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What to See at The Cinema

20 August 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: Once Upon a Time ... In Hollywood


Release date: 14 August
Genre: Drama/comedy
Certificate: 18
Running time: 161 mins
 
Featuring: Margot Robbie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt
 
Summary: Quentin Tarantino’s latest directorial offering sees former western TV star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) looking to rise again in 1960’s Hollywood with his best friend and stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt). However, when actress Sharon Tate (Robbie) and her husband Roman Polanski move in next door to Rick on Cielo Drive, Rick and Cliff find unwittingly find themselves embroiled with The Manson Family. 
 
Trivia:  Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie have previously worked together on 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street. 



The Lion King

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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? 
 
The Current War
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Release date: 26 July
Genre: Biographical drama
Certificate: 12A
Running time: 107 mins
 
Featuring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon, Tuppence Middleton, Katherine Waterston
 
Summary: In a race to light up the modern world, Thomas Edison (Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Shannon) come up against each other as innovators, both with their own electrical systems, to see whose will be responsible for bringing electricity to America.  
 
Trivia:  This marks the third time Cumberbatch and Holland have worked together, after Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame 


Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Release date: 2 August
Genre: Action action action!
Certificate: 12A
Running time: 134 mins
 
Featuring: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Vanessa Kirby, Idris Elba, Helen Mirren
 
Summary: It’s been four years and two Fast & Furious movies since Federal agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) and rogue British military operative Deckard Shaw (Statham) first came to blows. Now, they must reluctantly team up along with Shaw’s MI6 agent sister (Kirby) to bring down the cyber-genetically enhanced terrorist Brixton (Elba) who has plans that would bring down humanity as we know it. 


Trivia:  Roman Reigns, who play’s Hobbs’ brother, is Dwayne Johnson’s cousin in real life. 


 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. 
 
 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? 
 

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