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2020 saw the postponement of so many things. Festivals, weddings, concerts, gatherings and even film releases. With no audiences in cinemas, many production companies decided to wait to release their masterpieces until people would be there to appreciate them. And while that meant a slightly dry year in film this year, the coming cinematic year, 2021 is setting up to be a major hit for films.

Here are some of the films we can’t wait to get to the cinema to see on the big screen!


The United States vs. Billie Holiday (26 February 2021 – USA)


(IMBD https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8521718/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0)

Directed by Lee Daniels, this biopic follows Holiday during her career as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair.

Billie Holiday is played by Andra Day and we can’t wait to see her powerful performance of the iconic singer.


West Side Story (10 December 2021 -USA)

(IMBD https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3581652/?ref_=tt_mv_close)

In this adaptation of the 1961 musical, West Side Story explores forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.

With Steven Spielberg directing and Ansel Elgort portraying Tony, we are sure this hard-hitting and beautiful musical will stand the test of time and be just as relevant in 2021 as 1957. Rumour has it that Rita Moreno, the original Anita will be making an appearance, as will Maddie Ziegler of Sia and Dance Moms fame.


The Nightingale (22 December 2021 -USA)

(IMBD https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4540534/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_3)

The lives of two sisters living in France are torn apart at the onset o
f World War II. This movie is based on Kristin Hannah's novel 'The Nightingale' and the sisters are played by real life sisters, Dakota and Elle Fanning.

We love historical fiction anyway, but the chance to see these two in such compelling and heart-breaking roles is what we really can’t wait for! We’re just sad we probably have to wait until next December to see it.


Death on the Nile (17 September 2021 – USA)

(IMBD https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7657566/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0)

We feel as though we’ve been seeing trailers for this for ages! The highly anticipated Death on the Nile is the film adaptation of one of Agatha Christie’s most iconic mystery novels that follow detective Hercule Poirot. While on vacation on the Nile, Hercule Poirot must investigate the murder of a young heiress.

Promising incredible costumes, production and acting, this Kenneth Brannagh directed film has a glittering cast, with Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer among others taking on iconic roles.


A Quiet Place Part II (23 April 2021-USA)

(IMBD https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8332922/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0)

The sequel we’ve all been waiting for – and dreading! Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realise the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path.

This spine-chilling follow-up is directed by John Krasinski and sees Emily Blunt returning to her role as Evelyn. With Cillian Murphy also taking on a role, we couldn’t be more eager to see what terrors they have cooked up this time!


Wicked (22 December 2021 -USA)

(IMBD https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1262426/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0)

IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING! What theatre nerds like myself have been waiting for, for years, Wicked is finally becoming a movie!

The vivid reimagining of the classic The Wizard of Oz, Wicked spotlights the untold stories of Oz's most famous (or infamous) characters, namely the Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely friend, Glinda the Good Witch. While no cast has been announced yet, I think we’re all crossing our fingers that Kristen and Idina reprise their roles! If only!


The Mauritanian (26 February 2021 -Ireland)

(IMBD https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4761112/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0)

This major cast tells the story of a detainee at the U.S military's Guantanamo Bay detention centre. He is held without charges for over a decade and seeks help from a defence attorney for his release.

This courtroom drama stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Shailene Woodley, Zachary Levi, Jodie Foster and Tahar Rahim, the cast combination sure to make it a hit.


Gucci (24 November 2021 -USA)

Ridley Scott directs this motion picture telling the story of how Patrizia Reggiani, the ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci, plotted to kill her husband, the grandson of renowned fashion designer Guccio Gucci.

Starring Adam Driver and Lady Gaga as Maurizio and Patrizia respectively, and a rumoured Al Pacino, we cannot wait for the DRAMA!


The Dig (29 January 2021 -UK)

(IMBD https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3661210/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1)

Simon Stone directed this historical and heart-warming film following an archaeologist as he embarks on the historically important excavation of Sutton Hoo in 1938.

Starring Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan is vibrant and gripping roles, this historical drama is definitely one for the history nerds and drama lovers alike.


Respect (13 August 2021 -Ireland)

(IMBD https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2452150/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2)

Telling the real life story of legendary R&B singer, Aretha Franklin, this film caused controversy when the casting choices revealed Jennifer Hudson had been cast as the leading lady, Aretha herself.

It is still eagerly awaited however, especially with Forest Whitaker taking on the role of C. L. Franklin. Although we have to wait until next summer, we’re still really excited to see this interpretation of the life of one of the greats.


