Tomorrow, after months and months of waiting, cinemas are set to reopen across the UK. Having had to make do with tiny screens and – let’s be real – a quite dire selection of bad Netflix films, we can’t wait to finally sit in a dark cinema and watch some exciting new stuff. For those of you asking: are there any new films? Yes, yes there are. And we have rounded up our most anticipated ones that you absolutely have to see on the big screen.
Nomadland – dir. Chloé Zhao
Okay, we may have already seen this Oscar-winning feature (and we may have written a whole article on why we love it), but for those of you who have not been able to see it yet: this is your chance. The story of a woman called Fern (played by Frances McDormand) who decides to travel across America and live in her van, is one that has to be viewed on the biggest screen possible. A beautiful portrayal of a part of American life we don’t often get to see, this film will be sure to make you fall in love with the movies all over again.
A Quiet Place Part 2 – dir. John Krasinski
We have been excited about the sequel ever since we first saw the surprise-hit that was A Quiet Place. However, just as it was about to be released in March last year, coronavirus caused several delays. Now, we finally get to see it when it comes out later this month. Starring Emily Blunt, John Krasinski and with Cillian Murphy also joining the cast, and the film continuing to follow a family in the midst of an alien-invasion, the film has all the ingredients for an exciting cinema experience.
Sound of Metal – dir. Darius Marder
Sound of Metal has already been released on Amazon Prime, but absolutely deserves to be seen on the big screen as well. The film follows a drummer in a heavy metal band as he slowly loses his hearing and has to come to terms with his new life. With heartbreaking performances by Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke and Paul Raci, it is one of our favourite films in recent years. On top of that, the sound in the film is incredible and only a cinema can truly capture this.
Rare Beasts – dir. Billie Piper
After the success of her series I Hate Suzie, Billie Piper has made the move onto the big screen, with her feature directorial debut. Described as an anti-romantic comedy, Rare Beasts follows a career-driven, single mother, Mandy, as she falls in love with a man called Pete. As the dysfunctional relationship progresses, the film provides commentary on misogyny, modern feminism and the myth of women that ‘have it all’. It will surely be an interesting film to watch that will give you something to think about.
Judas and the Black Messiah – dir. Shaka King
Judas and the Black Messiah tells the story of Fred Hampton, chairmen of the Black Panther Party, and William O’Neill, the undercover FBI informant who infiltrates the Illinois chapter. Starring Daniel Kaluuya (who won an Oscar for the part) and LaKeith Stanfield (who was nominated for the Oscar as well), the film is an incredibly powerful depiction of the two men’s lives, the historical context and the Black Panthers, and is an absolute must-watch on the big screen.