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3 new films to watch at the cinema

New 007, the truth about Tony Soprano and a biopic about the Queen of Soul… it’s a ripe cinematic harvest

Written by Chris Kingston
Published 30.09.2021

By Christopher Kingston 


We’ve been waiting for this one for a while. Starring the incredible Jennifer Hudson as the undeniable Queen of Soul, Respect follows the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career – from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to international superstardom. 

This is a remarkable, true story of a real music icon – her triumphs, her tragedies and her journey to find her voice.

P.S. – J-Hud is phenomenal. 


We all knew this would make the cut! The next, highly-anticipated instalment to the 007 franchise has suffered nearly a two-year delay before it’s made its way to our silver screens, but we can confidently say this one is more than worth the wait. 

Rumoured to be Daniel Craig’s final outing as Bond, James Bond (although we’ve heard that one before), No Time To Die finds 007 having left active service. But, as you may imagine, retirement doesn’t suit James Bond. When an old friend turns up to his Jamaican retreat in need of help, the super-spy is taken on a mission far more treacherous than even he could have expected. 

Naomie Harris, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes and Jefffrey Wright all return to their roles, while Bond’s newest nemesis is played by Bohemian Rhapsody’s Rami M


Who made Tony Soprano? 

That’s the question at the core of the much-anticipated prequel to David Chase’s ground-breaking HBO series, The Sopranos. So fans of the New Jersey mob boss and his cronies will want to book your tickets stat. 

Young Anthony Soprano is growing up in one of the most tumultuous eras in Newark’s history – becoming a man just as rival gangsters begin to rise up and challenge the all-power DiMeo family’s hold over the increasingly race-torn city. Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolises, Dickie Moltisanti, whose influence over his nephew will help turn the impressionable teenager into the magnificent mob boss we later come to know and love… 

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