The Lion King
2019-04-10 15:16:31



With only a hundred days to go until the movie is officially out, The Lion King 2019 trailer is finally upon us!

The cast will leave your jaw dropping, Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor

as Scar, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa.

Your favourite Lion King songs will be featuring in the movie, expect to hear

‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’, ‘Hakuna Matata’,

‘I Just Can’t Wait To Be King’ and ‘Circle of Life’.

We just can’t wait until The Lion King premieres at the Eden Cinemas on the 19th of July.

Limestone Cowboy
2019-04-09 17:19:01


One of the most anticipated movies of the year is finally here. Limestone Cowboy, a film produced by

Take 2 Entertainment, will premiere at the Eden Cinemas on Saturday 13 April.

Limestone Cowboy revolves around Karist Camilleri, a man who decides to run for office with his own

political party after being turned down as a candidate for the political party he grew up supporting.

We sat down with Carlos Debattista, the co-producer and writer of the film, as well as Davide Tucci, the

actor who plays John Camilleri, Karist’s son, to get some inside info before the premiere.



The inspiration for the story came from the 2013 elections – from a particular character running for

office, an independent candidate.

Carlos: ‘We noticed that this was a phenomenon that occurred in every election, you know, the concept

of the clown candidate. They’d have a completely bogus agenda, be blinded by the people’s support at

the time when in reality they never really stood a chance. We see it in candidates like tal-farfett, ta

l-ajkla. That’s how we came up with this story.

‘So we started thinking, what is the effect of this mass circus? Thousands of people flock to his rallies

yet he gets nowhere, so he has to face defeat. These people genuinely believe that they stand a chance.

‘We went for Limestone Cowboy because Karist grew up in the 1970s, in a time when American

westerns were popular. Karist is taught right from wrong by his dad through cowboy stories, resulting

in his brain getting frozen in that period of time – so naturally, he becomes the ultimate Maltese

cowboy, the limestone cowboy.’

And with Karist, we also learn the struggles of his son John, played by Davide Tucci in the movie.



Davide: ‘John was an opportunity to explore parts of me as well.

‘It is a very subtle character in reality but plays a big part in the movie. The challenge with John

wasn’t to be angry or happy or to express emotion – there are so many layers to the character and

that’s what I loved the most about him.

‘He is a father himself and is not particularly proud of any of his parents. You’ll see him wanting to

be a successful man, and most importantly be different from his family. He wants his son to have the

future that he never did, to show him support.

‘At the same time, his father is putting him through mayhem, as he sees him risking the future he tried

so hard to build for himself. It truly was a very interesting character to play.

‘The real challenge was to not show everything he’s feeling, yet send the right message anyway. ‘

With John Mallia and Carlos Debattista dressing the set themselves,

Davide let us in on a little secret:

Davide: ‘You’d be amazed if you knew the crazy amounts of subliminal messages in some of the scenes.

If only you knew.

‘Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty impressed at the skill and effort it took to add so many little details to

every scene, so my advice to the audience – look out for the little details when you’re watching, they’ll

only add to the story.’


Davide Tucci tells us ‘everybody dies.

He added: ‘Jokes aside, no one can live forever, and it’s actually part of the message of the film.

‘It’s a very Maltese story but it tackles universal truths and themes – it’s not just about the Maltese

Luzzu, it tackles existentialism, religion, politics, family, mental health. All very universal themes

and very much within the cusp of an era.’

Co-producer Carlos added: ‘Expect to see a lot of very well-known faces and capable actors.

We got very lucky with the cast.

‘The music was composed entirely by Mirko Galea, we’re simply in love with the music score.

It’s a very important character for the film itself. We tried to picture the film without the music

and it’s just not the same. We’re also very happy with the direction of the movie.

‘Abigail Mallia, the director and co-producer, has directed many series before, but in this one,

she truly outdid herself.

‘We’re seeing this as one of our hardest adventures and we came out of it saying that it’s possibly

one, if not the best things we’ve done so far. We just have to wait for the audience to see it and give

us the feedback themselves.’

The Limestone Cowboy premiers at the Eden Cinemas on Saturday 13 April. You can buy your

tickets for this highly anticipated movie from, or from the mobile app.