Cinderella (5 February 2021 -UK)

(IMBD https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10155932/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_3)

ANOTHER Cinderella film! This is the fairy-tale that keeps on giving! This modern musical version of the classic fairy tale "Cinderella" stars Camila Cabello as Cinderella, Billy Porter, Minnie Driver, John Mulaney and James Corden in what promises to be an instant classic. Definitely one for feel good vibes and sure to have lots of hit tracks, we can’t wait to see what new twists they have worked in!


Killers of the Flower Moon (2021 – USA)

When members of the Osage tribe in the United States are murdered under mysterious circumstances in the 1920s, it sparks a major F.B.I. investigation involving J. Edgar Hoover.

Directed by Martin Scorsese, we are definitely nervous to watch this one, but at the same time, we can’t wait to be on the edge of our seats! Starring his usual suspect, Leonardo Di Caprio and Robert De Niro, we have a feeling this will be another one of his instant classics.


The Tragedy of Macbeth 92021 – USA)

(IMBD https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13119342/)

Based on the classic Shakespearean play, this latest incarnation of the bard’s work is tipped to be a smash hit. Just look at that cast! Denzel Washington as Macbeth, Frances McDormand as Lady Macbeth and Brendan Gleeson as King Duncan. So exciting! Harry Melling (Harry Potter, The Queen’s Gambit) also has a role, which we can’t wait to see after his performance in The Queen’s Gambit earlier this year.

In this classic tale a Scottish lord becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next King of Scotland, and his ambitious wife supports him in his plans of seizing power.


Last Letter from Your Lover (12 March 2021 (Ireland)

(IMBD https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1893273/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0)

Based on Jojo Moye’s novel, this film follows a young journalist in London who becomes obsessed with a series of letters she discovers that recounts an intense star-crossed love affair from the 1960s.

Starring Felicity Jones, Shailene Woodley, Joe Alwyn and our ‘Sex Education’ fave, Ncuti Gatwa, we are buzzing to see what this cast can do!


The Lost Daughter (2021 USA)

In this dark drama, a woman's beach vacation takes a dark turn when she begins to confront the troubles of her past. Olivia Coleman’s work is always something to look forward to and with Dakota Johnson and Peter Sarsgaard by her side, it can only get better.

But wait, we haven’t told you the best part yet – Paul Mescal is in it too! There’s very little known about his role or even the film itself as of yet, but these actors have us excited to see it already!


It’s safe to say we were overjoyed when we heard one of our favourite drama series was being made into a movie. Downton Abbey fans, get ready to see the characters from the beloved period drama on the big screen.

The release date for the upcoming movie has finally been revealed so make sure to mark your calendars.

You can look forward to seeing the original cast on the big screen in the coming months. Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode and Maggie Smith will all grace our cinema screens in the Downton Abbey movie.

We will also meet new cast members including Imelda Staunton, James, Simon Jones, David Haig, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips and Stephen Campbell Moore.

The movie will hit cinemas next autumn.

According to Page Six, the movie will be released on September 13, 2019, so we’ve just got a little over a year to wait.

Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski opened up about the film: “Since the series ended, fans of ‘Downton’ have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter. We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of ‘Downton’ to the big screen next September.”

Unfortunately, one of our favourite characters will not be returning. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again star Lily James confirmed that she won’t be reprising her role as Lady Rose MacClare.

Despite her absence, we cannot wait for the Downton Abbey movie. Roll on September 2019.




The weather is getting colder and the night's are getting super frosty, so there's really no better excuse for heading to the cinema this month.

And with these new film releases, we can certainly look forward to chilling in front of the movie screen:


Brooklyn stars our very own Saoirse Ronan, who plays a young woman called Eilish who moved to America in the 1950's to have a better life. But when she is faced with retuning home, she's forced to make a very difficult decision.

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Julie Waters, Domhnall Gleeson and Jim Broadbent.


Kill Your Friends

This movie sees an A&R man working at the height of the British pop music craze. But it takes a bad turn when he goes to extreme measures to find new material for a song.

Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Tom Riley, Ed Skrein and James Cordon.


Freaks of Nature

The unlikely combination of a teenager, a vampire and a zombie all join forces when an alien invasion hits their hometown. 

Starring: Vanessa Hudgens, Ed Westwick, Bob Odenkirk and Denis Leary.


Fathers and Daughters

A widowed writer who suffers with mental illness is trying to raise his young daughter as he battles his problems.

