June 2018 Witnessed an Increase in YOY Admissions – UAE

June 2018 saw a 57.4% increase in YOY admissions in comparison to June 2017 in the UAE.

In fact, June 2018 is the BIGGEST June of all time!


Three Hollywood movies that contributed to the increase in admission figures this June include:


Two other movies that attracted large Asian audiences included:


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Source: MVM Analysis

‘Ocean’s 8’ – The Ultimate Female Centric Cinema Event of 2018

The forthcoming female-led installment in the Ocean’s franchise, will arrive in cinema on 21st June 2018 with a stiletto-stomping bang!


Ocean’s 8 – the spinoff to the Ocean’s Eleven trilogy directed by Steven Soderbergh, will put eight women at the helm of the heist thriller.

Directed by Gary Ross and featuring a stellar cast (which includes a number of award winners) such as Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sara Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna and Awkwafina, the film will be the ultimate female-centric cinema event of the year.


Photo by Barry Wetcher – © 2016 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc


Movie Plot:

Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), younger sister of the late Danny Ocean, spends five years, eight months and twelve days in prison planning a heist. Convincing her partner-in-crime and friend Lou (Cate Blanchett) to take part in her heist, Debbie proceeds to recruit jewellery maker Amita (Mindy Kaling) profiteer Tammy (Sarah Paulson) street hustler Constance (Awkwafina), computer cracker Leslie a.k.a. Nine Ball (Rihanna) and fashion designer Rose Weil (Helena Bonham Carter). In a flashback, it is revealed that Debbie’s ex-lover, Claude Becker (Richard Armitage) had involved her in a fraud scheme and then testified against her, sending her to prison. As payback, Debbie chooses Becker to be the scapegoat for the plot to steal the Toussaint, a $150 million necklace, at New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala.

Using celebrity actress Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) as an unwitting mule, the crew successfully substitutes a fake necklace prepared by Tammy for the real necklace, and sells the diamonds in small portions through various intermediaries. It is revealed that Daphne had caught on to the plot and became a willing accomplice out of a need for female friendship. She successfully plants evidence in Becker’s residence to set him up as a suspect in insurance investigator John Frazier’s (James Corden)fraud probe. Free from suspicion, Debbie and Lou disclose to the crew that they had stolen more items than just the necklace during the commotion at the Met museum. The remaining proceeds are used to increase everyone’s share of the take, leading to a montage of each crew member living their best life. Debbie visits her brother’s grave and drinks an olive martini, claiming he would have loved the heist.




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The Latest Must Watch Trailers!

Get excited! A bunch of new trailers have dropped and here’s a look into what to expect over the months ahead:


Incredibles 2

The sequel we’ve all been waiting for has released a new trailer with more of the adorable Jac-Jack and his superpowers.

The movie is scheduled to release on 14th June 2018.


Ocean’s 8

Feast your eyes upon the latest trailer of the female-led reboot starring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna and Anne Hathaway.

The movie is scheduled to release on 21st June 2018.


Ant-Man and the Wasp

Marvel has released a new clip from the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp blockbuster – giving us a great look at the movie’s ensemble cast and its mysterious villain.

The movie is scheduled to release on 5th July 2018.


Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Watch Tom Cruise perform his most dangerous stunt yet in this sequel. Fallout will be the sixth entry in the Mission: Impossible franchise, and like 2015’s Rogue Nation it is directed by Christopher McQuarrie.

The movie is scheduled to release on 26th July 2018.


Mile 22

Watch the first trailer for Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon filmmaker Peter Berg’s new thriller Mile 22 – starring Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan and John Malkovich.

The movie is scheduled to release on 30th August 2018.


Night School

Kevin Hart is heading back to school in the new Night School trailer. This comedy follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the longshot chance they’ll pass the GED exam.

The movie is scheduled to release on 27th September 2018.



