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TOLKIEN As a young student, J.R.R. Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult) finds love, friendship and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts. These early life experiences soon inspire Tolkien to write the classic fantasy novels “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings.” Directed by Dome Karukoski and written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford. Feature: A story that delves into where art and stories come from / Trailer / Showing from 21 June

TOY STORY 4 The toys are back on the big screen with an all-new adventure! Woody, Buzz and the whole gang find themselves far from home, discovering new friends—and old ones—on an eye-opening road trip that takes them to unexpected places.Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries. Directed by Josh Cooley (Riley’s First Date?), from a screenplay by Andrew Stanton and Stephany Folsom. It is 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. Feature: Viewing the world from a toy’s perspective Trailer / Showing from 21 June

MA Everybody’s welcome at Ma’s. But good luck getting home safe. Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer (The HelpHidden FiguresThe Shape of Water) stars as Sue Ann, a loner who keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town. One day, she is asked by Maggie (Diana Silvers, Glass), a teenager new in town, to buy some booze for her and her friends, and Sue Ann sees the chance to make some unsuspecting, if younger, friends of her own. She offers the kids the chance to avoid drinking and driving by hanging out in the basement of her home. But there are some house rules: One of the kids has to stay sober. Don’t curse. Never go upstairs. And call her “Ma.” But as Ma’s hospitality starts to curdle into obsession, what began as a teenage dream turns into a terrorizing nightmare, and Ma’s place goes from the best place in town to the worst place on earth. Directed by Tate Taylor (The Help, The Girl on the Train) from a screenplay by  Scotty Landes (Comedy Central’s Workaholics). Read more / Trailer / Showing from 21 June

ANNA Beneath a woman’s striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the most feared assassins on the planet. French crime action thriller film written, produced and directed by Luc Besson. It stars Sasha Luss and Helen Mirren. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 21 June

BOOKSMART On the eve of their graduation, two overachieving high school seniors realize that they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night. Directed by Olivia Wilde, from a screenplay by Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman, and Susanna Fogel. With Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein. Read more / Showing from 21 June

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THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2  Illumination’s tenth animated feature, The Secret Life of Pets 2, is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2016 comedic blockbuster that had the biggest opening weekend ever for an original film, animated or otherwise. Packed with Illumination’s signature irreverence and subversive humor, this new chapter explores the emotional lives of our pets, the deep bond between them and the families that love them, and answers the question that has long intrigued every pet owner: What are your pets really doing when you’re not at home? Terrier Max is coping with some major life changes. Max gets some guidance from gruff farm dog Rooster, who pushes Max to ditch his neuroses, find his inner alpha and give Liam a little more freedom.Cat Chloe has discovered the joys of catnip, and plucky Pomeranian Gidget accidentally loses Max’s favorite toy and needs to launch a claw-defying rescue to retrieve it from a cat-packed apartment. And crazy-but-cute bunny Snowball develops some serious delusions of grandeur that he’s an actual superhero after his owner Molly starts dressing him in superhero pajamas. But when Daisy, a fearless Shih Tzu, shows up to ask for Snowball’s help on a dangerous mission, he’ll have to summon the courage to become the hero he’s only been pretending to Directed by returning filmmaker Chris Renaud, who also directed Illumination’s Despicable Me series and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. The film is co-directed by Jonathan Del Val. Written by returning Pets screenwriter Brian Lynch. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 28 June

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

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THE WHITE CROW It is not a biopic. It’s an impressionistic glimpse at the forces driving Nureyev — something of a diva even then — to accept no borders or limits in letting his artistry run fee. This British film was 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. Feature: The true story of an unique artist who transformed the world of ballet forever / Trailer / Review / Interview with David Hare / Interview with Ralph Fiennes / Interview with Oleg Ivenko

THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAMA South Africa’s First Ever Black Female Superhero For The Big Screen Packs A Punch Against Crime And Corruption! Supermama’s remarkable journey to becoming a crime fighter with a homemade costume, karate chops and an over-inflated ego is what makes the film so original and amusing, making it a definite must see for the South African audience and movie patrons. Directed by van Schalkwyk from a screenplay crafted by Van Schalkwyk, Damon Berry and Ben Tjibe the film is produced by Rory Downing and Damon Berry. Feature: The Adventures Of Supermama – tackling South Africa’s social challenges with humour / Trailer /

MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL The Men in Black have expanded to cover the globe, but so have the scum of the universe. And to keep us safe, decorated Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) and determined rookie M (Tessa Thompson) are partnered – an unlikely pairing that just might work. As they face a new alien threat that can take the form of anyone, including MIB agents, they must join forces on a globetrotting adventure to save the agency and ultimately the world. Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald return as the franchise’s “guardians,” having produced all four films, starting with 1997’s Men in Black, and have brought on board director F. Gary Gray, whose work encompasses epic action and thrills (The Fate of the Furious), raucous comedy (Friday) and galvanizing drama (Straight Outta Compton) to bring scale, laughs and a unique vision to the sequel.  MIB: International screenwriters Art Marcum & Matt Holloway had earlier penned the screenplay for Iron Man, which helped launch the Marvel Cinematic Universe – and whose tone was inspired by MIB. Indeed, the MIB franchise is defined by its creativity and inventiveness – blending comedy, science fiction and adventure, a mix that other franchises would follow. Read more /