As good as your home theatre is, it can’t come close to the cinema experience. It’s not always about the biggest screen or the best sound system but things that go with it. Nothing beats the popcorn at Vox Cinema, the Platinum Suites at Reel Cinema or the giant IMAX screen at Novo Cinemas. The gourmet food and the extra comfortable chairs allow you to take a few hours out of your busy life to sit back and enjoy the show.
This list covers all the latest movies running across cinemas in the UAE. If you prefer Indian content, we’ve highlighted that in the best Hindi or Malayalam movies, along with others. The movies listed below will be playing across your favourite cinema chain in the UAE.
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Platform: Cinema | Release date: 01/06/2023 | Genre: Horror | Language: English | Rating: PG13
In the wake of their mother’s untimely demise, high school student Sadie Harper and her younger sister Sawyer grapple with overwhelming grief. Their father, Will, a therapist consumed by his own personal anguish, struggles to provide the emotional support and warmth his daughters desperately seek.
Trapped in a world of sorrow, the Harper family’s fragile existence turns sinister when a desperate patient seeks refuge in their home, unknowingly unleashing an evil force. This nightmarish entity feeds upon the suffering of families, targeting their deepest vulnerabilities and darkest secrets.
Now, the Harpers must confront their own inner demons and face the terrifying reality that has invaded their lives in a desperate race against time to find a way to conquer this maleficent presence before it consumes them all.
Platform: Cinema | Release date: 01/06/2023 | Genre: Sci-fi | Language: English | Rating: PG13
In 2063, the world is gripping an unrelenting climate crisis. In this lonely and scary world, four soldiers find themselves stationed as the last defenders of their homeland. With their backs against the ocean and facing an enemy they have never encountered, they are the final defence against an imminent invasion that could bring complete destruction.
Isolated and haunted by the magnitude of their task, tensions run high among the crew. Each soldier carries the weight of their fears and doubts, questioning their purpose and uncertain of what fate awaits them. The constant battle against nature’s wrath has taken its toll, amplifying the strain within their fragile group.
In a race against time, these last sentinels must navigate the treacherous waters of deception, betrayal, and an unknown enemy while confronting the demons within themselves. They must find the strength to face the unknown and make choices that will determine their own survival and the fate of their world.
About My Father
Platform: Cinemas | Release date: 01/06/2023 | Genre: Comedy | Language: English | Rating: PG13
Loosely based on writer Sebastian Maniscalco’s own life and his relationship with his father, the movie features Maniscalco himself alongside the legendary Robert De Niro, who portrays his father.
The story follows Sebastian, who excitedly informs his traditional Italian immigrant father, Salvo, about his plan to propose to his American girlfriend. However, Salvo surprises Sebastian by insisting on joining them for a weekend with her parents. As the two families come together, a clash of cultures and initial perceptions of having nothing in common create a humorous and sometimes awkward atmosphere.
Throughout the summer holiday weekend, Sebastian and Salvo navigate the comical challenges of their differences. Their contrasting backgrounds and upbringings lead to amusing misunderstandings, cultural clashes, and comedic situations. But as they spend more time together, they discover shared experiences and common ground, gradually breaking down the barriers that separate them.
The Little Mermaid
Platform: Cinema | Release date: 25/05/2023 | Genre: Action | Language: English | Rating: PG13
In Disney’s live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid,” the beloved underwater tale comes to life for a new generation of viewers to experience. It still follows the story follows Ariel, a young and adventurous mermaid who longs to explore the human world above. When she saves the handsome Prince Eric from a shipwreck, Ariel becomes determined to be with him and trades her voice to the sea witch Ursula for a chance to become human.
As Ariel navigates the unfamiliar world on land, she befriends a spirited and charismatic young woman named Scuttle, who helps her adjust to life as a human. Together, they face numerous challenges and encounters, including Sebastian, a loyal and wise-cracking crab who becomes Ariel’s confidant and mentor.
As the days pass, Ariel’s time as a human grows shorter, and she must find a way to make Prince Eric fall in love with her before it’s too late. But Ursula will stop at nothing with her dark and manipulative powers to ensure Ariel’s failure.
