From the battle for electricity in the United States to a hilarious trip back in time to the Roman period, this weekend’s releases are a brilliant way to escape from the scorching weather… Check out the trailers below for the films coming to Picturehouse screens over the coming days!
The Current War
Tracking the intense rivalry between inventor Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and revered entrepreneur George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), this slick, entertaining period drama from director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me, Earl and the Dying Girl) and executive producer Martin Scorsese tells the dramatic story of the late 19th century race to light up America and power the world. Rounding out the cast are Nicholas Hoult as the eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla, Katherine Waterston as Westinghouse’s outspoken wife Marguerite, Tom Holland as Edison’s confident young secretary Samuel Insull, Matthew Macfadyen as the famous financier and banker J. P. Morgan, and Tuppence Middleton as Edison’s supportive wife Mary.Find your local Picturehouse and book now
Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans
The hilarious children’s book series by Terry Deary comes to the big screen! The all-conquering Romans rule the civilised world – and that includes “the stain” that is Britain. While the young Emperor Nero must battle his scheming mother Agrippina for ultimate power, Celt queen Boudicca gathers an army in Britain to repel the rotten Romans. Mixed up in this battle for liberation are the teenage Atti, a reluctant Roman soldier, and Orla, a young Celt with dreams of becoming a warrior like Boudicca. Will they fall on opposite sides or forge a friendship in the chaos of Celtic-inspired rebellion?Book your tickets now
Rocketman – Singalong Screenings – Fri 26 Jul
Sing your hearts out to all the classic Elton John tunes in special singalong screenings of Rocketman – coming to Picturehouse screens for one night only on Friday 26 July! Directed by Dexter Fletcher, the film is an epic musical fantasy about the breakthrough years of the larger-than-life superstar. Set to Elton John’s most beloved songs, it tells the uncensored human story of how small-town boy and shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture.
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“A sequin-encrusted delight.” – Empire Magazine
“Egerton is every bit as lively and flamboyant as you want from Elton John.” – Total Film
“A heart-racing, toe-tapping, deliriously entertaining triumph.” – The TelegraphBook your tickets now
Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday – Vintage Sundays
Carrying on with the holiday theme of our Vintage Sundays screenings, this week we present Jacques Tati’s Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday! Tati stars as the endearing clown Monsieur Hulot, who takes a holiday at a seaside resort, where his presence provokes one catastrophe after another. Tati’s masterpiece of gentle slapstick is a series of effortlessly well-choreographed sight gags involving dogs, boats, and firecrackers; it was the first entry in the Hulot series and the film that launched its maker to international stardom.
“This affectionate lampoon of human nature is simply one of the best and most important films ever made.” – Empire
Vintage Sundays tickets are only £5 for Picturehouse Members (£8 for adults, general admission).Book your tickets now
Inglourious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino Season
Featuring one of the most gripping opening scenes in recent memory and a breakout performance from Christoph Waltz as SS Colonel Hans ‘Jew Hunter’ Landa, Tarantino’s epic alternative history of the Second World War is bold, bloody and wildly entertaining. Set in Nazi-occupied France, the film tracks the converging fates of a marauding gang of American soldiers led by Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), and Shosanna (Melanie Laurent), a vengeful Jewish orphan living under an alias in Paris.
“Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds is a big, bold, audacious war movie that will annoy some, startle others and demonstrate once again that he’s the real thing, a director of quixotic delights.” – Roger EbertBook your tickets now
Animals – Discover Preview
Ahead of its UK release on August 2, we are excited to present previews of Sophie Hyde’s Animals!
Laura and Tyler 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.
“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 OnlineBook your tickets now