Welcome to your latest round-up of the week's releases. Scroll down for all the details.
John Wick: Chapter 2
What's the story? Keanu Reeves' legendary hitman takes on the world's deadliest killers in this thrill-packed sequel.
John Wick (Keanu Reeves) isn't having much luck staying retired. Now a former associate of the unstoppable hitman is planning to take over the shadowy international assassins' guild. John is bound by a blood oath to assist him and reluctantly travels to Rome to fulfil this obligation.
Matters are complicated by the fact that someone has 'opened an account' on John himself, which means that every badass on the planet is now closing in! It's not long before the bullets start flying in this explosive sequel to the 2014 hit that reignited Keanu Reeves' action career with the biggest bang imaginable.
That stylish spectacle's co-director, former stuntman Chad Stahelski, is back behind the camera for this second magnificent blend of superbly choreographed breathtaking action and witty one-liners. Common and Laurence Fishburne are among those joining the cast.
What's the story? An uplifting true-life drama about the African-American women who played a key role in US space missions.
It's 1962 and the space race is on. NASA is determined to beat the Russians in putting a man into orbit around the Earth. But behind the scenes, a trio of pioneering African-American women are responsible for the calculations that will launch John Glenn into space.
These "human computers" have to battle against deeply engrained racism and sexism to secure their place in history. Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) is a brilliant maths prodigy. Team supervisor Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) is kept in her place by a condescending boss (Kirsten Dunst). And Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) endures an uphill struggle to train as NASA's first black female engineer.
From the director of 'St. Vincent', this is an inspirational, feelgood true story of unsung heroes who dared to dream big and refused to be intimidated by the obstacles placed in their way.
The Great Wall
What's the story? Matt Damon stars in this epic historical fantasy-adventure from esteemed Chinese director Zhang Yimou.
12th century European mercenary William Garin (Matt Damon) is in search of a fabled black powder that reputedly “turns air into fire”. His quest has brought him to China where he soon becomes embroiled in an epic battle between the forces of the recently completed, heavily fortified Great Wall and an army of marauding creatures known as the Taotie, deadly enemies who surface every 60 years to wreak destruction. Garin must swiftly prove himself a fighter to the Nameless Order, led by the imposing General Shao (Zhang Hanyu).
A truly monumental undertaking, this latest opus from House of Flying Daggers director Zhang Yimou is the most expensive Chinese movie ever made, with a whopping $135 million budget. The scale is plain to see as Yimou unleashes thunderously action-packed battle scenes, at the centre of which is The Martian star Matt Damon.
What's the story? Michael Keaton headlines as the man who made McDonald’s the biggest fast-food chain in the world.
It’s the multi-billion dollar fast food corporation that serves, on average, 68 million customers a day in 119 countries across the world. But how did McDonald’s become the world-conquering force it is today? This gripping drama tells the story of Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a travelling salesman who turned two brothers' humble hamburger stand into the most successful fast-food brand in the world through a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness.
This fascinating story comes to the big screen courtesy of writer Robert D. Siegel (The Wrestler) and director John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr Banks).
20th Century Women (expanded release)
What's the story? With 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, acclaimed filmmaker Mike Mills (the Academy Award®-winning BEGINNERS) brings us a richly multilayered, funny, heart-stirring celebration of the complexities of women, family, time and the connections we search for our whole lives.
It is a film that keeps redefining itself as it goes along, shifting with its characters as they navigate the pivotal summer of 1979. Set in Santa Barbara, the film follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann, in a breakout performance) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing – via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbour.
Fences (wide release)
What's the story? Denzel Washington stars and directs this compelling drama about a black family in 1950s Pittsburgh.
In 1950s Pittsburgh, Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player. Nowadays, he’s a sanitation worker with a wife and a teenage son, who dreams of playing football. But Troy remains bitter about the missed opportunities of his past, while at the same time trying to cope with the pressures of being a husband and father.
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis reprise their roles from the award-winning revival of August Wilson’s acclaimed play. The movie is tipped for Oscar greatness, having picking up nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Washington), Best Supporting Actress (Davis) and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Moonlight (wide release)
What's the story? A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
At once a vital portrait of contemporary African American life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity,family, friendship, and love, Moonlight is a groundbreaking piece of cinema that reverberates with deep compassion and universal truths.
Anchored by extraordinary performances from a tremendous ensemble cast, Jenkins’s staggering, singular vision is profoundly moving in its portrayal of the moments, people, and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are.
Disney's Newsies: The Broadway Musical (Sunday 19th February, 3.30pm)
What's the story? Seize the day! Newsies – The Broadway Musical is coming to cinemas for one day only on Sunday 19 February 2017.
Filmed live on stage, this is an unmissable, Tony Award®-winning Broadway show from the producers of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. Jeremy Jordan (Supergirl, The Last Five Years) stars in this high-energy explosion of song and dance set in 1890s New York City.
Based on a true story, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenage ‘newsies,’ who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike and take a stand for what’s right.
Exhibition On Screen: I, Claude Monet (Tuesday 21st February, 6.30pm)
What's the story? From award-winning director Phil Grabsky comes this fresh new look at arguably the world’s favourite artist – through his own words.
Using letters and other private writings I, Claude Monet reveals new insight into the man who not only painted the picture that gave birth to impressionism but who was perhaps the most influential and successful painter of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Despite this, and perhaps because of it, Monet’s life is a gripping tale about a man who, behind his sun-dazzled canvases, suffered from feelings of depression, loneliness, even suicide. Then, as his art developed and his love of gardening led to the glories of his garden at Giverney, his letters reveal his humour, insight and love of life.
Shot on location in Paris, London, Normandy and Venice I, Claude Monet is a cinematic immersion into some of the most loved and iconic scenes in Western Art.
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