It's a bumper week of Cineworld releases: Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Green Book, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and Escape Room are all out now. Scroll down to book your tickets.
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
What's the story? Melissa McCarthy stars in the adaptation of the memoir CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?, the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer (and friend to cats) Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) who made her living in the 1970's and 80's profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant).
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (also Autism Friendly Screening: Sunday 3rd February, 11am)
What's the story? From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown...and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they've known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destinies are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together—to the very ends of the Earth—to protect everything they've grown to treasure.
What's the story? Set in America in 1962, Green Book tells the heart-warming true story of Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a working-class Italian-American bouncer who takes on a job as a chauffeur for Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a highly-educated African-American classical pianist. The mismatched pair embark on a two-month tour of concert venues in the racially charged deep south and discover they're on the road to a meaningful and unique friendship.
What's the story? Escape Room is a psychological thriller about six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to find the clues or die. Please note that this film contains a sequence of flashing lights which may affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.
Burning (wide release)
What's the story? Adapted from a short story by Haruki Murakami, Lee Chang-Dong's BURNING follows the story of deliveryman Jongsu (Ah-In Yoo), who is out on a job when he runs into Haemi (Jong-Seo Jun), a girl who once lived in his neighbourhood. Friendly and flirtatious, she asks if he can look after her cat while she's away on a trip to Africa, and he happily obliges. On her return, she asks Jongsu to meet her at the airport- and promptly introduces him to Ben (Steven Yeun) - an enigmatic young man she met during her trip. As the group spend more time together, Jongsu slowly gets to know the inscrutable visitor – until one day, Ben tells him about his most unusual hobby...
Beautiful Boy (expanded release)
What's the story? Starring Academy Award nominees Steve Carell (Foxcatcher, The Big Short) and Timothee Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name), Beautiful Boy is a deeply moving portrait of a family's unwavering love and commitment to each other in the face of their son's addiction and his attempts at recovery. As Nic repeatedly relapses, the Sheffs are faced with the harsh reality that addiction is a disease that does not discriminate and can hit any family at any time. From the producers of Moonlight and 12 Years a Slave, and adapted from David and Nic Sheff's best-selling memoirs by BAFTA Award winner Luke Davies (Lion), Beautiful Boy is a searingly honest account of the ways addiction can destroy lives and the power of love to rebuild them.
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (Hindi)
What's the story? Some love stories are not simple, Sweety's is one such story. She has to contend with her over-enthusiastic family that wants to get her married, a young writer who is completely smitten by her, a secret that she harbors close to her heart and ultimately the truth that her true love might not find acceptance in her family and society. Resolving these issues proves hilarious, touching and life changing. Welcome to the most Unexpected Romance of the year!
Vandha Rajavathaan Varuven (Tamil)
What's the story? A young scion of a powerful family is tasked with retrieving an estranged member of the family.
Diablo (Polish) (Opens Sunday 3rd February)
What's the story? The protagonist of the film is a young boy named Kuba who, in order to help his seriously ill sister, decides to get some quick cash by taking part in illegal car races. On the way, he not only meets many difficulties but also a girl named Ewa, with whom he shares a love for racing.
Uda Aida (Punjabi)
What's the story? Uda Aida tackles the importance of one's mother tongue over the English language. A family living in a village want their son to study in a convent school because, they believe studying in English will provide a better standing for his future. Little do they realize that securing a place is the easy part, difficulties arise when they are reminded of their lowly status by the other affluent parents. Once their son has started his education, they notice a change in his values which affects their relationship. How they balance their son's dreams whilst understanding the importance of their mother tongue forms the crux of the film.
Sarvam Thaala Mayam (Tamil)
What's the story? Sarvam Thaala Mayam (English: Everything is filled with rhythm) is an upcoming Tamil-language musical drama film written and directed by Rajiv Menon. The film will be released as 'Madras Beats' in some English-speaking territories. The film stars G. V. Prakash Kumar and Aparna Balamuraliin the lead roles, with a supporting cast including Nedumudi Venu, Vineeth, Santha Dhananjayan and Kumaravel. The film features music composed by A. R. Rahman and cinematography by Ravi Yadav.
The Gandhi Murder (English)
What's the story? Releasing on Mahatma Gandhi's 71st death Anniversary, The Gandhi Murder is a period movie based on verified facts of true events that led to the eventual assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. The movie demonstrates a violent India, at the backdrop of a non-violent Gandhi, as hard-line fanatic mind-sets began to grow roots in an India divided on the basis of religion. The feature is a story of three police officers in different parts of India, who, well aware of the intelligence that Gandhi's life is under threat, must take key decisions that would eventually either save the Mahatma, or the country.
ScreenX: BTS: 2018: Love Yourself in Seoul encore (Saturday 2nd February, 2pm)
What's the story? Shot at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul during the BTS WORLD TOUR 'LOVE YOURSELF', an exclusive screening of the most sought-after concert of 2018 hits movie theatres worldwide for a one-day only event. Uniting fans together to celebrate the seven members of the global boyband and their unprecedented international phenomenon, the event will also be shown in ScreenX theatres, available for additional screenings starting January 26.
MET Opera 2019: Carmen (Saturday 2nd February, 5.55pm)
What's the story? Don't miss this revival of Sir Richard Eyre's dynamic production. Mezzo-soprano Clementine Margaine plays opera's ultimate seductress, while Roberto Alagna returns to the role of Don Jose, the good-hearted soldier in whom she unleashes an uncontrollable passion. Don Jose breaks the law, goes to prison, deserts the army and loses everything to be with Carmen. But the capricious gypsy soon tires of him and takes up instead with the bullfighter Escamillo—bass Alexander Vinogradov. She has ruined his life, but still Don Jose adores her, with a fierceness that can only lead to catastrophe. Composer Bizet died just three months after Carmen's disastrous premiere, never knowing that his creation would become one of the most popular operas of all time.
A Private War plus live Q&A (Monday 4th February, 7pm)
What's the story? In a world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin (Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike) is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless, while constantly testing the limits between bravery and bravado. After being hit by a grenade in Sri Lanka, she wears a distinctive eye patch and is still as comfortable sipping martinis with London's elite as she is confronting dictators. Colvin sacrifices loving relationships, and over time, her personal life starts to unravel as the trauma she's witnessed takes its toll. Yet, her mission to show the true cost of war leads her – along with renowned war photographer Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan) – to embark on the most dangerous assignment of their lives in the besieged Syrian city of Homs. Based on the extraordinary life of Marie Colvin, A PRIVATE WAR is brought to the screen by Academy Award nominee and critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman in his pulse-pounding narrative feature debut. For One Night Only, the film will be followed by a Q&A with Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, and special guests broadcast live to cinemas from London Leicester Square on February 4.
All Is True plus live Q&A (Wednesday 6th February, 6pm)
What's the story? The year is 1613, Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and a devastated Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war.