‘SUMMER in Spring’, as the Keighley News editor headlined my column last month, is off to a cracking start.
One thousand of you lovely people saw Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2 (12a) with us in its first week alone!
Even with a bank holiday Monday bringing an extra day of weekend trading into play, these are exceptional figures, and I’d like to thank all of you for continuing to choose your local cinema first.
The summer blockbusters don’t end there, though, and won’t for some time.
Next on the roster is Alien Covenant (15), which opened on May 12 (a week away at the time of writing but a week gone by the time you read this!).
This is the hotly-anticipated follow-up to Prometheus and, along with Alien Covenant, forms a sort of spiritual prequel – or a complete re-boot, if you prefer – to the much-loved original Alien films, albeit on Ridley Scott’s impetus with him remaining at the helm.
The only returning character is David, played by Michael Fassbender, an artificial intelligence and a quite creepy one at that!
This outing tells the story of a colony ship named Covenant, whose crew discovers what they think is an untouched paradise planet only to find it harbouring a threat beyond imagining.
Fassbender is joined by Katherine Waterston from 2016’s smash hit Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (12a), alongside Danny McBride (Angry Birds; Sausage Party) and Billy Crudup (Watchmen, Jackie and Spotlight). All this promises a fascinating, if quirky, ensemble to side with as they run away from the big bad!
A Dog’s Purpose (PG) will likely still be playing by the time you read this.
A heart-warming and imaginative family film, following the lives (plural) of re-incarnated dog Bailey, voiced by Josh Gad, who some of you will have seen recently as LeFou in Beauty And The Beast (12a) and remember as Olaf in Frozen.
The premise is that Bailey’s ‘soul’ moves from dog to dog and owner to owne,r seeking meaning and purpose to all he sees, enjoying the company of new owners and mourning the loss of old. But fate may yet have a surprise in store.
Joined in live action by the likes of Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow) and Britt Robertson (The Longest Ride; Tomorrowland) this promises to be the family favourite for May.
As I mentioned in my previous article; Keighley Film Club brings its May offering in Oscar Best Picture-winning film Moonlight (15).
This is described by imdb.com as “a chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami”.
The film promises to be a thought-provoking evening of entertainment on Sunday.
The call time is 5.35pm for a 6pm prompt film start-time, with Keighley Film Club volunteers available to chat about their forthcoming programming and membership in the foyer from 5.30pm.
All are welcome to join Keighley Film Club, which gives benefits including cheaper admission to some films. Why not have a cuppa and a natter with the volunteers when you come to see Moonlight?
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