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This week's new UK cinema releases, including The Forever Purge

Media Mole's guide to the major new releases at the UK box office this weekend.

Scroll on for Media Mole's round-up of the major releases due out at the UK and Ireland box office in the coming days.



The Forever Purge

The Forever Purge

Released: Friday, July 16
Genre: Horror
Certificate: 15
Runtime: 1 hour 43 minutes

Director: Everardo Valerio Gout

Cast: Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, Josh Lucas, Cassidy Freeman

Plot: The fifth instalment in the dystopian franchise, set at a time when the annual Purge is back with the original rules.



Space Jam: A New Legacy

Space Jam: A New Legacy

Released: Friday, July 16
Genre: Kids / Animation
Certificate: U
Runtime: 1 hour 55 minutes

Director: Malcolm D Lee

Cast: LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Zendaya, Cedric Joe

Plot: LeBron James and his son Dom find themselves trapped in a virtual game space.



Escape Room: Tournament of Champions

Escape Room: Tournament of Champions

Released: Friday, July 16
Genre: Horror
Certificate: 15
Runtime: 1 hour 28 minutes

Director: Adam Robitel

Cast: Taylor Russell, Logan Moore, Indya Moore, Holland Roden, Thomas Cocquerel, Carlito Olivero

Plot: Zoey and Ben find themselves trapped in yet more deadly escape rooms with other survivors.



Summer of Soul

Summer Of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Released: Friday, July 16
Genre: Documentary
Certificate: 12A
Runtime: 1 hour 57 minutes

Director: Questlove

Cast: N/A

Plot: The story of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, which had high-profile performers such as Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight but bizarrely remains an obscure pop culture event.



The Birthday Cake

The Birthday Cake

Released: Friday, July 16
Genre: Thriller
Certificate: 15
Runtime: 1 hour 33 minutes

Director: Jimmy Giannopoulos

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Shiloh Fernandez, Val Kilmer, Lorraine Bracco, Ashley Benson, Penn Badgley, William Fichtner

Plot: A young Italian-American continues the tradition of taking a birthday cake to his family house to mark the anniversary of his dad's death, but after he witnesses a murder he's left questioning everything.



Nowhere Special

Nowhere Special

Released: Friday, July 16
Genre: Drama
Certificate: PG
Runtime: 1 hour 36 minutes

Director: Uberto Pasolini

Cast: James Norton, Daniel Lamont

Plot: A 35-year-old single father learns he only has months to live so sets about searching for the perfect replacement family for his young son.



The Croods 2

The Croods 2: A New Age

Released: Friday, July 16
Genre: Kids / Animation
Certificate: U
Runtime: 1 hour 36 minutes

Director: Joel Crawford

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Cloris Leachman, Peter Dinklage, Leslie Mann, Kelly Marie Tran

Plot: The Croods must learn to live with their new neighbours The Bettermans.


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Wednesday, July 28


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Coronation Street: ITV, 7.30pm and 8.30pm
Weatherfield's very own Niccolo Machiavelli, Todd, is finally exposed for his lies

BTS @ Radio 1: BBC One, 10.35pm
The K-Pop sensations perform in the iconic Live Lounge for the first time. Followed by K-Pop doc K-Pop Idols on BBC Four.

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Thursday's key events


ROWING
· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
· Caeleb Dressel of the USA has been touted by some as the successor to Michael Phelps, and he has the chance to notch up a fourth Olympic gold in the men's 100m freestyle final (3.37am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

HOCKEY
· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

CANOE SLALOM
· Mallory Franklin takes part in the women's canoe semi-final, and will hope to do enough to qualify for the final later in the day (6am-8.45am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· With Simone Biles now out of the women's all-around final, the competition has been blown wide open. Team GB twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are among those taking part (11.50am-2.05pm)

> Today's schedule in full