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What to See at The Cinema

22 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: 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.  


Aladdin

Release date:out now
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

 
 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. 



The Secret Life of Pets 2 


Release date:  24 May
Genre: Family Animation
Certificate: U
Running time: 84 mins
 
Featuring: Kevin Hart, Harrison Ford, Patton Owsalt, Jenny Slate, Tiffany Haddish
 
Summary: After the success of the 2016 original, Max, Duke, Gidget and the gang of our favourite furry friends are back. Each of the gang are having to face their fears, with Max’s overprotectiveness for his owner’s young child, Gidget planning a daring rescue and oddball bunny Snowball trying to be a real-life hero. 
 
Trivia: Playing the voice of Rooster the dog, this is Harrison Ford’s first animated film.
 
 

Booksmart


Release date: 27 May
Genre: Comedy
Certificate: 15
Running time: 102 mins
 
Featuring:  Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jason Sudeikis, Lisa Kudrow, Jessica Williams
 
Summary: Amy and Molly are best friends facing the eve of their high school graduation with straight A’s but without having much fun along the way. Making a pact to let loose on the last night of the high school lives, it’s a comedy of errors as mix-ups and mayhem ensue.
 
Trivia: This is Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut. 
 

Godzilla: King of the Monsters


Release date: 29 May
Genre: Fantasy/Action Adventure
Certificate: 12A
Running time: 131 mins
 
Featuring: Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Ken Watanabe
 
Summary: After 2014’s monster hit, Godzilla is back and facing more foes than ever thanks to the emergence of several kaiju (that’s giant monsters to you and me) threatening to bring destruction to the world as we know it, unless Godzilla and the Monarch agency can defeat the alpha monster, the three-headed King Ghidorah. 
 
Trivia: This film will be the 35th in the Godzilla franchise.   
 

 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.
 

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