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A gripping drama set in post-war Germany in 1946. Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke), a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: They will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower (Alexander Skarsgård) and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal. (109 mins)
BAIT (15)
Martin Ward (Martin Cove) is a Modern-day Cornish fisherman without a boat. His brother Steven has re-purposed their father's vessel as a tourist tripper, driving a wedge between the brothers. With their harbour village now a get-away for London money and stag parties, Martin is displaced to the estate above the picturesque harbor. The summer season brings simmering tensions between locals and newcomers to boiling point, with Martin struggling to restore the family to their traditional place and thereby creating increasing friction until a tragedy at the heart of the family changes his world. This unique, beautifully shot, funny, yet poignant film gets to the heart of a community facing up to unwelcome change. (89 mins)

This is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek). The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Freddie manages to reunite with his band-mates just in time for Live Aid and leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day. Malek is electrifying and the film is an unparalleled crowd pleaser. (134mins) 

Melissa McCarthy is masterful in the captivating true account of Lee Israel, a once best-selling celebrity biographer in the 1970s and ’80s. Israel is now a frustrated, hard-drinking author who can barely afford to pay her rent or bills in 1990s New York. When she comes to the realisation that she’s no longer en vogue & desperate for money, Israel soon hatches a perilous scheme to forge letters by famous writers and sell them to bookstores and collectors. When the dealers start to catch on, Lee recruits a dubious friend to help her continue her self-destructive cycle of trickery and deceit. With Richard E. Grant. (107 mins)

When country girl Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightly) marries charismatic egomaniac Willy (Dominic West), he unlocks the door to the tantalizing artistic world of the Paris literacy scene. With her creative appetite sparked, Willy has Colette write novels under his name. The phenomenal success of her Claudine series makes Willy famous and elevates them both to the high life. However, the lack of recognition begins to gnaw at Colette & their marriage starts to suffer. Willy resorts to increasingly desperate measures to pay his debts and sabotage his wife but Colette is developing resources of her own. Based on the true story of a feminist icon, this is a fascinating & beautifully filmed drama with excellent performances. (112 mins)

This adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Ian McEwan (Atonement) is a stunningly acted, compelling and powerful drama, telling the story of Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson), an eminent high court judge presiding over ethically complex cases. As the demands of her job cause her marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) to reach tipping point, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam, a brilliant young boy who is refusing a life-saving blood transfusion on religious grounds. With her private life in turmoil, Fiona finds herself drawn into the case, taking the unorthodox step of halting proceedings in order to visit Adam in hospital. As the two form a profound connection and powerful emotions come to light, Fiona’s judgement is put to the test with momentous consequences as she must ultimately decide Adam’s fate. (105 mins)
The late 19th century sees three brilliant visionaries at the centre of the cutthroat competition that literally lit up the modern world. Celebrity inventor Thomas Edison’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) plans to bring electricity to America with radical DC technology, are upended by businessman George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), who believes he and his partner, the upstart genius Nikolai Tesla (Nicholas Hoult), have the superior idea of using AC current to electrify America. It sparks one of the greatest corporate feuds in American history, establishing for future Titans of Industry the need to break all the rules. Produced by Martin Scorsese and with a supporting cast that includes Katherine Waterston, Tuppence Middleton & Matthew Macfadyen, this is a fascinating drama. (101 mins)

The worldwide phenomenon returns, as a spectacular motion picture with the Crawley family and their intrepid staff preparing for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the King and Queen of England will unleash scandal, romance and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance. Written by series creator Julian Fellowes and starring the original cast, this grand cinematic experience will have you cheering for your favourite characters all over again. Combined with exquisite costume design, impeccable period detail and stunning cinematography, this is a thoroughly entertaining big screen development of the pooular series. Starring Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt, Alan Leech, Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton. (123 mins)

German soldier Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney) goes on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer). The Kaiser lives in a secluded mansion in The Netherlands, and as Germany is taking over Holland, the country’s authorities are concerned that Dutch spies may be watching the Kaiser. As Brandt begins to infiltrate the Kaiser’s life, he is  drawn into an unexpected romance with Mieke (Lily James), one of the Kaiser’s maids. When Heinrich Himmler (Eddie Marsan), head of the SS, makes an unexpected visit, the stage is set for a breath-taking showdown, as secrets are revealed, allegiances are tested, and Brandt is forced to make the ultimate choice between honouring his country and following his heart. This riveting & old fashioned thriller filled with both espionage and romance, is superbly scripted and acted. (103 mins)

