New and upcoming films to face the chilly seasons

By Kaitlin Dunn
Lifestyle Editor

“The Green Knight”

A film by entertainment company A24, “The Green Knight” stars Dev Patel as Sir Gawain, taking a spin on the classic Arthurian poem. 

According to the film summary, “The Green Knight” follows Sir Gawain as he “contends with ghosts, giants, thieves, and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom by facing the ultimate challenger.” 

However, the film is not a typical romp through fantasy settings. While the critic score sits at 87%, the audience score is 49%, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

“Many critics have applauded the film for its weird, dream-like states, and themes of masculinity, power, courage, and maturity, as well as Patel’s riveting performance. This film is not fun to watch, and it doesn’t want to be,” Associate Professor of English and Associate Chair of the English Department Dr. Courtney Rydel said.


“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” 

Starring Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, this film is another addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the film, Shang-Chi is drawn into the clandestine Ten Rings organization, and is forced to confront the past he thought he left behind.

“It’s hard not to smile and feel good about the future when leaving the theatre after watching ‘Shang-Chi’…San Francisco has a new superhero, and he feels like one of us,” Peter Hartlaub said in San Francisco Chronicle.

The film has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 91%, and is an anticipatory watch for many Marvel lovers as they await its release on Sept. 2.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home”

Tom Holland returns as Spider-Man in the new film, “No Way Home.” The film follows Peter Parker as he struggles with the loss of separation between his normal life and his life as a superhero. 

According to IMDb, the plot follows our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man as he is unmasked “for the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man…When he asks for help from Doctor Strange, the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.”

The film is set to be released in mid-December of 2021.


“The Beatles: Get Back”

A three-part documentary series that is set to be released on Disney+ in November, “The Beatles: Get Back” covers the making of the album “Let It Be,” the series title referencing the album’s original name, “Get Back”.

Director Peter Jackson said the documentaries tell “the story of friends and of individuals. It is the story of human frailties and of a divine partnership. It is a detailed account of the creative process, with the crafting of iconic songs under pressure, set amid the social climate of early 1969. But it’s not nostalgia — it’s raw, honest, and human. Over six hours, you’ll get to know The Beatles with an intimacy that you never thought possible.”

Disney+ will release one part of the series daily from Nov. 25 to 27. 

“Spencer”

Set to be released in the United States on Nov. 5, “Spencer” is a biographical psychological drama based on the marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, including the turmoil that occurred in their later years. The film stars Kristen Stewart and Jack Farthing as Diana and Charles.

“[The film will] examine the fraying of the relationship with her husbund, and her ferocious love for her sons Prince William and Prince Harry,” Director Pablo Larrain said in an interview with Deadline.

The film received a nomination for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival, where it is set to premier on Sept. 3.

“The Green Knight” photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Photo Courtesy of Flickr. Tom Holland stars as Spider-Man in Marvel’s upcoming cinematic release. “Spider-Man: No Way Home” marks the third installment in the Spider-Man solo film series. 
Photo Courtesy of  Wikimedia Commons. Simu Liu plays the titular Shang-Chi in Marvel’s latest release. He is pictured speaking at 2019 San Diego Comic Con on “The Legend of the Ten Rings.”
Photo Courtesy of  Wikimedia Commons. “The Beatles: Get Back” features footage that was shot in 1969 for the 1970 film “Let It Be,” starring The Beatles. The series contains over 150 hours of unheard audio.

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