From the “joyous coming of age drama” of Blinded By The Light to Pedro Almodóvar’s latest, find out what’s coming to Picturehouses across the country this week in our round-up!
Blinded By The Light
From director Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) and based on British journalist Sarfraz Manzoor’s celebrated rite of passage memoir Greetings from Bury Park, Blinded By The Light chronicles his experiences as a British Muslim boy growing up in 1980s Luton and the impact Bruce Springsteen’s lyrics had upon him. The film stars Kulvinder Ghir, Hayley Atwell, Rob Brydon, Sally Phillips and newcomers Viveik Kalra and Nell Williams.
“An exuberant anthem to the importance of music, the need to be seen and the hope of new possibilities” – EMPIREFind your local Picturehouse and book tickets now.
Playmobil: The Movie
When her younger brother Charlie (Gabriel Bateman) unexpectedly disappears into the magical universe of Playmobil, Marla (Anya Taylor Joy) must go on a quest of a lifetime to bring him home. As she sets off on a fantastical journey through a vibrant new realm, Marla teams up with some unlikely and heroic new friends, including the smooth-talking food truck driver Del (Jim Gaffigan), the dashing and charismatic secret agent Rex Dasher (Daniel Radcliffe), a wholehearted misfit robot, and an extravagant fairy-godmother (Meghan Trainor). On their adventure, Marla and Charlie realise that, no matter how life plays out, you can achieve anything when you believe in yourself and harness the power of imagination.Book your tickets now.
Dora And The Lost City Of Gold – MediCinema Previews Sun 11 Aug
This live-action reimagining of one of Nickelodeon’s most popular pre-school cartoons fast-forwards to the teenage years of the iconic young explorer. Now Dora (Isabela Moner) faces her most dangerous adventure yet: high school. As intrepid as ever, she ends up leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego (Jeffrey Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle dweller (Eugenio Derbez), and a ragtag group of teens on a quest to save her parents (Eva Longoria, Michael Peña) and solve the mystery behind a lost city of gold.
In aid of MediCinema. Find out more at medicinema.org.ukBook your tickets now.
Pain & Glory – Exclusive Previews Sun 11 Aug
In Almodóvar’s deeply personal and tender new drama, a film director reflects on the choices he’s made in life as past and present come crashing down around him. Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas, who deservedly won Best Actor at Cannes Film Festival for his performance), an ageing Madrid-based auteur, is retreating into himself, facing ill health, depression and the decline of his powers. After a chance meeting reunites him with an actor from his past, a wild new chapter begins, sparking a series of reconciliations and reveries in which Salvador revisits old emotional wounds and tries to piece together the puzzle of his life and his art.Book your tickets now.
Goodfellas – EMPIRE 30/Vintage Sundays, 11 Aug
Based on Nicholas Pileggi’s book Wiseguy, Martin Scorsese’s mob-movie masterpiece – starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta – marked a revival of Hollywood interest in gangsters and gangsterdom. It chronicles three decades of a life in crime, following Brooklyn youngster Henry Hill’s graduation from petty criminal to big-time thief. Widely regarded as one of the greatest films in the crime genre, this is essential viewing for any movie fan.Book your tickets now.
Apocalypse Now: Final Cut – Tues 13 Aug
Forty years after its original release, Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now returns to cinemas looking and sounding better than ever. Restored from the original negative to the highest audio and visual standards by the director himself, Final Cut is Coppola’s preferred and most visceral version of his Oscar-winning Vietnam War epic. This never-before-seen cut features only some of the footage added back into the Redux release, bringing the runtime to just a shade over three hours.
This screening includes a Q&A between Coppola and director Steven Soderbergh, recorded at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, in which they reflect on the film’s legacy in light of its 40th anniversary, and the long journey to creating this new restoration.Book your tickets now.
Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood – From 14 Aug
Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognise anymore. The writer-director’s latest work features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.Book your tickets now.