2019 Film Releases in South Africa

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Information provided by the film distributors in South Africa: Ster Kinekor, FilmFinity, Empire Entertainment Africa, UIP SA, and Black Sheep Films.  Dates subject to change.
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February 2019

THE PRINCESS AND THE DRAGON On her 7th birthday, Princess Barbara discovers a magical book that transports her to Wonderland – an enchanted place filled with dragons and fantastic creatures in this animated adventure directed by Marina Nefedova. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 22 Feb

WHAT MEN WANT Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a successful sports agent who’s constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When Ali is passed up for a well-deserved promotion, she questions what more she needs to do to succeed in a man’s world, until she gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts. Directed by Adam Shankman. A remake of the 2000 film What Women Want. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 22 Feb

EIGHT GRADE Thirteen-year-old Kayla (Elsie Fisher) endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school — the end of her thus far disastrous eighth-grade year. Written and directed by Bo Burnham. It is his feature film directorial debut. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 22 February

March 2019

A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL A joyous family reunion becomes a hilarious nightmare as Madea and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia, where they find themselves unexpectedly planning a funeral that might unveil unsavory family secrets. Written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry. It is the eleventh and final installment of the Madea film series, and stars Perry in several roles, including as the titular character. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 1 March

THE LEGO MOVIE 2 The heroes of Bricksburg are re-united in an all new action-packed adventure to save their beloved city.  It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild. The battle to defeat them and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take Emmet, Lucy, Batman and their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds, including a strange galaxy where everything is a musical. It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are. Directed by Mike Mitchell and co-directed by Trisha Gum, from a screenplay by Phil Lord and Christopher MillerRead more / Trailer / Showing from 1 March

LITTLE ITALY A delicious new comedy topped with passion, playfulness, and pepperoni. Former childhood pals Leo (Hayden Christensen, Star Wars series) and Nikki (Emma Roberts, We’re the Millers) are attracted to each other as adults-but will their feuding parents’ rival pizzerias put a chill on their sizzling romance? The tasty all-star cast also includes Alyssa Milano (“Charmed”), with Danny Aiello (Do The Right Thing), and Andrea Martin (My Big Fat Greek Wedding).  Directed by Donald Petrie (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Miss Congeniality) based on a screenplay by Steve Galluccio and Vinay Virmani. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 1 March

CAPTAIN MARVEL Fighter pilot (Brie Larson) she turns into one of the galaxy’s mightiest heroes before returning home with new questions about her past and identity when the Earth is caught in the center of an intergalactic conflict between two alien worlds.  Written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck with Meg LeFauveNicole PerlmanGeneva Robertson-Dworet, Liz Flahive, and Carly Mensch also contributing to the screenplay.  Read more / Trailer / Showing from 8 March

RED ROOM Khanyi Mbau plays the wife to a wealthy husband who loses it all, and is thrown into the frightening South African underworld of human trafficking. Trailer / Showing from 8 March

WHITE BOY RICK Rick Wershe is a single father who’s struggling to raise two teenagers during the height of the crack epidemic in 1980s Detroit. He sells guns illegally to make ends meet but soon attracts attention from the FBI. Federal agents convince his son, Rick Jr., to become an undercover drug informant in exchange for keeping his father out of prison. When young Rick gets in too deep, he finds himself seduced by the lure of easy money and becomes a drug dealer himself. Directed by Yann Demange and written by Andy Weiss, and Logan and Noah Miller. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 8 March

WONDER PARK A young imaginative girl named June (Brianna Denski) spent her childhood days constructing an amusement park filled with fantastical rides and inhabited by talking animals called Wonderland with her mother (Jennifer Garner) and her friends. After growing up, she lost her sense of imagination and wonder, until she finds the real Wonderland in the woods. She needs to team up with the animals to stop the destruction of Wonderland by Chimpanzombies and bring it back to life. American-Spanish computer animatedadventurecomedy film produced by Paramount Animationand Nickelodeon Movies, with Ilion Animation Studios handling animation. Directed by David Feiss. Screenplay by  Josh Appelbaum and  André Nemec. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 15 March

DEEP END A coming of age story about a young Indian woman, living in Durban where sticking to culture and tradition comes crashing up against wanting to be a part of the bigger world. Sunitha Patel has lived her ‘daddy’s’ dream all her life and now wants to find her own way in the world, even if it means making waves in her society. Through her desire to become a surfer, she gets into conflict with her father who has different visions for her future. But by finding herself on her surfboard, she finds love and even herself. Written and directed by Eubulus Timothy. Showing from 15 March

FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY Based on a true story, it follows reformed gangster Ricky (Dwayne Johnson), wife Julia, daughter Paige and son Zak as they make a living wrestling together in tiny venues. When Paige and Zak get the opportunity to try out for WWE, the family grabs a once-in-a-lifetime chance to turn their wildest dreams into a dazzling future. However, brother and sister quickly discover that to become superstars, both their talent and their relationship will be put to the test. It is a heartwarming and smart comedy that proves everything is worth fighting for when it comes to family.based on the 2012 documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family, telling the story of WWEprofessional wrestlerPaige. It is written and directed by Stephen Merchant.  Read more / Trailer / Showing from 15 March

THE OTHER SIDE  Gem (Erica Hubbard) decides to invite her long-lost friend to be the Maid of Honor in her wedding, Allen (Brad James), her fiancé, had no clue he’d be meeting Kiya (Altovise Lawrence), a wildly outspoken lesbian novelist. Though an aspiring writer himself, Allen finds not a friend in his new house-guest, but a rival for Gem’s attention. Eventually, the soon-to-be husband discovers there’s a lot more to the story than his fiancée explained. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 15 March

DIE STROPERS (THE HARVESTERS) In the isolated conservative farming territory of an Afrikaans white ethnic minority culture obsessed with strength and masculinity, Janno (Brent Vermeulen) is different, secretive, emotionally frail. One day his mother, fiercely religious, brings home Pieter (Alex van Dyk) , a hardened street orphan she wants to save, and asks Janno to make this stranger into his brother. The two boys start a fight for power, heritage and parental love. Written and directed by Etienne Kallos, a Greek-South African Director. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 15 March

