The New Films To Watch At The Cinema

Cinemas have reopened to the public, and alongside screenings of popular classics, new releases are finally making their way to the big screen. From Christopher Nolan’s long-awaited Tenet to a coming-of-age drama starring Little Women’s Eliza Scanlen, here are the best ones to see.

An American Pickle

If you gave Seth Rogen a chance in Long Shot last year, you were amply rewarded with what turned out to be one of the best comedies of 2019. (Need to catch up? It’s on Netflix right now.) Rogen returns this month in An American Pickle, which is being released in cinemas. He plays Herschel Greenbaum, an old-time pickle producer who suffers a freak accident, gets preserved in brine for 100 years and wakes up in the present day. He soon catches up with his only surviving relative (a computer programmer also played by Rogen) and the mismatched pair must face down myriad cultural misunderstandings to make the best of a weird situation. Also stars Succession’s Sarah Snook.

Available to watch now

Away

Written, produced, directed, scored and animated entirely by award-winning Latvian filmmaker Gints Zilbalodis, Away was crafted over a period of more than three years. After a mysterious crash landing, a young boy wakes up alone on an exotic island. He's being chased by a dark spirit, although it's unclear whether the spirit means to help or harm the boy. A motorcycle appears, providing safe travel to the boy, and he makes friends with a local songbird who offers guidance. Soon they are off on their own adventure, trying to escape the dark spirit, learn more about the mysterious crash landing, and uncover the true nature of the exotic island. A must for fans of Studio Ghibli.

Available to watch from 28th August

Babyteeth

When seriously ill teenager Milla Finlay (Little Women’s Eliza Scanlen) falls madly in love with small-time drug dealer Moses, it’s her parents’ worst nightmare. But as Milla’s first brush with love brings her a new lust for life, things get messy and traditional morals go out the window. Milla soon shows everyone in her orbit – her parents, Moses, a sensitive music teacher, a budding child violinist, and a disarmingly honest, pregnant neighbour – how to live like you have nothing to lose. What might have been a disaster for the Finlay family instead leads to letting go and finding grace in the glorious chaos of life.

Available to watch now

NT Live: Fleabag

The hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag was captured on stage on the West End last year. If you missed bagging tickets to see it live, this is your chance to see it on the big screen one more time. Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at a day in the life of a 30-something woman. Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, our protagonist suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose. 

Available to watch on 3rd September

Proxima

Eva Green gives a what critics are calling a “career-best performance” in this emotionally charged new drama from French director Alice Winocour (Disorder, Mustang). Green plays Sarah, a French astronaut training at the European Space Agency in Cologne. The only woman in the arduous programme, she has been chosen to be part of the crew of a year-long space mission called ‘Proxima’. Putting enormous strain on her relationship with her daughter (played by newcomer Zélie Boulant-Lemesle), the training begins to take its toll on both as Sarah’s training progresses and the launch looms ever closer. Featuring performances from Matt Dillon, Lars Eidinger and Sandra Hüller, this new film could only ever have debuted at the cinema. It’s worth the wait.

Available to watch now

St Frances

Flailing 34-year-old Bridget (relative newcomer Kelly O’Sullivan) finally catches a break when she meets a nice guy and lands a much-needed job nannying six-year-old Frances (Ramona Edith-Williams). But an unwanted pregnancy introduces an unexpected complication. To make matters worse, she clashes with the obstinate Frances and struggles to navigate a growing tension between Frances’s mothers. Amid her tempestuous personal relationships, a reluctant friendship with Frances emerges, and Bridget contends with the inevitable joys and lows of becoming a part of someone else’s family.

Available to watch now

Summerland

Alice is a reclusive writer, resigned to a solitary life on the seaside cliffs of southern England while WWII rages across the channel. When she opens her front door one day to find she’s to adopt a young London evacuee named Frank, she’s resistant. It’s not long, however, before the two realise they have more in common in their pasts than Alice had assumed. Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Tom Courtenay star in this intensely emotional story of love’s endurance in trying times.

Available to watch now

Tenet

Directed by Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk, Interstellar, The Dark Knight), this under-wraps film stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Kenneth Branagh. Due to the pandemic, Tenet’s release has now been put back three times – and the latest date for its UK debut is 26th August. Like many of Nolan’s mind-bending blockbusters, it’s set to be an action epic revolving around international espionage, time travel and evolution – and we can’t wait. Those keen for extra an extra bit of Nolan on the big screen should keep an eye out for the tenth anniversary screenings of Inception being shown across cinemas this month.

Available to watch from 26th August

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