Starring: Aaron Paul, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and Dian Kruger.


Steve Jobs

The biopic we've all been waiting for. This movie takes us behind-the-scenes of the digital revolution and paints the portrait of the man who is in the centre of it all.

Starring: Michael Fastbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels.


The Dressmaker

A glamorous woman returns to her small hometown in rural Austrialia. With her sewing machine and trend setting style, she transforms the women of the town. But she then takes out revenge on all the women that did her wrong.

Starring: Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving.


Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

In the last instalment of the movie franchise, we see Katniss Everdeen being symbolised as the Mockingjay. With her new caption, Katniss and District 13 engage in a revolution against the autocratic Capitol.

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson.


Black Mass

The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who then became an FBI informant in order to take down a Mafia family invading his turf. 

Starring: Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch and Dakota Johson.



With more stormy weather on the way this weekend, a cosy cinema trip is definitely on the cards!

If you can manage to battle through the snow and wind to make it to your local cinema, you definitely won't be disappointed as there's some great flicks lined up this week with lots of comedy and high action films to keep you entertained.

Here's our pick of the best new releases…

Inherent Vice
Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon star in this crime comedy drama set in a California Beach community during the drug-fuelled Sixties. Detective Doc Sportello (Phoenix) finds himself out of his depth after an ex-girlfriend asks him to weigh in on a new case. Go to see it for Joaquin Phoenix's impressive sideburns if nothing else!


Kingsman: The Secret Service
We can never resist a good Colin Firth movie, especially not one where he stars as a dapper super-spy. Secret agent Harry Hart (Firth) is recruiting for an elite intelligence operation and decides to repay an old debt by taking in young petty criminal Gary Unwin (Taryn Egerton), and trying to change his ways.


Big Hero 6
This Disney 3-D effort is definitely one to bring those nieces and nephews along to! A young robotics genius turns crime-fighter in this brilliantly funny animated action comedy, set in the futuristic hybrid city of San Fransokyo. The star of the show has to be the adorable but slightly dopey robot Baymax. Can we take him home?




A trip to the cinema is becoming ever more appealing as the weather gets more and more miserable. Luckily, this week we're spoiled for choice with some fantastic new releases.

Whether Sci-Fi is your thing, comedy-dramas float your boat or good old Westerns do it for you, you're bound to fight something that tickles your fancy this weekend.

Don't miss out on these fantastic performances from some of our favourite actors and actresses!

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1

November 20th

Under the leadership of Commander Coin and following the advice of her friends, Katniss works to save Peeta and an entire nation. This Sci-Fi adventure, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth, boasts powerful performances and a gripping storyline. For any Hunger Games fans, it’s not to be missed!


When the Game Stands Tall

November 21st

This drama is based on real events and tells the story of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, played by Jim Caviezel, who helped the De La Salle High School Spartans move from relative obscurity to the big leagues. Sports-driven and action packed, but with a wonderful story at its centre, this new release could be right up your street!


My Old Lady

November 21st

Starring Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott-Thomas and the wonderful Maggie Smith, this British comedy-drama tells the story of a New Yorker, down on his luck, who inherits a Parisian apartment, but finds it comes with a little catch! A feel-good movie perfect for a winter evening.


The Homesman

November 21st

This Western, directed by Tommy Lee Jones, follows the journey of three women who begin to show signs of insanity as a result of pioneer life and must be escorted, by wagon, to Iowa in search of assistance. Starring Hilary Swank and Meryl Streep, this film boasts powerful performances from its star studded cast.


Get on Up

November 21st

Chronicling the life of world famous recording artist, James Brown, this film details the musician's early days in extreme poverty through to his ultimate rise to fame and fortune. Dubbed the Godfather of Soul, this star didn't have an easy rise to the top, but never stopped pursuing his dream. This bio- drama is definitely worth a watch and is, unsurprisingly, jam packed with his greatest hits!





We need something to fill the Love/ Hate void every Sunday night now that Nidge and the crew have deserted us for another few months, so why not remedy those withdrawals with a visit to the flicks this weekend? If you're still on a gangster buzz thanks to Fran and his antics, then The Drop may be right up your street. Or maybe you're looking for something a little lighthearted after last night's episode (and frankly, who isn't?!), in which case romcom Standby should do the trick! Either way, you're bound to find something to suit your mood this week.

