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Pop Up Screens announces Cinema in the Snow programme for Christmas 2017

Story by Jack Foley

THE Legendary Pop Up Screens that saw Londoners enjoying blockbusters throughout summer is back to see us through the Christmas period from December 8-24, 2017.

Hackney Showroom in East London will be unrecognisible after it undergoes the Pop Up Screen Christmas treatment. Doors are done away with… instead the audience will enter through a magical wardrobe and arrive in a winter wonderland lined with fir trees, dusted with snow and mulled wine on tap.

This year’s repertoire aims to bring the wonder of Christmas to people of all ages in an unforgettably festive surrounding. Classics include the likes of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Home Alone, Love Actually, Miracle on 34th Street, and, of course, Elf.

These will be interspersed with the more recent Oscar approved La La Land, Disney’s hugely popular Frozen and the comically acclaimed Bad Santa.

In this snow filled winter wonderland, audiences will of course find popcorn from Drum and Kernel, as well as handmade brownies, craft beer, pimped hot chocolate and lovely festive mulled wine (It’d be rude not to).

Pop Up Screens founder David Leydon said: “Christmas is our chance to do something special and to build an experience for our audience. When you were 5, you wanted to climb into your wardrobe and find something amazing at the back of it – now you finally can!”

Children’s ticket prices start from £5 and adults from £10.

Tickets are now on sale here

Pop-Up Screens Complete Winter 2016 Programme, Hackney Showroom

Fri 8 December

Sat 9 December


Love Actually

Sun 10 December
Toy Story

Home Alone


Mon 11 December
La La Land

Tue 12 December

Wed 13 December
The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

Bad Santa

Thu 14 December
Harry Potter 1

Home Alone 2

Fri 15 December
The Grinch

Home Alone

Sat 16 December
White Christmas

Muppets Christmas Carol

Love Actually

Sun 17 December

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Sleepless in Seattle

Mon 18 December
Home Alone

Tue 19 December
Nightmare Before Christmas

Wed 20 December
Arthur Christmas


Thu 21 December
The Santa Clause

Love Actually

Fri 22 December
Muppets Christmas Carol

It’s a Wonderful Life

Sat 23 December
Miracle on 34th Street


Love Actually

Sun 24 December
Home Alone


*please note start time is the film start time, doors open one hour before each performance.

About Pop Up Screens

Pop Up Screens provides a pop-up cinema experience to moviegoers. We try to bring brilliant movies to cool locations. Over the summer we’re outdoors and then in the winter we try our hand at some more immersive cinema experiences.

Pop Up Screens have been running for five years now and very nearly know what they’re doing, but we’re always open to good ideas.

Win Geostorm movie merchandise


On October 20, 2017, Geostorm, the epic suspense thriller starring Gerard Butler, hits UK cinemas.

To celebrate the release, we are giving away a selection of incredible merchandise from the film. The prize bundle includes a Geostorm self-stirring mug, T-shirt and a solar charger deck.

After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe.

But now, something has gone wrong – the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything…and everyone along with it.

Geostorm is in UK cinemas from October 20, 2017.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question…

Q. Geostorm stars this Scottish actor/producer in the role of Jake, a scientist who, along with his brother, is tasked with uncovering the real threat behind a worldwide geostorm. He is best known for his roles as King Leonidas in the action-fantasy film, 300, as well as Secret Service agent Mike Banning in the action-thriller, Olympus Has Fallen. Name this actor….

Simply send the answer to Geostorm competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

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The Florida Project - UK trailer

The Florida Project

THE Florida Project, one of the breakout hits of Cannes, has been set for a November 10, 2017 release date in the UK and Ireland, by distributor Altitude Film Distribution.

Directed by Sean Baker, and co-written with Chris Bergoch, The Florida Project is Baker’s follow up to his 2015 award winning feature Tangerine, which he also co-wrote with Bergoch.

The Florida Project stars Willem Dafoe (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Murder on the Orient Express) and features standout performances from newcomers Bria Vinaite, Brooklynn Prince and Valeria Cotto.

The Florida Project tells the story of Moonee (Brookynn Prince), a precocious six-year-old and her ragtag group of friends. The children’s summer break is filled with wonder, mischief and adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times.

