketball star.
Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson
* Born on 13th May 1986 in London, England.
* Is the youngest of three children; has two older sisters, Elizabeth and Victoria.
* Started playing the guitar and piano when he was a child.
* Worked as a model in his teens.
* Began his film career by portraying Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) before earning global recognition for playing Edward Cullen in The Twilight Saga film series (2008–2012).
* Has since appeared in movies including Remember Me (2010), Water for Elephants (2011), Cosmopolis (2012), The Lost City of Z (2016), Good Time (2017), High Life (2018), The Lighthouse (2019), Tenet (2020), and The Batman (2022).
* Upcoming projects include the as-yet untitled film based on Edward Ashton’s science-fiction novel Mickey7.
* Has been in a relationship with model Suki Waterhouse since 2018.
Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Björk, Willem Dafoe
Director: Robert Eggers
Tagline: Conquer your fate.
* Historical fiction epic; a Viking prince (Skarsgård) sets out on a quest to avenge the murder of his father.
* Based on the Scandinavian legend of Amleth.
* Is primarily set in 914 CE during the early settlement of Iceland.
* Has made around $50 million on a budget of $70–90 million.
* Has received critical acclaim, with critics praising the visuals, intensity, and atmosphere.
* Bill Skarsgård (Alexander’s brother) was set to appear in the movie but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts; he was replaced by Gustav Lindh.
* Score composed by Robin Carolan, Sebastian Gainsborough.