The Pact 2

November 14th

For anyone who still hasn’t had their fill of frights in recent weeks, fear not; The Pact 2 should provide you with the scares and shakes you’re craving. This horror, directed by Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath, tells the story of a woman who realises that the nightmares she has been experiencing have a horrifying connection to real life. Will she survive the horror she's being subjected to?


The Imitation Game

November 14th

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game, based on the real-life story of Alan Turing, brings us on a nail-biting journey with Cumberbatch and his team of code-breakers who are attempting to crack the Enigma code during World War II’s grimmest days.



November 14th

After bumping into the girl he considered his first love eight years after their initial encounter in the US, Alan spends an unforgettable evening with her in Dublin. The two start to realise that the feelings they had for each other, that summer almost a decade ago, have only intensified. But will their current life circumstances get in the way of what looks like their second chance at love?


The Drop

November 14th

Based on a short story and starring Tom Hardy, The Drop tells the story of a bartender Bob Saginowski who is plunged into a criminal investigation after finding himself at the centre of a robbery which didn’t go to plan. Exploring Brooklyn's criminal underworld, this crime drama should have you on the edge of your seat as Bob suddenly finds his neighbourhood under intense scrutiny.




There is a dark and ominous theme to the majority of this week’s cinema listings, so if you were hoping for some light and fluffy escapism, then perhaps you should stay at home with a DVD. Although, there is some fun for the kids!

Friday, 12th September

The Boxtrolls

This is an animated film which is based on the children’s book Here Be Monstors by Alan Snow. It tells the story of a young orphaned boy who was raised by underground cave dwellers, and he has to save his friends from an evil exterminator! You may recognise some famous voices such as Richard Ayoade from the IT Crowd or Nick Frost from Shaun of the Dead. We think we may enjoy this even more than our little brothers or sisters, it sounds great!


Friday, 12th September

Finding Fanny

An unfortunate name, but this satirical Bollywood film doesn’t actually sound too bad. It’s about a group of guys who set out on a journey to find an old postman’s childhood love, Stefanie "Fanny" Fernandes. Nobody knows whether she's alive or dead or in fact just a figment of someone's imagination, but nevertheless, they set off on their journey – which ends up taking one and a half days instead of the 20 minutes it was supposed to!


Friday, 12th September

Manuscripts Don’t Burn

This is a pretty serious film about two Iranian agents who go to extreme lengths to find a banned manuscript that details their government's failed attempt to murder 21 writers. At the last minute, they have to change their plans. You won’t get lots of laughs from this flick, but it definitely sounds interesting!


Friday, 12th September

A Most Wanted Man

A half-Chechen, half-Russian tortured man who arrives at an Islamic community looking for help, is also looking to recover is late father’s ill-gotten fortune. However, his story seems a bit strange and people start to wonder if he is a victim, a thief or an extremist. A British banker and a young female lawyer get caught up in the story as they are determined to help. All the while, they’re being watched by the chief of a covert German spy unit, who tries to figure out what’s going on. Rachel McAdams stars in this, alongside the late Philip Seymour Hoffman – it’s definitely one to watch.


Friday, 12th September

A Nightingale Falling

This is an Irish film, which tells the tale of two sisters whose lives are changed forever as they care for a wounded soldier during the War of Independence. It’s described as “a tragic love story of a household & its inhabitants, caught in the crucible of dark deep secrets”. Sounds good to us, if not a little depressing!




It’s the first of September guys, which means that even though summer was technically over at the beginning of August, now it’s REALLY over.

We’re not too worried though, our favourite actors such as Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd and Cameraon Diaz have promised to keep us entertained this week!


Friday, 5th September 

Sex Tape

When Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) find that the passion in their marriage is nearly non-existent, they decide to spice things up – with a sex tape. However, when they’re sex tape is no longer private, they are involved in a race to reclaim their video (and reputations!). The reviewers aren’t loving this flick – but we’d give any Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel film a chance!



Friday, 5th September 

Before I Go To Sleep

This sounds like a scary Fifty First Dates. According to imdb.com: “A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.” Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth are the famous faces in this film, so it’s got to be good, right?



Friday, 5th September 

The Hundred Foot Journey

An Indian family move to France and open an eatery across from a Michelin-starred French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Hellen Mirren) who is outraged by their arrival. This sounds like the perfect Sunday night film to watch with your parents. Whether or not we’d go to the cinema to see it, we’re not sure. Sounds good though!