2019-03-27 16:27:52


        Dumbo Is Expected To Have A Big Worldwide Opening Too


Disney has never had trouble making money with the remakes of animated classics. It's the main reason that we're getting three of them this year. However, the level of success can still be quite variable. Beauty and the Beast make a billion dollars while Cinderella made only half a billion. Dumbo may turn out to see numbers on the lower end of that spectrum, but it's still looking like it will have a pretty impressive global opening, as the film is currently tracking to bring in something around $140 million for it's opening weekend.

For comparison, 2015's Cinderella saw a domestic opening weekend of $67 million and ended up grossing $543 million globally. If Dumbo finds itself on the low end of projections, it could end up coming in beneath that number. Still, when your competition is a series of films that have largely made a half billion dollars or more, you can come up short by comparison and still be a massive hit in absolute numbers.

Dumbo is the earliest of the Disney animated films to be given the remake treatment, which is something of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it's had the longest time to become popular to multiple generations. At the same time, it may not resonate with fans in quite the same way as a more modern film simply because of its age.

Of course, the last time Tim Burton directed a Disney remake it was a little film called Alice in Wonderland that made a billion dollars, so who knows? If lightning strikes twice we could see Dumbo become an absolutely massive hit.

Regardless of Dumbo's numbers, it is sure to be a big year for Disney remakes. In just two months we'll see the live-action version of Aladdin, and two months after that we'll get the new version of The Lion King. Those two films are almost certainly destined to be box office successes. The latter film could find itself competing for the box office crown of the year if it does as well as the animated original.


Buy your ticket now. 



Marvel Avengers
2019-03-27 14:32:27
2019-02-19 13:41:30




We’re set for a huge year of films arriving in Malta’s cinemas.

Disney is working on three live action remakes of classic animations as well as two bumper sequels such as Frozen 2 and Toy Story 4.

Elsewhere, there are star-studded crime thrillers and plenty of superheroes to keep us all entertained over the next 12 months.

These are 10 of the biggest releases set in 2019 at the Eden Cinemas in St Julian’s.


What we know: Tim Burton is directing the upcoming remake of 1941 animated classic Dumbo, bringing his trademark visual flair and idiosyncratic storytelling to the fore. One thing’s certain — you’ll have seen just about everything when you see this elephant fly.

Release date: April 2019

Avengers: Endgame

Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle.

Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers – Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner – must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos, the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.


What we know: One of the most idiosyncratic superheroes, Hellboy, is back in cinemas in 2019. Stranger Things star David Harbour has beefed-up beyond belief in preparation for the role taking over the mantle from Ron Pearlman.

Release date: April 2019


What we know: The diamond in the rough is back in action in Aladdin, yet another Disney remake happening in 2019. Will Smith has the unenviable task of stepping into Robin Williams’ pointy slippers as the Genie.

Release date: May 2019

Toy Story 4

What we know: The Toy Story franchise is reaching infinity and beyond in 2019, welcoming Buzz, Woody and the gang back one last time. Bring the tissues kids (and mum and dad), it’s going to get emotional.

Release date: June 2019

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

What we know: Quentin Tarantino is teaming up with Brad Pitt and Leonardo Di Caprio for one of the most hotly-anticipated films of the year, in this crime drama based around the Manson Family murders.

Release date: July 2019

The Lion King

What we know: Jon Favreau is back in the director’s seat for the Lion King, after leading Disney’s 2016 Jungle Book reboot. Beyonce and Donald Glover lead a steller voice cast, while Funny or Die’s Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen voice the duo Timon and Pumba.

Release date: July 2019

IT Chapter Two

What we know: Pennywise returns to haunt the citizens of Derry, 27 years after the events of hit 2017 horror It. Jessica Chastain leads an impressive cast, which also includes James McAvoy, Bill Hader and the returning Bill Skarsgard.

Release date: September 2019


What we know: Joaquin Phoenix is taking on the role of Batman’s greatest adversary in this upcoming origin story from director Todd Phillips – marking the first big screen portrayal of the character since Heath Ledger’s performance in 2008’s The Dark Knight.

Release date: October 2019

Frozen 2

What we know: The biggest Disney film of recent times is getting a long-awaited sequel in 2019, with Frozen 2 arriving in the Winter. Expect more winter wonderment, empowering female leads in the form of sisters Anna and Elsa, as well as more anthems on the soundtrack.

Release date: November 2019

Spider-Man Far From Home

What we know: Spider-Man is swinging into the Eden Cinemas in 2019, with Tom Holland continuing his excellent run in the title role. The film sees Parker and his pals head out on a European vacation.

Release date: December 2019