Based on the bestselling novel by José Luis Sampedro, Brian Cox stars as Rory MacNeil, a rugged old Scotsman who reluctantly leaves his beloved isolated Hebridean island and travels to San Francisco to seek medical treatment. Moving in with his estranged son, Rory's life will be transformed, just when he expects it least, through a newly found bond with his baby grandson. This sentimental but perfectly judged tale, beautifully photographed, explores generational divides that highlight the characers complexity with a quite perfectly judged performance from Cox, with an able supporting cast, including J.J.Field, Peter Coyote & Rosanna Arquette as the subject of Rory’s flirtatious advances. (107 mins)

Reformed gangster Ricky, wife Julia, daughter Paige and son Zak as they make a living wrestling together in tiny venues. When Paige and Zak get the opportunity to try out for WWE, the family grabs a once-in-a-lifetime chance to turn their wildest dreams into a dazzling future. However, brother and sister quickly discover that to become superstars, both their talent and their relationship will be put to the test. Based on a true story, this is a heart-warming and smart comedy from director Stephen Merchant ('The Office') that proves everything is worth fighting for when it comes to family. Starring Lena Headey, Florence Pugh, Nick Frost & Dwayne Johnson. (108 mins)
On the eve of retirement, judgmental snob ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) discovers that her husband of forty years is having an affair with her best friend and seeks refuge with her estranged, older sister Bif (Celia Imrie). The two could not be more different - Sandra is a fish out of water next to her outspoken, serial dating, free-spirited sibling. But different is just what Sandra needs and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to her community dance class, where gradually she starts finding her feet... and romance. The terrific ensemble cast are on fine form giving sturdy performances and the excellent script avoids obvious clichés, as it allows the cast to be defined by their relatable human characteristics. With Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley, Josie Lawrence, David Hayman & John Sessions. (111 mins)

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)
Set in America in 1962, this is the heart-warming true story of Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a racist, working-class Italian-American bouncer who reluctantly takes on a job as a chauffeur for Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a world-class Black pianist. The mismatched pair embark on a two-month tour of concert venues in the racially charged deep south & discover they’re on the road to a meaningful and unique friendship. This supremely likeable & humerous drama boasts two stunning lead performances & is a poignant study of friendship, dignity & compassion that deservedly won the Oscar for best film. (130 mins)
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 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. Inspired by the legend and ambitions of America’s original pop-culture stage manager extraordinaire, comes an inspirational rags-to-riches tale of a brash dreamer who rose from nothing to prove that anything you can envision is possible. 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. With Michelle Williams, Zac Efron & Rebecca Ferguson. (105 mins)

London, 1946. Juliet (Lily James), a charismatic and free-spirited writer receives a letter from a member of a mysterious literary club started in Nazi-occupied Guernsey. Her curiosity piqued, Juliet decides to visit the island. There she meets the delightfully eccentric members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, including Dawsey (Michiel Huisman), the rugged and intriguing farmer who wrote her the letter. Based on the bestselling novel and from the producers of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, this is a compelling romantic drama with an intriguing mystery at it’s heart. Beautifully photographed and acted, this is an engaging, elegant and warm, nostalgic post-war drama. With Penelope Wilton, Jessica Brown Findlay, Matthew Goode & Tom Courtenay. (124 mins)

When Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) decide to start a family, they stumble into the world of foster care adoption. They hope to take in one small child but when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15 year old girl, they find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight. Now, Pete and Ellie must hilariously try to learn the ropes of instant parenthood in the hopes of becoming a family. This delightful comedy drama is inspired by the real events from the life of writer/director Sean Anders and also stars Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro and Margo Martindale. (118 mins)
JUDY (12)
Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. She also embarks on a courtship with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband. However, she is exhausted & fragile; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood & wanting to be back home with her kids. Will she have the strength to go on? With a phenomenal performance from Renee Zellweger as Garland & featuring a host of her best-known songs, the film celebrates the voice, the capacity for love and the sheer pizzazz of this legendary entertainer. (118 mins)


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)
Legendary talk-show host Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is a pioneer in her field. The only woman ever to have a long-running program on late night, she keeps her writers’ room on a short leash - and all male. But when her ratings plummet and she is accused of being a “woman who hates women,” Katherine impulsively hires Molly Patel (Mindy Kaling), a chemical plant efficiency expert as the first and only female on her writing staff. Her decision brings about unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women who are separated by culture and generation become united by their love of a biting punchline. This bright and breezy comedy boasts excellent performances from Thompson, Kaling and John Lithgow. (102 mins)

