Bristol’s Week in Film: October 2-8 2020

After last week’s paucity of new releases, we’re now getting a deluge of ’em. The biggie is kiddieflick threequel Cats and Dogs 3: Paws Unite!, which turns up a full decade after the previous instalment. Arthouse audiences get the lauded Miss Juneteenth, which arrives at the Watershed a week after its national release

But the most interesting films are a brace of quality releases that you’ll have to scrurry to catch on the big screen before they wind up on those damn streaming services: Aaron Sorkin’s all-star, Netflix-bound The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Sofia Coppola’s On the Rocks, which reunites her with Lost in Translation star Bill Murray and is heading for Apple TV+.

If you want to get in ahead of the (socially distanced) teeming hordes, we also have a trio of previews. The Everyman is showing Brit arthouse horror Saint Maud on Tuesday – courtesy of Massive Cinema, who’ll be dishing out free Tote Bags. Down at the Watershed on Wednesday, there’s a free screening of Steve McQueen’s true-life courtroom drama Mangrove, which kicks off a programme of films hot from the BFI London Film Festival. This is followed on Thursday by Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd’s Herself

Follow the links below for more information and screening times. Go here for our comprehensive film listings.

New Releases

  • Film / Comedy

    Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite!

    Beastly bliss is threatened by evil parrot in belated threequel

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Oct 28 2020 - Thursday, Nov 5 2020

  • Film / Drama

    Miss Juneteenth

    A Texan single mother prepares her rebellious teen daughter to compete in a beauty pageant

  • Film / Comedy

    On the Rocks

    Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray team up again for a boozy father-daughter caper comedy

    : Wednesday, Oct 28 2020 - Thursday, Nov 5 2020

  • Film / Art House

    Eternal Beauty

    Sally Hawkins plays a fragile paranoid schizophrenic in Craig Roberts' stylised directorial debut

  • Film / Animation

    The Elfkins

    Family animation about little folk with mandatory uplifting, mildly wokey message

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Oct 28 2020 - Friday, Oct 30 2020

Previews

  • Film / Art House

    Saint Maud

    An arthouse demonic possession psychological horror/thriller

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Oct 28 2020 - Thursday, Nov 5 2020

  • Film / Drama

    Herself

    Fleeing abuse, a homeless woman builds her own house in Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd's drama

  • Film / Drama

    Mangrove

    Free screening of Steve McQueen's superb courtroom drama exploring the case of the Mangrove Nine

Event Cinema

Post-Lockdown Releases

  • Film / Comedy

    Schemers

    True-life comedy-drama about a Scottish gig promoter who finds himself in debt to a gangster

  • Film / Drama

    Rocks

    An authentic portrait of female friendship from the director of Suffragette

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Oct 28 2020 - Thursday, Oct 29 2020

  • Film / Animation

    Away

    Surreal and atmospheric wordless Latvian animation about a boy who crashlands onto a bizarre island

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Oct 28 2020 - Thursday, Oct 29 2020

  • Film / Comedy

    Bill & Ted Face the Music

    Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter party on as middle-aged dads in belated threequel

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Oct 28 2020 - Thursday, Nov 5 2020

  • Film / Action

    Tenet

    Christopher Nolan's typically mind-bending, time-travelling science fiction espionage thriller

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Oct 28 2020 - Thursday, Nov 5 2020

  • Film / Drama

    After We Collided

    Young adult romance sequel based on the novel by Anna Todd

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Oct 28 2020 - Thursday, Nov 5 2020

  • Film / Action

    The New Mutants

    Bristol's very own Maisie Williams makes her X-Men franchise debut as shapeshifting Wolfsbane

    Vue Longwell Green: Thursday, Oct 29 2020

  • Film / Animation

    Timmy’s Cinema Adventure

    Six of Aardman's Timmy Time episodes up on the big screen to keep tots entertained

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Oct 28 2020 & Thursday, Oct 29 2020

  • Film / Animation

    Dreambuilders

    A girl gains the ability to create other people's dreams in this sub-Pixar Danish animation

  • Film / Fantasy

    Pinocchio

    A beautifully designed, dark Italian version of the venerable yarn of porky-telling young big nose

  • Film / Thriller

    Unhinged

    A very cross Russell Crowe menaces a single mother in this road rage thriller

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Oct 28 2020 - Thursday, Oct 29 2020

  • Film / Animation

    100% Wolf

    Family animation about a werewolf who inadvertently turns into a ferocious poodle

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Oct 28 2020 - Saturday, Oct 31 2020

2020 Releases Still Going Strong

  • Film / Animation

    Onward

    Two elf brothers embark on a quest for magic in Pixar's heart-warmer

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Oct 28 2020 - Saturday, Oct 31 2020

  • Film / Action

    The Hunt

    Controversial thriller about a game in which 12 strangers are hunted by an elite

Pre-Millennial Classics

21st Century Hits