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1917 (15)

Two young British soldiers during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldiers' brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap.

23 Walks (12a)

A gentle, sweet, funny, romantic story of love in later life. Following a couple in their sixties, Dave and Fern who get to know one another over the course of 23 dog walks. Set against the dramatic background of the changing seasons of one year.

3 Faces (15)

Well-known actress Behnaz Jafari is left distraught when she comes across a provincial girl's video plea for help, after her family prevents her from taking up her studies at the Tehran drama conservatory. Behnaz abandons her shoot and turns to filmmaker Jafar Panahi to help with the young girl's troubles. They travel by car to the rural northwest, where they have amusing encounters with the charming and generous folk of the girl's mountain village. But Behnaz and Jafar also discover that old traditions die hard.

A Christmas Carol (1984) (U)

In this atmospheric adaptation (filmed in Shrewsbury in 1984) of Charles Dickens' classic, "A Christmas Carol," Ebenezer Scrooge (George C Scott) learns the true meaning of Christmas when the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future visit him.

A Christmas Carol (1999) (PG)

In 1840s London, Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean-spirited businessman who receives his terrifying comeuppance. One Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley, his dead business partner. Marley foretells that Scrooge will be visited by three spirits, each of whom will attempt to show Scrooge the error of his ways. Will Scrooge reform his ways in time to celebrate Christmas?

A Christmas Carol (2009) (PG)

Writer/director Robert Zemeckis adapts Charles Dickens' classic festive tale A CHRISTMAS CAROL as a star vehicle for Jim Carrey. Carrey not only takes on the role of Ebenezer Scrooge, but all of the three ghosts who come to haunt him as well. The fantastical morality play takes audiences on a thrill ride through Dickensian London, as it tells the story of grouchy Scrooge and his refusal to embrace the Christmas spirit. Starring Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman and cheery nephew Fred played by Colin Firth in this spectacular adventure, that's guaranteed to chase the humbug away.

A United Kingdom (12a)

A UNITED KINGDOM is a biographical romantic drama about Prince Seretse Khama, later to become the first president of Botswana, who causes a diplomatic stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s.

After Love (12)

Married young and converted to Islam, Mary Hussain lives quietly in Dover with her husband Ahmed. Following his unexpected death, she suddenly finds herself a widow. After the burial, she discovers that Ahmed had a secret life just 21 miles away, across the Channel in Calais. The shocking discovery compels her to go there to find out more, and as she grapples with her shattered sense of identity, her search for understanding has surprising consequenses.

Ammonite (15)

Francis Lee's (God's Own Country) fictional account of the life of 19th century palaeontologist Mary Anning packs emotional force. Kate Winslet plays pioneering scientist Anning, with Saoirse Ronan as the married woman on a rest cure who becomes her companion. Set in the seaside town of Lyme Regis, it shows up how women have traditionally been erased from history of science but above all, it is a love story of extraordinary intimacy.

Balloon (2018) (12)

1979, East Germany at the height of the Cold War. Günter Wetzel (David Kross, The Reader), a bricklayer, and his friend Peter Strelzyk (Friedrich Mücke), an electrician, can no longer bear the oppressive regime. The two men and their wives resolve to undertake a mission to secretly build a hot air balloon from scratch that will carry them and their families over the border fence to freedom. Over the course of the next 18 months they sew 1,000 square metres of cloth and gather countless weather reports from West German radio with the Stasi (State Police) hot on their heels. A nerve-racking battle against the clock begins…

Blinded by the Light (12a)

1987. When music fanatic Javed discovers the illustrious back catalogue of The Boss his world is turned upside down; already a creative soul his passion for music and writing is set alight by the songs of the working-class poet Bruce Springsteen, whose lyrics feel all too familiar to the aspirational teenager. Yearning to escape his rundown hometown and the rules of his traditional Pakistani household, Javed finds himself caught in between two worlds and must discover if he too is Born to Run...

Bombshell (15)

When Gretchen Carlson slaps Fox News founder Roger Ailes with a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, not a soul could predict what would happen next. Her decision leads to Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly coming forward with her own story, as well as multiple other women, inciting a movement that reverberates around the world.