Friday, 5th September 

Life of Crime

When two criminals Ordell and Louis snatch the wife of a wealthy Detroit developer, saying they’ll give her back for a ransom, they had no idea that her husband couldn’t care less about his wife because he’s too busy with his mistress. So, with the help of his wife (Jennifer Aniston) they vow to take him for everything he’s got. We will definitely be giving this a watch!



Friday, 5th September 

They Came Together

Ah Paul Rudd, we love you! This is a parody of romantic comedies (of which Rudd is VERY familiar with), and tells the tale of Joel (Paul Rudd) and Molly (Amy Phoeler) who hate each other when they first meet. But guess what? That doesn’t last long! While the critics haven’t been too complimentary of this film, we’ll have to give it a watch, just out of curiosity! 




After checking out the cinema releases for the week ahead, we’ve cancelled all our amazing party plans (we had some, we swear!) – check out these great flicks!

Monday August 25th

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

This long awaited sequel is a must-see, if only to see Joseph Gordon Levitt play a cocky young gambler, leaving his nice guy image at the door for a change. It's a crime thriller, so expect lots of action, violence, and if all the uproar over their promo poster is anything to go by, there'll be a bit of sex thrown in for good measure.


Friday August 29th

Let's Be Cops

This is your typical buddy cop film. The only difference is, New Girl stars Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson are not actually cops. They just dress up as cops for a costume party and then get carried away, landing themselves in lots of 'hilarious' situations. Looks a little OTT from the trailer, but you might get a bit of a laugh out of it all the same.


Friday August 29th

As Above, So Below

Ooooh this one sounds spooky. It's a thriller based on archeologists who are looking for lost treasure in the catacombs below Paris. However, what they uncover instead is a "dark secret that lies within this city of the dead." Could be interesting!


Friday August 29th

If I Stay

Now THIS looks like something we want to see. It's Chloe Grace Moretz's new one and she plays Mia Hall, who wakes up in a coma after a car accident. She has an out of body experience where she has to decide between waking up and living a completely different life from what she had imagined, or not waking up at all. Sounds good eh? This is the kind of film that would make you think – and cry.


Friday August 29th

The Grand Seduction

Any film with Brendan Gleeson in it is worth the watch, is it not? This one tells the tale of Murray (Gleeson), a fisherman who is out of work, along with his colleagues, and forced to live off welfare. They come up with a plan to get a giant corporation to build a factory in their village, to bring employment, but there's a catch. They need a resident doctor and they don't have one. The Mayor of the town comes across an American doctor one day and convinces him to do a one month stint in their village, and since they really need him to stay, the villagers do everything they can to make him feel at home, such as tapping his phone to find out his likes and dislikes. It looks like it's well worth a watch!



Rumour has it that the weather is going to be getting progressively worse this week, but don’t worry! You can always go to the cinema and fill the summer shaped hole in your heart with popcorn and fizzy drinks. Here’s what’s being released this week:

Wednesday August 20th

What If

This is Daniel Radcliffe’s new film. He plays a medical school dropout called Wallace, who hasn’t been very lucky in love. When he decides to put his love life on hold, he meets Chantry, an animator who lives with her long-term boyfriend. Wallace is in love, but gets well and truly friend-zoned by Chantry – or so it seems. Is she secretly harbouring a little crush on her BFF? Well, you’ll have to watch it to find out!


Friday August 20th

Into the Storm

When a town called Silverton is struck by a ridiculous amount of tornadoes in one day, most people run for cover. However, a group of idiot adventurous storm chasers run towards the vortex trying to get that once-in-a-lifetime shot, making a very exciting film.


Friday August 22nd

Deliver Us From Evil

If you feel like you’ve had enough sleep for the week and want something to keep you up for the next 72 hours, then this is the film for you. New York police officer Ralph Sarchie is investigating a series of crimes and teams up with an unconventional priest who is well versed in the rites of exorcism. The unlikely duo get to work combating the possessions that have been terrorising the city. Word to the wise: make sure to visit the ladies’ before you head in for this one.


Friday August 22nd

The Rover

If you want to see Robert Pattinson in a more gritty drama, then here you have it. This is a film about a man called Eric in pursuit of his stolen car in a time where the rule of law means nothing to no one. He captures Rey, the brother of one of the thieves (R-Pattz), and forces him to help track the gang. Could be worth the watch!


Friday August 22nd


Ever fancied seeing Scarlett Johansson get caught up in a dark deal, turn the tables on her captors and transform “into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic”? If so, Lucy is the film you’ve been looking for.