There are few stories as lasting as The Jungle Book – the tale of a boy raised by wolves, that have been adapted to multiple formats. Mowgli is a dark adaptation of The Jungle Book directed by Andy Serkis, and features a lot of famous voices which include Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

The movie is scheduled to release on 18th October 2018.


Bohemian Rhapsody

This is our first look at Bohemian Rhapsody – the long-in-the-works biopic of Freddie Mercury, starring Rami Malek (as Queen), Mike Myers and Joseph Mazzallo.

The movie is scheduled to release on 1st November 2018.


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Female Action Heroes Will Dominate Cinema Screens in 2018

This year’s movie slate suggests a sudden industry interest in female-driven blockbusters.


After #MeToo and allegations of predatory behaviour by powerful men in Hollywood, it feels good for the soul that the year in film kicked off with news that women rule the box office. Last year, the three most popular films in the US had female leads, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi at No 1, followed by Beauty and the Beast and Wonder Woman in third place. Hollywood is still waking up to its masculinity problem, but 2018 looks as if it could be the year powerful women roar on screen in female-driven sci-fi, action blockbusters and super-sleuth thrillers.

Annihilation starring Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman stars as a biologist in Annihilation


First up, in February, Ex Machina director Alex Garland’s eco-sci-fi, Annihilation, looks like Ghostbusters with a degree in biology; Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh star as scientists in boiler suits leading an all-woman expedition to the site of an alien invasion.

Red Sparrow starring Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence stars as a ballerina turned Russian spy in Red Sparrow


In March, Jennifer Lawrence finds her inner Jason Bourne in the cold war thriller Red Sparrow, playing a Russian ballerina turned spy, while Alicia Vikander will shoot her way to international superstardom as Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider reboot.

Tomb Raider starring Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider reboot. Photograph: Allstar/Warner Bros


And forget boring boys in tights with superpowers, summer’s hottest film is Ocean’s 8. The all-female crime caper spin-off is slated for released in June. If the trailer is anything to go by, sunglasses will be necessary to shield against the combined star-wattage of Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson and Awkwafina playing an ‘octet of crims’ pulling off a $150m diamond necklace heist at the Met Ball.

Combined star-wattage in Ocean's 8

Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway and Sarah Paulson in Ocean’s 8. Photograph: Allstar/Warner Bros


In October, Claire Foy, star of Netflix’s The Crown, clearly over the tweeds and tiaras – steps into Rooney Mara’s skintight leathers as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider’s Web.

The Girl in the Spider's Web stars Claire Foy

Claire Foy stars as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Sider’s Web


Female stars in high-adrenaline blockbusters are nothing new. (Top of mind: Sigourney Weaver in the Alien franchise, Linda Hamilton in The Terminator series, Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft and Salt, Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil and Scarlett Johansson in Lucy). But statistics reveal how few opportunities there are. In 2016, while 29% of the top-100 grossing films had female leads, the figure for action movies scraped in at just 3 per cent.

It would be pleasing to think that a new age of empowered women on screen is dawning in reaction to the #MeToo campaign. But 2018’s films with lead roles played by women would have been greenlit long before the last year’s upsetting revelations. So what’s going on? Is Hollywood finally getting into the swing of the Bechdel test?

In part, we have Hermione Granger and Katniss Everdeen to thank for the rise of the women-centred blockbusters, says Dr Shelley Cobb, associate professor of film at the University of Southampton. “I think Harry Potter and The Hunger Games were the turning point. You had these younger characters appealing to a millennial audience that grew older with them. Now that audience is an adult audience – young women and men who are interested in action heroes and heroines.”

Kate Muir, the screenwriter and former critic, says that the industry’s sudden interest in female-driven blockbusters boils down to hard cash. “I think it’s about economics, which is what Hollywood always pays most attention to. Over the past 10 years, people have realized that a woman can hold the box office in a big, big way.” She adds that the small screen has blazed a trail with its portrayal of “powerful, conflicted and complex” female heroes. “We’ve seen these fantastic women detectives over the past 10 years. We’ve seen these incredibly weird and wonderful female characters on our TV screen, but never in a cinema. There’s a real appetite for them and the executives are aware of that appetite.”

