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ALLELUJAH! Alan Bennett’s critically acclaimed stageplay is screened as part of the National Theatre Live series and was filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre, Allelujah! is set in the old-fashioned Bethlehem Hospital, which is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew arrives to film its fight for survival and follows the daily struggle to find beds on the “Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward”, along with the triumphs of the old people’s choir. Described by the Guardian as “a play full of quiet anger under its surface charm…  [with] a wealth of good jokes and a deceptive patina of nostalgia,” Allelujah! is written by the celebrated playwright Alan Bennett and directed by the award-winning Nicholas Hytner. At Cinema Nouveau cinemas on 29 and 30 June, and on 3 and 4 July 2019.

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2   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? Directed by returning filmmaker Chris Renaud, and co-directed by Jonathan Del Val. from a screenplay by returning Pets screenwriter Brian Lynch. Feature: Bringing the audience back together with the characters that they love /  Read more / Trailer / Showing from 28 June

STOCKHOLM The film follows Lars Nystrom, (Hawke) who dons a disguise to raid a central Stockholm bank. He then takes hostages in order to spring his pal Gunnar (Strong) from prison. One of the hostages includes Bianca (Rapace), a wife and mother of two. Negotiations with detectives hits a wall when (at the request of the Prime Minister) the police refuse to let Lars leave in a getaway car with the hostages. As hours turn into days, Lars alternates between threatening the hostages and making them feel comfortable and secure. The hostages develop an uneasy relationship with their captor, which is particularly complex for Bianca, who develops a strong bond with Lars as she witnesses his caring nature. This connection gave rise to the psychological phenomenon known as “Stockholm syndrome”.
Produced, written and directed by Robert Budreau. Feature: Truth Really Is Stranger Than Fiction / 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. Feature: Kings of Mulberry Street pays tribute to classic 80s Bollywood movies and their heroes / Trailer  / Showing from 28 June

ANNABELLE COMES HOME The third installment of the hugely successful “Annabelle” films starring the infamous sinister doll from the “Conjuring” universe.  Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked artifacts room in their home, placing her “safely” behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest’s holy blessing.  But a year later, an unholy night of horror awaits the Warrens’ ten-year-old daughter, Judy, and her friends after a visit to the room awakens Annabelle…and all the evil spirits residing there. Written and directed by
Gary Dauberman. Feature: The infamous sinister doll returns / Trailer / Showing from 28 June

ARTICLE 15 Based on the socio-political situation of India, the lives of police officers are followed. In a country where discrimination is everywhere, whether related to race or caste, the officers embark on a journey of acceptance and change. Directed by Anubhav Sinha from a screenplay by Gaurav Solanki and Anubhav Sinha, based on Article 15 of the Indian Constitution, which prohibits discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth.[4] Article 15 takes inspiration from true life events, including 2014 Badaun gang rape allegations and 2016 Una flogging incident. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 28 June

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 / Now showing

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. 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 / Now showing

MA Everybody’s welcome at Ma’s. 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 Feature: MA – A Lovable Villain / Trailer / Now Showing

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ANNA  Much like writer-director Luc Besson’s hugely influential La Femme Nikita—which forever shattered the taboo against female-driven action movies—Anna tells the story of a resilient assassin who is used as a pawn but then breaks all the rules to control her own destiny. Beneath Anna Poliatova’s striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the world’s most feared government assassins.  Read more / Trailer / Now showing

BOOKSMART When best friends and academic overachievers get a hardcore reality check and realize they may have missed out, they are determined to make up for lost time, they decide to cram four years of not-to-be missed fun into one night — a chaotic adventure no amount of book smarts could prepare them for. Making her directorial debut is Olivia Wilde. Katie Silberman penned the script with Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins and Susanna Fogel. Read more / Now showing

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. Directed by F. Gary Grayfrom a screenplay by  MIB: International screenwriters Art Marcum & Matt Holloway. Read more /