James Marsh (The Theory of Everything) directs the incredible true story of eccentric Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. With an unfinished boat and his business and house on the line, Donald leaves his wife, Clare (Rachel Weisz) and their children behind, hesitantly embarking on an adventure on his boat the Teignmouth Electron. Co-starring David Thewlis and Ken Stott, the story of Crowhurst's dangerous solo voyage and the struggles he confronted on the epic journey while his wife Clare and their family awaited his return is an enduring mystery of recent times. Firth excells as the complex, intense Crowhurst thanks to a meticulous script and the direction is precise with effective sound design and visual panache. (102 mins)
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)


Clint Eastwood stars as ageing Earl Stone who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Unbeknownst to Earl, he's just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. He does so well that is assigned a handler but the mysterious new drug mule has also hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates (Bradley Cooper). As his money problems vanish, Earl's past mistakes start to weigh heavily on him & it's uncertain if he'll have time to right those wrongs before law enforcement, or the cartel's enforcers, catch up to him. (116 mins)


This is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of bank robberies that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest's commitment to his craft and a woman (Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession. Announced as Redford’s final film, this well-told & critically acclaimed story is brought to life by a beautifully matched cast and is delightful, funny, easygoing entertainment as well as a fitting farewell to a veteran film star. Also starring Danny Glover and Tom Waits. (93 mins)
Quentin Tarantino's ninth film takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. Rick (Leonardo DiCaprio), former TV star and his longtime stunt double Cliff (Brad Pitt) are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don't recognize anymore. Rick lives next door to Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) -- the filmmaker and budding actress whose futures will forever be altered by members of the Manson Family. Bold, unique, funny, violent and compelling, the stunning vistas of the city and the meticulous set design offer a truly evocative experience of Hollywood in the late 1960s. With, Al Pacino, Damian lewis, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern, Dakota Fanning & Luke Perry. (155 mins)
The year is 2000 and Joan Stanley (Judi Dench) is living in contented retirement. Her tranquil existence is shattered as she's arrested by MI5, for Joan has been hiding an incredible past as one of the most influential spies in living history. The young Joan (Sophie Cookson), a demure Cambridge physics student, falls intensely in love with a seductively attractive Russian saboteur & begins to see that the world is on the brink of destruction. While working at a secret nuclear research facility, Joan is confronted with the ultimate dilemma. Based on the best-selling novel & Inspired by an extraordinary true story, this is the taut and emotional discovery of one woman's sacrifice in the face of incredible circumstances. (110 mins)
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)

Every summer aristocratic actress Irina (Annette Bening), her brother Sorin (Brian Dennehy) and her son Konstantin (Billy Howle) entertain family and friends for a weekend at their idyllic lakeside Russian estate. While everyone is caught up in passionately loving someone who loves somebody else, a tragicomedy unfolds about art, fame, human folly and the eternal desire to live a purposeful life. Exploring with comedy & melancholy the obsessive nature of love, the tangled relationships between parents and children & the transcendent value and psychic toll of art, this latest adaptation of the Anton Chekhov play is beautifully shot and provides a pleasing showcase for it’s sterling cast. With Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss & Corey Stoll. (98 mins)
This stylish post-modern film noir directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids), centres around Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy blogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily's (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance from their small town. In her search, Stephanie is joined by Emily's husband Sean (Henry Golding) but everything is not as it seems.  The director has fashioned a unique and very cinematic thriller that is filled with twists and betrayals as well as secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge. Keeping audiences on the edge of their seats, the ambitious narrative is complemented by dark humour, exquisite cinematography and compelling performances and above all, it really is vastly enjoyable. (117 mins)


Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly star as Laurel & Hardy in the untold story of the world’s greatest comedy act. The critically acclaimed film wonderfully portrays the unique and precious partnership of the legendary duo as they set out on a tour of Britain in the twilight of their career. Whilst they face an uncertain future the charm and beauty of their performances shine through, making each other and their audiences laugh, re-connecting them with legions of adoring fans, old and new. With stunning performances from Coogan and Reilly, this warm-hearted and genuinely moving and humerous drama is a pure delight. (98 mins)

