From “an utterly electric tale of female friendship” that is Animals to the action-packed hijinks of Hobbs & Shaw, this week’s new releases are set to make for an exciting weekend! Find out what’s coming to Picturehouses across the country below:
Laura (Holliday Grainger) and Tyler (Alia Shawkat) are soulmates. Thirty-something best friends and revellers residing in Dublin, they are ingrained in the fabric of each other’s lives; dating, partying, drinking and living their life without limitations. American ex-pat, Tyler – a siren of debauchery – lures aspiring writer, Laura, away from her long overdue novel as well as her new beau, the irresistibly handsome Jim. A tee-total classical pianist, Jim is the antithesis of Tyler and the world she and Laura inhabit, and with his presence the girls’ hedonistic double act finds itself in jeopardy. While Tyler wants to keep the party going, Laura, buoyed by Jim’s restraint and stability, starts to emerge from her years of partying, searching for her place in the world. Caught between desires – youth and adulthood, her old self and her future self – Laura impulsively gets engaged to Jim, knocking Tyler for a loop. Bereft at the thought of losing of her partner in crime, Tyler spies a chance to rock the boat of the “perfect” life Laura can see on the horizon, but in doing so inadvertently helps Laura find a new unexpected path to independence. At once both a celebration of female friendship and an examination the choices we make when facing a crossroad, Animals is an honest, funny, edgy, unconventional and bittersweet snapshot of modern women.
“A Sundance triumph” – The Guardian
“Revels in the messiness of life, and the many love stories it can contain.” – IndieWire
“Deserves to be a break-out hit” – JUMPCUT OnlineFind your local Picturehouse and book tickets now.
Love surprises? Love seeing great films first? Surprise film screenings have been a film festival staple for years and now its our turn to bring them to Picturehouse cinemas in a big way. But this isn’t our first dabble in the surprise film screening world. We have previously hosted them at Picturehouse Central as part of Sundance Fim Festival: London – with cinema fans going in blind to discover a brand new film before anyone else. The surprise screenings at Sundance generated such buzz, we just couldn’t wait until next year to have our next… Now, we are excited to be bringing this experience to audiences nationwide with our Surprise Film screenings, with the first taking place on Friday, August 2nd! While we won’t be giving away any clues about what we are showing* – details will only be revealed as the opening credits roll – we can say that it will be a preview, so you will be one of the first in the UK to see the film before its general release.Book your tickets now.
Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw
Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Jason Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off in 2015’s Fast & Furious 7, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down. But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever – and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent (Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw’s sister – these two sworn enemies have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be more bad-ass than they are.Book your tickets now.
The Angry Birds Movie 2
The flightless angry birds and the scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level in The Angry Birds Movie 2! When a new threat emerges that puts both Bird and Pig Island in danger, Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), and Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) recruit Chuck’s sister Silver (Rachel Bloom) and team up with pigs Leonard (Bill Hader), his assistant Courtney (Awkwafina), and techpig Garry (Sterling K. Brown) to forge an unsteady truce and form an unlikely superteam to save their homes.Book your tickets now.
The Endless Summer – Vintage Sundays
The definitive surf movie, Bruce Brown’s iconic documentary follows two young American surfers, Robert August and Mike Hynson, as they search the globe for ‘the perfect wave’. Stunningly photographed and set to a great surf-rock score by The Sandals, their unique quest takes them from California to Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawaii with little more than surfboards and wax as luggage.Book your tickets now.
Glyndebourne: The Magic Flute – Live – Sun 4 Aug
Enchantment meets the politics of the Enlightenment in Mozart’s fairy-tale opera, Die Zauberflöte. Prince Tamino is on a quest to rescue Princess Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night, who has been kidnapped by her father, the evil Sarastro. With the help of the foolish bird-catcher Papageno, Tamino must brave not only dragons and the forces of darkness, but trials of fire and water in order to arrive at the truth and win Pamina as his bride. Composed just months before Mozart’s death, Die Zauberflöte is a heady blend of knock-about comedy and fantasy, its beautiful melodies woven into an allegory of wicked queens, noble princes, ancient Egyptian mythology and the lore of the Freemasons. In this new production by Barbe & Doucet, Antonello Manacorda conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a cast that includes Sofia Fomina, Björn Bürger and Caroline Wettergreen.Book your tickets now.
Django Unchained – Mon 5 Aug
Our Quentin Tarantino Season concludes with Tarantino’s first period western! The film stars Jamie Foxx as freed slave turned bounty hunter Django. Aided by German gunslinger Dr King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), Django sets out to rescue his wife from brutal Mississippi plantation boss Calvin Candle (Leonardo DiCaprio). Django’s campaign of cold-blooded revenge is shot through with the director’s trademark black humour, sparky dialogue and visual flair, and features a star-studded cast at the top of their game. A cinematic treat from breathless start to brutal finish.Book your tickets now.
Penny Slinger: Out of the Shadows – Tues 6 Aug
Our next Discover preview is the incredible, untold story of the British artist Penny Slinger and the traumatic events that led to the creation of her masterpiece, the 1977 photo-romance An Exorcism. Coming of age against a backdrop of post-war austerity and the subsequent explosion of colour that characterised 1960s counter-culture, Penny Slinger embraced her generation’s quest for personal freedom and sexual liberation, and channelled these desires into her groundbreaking collages, films and sculptures. But despite being at the peak of her powers in the late ’70s, Slinger and her work were virtually forgotten a decade later. Richard Kovitch’s film documents Slinger’s story for the first time, immersing the viewer in 1960s counter-culture and exploring why such a significant body of work could slip from popular memory. It consults her key collaborators, including the radical filmmakers Peter Whitehead and Jack Bond; considers her relationship with the acclaimed feminist playwright Jane Arden; and explains why she’s finally enjoying long overdue recognition from both the art world and a new generation of artists. Propelled by an original, hypnotic soundtrack by Psychological Strategy Board, Out Of The Shadows consolidates this renaissance and presents it anew for a contemporary audience.Book your tickets now.