On release in Cineworld this week: James Cameron/Robert Rodriguez manga epic Alita: Battle Angel, the totally awesome The LEGO Movie 2 and lots more. Scroll down to book your tickets.
Alita: Battle Angel
What's the story? From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY), comes ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she's grown to love.
The LEGO Movie 2
What's the story? The much-anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, global box-office phenomenon that started it all, The LEGO Movie 2, reunites the heroes of Bricksburg in an all new action-packed adventure to save their beloved city. It's been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild. The battle to defeat them and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take Emmet, Lucy, Batman and their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds, including a strange galaxy where everything is a musical. It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are.
Boy Erased (wide release)
What's the story? Academy Award nominee Lucas Hedges (Manchester By the Sea) stars alongside Academy Award winners Nicole Kidman ('Big Little Lies', The Hours) and Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind) in Anonymous Content's BOY ERASED. Joel Edgerton (The Gift, Loving) directs, writes, produces and co-stars in the emotional coming-of-age and coming out drama about a young man's journey to self-acceptance. BOY ERASED tells the story of Jared (Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents (Kidman and Crowe) at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith. Boy Erased is the true story of one young man's struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity.
All is True (wide release)
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.
If Beale Street Could Talk (limited release)
What's the story? Academy Award-winner Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) brings his highly anticipated next feature to the screen, an adaptation of James Baldwin's stunning novel, If Beale Street Could Talk. In early 1970's Harlem, Tish, a nineteen-year old girl, is in love with a young sculptor, Fonny, the father of her unborn child. When Fonny is falsely accused of rape and imprisoned, Tish and their families race to clear his name before the baby is born. A story about love persisting in the face of racial oppression and injustice, Jenkins brings together a talented young cast which includes Stephan James (Selma, Race) as Fonny and newcomer Kiki Layne as Tish.
Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu (Malayalam)
What's the story? IRUPATHIYONNAM NOTTANDU is a Malayalam language drama in which a man befriends a woman from a different religion.
Dhilluku Dhuddu 2 (Tamil)
What's the story? The hero is a happy-go-lucky guy who doesn't take things seriously except his lady-love who he meets and gets attracted to, in due course. Now, the heroine has a problem that if anyone proposes to her, they would be chased away by some ghostly spirit that accompanies her always. It is now for the hero to solve the mystery behind her ghost companion. How he tackles this situation whether he is able to get her lover recover from this possessed state forever or not is the rest of the movie.
What's the story? ICAC has been investigating a bribery case regarding illegal trade for many years. However, the trial in the case is delayed for one week due to the abscond of the defendant Chen Chaoqun and the absence of the only witness Xu Zhiyao. In order to have the retrial of the case, ICAC launches a full-scale operation.
What's the story? Karan was the son of the Ajmera family. His family had been leading industrialists based in London for generations. Karan was in love with Aisha Barclay. Aisha was the only child of Dr William and Anu Barclay. Her mother was from India and her father was a prominent surgeon at the Royal London Hospital. Karan and Aisha had met and fallen in love and had been dating for 3 years. Karan wanted to whisk Aisha away for a romantic weekend and propose to her. When they were planning the weekend getaway, Aisha came across pictures of the Ajmera Summer house, which was a few hours away from London. She insisted on going to the house where Karan had spent most of his summers growing up. Karan was reluctant as he had not been back to that house for over 8 years, it held memories that seemed to haunt him. But on Aisha's insistence, they found themselves heading to the Summer House. Karan had been suffering from memory lapses and blackouts for which he had been in therapy with Dr Shivani Roy. Dr Shivani also felt that this trip would do Karan good. It was taking a step in the direction of overcoming his past demons. But the demons from his past had been waiting for just this opportunity.
What's the story? Peranbu is an intense emotional drama that focuses more on the relationship between father and daughter.
Notting Hill 20th anniversary re-release (Thursday 14th February, 7.30pm)
What's the story? William Thacker (Hugh Grant) is a London bookstore owner whose humdrum existence is thrown into romantic turmoil when famous American actress Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) appears in his shop. A chance encounter over spilled orange juice leads to a kiss that blossoms into a full-blown affair. As the average bloke and glamorous movie star draw closer and closer together, they struggle to reconcile their radically different lifestyles in the name of love.