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What to See at The Cinema

14 May 2019 Kate Plummer

Calling all film fans! From awards season stunners and big budget blockbusters to indie delights and family favourites, we’ll be serving up weekly slices of what to watch on the silver screen.

Film of the week: Aladdin


Release date: 22 May
Genre: Family/Adventure
Certificate: PG
Running time: 128 mins
 
Featuring: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott
 
Summary: The second of three Disney revamps coming in 2019, it’s the turn of 1992 hit Aladdin to get a live action makeover. Following good-hearted street Rat Aladdin who, after an encounter with the scheming Jafar, finds himself in possession of a magic lamp and its larger-than-life Genie, must use his three wishes to protect Agrabah and the Princess he loves, Jasmine.  
 
Trivia: Will Smith recorded the classic song “Friend Like Me” on his first day of meeting the composers. 

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum 


Release date: 
out now
Genre: Action/Thriller
Certificate: 15
Running time: 130 mins
 
Featuring: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane
 
Summary: Keanu Reeves is back for the third instalment following the super-assassin with a bounty on his head stacking up to millions and plenty of people wanting to cash in. Expect full-on action and a sky-high body count.
 
Trivia: Halle Berry learnt how to train the five dogs she’d be working with in the film
 

Rocketman



Release date: 24 May
Genre: Biographical Drama/Fantasy
Certificate: 15
Running time: 121 mins
 
Featuring: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard
 
Summary: Whilst Dexter Fletcher may have taken over the helm of last year’s biographical drama Bohemian Rhapsody full of realism, he’s charting a very different but equally enjoyable course with Rocketman. Following the life and rise to fame of Elton John, this film celebrates Elton’s extensive back catalogue of hits through fantastical set pieces and musical numbers. 
 
Trivia: The music producer John Reid is played by Game of Thrones alumnus Richard Madden in this film. The same character was played by fellow Thrones actor Aidan Gillen in Bohemian Rhapsody.  
 
 
Pokémon Detective Pikachu 



Release date: out now
Genre: Adventure comedy
Certificate: PG
Running time: 104 mins
 
Featuring: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy
 
Summary: In a world where humans and Pokémon coexist, 21-year-old Tim learns that his detective father is missing and all that’s left behind is his dad’s detective partner, Pikachu. However, things get interesting when Tim realises he can actually understand and communicate with Detective Pikachu, meaning the two must work together to get to the bottom of this mystery. 
 
Trivia: Bill Nighy became a huge Pokemon fan after working on the film. 
 

Avengers: Endgame

 
Release date: out now
Genre: Superhero Adventure
Certificate: 12A
Running time: 181 minutes
 
Featuring:  Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson and many, MANY, more.
 
Summary: No spoilers, we promise! Last year’s Infinity War left our favourite band of superheroes depleted in numbers and in spirit. Whilst we’re not giving anything anyway, we can safely say that Endgame is three hours of the action and humour that we’ve come to know and love throughout this Marvel saga. And of course, ALL the feels. 
 
Trivia: Robert Downey Jr. was the only cast member who read the entire film's script.

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

Release date: 
21 May
Genre: Dance/Ballet
Certificate: TBC
Running time: 130 mins
 
Featuring:  Will Bozier, Liam Mower, Nicole Kabera
 
Summary: New Adventures production of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake comes to cinemas nationwide on 21 May with a fresh look for the 21st century and is as daring and beautiful as ever. Known for shattering convention with its menacing male ensemble, this new re-imagining of the original production was filmed live at Sadler’s Wells in January 2019.  
 
Trivia: Since its premiere in 1995, the production has collected over thirty international accolades, including an Olivier Award and three Tonys on Broadway.
 
Hellboy 
Hellboy

Image © Mark Rogers

Release date: 11 April
Genre: Fantasy Adventure
Certificate: 15
Running time: 120 mins
 
Featuring: David Harbour, Ian McShane, Milla Jovovich, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim
 
Summary: Whilst the fabled third film in the original Hellboy series may have never materialised, our favourite demon hero is back in the guise of Stranger Things’ David Harbour. When a 5th century sorceress is resurrected from Hell to wreak havoc, Hellboy and his team find themselves caught between the human world and the supernatural to try to save the world.
 
Trivia: Ian McShane plays Hellboy’s adopted father, Dr Broom. Dr Broom was played in the previous films by John Hurt. McShane and Hurt worked together three times and were great friends.


Us

Release date: Out now
Genre: Thriller/Horror
Certificate: 15
Running time: 120 mins
 
Featuring: 
Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss
 
Summary: 
As a child, Adelaide Wilson had a traumatic experience that she has carried with her ever since. When she returns on vacation to the beach where the event occurred with her husband and children, their family holiday soon turns into the stuff of nightmares when they encounter ‘the tethered’, a group of strangers who look and think exactly like them.
 
Trivia: Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke previously starred together in Black Panther


Dumbo

Release date: 29 March
Genre: Family 
Certificate: PG
Running time: 115 mins
 
Featuring:  Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito
 
Summary: Continuing the trend for Disney remakes, the 1941 classic gets a 2019 live-action-meets-CGI makeover with Tim Burton adding his distinctive spin on the tale of the baby elephant with the huge ears that make him the laughing stock of the circus, that is until it’s discovered that he can fly! 
 
Trivia: Nico Parker, who plays the role of Milly, is the daughter of Thandie Newton. Newton was filming Solo: A Star Wars Story at Pinewood at the same time as Parker was filming Dumbo, so the two would meet for lunch in their costumes. 
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