Gemma Arterton plays Catrin, a diffident young Welsh woman with no screenwriting experience, who lands a job making short propaganda films for the Ministry of Information at the height of the Blitz with a makeshift cast and crew. Partnered alongside jaded fellow screenwriter, Buckley (Sam Claflin), the pair set off to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation as well as capturing the imagination of the American population and inspire the U.S. to enter the war. This charming adaptation of Lissa Evan’s novel is witty, romantic, moving and ultimately uplifting and benefits from beautiful cinematography and impressive set design. The performances are universally excellent with Bill Nighy as a vain and ageing ham and Jeremy Irons as the dictatorial but out-of-touch Secretary of War on top comic form. (117 mins)
This is the astonishing true story of three men who make the chance discovery, at the age of 19, that they are identical triplets, separated at birth from the same New York adoption agency and adopted to different parents. The trios joyous reunion in 1980 catapults them to global fame but it also sets in motion a chain of events that unearths an extraordinary and unimaginable secret that goes far beyond their own lives - a secret that might one day answer key questions at the heart of all human behaviour. Tim Wardle’s compelling, spry & endlessly watchable documentary drama truly highlights the adage that ‘truth is stranger than fiction’. (97 mins)
As a young student, J.R.R. Tolkien finds love, friendship and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow writers and artists at school. Their brotherhood soon strengthens as they grow up and weather love and loss together, including Tolkien’s tumultuous courtship of his beloved Edith Bratt, until the outbreak of the First World War threatens to tear their fellowship apart. These early life experiences later inspire the budding author to write the classic fantasy novels "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings." This beautifully photographed biopic stars Nicholas Hoult as Tolkien, with excellent support from Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Derek Jacobi & Pam Ferris. (111 mins)

When veteran Brighton drag queen Jackie Collins receives a diagnosis with six weeks to live, all he wants to do is perform his long-running act and behave as if all is normal. But between a surprising new friendship with a rising young queen (Jordan Stephens) and unfinished business with his estranged daughter, he may just have the most eventful month and a half of his life. A feel-good film with charm and humor as well as surprising insight into our evolving understanding of gender identity across generations. Performances are uniformally excellent with veteran Derren Nesbit outstanding in the central role, displaying a tragic comic pathos with an almost Shakespearian edge, in a poignant study of acceptance and reconciliation. (120 mins)

Phillip (Bryan Cranston) is a wealthy quadriplegic who needs a carer to help him with his day-to-day routine in his New York penthouse. He decides to hire Dell (Kevin Hart), a struggling parolee who’s trying to reconnect with his ex and his young son. Despite coming from two different worlds, an unlikely friendship starts to blossom as Dell and Phillip rediscover the joy of living life to the fullest. Based on a true story, this heart felt comedy is directed by Neil Burger and also stars Nicole Kidman and Julianna Margulies. (121 mins)
Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan and Connor Swindells star in this tense, unusual & very powerfully performed thriller based on true events. After three lighthouse keepers arrive for work on a remote Scottish isle, they make a fateful discovery: a wrecked rowboat - with a chest full of gold. As a mysterious boat heads towards the island, the three men make a choice that will change their lives forever, ensnaring them in a web of greed, paranoia and murder. (107 mins)
Passed up for a well-deserved promotion, sports agent Ali Davis wonders what else she needs to do to succeed in a man's world. Hoping to find answers from a psychic, Ali drinks a weird concoction that suddenly allows her to hear what men are thinking. Using her newfound ability, Ali starts to turn the tables on her obnoxious male colleagues while racing to sign the next basketball superstar. Inspired by the Nancy Meyers hit romantic comedy WHAT WOMEN WANT, this likeable easy going comedy stars Taraji P. Henson, Aldis Hodge & Richard Roundtree. (117 mins)
Rudolf Nureyev’s escape to the West stunned the world at the height of the Cold War. His flirtation with Western artists and ideas in 1961 in Paris leads him into a high-stakes game of cat and mouse with the KGB, where he is forced to make a heart-breaking decision that may change the course of his life forever and put his family and friends in terrible danger. From Nureyev’s poverty-stricken childhood to student dancer in Leningrad, to his arrival at the epicentre of western culture in Paris in the early 1960s and a nail-biting stand-off at the Le Bourget airport, this is an incredible journey by a unique artist who transformed the world of ballet forever. Directed by Ralph Fiennes with Oleg Ivenko as Nureyev. (127 mins)
Fresh out of jail & bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek, free-spirited Rose-Lynn (Jesse Buckley) dreams of getting out of Glasgow and making it as a country singer in the USA, while her frustrated mum Marion (Julie Walters) urges her daughter to focus on supporting her young children. Taking a cleaning job, she finds an unlikely champion in the middle-class lady of the house but will she escape the shackles of Glasgow and her roots to follow her dreams of Nashville? This is a heart-warming, feel-good, coming–of-age comedy drama about mothers and daughters and dreams and reality with terrific performances. (96 mins)

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)


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