Platform: Cinema | Release date: 25/05/2023 | Genre: Action thriller | Language: English | Rating: 18+
Gerald Butler plays Tom Harris, an undercover CIA operative trapped in Afghanistan after his cover is blown. Harris must rely on his instincts, resourcefulness, and combat skills to escape.
With the help of his trusted Afghan translator Harris navigates through treacherous landscapes, evading both elite enemy forces and cunning foreign spies pursuing them. They face life-threatening challenges, including deadly ambushes, explosive confrontations, and heart-pounding escapes.
As they approach the extraction point in Kandahar, Harris must confront his inner demons while outsmarting the relentless adversaries determined to capture or eliminate them. The film delves into the complexities of war, exploring themes of loyalty, sacrifice, and the resilience of the human spirit.
Knights of the Zodiac
Platform: Cinemas | Release date: 25/05/2023 | Genre: Action | Language: English | Rating: PG13
The film revolves around a powerful and ancient goddess of war who reincarnates within the body of a young girl. Unbeknownst to her, a street orphan named Seiya is chosen as her protector and destined to save the world from impending darkness. However, Seiya’s journey is riddled with challenges that force him to confront his haunting past and transform into a true Knight of the Zodiac.
As Seiya embarks on his quest, he discovers the existence of the fabled Knights of the Zodiac, a legendary group of warriors sworn to defend Athena and uphold justice. Guided by his unwavering determination and the wisdom of his mentor, Seiya must endure rigorous physical and mental training to awaken his hidden powers and unlock the true potential of his cosmic armour.
Alongside a diverse ensemble of fellow knights, each possessing unique abilities and strengths, Seiya faces formidable adversaries, treacherous labyrinths, and the relentless forces of darkness intent on plunging the world into chaos.
Release date: 18/05/2023 | Genre: Action | Language: English | Rating: PG13
This tenth instalment of the popular action franchise follows the high-octane adventures of Dom Toretto and his family as they confront their most dangerous adversary yet. Through a series of daring missions and adrenaline-fueled races, they have always managed to outsmart and outdrive their enemies. But when a shadowy figure from Dom’s past emerges with a deadly score to settle, the stakes are raised to a whole new level.
As Dom and his crew race across the globe to stop this new threat, they must rely on their driving skills, quick thinking, and unwavering loyalty to each other. Along the way, they are joined by new allies and old friends, including some surprise appearances from familiar faces. But even with their combined strength and expertise, they may be unable to stop their vengeful enemy’s relentless pursuit.
Filled with breathtaking action sequences, heart-stopping car chases, and the signature humour and camaraderie of the Fast and Furious franchise, Fast X is a thrilling ride that will keep old and new fans entertained.
Release date: 18/05/2023 | Genre: Romantic comedy | Language: English | Rating: PG13
Mira Ray is grappling with the abrupt loss of her fiancé and trying to come to terms with it. To keep his memory alive, she sends a series of romantic texts to his old cellphone number, not realising that the number has been reassigned to journalist Rob Burns.
Rob is captivated by the honesty and emotion of Mira’s messages, and he becomes determined to track her down and meet her. As he investigates the mystery behind the texts, he discovers that Mira is a talented artist who is still grieving the loss of her fiancé.
After being tasked with writing a profile of superstar Celine Dion, Rob sees a chance to seek Mira’s assistance in devising a plan to win her heart. With Mira’s artistic talent and Rob’s writing skills, the two collaborate to create a unique and heartfelt tribute to Celine that captures her essence and touches the hearts of her fans.
The Pope’s Exorcist
Release date: 11/05/2023 | Genre: Horror | Language: English | Rating: 18+
The Pope’s Exorcist is a gripping portrayal of the life and work of Father Gabriele Amorth, who works as the chief exorcist for the Vatican and performed more than 100,000 exorcisms during his lifetime. The film chronicles Amorth’s experiences battling the forces of evil, including Satan and demons that possess the innocent.
Through intimate and detailed accounts, the film showcases a look at what happens behind the curtains during the Catholic Church’s exorcism rituals and the personal struggles and triumphs of Father Amorth himself. The book also explores the broader spiritual implications of the battle between good and evil and the role that exorcism plays in modern society.
