August Bank Holiday movies at Cineworld: Blue Beetle and more

 The final Bank Holiday of the year arrives on August 28th and here are all the movies you need to map out an awesome day at Cineworld. This includes wondrous, eye-opening experiences in premium formats: IMAX, 4DX, ScreenX and Superscreen

Scroll down to find out more about the movies dominating the big screen.


1. The new DC superhero movie – Blue Beetle

Cobra Kai star Xolo Maridueña finds himself attached to a mystical scarab in the latest full-throttle instalment of the DC Universe, the penultimate chapter in the comic book franchise before it is rebooted by James Gunn.

Blue Beetle unleashes a new superhero whose Latin identity stakes out greater diversity within the genre. Now blessed with the awesome capabilities of his new flying exoskeleton, Maridueña's character Jaime uses it to fight the forces of evil along with his devoted loved ones.

Come for the superpowers and stay for the heartfelt family bonding including scene-stealer Adriana Barraza as the loving abuela with more than a few tricks up her sleeve.


2. The satirical horror-comedy – The Blackening

Horror movies have long been guilty of killing off a character, or characters, of colour first. So, what about a slyly ironic slasher that takes the knife to this eye-rolling and outdated conceit?

Step forward The Blackening, the riotous blend of horror and humour in which a group of film-literate African-American friends must contend with a serial killer in their midst. As they attempt to unmask the psycho, they must also deal with the insidious and uncomfortable question: which of them is destined to die before anyone else?


3. The talking dog movie that's not for the kids – Strays

Imagine Homeward Bound but with a lot more pooping, swearing and peeing. That's the elevator pitch for Strays, the outrageous new comedy that melds live-action dogs with animated mouths and an all-star voice cast including Will Ferrell and Jamie Foxx.

When Ferrell's unassuming terrier is abandoned by his owner, he teams with a group of stray mutts to take revenge. What ensues is unprintable – exactly what we'd expect from the team behind the likes of Cocaine Bear and Ted.


4. The all-action racing drama – Gran Turismo

The rousing true story of gamer-turned-racer Jann Mardenborough speeds onto the screen in Gran Turismo. Mardenborough made history by graduating from the virtual world of the PlayStation game to real-life track racing. And he now co-ordinates the spectacular set-pieces in the movie by acting as his own stunt double, Midsommar's Archie Madekwe playing Mardenborough's cinematic stand-in.

Even so, the show is stolen by David Harbour as the gruff trainer whose job it is to turn gamers into racers in the fiercest way possible. Strap in and prepare to hit the track.


5. The spooky Disney offering – Haunted Mansion

Disney's popular theme park attraction Haunted Mansion gets a fresh adaptation with a glittering cast and an array of ghostly effects. Hiding behind the fingers is all part of the fun in this family-friendly adventure that showcases the likes of LaKeith Stanfield, Rosario Dawson, Owen Wilson, Tiffany Haddish, Danny DeVito and Jamie Lee Curtis.

Remember: adults pay kids' prices with the Cineworld Family Ticket.


6. The Stath vs a shark – Meg 2: The Trench

One-man action institution and Britain's greatest hardman Jason Statham never met an opponent he couldn't annihilate. However, he may have met his match in the toothy sequel to the 2018 hit The Meg, in which not one but several over-sized prehistoric sharks cause chaos for the works on an aquatic research facility.

There's only one thing for it: fire up the jet-ski and grab the home-made harpoon gun for a showdown between man and beast.


7. The Cowabunga franchise – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

The pizza-loving heroes in a half-shell get the animated treatment in this stylish and exciting comic book adventure, which comes from the inventive mind of writer/producer Seth Rogen. Mutant Mayhem has been hailed as the best Ninja Turtles movie to date, deploying a striking animated aesthetic of brush strokes and charcoal lines to give tactility and palpable movement to the turtles' underground origin story.


8. The movie that brings the 'Kenergy' – Barbie

How many times have you seen Greta Gerwig's Barbie blockbuster so far? If it's only once, then that simply isn't 'Kenough'. Travel over to Barbie land, meet Margot Robbie's luminescent Barbie and Ryan Gosling's scene-stealing Ken, and discover the movie that has caused a veritable summertime sensation.

Among the important life lessons of this pastel-pink blockbuster: the patriarchy isn't about horses and one can always seize one's own destiny.


9. The atomic age epic – Oppenheimer

Christopher Nolan's jaw-dropping account of the Manhattan Project and its atomic energy developments engulfs the senses with its IMAX-lensed cinematography and insistent, overwhelming sound design. At the centre of the stunning ensemble cast is a career-best Cillian Murphy, haunting as the brilliant scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer who sets mankind down a dark and terrifying path.

Fans of engrossing, grown-up cinema and distinguished acting (Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr and Florence Pugh all feature) are encouraged not to miss the latest epic from the director of The Dark Knight.


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