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Dan Carrier’s movies news: The Kid Who Would be King; Free Solo

15 February, 2019 — By Dan Carrier

Louis Serkis

A NEW blockbuster starring Highgate-based teenager Louis Serkis hits screens this weekend – The Kid Who Would be King has been billed as a family film that pays homage to some of the great movies of the 1980s.

Louis – Andy’s son – plays the role of Alex, a 12-year-old who has recently moved to a new school and is finding the going a little tough. One night, after being kept in detention, he is chased by bullies onto a building site – and it is here he finds a mysterious sword that he draws from the stone in which it is embedded… This is a re-telling of the Arthurian legend for the Netflix Stranger Things generation.

Serkis goes to a school in the neighbourhood and follows in the footsteps of a host of former pupils who have made the grade in the theatre and film, casting a glowing light on the excellence of the drama department of the institution in question.

• TWO great picks for your weekend, offered up by the Prince Charles Cinema, off Leicester Square.

On Friday, if you are strong of stomach, we recommend Free Solo – a simply extraordinary documentary about the climber Alex Honnold. Alex spends his days clambering up sheer cliffs with no ropes – and this extraordinary portrait follows him as he attempts to climb the 3,200-foot El Capitan cliff in Yosemite National Park.

And on Saturday, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is screened at lunchtime if you missed its general release a couple of months back.

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