DESTROYER Nicole Kidman plays LAPD detective Erin Bell who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.Directed by Karyn Kusama, from a screenplay by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 22 March

ESCAPE ROOM Six strangers are invited to compete in a series of immersive escape rooms. When they discover that whoever leaves the room last will die, they must use their wits to survive.Directed by Adam Robitel and written by Bragi F. Schut and Maria Melnik. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 22 March

THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING Old-school magic meets the modern world.  Alex ( Louis Ashbourne Serkis) thinks he’s just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin (Stewart), take on the wicked enchantress Morgana (Ferguson). With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be.  Written and directed by Joe Cornish. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 22 March

THE BOOKSHOP Emily Mortimer plays a free-spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop — the first such shop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, England. But this mini social revolution soon brings her fierce enemies: she invites the hostility of the town’s less prosperous shopkeepers and also crosses Mrs. Gamart (Patricia Clarkson), Harborough’s vengeful, embittered alpha female who is a wannabe doyenne of the local arts scene. Written and directed by Isabel Coixet, based on the novel of the same name by Penelope Fitzgerald. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 22 March

COLD PURSUIT Welcome to Kehoe, it’s -10 degrees and counting at this glitzy ski resort in the Rocky Mountains. The local police aren’t used to much action until the son of unassuming town snowplough driver, Nels Coxman (Liam Neeson), is murdered at the order of Viking (Tom Bateman), a flamboyant drug lord. Fuelled by rage and armed with heavy machinery, Nels sets out to dismantle the cartel one man at a time, but his understanding of murder comes mainly from what he read in a crime novel. As the bodies pile up, his actions ignite a turf war between Viking and his long-standing rival White Bull (Tom Jackson), a soulful Native-American mafia boss, that will quickly escalate and turn the small town’s bright white slopes blood-red. Directed by Hans Petter Moland, from a screenplay by Frank Baldwin. The film is a loose remake of the Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance, also directed by Moland. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 22 March

CAPTIVE STATE Residents of a Chicago neighborhood deal with life under extraterrestrial rule in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force and explores the lives on both sides of the conflict – the collaborators and dissidents. Directed by Rupert Wyatt and co-written by Wyatt and Erica Beeney. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 29 March

DUMBO The owner of a struggling circus enlists a man and his two children to care for a newborn elephant that can fly in Tim Burton’s Dumbo. Colin Farrell plays a one-armed war veteran and former circus star who is hired by Medici to care for the newborn elephant, with Michael Keaton as a ruthless and enigmatic entrepreneur who acquires a circus to exploit the titular elephant, Danny de Vito as the circus owner, and Eva Green as a French trapeze artist . Burton directs from a screenplay by Ehren Kruger. It is loosely inspired by Walt Disney‘s 1941 animated film of the same name, itself based on the novel by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 29 March

US Accompanied by her husband, son and daughter, Adelaide Wilson returns to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child. Haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, Adelaide grows increasingly concerned that something bad is going to happen to her family. Her worst fears soon become a reality when four masked strangers descend upon the house, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. When the masks come off, each stranger takes the appearance of a different family member. Written and directed by Jordan Peele. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 29 March

HOTEL MUMBAI A gripping true story of humanity and heroism, HOTEL MUMBAI vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai, India. Among the dedicated hotel staff is the renowned chef Hemant Oberoi (Anupam Kher) and a waiter (Academy Award-Nominee Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire) who choose to risk their lives to protect their guests. As the world watches on, a desperate couple (Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name and Nazanin Boniadi, “Homeland”) is forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to protect their newborn child. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 29 March

April 2019

GALVESTON Roy (Ben Foster, Hell or High Water) is a heavy-drinking criminal enforcer and mob hit man whose boss set him up in a double-cross scheme. After killing his would-be assassins before they could kill him, Roy discovers Rocky (Elle Fanning, The Beguiled), a young woman being held captive, and reluctantly takes her with him on his escape. Determined to find safety and sanctuary in Galveston, Roy must find a way to stop his boss from pursuing them while trying to outrun the demons from his and Rocky’s pasts. Directed by Mélanie Laurent. It is written by Jim Hammett based on the novel of the same name by Nic Pizzolatto. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 5 April

DIE SEEMEEU Christiaan Olwagen (Johnny is nie Dood nie, Kanarie) adapts Anton Chekhov’s classic play, The Seagull, to film, and places it in South Africa in the 1990’s, almost one hundred years after it was written. Each of Chekhov’s skillfully drawn characters – the vain and self-absorbed theatre diva Irene (Sandra Prinsloo); her ailing and ageing brother Piet (Marius Weyers); the self-doubting, insecure, lovelorn playwright and neglected son Konstant (Albert Pretorius); the naïve, ingenue Nina (Rolanda Marais); the gloomy, alcoholic, dope smoking Masha (Cintaine Schutte); the cheerful philosopher and witness to the drama Dr Eugene (Gerben Kamper); the brash farm manager Elias (Deon Lotz); his long suffering wife Paulina (Martelize Kolver); the puppy dog, poverty-stricken teacher Simon (Geon Nel); and the famous writer Boors (Alyzzander Fourie) – grapple with inner fears, longings, doubts, regrets, recriminations and miseries. All of them, of course, of their own making.Performed in Afrikaans, with English subtitles, the characters are easily recognised, yet appear as if they were written for this new setting.  Read more / Trailer / Showing from 5 April

THE FRONT RUNNER Hugh Jackman stars as the charismatic politician Gary Hart for director Jason Reitman in this new thrilling drama that follows the rise and fall of Senator Hart, who captured the imagination of young voters and was considered the overwhelming front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was sidelined by the story of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice. As tabloid journalism and political journalism merged for the first time, Senator Hart was forced to drop out of the race – events that left a profound and lasting impact on American politics and the world stage. Directed by Jason Reitman, based on the 2014 book All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid, written by Matt Bai. Reitman co-wrote the screenplay with Bai and Jay CarsonRead more / Trailer/ Showing from 5 April

