Welcome to your round-up of the week's new releases. Scroll down for all the details about what's on.
What's the story? 1940, London, the Blitz; with the country’s morale at stake, Catrin (Gemma Arterton), an untried screenwriter, and a makeshift cast and crew, work under fire to make a film to lift the nation’s flagging spirits; and inspire America to join the war. Partnered alongside fellow screenwriter, Buckley (Sam Claflin) and eccentric actor Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy), the trio set off to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation and capture the imagination of the American population. THEIR FINEST, based on Lissa Evans’ novel, ‘Their Finest Hour and a Half’, is a witty, romantic and moving portrayal of a young woman finding her way, and her voice, in the mayhem of war… and the movies!
What's the story? Tessa Connover (Katherine Heigl) is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex-husband, David (Geoff Stults), becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks (Rosario Dawson)—not only bringing Julia into the home they once shared but also into the life of their daughter, Lily. Trying to settle into her new life, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her put her own troubled past behind her. But Tessa’s jealousy soon takes a pathological turn until she will stop at nothing to turn Julia’s dream into her ultimate nightmare.
The Zookeeper's Wife
What's the story? The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh of The Broken Circle Breakdown), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are stunned – and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl of Captain America: Civil War). To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance – and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.
Rules Don't Apply
What's the story? An aspiring young actress (Lily Collins) and her ambitious young driver (Alden Ehrenreich) struggle hopefully with the absurd eccentricities of the wildly unpredictable billionaire (Warren Beatty) whom they work for. It’s Hollywood, 1958. Small town beauty queen and devout Baptist virgin Marla Mabrey (Collins), under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Beatty), arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her driver Frank Forbes (Ehrenreich), who is engaged to be married to his 7th grade sweetheart and is a deeply religious Methodist. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes.
The Belko Experiment (wide release)
What's the story? Eighty Americans locked inside Belko Industries’ high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia, are horrified when an unknown voice issues a command through the intercom system:kill two people in the next 30 minutes or more people will die. Pacifist Mike Pelk (John Gallagher, Jr.) & his girlfriend Leandra (Adria Arjona) try to convince their office mates to resist the order, but when the heads of four random co-workers explode and the anonymous voice directs the office workers to kill 30 more of their colleagues, cold-blooded COO Barry Norris (Tony Goldwyn) takes charge and violence escalates as the staff members turn on one another in a desperate attempt to survive.
The Transfiguration (wide release)
What's the story? An atmospheric, intricate study of a troubled young mind, which follows orphaned teen Milo (Eric Ruffin) as he immerses himself in vampire lore to escape his troubled life. In Queens, New York, 14 year-old Milo is a total outsider. Ignored by his schoolmates and bullied by older children, he takes refuge in the apartment he shares with his older brother. To escape his solitude, he studies vampire mythology, to the point of obsession. Milo hides a terrible secret, but a chance encounter with neighbor Sophie (Chloe Levine) leads him to develop new feelings. But will it be enough to quash his dark urges?
Finding Fatimah (limited release)
What's the story? Finding Fatimah is a tale of one man’s struggle to find love against the odds. All young Muslim Shahid (Danny Ashok) wants is to find a life partner but, after five years of trying, he is still struggling to find ‘The One’. The aspiring stand-up comedian is about to hit 30, and his printer business is grinding to a halt, but there's something else that is rendering him well and truly UN-dateable... he’s divorced. And now his ‘divorced tag’ is all people see. Using an online match-making site, Shahid sees no option but to select ‘never married’ on his profile, and when he falls for the bold and beautiful Dr Fatimah (Asmara Gabrielle), he must decide when and how to break the news.
Clash (limited release)
What's the story? Set entirely in an 8m police truck, a number of detainees from different political and social backgrounds are brought together by their inevitable fate, during the turmoil that followed the ousting of former president Morsi from power.
The Sense Of An Ending (expanded release)
What's the story? Starring Academy Award-winner Jim Broadbent, alongside a stellar cast that includes Charlotte Rampling and Michelle Dockery, The Sense of an Ending is based on the Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Julian Barnes. From acclaimed director Ritesh Batra, it is a deeply moving and uplifting story about the paths chosen in life, and the power of memory, love and forgiveness.