With its vivid storytelling and insightful analysis, The Pope’s Exorcist brings a fascinating and thought-provoking look at one of the most controversial and mysterious practices of the Catholic Church. Whether you are a believer or a sceptic, this movie will captivate and challenge you.
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Release date: 11/05/2023 | Genre: Action comedy | Language: English | Rating: PG
In this action comedy directed by Larry Yang, Jackie Chan plays a seasoned stuntman struggling to make ends meet and unable to care for his cherished horse, Red Hare. When he receives a notification that the horse may be auctioned off to pay his mounting debts, he turns to his daughter and her boyfriend for assistance.
However, fate takes a dramatic and hilarious turn when Jackie and Red Hare face a physical altercation with debt collectors. The brawl is caught on camera by a passerby, and the footage goes viral on social media, turning Jackie and his horse into overnight sensations.
As the video gains more attention, the stuntman and his animal companion are thrust into the limelight. Suddenly, they’re being interviewed by reporters, followed by fans, and approached by sponsors. With newfound fame, Jackie and Red Hare must navigate the chaotic world of media attention, all while trying to keep their bond intact.
Release date: 11/05/2023 | Genre: Drama | Language: English | Rating: 18+
BlackBerry is an upcoming movie that tells the captivating story of a company that revolutionised how we communicate, only to fall behind in the fast-paced world of technology. At its peak, BlackBerry was a global giant that challenged even the most prominent players in the tech industry. However, the company’s downfall was not due to fraud or greed but rather a failure to adapt to new technologies and changing consumer demands.
The film explores the company’s rise from its humble beginnings as a pager company to its global success with innovative email services. It also highlights the factors that led to its decline, including the company’s reluctance to pivot towards touchscreens and apps and compete with new and upcoming rivals.
The movie serves as a cautionary tale for those in the tech industry, demonstrating the high stakes of innovation and the need to keep pace with the ever-changing information superhighway. The rise and fall of BlackBerry reveal the dangerous speed at which innovators race.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Release date: 04/05/2023 | Genre: Sci-fi adventure | Language: English | Rating: PG13
In this final instalment, Peter Quill, known as Star-Lord, grapples with the immense grief of losing Gamora. A new threat emerges, posing a dire risk to the galaxy and the Guardians. With his eclectic group of comrades, including the fierce Gamora from an alternate timeline, Rocket Raccoon, Drax the Destroyer, Nebula, Mantis, and Groot, Peter embarks on a dangerous quest to protect one of their own.
Before their time runs out, the team must dig deep and find strength in each other to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Failure could mean disastrous consequences not only for the universe but also for the Guardians themselves. Along the way, he finds unexpected allies and faces difficult choices that will shape the future of the Guardians as we know them.
With the fate of the entire universe hanging in the balance and the weight of Gamora’s absence ever-present, Peter Quill and the Guardians of the Galaxy must rise above their challenges and fight for what they believe in.
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The Black Demon
Release date: 04/05/2023 | Genre: Thriller | Language: English | Rating: 18+
Paul Sturges, a seasoned oilman, embarks on a family vacation with his wife and children, seeking a peaceful getaway. However, their idyllic vacation takes a horrifying turn when they encounter a colossal megalodon shark lurking in the waters.
As the Sturges family finds themselves stranded on a small boat, they are relentlessly pursued by the relentless megalodon. Driven by his instincts as a protector, Paul must summon all his skills and courage to keep his family safe and devise a plan to escape its deadly jaws.
Their wits, resilience, and courage are put to the ultimate test, and they must find a way to escape its clutches and make it out of the ocean alive, braving unimaginable peril and facing their deepest fears. The race against time has begun. The outcome will determine whether the Sturges family will make it out of this living nightmare or become the next victims of the insatiable megalodon’s territory.
Release date: 27/04/2023 | Genre: Action Adventure | Language: Japanese | Rating: TBC
As the skies turn a fiery red and the ground beneath her feet shakes with a sinister force, Japan finds itself on the brink of disaster. The chaos spreads rapidly and threatens to consume the entire country, and the people are gripped with fear and uncertainty. Amidst this turmoil, a young and determined teenager named Suzume steps forward with a sense of purpose and a steely resolve to save her country.
