Laughs and chills a-plenty this week. Kevin Hart lends his voice to a story about a superhero and his underwear in Dreamworks’ ‘Captain Underpants’; Culture Clash comedy ‘The Big Sick’ is based on the true story of a Pakistani comedian navigating his American girlfriend’s mystery illness with her parents, who he’s never met, and Queen Latifah and buddies find their wild sides in New Orleans in ‘Girls Trip’. There’s a terrifying tale of survival when a shark diving excursion goes wrong in ’47 Metres Down’, while her wits are the only thing keeping her alive when a young girl is randomly abducted by a disturbed couple in the Australian thriller ‘Hounds of Love’, and be careful what you wish for in the fantasy horror ‘Wish Upon’. All these plus the 25th Anniversary re-release of Merchant Ivory’s classic ‘Howard’s End’; the craziest family in town in Bollywood comedy ‘Mubarakan’, and deadly psychological thriller ‘The Wall’, directed by Doug Liman and starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson follows two soldiers pinned down by an Iraqi sniper, with nothing but a crumbling wall between them.
Captain Underpants (3D) (U)
Animation | Action | Comedy | Family
Dir. David Soren, US, 2017, 89 mins
Cast (voices): Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Thomas Middleditch, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele, Kristen Schaal
From DreamWorks Animation comes an epic feature film about a hero and his underpants. Two boys create a homemade comic book character that becomes real when they hypnotise their fun-crushing school principal and convince him that he…is tra-la-la…CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS.
Adventure | Drama | Horror
Dir. Johannes Roberts, UK/US/Dominican Republic, 2017, 89 mins
Cast: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Matthew Modine
On the rebound after a devastating break-up, Lisa (Mandy Moore) is ready for adventure while on vacation in Mexico with her sister Kate (Claire Holt). Still, she’s apprehensive when two handsome, fun-loving locals (Yani Gellman and Santiago Segura) suggest the girls join them for a shark-diving excursion on a boat skippered by Captain Taylor (Matthew Modine).
Lowered 16 feet into the Pacific Ocean in a rickety cage, Lisa and Kate catch a once-in-a-lifetime, close-up look at a group of majestic Great Whites. But Lisa’s worst fears materialise when the cage breaks away from the boat and plummets 47 metres–more than 150 feet–down to the seabed. To their horror, the sisters discover they are too deep to radio for help without leaving the cage and making themselves vulnerable to the voracious sharks, and a rapid ascent would lead to the potentially deadly condition known as the bends. With their oxygen supplies rapidly dwindling, the girls do everything in their power to get to safety, even as a series of calamitous events makes it increasingly likely they won’t escape their underwater prison alive.
A terrifying tale of survival set in the domain of the ocean’s fiercest creatures.
Girls Trip (15)
Dir. Malcolm D. Lee, US, 2017, 122 mins
Cast: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish, Larenz Tate, Mike Colter, Kate Walsh, Kofi Siriboe
When four lifelong friends— Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish—travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.
Comedy | Romance
Dir. Michael Showalter, US, 2017, 119 mins, some subtitles
Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter
Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Zoe Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he’s never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.
Hounds of Love (18)
Crime | Drama | Horror | Thriller
Dir. Ben Young, Australia, 2016, 108 mins
Cast: Emma Booth, Ashleigh Cummings, Steohen Curry, Susie Porter
In the mid 1980’s seventeen year old Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realises she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive.
Inspired by real life crimes, Hounds of Love is a confronting thriller examining themes of breaking free from psychological control and domestic violence.
Howard’s End (R/I) (PG)
Drama | Romance
Dir. James Ivory, UK/Japan/US, 1992, 140 mins
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Thompson, James Wilby
Merchant Ivory’s landmark adaptation of E.M. Forster’s classic tale of drama and romance returns to UK cinemas, newly restored for its 25th anniversary.
Nominated for nine Academy Awards, this landmark adaptation of EM Forster’s classic novel is about the interwoven fates and misfortunes of three families in Edwardian England. Full of lavish sets and elegant costumes, the film tells the stories of two respectable sisters, Margaret (Thompson) and Helen Schlegel (Bonham Carter), who collide with the world of the very wealthy – one sister benefiting from the acquaintance with the Wilcoxes (owners of the beloved country home Howard’s End), the other all but destroyed by it.
Compelling and brilliantly acted, the film remains an entertaining, exquisite and elegant pleasure, as moving and relevant as it was on the day of its original release.
I Called Him Morgan
Documentary | Music
Dir. Kasper Collin, Sweden/US, 2016, 92 mins
Cast (as themselves): Lee Morgan Helen Morgan, Wayne Shorter
On a snowy night in February 1972, celebrated jazz musician Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts those who knew the Morgans. This feature documentary by Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin is a love letter to two unique personalities and the music that brought them together. A film about love, jazz and America.
Bollywood | Comedy | Family | Romance
Dir. Anees Bazmee, India, 2017, subtitles
Cast: Anil Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz
Karan and Charan are identical twins who through a twist of fate end up becoming cousins. One brought up in Chandigarh and the other in London, they are as different as brothers can be. The fun starts when their families start searching for a bride for them, unknown to the fact that they already have girlfriends. Will their genius uncle, Kartar be able to get them out of this mess or create more confusion? Watch the madness unfold. It’s time to meet the craziest family in town! It’s MUBARAKAN time!
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The Wall (15)
Drama | Thriller | War
Dir. Doug Liman, US, 2017, 90 mins
Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli
A deadly psychological thriller that follows two soldiers pinned down by an Iraqi sniper, with nothing but a crumbling wall between them. Their fight becomes as much a battle of will and wits as it is of lethally accurate marksmanship.
Wish Upon (15)
Fantasy | Horror | Thriller
Dir. John R. Leonetti, US, 2017, 90 mins
Cast: Sherilyn Fenn, Joey King, Ryan Phillipe, Shannon Purser, Elisabeth Rohm
Jonathan Shannon (Ryan Phillippe) gives his 17-year-old daughter Clare (Joey King) an old music box that promises to grant its owner seven wishes. Sceptical at first, Clare becomes seduced by its dark powers when her life starts to radically improve with each wish. Everything seems perfect until she realises that every wish she makes causes the people who are closest to her to die in violent and elaborate ways.
Dir. Conor Ibraheim, UK, 2017, 91 mins
Cast: Afsaneh Dehrouyeh, Aqib Khan
A multi-narrative journey that weaves between three families in present-day Bradford, where three worlds collide and leave a Muslim scholar fighting for his life. Yusif, the son of Mosque scholar Rehman, is doing his best to keep his dad’s dream at arms length. Zac is from a White working class family whose troubles hit fifth gear due to his radical behaviour. Khadija is second generation Iraqi and a recent graduate in Politics whose ambitions are about to be put to the test. Fuelled by yet another grooming case making the headlines, they must face the storm before the calm – and they call it ‘Islamophobia’. In cinemas 29th July.