SHAZAM! An origin story that stars Zachary Levi (TV’s Chuck) as the titular DC Super Hero, along with Asher Angel (TV’s Andi Mack) as Billy Batson, and Mark Strong (the Kingsman movies) in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.  We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out.  In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard.  Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them!  Can he fly?  Does he have X-ray vision?  Can he shoot lightning out of his hands?  Can he skip his social studies test?  Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child.  But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).It is the seventh installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Directed by David F. Sandberg from a screenplay by Henry Gayden, and a story by Gayden and Darren Lemke. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 5 April

A DOG’S WAY HOME It chronicles the heartwarming adventure of Bella, a dog who embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her beloved human, Lucas, an aspiring med student and VA hospital volunteer. Bella touches the lives of many during her unwavering quest; from an orphaned mountain lion cub to a homeless veteran down on his luck, Bella brings joy and comfort to everyone she meets with her unique spirit and faith. Directed by Charles Martin Smith and written by W. Bruce Cameron and Cathryn Michon, based on the New York Times best-selling book by Cameron.  Read more / Trailer / Showing from 12 April

AFTER This adult romance follows the journey of self-discovery of Tessa (Josephine Langford). A dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart Noah, Tessa enter her first year of University with grand ambitions for her future.  Her guarded world opens up when she meets the dark and secretive Hardin Scott (Hero Fiennes Tiffin)  A brooding rebel that Tessa would typically shun, she is drawn to him by the passions they share that will change her forever. Directed by Jenny Gage and the screenplay written by Susan McMartin. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 12 April

BREAKTHROUGH Based on the inspirational true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith’s adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. Her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John’s recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction. From producer DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven) and adapted for the screen by Grant Nieporte (Seven Pounds) from Joyce Smith’s own book, it is an enthralling reminder that faith and love can create a mountain of hope, and sometimes even a miracle. Directed by Roxann Dawson. Trailer / . Showing from 12 April

HELLBOY  Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.B ased on the Dark Horse Comics character of the same name. The film is directed by Neil Marshall and stars David Harbour as Hellboy. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 12 April

THE BIG TRIP Animation. A goofy stork mistakenly delivers a baby panda to the wrong door. A bear, a moose, a tiger and a rabbit set on an arduous but fun filled adventure through wilderness to return the panda to its rightful home. Showing from 18 April

KANDASAMYS: THE WEDDING Building on the theme developed in the first movie, ‘Kandasamys: The Wedding’ (KTW) will centre on the much-anticipated Naidoo/Kandasamy wedding. Director/Writer Jayan Moodley reprises her roles in the sequel and is all set to make the big screen come alive with more side-splitting comedy and heart touching moments as the two Chatsworth families plan the wedding of the year (or if the Mother of the Bride would have it – The Wedding of the decade in spectacular Kandasamy style!) Showing from 18 April

PET SEMATARY It follows “a doctor who moves his family out of the big city to the country. There he discovers that they have moved near a pet cemetery that rests on an ancient burial ground, and when his toddler son is killed in an auto accident, he takes the boy’s body to the cemetery, where it is resurrected in demonic form. Directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer and written by Jeff Buhler and David Kajganich. It is the second adaptation of the novel of the same name by Stephen King, after the 1989 film. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 18 April

THE QUEEN’S CORGI The animated adventure of Rex, the British monarch’s most beloved dog, who loses track of his mistress and stumbles across a clan with dogs of all kinds confronting and fighting each other. During his epic journey to return to the queen, Rex falls in love and discovers his true self. The film is being directed by Ben Stassen and Vincent Kesteloot, and written by John R. Smith and Rob Sprackling. Trailer/ Showing from 18 April

AVENGERS 4 is going to be a turning point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The untitled Avengers movie will complete the story that began in Avengers: Infinity War, centring around the machinations of the giant, purple space villain Thanos. It is intended to be the direct sequel to 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, as well as the sequel to 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and the twenty-second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, with a screenplay by the writing team of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.Read more / Showing from April 26

THE AFTERMATH Set in postwar Germany in 1946. Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke), a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: They will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower (Alexander Skarsgård) and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal. Directed by James Kent and written by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse, based on the novel of the same name by Rhidian Brook. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 26 April

PAIN AND GLORY In this psychodrama, a film director looks back on the choices he’s made in life as his past catches up with him to upend the present. Antonio Banderas leads a cast that includes Asier Etxeandía, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Nora Navas, Julieta Serrano, César Vicente, and Asier Flores, with a special appearance by Penélope Cruz. Written and directed by Pedro Almodovar. Showing from 26 April

May 2019

THE CURSE OF LA LLORNA In 1970s Los Angeles, the legendary ghost La Llorona is stalking the night — and the children. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother, a social worker and her own kids are drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. Their only hope of surviving La Llorona’s deadly wrath is a disillusioned priest who practices mysticism to keep evil at bay. La Llorona, which is also known as the Weeping Woman is a female ghost in Mexican folklore who lost her children and causes misfortune to those nearby. As she searches for them, she takes other lost children, making them her own. Anna turns to mysticism with the help of a disillusioned priest to fight the evil entity.Directed by Michael Chaves, and written by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 3 May

THE STOLEN PRINCESS is a Ukrainian 3D animated fantasy film directed by Oleg Malamuzh and based on a fairy tale Ruslan and Lyudmila by Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin. This wonderful story happened in the age of valiant knights, beautiful princesses, and battling sorcerers. Ruslan, a wandering artist dreaming to become a knight, met beautiful Mila and fell in love with her; he didn’t even suspect that she is the King’s daughter. However, the lovers’ happiness wasn’t meant to last too long. Chernomor, the evil sorcerer, appeared in a magic vortex and stole Mila right before Ruslan’s eyes to transform her power of love into his own magic power. Without further ado, Ruslan sets out on a chase after the stolen princess to overcome all obstacles and to prove that real love is stronger than magic. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 3 May