The industry found out exactly how hungry audiences are for female action stars last year when Wonder Woman stormed cinemas (kicking that smug smile off the face of Ben Affleck’s lumbering Batman). A lightning bolt movie, praised by Hillary Clinton as “inspiring”, it arrived with perfect timing, speaking to the feminist zeitgeist (not that all feminists agree it is feminist). Perhaps most significantly, as the year’s most successful comic book movie, Wonder Woman has also put an end to the false narratives that the Hollywood boy’s club has been pedalling for years (sample: “men don’t watch films about women”, “a female star isn’t bankable as the lead in a blockbuster”). And it has been reported that director Patty Jenkins has negotiated a record pay cheque for a woman of between $7m and $9m to make the sequel. “It matters,” says Muir. “Little girls wore Wonder Woman Halloween costumes last year and will wear Lara Croft this year,’” she says. “That’s really percolated the culture and changed the way girls are growing up.”

Melissa Silverstein, the founder and editor of website Women and Hollywood, makes the sharp observation that women’s stories have been ignored for so long, that they now look shiny and new. “Honestly, the thing about female content now is that it’s fresh content, because it’s been neglected for so long. You look at these women who have always been the sidekicks in the movies. What we’re saying now is let’s make them centre of the action.”

Proud Mary stars Taraji P Henson

Taraji P Henson stars as a hitwoman in Proud Mary. Photograph: Allstar/Screen Gems


A film that she has got eye on in 2018 is the action thriller Proud Mary, featuring Hidden Figures star Taraji P Henson as a hitwoman with a gun collection that would make John Wick green with envy (it is out in March). “I’ll be interested to see how it does,” says Silverstein. “We need more leads who are not white and also not young [Henson is 47 and African American]. That’s exciting for me, how we branch out from the thing that became the norm: young white girls.”


Elsewhere, two of 2018’s most anticipated movies have female actors of colour – front and centre. Ava DuVernay has cast 12 Years a Slave’s Storm Reid as Meg Murry, the teenage girl saving the world in her adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. Chadwick Boseman is technically star of Marvel’s Black Panther, but watch the trailer and it is tempting to think that Wakanda’s female warriors (Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright) will steal the show.

“The white action heroine has a longer history,” says Cobb. She believes that we may be beginning to see the first shoots of Hollywood’s attempt to tackle the lack of diversity in film: “That’s not to suggest that this is a radical change that fixes everything forever, but I think you can relate these [films] to #OscarsSoWhite.”

The disappointing fact however, is that just one of 2018’s female-centred movies is directed by a woman: Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time.

Patty Jenkins made Warner Bros $413m at the box office with Wonder Woman, but Hollywood still can’t shake the feeling that women can’t be trusted with a tentpole movie.

Black Panther's Female Star Cast

Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman and Danai Gurira in Black Panther. Photograph: AP


“Women directors are perceived as a risk,” says Alice Lowe, who made the horror-thriller Prevenge. “Having said that, I do think women for whatever reason, societal, nature or nurture, can doubt their own abilities.”

Lowe also talks about the industry’s rigid thinking about the kinds of films women should be directing. “What I have experienced is being asked to direct ‘women films’. As if ‘women’ are a type of niche! By this I mean a film that has a female lead and maybe themes that are seen as exclusively ‘female’: motherhood, romance, emotions. Sometimes these scripts might be great. But does that mean I’m being excluded from others?”

Nevertheless, 2018 will see more and more people attuned to women in Hollywood as a result of a number of female action heroes making an appearance throughout the year. Don’t miss out on catching them on the big screen!



Sources: Guardian News & Media Ltd and Gulf news (Tabloid)