Welcome to your round-up of the week's new releases, led this week by the return of the Guardians... Scroll down for all the details.
Guardians of the Galaxy
What's the story? Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Baby Groot reunite for this eagerly awaited sequel to Marvel's 2014 hit.
Back in 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy defied all the blockbuster odds to become one of the most popular Marvel movies of all time. Directed by Slither filmmaker James Gunn the movie soared off the back of an irreverent sense of humour, foot-tapping soundtrack and excellent ensemble chemistry from its lead actors, including Chris Pratt in a star-making role.
Now the sequel has arrived and expectations couldn't be higher. Following the destruction of fanatical Kree villain Ronan in the previous movie, Peter Quill/Star Lord (Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) now set off on a whole-new adventure. And this time it's personal, as Quill comes face to face with his long-lost father, Ego (Kurt Russell).
What's the story? It is 1914. As the Great War looms, the mighty Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Constantinople, the once vibrant, multicultural capital on the shores of the Bosporus, is about to be consumed by chaos.
Michael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac), arrives in the cosmopolitan hub as a medical student determined to bring modern medicine back to Siroun, his ancestral village in Southern Turkey where Turkish Muslims and Armenian Christians have lived side by side for centuries.
Photo-journalist Chris Myers (Christian Bale), has come here only partly to cover geo-politics. He is mesmerized by his love for Ana (Charlotte le Bon), an Armenian artist he has accompanied from Paris after the sudden death of her father. When Michael meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between the two men.
As the Turks form an alliance with Germany and the Empire turns violently against its own ethnic minorities, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to survive even as events threaten to overwhelm them. Promises are made and promises are broken. The one promise that must be kept is to live on and tell the story.
A Dog's Purpose (bank holiday preview)
What's the story? Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.
What's the story? A young street artist in East Los Angeles is caught between his father's obsession with lowrider car culture, his ex-felon brother and his need for self-expression.
Lady Macbeth (limited release)
What's the story? Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
Mad Max: Fury Road black & chrome edition (Sunday 30th April)
What's the story? Action man Tom Hardy plays the iconic Road Warrior in the fourth adrenaline-driven Mad Max thriller. In a stark and parched post-apocalyptic landscape, taciturn anti-hero Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) meets his shaven-headed female counterpart Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) who needs to cross the desert to get home.
Writer/director George Miller revives the Mad Max series after 30 years with this hyper-kinetic chase movie. Boasting amazing visuals and an intense performance from Tom Hardy, Mad Max: Fury Road promises to be a worthy sequel to one of the all-time great action franchises. Charlize Theron (Young Adult), Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Zoë Kravitz (The Divergent Series), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) and Elvis Presley's granddaughter Riley Keough also star.
TED2017 highlights exclusive (Sunday 30th April, 4pm)
What's the story? Be among the first to watch the most inspiring and insightful TED Talks from TED2017. This exclusive show, created just for cinema audiences, includes a surprise curation of the best moments of TED2017. This year’s conference lineup includes names like Elon Musk, Dan Ariely, Cynthia Erivo and many more. You’ve seen TED Talks. But now experience the TED conference - the flagship event where big ideas are born that transform the world. TED2017 will feature a lineup of speakers like never before.
Join fellow TED fans and be among the first to watch these brilliant speakers give the “talk of their lives” and share extraordinary insight that will shape our future for years to come. Through the TED Cinema Experience series, we all have access to the world-famous TED experience, giving us the opportunity to have our curiosity sparked, minds opened, and worlds shifted.
Unlimited advance screening: Sleepless (Tuesday 2nd May)
What's the story? When Las Vegas cop Vincent Downs (Jamie Foxx) and his partner Sean (Tip “T.I.” Harris) rob a cocaine shipment bound for a drug-dealing casino boss (Dermot Mulroney), the desperate businessman retaliates by kidnapping Vincent’s son (Octavius J. Johnson). Pursued by a dogged Internal Affairs investigator (Michelle Monaghan) and a sadistic drug kingpin (Scoot McNairy), Vincent must rely on his street smarts and sheer force of will as he tries to rescue his child over the course of a single night in this gritty, action-filled thriller.
Love Off The Cuff (Cantonese)
What's the story? In 2010, Jimmy and Cherie fell in love in the back alleys of Hong Kong. In 2012, they each found a new love in a new city, but they ultimately chose to stay together. In 2017, Cherie and Jimmy will brave the stormy seas and save their relationship. Can Cherie and Jimmy overcome their seven-year itch? The path to finding out the answer is filled with laughs and tears. In Cantonese with English subtitles.
What will you be watching over the next week? Let us know @Cineworld.