MISS BALA Gloria (Gina Rodriguez) finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength.Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, from a screenplay by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer. It is a remake of the 2011 film of the same name by Gerardo Naranjo. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 3 May

SKEMERSON Geïnspireer deur ware gebeure. ‘n Eerlike, deernisvolle verhaal. ‘n Storie van menswees. n Jong man met ‘n donker gees is op pad Bloukrans-brug toe. Hy slaap ’n laaste aand by die familie-vakansiehuis. Hy staan op die brug en staar sy noodlot in die oë. Dan hoor hy haar lag. Hierdie is die begin van ‘n naweek wat drie mense se lewens vir ewig sal verander. ‘n Sielvolle jong vrou (Anneke Weidemann), haar brose, tog stralende ma (Elize Cawood) en die jong man (Pietie Beyers) se paaie val mekaar in die rede.  Regie: Philip Rademeyer . Draaiboek: Pietie Beyers. Lees meer / Vertoon van 3 Mei

THE INTRUDER The Intruder centers on a young married couple (Michael Ealy and Meaghan Good) who buys a beautiful Napa Valley home only to find that the man they bought it from (Dennis Quaid) refuses to let go of the property… and he slowly terrorizes them.Directed by Deon Taylor and written by David Loughery. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 10 May

THE HUSTLE Directed by Chris Addison and written by Jac Schaeffer. It is a female-centered remake of 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,in which two down-and-out con artists engage in a “loser leaves town” contest. It stars Rebel Wilson, Anne Hathaway, and Alex Sharp. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 10 May

POMS Zara Hayes is directing from a script by Shane Atkinson based on a story by Hayes and Atkinson about a group of women who form a cheerleading squad at their retirement community. With Diane Keaton Alisha Boe, Phyllis Somerville, Charlie Tahan, Bruce McGill, Rhea Perlman and Celia Weston also star. From 10 May

UGLY DOLLS Unconventionality rules in STXfilms’ new animated musical adventure starring the acting and singing voices of Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monáe, Blake Shelton and Pitbull. The film is inspired by the unique and beloved global plush toy phenomenon launched in 2001. In the adorably different town of Uglyville, weird is celebrated, strange is special and beauty is embraced as more than simply meets the eye. Here, the free-spirited Moxy and her UglyDolls friends live every day in a whirlwind of bliss, letting their freak flags fly in a celebration of life and its endless possibilities, occasionally looking to the sky, where a new UglyDoll will appear and be embraced by the community. Moxy (Kelly Clarkson) loves her square-peg life in this round-hole town, but her curiosity about all things leads her to wonder if there’s something – anything – on the other side of the mountain which nestles Uglyville. Moxy gathers a group of her closest friends and sets off to find what’s on the other side. They discover another world – Perfection – a town where more conventional dolls are trained in protocols before they graduate and are sent to the “real” world to find the love of a child. In Perfection, Moxy and her crew are subject to the manipulations of Lou (Nick Jonas), the perfect doll in charge of training recruits. Here, the UglyDolls will confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved, and ultimately discover that you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing because who you truly are is what matters most. Directed by Kelly Asbury, produced by Robert Rodriguez through his production company, Troublemaker Studios, and written by Blaise Hemingway, Erica Rivinoja, and Larry Stuckey. It is based on the plush toys of the same nameRead more / Trailer / Showing from 10 May

JOHN WICK 3: PARABELLUM Legendary hit man John Wick must fight his way out of New York when a $14 million contract on his life makes him the target of the world’s top assassins. Directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad, Chris Collins & Marc Abrams, and Shay Hatten. It is the third installment in the John Wick film series following John Wickand John Wick: Chapter 2Read more / Trailer / Showing from 17 May

POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU (also known as DETECTIVE PIKACHU)In the Pokémon universe, Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) is a former Pokémon Trainer and the son of prominent detective Harry Goodman. When his father disappears in a car crash, Tim arrives in Ryme City and ends up meeting Detective Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds), who was Harry’s former Pokémon partner. Tim is somehow able to understand the Detective, and they reluctantly team up to find Harry and uncover the mystery surrounding his disappearance. Directed by Rob Letterman and written by Nicole Perlman and Letterman, based on the 2016 video game of the same name. The film is an American and Japanese joint venture produced by Warner Bros. PicturesLegendary Pictures, and The Pokémon Company. It is the first live-action film based on the Pokémon franchise. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 17 May

ALADDIN Disney’s remake stars Will Smith as the Genie, Mena Massoud (Jack Ryan) as Aladdin, a so-called “street rat” who dreams of fame, glory, and riches. We’ve also got Naomi Smith (Power Rangers) as Jasmine, and Marwan Kenzari (Murder on the Orient Express) as Jafar, the evil sorcerer who plots to take over the kingdom.directed by Guy Ritchie, from the screenplay co-written with John August and Vanessa Taylor, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1992 animated film of the same name, which is in turn based on the Arab-style folktale of the same name from One Thousand and One Nights and the French interpretation by Antoine Galland. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 24 May 

AD ASTRA This epic sci-fi adventure follows astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) , an Army Corps engineer who travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet.  His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos. Directed by James Gray, and written by Gray and Ethan Gross.  Read more / Trailer / Showing from 24 May

RED JOAN In a picturesque village in England, Joan Stanley (Academy Award winner Dame Judi Dench), lives in contented retirement. Then suddenly her tranquil existence is shattered as she’s shockingly arrested by MI5. For Joan has been hiding an incredible past; she is one of the most influential spies in living history… Cambridge University in the 1930s, and the young Joan (Sophie Cookson), a demure physics student, falls intensely in love with a seductively attractive Russian saboteur, Leo. Through him, she begins to see that the world is on a knife-edge and perhaps must be saved from itself in the race to military supremacy. Post-war and now working at a top secret nuclear research facility, Joan is confronted with the impossible: Would you betray your country and your loved ones, if it meant saving them? What price would you pay for peace? Inspired by an extraordinary true story, Red Joan is the taut and emotional discovery of one woman’s sacrifice in the face of incredible circumstances. A woman to whom we perhaps all owe our freedom.It is directed with a strong sense for character by Trevor Nunn, the former director of the Royal Shakespeare Co. whose rare excursions into film include woman-centered works like Hedda, Lady Jane and Twelfth Night: Or What You Will. Screenplay by Lindsay Shapero, based on Jennie Rooney’s novel. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 24 May

