From life affirming Soul to moving Irene's Ghost — top movie magic to enjoy at home

ONCE again, our local cinemas have been closed.

But that doesn’t mean the joy of film has to stop, too.

Here’s some movie magic to enjoy in your home.


(PG) 100 mins, Disney Plus

THIS charming, beautiful and very quirky latest offering from Pixar is the story of Joe (Jamie Foxx), a burned-out music teacher.

His life has never really got started . . . and then it quickly ends when he falls down a manhole, taking his soul to the Great Beyond.

With the wonderful writing and ­wizardry of Pixar, Soul is both entertaining and thought provoking – and will leave you wanting to press replay the moment it’s over.

One Night In Miami

(15) 114mins, Amazon Prime

IN February 1964, in a Miami hotel room, boxer Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali), civil rights campaigner Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke and American Football legend Jim Brown meet in secret.

If you haven’t heard of this pivotal coming-together, no wonder: It is a fictional event.

The genius of director Regina King’s Oscar-tipped adaptation of Kemp Powers’ 2013 play is that it feels so believable.

The dialogue is sparky, darting from intense and heavy to light and witty, while the performances from Eli Goree (Clay), Leslie Odom Jr (Sam Cooke), Aldis Hodge (Jim Brown) and Kingsley Ben-Adir (Malcolm X) carry plenty of weight.

Irene's Ghost

(PG) 81 mins, Sky Documentaries

EVERY family has a story to tell. And in this intimate, gentle and thought-provoking documentary of his family history, film-maker Iain Cunningham tells his.

He turns detective to discover the truth about his mum, Irene, after being told as a child that she had simply slipped into a coma and died.

With some remarkably emotional and honest scenes – and beautiful illustrations – this true story will stick with you.

Citizen Kane

(U) 119 minutes, BBC iPlayer

THE pressure is on when people call a movie “the greatest film ever made” and it might feel a bit like a chore to tackle something that has such deep history in film land.

But fear not, Orson Welles’ 1941 film still stands up today.

His portrait of a sometime-psychotic tycoon is a thing of wonder – and it will help when watching the recent Netflix masterpiece Mank, about its writer. Two films, one afternoon in.

Uncle Frank

(15) 95mins, Amazon Prime

THIS American beauty of a film is from writer-director Alan Ball of – you’ve guessed it – American Beauty.

Set in 1973, it’s the story of well-read and gentle Frank (Paul Bettany), who has escaped his hick, small-town family to work as a teacher.

But when his father dies, he has to take a road trip back with his partner, and his very inquisitive niece.

There are tears, laughter and warm acceptance in this slickly shot road-trip movies.

School Of Rock

(PG) 108 mins, Sky Cinema

THIS comedy for all the family ­provides more of a feel-good hit than a perfect guitar solo.

Jack Black gives one of the finest leading comic performances of all time as wannabe rock-star and fake teacher, Dewey Finn, who cons a bunch of private school kids to be in his band.

Laugh-out-loud funny with a ­brilliant soundtrack, this 2003 film will charm even the biggest music snob.

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