In celebration of the new IMAX screen at Empire Leicester Square a selection of the best IMAX films are being brought back to the screen as part of Empire Cinema’s Best of IMAX Season. From 20 June until 2 July audiences will be able to enjoy some of their favourite films in 3D, including Jurassic Park, Inception, Gravity, Titanic and more. The cinema’s Screen 1 has been completely transformed with the installation of the ground-breaking, crystal-clear digital projection and cutting-edge sound technology for which the IMAX Experience is renowned, along with a signature high-resolution 87-foot (26.5m) wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling curved screen. For the full listings see below.
Batman Begins, 20 & 28 June
Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight’s emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents’ murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.
The Dark Knight, 20 & 28 June
Christian Bale once again embodies the man behind the mask in The Dark Knight. The film reunites Bale with director Christopher Nolan and takes Batman across the world in his quest to fight a growing criminal threat. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), the new “white knight”, Batman has been making headway against local crime, that is until a rising criminal mastermind known simply as The Joker (Heath Ledger) unleashes a fresh reign of chaos across Gotham City.
The Dark Knight Rises, 20 & 28 June
It’s eight years after the fateful events of The Dark Knight, the death of D.A. Dent and Batman’s subsequent fall from grace. The Dark Knight Rises’ finds Gotham City enjoying a peaceful era that is brought to an abrupt halt by the arrival of Bane; a sinister and powerful adversary who forces Batman out of retirement to confront this new threat to law and order. Christian Bale once again dons Batman’s cape and the film also features Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gary Oldman.
Titanic, 22 June
James Cameron’s Titanic is an epic, action-packed romance set against the ill-fated maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic, the pride and joy of the White Star Line and, at the time, the largest moving object ever built. She was the most luxurious liner of her era, named the “ship of dreams”, which ultimately carried over 1,500 people to their death in the ice cold waters of the North Atlantic in the early hours of April 15, 1912.
Star Trek, 23 June
Star Trek (2009) is a prequel to The Original Series, featuring characters such as Kirk (played by Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), McCoy (Karl Urban), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Sulu (John Cho) and Chekov (Anton Yelchin). The film will also depict Kirk and Spock’s childhoods. Leonard Nimoy reprises his role as the older Spock, who meets himself via time travel, and Eric Bana appears as the rogue Romulan Nero.
Inception, 26 June
Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in an original sci-fi actioner that travels around the globe and into the intimate and infinite world of dreams. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved.
Jurassic Park, 27 June
Huge advancements in scientific technology have enabled a mogul to create an island full of living dinosaurs. John Hammond has invited four individuals, along with his two grandchildren, to join him at Jurassic Park. But will everything go to plan? Especially when one of the parks’ own workers attempts to steal the dinosaur embryos, and has to shut down critical security systems in the process. It’s now a race for survival with dangerous creatures roaming all over the island.
Avengers Assemble, 28 June
Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1963, Marvel’s The Avengers brings together the mightiest Super Hero characters as they all assemble together on screen for the first time. The star studded cast of Super Heroes will be joined by Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill of SHIELD, as well as Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgård who will both reprise their respective roles as Loki and Professor Erik Selvig from the Marvel Studios’ feature Thor.
Avatar, 29 June
Avatar is the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet called Pandora, filled with exotic life forms. As an Avatar (a human mind in an alien body) he finds himself torn between two worlds in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of its indigenous people, the Navi. More than 14 years since the story’s inception and four years in the making, Avatar marks James Cameron’s return to feature directing since helming 1997’s Titanic.
Gravity, 2 July
Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone – tethered to nothing but each other and spiralling out into the blackness.
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