Brassed Off (15)

In existence for a hundred years, Grimley Colliery Brass band is as old as the mine. But the miners are now deciding whether to fight to keep the pit open, and the future for town and band looks bleak. Although the arrival of flugelhorn player Gloria injects some life into the players, and bandleader Danny continues to exhort them to continue in the national competition, frictions and pressures are all too evident. And whose side is Gloria actually on?

Brighton Rock (1947) (PG)

Roy Boulton directs this classic adaptation of the Graham Greene novel detailing the activities of a group of thugs in 1930s Brighton. Pinkie Brown is the head of a gang of small time crooks who make their money from a protection racket centred around Brighton race course. Pinkie is known for his short fuse and brutality, so his murder of a rival, Fred, is very much in character. Pinkie believes, nonetheless, that he has got away with the crime until the promptings of a suspicious local woman, Ida, threaten to have the case reopened. Since only one person can identify him as the murderer, the waitress, Rose Brown, Pinkie comes up with an ingenious solution - marry Rose to stop her testifying against him. But will things go to plan?

Chicago (12a)

This rousing, energetic adaptation of the Broadway musical had the critics in raptures. Roxie and Velma, both facing murder charges, stop at nothing to outdo each other in their obsessive pursuit of fame and celebrity. Chicago shifts adroitly from the reality of intrigue, rivalry and betrayal to spectacular fantasies of music and dance, offering tongue-in-cheek commentary on the cult of celebrity and the scandalous lengths to which people will go to attain it.

Cinema Paradiso (15)

1988 classic about childhood, the movies and Sicily. Alfredo (Philippe Noiret) is the projectionist at the Paradiso cinema, where young Salvatore, or Toto (Salvatore Cascio), is always hanging round, infatuated with American movies. During the day, the village priest comes in to censor every film, and every kiss is removed. Years later he returns for Alfredo's funeral. The scene where the grown-up Salvatore sees all the forbidden kisses spliced together from the cutting room floor, in a secret anthology of rapture, is sublime. (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)

Coco (PG)

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the colourful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael Garcia Bernal) and together they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.

Denial (12)

Based on the acclaimed book "History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier," DENIAL recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt's legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system in Defamation, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.

Dolittle (PG)

After his wife's death, Dr. Dolittle decided to hide from the world with his beloved animals. But he has to take a journey to a mysterious island to find a healing tree, which is the only medicine that can help to the dying Queen in Buckingham Palace.

Downton Abbey (PG)

DOWNTON ABBEY, becomes a grand motion picture event, as the beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare 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.

Dream Horse (PG)

The film tells the inspiring true story of Dream Alliance, an unlikely race horse bred by small town Welsh bartender, Jan Vokes. With very little money and no experience, Jan convinces her neighbours to chip in their meager earnings to help raise Dream in the hopes he can compete with the racing elites. The group's investment pays off as Dream rises through the ranks with grit and determination and goes on to race in the Welsh Grand National showing the heart of a true champion.

Emma (2020) (U)

Jane Austen's beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending, is reimagined in this. Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. 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.

Eternal Beauty (2020) (15)

This film follows Jane who, after being left at the altar, had a breakdown spiralled into a chaotic episode of schizophrenia lasting twenty years in which love (both real and imagined) and family relationships collide. Things change when she begins a darkly comic romance with Mike, a failed musician and fellow lost soul.

First Cow (12a)

Two travellers, on the run from a band of vengeful hunters in the 1820s Northwest, dream of striking it rich -- but their tenuous plan to make their fortune on the frontier comes to rely on the secret use of a landowner's prized dairy cow.

First Man (12a)

The riveting story of the 1969 moon landing. Much more focused on the "small step for man" and less on the "giant leap for mankind", this follows Neil Armstrong on his journey to becoming the first man to walk on the moon. The perils and exhilarations of spaceflight are brilliantly conveyed to give you the hair-raising feeling of what it was really like inside Apollo 11.

Fishermans Friends (12a)

A fast-living, cynical London music executive heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen. He becomes the ultimate ‘fish out of water’ as 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. As he’s drawn deeper into the traditional way of life he’s forced to re-evaluate his own integrity and ultimately question what success really means.

