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3 new movies that will inspire you to greatness this week

Written by High Life North
Published 26.01.2021

By Christopher Kingston



Vanessa Kirby – best known for playing a young Princess Margaret in The Crown – stars in this searingly-intense drama, in which she plays Martha: a young woman whose life threatens to fall apart after a planned home birth goes tragically wrong. Thus begins a year-long journey for Martha, who must navigate her grief while working through fractious relationships with her husband (Shia LaBeouf), her domineering mother (Ellen Burstyn) and her publicly-vilified midwife (Molly Parker), whom she must face in court. A poignant and empowering portrayal of grief for an unborn child, which everyone should see.


Amazon Prime

Fact meets fiction in One Night In Miami, which is already hotly-tipped to clean up at the incoming awards season. Adapted from playwright Keep Powers’ play about a night that never actually happened, the film sees Cassius Clay, Malcolm X, Sam Cookie and NFL legend Jim Brown get together to discuss racism, civil rights and black American politics. Regina King’s directorial debut, and with incredible performances across the board, this one has got inspiration (and Oscars glory) written all over it.



29th January, Netflix

Based on a true story, Netflix’s latest release is all about the excavation in Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, which led to a massive historical discovery. Boasting an all star cast – Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan play amateur archaeologists Basil Brown and Edith Pretty, while Lily James and Johnny Flynn provide supporting roles – The Dig sees the foursome uncover an Anglo-Saxon burial ship in Edith’s land. But with the Second World War just around the corner, the gang must race against time in order to dig up and protect their discovery before the bombs hit. Exhilarating and empowering in equal measure.

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