BRIGHTBURN  Directed by David Yarovesky (The Hive) and stars Elizabeth Banks. Produced by James Gunn, best known for his work with Marvel Studios, namely Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but his directorial debut was in the horror genre with Slither, in 2006. Gunn’s brother Brian Gunn and cousin Mark Gunn wrote the script. Showing from 31 May

ANDER MENS From highly acclaimed South African director Quentin Krog (Ballade vir ‘n Enkeling / Vir die Voëls) comes this star-studded action romance film, based on the novel of the same name by Zirk van den Berg. Bennie Fourie takes on the role of Daniel Niemand – a punch bag type of oke whose wife left him for their marriage counsellor and that’s only the start of his troubles. Showing from 31 May

GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS Members of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species-thought to be mere myths-rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance. Directed and co-written by Michael Dougherty (with Zach Shields). It is a sequel to Godzilla (2014) and will be the 35th film in the Godzilla franchise, the third film in Legendary‘s MonsterVerse, and the third Godzilla film to be completely produced by a Hollywood studio. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 31 May

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17 BRIDGES It follows a disgraced NYPD detective (Chadwick Boseman) who, after being thrust into a citywide manhunt for a cop killer, is given a shot at redemption.Directed by Brian Kirk from a screenplay by Matthew Carnahan and Adam Mervis. Read more / Showing from 12 July

47 METERS DOWN: THE NEXT CHAPTER This time the movie will move the deadly shark action from Mexico to Brazil and follow a group of girls looking for adventure in the coastal metropolis of Recife. Hoping to get off the well-worn tourist trail, they hear about some hidden underwater ruins only to find that the turquoise waves of their secret Atlantis aren’t completely uninhabited. Directed by Johannes Roberts from a screenplay by  Ernest RieraJohannes RobertsRead more / Showing from 16 August 

A DOG’S JOURNEY A dog finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he meets. The devoted dog is reincarnated into the life of a troubled teenager.Sequel to A Dog’s Purpose.Directed by Gail Mancuso.Screenplay by  W. Bruce Cameron (book), W. Bruce Cameron (screenplay).  Showing from 5 July

ABOMINABLE Trekking the 3000-mile journey from Shanghai to the Himalayan snowscapes, a group of misfits encounter a young Yeti, and they set off to reunite the magical creature with his family on the mountain of his namesake. American-Chinese 3D computer-animated adventure film produced by DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio. It will be directed by Jill Culton and Todd Wilderman, with William Davies as the screenwriter, and will star the voices of Chloe BennetAlbert TsaiTenzing Norgay Trainor, and Tsai Chin. Read more / Showing from 27 September

ANGEL HAS FALLEN Secret Service Agent Mike Banning is framed for the attempted assassination of the President and must evade his own agency and the FBI as he tries to uncover the real threat. Directed by Ric Roman Waugh and starring Gerard Butler. It is the third film in the Has Fallen film series, following Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and London Has Fallen (2016). Read more / Showing from 23 August

ANGRY BIRDS 2 Computer-animated action comedy film produced by Rovio Animation. The sequel to the 2016 film The Angry Birds Movie. Directed by Thurop Van Orman from a screenplay by Peter Ackerman. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 6 September

ANNABELLE 3 The next film in the Annabelle series will find the titular devil-doll targeting the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the real-life purported ghost-hunters played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga in the first two Conjuring movies. Written and directed by Gary Dauberman, who wrote the two previous movies and The Nunand co-wrote It. Showing from 12 July

ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK ? Paramount’s big-screen adaptation of the ’90s anthology show.  It screenwriter Gary Dauberman is penning the script and is producing the project. Showing from 11 October

ARTEMIS FOWL Artemis Fowl II, a young Irish criminal mastermind, kidnaps the fairy LEPrecon officer Holly Short for ransom to fund the search for his missing father. based on Eoin Colfer‘s book series of the same name. Directed by Kenneth Branagh and written by Michael Goldenberg, Adam Kline and Conor McPherson, the film stars newcomers Ferdia Shaw and Lara McDonnell, with Hong ChauNonso AnozieJosh Gad and Judi Dench in supporting roles. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 9 August

CALL OF THE WILD A sled dog struggles for survival in the Alaskan wild. Based on the Jack London‘s 1903 novel of the same name. The film is directed by Chris Sanders, written by Michael Green, and stars Harrison FordDan StevensKaren GillanBradley Whitford and Omar Sy. Read more / Showing from 27 December

CHAOS WALKING Todd Hewitt lives on the distant planet of New World – a new hope for humanity until struck by The Noise, a virus which inflicts immersive visions of ones’ every thought. The cacophony drives many mad until Todd makes a hidden, silent discovery: there is a girl named Viola, who may be the key to unlocking New World’s many layered secrets. Together, the two unlikely companions are forced on a white-knuckle adventure into an unexplored planet – trying to escape and hide in an environment where all thought is heard, all movement seen – as they both discover the truth about the lives they left behind and the spectacular world they’ve learned to call home. Based on Patrick Ness‘s novel, The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first part of the Chaos Walking trilogy. It is directed by Doug Liman, produced by Robert ZemeckisAllison Shearmur, Doug Davison, Jack Rapke and Erwin Stoff, from a screenplay written by Charlie KaufmanJamie Linden, Ness, Lindsey Beer, Gary Spinelli and John Lee Hancock. It stars Tom HollandDaisy Ridley and Mads Mikkelsen. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 6 December

CHARLIE’S ANGELS Directed by Elizabeth Banks and written by Banks, Jay Basu, Craig Mazin, and Semi Chellas. The film stars Kristen StewartNaomi ScottElla Balinska, Banks, Patrick Stewart, and Djimon Hounsou. The film is based on the television series of the same name and a reboot of the Charlie’s Angels franchise. Read more / Showing from 25 October

