Film Programme

Autumn

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THE BATMAN (15)
Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman, striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne (Robert Pattinson) deep into the shadows of Gotham City, with only a few trusted allies. Batman ventures into the underworld when a sadistic killer leaves behind a trail of cryptic clues, encountering Catwoman, The Penguin & The Riddler. As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator's plans become clear, he must unmask the culprit and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued the metropolis. (176 mins)​

BELFAST (12)
Director Kenneth Branagh’s autobiographical & poignant story of love, laughter and loss in one boy’s childhood amid the music and social tumult of the late 1960s. Buddy’s family lives in a largely Protestant district but one day his community and everything he thought he understood about life is suddenly turned upside down. Through it all, his passionate parents and quick-witted grandparents keep the joy alive through music and the magic of movies in this feel-good, beautifully acted story. With Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench & Ciaran Hinds. (97 mins)

BLITHE SPIRIT (12)

In this latest adaptaion of the Noel Coward play, novelist Charles (Dan Stevens) is struggling with writer’s block. Hissecond wife Ruth (Isla Fisher) is doing her best to keep him focussed in the hope of fulfilling her dream of heading to Hollywood. Charles’ desperate search for inspiration leads him to invite medium Madame Arcati (Judi Dench) to perform a séance in their home. However, Arcati accidentally summons the spirit of his deceased first wife: the fiery and jealous Elvira (Leslie Mann), which leads to an increasingly comical and deadly love triangle. (96 mins)
CASABLANCA (U)
THE Classic war-time romantic drama that improves with age like a good wine. During World War II former lovers Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilse (Ingrid Bergman) are reunited by chance in Casablanca, where he runs a nightclub and she, with her husband (Paul Henreid), is working for the French Resistance. Recriminations, rekindled desires and patriotic duty battle for primacy as Ilses husband tries to outwit the local Nazis and escape from Morocco, whilst Rick and Ilse re-kindle their love. The heady cocktail of romance, drama, humour & thrills are matched by an endlessly quotable script & pitch perfect performances from a peerless cast. Now restored in a beautiful high definition print. (99 mins) 

THE COURIER (12)
Based on real events, this is the story of an unassuming British businessman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) unwittingly recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history. At the behest of the UK's MI-6 and a CIA operative, he forms a covert, dangerous partnership with ​Soviet officer Oleg Penkovsky in an effort to provide crucial intelligence needed to prevent a nuclear confrontation and defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis. Intriguing, gripping, heartfelt and thoroughly absorbing, this is much more than a history lesson. (112 mins)
CYRANO (12)
Award-winning director Joe Wright ('Atonement') immerses movie lovers in a symphony of emotions with music, romance, and beauty in this re-imagining the timeless tale of a heartbreaking love triangle. Cyrano de Bergerac (Peter Dinklage) dazzles with both ferocious wordplay and brilliant swordplay but is convinced that his appearance makes him unworthy of the love of his devoted friend, Roxanne (Haley Bennett), who has fallen in love at first sight with Christian. (125 mins)

DEATH ON THE NILE (12)
Sleuth Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) plans a spectacular Egyptian vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer but the trip turns into a search for a murderer after a glamorous couple’s honeymoon is cut tragically short. Set against a sweeping landscape of pyramids and desert vistas, with an ensemble cast. Agatha Christie’s beloved mystery novel is a tale of unbridled passion and jealousy, filled with wicked twists and turns that will have you guessing until the finale. With Annette Bening, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Gal Gadot & Tom Bateman. (127 mins)

DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA (PG)
The cinematic return of the Crawley family and their staff as they welcome a movie crew and their glamorous stars to Downton for the filming of a new silent movie, while other members of the family go on a grand adventure to a villa in the south of France to uncover a mystery about the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) and her past. The screenplay by Julian Fellowes includes exuberant moments, excitement and humour, tears of joy and sadness and new beginnings for all the characters. With Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Imelda Staunton, Brendan Coyle & Joanne Froggatt. (125 mins) 

DREAM HORSE (PG)

