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In cinemas this week – X-Men: Apocalypse, Sing Street and more

Our guide to this week’s new cinema releases

X-Men: Apocalypse
Credit: 20th Century Fox

Stuck for what to watch at the weekend? Let Entertainment Focus help you with our handy guide to this week’s new releases. From the biggest blockbusters to the best in independent and world cinema, we’ve got it covered.

 

X-Men: Apocalypse

What’s it about? The world’s first mutant – En Sabah Nur – also known as Apocalypse, has awoken in the modern world. With his four horsemen – Magneto, Storm, Psylocke and Angel – he sets out to destroy mankind and create a new world order. Professor X and Mystique put aside their differences to reunite in an attempt to save humanity. This should prove to be one of the biggest hits of the year.

Who’s in it?  James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Josh Helman, Lana Condor, Ben Hardy

Read our X-Men: Apocalypse review

 

A Hologram For the King

What’s it about? Based on the novel by Dave Eggers, and adapted for the screen and directed by Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Perfume, Cloud Atlas), A Hologram For the King tells the story of an American businessman who has lost everything, and his final attempt at success. Starring screen legend (and everyone’s favourite actor) Tom Hanks as Alan Clay, the washed-up salesman who travels to Saudia Arabia to rebuild his life, this stranger in a strange land comedy should provide an intriguing and entertaining alternative to the apocalyptic mayhem being doled out by the X-Men.

Who’s in it?  Tom Hanks, Sarita Choudhury, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Alexander Black, Ben Whishaw

 

Sing Street

What’s it about? From John Carney, the director of Once and Begin Again, comes this feel-good musical (sort-of) set in Dublin during the early 80s. Following the fortunes of a teen boy whose family have fallen on hard times, he finds hope and solace in the band he forms with his friends in order to try and impress a girl. This is a classic coming-of-age tale, breezily bouncing along to it’s fantastic soundtrack. Imagine a more lighted version of The Committments with a few less f-bombs!

Who’s in it? Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor, Aiden Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy

Read our Sing Street review

 

The Silent Storm

What’s it about? Nearly two years since premiering at the London Film Festival, romantic drama The Silent Storm finally gets a cinematic release. Set on a remote Scottish island sometime after World War II, the film tells the story of a fanatical Minister and his downtrodden wife, who have decided to stay and live on the island, despite most of the other inhabitants leaving following the closure of the mine. Thrown into this mix is a young delinquent from Glasgow, who has been sent to the island for hard labour. He is taken in by the minister and his wife, and well…you can guess what happens next.

Who’s in it? Andrea Riseborough, Damian Lewis, Kate Dickie, Ross Anderson

 

Also Out

Departure
Indie drama directed by Andrew Steggall and starring Juliet Stevenson

Heart of a Dog
Moving documentary from multimedia artist Laurie Anderson

The Call Up
Virtual reality sci-fi written and directed by Charles Baker

Journey to the Shore
Romantic Japanese drama given a limited cinematic run ahead of Blu-ray and DVD release next week.

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