DARK PHOENIX (alternatively known as X-Men: Dark Phoenix) The X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe when one of their own, Jean Grey, starts to spiral out of control. During a rescue mission in outer space, Jean is nearly killed when she’s hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. The X-Men must now band together to save her soul and battle aliens that want to use Grey’s new abilities to rule the galaxy. It is intended to be the twelfth installment in the X-Men film series and the sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).Based onThe Dark Phoenix Saga; by: Chris ClaremontJohn Byrne. The film is written and directed by Simon Kinberg. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 7 June

DEATH ON THE NILE Whilst on vacation on the Nile, Hercule Poirot must investigate the murder of a young heiress. Directed by  Kenneth Branagh. Screenplay by Michael Green, based upon the novel by Agatha Christie. With Armie Hammer, Gal Gadot, Kenneth Branagh. Read more / Showing from 4 October

DORA THE EXPLORER Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents nothing could prepare Dora for the most dangerous adventure ever – High School. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego, and a rag tag group of teens on an adventure to save her parents and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost Inca civilization. Directed by James Bobin. It is an adaptation of the Nickelodeon‘s series of the same name. Read more / Showing from 30 August

DOWNTON ABBEY  The original principal cast from the television series — including Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, and Hugh Bonneville — returns for the movie. Imelda Staunton, Geraldine James, Simon Jones, David Haig, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips, and Stephen Campbell Moore have joined the cast. Written by Julian Fellowes, the show’s creator, and directed by Michael Engler.The film is a follow-up to the television series of the same name, which ended its original run in December 2015 after 52 episodes. Read more / Showing from 20 September

ESCAPE PLAN 3: DEVIL’S STATION In this installment, the daughter of a Hong Kong tech executive goes missing in what appears to be a routine ransom job. As Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) and his crew delve deeper, they discover the culprit is the deranged son of his former business partner, who also kidnapped the woman in Breslin’s life, and is holding her inside the massive prison known as Devil’s Station. Directed by John Herzfeld. It is the sequel to Escape Plan(2013) and Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018). Read more / Showing from 18 October

FIELA SE KIND A coloured woman living in the arid Karoo takes in a lost white child and raises him as her own. Nine years later, the boy is removed and forced to live in the Knysna Forest with a family of woodcutters who claim that he is theirs. Written and directed by Brett Michael Innes from the novel by Daleen Matthee. Showing from 13 September

FLARSKY Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen), an unemployed journalist battered by his own misfortune, endeavors to pursue his childhood crush and babysitter who now happens to be one of the most powerful and unattainable women on the planet (Charlize Theron). Directed by Jonathan Levine. Read more / Showing from 7 June

FROZEN 2 Elsa the Snow Queen and her sister embark on an adventure far away from the kingdom of Arendelle. Directed by Jennifer LeeChris Buck, screenplay by Lee. Trailer Showing from 29 November

GEMINI MAN An elite assassin becomes the target of a mysterious young operative who can seemingly predict his every move. Directed by Ang Lee. The film stars Will SmithClive OwenMary Elizabeth Winstead and Benedict Wong. Read more / Showing from 4 October

THE GOLDFINCH As a child, Theodore Decker survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum — an attack that kills his mother. From there, he tumbles through a series of adventures that finds him living in Las Vegas with his deadbeat father and, later, involved in art forgeries.  Directed by John Crowley and is an screenplay adaptation by Peter Straughan of the novel of the same name by Donna Tartt. With Ansel Elgort as Theodore “Theo” Decker,  Aneurin Barnard as Boris, a cosmopolitan son of a Ukrainian émigré who becomes Theo’s close friend, and Ashleigh Cummings as Pippa, Theo’s true-but-seemingly-unrequited love. Read more / Showing from 11 October

GOOD BOYS A group of young boys on the cusp of becoming teenagers embark on an epic quest in the San Fernando Valley to fix their broken toy before their parents get home. Written and directed by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and starring Jacob Tremblay. Read more / Showing from 30 August 

GREYHOUND In the early days of WWII, an international convoy of 37 Allied ships, led by captain Ernest Krause (Tom Hanks) in his first command of a U.S. destroyer, crosses the treacherous North Atlantic while hotly pursued by wolf packs of Nazi U-boats. Directed by Aaron Schneider and starring Tom Hanks, who also serves as writer and producer. It is based on The Good Shepherd by C. S. Forester. Read more / Showing from 3 May 2020

GRUDGE A house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death. Written and directed by Nicolas Pesce, co-written by Jeff Buhler, and produced by Sam Raimi, through its Ghost House Pictures banner, Robert Tapert, and Takashige Ichise. It is a reboot of the 2004 American film The Grudge, the second remake of the Japanese horror film Ju-on: The Grudge, and the fourth installment in The Grudge film series. The film stars Andrea RiseboroughDemián BichirJohn ChoLin Shaye and Jacki WeaverRead more / Showing from 16 August

HOBBS AND SHAW The idea for the spinoff centers around once-upon-a-time villain Deckard Shaw teaming with U.S. Diplomatic Security Agent Luke Hobbs. Johnson’s Hobbs was first introduced in 2011’s Fast Five and eventually became an ally and member of the Furious auto gang. Statham made an appearance in Fast & Furious 6 and starred in the next two chapters. Directed by David Leitch and written by Chris Morgan. It is a spin-off of The Fast and the Furious series featuring two characters, Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw in the lead roles. The film stars Dwayne JohnsonJason StathamVanessa Kirby, and Idris Elba. Read more / Showing from 2 August

THE INFORMER Pete Koslow, a reformed criminal and former special operations soldier, is working under cover for crooked FBI handlers to infiltrate the Polish mob’s drug trade in New York. In a final step toward freedom, Koslow must return to the one place he’s fought so hard to leave, Bale Hill Prison, where his mission becomes a race against time when a drug deal goes wrong and threatens to identify him as a mole. Based on the novel of the same name by Roslund/Hellström. This film adaptation was directed by Andrea Di Stefano and written by Matt Cook and stars Joel KinnamanRosamund PikeClive Owen.   Read more / Trailer / Showing from 13 September

