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Tue, 22 Aug

A Ghost Story

Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence.

The Emoji Movie

The Emoji Movie unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone's user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression - except for Gene, an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become "normal" like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak. Together, they embark on an epic "app-venture" through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the Code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it's deleted forever.

The Big Sick

The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail, who connects with grad student Emily after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry who he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.

Wed, 23 Aug

The Emoji Movie

The Emoji Movie unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone's user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression - except for Gene, an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become "normal" like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak. Together, they embark on an epic "app-venture" through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the Code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it's deleted forever.

Step

Step documents the senior year of a girls' high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore. As each one tries to become the first in their families to attend college, the girls strive to make their dancing a success against the backdrop of social unrest in the troubled city.

A Ghost Story

Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence.

Thu, 24 Aug

The Emoji Movie

The Emoji Movie unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone's user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression - except for Gene, an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become "normal" like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak. Together, they embark on an epic "app-venture" through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the Code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it's deleted forever.

A Ghost Story

Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence.

Dunkirk

400,000 Allied soldiers were trapped on the beach at ‘Dunkirk’, surrounded by the German army in the early days of the Second World War. And they needed to be evacuated. France had been overrun, and the Allied army had been defeated and trapped. In a desperate effort to save the troops, more than 800 boats – from military ships to tiny civilian fishing boats – came to help with the evacuation that would become known as the Miracle of Dunkirk. Christopher Nolan brings his vision to ‘Dunkirk’, one of the defining events of the 20th Century.

Fri, 25 Aug

Captain Underpants

Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

Logan Lucky

Steven Soderbergh directs this fast-paced and fantastically fun heist comedy starring Channing Tatum and Adam Driver as the Logan brothers, part of a hardscrabble clan from the hills of West Virginia and famous for their bad luck. In an attempt to reverse their family curse, the scheming Jimmy Logan and brother Clyde - with a little help from the recently jail-sprung Joe Bang (played with relish by Daniel Craig) - set out to execute an elaborate robbery at the Charlotte Motor Speedway during the biggest race of the year.

A Ghost Story

Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence.

Sat, 26 Aug

Despicable Me 3

After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother-a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin's despicable footsteps-one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.

The Big Sick

The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail, who connects with grad student Emily after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry who he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.

Logan Lucky

Steven Soderbergh directs this fast-paced and fantastically fun heist comedy starring Channing Tatum and Adam Driver as the Logan brothers, part of a hardscrabble clan from the hills of West Virginia and famous for their bad luck. In an attempt to reverse their family curse, the scheming Jimmy Logan and brother Clyde - with a little help from the recently jail-sprung Joe Bang (played with relish by Daniel Craig) - set out to execute an elaborate robbery at the Charlotte Motor Speedway during the biggest race of the year.

A Ghost Story

Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence.

Sun, 27 Aug

Captain Underpants

Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

A Ghost Story

Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence.

Logan Lucky

Steven Soderbergh directs this fast-paced and fantastically fun heist comedy starring Channing Tatum and Adam Driver as the Logan brothers, part of a hardscrabble clan from the hills of West Virginia and famous for their bad luck. In an attempt to reverse their family curse, the scheming Jimmy Logan and brother Clyde - with a little help from the recently jail-sprung Joe Bang (played with relish by Daniel Craig) - set out to execute an elaborate robbery at the Charlotte Motor Speedway during the biggest race of the year.

The Big Sick

The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail, who connects with grad student Emily after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry who he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.

Mon, 28 Aug

Despicable Me 3

After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother-a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin's despicable footsteps-one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.

Logan Lucky

Steven Soderbergh directs this fast-paced and fantastically fun heist comedy starring Channing Tatum and Adam Driver as the Logan brothers, part of a hardscrabble clan from the hills of West Virginia and famous for their bad luck. In an attempt to reverse their family curse, the scheming Jimmy Logan and brother Clyde - with a little help from the recently jail-sprung Joe Bang (played with relish by Daniel Craig) - set out to execute an elaborate robbery at the Charlotte Motor Speedway during the biggest race of the year.

A Ghost Story

Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence.

Tue, 29 Aug

The Big Sick

The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail, who connects with grad student Emily after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry who he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.

Captain Underpants

Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

Logan Lucky

Steven Soderbergh directs this fast-paced and fantastically fun heist comedy starring Channing Tatum and Adam Driver as the Logan brothers, part of a hardscrabble clan from the hills of West Virginia and famous for their bad luck. In an attempt to reverse their family curse, the scheming Jimmy Logan and brother Clyde - with a little help from the recently jail-sprung Joe Bang (played with relish by Daniel Craig) - set out to execute an elaborate robbery at the Charlotte Motor Speedway during the biggest race of the year.

Wed, 30 Aug

Despicable Me 3

After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother-a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin's despicable footsteps-one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.

