It's a blockbuster double-header in this week's new releases as Star Trek and Steven Spielberg return with a vengeance. Scroll down for all the details.
Star Trek Beyond
What's the story? The U.S.S. Enterprise crew warp into another spectacular adventure as the rebooted series continues.
Struggling to come to terms with his father’s formidable legacy, Kirk (Chris Pine) is still adjusting to the role of Captain and leader. Standing alongside him is half-human, half-Vulcan Spock (Zachary Quinto), communications officer Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Dr Bones (Karl Urban) and engineer Scotty (Simon Pegg). But when the Enterprise comes under attack from deadly new enemy Krall (Idris Elba), the entire crew is plunged into another nail-biting battle for survival.
Following J.J. Abrams’ smash-hit 2009 reboot of the iconic Star Trek franchise and its 2013 sequel Into Darkness, the franchise now takes an exciting new direction to mark its 50th anniversary. Fast and Furious director Justin Lin takes over from Abrams at the helm whilst Simon Pegg co-writes the script with Doug Jung. Also featuring in the cast is kick-ass Kingsman star Sofia Boutella as alien warrior Jaylah.
What's the story? Mark Rylance headlines Steven Spielberg's enchanting version of Roald Dahl’s classic novel.
An orphan named Sophie finds herself snatched away from the orphanage one morning by a friendly giant she names the BFG. The BFG’s job is collect, catalogue and deliver pleasant dreams to children.
Sophie joins him on his travels, except they are followed by a group of evil giants, who have an altogether more unpleasant plan for the sleeping kids. Together, Sophie and the BFG must save the children from becoming the giants’ next meal!
This is acclaimed filmmaker Steven Spielberg’s magical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s classic. Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance plays the BFG himself, with newcomer Ruby Barnhill as Sophie alongside a rollcall of great British actors, including Penelope Wilton (Shaun of the Dead), Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3) and Rafe Spall (Get Santa).
Chevalier (limited release)
What's the story? A hilariously deadpan Greek comedy in which six men vie for superiority in a series of tests.
On a luxury yacht in the middle of the Aegean sea, six bored, mostly middle-aged men decide to play a game. In order to determine who is "the best in general", they agree to put themselves through a number of challenges.
These range from straightforward cleaning contests and an IKEA flatpack assembly race to more intimate measurements of manliness. The winner will be awarded a Chevalier signet ring. As this testosterone-driven competition develops, tensions arise and cracks begin to appear in their macho facades.
Athina Rachel Tsangari, who directed the memorably bizarre Attenberg, brings a deliciously satirical female perspective to this portrait of male rivalry, vanity and insecurity. She co-wrote the script with Efthymis Filippou - a regular collaborator with Yorgos Lanthimos, who gave us those classics of surreal modern Greek cinema Dogtooth and The Lobster. In Greek with English subtitles.
What's the story? Tamil superstar Rajinikanth plays an aging gangster in this eagerly anticipated crime thriller.
Few films in Tamil cinema have generated as much excitement as this new vehicle for the legendary Rajinikanth. The teaser trailer clocked up an incredible 22 million views. What's more, the film's partner Air Asia has even painted some of its planes with a Kabali theme and has organised a special flight carrying super-fans to Chennai to watch the very first screening.
Plot details of Attakathi and Madras director Pa. Ranjith's action-packed crime drama are being kept under wraps, but it has been revealed that Rajinikanth is cast as a aging don. Bollywood actress Radhika Apte, of Badlapur and Hunterrr fame, is the female lead. Underlining the film's international appeal, Taiwanese actor Winston Chao, who rose to fame in Ang Lee's 'The Wedding Banquet', plays the main antagonist. Shooting took place primarily on location in Malaysia.
Andre Rieu's 2016 Maastricht Concert (Saturday 23rd July, 7pm)
What's the story? The King of the Waltz's most spectacular hometown concert in Maastricht's stunning town square.
Each year, hugely popular Dutch violinist and composer Andre Rieu returns to his Netherlands hometown for a special concert. Now a major European cultural fixture, this amazing show in Maastricht's beautiful medieval Vrijthof Square is enjoyed by increasing numbers of cinemagoers. Last year, it broke box office records in several countries.
Now Andre plans to top that with his biggest, most unforgettable concert yet. "We put a lot of time, energy and love into creating something special, some Maastricht magic," he promises. Once again, the maestro is joined by his renowned 60 piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, with sopranos, tenors and very special guests.
Recorded live a few days before the satellite broadcast, this immersive HD cinema event is introduced by Charlotte Hawkins. She also conducts an exclusive interview with Andre the moment he steps off stage.
What will you be watching over the next seven days? Let us know @Cineworld how your moviegoing week is shaping up.