IT: CHAPTER 2 It returns 27 years later (2016) to pick off the next generation of kids in Derry – meaning that the original kids, who are now all grown up, have to stay true to their word and take on It all over again. The sequel to the 2017 film It. Both parts were adapted from the 1986 novel It by Stephen King. The second part is directed by Andy Muschietti and written by Gary Dauberman. Set in 2016, 27 years after the events of 1989 described in the first film, the film stars Bill Skarsgård, who reprises his role as PennywiseJames McAvoyJessica ChastainJay RyanBill HaderIsaiah MustafaJames Ransone, and Andy Bean portray the adult versions of The Losers Club, while Jaeden LieberherSophia LillisJeremy Ray TaylorFinn WolfhardChosen JacobsJack Dylan Grazer, and Wyatt Oleff return from the first film as the younger Losers, respectively. Read more / Showing from 6 September

JOKER A standalone movie–and potentially a period piece–completely removed from WB’s DC Extended Universe (or whatever it’s called these days). The movie, titled simply Joker, will tell the origin story of the Clown Prince of Crime, set in a Gotham City that will resemble the New York City of the 1970s and 80s. The film is directed by Todd Phillips from a screenplay he wrote with Scott Silver, and stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker, along with Robert De NiroZazie BeetzBill CampFrances ConroyBrett CullenGlenn FleshlerDouglas HodgeMarc MaronJosh Pais, and Shea Whigham. In Joker, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and becomes a psychopathic criminal. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 4 October

JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE 2 Directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg, and Jeff Pinkner, based on a story by McKenna. Part of the Jumanji franchise, the film is a sequel to the 1995 Jumanji, which was based on the 1981 children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg.  The sequel will have the main four stars, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Nick Jonas, and Kevin Hart back. Read more / Showing from 13 December

KINGS OF MULBERRY STREET The escapades of two young South African Indian boys who have to overcome their differences and band together in order to defeat the bullying local crime lord who threatens their families. It is a charming and hilarious adventure, with universal themes that will appeal to the whole family. The film also pays tribute to classic 80’s Bollywood movies and their heroes. Written and directed by director and producer Judy Naidoo. Showing from 28 June

THE KITCHEN Written and directed by Andrea Berloff, in her directorial debut. The film stars Melissa McCarthyTiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss as the wives of Irish mobsters who take over organized crime operations after the FBI arrests their husbands. Read more / Showing from 20 September

LIMITED PARTNERS A friendship comedy about two hard-charging best girlfriends who build a juggernaut company and find their relationships tested when they are made a big buyout offer. Suddenly all the differences that made them perfect odd couple partners put them at war, threatening their business and personal relationships. Directed by Miguel Arteta and written by Sam Pitman & Adam Cole-Kelly. The film stars Tiffany HaddishRose Byrne, and Salma Hayek. Read more / Showing from 5 July

THE LION KING From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully Directed by Jon Favreau, produced by Walt Disney Pictures, and written by Jeff Nathanson. It is a photorealistic computer-animated remake of Disney’s traditionally animated 1994 film of the same name. The film stars the voices of Donald GloverBeyoncéJames Earl JonesChiwetel EjioforBilly EichnerSeth RogenJohn KaniJohn Oliver, and Alfre Woodard. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 19 July

MARNIE’S WORLD Marnie is a chubby cat, treated like a princess and getting everything she wants. When she is forced to make her own way in the world, she realizes who she really is – a lonely cat in need of friends… German animated film written and directed by  Christoph LauensteinWolfgang Lauenstein. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 1 November

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary Stuart defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her sister in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Based on John Guy‘s biography Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart.The film is directed by Josie Rourke and adapted by Beau Willimon. The film stars Saoirse Ronan as the eponymous character and Margot Robbie as her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, and chronicles the 1569 conflict between their two countries.  Read more / Trailer / DVD Release only

MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL Directed by F. Gary Gray from a screenplay written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. The film is a spin-off of the Men in Black film series, which is loosely based on the Malibu/Marvel comics of the same name by Lowell Cunningham. The film will star Chris HemsworthTessa ThompsonLiam NeesonKumail NanjianiRafe SpallRebecca Ferguson, and Emma Thompson. Read more /Showing from 14 June

THE NEW MUTANTS Magik, Wolfsbane and other teenage mutants try to come to grips with their superpowers while staying at a secret facility. Based on the Marvel Comics team of the same name and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It was initially conceived of as the first in a trilogy of mutant horror films, and is intended to be the thirteenth installment in the X-Men film series. The film is directed by Josh Boone from a screenplay by himself and Knate Lee, and stars Anya Taylor-JoyMaisie WilliamsCharlie HeatonHenry ZagaBlu Hunt, and Alice Braga. In The New Mutants, a group of young mutants held in a secret facility fight to save themselves. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 2 August

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD In 1969 Los Angeles, around the time of the Charles Manson murders, a TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry. Centered on the Manson Family murders. Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, the film stars Leonardo DiCaprioBrad Pitt and Margot Robbie. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 9 August 

OVERCOMER High school basketball coach John Harrison and his team face an uncertain future when their town’s largest manufacturing plant shuts down unexpectedly. As hundreds of people move away, John reluctantly agrees to coach cross-country, a sport he doesn’t even like. His outlook soon changes when he meets Hannah Scott, an unlikely runner who pushes herself to the limit. Inspired by the words and prayers of a new friend, John starts to train Hannah for the biggest race of her young life. Faith based film directed by Alex Kendrick and written by him and Stephen Kendrick. It is the Kendrick brothers’ sixth film and their second through their subsidiary, Kendrick Brothers Productions. Read more / Showing from 30 August

PLAYMOBIL A young woman travels to the animated world of Playmobil to find her missing brother. Animation film based on the German building toy Playmobil. It is directed by Lino DiSalvo in his directorial debut, written by Blaise Hemingway, and produced by On Animation Studios. The film stars the voices of Anya Taylor-JoyGabriel BatemanDaniel RadcliffeJim GaffiganMeghan Trainor, and Adam Lambert. Read more / Showing from 16 August

