While the weather is cold and wet we always think it’s the perfect time to get to the cinema. Fortunately Hull is blessed with some great places to check out movies, so here’s a look at some of this week’s highlights…

Blockbusters

Darkest Hour – Out Now

There are Oscar rumblings for Gary Oldman’s performance as Winston Churchill (and about time we’d say), buoyed by his recent Golden Globe win. But there’s more than just Oldman to this story of some of Britain’s darkest times. Set in May 1940 it’s played as a political thriller, with Churchill battling against not only the Nazis but also the politicians in parliament who want to bring him down.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Out Now

There are some of us in the office that are getting a little bit giddy about this one. Director Martin McDonagh’s previous movies (Seven Psychopaths and the magnificent In Bruge) have been absolute triumphs, and with the addition of the Oscar winning Frances McDormand hopes (and award chances) are high with this one. Described as a ‘pitch black drama comedy’ it’s the tale of a mother’s search for justice after the brutal murder of her daughter, and the chaos it causes in small town America.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Out Now

To be honest, as soon as we see Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson on a film poster, we’re pretty much sold. He has the ability to make (almost) any film entertaining just by sheer charisma. Add in Jack Black, Karen Gillan and Kevin Hart, stir in a sprinkle of 90s magic (it’s a re-imagining of a slightly forgotten Robin Williams adventure) and bring it bang up to date with some incredible special effects and tongue-in-cheek humour and we reckon you’re onto a winner.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Out Now

Chances are, you’ve probably seen this already. If you haven’t, you probably should – it’s definitely worth checking out on the big screen. It’s polarised opinions, but we reckon that makes it all the more important to see it for yourself and make your own mind up.

Independent

Sometimes it’s nice to see something a bit more thought provoking, from outside the big money Hollywood studios. That’s where Hull Independent Cinema comes in, screening some wonderful gems of movies from all over the world.

Thelma – Thursday 18 Jan, 19.30, VUE

Described as a Norwegian Carrie, Thelma is both sexy and scary as a young student who has recently left home discovers that she has strange powers linked to her sexuality.

Blade of the Immortal – Thursday 15 Feb, 19.30, VUE

Takashi Miike must be one of the most prolific directors in cinema with over 100 movies to his name, but there’s a huge buzz around his Samurai epic Blade of the Immortal. Full of epic battle scenes and Miike’s trademark black humour and gore it begs to be seen on the big screen.