Logan Lucky

Steven Soderbergh directs this fast-paced and fantastically fun heist comedy starring Channing Tatum and Adam Driver as the Logan brothers, part of a hardscrabble clan from the hills of West Virginia and famous for their bad luck. In an attempt to reverse their family curse, the scheming Jimmy Logan and brother Clyde - with a little help from the recently jail-sprung Joe Bang (played with relish by Daniel Craig) - set out to execute an elaborate robbery at the Charlotte Motor Speedway during the biggest race of the year.

A Ghost Story

Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence.

Thu, 31 Aug

Captain Underpants

Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

Logan Lucky

Steven Soderbergh directs this fast-paced and fantastically fun heist comedy starring Channing Tatum and Adam Driver as the Logan brothers, part of a hardscrabble clan from the hills of West Virginia and famous for their bad luck. In an attempt to reverse their family curse, the scheming Jimmy Logan and brother Clyde - with a little help from the recently jail-sprung Joe Bang (played with relish by Daniel Craig) - set out to execute an elaborate robbery at the Charlotte Motor Speedway during the biggest race of the year.

The Big Sick

The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail, who connects with grad student Emily after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry who he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.

Wed, 6 Sep

John Smith: Lost in Leytonstone

John Smith’s films and videos, known for their formal ingenuity, anarchic wit and oblique narratives, create mysterious and sometimes fantastical scenarios from documentary records of everyday life. His work is usually triggered by personal experiences, often occurring in or around his east London domestic environment. Chance encounters with buildings, objects and events frequently become the basis upon which his ideas are developed. The trio of films in this programme all focus on the built environment and were made between 1985 and 1996, while Smith was living in short-life housing in Leytonstone.

The Black Tower (1985-87 | UK | 24’ | 16mm transferred to HD video)
Slow Glass (1988-91 | UK | 40’ | 16mm transferred to HD video)
Blight (1994-96 | UK | 14’ | 16mm transferred to HD video)

Thu, 7 Sep

DocHeads presents



Join Doc Heads for a special programme of some of the best short documentaries made in the UK.

DocHeads aim is to be innovative, boundary-pushing and cinematic: delivering an immersive experience designed for the big screen.

Full programme to be announced.

Sat, 9 Sep

By Hyper Media, For Hyper Media



“As you look at the screen, it is possible to believe you are gazing into eternity. You see the things that were inside you. This is the womb, the original site of the imagination. You do not move your eyes from the screen, you have become invisible.”

A series of recent artists’ moving image works exploring the internet, digital technologies, virtual realities and other forms of networked existence. Together these short films open a window into outer realms of the digital present, ruminate on our connected past, or speculate towards unknown futures.

Still Life (Beta Male) (Jon Rafman | 2013 | Canada | 5’)
Colossal Cave (Graeme Arnfield | 2016 |  UK | 11’)
Wherever You Go, There We Are ( Jesse McLean | 2017 | USA | 12’)
All That Is Solid (Louis Henderson | 2014 | France/UK | 16’)
SELACHIMORPHA (Joey Holder | 2017 | UK | 5’)
(?u) [u = f and u = m] (Isiah Medina | 2014 | Canada | 1’)
whoiswatchingiam (Ciaran McWilliams | 2016 | UK | 3’)
t a r d i g r a d e (Eduardo Makoszay / 2016 | Mexico | 6’)
I (FRAME) (Karissa Hahn & Andrew Kim | 2016 | USA | 11’)
Disobedient Children (Dorine van Meel | 2016 | Netherlands | 17’)
20160815 (Tina Frank | 2016 | Austria | 3’)

Presented in partnership with LOST FUTURES

Thu, 28 Sep

Crime Wave



Imagine if Steve Buscemi’s character from Ghost World made a movie, with levels of deadpan that make Jim Jarmusch look like Baz Luhrmann… but with a lurid perversion in every lovingly Bolexed frame that would make Baz blush. This is Crime Wave, John Paizs's one-of-a-kind ultra-indie black comedy, and it's coming to London for one night only as part of Scalarama.

Steven Penny would be the world’s greatest "colour crime movie maker" – if he could just figure out how to write the middle of a movie. As it is, he’s got half a hundred disconnected beginnings and endings burning a hole in his typewriter. Enter Dr Jolly, the script doctor from Hell.

Proto-Lynch, pre-Kaufman, threatening to out-kitsch the Kuchars with a 1950s education-film fetish seasoned by heady doses of pulp: Crime Wave is like a lot of things… But there's nothing else like it. (And did we mention it's narrated by a 9-year-old girl?)

Lost in distributor limbo virtually since its inception, this is the film Canadian cinephiles talk about in hushed tones round the bonfire. The object of numerous off-grid screenings and bootlegs, it now finally has a glorious 2K restoration, thanks to the Toronto International Film Festival – and, thanks to Matchbox Cineclub, Crime Wave is having a UK tour.

Presented by She Shark Industries and zeroFunction Productions as part of Scarlarama.

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