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 Have a look at the movie releases of this week. From 27th November to 4th December.

Macbeth

Release date: 4th December

After Roman Polanski’s 1971 version, Justin Kurzel’s screen rendering of “the Scottish play” by William Shakespeare is a spittle-flecked war film full of post-Braveheart mud, warpaint and Kurosawa-style heroic bloodshed. Michael Fassbender plays the future king of Scotland as a rugged warrior coming apart at the seams, his ancient anguish apparently born of very modern post-traumatic stress. There’s a talismanic family bereavement too, which places an aching emptiness at the centre of his marriage and further bolsters his hollow-eyed descent into hell. As a result, Marion Cotillard’s Lady Macbeth is more sympathetic than one might expect, a damaged partner in crime.  

Youth

Release date: 4th December

Fred (Michael Caine) and Mick (Harvey Keitel) are two old friends on vacation in a luxury Swiss Alps lodge as they ponder retirement. Mick is intent on finishing the screenplay for what may be his last important film for his muse Brenda (Jane Fonda), while Fred has no plans to resume his musical career despite the urging of his loving daughter Lena (Rachel Weisz). Set against a charming landscape of unforgettable sights and astonishing music, Youth asks if our most important and life-changing experiences can come at any time – even late – in life.  

Janis: Little Girl Blue

Release date: 27th November

Hollywood has long struggled to launch a definitive biopic dedicated to iconic singer-songwriter Janis Joplin, that three decades before Amy Winehouse, another dynamic, bluesy female vocalist, came to a tragic end at the rock world’s unlucky age, 27. Janis: Little Girl Blue, directed by Amy Berg, is only 92 minutes long, but it draws the audience into a magisterial biography; it’s electric, intimate and heartbreaking. The film suggests that there was a sadness, a costant shadow, that followed Janis Joplin, but at the same time she could be intensely joyful and one of the film’s revelations is that Janis the dissolute hippie, wrapping herself in feather boas and talking in ‘60s jive, was an artificial creation: a cover-up for the sophisticated, quietly articulate woman she really was.  

Life

Release date: 4th December

Life is a 2015 biographical drama film directed by Anton Corbijn and follows Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson), who works at the Magnum Photos Agency and got an assignment to shoot rising Hollywood star James Dean (Dane DeHaan), before the release of East of Eden. Friendship developed between them during the assignment, as the pair traveled from Los Angeles to New York to Indiana.  

The Danish girl

Release date: 27th November

In early 1920s Copenhagen, the illustrator and artist Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) asks her husband, Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne), to stand in for a female model. The popularity of the portraits leads to Gerda painting her husband in further pictures as a woman. The man develops an attraction for the female physical appearance and begins living as a woman named Lili Elbe. Ultimately Elbe becomes the first ever recipient of male to female sex reassignment surgery, and Gerda supports her decision, although their marriage becomes strained when Gerda comes to the realization that Lili is no longer the person she married.