It’s been an incredibly slow year for the film and cinema industry. While streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+ have cashed in, UK cinemas have remained largely closed for the last 15 months, bar a couple of months in the summer when it was legal to open up.
But thankfully, it’s their time to shine again! As of Monday 17th May, cinemas can reopen for business, providing film fanatics across the country the chance to fully lose themselves in the theatrics of Hollywood.
While the majority of the big Hollywood flicks remain postponed for now, there are a few films, including Oscar winners, that are scheduled to arrive on the big screen this week. Without further ado, here are the films that are actually showing…
Whether you love them or loathe them, the Saw film series has brought us some of the creepiest, terrifying and chilling movie moments of all time. And it’s only going to get better (or worse) with the release of the ninth instalment, Spiral: From the Book of Saw.
Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, Spiral follows the police investigation looking into the killings and inhuman activities conducted by a Jigsaw copycat killer. The film stars Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols.
Screenings from 17th May
The great American Dream, it’s a theme that lingers in the background of every film spanning diaspora and it once again emerges in Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari.
The semi autobiographical film follows a Korean American family as they embark on their journey of living in America and explores all of the sadness, happiness and emotional moments that life throws at us all.
Screenings from 18th May
Nomadland, the film that’s on everyone’s lips since its success at the Academy Awards which crowned it the Best Picture Film 2021, will be making its way onto the big stage finally this week.
Already available to stream via Disney+, Nomadland stars Frances McDormand as Fern, a woman in her 60s who sets out on a journey through the American West in her van.
Directed by Chloé Zhao, who has recently confirmed she’ll be directing the Marvel movie Eternals, hit the nail on the head with the subject matter, what with #VanLife being so popular right now.
Shaka King’s Judas and the Black Messiah is another award-winning favourite scheduled to arrive onto the big screen this week.
Starring Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield and Jesse Plemons, the film follows William O’Neal (Stanfield) as he goes undercover to gain access and intelligence on the Black Panther Party and its Chairman Fred Hampton (Kaluuya) as part of a plea deal offered by the FBI.
Kaluuya stole the show this award season, bringing home the Academy Award, Critics’ Choice Movie Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Everyone’s favourite childhood menacing duo, Tom and Jerry, return for another film to cause even more havoc, chaos and hilarious behaviour.
Directed by Tim Story, this Warner Bros. film will see the two juxtaposing animals cause mayhem at New York City’s finest hotel. The chaos begins when Jerry decides to move into the hotel on the eve of the biggest wedding of a generation. It’s Tom who’s hired to get rid of the pest. As you can imagine, turmoil erupts and sparks a cat-and-mouse chase that could jeopardise the reputation of the hotel and events planner, Kayla (Chloë Grace Moretz).
Expect to be roaring with laughter as the mighty duo return to the big screen.
Fancy learning more about the first cow to ever trot the land in the Oregon Territory? You’re about to find out whether you like it or not… First Cow, directed by Kelly Reichardt, follows the story of a talented chef, Otis ‘Cookie’ Figowitz (John Magaro) and King Lu (Orion Lee) as they set out in hope of the American dream.
The two travellers head to the Oregon Territory, home to settlers who don’t have the luxury they do, and they steal the cow’s milk come nightfall to make a living by selling biscuits.
Perhaps not the most enticing plot but it’s definitely worth the viewing for those who love a western.
Screenings from 28th May
Family holidays always sound like a great idea but in reality they are usually filled with bickering elders, sulking adolescents and too much wine. Directed by Ira Sachs, Frankie follows a family as they embark on a large family holiday in Sintra, Portugal.
Starring Isabelle Huppert as Frankie, it’s a film that’ll make you slow down and make you think about how you can live life to its fullest.
Screenings from 23rd May
Catch Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth as they star in Harry Macqueen’s Supernova, the film that follows a gay couple on a road trip across the country while Tusker (Tucci) slowly comes to terms with his increasing dementia.
It’s a story of undying love. It’s gripping, emotional and a hard-hitting watch, but aren’t all of the greatest love stories?
Screenings from 25th June
Fans of Angelina Jolie, get ready for the new gritty action-thriller movie, Those Who Wish Me Dead. Starring Jolie, the film is based on the novel of the same name by Michael Koryta and will see Jolie play Hannah, a smoke jumper who comes across a young teenager who’s in a bit of bother. What with his injured dad being involved in a huge political corruption case that quickly escalates, as it does…
Loved Wandavision and want another Marvel female lead to fill the void? Enter Black Widow, the new Marvel film dedicated to the master assassin.
Starring Scarlett Johannson, we finally see where Black Widow mastered her craft. From her Russian assassin roots to the present day freelance operative, or badass, fans will get to see Johannson in all her glory. Other huge Hollywood names will also appear, including Little Women and Heredity star Florence Pugh, Stranger Things sheriff David Harbour and The Favourite star Rachel Weisz.
For film buffs across the UK, the first week of lockdown 1.0 was an incredibly mournful moment. We lost our freedom but they lost out on the follow up of A Quiet Place making its way onto the big screen.
The film follows the Abbott family, starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, as they are cast into a world where they must fight for survival in utter silence. The first film saw Krasinski die rather brutally, but don’t worry because A Quiet Place Part II is littered with flashbacks featuring The Office star.
Screenings from 4th June
Having won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the role, this summer we can finally catch Anthony Hopkins star in The Father.
The film follows Anthony (Hopkins) as his world and reality spirals out of his grasp. His daughter, Anne (Olivia Colman) adopts the help from carers to help as her father’s memory slowly declines. Based on the play Le Père, Florian Zeller makes his directorial debut with The Father.
Screenings from 11th June
Mads Mikkelsen, famous for playing Hannibal in the TV series, shines in this year’s Oscar winning Best International Film.
Set in Copenhagen, we follow a group of friends who all decide to consume a certain amount of alcohol a day and document how it effects their lives. What starts as a fun romp, turns dangerous as the perils of alcoholism start to rear its head.
Screenings from 2nd July