Frozen Sing-A-Long (PG)

Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Please Note: this is the Sing-a-long version.

Green Book (12a)

In 1962, "Tony Lip" Vallelonga, a tough bouncer, looking for work becomes the driver for African-American classical pianist Don Shirley on his concert tour into the Deep South states. They begin their trek armed with The Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide for safe travel through America's racial segregation. Together, the snobbishly erudite pianist and the crudely practical bouncer barely get along. The disparate pair witness and endure appalling injustices on the road and nurture a friendship and understanding that changes both their lives.

Harriet (12a)

Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

Hidden Figures (PG)

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as "human computers", we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.

Home Alone (PG)

A firm family favourite both adults and children will enjoy. Accidentally left behind when his family rushes off on a Christmas vacation, eight-year-old Kevin McCallister embarks on a hilarious, madcap mission to defend the family home when two bumbling burglars try to break in--and find themselves tangled in Kevin’s bewildering battery of booby traps.

Honeyland (12a)

In a deserted Macedonian village, Hatidze, a 50-something woman, trudges up a hillside to check her bee colonies nestled in the rocks. Serenading them with a secret chant, she gently maneuvers the honeycomb without netting or gloves. Back at her homestead, Hatidze tends to her handmade hives and her bedridden mother, occasionally heading to the capital to market her wares. One day, an itinerant family installs itself next door, and Hatidze’s peaceful kingdom gives way to roaring engines, seven shrieking children, and 150 cows. Yet Hatidze welcomes the camaraderie, and she holds nothing back—not her tried-and-true beekeeping advice, not her affection, not her special brandy. But soon Hussein, the itinerant family’s patriarch, makes a series of decisions that could destroy Hatidze’s way of life forever.

Hope Gap (12)

The intimate, intense and loving story of Hope Gap charts the life of Grace, shocked to learn her husband is leaving her for another, after 29 years of marriage, and the ensuing emotional fallout the dissolution has on their only grown son. Unraveled and feeling displaced in her small seaside town, Grace ultimately regains her footing and discovers a new, powerful voice.

It's a Wonderful Life (U)

Frank Capra's uplifting 1946 classic about George (James Stewart at his finest), a compassionate but despairingly frustrated man, who gets the chance to live his life over courtesy of his guardian angel Clarence.

Jojo Rabbit (12a)

Writer-director Taika Waititi brings his signature irreverence and pathos to this smart World War II-era satire. A lonely young boy, Jojo is living in Germany in the final days of the war, with the crumbling Nazi regime vicious to the last. With his father gone, Jojo is a game if somewhat inept member of the Hitler Youth, his imaginary friend none other than Adolf Hitler. But when he discovers his mother has been hiding a young Jewish girl in their house, he is forced to confront his own convictions. Tackling the ludicrousness of racism and nationalism head on, Waititi has crafted an audacious, cartoon-like black comedy that also boasts emotional depth and tenderness.

Judy (12a)

A glittering showcase for Renée Zellweger's incredible performance as the legendary Judy Garland who arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sell-out shows. Her wit and warmth shine through as she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans.

Knives Out (12a)

When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (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.

La Belle Epoque (15)

A sweet, inventive Richard Curtis-style romantic-comedy crowd-pleaser this deftly balances hearty laughs and heart-warming emotion. Disillusioned, elderly Victor (Auteuil) is given a chance to dive back into the era of his choice. He seeks to recreate the events of the most memorable week of his life, 40 years earlier when he met the great love of his life. A hilarious film that like all of us slows down and turns a little sentimental as it goes on, but there’s no better actor than Daniel Auteuil to make you believe that sentiment is real. Where so many high-concept romantic comedies squander their one big idea, this makes the most of its own to remind us how and why we fall in love in the first place. “Everything clicks here, all the time.” Hollywood Reporter

La Grande Vadrouille (PG)

A RAF Bomber is shot down over Paris by the Germans. Its crew (Terry Thomas as a flight captain) land there by parachute. With the help of some French civilians (Louis De Funès in the role of a conductor and Bourvil as a house painter) they try to escape over the demarcation line into the southern part of France, still not occupied by the Germans.

Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (15)

Guy Foucher, a 20-year-old French auto mechanic, has fallen in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery, an employee in her widowed mother's chic but financially embattled umbrella shop. On the evening before Guy is to leave for a two-year tour of combat in Algeria, the pair share a passionate night. Geneviève becomes pregnant and then must choose between waiting for Guy's return or accepting an attractive offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant.

L'homme du train (12)

In a sleepy French backwater, a train pulls into a deserted station depositing a lone passenger - an ageing criminal looking for a showdown. Within minutes he bumps into a retired poetry teacher, who's waiting for something exciting to happen in his life... and finally it does.

Limbo (12a)

A Syrian refugee deposited on a remote Scottish isle seeks meaning in his isolated surroundings, with wryly funny results. LIMBO centers on Omar, a young musician who is burdened by his grandfather's oud, which he has carried all the way from his homeland. Reflecting the complexity of the movement of people across borders has been a long-held passion for director and writer Ben Sharrock, who spent time working for an NGO in refugee camps in southern Algeria and living in Damascus in 2009 shortly before the outbreak of the Syrian civil war. There, he formed a network of friends whose personal stories inspired the film.

Little Women (2019) (U)

Writer-director Greta Gerwig has crafted a LITTLE WOMEN that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on their own terms – is both timeless and timely.

Love Actually (15)

Set in contemporary London in the two months before Christmas, it weaves together a series of touching and hilarious stories, which end in not one, but lots and lots of romantic climaxes on Christmas Eve.

Love Sarah (12)

A young woman wishes to fulfill her mother's dream of opening her own bakery in Notting Hill, London. To do this, she enlists the help of an old friend and her grandma.

Military Wives (12a)

Inspired by global phenomenon of military wives choirs, the story celebrates a band of women who form a choir on a military base. As unexpected bonds of friendship flourish, music and laughter transform their lives, helping each other to overcome their fears for loved ones deployed on a tour of Afghanistan.

Minari (12)

A Korean-American family pursues the American Dream in 1980s rural Arkansas. David (a scene-stealing Alan Kim), a seven-year-old with a heart murmur, moves with his parents and sister from California to a mobile home in the countryside. There, his father Jacob plans to start a farm specialising in Korean vegetables, while his mother Monica frets about money. The arrival of Monica’s mother from South Korea, certainly not the grandmother David had in mind, complicates matters further. Gentle, funny and moving, coloured by a child’s viewpoint and based on director Lee Isaac Chung’s own story, it immerses you in the experience of a family straining to balance dreams with survival.

Minding the Gap (15)

MINDING THE GAP is a documentary about the turbulent lives of a group of young Illinois-based skateboarders. Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust-Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship.

Mrs Lowry & Son (PG)

Beloved British artist L.S. Lowry (Timothy Spall) lived all his life with his over-bearing mother Elizabeth (Vanessa Redgrave). Bed-ridden and bitter, Elizabeth actively tried to dissuade her bachelor son from pursuing his artistic ambitions, whilst never failing to voice her opinion at what a disappointment he was to her. By turns hilarious, brutal and tender, and featuring yet another tremendous performance from Timothy Spall, this has an appealing old-school charm. Often sad and unsettling, this is also livelier and less oppressive than it may sound thanks to the fine writing, deft direction, and the superb, if painful interplay between Redgrave and Spall. “An entertaining showcase for two first-class performers.” Guardia

Nomadland (12a)

When the gypsum mine in Empire, Nevada closed down in 2011, the place became a ghost town, no jobs, no shops, even the zip code is scrapped. Widowed Fern (Frances McDormand) puts her life in a small van and travels the American West, working odd jobs and sharing experiences with fellow nomads on the fringes of conventional society. Against the odds, the film that swept the board through the 2021 Award season (Best Film, Best Director, Best Leading Actress) is restrained, contemplative, and relies mainly on non-actors. Yet it nails something about the time we live in, a road movie about a forgotten and often ageing underclass from vanishing working-class communities and a personal portrait of quiet but formidable resilience. Best seen on the big screen!

Off The Rails (15)

Now in their 50's, four friends recreate an inter-rail journey across Europe, but this time 18-year-old Maddie is taking her mother's place, fulfilling her dying wish. With lost passports, train strikes and romantic entanglements thrown in their way, they must put old feuds aside to complete the journey within five days and remind themselves that they are still at their peak.

