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This week, cinemas see a wide array of films released on their screens. Beginning with a wry and poignant look at immigration in the 21st century, continuing with two huge franchise blockbusters then topping things off with a sweet but adventurous children's animation, there really is something for everyone at this week's box-office. We will also be highlighting a new Into Film list all about humankind's best friend.
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.
Told with gentle humour, Limbo is an accessible and entertaining story that takes its time to highlight the struggle and poignancy that that often follows immigrants as they make their journeys to safety. Taking place on a remote island somewhere in the stormy Scottish Isles, Omar, a Syrian refugee, is awaiting to hear from the British government to see if he will be allowed to move forward and live in the United Kingdom. Interacting with clueless locals and bonding with fellow immigrants, including a Queen-obsessed man from Afghanistan, Omar must navigate this new world and hope that he will find his way home, wherever that may be.
Based on the Walt Disney theme park attraction of the same name, Jungle Cruise is a fantasy-adventure that harkens back to the adventure stories of old whilst focusing on the benefits and dangers of exploration. Set in the early 20th century, riverboat captain Frank Wolff reluctantly agrees to guide two explorers into the South American jungle on their quest to find the Tree of Life. Adventurous scientist Dr. Lily Houghton and her younger brother MacGregor, who unenthusiastically takes on the role of her assistant, seek to find the tree which is rumoured to contain healing properties that could be of great benefit to the medical world. But, of course, things don't go exactly as planned.
Spirit Untamed, meanwhile, is a children's animation that also takes the audience back in time to the 18th century and the American frontier. Part-western, part adventure, the story follows a young girl called Lucky who, after being sent to live with her estranged father over the summer, befriends a Mustang horse and finds herself embroiled in a horse-napping scandal where she must use all of her wits to save her new friend.
Lastly, The Suicide Squad arrives as a soft reboot to the previous, similarly-named film based on a cult comic book series. Bringing lots of comedy and derangement to the superhero genre whilst also delving into themes of sincerity, teamwork and learning to love yourself, the film concerns a group of supervillains who are brought to a mysterious South American island to team up and defeat a very strange common enemy. Bloodsport, Peacemaker, King Shark and the infamous Harley Quinn all take center stage in this truly unique comic book film.
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A riverboat captain transports a British scientist on a dangerous mission into the jungle to find the elusive Tree of Life.
Age group11–14 years
In the 19th century, a young girl named Lucky is sent to stay with her father on the American frontier where she befriends a wild stallion.
Age group5–11 years
We have also been curating fresh film lists on all kinds of themes and subjects across the curriculum and this week we take a look at one of humankind's most beloved animals. Our Dogs on Film list aims to highlight how our relationships with dogs, and pets in general, can have a profound impact on the way we see the world and even how we treat other people. From the ultra-friendly Labrador to the cheeky Jack Russell Terrier, there is never a dull moment in cinema when a dog is on the screen.
A list of films on Into Film+ and Into Film+ Premium representing the experiences of refugees, displaced people and their stories.
Suitable forAll ages
No. of films12
Congratulations to Daniel, from London, whose lockdown-made short film encourages people to remember to put their devices down and get more out of life.
Viewing time 7 mins
A list of popular comics and graphic novels from all around the world and their influence on modern culture.
Suitable forAll ages
No. of films19
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