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Many films have been held back from cinemas over the last year and a half but now we are starting to see them appear on the big screen after much anticipation - in particular this week, a long-awaited horror reboot. But if horror is not your thing, an Egyptian youth drama and a South American animation also make their way into cinemas.
Safety is of course at the forefront of everyone's mind right now so make sure to check out the specific guidelines for your local cinema before visiting. Meanwhile, many cinemas have used lockdown as an opportunity to improve and renovate their venues so that we can all enjoy the best possible cinema experience.
A spiritual sequel to the 90s horror classic of the same name, Candyman is part of the new wave of horror films that explicitly explore social issues - in this case race, gentrification and artistic appropriation. Produced and co-written by Jordan Peele (Get Out) and directed by award winning filmmaker Nia DaCosta, the story follows a visual artist named Anthony who moves into a new luxurious apartment in an area named Cabrini Towers with his partner Brianna. He soon stumbles upon the myth of the ‘Candyman' and decides to use it as inspiration for his paintings but as his art begins to get recognition, Anthony finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into a macabre and terrifying world, unknowingly unlocking a long-dormant evil that could unravel everything in his life. Along with the release of A Quiet Place Part II earlier this year, it seems as though big screen horror is back!
Two films from separate corners of the world that contain young protagonists who, despite their cultural differences, may resonate with young audiences from the UK Souad is named after its main character, a young woman living in one of Egypt's cosmopolitan Nile Delta cities with her family and 13 year-old sister Rabab. Obsessed with social media, she spends much of her time cultivating a secret online life for herself that involves an older boyfriend who lives in another part of the country. As her desires and her realities begin to become blurred, a sudden tragic incident motivates her sister Rabab to explore Souad's life in more detail, embarking on a journey outside of the online sphere in search for answers. This delicately paced coming-of-age story examines how social media can effect the way we view ourselves and our loved ones - no matter our age, race, gender or culture.
Not many animated films arrive onto our shores from South America so Peruvian animation Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon, is a rare opportunity to a fresh and original film for younger audiences. Set in the depths of the Amazon, a thirteen-year-old girl named Ainbo and her tribe are settled on the back of a powerful spirit, Turtle Motelo Mama. One day she discovers that her home is under threat, not only by logging companies and illegal mining but also by the Yacuruna, a dark malevolent force that appears like black smoke through the forest. Disconnected from their past, the tribe have unfortunately given up on old legends, so it is up to Ainbo to step forward and save her home with the help of her two spirit guides, a tapir and an armadillo. This original adventure explores eco themes and issues affecting nature globally whilst also telling a tale all about believing in yourself.
Egyptian drama exploring the impact of social media on two very different sisters in modern-day Egypt as they navigate their young lives.
Age group14+ years
With our DVD service now resumed, we have two new releases that you can order for your summer film club or beyond including a sequel to a hugely successful children's film and a classy wartime throwback thriller. We begin with Beatrix Potter's famous bunny Peter Rabbit who is enjoying life with his new makeshift family but cannot seem to escape his mischievous ways. After learning that Bea and Thomas, the humans he lives with, are thinking of having a baby, Peter decides to leave and adventure out the garden where he discovers a whole new group of animals who spend their time stealing fresh fruit and vegetables from the local farmer's market. Building on the cute and humorous world we were introduced to in the first film, this spirited sequel also delves into the topic of family, independence and doing the right thing.
Six Minutes to Midnight then highlights a fascinating element of European history while also serving as an accessible introduction to conspiracy thrillers. 17 days before the start of World War II, a schoolteacher at the Augusta Victoria College in the coastal town of Bexhill-on-Sea goes missing, with his replacement Thomas Miller drafted in at short notice. What follows is a fascinating and engrossing mystery as Thomas attempts to inform the British authorities of a growing threat whilst navigating the trappings of a spy conspiracy.
The mischievous Peter Rabbit returns, this time getting caught up in a heist at a farmer’s market with a group of equally troublesome animals.
Age group5–11 years
A film list that reveals our nation's greatest fears.
No. of films13
Playing out in real time, an assassin has just 60 seconds to neutralise his target in this stylish, noir thriller made by young filmmaker Tom, from Bucks.
Viewing time 11 mins
A collection of films from around the world celebrating International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.
Suitable forAll ages
No. of films14
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