MET Opera 2016/17: Eugene Onegin (Saturday 22nd April, 5.55pm)
What's the story? Tchaikovsky’s setting of Pushkin’s timeless verse novel is presented on the Met stage in Deborah Warner’s moving production, starring Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Tatiana and Onegin. Alexey Dolgov sings the role of Lenski, and Robin Ticciati conducts. The Met’s groundbreaking series launched in 2006 and quickly established the company as the world’s leading alternative cinema content provider. More than 19 million tickets have been sold since the series’ inception, and the series currently reaches more than 2,000 movie theaters in 70 countries around the world.
Beauty and the Beast sing-a-long (Sunday 23rd April)
What's the story? Disney’s animated classic gets a sumptuous live-action reboot with Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the lead roles. Belle (Emma Watson) is a bookish young woman and keen inventor who goes in search of her father Maurice (Kevin Kline) when he disappears after visiting a mysterious castle. When she gets there, she is shocked to learn that he is the prisoner of the monstrous Beast (Dan Stevens) and volunteers to take his place. Initially terrified of her captive, she soon learns about how he was transformed from a handsome prince into his current state by a magical curse, and a tender love story soon develops. Twilight director Bill Condon promises to bring a lavish sense of magic to this all-star remake of the celebrated 1991 animation. Anchored by Watson and Stevens, the movie also features Luke Evans as Gaston, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs Potts and Josh Gad as LeFou.
TED 2017 opening event (Tuesday 25th April, 6.30pm)
What's the story? Take a front-row seat at TED2017 Opening Night - the kickoff to the week-long TED conference. Experience revelatory TED Talks and performances as they unfold for the first time on the TED stage in Vancouver, BC. Speakers include Tim Ferriss, Garry Kasparov, Laura Galante, and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, with a musical performance by OK Go. You’ve seen TED Talks. But now experience the TED conference - the flagship event where big ideas are born that transform the world. TED2017 will feature a lineup of speakers like never before. Join fellow TED fans and be among the first to watch these brilliant speakers give the “talk of their lives” and share extraordinary insight that will shape our future for years to come. Through the TED Cinema Experience series, we all have access to the world-famous TED experience, giving us the opportunity to have our curiosity sparked, minds opened, and worlds shifted.
RSC Live 2017: Julius Caesar (Wednesday 26th April, 7pm)
What's the story? Caesar returns from war, all-conquering, but mutiny is rumbling through the corridors of power. Our Rome season in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre opens with the politics of spin and betrayal turning to violence. Following his sell-out productions of Tom Morton-Smith’s Oppenheimer (2014) and James Fenton’s adaptation of Don Quixote (2016), Season Director Angus Jackson steers the thrilling action as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control. Julius Caesar will be broadcast live to cinemas on 26th April 2017.
Lady Macbeth plus Q&A (Thursday 27th April)
What's the story? Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
After the screening, (broadcast live via satellite from The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre at the V&A) there will be a Q&A with Director William Oldroyd, actress Florence Pugh and costume designer Holly Waddington and special guests.
Guardians of the Galaxy double-bill (also 3D & IMAX) (Thursday 27th April, 9.15pm)
What's the story? An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy's fate in the balance. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 reunites us with the team as they come face to face with a deadly new enemy – and Quill's mysterious father.
Ghana Must Go (Nollywood)
What's the story? Multiple award-winning film ‘Ghana Must Go’ directed by an award winner director, Frank Rajah-Arase. A romantic comedy film revolves around two families, one Ghanaian and one Nigerian coming together. The story is about a London-based Ghanaian girl who brings her Nigerian fiancé home to introduce him to her parents, resulting in all hell being let loose.
What's the story? Noor (Sonakshi Sinha) is impatient, intelligent, impetuous and on the hunt for love in a city that is frustrating but also her addiction. She and her two best friends, Saad a young entrepreneurial restaurateur, who shuttles between London and Mumbai, and Zaara a with-it Parsi who plays DJ gigs at various nightclubs in the city, form the core of a coming-of-age story set in Mumbai, the ever-changing metropolis that is home to more than 21 million people. Noor lives with her father and an absentee maid, Malti. She works at the Daily News, a local TV Channel, where she is relegated to covering socialite events, bakery openings and other banal fodder. Frustrated, with her job and her life in general, she is on the lookout for meaning. Be it in the form of an intelligent and handsome man, or a story that has some depth and substance. In search of a story, Noor is genuinely faced with a challenge of righting a wrong and doing her best to fix a situation that she has placed herself in. But does she have the courage to stand by her words? The film captures her journey, her relationships, her friendships, her choices and many dilemmas as she comes of age, and develops a fresh perspective on life, her city and her best friend Saad, proving that sometimes everything you are looking for in life, may very well be sitting right before you!