In a Welsh mining village, bartender Jan (Toni Collette) recruits her reluctant husband and local accountant to help her bring together a syndicate of villagers to breed a foal, which they name Dream Alliance. On the racetrack, he proves himself to be more than a match for the multi-million-pound race horses he comes up against – a true working-class champion who begins to alter the lives of everyone in the syndicate. Based on a true story, this is a classic, feelgood story of triumph against adversity. With Damian Lewis, Owen Teale, Katherine Jenkins, Lynda Baron, Sian Phillips & Derek Jacobi. (113 mins)
THE DUKE (12)
In 1961, taxi driver Kempton Bunton stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London - the only theft in the Gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying it would be returned on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge - Kempton had spun a web of lies. The only truth was that he was a good man, determined to change the world and save his marriage. A wonderfully uplifting, improbable but true story, with impeccable performances from Jim Broadbent & Helen Mirren. (95 mins)

ELVIS (12)
This critically acclaimed biopic explores the life and music of Elvis Presley (Austin Butler), seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years, from Presley's rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the most significant and influential people in Elvis's life, Priscilla Presley. (159 mins)

EMMA (U)
Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending, is reimagined in this critically acclaimed adaptation. In Georgian and Regency era England, beautiful, clever and rich Emma Woodhouse (Anya Taylor-Joy) is a restless queen bee in her sleepy little town who occupies herself with matchmaking - in sometimes misguided, often meddlesome fashion - in the lives of her friends and family. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along. The first rate cast includes Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, Bill Nighy & Rupert Graves. (132 mins)

FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS (12)
A cynical London music executive (Daniel Mays) heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss (Noel Clarke) into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen. He struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. Drawn deeper into the traditional way of life, he’s forced to re-evaluate his own integrity. Based on a true story & shot on location in Cornwall, this is a crowd- pleasing comedy drama with heart and great music. With James Purefoy, Tuppence Middleton & David Hayman. (112 mins)
THE GOOD LIAR (15)
Career con artist Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets recently widowed Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren) online who is worth millions. He means to take it all but, as Betty opens her life and home to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life. Mirren and McKellen are on top form as they star together on screen for the first time in this fascinating, suspenseful and very enjoyable drama about the secrets people keep and the lies they live. A first rate supporting cast includes Russell Tovey, Lily Dodsworth-Evans and Jim Carter. (109 mins)
GREASE (PG)
The phenomenal musical favourite returns in a newly restored print . Experience the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950s. Welcome to the singing and dancing world of "Grease," the most successful movie musical of all time. A wholesome exchange student (Olivia Newton-John) and a leather-clad Danny (John Travolta) have a summer romance but there’s complications when they return to school for the new term. With a feast of tuneful, singable songs and an infectious feel good atmosphere, this really is the perfect Summer entertainment for your audience. (available with singalong option)
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (PG)
This spectacular and original musical celebrates the birth of show business, telling the story of visionary impresario, P.T. Barnum who rose from nothing to create a mesmerising spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Step right up and into the spellbinding imagination of a man who set out to reveal that life itself can be the most thrilling show of all. Hugh Jackman, who devoted years to bring the film to the screen, is dazzling in the central role while Michael Gracey’s expert direction showcases original songs by Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul ('La La Land'). Fasten your seatbelts for the ultimate crowd pleaser. (105 mins) 

HOUSE OF GUCCI (15)
When Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), an outsider from humble beginnings, marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel the family legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge and ultimately murder. Inspired by the sensational true story of the family behind the Italian fashion empire, director Ridley Scott has fashioned a fascinating story of power & corruption, with Gaga outstanding in the central role, ably supported by an outstanding cast that includes Adam DriverJared LetoAl Pacino & Jeremy Irons. (157 mins)

THE KEEPER (15)
The incredible true story of Bert Trautmann (David Kross), a German soldier and prisoner of war who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, secures the position of Goalkeeper at Manchester City, and in doing so becomes a footballing icon. Struggling for acceptance by those who dismiss him as the enemy, Bert’s love for Margaret (Freya Mavor) carries him through and he wins over even his harshest opponents by winning the 1956 FA Cup Final, playing on with a broken neck to secure victory. But fate will soon twist the knife for Bert and Margaret, when their love and loyalty to each other is put to the ultimate test. This is a charming, heartfelt and thoroughly enthralling account of a remarkable man. (120 mins)

