Summer is fast approaching, and as the temperatures begin to rise, there’s no better place to retreat than to the comfy, air-conditioned climes of Vox Cinemas. With the countdown on for the grand opening of its newest incarnation at The Galleria's new expansion in Abu Dhabi, here’s a sneak peak of the hottest new releases you won’t want to miss.
Who could forget Rami Malek’s star turn as Freddie Mercury last year? Scooping awards galore – including the Oscar for Best Actor – the Egyptian talent proved untouchable and a new star was born. 2019’s answer to Bohemian Rhapsody is none other than Rocketman, the biographical musical based on Sir Elton’s John’s breakthrough years. Directed by Dexter Fletcher (Eighties kids will remember him from Press Gang fame), Kingsman cutie Taron Egerton takes on the coveted role of the fabulous superstar – complete with metallic jumpsuits and statement glasses – making it a sure-fit hit for awards season!
With Disney-remakes having a moment, it’s time to embrace your inner child (babysitting opportunity anyone?) and sit back and enjoy the unadulterated joy of Aladdin and Lion King (Out July 18). Hollywood heartthrob Will Smith, who is a huge fan and frequent visitor to the Middle East, pops up as the Genie in this Guy Richie retelling of Aladdin. While the all-star cast of Lion King – Beyoncé voices Nala, Donald Glover is Simba as James Earl Jones reprises his role as Mufasa – will make you fall in love with the classic all over again.
Fittingly, the same year as the Spice Girls hit the stage for their reunion tour, The Hustle and Charlie’s Angels, are bringing a dose of girl power to our screens too. The insanely talented Elizabeth Banks directs the action-packed flick, and with modern, global angels, viewers can expect the reboot to have a powerful feminist message.
Look no further than Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a time in Hollywood and the hotly anticipated Batman spin-off, the Joker (October release) for the best date night picks. Joaquin Phoenix is the fifth actor to portray DC Comic’s clown prince of crime but no sooner had the teaser trailer dropped, fans were comparing it to Heath Ledger’s chilling performance. Ledger, who died in 2008, won a posthumous Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Dark Knight. If Phoenix’s interpretation is equally dark and disturbing, we’ll be sleeping with the lights on!
GRAZIA'S TOP 5:
1. The Hustle
Rebel Wilson is undoubtedly one of the funniest actresses of her generation and she teams up with Anne Hathaway in what’s set to be her biggest role to date. Based on two scam artists out for revenge against the men who have wronged them, expect comedy capers and hysterical one-liners.
- Out 6 June 2019
Praised by Elton John himself, this coveted role is set to be a game-changer for Egerton. And if his performance singing Tiny Dancer with John at his Oscar party was anything to go by, we’re in for a treat. Richard Madden and Jamie Bell also star.
- Out 13 June 2019
3. Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Leonardo DiCaprio plays a faded actor with Brad Pitt as his longtime stunt double in Tarantino’s ninth and reportedly penultimate flick. The retro comedy set in 1960s Hollywood, features A-list style icon Margot Robbie and Luke Perry’s final performance, following his untimely death in March.
- Out August 2019
4. Downton Abbey
We were bereft when the series ended in 2015 and we’re still pinching ourselves that the iconic period drama is finally coming to the big screen. The plot’s still a closely guarded secret but we’re happy to confirm all our favourites are back. Oh Mrs Patmore, how we’ve missed you…
- Out September 2019
5. Charlie's Angels
British newcomers Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska star in the fresh new remake alongside Kristen Stewart, but the lead female characters are still under wraps. In an interesting twist, Djimon Hounsou, Patrick Stewart and Banks herself, all play Bosley, the intermediary between the girls and Charlie.
- Out November 2019
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