From the reimagining of a Disney classic to the portrait of one of cinema’s most celebrated auteurs, this weekend’s releases demand to be seen on the big screen! Check out the trailers below and head to your local Picturehouse to catch them.
The Lion King
Director Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book) brings new life to the animated classic, with his adaptation of the beloved Disney tale. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
With an all-star voice cast including Donald Glover, Beyoncé and Chiwetel Ejiofor, James Earl Jones reprising his role of King Mufasa, as well as the latest CGI technology bringing eye-popping realism to the proceedings, The Lion King demands to be experienced on the big screen.
★★★★★ “Moving, funny, terrifying and foot-tapping” – The Sun
★★★★ “A technological marvel” – The Independent
★★★★ “A roaring success” – The Telegraph
★★★★ “Full of adventure and is just as sweetly engaging” – BBC
★★★★ “Like a Disney film orchestrated by David Attenborough.” – Daily MailFind your local Picturehouse and book now
Tell It To The Bees
Dr Jean Markham (Anna Paquin) returns to the town she left as a teenager to take over her late father’s medical practice. When a school-yard scuffle lands Charlie (Gregor Selkirk) in her surgery, she invites him to visit the hives in her garden and tell his secrets to the bees, as she once did. The new friendship between the boy and the bee keeper brings his mother Lydia (Holliday Grainger) into Jean’s world. In the sanctuary of the doctor’s house the two women find themselves drawn to one another in a way that Jean recognises and fears, and Lydia could never have expected. But, in 1950’s small-town Britain, their new secret can’t stay hidden forever.Book your tickets now
The Edge is a compelling, funny and emotional insight into a band of brothers’ rise to the top, their unmatched achievements and the huge toll it would take.
Between 2009 and 2013, the England Test cricket team rose from the depths of the rankings to become the first and only English side to reach world number one since ICC records began. Captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower took over a team including some of the true greats of the English game and transformed them into a phenomenal winning machine before the pressure and scrutiny began to fracture mind, body and soul. The team helped redefine what success meant. Featuring incredible unseen footage from the period and compelling new interviews from star players and coaching staff including: Andrew Strauss, Kevin Pietersen, Sir Alistair Cook, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott and Andy Flower, The Edge reveals the team’s intense and often hilarious pursuit of success.Book your tickets now
Varda by Agnès – Select cinemas from 19 July, True Stories screenings 1 August
Whether behind the camera, or in front of it as she often was, Agnès Varda always defied a conventional approach. In Varda by Agnès, this multi-award-winning and iconic filmmaker takes the audience on a journey through her remarkable life and career in her characteristically open and contemplative yet playful way.
Recordings of public appearances and conversations with her collaborators are weaved in with film clips and gallery installation footage as we’re guided through her rich and varied work and hear her reflections on her creative process and her talents as a photographer, filmmaker and installation artist.
“Two hours in this director’s company is a pleasure” – The Guardian
“A cathartic, bittersweet swansong from one of cinema’s most endearing and adored auteurs” – Cinevue
“She gives us an ending that very much feels like a goodbye, she goes out by handing us an index to her case studies in how to spread creativity into the world.” – Little White LiesBook your tickets now
Roman Holiday – Vintage Sundays
For this week’s Vintage Sundays, we screen Audrey Hepburn’s breakthrough role! Whilst undertaking a highly publicised tour of Europe, a cloistered and naive princess rebels against her restrictive schedule. One night she escapes her luxurious confinement and stumbles upon an American journalist posted to Rome. Gregory Peck and Hepburn make for one of cinema’s most charming couples in this whimsical fantasy with a bittersweet finale.Sun 21 Jul – book now
Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 Double Bill – Culture Shock
Screening as part of our Quentin Tarantino season ahead of next month’s release of Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, experience one of the director’s best-known films as (almost) one, the way it was meant to be seen! Tarantino’s first feature for six years after Jackie Brown, Kill Bill marked a welcome return from one of American cinema’s most visually inventive and zeitgeist-attuned filmmakers.
After surviving a bullet in the head on her wedding day, The Bride, aka Black Mamba (Uma Thurman), a former assassin, emerges from a coma and swears revenge on her old boss and his deadly squad of trained killers. As The Bride continues her vengeful assault on the four assassins who left her for dead, she inches ever closer to her ultimate goal of laying waste to her former employer – and the man who ordered the hit on her – Bill (David Carradine).Mon 22 Jul – book now
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love + Recorded Q&A
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love is a beautiful yet tragic love story between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen. Their love began on the idyllic Greek island of Hydra in 1960 as part of a bohemian community of foreign artists, writers and musicians. The film follows their relationship from the early days on Hydra, a humble time of ‘free love’ and open marriage, to how their love evolved when Leonard became a successful musician.Tue 23 Jul – book now