KNIVES OUT (12)
This sparkling tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie is a fun, modern-day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect. When a renowned crime novelist Harlan (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death. With an all-star ensemble cast, including Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon & Toni Collette, this is a witty and stylish whodunnit guaranteed to keep audiences guessing. (130 mins)
THE LAST BUS (12)
John O'Groats, Scotland: An elderly man, Tom (Timothy Spall), whose wife Mary (Phyllis Logan) has just passed away uses only local buses on a nostalgic trip to carry her ashes all the way across the UK to Land's End, where they originally met, using his free bus pass. Unbeknownst to Tom, his journey begins to capture the imagination of the local people that he comes across and helps and he unwittingly becomes a nationwide social media story. Spall gives a beautifully nuanced and sympathetic performance in a heart warming and ultimately life affirming tale that showcases the community spirit and diversity of modern Britain. (86 mins)
THE LAST LETTER FROM YOUR LOVER (12)
In 1960’s France, Jennifer (Shailene Woodley) lives a luxurious life with her wealthy husband. Losing her memory after an accident, she stumbles upon love letters that reveal a love affair with a British correspondent. Jennifer's story becomes intertwined with that of Ellie (Felicity Jones), a London journalist who discovers and becomes enthralled by these love letters from a bygone era. As she begins to piece them together, she sets off on a journey that will entangle the two women's lives forever. An absorbing romantic drama, adapted from JoJo Moyes best selling novel. (105 mins) 

LITTLE WOMEN (U)
In the years after the Civil War, Jo March is a writer in New York, while her sister Amy studies painting in Paris. Amy has a chance encounter with Theodore, a childhood crush who proposed to Jo but was ultimately rejected. Oldest sibling, Meg, is married to a schoolteacher, while shy sister Beth develops an illness that brings the family back together. Writer-director Greta Gerwig has crafted a critically acclaimed, heartfelt & timely adaptation that draws on the classic novel and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. The dazzling cast includes Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen and Meryl Streep as Aunt March. (135 mins)

THE LOST CITY (12)
Brilliant, but reclusive romance novelist Loretta Sage, best known for her adventure stories featuring handsome cover model Alan, is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire looking for the ancient lost city from her latest novel. Wanting to prove that he can be a hero in real life, Alan sets off to rescue her. Thrust into an epic jungle adventure, the unlikely pair will need to work together to survive the elements and find the city's legendary treasure before it’s lost forever. Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum have dynamite chemistry in this exciting comedy adventure. (107 mins)​

LOVE SARAH (12)

Determined to fulfil her late mother’s dream of opening a bakery in charming Notting Hill, Clarissa enlists the help of her mother's best friend and her eccentric estranged grandmother. Three generations of women will need to overcome grief, doubts and differences to honour the memory of their beloved Sarah while embarking on a journey to establish a London bakery filled with love, hope and colourful pastries from all over the world. This charming tale is the perfect antidote to all the current doom and gloom. Starring Celia Imrie, Candice Brown, Rupert Penry-Jones & Bill Paterson. (98 mins)

MILITARY WIVES (12)

Inspired by real events, Peter Cattaneo ('The Full Monty'), directs the heartfelt story of friendship, love, and support on the home front. When Kate (Kristin Scott Thomas) persuades a disparate group of women, whose partners are serving in Afghanistan, on the base to form the Military Wives Choir, Lisa (Sharon Horgan) is initially sceptical by such an amateur bunch. However, she is quickly transformed by the choir's friendship, humour and courage. Finding their voice together, the choir put aside their own personal differences and, by singing their hearts out, become a global media sensation as they bring joy, hope and strength to the world. (113 mins)
MISBEHAVIOUR (12)