Official Secrets (15)

The gripping true story of Katharine Gun, whose job at GCHQ involves routine handling of classified information. Until one day on the eve of the Iraq war she receives a memo that reveals a dubious intelligence operation. A woman of principles she feels she can’t stand by and watch the world be rushed into an illegal war. She leaks the memo to the press, exposing a vast political conspiracy, and putting herself and her family directly in harm's way. Anchored by a fiery central performance from Kiera Knightley, this pacy, powerful, engaging thriller is a pertinent reminder that our world needs everyone to act according to their principles.

On the Basis of Sex (12a)

The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.

Parasite (15)

This superb blackly comic satirical thriller swept up awards including the Palme d’Or at Cannes and dominated the Oscars, the first Korean film to do so. A downtrodden family, the Kims, eke out a hand-to-mouth existence in a basement apartment. Struggling to earn enough for basic survival, their luck changes when the son, Ki-woo is employed to teach English to the daughter of the wealthy Park family in their suburban home. Slowly and cunningly, the Kims infiltrate every aspect of the Parks’ daily life. But when an interloper threatens their newfound comfort, a battle of class warfare breaks out, with things going first comically, then horribly, wrong. Full of energy, verve and a transgressive visual wit, PARASITE is incredibly watchable but also brims with rage at the inequalities of contemporary capitalism.

Peter Rabbit 2 - The Runaway (U)

The lovable rogue is back. Bea, Thomas and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated, but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be.

Red Joan (12a)

Based on a sensational true story, Joan Stanley is a widow living out a quiet retirement in the suburbs when, she’s arrested. The charge: providing classified scientific information about the building of the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. As she is interrogated, Joan relives the dramatic events that shaped her life and beliefs: her student days at Cambridge, her tumultuous love affair with a dashing political radical, and the devastation of World War II, which inspired her to risk everything in pursuit of peace.

Resistance (2020) (15)

The story of Mime Marcel Marceau as he works with a group of Jewish boy scouts and the French Resistance to save the lives of ten thousand orphans during World War II.

Rocketman (15)

Based on a true fantasy, 'ROCKETMAN' is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John's breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John.

Sink or Swim (15)

It is in the corridors of their municipal swimming pool that Bertrand, Marcus, Simon, Laurent, Thierry and the others train under the relative authority of Delphine, former glory of the basins. Together, they feel free and helpful. They will put all their energy into a discipline previously owned by women: synchronized swimming. So, yes it's a weird idea, but this challenge will allow them to find meaning in their lives…

Sorry We Missed You (15)

Ricky and his family have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity to wrestle back some independence appears with a shiny new van and the chance to run a franchise as a self-employed delivery driver. It's hard work, and his wife's job as a carer is no easier. The family unit is strong but when both are pulled in different directions everything comes to breaking point.

Sound of Metal (15)

A powerful film that evokes what it's actually like to lose your hearing, Sound of Metal won both Oscar and BAFTA awards for sound (as well as editing). It features a strong performance from Riz Ahmed as Ruben, the drummer of metal duo Blackgammon and a former drug addict. Along with his girlfriend/manager Lou (Olivia Cooke) on guitar /vocals, Ruben drifts from gig to gig until, just before a soundcheck, his hearing all but disappears. Tests reveal that his hearing loss will not improve and he must avoid what he loves best: making music. His journey from rage to understanding is nuanced and subtle, avoiding rock cliches.

Stage Mother (15)

A conservative church choir director from rural Texas named Maybelline Metcalf inherits her drag queen son's drag/transgender nightclub after he dies, and surprises everyone, including herself, by moving to San Francisco to try to save it from bankruptcy.

Summerland (12)

While World War II rages across the channel, reclusive writer Alice lives a solitary life on the seaside cliffs of Southern England. Her life’s work is using science to discredit myths and magic. One day, she opens her front door to find she has been assigned a young London evacuee named Frank to look after. Initially resistant, Alice is gradually won over by Frank’s innocent curiosity and the two realise they have more in common than she had assumed. As the painful past opens up a brighter future, this tells an intensely emotional story of love's endurance in trying times.

