Welcome to your latest instalment of the week's new releases, which this week is getting a little spooky with the release of The Conjuring 2. Watch if you dare...
The Conjuring 2
What's the story? Ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren confront the Enfield poltergeist in this spine-tingling sequel.
In 2013 ghostly chiller The Conjuring presented us with real-life ghost-busting duo Ed and Lorraine Warren as they led an investigation into a deadly haunting. The movie turned out to be an unexpected smash hit around the world.
Now, they’re back to tackle another truly frightening case of paranormal activity, this time taking place in a seemingly ordinary London home. When the Hodgson family find themselves the unwanted targets of intense and often violent supernatural phenomena, they turn to the Warrens (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) for help. What ensues is to become the Warrens’ most terrifying case ever.
Based on the notorious Enfield poltergeist hauntings that caused a media sensation in the late 1970s, director James Wan’s spooky sequel promises to have audiences watching through their fingers as the Warrens once more confront evil from beyond the grave.
Gods of Egypt
What's the story? Be swept back into the sands of time in this action-packed adventure set in Ancient Egypt.
It is a troubling time for the powerful Egyptian Empire. The God of Darkness, Set (Gerard Butler) has seized control of the throne and looks to plunge the world into darkness. But there is one hope: a young mortal named Bek (Brenton Thwaites) must team up with deity Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in order to restore balance and save his people.
The director of I, Robot and Knowing, Alex Proyas, delivers spectacle by the pyramid-load in this action-packed, big-budget take on Egyptian mythology. Expect giant monsters, epic war scenes and much more besides as two all-powerful Gods prepare for the final conflict. The cast also includes future Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman as fellow God and father of astronomy, Thoth.
Barbershop 3: A Fresh Cut
What's the story? Ice Cube is back as everyone’s favourite barber in this long-time-coming comedy sequel.
In 2002 audiences were introduced to the staff and patrons of Calvin’s Barbershop in the the aptly named Barbershop. A sequel, Back in Business, arrived in 2004, and now – 12 years later – comes the latest film in the successful film series, Barbershop 3: A Fresh Cut.
A lot has changed in the past 12 years. Calvin and his longtime crew are still there, but the one-time men-only hairdressers is now co-ed! And outside of the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighbourhood.
Returning stars Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Anthony Anderson, Eve, Sean Patrick Thomas, Deon Cole and Troy Garity, rub shoulder next to newcomers Regina Hall, Nicki Minaj, Common and Lamorne Morris in this hilarious new entry in the warm-hearted film series.
Enakku Innoru Per Irruku (Tamil)
What's the story? Composer turned actor G.V. Prakash stars in an action-packed Tamil romantic comedy entertainer.
Multi-talented G.V. Prakash Kumar was previously best known as a highly acclaimed soundtrack director working in Tamil cinema. But he's made a couple of cameo appearances on screen, and director AR Murugadoss was quick to spot his star potential.
Last year, he took his first role as a leading man in Sam Anton's well-received horror comedy, Darling, for which he won the Edison Award for Best Debut Actor. Now he's reunited with writer/director Anton and 'Darling' leading lady Anandhi, of Kayal and Trisha Illana Nayanthara fame, for this thrill-packed romantic comedy.
The story has not been completely revealed, but we do know that Saravanan has a pivotal role as a gangster who grooms his son-in-law to become his successor. Karunas, Nirosha, Yogi Babu and VTV Ganesh are among the impressive supporting cast. As you might expect, the music is by G.V. Prakash himself.
Independence Day double bill (Wednesday 22nd July, 8.45pm)
What's the story? The aliens are back in the long-awaited sequel to the 1996 smash hit.
Twenty years on from the alien invasion of 1996, the Earth is now protected by a defence program made from the salvaged technology from the crashed UFOs. But before the aliens were defeated two decades ago, they sent a distress signal to their other battalions and now the response is here – a battle fleet even larger and more powerful than the last one. Is this the end for planet Earth…?
After the first Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Jeff Goldblum returns as scientist David Levinson, now in charge of Earth’s defence system, alongside Bill Pullman (President Whitmore) and Brent Spiner (Dr. Brackish Okun), while new faces include The Hunger Games’ Liam Hemsworth and – as the son of Will Smith’s character from the first movie – Jessie Usher as US pilot Dylan Dubrow-Hiller.
Il Barbiere Di Siviglia – Glyndebourne Opera (Tuesday 21st June, 6.30pm)
What's the story? Rossini's most popular opera returns to Glyndebourne for the first time in more than 20 years.
Count Almaviva (Taylor Stayton) falls for the beautiful Rosina (Danielle de Niese). But she's locked away as the ward of ageing Dr. Bartolo (Alessandro Corbelli). The count seeks advice from Figaro (Bjorn Burger), the wily barber of Seville, who suggests he disguise himself as a drunken soldier in order to be billeted with Bartolo.
Based on the first of the Beaumarchais 'Figaro Trilogy', Rossini's enduringly popular Il barbiere di Siviglia hasn't been staged at Glyndebourne since 1994. Directed by Annabel Arden and conducted by Enrique Mazzola, this new production reunites the creative team behind the festival's triumphant, oft-revived L'elisir d'amore.
It also sees the welcome return of two Glyndebourne favourites: internationally acclaimed lyric soprano Danielle de Niese as Rosina and Italian buffo baritone Alessandro Corbelli as Dr Bartolo. Award-winning young German baritone Bjorn Burger makes his Glyndebourne debut in the title role.
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