Cinemas are open again and there are some great movies on. (Picture: Rex)

As of May 17, cinemas such as Vue, Odeon, Cineworld and Picturehouse are all re-opening their doors for the first time this year, after the Covid-19 pandemic forced them to close and film releases to be delayed.

Both independent and chain cinemas are starting to welcome people back, although it’s worth checking before you visit as some brands are only re-opening select venues for the time being.

Odeon confirmed it will be opening the ‘vast majority’ of its cinemas this month as lockdown rules continue to ease. However screens will not be used at full capacity, with some seats kept empty to ensure social distancing can be followed.

Thankfully there will be a few new releases to show come next month with family films such as Cruella and Peter Rabbit 2, and award-worthy dramas like The Father, Nomadland and Sound of Metal.

We’ve rounded up the best releases below, so you can mark the dates in your diary. (All dates are, of course, subject to change).

When will cinemas reopen?

Cinemas are are allowed to reopen from May 17.

Museums, children’s exercise play areas, indoor exercise classes, can also open their doors.

The UK has now moved to the third stage of the Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of the Covid-19 lockdown, which allows people to head inside pubs, restaurants and cafes as well as venues like cinemas and bowling alleys.

No doubt cinema-going will be a little different going forward (Picture: Reuters)

It also extends the rule of six to allow people from different households to mix indoors as well as outdoors.

All the major films showing when cinemas reopen

Nomadland – May 17

Frances McDormand hits the road in Nomadland (Picture: Rex)

Having triumphed at the Baftas this month, director Chloe Zhao’s film starring Frances McDormand is set to arrive in cinemas next month.

The actor plays a woman who embarks on a road trip through the American West after losing everything in the recession.

Cruella – May 28

Cruella official trailer 2

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If she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will…

Emma Stone embodies the iconic 101 Dalmatians Disney villain in this origin story which is slated for release at the end of May.

The teaser trailer didn’t give much away, but hinted at a heist, high society bashes and maybe a little bit of magic. Never a bad thing.

The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It – May 28

Parnormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren (Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson) are back (Picture: New Line Cinema)

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren embark on the most terrifying case of their careers, as a murder suspect claims he was possessed by the devil.

The Courier – May 17

Benedict Cumberbatch plays salesman turned Cold War spy Greville Wynne who races to put an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

It was released in March in the US but is set to finally make its way over here next month.

Those Who Wish Me Dead – May 17

Angelina Jolie makes a return to the big screen in Those Who Wish Me Dead.

She plays a survival expert tasked with protecting a young murder witness escape deadly assassins in the middle of a forest fire.

Sound of Metal – May 17

Riz Ahmed steals the show in the Oscar-nominated Sound of Metal (Picture: Sony)

See Riz Ahmed in the role that earned him a best actor Oscar nomination.

He plays a heavy metal drummer whose world unravels as he begins to lose his hearing.

Peter Rabbit 2 – May 21

James Corden’s fun bunny Peter Rabbit is back (Picture: Columbia Pictures)

There’s something for the kids next month too. James Corden is back as the titular animated bunny based on the books by Beatrix Potter.

Having been delayed once before from March 27, 2020 to August 7, 2020, it now has the tentative 2021 release date of May 21.

Spiral: From the Book of Saw – May 17

Chris Rock in a Saw reboot must have looked unusual on paper, but that’s exactly what we’re getting.

The comedian stars as Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks who, along with Samuel L Jackson and Max Minghella as his rookie partner, goes on the hunt for sadistic killer Jigsaw.

The Father – June 11

The Father stars Sir Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Coleman (Picture: AP)

Star Sir Anthony Hopkins as won a Bafta and an Oscar for his heartwrenching performance in this drama about an ageing man who struggles to adapt to his changing circumstances.

With Olivia Coleman also in the cast you’re know you’re in for an unforgettable watch.

Black Widow – July 9

Scarlett Johansson’s butt-kicking, name-taking Avenger Black Widow gets her first standalone outing from Marvel.

Fast & Furious 9 – July 9

Vin Diesel is back on the road (Picture: Universal Pictures)

Little is known about the details of the ninth – yes, ninth – instalment in the franchise, but Fast 9 will follow on from the events of 2017’s The Fate of the Furious.

This instalment will see Dominic Toretto and his family face off against his younger brother Jakob who has teamed up with their enemy Cipher, and who holds a personal vendetta against his sibling.

The Suicide Squad – July 30

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is at the wheel for the bombastic, and likely bloody, new instalment in the DC Universe.

This blockbuster is bursting at the seams with talent including Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, Peter Capaldi and John Cena. Hold on to your hats.

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