Supernova (15)

Concert pianist Sam (Colin Firth) and novelist Tusker (Stanley Tucci), partners for 20 years, are travelling into the Lake District in their trusty camper van to visit friends, family and places from their past. Since Tusker's diagnosis of early-onset dementia two years previously, they are all too aware that their time together is precious. Subtle, moving and believable, the movie rests on two low-key but masterful performances.

Swimming with Men (12a)

Feel-good larkiness in jaunty but formulaic style. Accountant Eric is simply treading water when he discovers a newfound sense of purpose thanks to an unexpected source: a group of similarly stuck-in-a-rut guys who have found camaraderie through synchronized swimming. Sure, they may be a bit paunchy, but they're determined to prove they have what it takes to be a whirling, twirling, scissor-kicking aquatic dream team.

The 39 Steps (U)

Richard Hannay is a Canadian visitor to London. At the end of "Mr Memory"'s show in a music hall, he meets Annabella Smith who is running away from secret agents. He accepts to hide her in his flat, but in the night she is murdered. Fearing he could be accused on the girl's murder, Hannay goes on the run to break the spy ring. A Hitchcock classic starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll.

The Addams Family (2019) (PG)

The first family of Halloween, The Addams Family, is back on the big screen in the first animated comedy about the kookiest family on the block. The eccentric and macabre family moves to a bland suburb in New Jersey. However, problems arise when their child, Wednesday, befriends the daughter of a reality show host.

The Boy Friend (U)

The assistant stage manager of a small-time theatrical company (Polly Browne) is forced to understudy for the leading lady (Rita) at a matinée performance at which an illustrious Hollywood director (Cecil B. DeThrill) is in the audience scouting for actors to be in his latest "all-talking, all-dancing, all-singing" extravaganza. Polly also happens to fall in love with the leading man (Tony) and imagines several fabulous fantasy sequences in which the director is free to exercise his capacity for over-the-top visuals in this charming 1920's era flick.

The County (12a)

In the stern landscape of rural Iceland Inga ekes out a bleak, careworn existence on a remote farm with her husband Reynir. Steeped in debt and exhausted by harsh, physical labour, her isolation becomes absolute when she finds herself suddenly on her own. Uncovering shady dealings by the neighbourhood co-operative that push her further into a corner, she channels her grief and anger into fighting against local corruption and injustice. Inga’s methods of resistance are sparky and ingenious, supplying occasional injections of visual humour into this stirring tale from the director of Rams.

The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill but Came Down a Mountain (PG)

Two English cartographers visit a small South Wales village to measure what is claimed to be a mountain. When the cartographers classify the mound as a hill, the villagers set out to make their hill a mountain…

The Father (12a)

Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Coleman excel in Florian Zeller's screen adaptation of his 2012 award-winning stage play. Curmudgeonly 81-year-old Anthony lives ostensibly alone in his London flat, visited by his daughter Anne, and fighting off the carers she tries to impose upon him. But all is not as it seems as we enter the fragmented consiousness of a man in the grip of dementia in which familiar people and places shape-shift and merge into one another. With a screenplay co-written by Christopher Hampton, and a magnificent Oscar-winning performance by Hopkins that veers between righteous outrage and extreme vulnerability, this is a moving but unflinching take on ageing.

The Favourite (15)

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. Queen Anne occupies the throne but is frail, so Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. New servant Abigail arrives and while Sarah is caught up in the politics of war, she fills in as the Queen's companion. Their friendship gives Abigail a chance to fulfill her ambition of returning to her aristocratic roots and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.

The Good Liar (15)

Con artist Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren) online. As Betty opens her home and life 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 star together on screen for the first time in this suspenseful drama about the secrets people keep and the lies they live. “It's Mirren and McKellen who make it sing. When the focus is on them as a couple, they're a joy. They are the new Hepburn and Tracy.’ Times

The Guard (15)

Sergeant Gerry Boyle is a small-town cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humour, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes, and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international cocaine-smuggling ring that has brought FBI agent Wendell Everett to his door. However, despite the fact that Boyle seems more interested in mocking and undermining Everett than in actively working to solve the case, he finds that circumstances keep pulling him back into the thick of it. STRONG LANGUAGE WARNING! This film contains very strong language, strong violence, sex references and drug use

The Hundred-Foot Journey (PG)

Drifting through Europe after fleeing political violence in India that killed the family restaurant business and their mother, the Kadams arrive in France. Once there, a chance auto accident and the kindness of a young woman, Marguerite, in the village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val inspires Papa Kadam to set up a Indian restaurant there. Unfortunately, this puts the Kadams in direct competition with the snobbish Madame Mallory's acclaimed haute cuisine establishment across the street where Marguerite also works as a sous-chef, resulting in an escalating rivalry that threatens to go too far.

