We're cranking up the Cineworld V8 engine this week as a certain Fast & Furious franchise returns to the big screen. And there's plenty of other movies on offer too if you're looking for a different brand of Diesel in the tank. Scroll down for all the details.
Fast & Furious 8
What's the story? Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.
From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.
For Fast & Furious 8, Vin Diesel is joined by a returning all-star cast that includes Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell. In addition to Theron, the series welcomes newcomers Scott Eastwood and Oscar® winner Helen Mirren. The film is directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) and produced by returning producers Neal H. Moritz, Michael Fottrell and Diesel.
The Sense of an Ending
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.
The Handmaiden (Korean) (Wide release)
What's the story? From the visionary director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy and Stoker) comes The Handmaiden, a sumptuous and exhilarating period thriller inspired by Sarah Waters’ best-selling novel 'Fingersmith'.
Set during the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1930s, a young handmaiden named Sookee is hired by Hideko, a reclusive heiress who lives in a sprawling mansion under the watchful eye of her domineering Uncle Kouzuki. But Sookee harbours a secret – she has been recruited by Fujiwara, a scheming con artist posing as a Japanese Count, to trick Hideko into entrusting him with her fortune. However, when Sookee and Hideko begin to develop unexpected emotions for each other, they start putting together a plan of their own...
With breathtaking visuals, grandiose set–design and frenzied humour, The Handmaiden is one of the year’s most anticipated films; an opulent and labyrinthine tale of deception, romance and triple–crossing that marks a career high for one of modern cinema’s most thrilling auteurs. In Korean and Japanese with English subtitles.
The Hatton Garden Job (14th & 15th April)
What's the story? A remarkable true story set over one long Easter weekend; THE HATTON GARDEN JOB follows four ageing East End criminals – led by 76 year-old Brian Reader – and one mystery man who pull off the largest heist in English legal history. With everyone from the Hungarian mob to Scotland Yard on their tail, these old-school – and just plain old – villains set about achieving the seemingly impossible, drilling into a steel-and-concrete secured safety deposit vault in London’s well-to-do Hatton Garden jewellery quarter. But will they commit the crime of the century or pay with their lives?
Starring Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game, TV’s Downton Abbey), Larry Lamb (TV’s EastEnders, Gavin & Stacey), Phil Daniels (TV’s EastEnders, Quadrophenia), Mark Harris (Riot, Anuvahood), Joely Richardson (Snowden, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), David Calder (Rush, The Lady In The Van), Clive Russell (TV’s Game Of Thrones, Ripper Street) and Stephen Moyer (Concussion, TV’s True Blood), THE HATTON GARDEN JOB proves once and for all that crime doesn’t pay when you’re on a pension.
Australian Ballet: Coppelia (Wednesday 19th April, 6.30pm)
What's the story? A sparkling tale of magic and mischief, Coppélia has everything a good story ballet should: a touch of enchantment, a dash of romance and masses of sumptuous costumes. Swanilda and her merry boyfriend Franz live in a village with Dr Coppelius, a sinister magician and inventor who has created a beautiful doll that he sits on his balcony.
One day Franz sees the doll, Coppélia, and becomes infatuated with her. Swanilda and her friends decide to explore Dr Coppelius’ house while he is out to see who the mysterious woman is, but he returns suddenly and Swanilda hides – pretending to be Coppélia. At the same time, the love struck Franz finds a ladder and climbs into Dr Coppelius’ house, who plans to steal his life force to animate his doll, pours Frank a drink with a sleeping draught in it.
When Franz passes out, Coppelius brings out Coppélia so Swanilda pretends to be a doll coming to life. Coppelius is delighted – until Swanilda manages to wake Franz and they escape from the house and are married, sealing their love with a tender pas de deux. Sorcery and masquerade, romance and high jinks – this is the funniest, sunniest ballet you’ll see all year.
Sword Art Online (Wednesday 19th April, 7.45pm)
What's the story? The film is set after the events of the anime"s second season, in which Kirito, Asuna and their friends start playing a new game known as "Ordinal Scale" that, contrary to the previous ones they played, doesn"t have a full-dive function and is based on a new augmented reality device instead called "Augma". In this game, players are ranked according to their achievements and players with lower ranks have serious disadvantages in duels against their higher ranked peers.
NT Live: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Thursday 20th April, 7pm)
What's the story? Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London.
David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight. Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.
Begun Jaan (Hindi)
What's the story? Begum Jaan is an action-drama set during the late Indian Independence period of 1947. When at the behest of Lord Mountbatten, the Radcliffe Commission shoddily drew the India-Pakistan border in just five weeks with no proper topographical or demographical study, it sometimes went right through forests, rivers, villages, towns and even houses.
Begum Jaan is the story of one such house in Punjab, which was also a popular brothel, which the Radcliffe line perfectly bisects making one part of the house belong to India, and the other, to Pakistan. Begum Jaan was the matriach of the home living with 12 others whom she treated as an extended family.
When the officials did not alter the border and sought to demolish the building to build the border of the new nations, Begum Jaan refused to follow the eviction order claiming no government had the right to take away her home. The film is a tale of a family's defiance against a historic decision of the Government and their subsequent fight to save their home.
Georgettan's Pooram (Malayalam)
What's the story? This comedy entertainer is set against the backdrop of Thrissur, and Dileep plays the title role George Vadakkan, the son of a Marthoma priest Mathews Vadakkan, played by Renji Panicker. Mathews wants George to continue his legacy and become a priest. George is the leader of his gang (played by Vinay Forrt, Sharafudheen, Thiru Actlab). He falls in love with Rajisha Vijayan's character Merlin, whose parents want her to become a nun. The interesting incidents that take place in their lives make up the story of K Biju's directorial venture.