The story takes place just outside of Orlando, the vacation capital of the world and home to ‘The Most Magical Place on Earth’. Along the main highway that runs through the land of theme parks and resorts, budget motels that once attracted tourists by exploiting the Disney mystique, now house homeless families.

Moonee and her 22-year old mother, Halley (Bria Vinaite), live at one such establishment — The Magic Castle Motel. The closest thing Moonee has to a father is Bobby (Willem Dafoe), the motel’s manager, a guarded and diligent man who is taunted by the children’s antics.

Halley has lost her job and a new girl the same age as Moonee has moved in at the motel next door – it’s going to be an eventful summer…

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Good Time (Robert Pattinson) - UK trailer

Good Time

FOLLOWING the mind-bending Heaven Knows What, celebrated filmmakers Josh and Ben Safdie (The Pleasure Of Being Robbed, Daddy Longlegs) return to the mean streets of New York City with Good Time, a hypnotic crime thriller that explores with bracing immediacy the tragic sway of family and fate.

The film premiered In Competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2017.

After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine Nikas (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city’s underworld in an increasingly desperate – and dangerous- attempt to get his brother out of jail.

Over the course of one adrenalized night, Constantine finds himself on a mad descent into violence and mayhem as he races against the clock to save his brother and himself, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

Good Time also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Benny Safdie, Buddy Duress, Taliah Lennice Webster and Barkhad Abdi.

Good Time is released in UK cinemas on November 17, 2017.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger's Predator returns to cinemas in November (2017)


Story by Jack Foley

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Twentieth Century Fox’s Predator, Park Circus has announced the return to cinemas of this Arnold Schwarzenegger classic: the man vs. alien ‘rumble in the jungle’.

Predator will be released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland from November 9, 2017.

Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) leads an elite squad of US Army commandos to a remote region of the South American jungle, where they have been assigned to search for officials who have been kidnapped by guerrilla terrorists.

At first it seems like any other mission: Dutch and his team of seasoned combat veterans spot a guerrilla camp, destroy it, and discover that the men they were sent to rescue have been executed.

But when Dutch attempts to lead his unit out, something horrifying and inexplicable begins to happen. One by one the men are killed by a mysterious adversary – a Predator from another world.

Directed by John McTiernan, just a year before Die Hard made him Hollywood’s most sought-after director, Predator has frequently been called the quintessential action movie.

Empire has described the film as ‘a sci-fi and action classic’, and it featured in the Rolling Stone Ten Best Action Movies of All Time.

The re-release of Predator also serves as a tasty reminder of the thrills inherent in this franchise, ahead of Shane Black’s The Predator, which will be released by Twentieth Century Fox in 2018.

#Thorsday to offer free haircuts for Thor: Ragnarok fans

Thor: Ragnarok

Story by Jack Foley

TO celebrate the October 24 release of Thor: Ragnarok in UK cinemas, Thursday, October 19, 2017, will become #THORSDAY, as select barber shops across the country are offering fans the chance to receive a free haircut.

The trailer for the movie, released earlier this year, gave fans a glimpse of the new-look, short-haired Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and now fans have the chance to follow suit.

As well as receiving a haircut from some of the country’s coolest barbers, participants will be entered into a draw for the chance to win a holiday for two to Iceland – one of the shooting locations for Thor: Ragnarok.

There will also be a special prize for the longest-haired person to have their locks sheared: tickets to attend a UK gala screening of an upcoming Marvel movie.

Participating barbers:

Pall Mall Barbers, Trafalgar Square27, Whitcomb St, London, WC2H 7EP

Milton Kenynes Braid Barbers, 769 Midsummer Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3BG @BraidBarbers

Barber Below, 10 Hilton Street, Manchester, M1 1JF

Dale Street Barbers, 64 Dale Street Liverpool L2 5ST @BarbersDaleSt

Kings Barbers, Burlington Court, 18 Lower Temple St, Birmingham, B2 4JD

Leamington Spa
Braid Barbers, 74 Warwick St, Leamington Spa, CV32 4QG

Tom Chapman Barbershop, 121 St Marychurch Rd, Torquay, TQ1 3HL

Harry Blade & Angry Daves, 3 Christmas Steps, Bristol, BS1 5BS

Please check participating barbers’ social media for details.

About Thor Ragnarok

Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok — the destruction of his home world and the end of Asgardian civilization- at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.

But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!

Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi and returns Chris Hemsworth starring as Thor and Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as Loki. They are joined by Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban, with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.