RACHELTJIE DE BEER Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by writer and filmmaker Brett Michael Innes, the film tells the story of Afrikaans family, the De Beers, who are forced to find shelter on a local farm in the Eastern Free State of South Africa in the 1800s. Winter has arrived and, as dark clouds laden with snow start to roll in over the Drakensberg mountains, tragedy strikes. Read more / Showing from 18 October

ROCKETMAN An epic musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Sir Elton John’s breakthrough years. The story of Elton John’s life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin. Biopic based on the life of musician Elton John. The film is directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Lee Hall. Taron Egerton (the Kingsman movies) plays young Elton John  Read more / Trailer / Showing from June 7

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2  The Secret Life of Pets 2 will follow summer 2016’s blockbuster about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. It is directed by Chris Renaud and written by Brian Lynch, and is a sequel to the 2016 film The Secret Life of Pets. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 28 June

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME After the events of the untitled Avengers film Peter Parker and his friends go on summer vacation to Europe and there Peter finds himself trying to save his friends against a villain known as Mysterio. It is intended to be the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and the twenty-third film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Jon Watts, and written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. It stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man, alongside Michael KeatonJon FavreauZendayaMarisa TomeiJake GyllenhaalCobie Smulders, and Samuel L. Jackson. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 5 July

SPIES IN DISGUISE Super spy Lance Sterling and scientist Walter Beckett are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is not. But what Walter lacks in social skills he makes up for in smarts and invention, creating the awesome gadgets Lance uses on his epic missions. But when events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way. And if this odd couple can’t learn to work as a team, the whole world is in peril. Loosely based on Lucas Martell’s 2009 animated short Pigeon: Impossible, the film is directed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane in their directorial debuts, and stars the voices of Will SmithTom HollandKaren GillanRashida JonesDJ KhaledBen Mendelsohn, and Masi Oka. Read more / Showing from 27 September

STARS WARS EPISODE IX Produced, co-written, and directed by J. J. Abrams. It will be the third and final installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the ninth and final installment of the Star Wars Skywalker saga, following The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017). Read more / Showing from 20 December

STUBER Set over one harrowing night, an Uber driver picks up a grizzled cop working the most dangerous case of his career. Written by Tripper Clancy and directed by Michael Dowse. Read more / Showing from 12 July

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR Natasha and her family have less than 24 hours before they are scheduled to be deported from New York to Jamaica. Further complications soon arise when Natasha meets and falls in love with Daniel, the son of Korean immigrants. Directed by Ry Russo-Young. The film is based on the young adult novel of the same name written by Nicola Yoon. Screenplay by Tracy Oliver and stars Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 7 June

SUPER INTELLIGENCE Nothing extraordinary ever happens to Carol Peters, so when she starts getting snarky backtalk from her TV, phone and microwave, she thinks she’s being punked. Or losing her mind. In fact, the world’s first superintelligence has selected her for observation, taking over her life…with a bigger, more ominous plan to take over everything. Now Carol is humanity’s last chance before this artificial intelligence-with-an-attitude decides to pull the plug.Directed by Ben Falcone and written by Steve Mallory. Melissa McCarthy will star in what will be her fourth collaboration with her husband, Falcone.  Read more / Showing from 27 December

TERMINATOR 6: PHOENIX  Directed by Tim Miller with a screenplay written by David S. Goyer.[2] The film’s story was conceived by Miller, series co-creator James Cameronand David Ellison, with the latter two serving as producers alongside Dana Goldberg.[3][4] It will be the sixth installment in the Terminator franchise and serves as a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, while disregarding Rise of the MachinesSalvationGenisysThe Sarah Connor Chronicles and T2 Trilogy, as occurring in alternate timelines.[5] The film will star Arnold SchwarzeneggerLinda HamiltonMackenzie DavisGabriel LunaNatalia Reyes, and Diego Boneta. Read more / Showing from 1 November

TOY STORY 4 The fourth installment in the Toy Story series, and the sequel to Toy Story 3 (2010). It is produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and will be released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is being directed by Josh Cooley, and executive-produced by John Lasseter, director of Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 2 (1999). The film continues from Toy Story 3, where Sheriff Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), among other toys, have found new appreciation after being given by college-bound Andy to toddler Bonnie. However, when they are introduced to Forky (Tony Hale), a spork that has been made into a toy, Woody and Buzz lead him on a road trip to show him what it is like to be a toy. The story was conceived by Lasseter, Pete DocterAndrew Stanton, and Lee Unkrich. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 21 June

THE UNFAMILIAR A British Army doctor comes back from a war, thinking that she has PTSD only to discover that there is a more daunting malevolence at work making the life that she knew unfamiliar. Directed by Henk Pretorius, screenplay by Henk PretoriusJennifer Nicole Stang. Read more / Showing from 8 November

THE WHITE CROW A British film written by David Hare and directed by Ralph Fiennes, and starring Oleg Ivenko as the ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, and Ukrainian dancer Sergei Polunin as his roommate Yuri Soloviev. It is inspired by the book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanagh. Read more / Showing from 14 June

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW An agoraphobic child psychologist witnesses a crime while spying on her neighbors, leaving her to determine whether to alert the police. directed by Joe Wright, from a screenplay written by Tracy Letts. The film stars Amy AdamsJulianne MooreGary OldmanWyatt RussellBrian Tyree Henry, Fred Hechinger, and Anthony Mackie. Read more / Showing from 25 October

YOU ARE MY FRIEND An award-winning cynical journalist, Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write an Esquire profile piece on the beloved television icon Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks) and Vogel’s perspective on life transformed after his encounter with Rogers. Directed by Marielle Heller and written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster. Read more / Showing from 18 October

ZOMBIELAND 2 The new movie will once again put the focus on comic mayhem, taking the quartet from the White House to the American heartland as they face off against new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But, most of all, according to the studio, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family. Directed by Ruben Fleischer and written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. With original cast members Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin. Read moreShowing from 25 October