Cinema screenings to book from May 17


JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH DARRELL BRITT-GIBSON as Bobby Rush, DANIEL KALUUYA as Chairman Fred Hampton and ASHTON SANDERS as Jimmy Palmer - Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

The countdown has begun for cinemas to welcome back eager filmgoers to watch long-delayed blockbusters and award winners.

Most movie theatres will maintain social distancing measures with hand sanitiser and extra cleaning to keep things safe, and there's no shortage of films for both adults and children to enjoy.

Everyman Hampstead 

The programme includes new release Judas and the Black Messiah on 17 May. Directed by Shaka King, the historical drama was nominated for six academy awards and Daniel Kaluuya won Bafta’s best-supporting actor for his role as Black Panther chairman, Fred Hampton.

Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal

Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal - Credit: Archant

Another must-see is the Sound Of Metal, directed by Darius Marder, which earned Riz Ahmed the best actor Oscar nomination for his performance as a passionate drummer whose world collapses as he begins to lose his hearing.

Everyman Muswell Hill

Muswell Hill’s Everyman has an unmissable lineup of movies for kids and adults including Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway which follows the animated bunny, voiced by James Corden, as he adventures to find a world where his mischief is appreciated.

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Or there is Hollywood favourite Angelina Jolie's return to the big screen in Those Who Wish Me Dead, playing a survival expert who must protect a young murder witness from assassins.

Picturehouse Crouch End 

The 1950-60s modernist cinema features five screens a restaurant and bar and is showing The Sound of Metal and Those Who Wish Me Dead from 17 May and (from the 19 May) the 30-minute critically acclaimed, The Human Voice followed by a 45-minute Q&A with director Pedro Almodóvar and lead actress Tilda Swinton hosted by film critic Mark Kermode.

Tilda Swinton in Almodovar's The Human Voice

Tilda Swinton in Almodovar's The Human Voice - Credit: Archant

Art House Crouch End 

Based in Tottenham Lane it hasn't yet posted details of its forthcoming live screenings but keep an eye on their website for updates.

The Lexi Cinema, Kensal Green

The cinema where all proceeds go to charity to support the Sustainability Institute in South Africa is run by volunteers and offers Hollywood showings alongside grassroots activism documentaries including The 8th (showing from May 25) which highlights the fight to amend Ireland's constitutional ban on abortion. 

Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan star in fossil hunting saga Ammonite

Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan star in fossil hunting saga Ammonite - Credit: Lionsgate Film

Ammonite starring Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan and Fiona Shaw and directed by Francis Lee will be shown from 17 May onwards and depicts a forbidden romance between a Georgian fossil hunter and a married woman.

From May 23 the late Chadwick Boseman's final appearance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom will make for captivating viewing. The film directed by George C. Wolfe is based on an August Wilson's play of the same name.

Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley  

The Phoenix is London’s oldest continually running purpose-built cinema. This independent picture-house has one screen which from May 17 is showing a range of films including Ammonite, Oscar winner Nomadland starring Frances McDormand as an American widow forced to live in her camper van when her home town goes bust, and Minari another Oscar winner about a Korean family's struggle to find their American dream.


Minari is directed by Lee Issac Chung - Credit: Altitude Films

Odeon Luxe, Swiss Cottage 

Boasting five screens, one of which is an IMAX, the Odeon will reopen from May 17.  Dates are yet to be confirmed for the long-awaited release of James Bond, No Time to Die or Fast&Furious 9. But the schedule includes Nomadland, Peter Rabbit 2, Marvel’s Black Widow and Top Gun: Maverick will also be shown.

Frances McDormand stars in Nomadland streaming on Disney + from April 30.

Frances McDormand stars in Nomadland streaming on Disney + from April 30. - Credit: Searchlight Pictures

Vue, O2 Cinema, Finchley Road 

Taxi Driver

Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver - Credit: Park Circus

The latest releases will also be shown at the chain multiplex in Finchley Road. In May, Godzilla vs. Kong, Taxi Driver starring Robert De Niro (17 May), horror movie The Unholy and documentary Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In and a Q&A can be looked forward to (27 May).