Disney's villain backstory 'Cruella' leads this week's new releases

27 May 2021 in New Releases

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Last week cinemas and exhibitors rejoiced as the freshly reopened U.K. box office had its best weekend in fourteen months, effectively meaning that cinema audiences have quickly grown back to pre-pandemic levels. The even better news is that, alongside the award winners and blockbusters, there are more thrilling, inspiring and compelling films on their way to the big screen, three of which you will be able to read about below

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.

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Kicking off this week's releases is a Disney film sixty years in the making as we revisit the iconic character of Cruella De Vil, the evil but much-loved villain who first appeared on screen in 1961's 101 Dalmatians. Played here by Academy Award® winner Emma Stone in a flamboyant performance, Cruella's story takes places in 1970s London during the punk rock movement where Estella, a girl with big dreams of becoming a fashion designer finds herself heading down a dark and dangerous path to find the success she craves. Told with energy and packed with evocative costuming, Cruella is a story of the costs people will go to in order to achieve their goals.

Also released this week

Earwig and the Witch; The 8th

It is always a fascinating time when Studio Ghibli, the Japanese animation studio responsible for classics such as Spirited Away and Kiki's Delivery Service, releases a new film. Earwig and the Witch introduces a new computer generated style of animation for Studio Ghibli and tells the story of an orphan named Earwig who, after being adopted by a strange and spooky couple, sets out to discover her family history. Magical and colourful, expect lots of music, humour and strange goings-on.

Lastly this week is an essential documentary for those wanting to learn about both Irish and feminist history. In The 8th, we follow the concerted efforts of individuals and organisations who are aiming to overturn the 8th, a strict abortion law which limits the rights that women have over their own bodies. Hard-hitting, intimate and structured to educate and inform, this is a documentary that has an inspiring and effective message at its heart.

New Film Guides

Jojo Rabbit; Pride & Prejudice; Mulan 

Our film guides are built to aid educators in the classroom or at home, using a framework of discussion points and activities for young people to consider films in new and invigorating ways. Here are three new film guides on films set in the past that help us reconsider our present. From dark comedies to period dramas, allow yourself to peek through the screen into history. 

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