Earth: One Amazing Day - Review

Earth: One Amazing Day

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

IT should come as no surprise to hear that Earth: One Amazing Day is a stunning piece of cinema given that it came from the same team responsible for BBC’s Planet Earth II.

Indeed, many of the highlights of this film are a greatest hits reel from that breath-taking series, including the now infamous race for survival faced by baby iguanas on a beach full of hungry racer snakes and the astonishingly brutal battle between rival giraffes using their necks as battering rams.

But the real pleasure in seeing these events replayed comes from the fact you’re seeing them on the biggest screen possible.

Hence, what was often jaw-dropping on the small screen, viewed from the comfort of a sofa, is absolutely staggering on the big screen, where you can often become fully immersed in the vistas and the action.

And for sceptics thinking why bother to see a nature documentary in cinemas, then consider this. This is a film that has it all: from romance and action to horror and comedy, all within a family friendly format.

For chills, there’s the aforementioned iguanas vs snakes, which will have you on the edge of your seat no matter how many times you watch it; for romance, there’s a sloth making his way towards a female’s mating call; for action, there’s the continuing adventures of a baby zebra (either attempting to navigate a swollen river or outrun a cheetah), and for comedy, there’s grizzly bears scratching a hard to reach itch or raccoons laying waste to a garden.

And then there’s the sumptuous landscapes that range from the highest, snow-capped mountains to the bluest oceans, as well as those majestic insights into natural moments too tiny and too fast for the normal eye to see – the most notable of which involves a hummingbird attempting to extract nectar from plants also prized by bees.

Narrated by Robert Redford, Earth: One Amazing Day is designed to astonish and astound. It’s packed with fascinating anecdotes, facts and figures.

But perhaps most crucially of all, it paints a compelling picture of why we must take more care of our planet and all of its natural wonder. Life, in all forms, deserves to be cherished. Upon seeing this dazzling, [and yes] amazing film, it would be remiss not to take heed.

Certificate: U
Running time: 89mins
UK Release Date: October 20, 2017

Marvel's Black Panther - First official trailer

Black Panther

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.

But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king-and Black Panther-is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk.

Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis.

The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.

Black Panther is released on February 16, 2018.

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New Mutants - Official trailer

New Mutants

THERE is something to fear…

The story of the New Mutants, a team of mutant heroes comprised of the first graduates from Charles Xavier’s school.

The film is being directed by Josh Boone from a screenplay by himself and Knate Lee, and stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, and Alice Braga.

In The New Mutants, a group of young mutants held in a secret facility fight to save themselves.

New Mutants opens in UK cinemas in 2018.

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Happy Death Day lands US top spot to mark another win for horror

Happy Death Day

Story by Jack Foley

HORROR movie Happy Death Day has shot straight to the top of the US box office with a strong $26.5 million to mark another win for the resurgent horror genre.

The micro-budgeted thriller, directed by Christopher Landon, stars Jessica Rothe as a college student who relives the day of her murder over and over until she discovers her killer’s identity. It’s been dubbed a Groundhog Day-style horror.

Incredibly, it cost a mere $5 million to produce, and follows the success of Universal and Blumhouse’s 2017 titles, Get Out and Split.

And in a further blow to more costly Hollywood blockbusters, Happy Death Day trounced holdover Blade Runner 2049, which declined a steep 54% to $15.1 million in its second weekend for an early US total of $60.6 million, against the $150 million it cost to produce.

Jackie Chan starring action-thriller The Foreigner placed third with $12.8 million to mark a solid start for a film that also cost a reported $35 million to make and has already earned more than $88 million internationally.

Directed by James Bond veteran Martin Campbell, The Foreigner finds martial arts legend Chan playing a former military operative who comes out of retirement when his teenage daughter is killed in a politically-motivated terrorist attack.

He’s forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official (ex-007 Pierce Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers.

Another horror success, the Stephen King blockbuster adaptation of IT came in fourth with $6.1 million, while The Mountain Between Us, starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet, rounded out the five, with $5.7 million for a US total of $20.5 million.

Overall, horror has enjoyed one of its best years in recent memory, thanks to the gargantuan success of IT, now the highest grossing horror title of all-time, and lower budget successes such as Get Out, Split and now Happy Death Day.

In another victory for the genre, Annabelle: Creation crossed the $300 million mark at the global box office.

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