In 1970, the phenomenally popular Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend Bob Hope but the newly formed Women's Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast. When the show resumed, the result caused uproar as the winner was not the Swedish favourite but Miss Grenada, the first black woman to be crowned Miss World. This feelgood British film tell this thoroughly crowd-pleasing & iconic story. Starring Keira Knightley, Jessie Buckley, Keeley Hawes, Greg Kinnear, Rhys Ifans & Lesley Manville. (106 mins)
MRS LOWRY AND SON (PG)
This is the beautiful, delicate and amusing story of the brittle relationship between L. S. Lowry - one of the greatest artists of the 20th century - and his bedridden, unhappy and controlling mother. Engrossing and entertaining, the film is a veritable masterclass in acting, with Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall spellbinding as a mother and son separated by art and ambition. Adrian Noble's wonderfully observed film gently reveals how Lowry's snobbish mother prevents him from fulfilling his artistic ambition, as he desperately tries to create something that might make her happy. This lovely film is punctuated with humour, as it depicts the impact a bitterly obsessive mother had on one of this country's greatest artists. (91 mins)

NEVER TOO LATE (12)
Four Veteran soldiers, known as 'The Chain Breakers,' reluctantly find themselves in a retirement home for returned veterans. Each of the boys has an unrealised dream they want to achieve, so they band together to devise a plan to escape. But the rules of engagement have changed & they can't even remember what they were half the time. This is an amusing and charming validation of it never being too late to chase your dreams. Starring James Cromwell, Dennis Waterman, Jackie Weaver & Jack Thompson. (95 mins)

NIGHTMARE ALLEY (15)
When a manipulative carnival man (Bradley Cooper) teams up with an equally deceptive psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) to grift the wealthy in 1940s New York society, he learns that his new partner in crime might be his most formidable opponent yet. Director Guillermo del Toro stylishly directs this impeccably crafted, visually stunning noir-style psychological thriller from 'William Lindsay Gresham’s' novel. The all- star cast includes Rooney MaraRon PerlmanToni ColletteMary SteenburgenWillem DafoeDavid Strathairn Richard Jenkins. (150 mins)

NORTH BY NORTHWEST (PG)
One of the most entertaining & enjoyable film ever made by a Hollywood studio, it shows director Alfred Hitchcock at his most effervescent in a romantic comedy thriller that features one of the definitive Cary Grant performances. Grant is Roger Thornhill, an advertising executive who is mistaken by enemy spies for an undercover agent. Convinced these sinister fellows (James Mason as the boss and Martin Landau as his henchman) are trying to kill him, Roger flees and meets a sexy Stranger on a Train (Eva Marie Saint). With its sparkling script, exciting set pieces & Bernard Herrmann music score, complemented by a stunning HD print, this is pure entertainment (125 mins)  

NO TIME TO DIE (12)
Daniel Craig returns one last time as James Bond, starring alongside Oscar winner Rami Malek ('Bohemian Rhapsody'). Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected. This fast paced, tightly scripted, dramatically affecting and highly entertaining adventure is a fitting finale to the Craig era. With Lea Seydoux, Naome Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz & Ralph Fiennes. (143 mins)
OFFICIAL SECRETS (15)
This is the gripping true story of Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley), a British intelligence specialist who handles classified information. In the lead up to the Iraq war, Gun receives a memo from the NSA: the United States is enlisting Britain’s help in collecting compromising information on United Nations Security Council members in order to blackmail them into voting in favor of an invasion of Iraq. Faced with the prospect of an illegal war, Gun leaks the memo to the press. The ensuing chain of events will ignite an international firestorm, expose a vast political conspiracy & endanger Gun and her family. Knightley is compelling in an outstanding cast that includes Matt Smith, Matthew Goode, Ralph Fiennes, Tamsin Greig & Kenneth Cranham. (112 mins)
OPERATION MINCEMEAT (12)
It’s 1943. The Allies are determined to break Hitler’s grip on occupied Europe, and plan to launch an all-out assault on Sicily; but they face an impossible challenge - how to protect the invasion force from potential annihilation. Two  intelligence officers, Ewen Montagu (Colin Firth) and Charles Cholmondeley (Matthew Macfadyen) formulate the most inspired and improbable disinformation strategy of the war - centred on the most unlikely of secret agents: a dead man. This extraordinary, gripping and true story also stars Penelope Wilton & Kelly Macdonald & Jason Isaacs. (128 mins)

