At The Flix: Dark Phoenix, Papi Chulo & Royal Ballet Live - Romeo & Juliet

Dark Phoenix

Starring: Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender

Director: Simon Kinberg

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action

Release Date: 7 June

This new addition to the X-Men saga tells the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic Dark Phoenix. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet. The film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movie ever made. It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we’ve come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet -- one of their own. 


Papi Chulo (15A)

Starring: Matt Bomer, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Alejandro Patino

Director: John Butler

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Release Date: 7 June

Cast adrift in Los Angeles, Sean – a lonely TV weatherman – drives past a middle-aged Latino migrant worker standing outside a hardware store looking for work.  He decides to hire this kind-looking man – to be his friend.  Sean is young, gay and white; Ernesto, portly, straight and married.  Despite having nothing in common and the language barrier, they build a sort of friendship – until Sean becomes consumed with a deeper obsessive need. Papi Chulo is a comedy about loneliness and the desire to find connection across clear racial and socio-economic lines.


Royal Ballet Live - Romeo & Juliet (Event)

Starring: Pavel Sorokin, Yasmine Naghdi, Matthew Ball

Director: Kenneth MacMillan

Genre: Event Cinema

Release Date: 11 June

Shakespeare’s enduring love story is known the world over. Since its 1965 premiere with The Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet has become a modern ballet classic. The choreography captures the emotions of the young couple as they fall in love, despite the barriers that finally bring about the story’s tragic end. Each revival gives opportunities for new dancers to interpret the doomed lovers. The whole Company brings the colour and action of Renaissance Verona, where a busy market all too quickly bursts into sword fighting, and a family feud leads to tragedy for both the Montagues and Capulets.

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