RocketmanOpening date: 24 May 2019Genre: BiographyDuration: 155 minsDirected by: Dexter FletcherStarring: Richard Madden, Taron Egerton, Gemma Jones, John Reid, Jamie Bell, Bryce Dallas Howard
ROCKETMAN is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story – set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton – tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. ROCKETMAN also stars Jamie Bell as Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton’s first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother.
Alien 40th Anniversary + Q&A with Kim NewmanOpening date: 1 March 2019Genre: Sci-FiDuration: 117 minsDirected by: Ridley ScottStarring: Jools Scott, Veronica Cartwright, Sigourney Weaver, Harry Dean Stanton, Yaphet Kotto, Ian Holm, John Hurt
In space, no one can hear you scream! 2019 sees the return to the big screen of director Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking 1979 sci-fi classic ALIEN, screening in a 4K restoration print for its 40th anniversary. On their voyage home to Earth, the crew of the deep space tug Nostromo are awakened from stasis when their ship’s computer detects what is believed to be an alien distress signal coming from a nearby planet. While investigating the desolate landscape, one of the crew is attacked by an alien creature that latches to his face. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), the ship’s warrant officer, advises that her injured colleague can’t be brought abroad due to quarantine regulations - but her orders are ignored, inadvertently bringing the Nostromo under threat from a mysterious extraterrestrial life form…the Alien. Winner of the 1979 Academy Award® for Visual Effects and praised for featuring one of cinema’s great heroines, Alien’s poetic fusion of sci-fi and horror continues to spawn a vast media franchise pages of critical writing, and generations of fans. This special screening at Moving Pictures Cinema features a post-screening Q&A with acclaimed novelist, film critic and broadcaster Kim Newman. Kim Newman has won the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy and British Science Fiction Awards and been nominated for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. He writes regularly for Empire Magazine and contributes to The Guardian, The Times, Time Out and others. He makes frequent appearances on radio and TV. He is the author of Nightmare Movies: Horror on Screen Since the 1960s and many other works.
Amazing GraceOpening date: 10 May 2019Genre: DocumentaryDuration: 88 minsDirected by: NAStarring: Mick Jagger, Aretha Franklin, Reverand James Cleveland, C.L. Franklin, Bernard Purdie, Chuck Rainey, The Southern California Community Choir, Sydney Pollack
In 1971, Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul, brought producer Jerry Wexler, her backup singers, and the legendary Atlantic Records rhythm section to The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles to record an album of gospel music before an enthusiastic live audience. The result, “Amazing Grace”, went on to become one of the biggest albums of Aretha Franklin’s career and one of her most beloved works. But even as the album gained fans around the world, few realized that those inspirational sessions had not only been recorded, they had been filmed by a camera crew led by Oscar winning filmmaker Sydney Pollack. Pollack and his team spent two nights capturing Franklin at the height of her powers, as she thrilled a shouting and dancing audience that included Franklin’s father, Reverend C.L. Franklin, gospel legends Clara Ward and Mother Ward of the Ward Family Singers, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts, and the members of The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church. But due to technical problems the film has never been seen. Until now. No one who loves music will want to miss this thrilling film, which is both an extraordinary look at a key moment in American musical and social history, and an invaluable record of one of America’s greatest artists doing what she did best.
BeatsOpening date: 17 May 2019Genre: DramaDuration: 101 minsDirected by: Brian WelshStarring: Laura Fraser, Lorn Macdonald, Cristian Ortega, Amy Manson, Kevin Mains, Gemma McElhinney, Rachel Jackson
Two best friends in a small Scottish town in the summer of '94 who head out for one last night together before life takes them in different directions. Going to an illegal rave, the boys journey into an underworld of anarchy, freedom and collision with the law as they share a night that they will never forget.