Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw races onto Cineworld screens this week. Scroll down to book your tickets, and discover the rest of this week's new releases.
What's the story? After eight films that have amassed almost $5 billion worldwide, the Fast & Furious franchise now features its first stand-alone vehicle as Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their roles as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw in Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw. Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Johnson), a loyal agent of America's Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off in 2015's Fast & Furious 7, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they've tried to take each other down. But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever — and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent (The Crown's Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw's sister - these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves. Hobbs & Shaw blasts open a new door in the Fast universe as it hurtles action across the globe, from Los Angeles to London and from the toxic wasteland of Chernobyl to the lush beauty of Samoa.
What's the story? The flightless angry birds and the scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level in The Angry Birds Movie 2! When a new threat emerges that puts both Bird and Pig Island in danger, Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), and Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) recruit Chuck's sister Silver (Rachel Bloom) and team up with pigs Leonard (Bill Hader), his assistant Courtney (Awkwafina), and techpig Garry (Sterling K. Brown) to forge an unsteady truce and form an unlikely superteam to save their homes.
Animals (wide release)
What's the story? Laura and Tyler are two girls who like to party - drink, drugs and general debauchery infuse their days while their careers and lives remain on hold. As they drift into their thirties, reality begins to bite, but Laura and Tyler will not be tamed so easily. When aspiring writer Laura (Holliday Grainger) meets the devilishly handsome musician Jim, sparks fly. As their relationship intensifies, Laura's friendship with Tyler (Alia Shawkat) comes under pressure; Tyler wants to keep the party going, living a life without limitation as Laura begins to settle into her relationship with Jim. But nothing is ever that simple, and Laura begins to struggle with a more strait-laced approach to life. As the fabric of the friendship between Laura and Tyler begins to fray, the bond between these two siren soulmates starts to implode. Finding themselves at a crossroads as their old lives start to slip away, both begin to encounter new opportunities that might carry them beyond their past hedonism. A celebration of female friendship and the choices we make, ANIMALS is an honest, unconventional and very funny snapshot of two very modern women.
Autism Friendly Screening: The Lion King (Sunday 4th August, 11am)
What's the story? Autism Friendly screenings at Cineworld differ from regular screenings. Some of the key differences are: Lighting will be kept on during the screening. Volume levels will be reduced. There will be no advertisements or trailers. Seating will not be allocated. Customers will be allowed to bring in their own food. Screenings will be at 11am on the first Sunday of every month. For further information please ask in your local cinema.
Khandaani Shafakhana (Hindi)
What's the story? Baby Bedi is a quick-witted small town Medical Representative from an orthodox Punjabi family; despite her earnest efforts, her modest income never matches up to the mounting bills, resulting in multiple loans and creditors knocking at the family door constantly. One day, she is presented with a unique opportunity. She has to choose between her utterly ordinary life, or bail her family out of their perennial money crunch by selling off an infamous Clinic which she inherits from her estranged uncle. The catch though is the rather unusual conditions he has laid out in his WILL. What follows is the no-holds-barred journey of a girl in a hush-hush world. Along this hilarious journey, this small town girl will break taboos, open hearts and ultimately, minds.
Sikander 2 (Punjabi)
What's the story? After leaving his past behind, Sikander had started afresh in a small village. He took shelter in a house and made the people of the house his family, their love and warmth helped him to lead the life of a simple farmer and became Teji for all. But, the family who had given shelter and treated Sikander as their own when the only son of that house, Bali who is off to college in the city, is always in awe of the dare devilry of the gangs and guns. Bali gets mixed with the wrong kind of people and finds his life in danger. Now Sikander has no choice but to return to his past.
Jabariya Jodi (Hindi)
What's the story? Jabariya Jodi is a story of vindication and realization of love between the bold and unapologetic Babli with the quintessential stud of Bihar, Abhay. Set in Bihar, it explores the unusual phenomenon of forced weddings with humorous undertones and comical events. It's a love story that knows no bounds and which cannot be forced, arranged or bought with dowry.
What's the story? Long back, a poor milkman finds a magic vessel in his farm while digging a well. He becomes rich due to its magical quality. One fine day, the magical vessel gets stolen by thieves and while escaping they lose it in a river. Years later an old lady finds the vessel by the riverside and hides it in her neighbour's farmhouse under the cowshed. Later, the old lady meets two women and befriends them in jail. She lets out the secret about the magical vessel. Now they have to ingeniously get hold of the vessel. The story unfolds with events of their plans to acquire the vessel through a fun and fantasy screenplay in an entertaining Action Comedy genre.
Glyndebourne 2019: The Magic Flute (Sunday 4th August, 5.30pm)
What's the story? Mozart's most magical comedy of The Magic Flute returns to Glyndebourne for the first time in over a decade. This new production by the renowned directing/design duo Barbe and Douce promises to take a fresh and playful look at the opera's troublesome gender politics. Leading British bass Brindley Sherratt stars as Sarastro alongside exciting young singers including Caroline Wettergreen, Sofia Fomina and Bjorn Burger.
Oldboy 4K restoration (Monday 5th August, 8pm)
What's the story? Often cited as one of the best films of the 2000s and possibly the definitive example of extreme Asian cinema, Oldboy is a brutal, lyrical modern classic of the revenge genre. Based on the Japanese manga of the same name, the film tells the horrific tale of Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik), a businessman who is inexplicably kidnapped and imprisoned in a grim hotel room-like cell for 15 years, without knowing his captor or the reason for his incarceration. Eventually released, he learns of his wife's murder and embarks on a quest for revenge whilst also striking up a romance with a young, attractive sushi chef, Mi-do (Kang Hye-jung). He eventually finds his tormentor, but their final encounter will yield yet more unimaginable horrors...
Bring the Soul: The Movie (Wednesday 7th August, 7.30pm)
What's the story? Following their landmark 'Love Yourself' tour, BTS triumphantly returns to cinema screens in BRING THE SOUL: THE MOVIE. Shining brighter than any light on the stage, now the group invite us behind the spotlight. On the day following the final concert of their Europe tour, on a rooftop in Paris, BTS tells their very own stories from experiencing new cities to performing in front of thousands of ARMY across the globe. A glimpse into BTS' world away from the stage, featuring intimate group discussions alongside spectacular concert performances from the tour, this is a cinema event not to be missed. The journey of BTS continues!