What sets Suzume apart from others is her unique ability to see and sense supernatural forces that are invisible to everyone else. With this gift, she sets out on a perilous mission to close the mysterious doors that are the source of this widespread destruction. Suzume knows that the fate of Japan rests on her shoulders and that time is running out.
John Wick: Chapter 4
Release date: 20/04/2023 | Genre: Action | Language: English | Rating: 15+
In this latest chapter of the famed action thriller, we see John Wick continuing his mission to find a way out of his situation and defeat the High Table. This organisation governs the world of assassins, with John Wick as one of its most notorious ex-members. In previous movies, we had seen John Wick take on various powerful foes to protect himself and those close to him, which all started when a dog was given by his wife after her passing was killed.
As John Wick uncovers a path to defeating the High Table, he faces a new challenge: a formidable enemy with powerful alliances across the globe. This new enemy is someone who can turn John’s old friends into foes and even more challenging is the fact that this new foe has connections that make it difficult for John to defeat him.
The tension builds as John Wick must face this new adversary while also dealing with the fallout from his previous actions. It’s an all-out war between all assassins trying to earn a bounty for John Wick’s head vs John, who seeks revenge against all who have wronged him.
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Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
Release date: 20/04/2023 | Genre: Fantasy| Language: English | Rating: PG13
This fantasy adventure based on the popular role-playing game follows the story of a charismatic thief and a band of unlikely heroes as they embark on a quest to look for a lost relic that wields immense power. The thief, known for his wit and charm, is the only one who knows the artefact’s location, but he needs the help of a diverse group of adventurers to get it.
As they embark on their journey, the group encounters challenges and obstacles, including treacherous terrain, deadly monsters, and fierce rivals seeking the relic. Despite their differences and conflicting motivations, the group must learn to trust and work together if they hope to succeed in their quest.
However, things take a dangerous turn when they run afoul of a powerful and evil organisation that will stop at nothing to get their hands on the relic. The group finds themselves caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse as they struggle to stay one step ahead while facing their demons and doubts.
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The Super Mario Bros Movie
Release date: 20/4/2023 | Genre: Animation | Language: English and Arabic | Rating: PG
In this animated adaptation of Nintendo’s most famous character, we see a skilled Brooklyn plumber, Mario, who sets out on a heroic quest to rescue his brother, Luigi, and save the Mushroom Kingdom from the clutches of an evil fire-breathing Koopa king named Bowser. Joining him on his journey are Princess Peach, the ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom, and Toad, a loyal and helpful anthropomorphic mushroom.
Together, the group must navigate treacherous terrain, battle fearsome enemies, and solve challenging puzzles to reach Bowser’s castle and defeat him. Much like the game, Mario’s bravery, resourcefulness, and quick reflexes are tested as he jumps over obstacles, collects power-ups like mushrooms and stars, and battles Bowser’s minions in epic showdowns. With Peach’s wisdom, guidance, and Toad’s agility and support, they can be a formidable force against Bowser’s army. As Bowser’s army threatens all life in the kingdom, its fate rests on their shoulders as they confront him in a final, explosive battle.
The film is voiced by an all-star cast including Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, Fred Armisen, Sebastian Maniscalco, Charles Martinet, and Kevin Michael Richardson.
Evil Dead Rise
Release date: 20/04/2023 | Genre: Horror | Language: English | Rating: 18+
A decade after the release of its reboot, the makers of the original Evil Dead return with a new take on the horror franchise. Evil Dead Rise promises to deliver a terrifying and visceral experience to the audience that the series is known for.
The movie centres around two estranged sisters, Melissa and Corinne, who must unite to fight a demonic force that has taken over an apartment building. The sisters’ reunion is cut short as they face the most horrific version of family imaginable – flesh-possessing demons unleashed upon the world.
As the demons wreak havoc and destruction, one sister gets possessed, and it’s up to the other sibling to save her. The new sequel promises to deliver a fresh take on the “Evil Dead” franchise, featuring a new cast of characters and a unique storyline. The movie is directed by Lee Cronin, known for his work on “The Hole in the Ground,” and produced by Sam Raimi, the mastermind behind the original “Evil Dead” trilogy.