One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest flies back to cinemas
13th April, 2017
New in cinemas this week is 1970s classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which is being re-released in certain cinemas in celebration of legendary actor Jack Nicholson's 80th birthday - and has also been re-certified as a 15, rather than the 18 it was previously. One of only three films to win all of the big five Oscars (Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Picture), this is a great opportunity to revisit what is regarded as one of the best films of all time on the big screen as it goes on tour around the country.
In terms of new releases, this week also sees the arrival of the latest entry into the unstoppable Fast & Furious franchise, providing another customarily over-the-top action extravaganza, and a film that's the polar-opposite in the shape of The Sense of an Ending, an affecting drama with a classy cast that sees old traumas dredged up among a group of aging friends.
Whichever you see, don't forget to leave us your reviews!
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 15 (16+)
Randal P. McMurphy is a long time criminal who has once again fallen foul of the law. Rather than face another stint in prison, he pleads insanity and is sent to a hospital for the mentally unstable. There McMurphy meets Nurse Ratched, the cold and oppressive figure in charge of his ward. As time passes, McMurphy is increasingly horrified at the abuse and inhumane treatment being inflicted on the other patients, encouraging them to join together and rise up against the nurse and the establishment behind her. This multi-Oscar winner is a true classic of the 1970s, featuring one of the most memorable villains in screen history; a career-defining performance from Jack Nicholson; and a spirit of defiant rebellion that remains inspirational.
Fast & Furious 8 12A (11+)
Director(s): F. Gary Gray
Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Jason Statham, Kurt Russell, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood, Chris Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel
Dom Toretto and his street racing crew looked to have put their illegal activities behind them, but Fast & Furious 8 sees him lured back into the criminal world. After being blackmailed into terrorist activities by a mysterious woman, Dom proceeds to betray his friends, who are in turn dragged back into a lifestyle they’d rather leave behind. As a result, the loyalties of the group are tested like never before, with Luke Hobbs doing everything within his power to recover his friend and put things right. The eighth film in the Fast & Furious series is full of typically fun and frantic action sequences, continuing the franchise’s trend for superbly constructed set pieces.
The Sense of an Ending 15 (14+)
Based on the novel by Julian Barnes, in which Tony Webster, a retired man, is sent a legal letter advising him he is to receive a diary from a close school friend, Adrian, who committed suicide many years earlier. Bringing up a painful episode in his past, in which he bitterly condemned Adrian for starting a relationship with his first girlfriend Veronica, Tony tries to work out why the diary has come to light so long after Adrian’s death, and why it has been left to him by Veronica’s mother, Sarah. Tentatively re-establishing contact with Veronica, despite her obvious disdain, Tony attempts to piece together the clues and establish where he fits into the complex circumstances surrounding the untimely death of his former best friend.Return to all posts
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