From an all-star take on the zombie horror genre and the return of The Matrix as well as Jaws, to ‘the year’s most urgent documentary’, this weekend brings a number of incredibly exciting new releases! Check out the trailers below and head to your local Picturehouse to catch them on the big screen.
The Dead Don’t Die
Director Jim Jarmusch (Only Lovers Left Alive, Paterson) brings in an all-star cast for his quirky take on the zombie comedy, which opened the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. In the sleepy small town of Centerville, something isn’t quite right. The moon hangs low in the sky and animals are acting strangely. But no one foresees the strangest of them all – the dead rising from their graves and savagely attacking the living! Police officers Cliff (Bill Murray), Ronnie (Adam Driver) and Mindy (Chloë Sevigny) must unite with samurai sword welding mortician Zelda (Tilda Swinton) to battle the undead.
★★★★ “Winningly eccentric” Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
★★★★ “A super-droll zombie film crafted with great care and affection by America’s foremost indie auteur” Lou Thomas, Den of Geek
★★★★ “Laugh-out-loud hilarious” Paul Heath, THNFind your local Picturehouse and book your tickets now.
The Matrix – 20th Anniversary
Twenty years after The Matrix first sent audiences tumbling down the rabbit hole, the Wachowskis’ sci-fi classic returns to the big screen at Picturehouse Central, restored in glorious 4K. When a beautiful stranger (Carrie-Anne Moss) leads computer hacker Neo (Keanu Reeves) to a forbidding underworld, he discovers the shocking truth: the life he knows is the elaborate deception of an evil cyber-intelligence. Neo joins legendary and dangerous rebel warrior Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) in the battle to destroy the illusion enslaving humanity. And on Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th, experience the complete trilogy back-to-back!
Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans
The hilarious children’s book series by Terry Deary comes to the big screen, with previews at our cinemas this weekend! 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
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is one of the most notorious figures in Donald Trump’s inner circle, bringing a far-right ideology into the highest echelons of American politics. Unconstrained by an official post — though some say he still has a direct line to the White House — he became free to peddle influence as a perceived kingmaker, turning his controversial brand of nationalism into a global movement. To maintain his power and influence, the former Goldman Sachs banker and media investor reinvents himself — as he has many times before — this time as the self-appointed leader of a global populist movement. Keen manipulator of the press and gifted self-promoter, Bannon continues to draw headlines and protests wherever he goes, feeding the powerful myth on which his survival relies. The Brink follows Bannon through the 2018 mid-term elections in the United States, shedding light on his efforts to mobilise and unify far-right parties in order to win seats in the May 2019 European Parliamentary elections.
“The year’s most urgent documentary—the one you need to see this week, not this year” – VultureBook your tickets now
Never Look Away
Young artist Kurt Barnert (Tom Schilling) has fled to West-Germany, but he continues to be tormented by the experiences he made in his childhood and youth in the Nazi years and during the GDR-regime. When he meets the student Ellie (Paula Beer), he is convinced that he has met the love of his life and begins to create paintings that mirror not only his own fate, but also the traumas of an entire generation. Nominated for two Oscars, Never Look Away is one of the most acclaimed foreign-language films of the year.
“Watching paint dry has never been so riveting” – Robbie Collin, The TelegraphBook your tickets now
Pavarotti + Satellite Q&A
For one night only, July 13th, we are bringing you a special preview of Ron Howard’s Pavarotti – with an introduction from the director himself, a satellite Q&A with special guests and a Three Tenors aria remastered for the first time on the big screen. Howard and the team behind The Beatles: Eight Days A Week celebrate the life of beloved opera star Luciano Pavarotti. Using footage from concerts, interviews and the Pavarotti family archives, Howard lifts the curtain on the great tenor as a husband and father, a committed philanthropist, and a fragile artist who had a complex relationship with his unique talents.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, broadcast live via satellite, hosted by Classic FM presenter John Brunning and featuring Nicoletta Mantovani, Katherine Jenkins, Bryn Terfel and the film’s producer Nigel Sinclair.Sat July 13th – Book your tickets now
The Man Who Fell To Earth
For this week’s Vintage Sundays, we are bringing one of Nicolas Roeg’s most elliptical, not to say intractable, films – in which he takes his cross-cutting, kaleidoscopic style to its furthest limits. A simple story by Walter Tevis, about a disorientated alien visitor (David Bowie) trying to get back to his own planet, is transformed into a dense extravaganza – part road movie, part corporate thriller, part sci-fi fantasy.Book your tickets now
Steven Spielberg’s iconic thriller returns to the big screen next Monday, July 15, as part of Culture Shock! The peaceful resort town of Amity, Massachusetts has always depended on its thriving summer tourist trade to get through the lean winter months. So when a swimmer is killed by a great white shark, no one wants to take up Sheriff Brody’s (Roy Scheider) suggestion of closing the beach just before the 4th of July weekend. Soon Brody himself, along with a mercenary shark hunter (Robert Shaw) and an oceanographer (Richard Dreyfuss), is locked in an unbearably tense duel at sea with the deadly creature. With an iconic score by John Williams, this is the film that really put Spielberg on the map.Book your tickets now