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What to See at The Cinema

15 July 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: The Lion King


Release date: 
19 July
Genre: Animated adventure
Certificate: PG
Running time: 118 mins
 
Featuring: Donald Glover, Beyonce, James Earl Jones, Alfre Woodard, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner
 
Summary: Can you feel the love (tonight) for the full ‘live action’ animated remake of the 1994 Disney classic, The Lion King? After his success with recreating The Jungle Book in 2016, Jon Favreau is back in the director’s chair, so Be Prepared to sing along to your favourites (with Beyonce as Nala and Donald Glover as Simba you know Can you feel the love tonight? Is going to be good) and sob all over again with the now photorealistic death of Mufasa. Whilst the argument remains as to whether these remakes of originals that more than stand the test of time are really needed, there’s no denying the visuals are breathtaking.
 
Trivia: James Earl Jones reprises his role as the voice of Mufasa. Because let’s be honest, who on earth could replace a voice such as that? 
 

Yesterday


Release date: out now
Genre: Comedy 
Certificate: 12A
Running time: 116 mins
 
Featuring: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Kate McKinnon 
 
Summary: Director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Richard Curtis have combined forces for Yesterday, a story in which unsuccessful Suffolk singer-songwriter Jack finds himself as the only person who remembers The Beatles after an accident during a global blackout. Now, passing the hits of the Fab Four off as his own, Jack goes from small town singer whose best friend and manager Ellie was his biggest fan, to global success – but at what cost? With plenty of Beatles hits, it’s a feel-good movie that only a Richard Curtis story can truly provide. 
 
Trivia: As you might imagine, getting the rights to use so many Beatles songs in a film was incredibly expensive. However, Danny Boyle has said despite this, the rights are still only the second most expensive asset he’s had to pay for for a film, the first being insuring Leonardo Di Caprio’s face in The Beach. 
 
 

Apollo 11



Release date: out now
Genre: Documentary
Certificate: U
Running time: 93 mins 
 
Featuring: Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong
 
Summary:  It says a great deal about the quality of filmmaking and editing when a film recounting one of the most known events in human history can still fill you with a huge sense of tension as we focus on the Apollo 11 mission. With no modern interviews and purely using footage from the time, including an abundance from the NASA archives, we follow the journey of these three men on the first moon landing mission, the team back on Earth who made it happen and the reactions and awe of the public watching the future happening on their TV sets. It’s slightly terrifying and inspiring at the same time to view the tech of the time and how much was riding on it, with the craft itself looking so fragile by today’s standards, but at the same time being able to see the footage the men took themselves and their, for want of a better word, banter, as they embark on something no one had ever done, is incredible to watch. 
 
Trivia: The electronic soundtrack for the documentary has been widely praised, and interestingly was made only using instruments that were available in 1969. 

 
Spider-Man: Far From Home



Release date: out now
Genre: Superhero adventure
Certificate: 12A
Running time: 129 mins
 
Featuring: Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Samuel L. Jackson
 
Summary: Still reeling after the events at the end of Endgame, Peter Parker plans to avoid his role as a hero and enjoy a two-week school field trip across Europe with MJ and the gang. However, when the otherworldly Elementals begin attacking across the globe, Nick Furyand Mysterio, a new superhero, meet up with Peter, to remind him of the importance of him donning the spidey suit once more.
 
Trivia: This marks Samuel L. Jackson’s third Marvel movie in 2019, after Captain Marvel and Endgame, making it the most times a Marvel character has been on screen in the space of a year. 

Toy Story 4


Release date: out now
Genre: Animated Adventure
Certificate: U
Running time: 100 mins
 
Featuring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Tony Hale, Annie Potts, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves
 
Summary: Our favourite toy gang are back for their fourth Pixar outing, this time following their child, Kindergartener Bonnie and her new favourite ‘toy’ Forky the spork on a family holiday. However, when Forky decides he’s trash and not a toy, it begins a new adventure for Woody and the team that involves reuniting with a favourite toy they didn’t think they’d see again. 
 
Trivia: It’s been 24 years since the release of the original Toy Story in 1995. Bet you feel old now? 

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. 

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