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN (12)
The remarkable true story of Maurice Flitcroft, a crane operator and optimistic dreamer from Barrow-in-Furness who, with the support of his family and friends, managed to gain entry to the 1976 British Open qualifying, despite never playing a round of golf before. With pluckiness and unwavering self-belief, he pulls off a series of stunning, hilarious and heartwarming attempts to compete at the highest level, drawing the ire of the golfing elite but becoming a British folk hero in the process. This upbeat comedy-drama stars Mark Rylance, Sally Hawkins & Rhys Ifans. (106 mins)

RADIOACTIVE (12)
From the 1870s to the modern era, this is a journey through Marie Curie’s (Rosamund Pike) enduring legacies – her passionate relationships, scientific breakthroughs and the consequences that followed. After meeting & marrying fellow scientist Pierre Curie (Sam Riley), the pair change the face of science forever by their discovery of radioactivity. The genius of the Curie's discoveries and the ensuing Nobel Prize propels the couple into the international limelight. Pike gives a sensitive performance in a film that conveys the transformative effects and ensuing fallout of the Curie’s work and how this shaped the 20th Century. (110 mins)

ROCKETMAN (15)
This is the epic musical story about Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story – set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton – tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became a musical and cultural icon. Egerton excels in the central role ably supported by Jamie Bell as Elton's longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden ('Bodyguard') as manager John Reid, Jemma Jones and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton's mother Sheila Farebrother. (116 mins)

SIX MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT (12)
Summer 1939. Influential families in Nazi Germany have sent their daughters to a finishing school in an English seaside town to learn the language and be ambassadors for a future looking National Socialist. A teacher sees what is coming and is trying to raise the alarm but the authorities believe he is the problem. This solid period thriller is inspired by the recent revelation of an actual Nazi finishing school in England. Starring Judi Dench, Eddie Izzard, James D’Arcy and Jim Broadbent.(96 mins)

TO OLIVIA (12)
The story of the tribulations behind best-selling children's novelist Roald Dahl's (Hugh Bonneville) marriage to Academy Award winning actress Patricia Neal (Keeley Hawes). The somewhat unlikely pair - an in-demand Hollywood actress and a burgeoning children's author find their relationship put to the test and ultimately strengthened by tragic events. Set between New York, England and Los Angeles in the early 60s, it tells the tale of Dahl's struggles while writing some of his most famous works and Neal's return to acting. With Rebecca Feguson and Geoffrey Palmer. (110 mins)
TOP GUN: MAVERICK
After more than 30 years of service as one of the Navy's top aviators, Pete "Maverick" Mitchell is where he belongs - a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. Training a detachment of graduates for a special assignment, Maverick must confront the ghosts of his past and his deepest fears. Tom Cruise returns in this belated sequel that surpasses the original. Nail biting, spectacular and emotionally satisfying, this is crowd pleasing entertainment for everyone. With Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon hamm, Ed Harris & Val Kilmer.  (131 mins)

WEST SIDE STORY (12)

Love at first sight strikes when young Tony (Ansel Elgort) spots Maria (Rachel Zegler) at a high school dance in 1957 New York City. Their burgeoning romance helps to fuel the fire between the warring Jets and Sharks -- two rival gangs vying for control of the streets. From producer and director Steven Spielberg, this latest adaptation of the classic musical dazzles the senses. The acting, singing and spectacular dance routines are flawless, with Spielberg ably updating the original, without losing it’s heart. With Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez & Rita Moreno. (155 mins) 

YESTERDAY (12)
Jack Malik was just another struggling songwriter...but that was yesterday. After a mysterious blackout, Jack (Himesh Patel) discovers he is the only person on earth who remembers The Beatles! As he rockets to fame by passing off the Fab Four's songs as his own, Jack risks losing Ellie (Lily James) - the one person who has loved him and believed in him from the start. Before the door to his old life closes forever, Jack must decide if all he needs is love, after all. Kate McKinnon and Ed Sheeran also star in this crowd pleasing, critically acclaimed romantic musical comedy from Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle ('Slumdog Millionaire') and screenwriter Richard Curtis ('Love Actually'). (116 mins)