The Keeper (15)

THE KEEPER tells the extraordinary love story between a young English woman and a German Prisoner of War, who together overcome prejudice, public hostility, and personal tragedy.

The Last Bus (12a)

A heart-warming tale of Tom, a pensioner whose wife, Mary, has just passed away, who travels from Britain's most Northerly point, John O'Groats, to his original home town at its most Southerly point, Land's End, using his free bus pass. He carries with him his wife's ashes in a small suitcase, travelling the length of the country to take her back home. Along the way, his adventures are recorded by the people he meets and helps, and by the end of his trip he has unwittingly become a social media celebrity.

The Man Who Invented Christmas (PG)

In 1843, the celebrated British novelist, Charles Dickens, is at a low point in his career with three flops behind him and his family expenses piling up at home. Determined to recover, Dickens decides to write a Christmas story and self-publish it in less than two months. As Dickens labors writing on such short notice, his estranged father and mother come to bunk with him. Still haunted by painful memories of his father ruining his childhood by his financial irresponsibly, Dickens develops a writer's block which seems to have no solution. As such, Dickens must face his personal demons epitomized through his characters, especially in his imagined conversations with Ebenezer Scrooge. Now with a looming deadline, Dickens struggles for inspiration against his frustrations and his characters' opinions in a literary challenge creating a classic tale that would define the essential soul of modern Christmas.

The Muppets Christmas Carol (U)

'Tis the season for love, laughter, and one of the most cherished stories of all time! Join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and all the hilarious Muppets in this merry, magical version of Charles Dickens' classic tale. Academy Award(R) winner Michael Caine (Best Supporting Actor, 2000, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES; 1987, HANNAH AND HER SISTERS) gives a performance that's anything but "bah, humbug!" as greedy, penny-pinching Ebenezer Scrooge. One fateful Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Together with kind, humble Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog) and his family, the Spirits open Scrooge's eyes -- and his heart -- to the true meaning of Christmas.

The Peanut Butter Falcon (12a)

A young boy with Down syndrome runs away to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional wrestler in this goodnatured, heartfelt adventure comedy-drama, a modern-day spin on Mark Twain’s 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' backed by the producers of Little Miss Sunshine. Zak (performer, teacher and disability advocate Zack Gottsagen, around whom the film was crafted) lives in a nursing home but dreams of becoming a wrestler. Running away to try and find the wrestling school of his idol, the Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church), he meets Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a small time outlaw, on the road – and together they team up, winding through deltas, eluding capture and convincing Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), a nursing home employee charged with Zak’s return, to join them.

The Perfect Candidate (PG)

From the director of Wadjda, here is another inspiring story, this time of a young woman rather than a girl, that throws a rare spotlight on the role of women in Saudi society. Again, the pleasure lies in the intimate detail of human interactions. Maryam is the oldest of three sisters, a capable doctor who nevertheless encounters daily prejudice at the local hospital where she works. The bane of her life is the poor state of the road leading to the clinic. Her quick fix solution is to run for office in the local council elections but her intent grows wider and more serious as she sweeps up her family and community as they struggle to accept their town’s first female candidate.

The Personal History of David Copperfield (PG)

A fresh and distinctive take on Charles Dickens' semi-autobiographical masterpiece, The Personal History of David Copperfield, set in the 1840s, chronicles the life of its iconic title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. From his unhappy childhood to the discovery of his gift as a storyteller and writer, David's journey is by turns hilarious and tragic, but always full of life, color and humanity.

The Polar Express (U)

This is the story of a young boy who boards a powerful magical train on Christmas Eve, that's headed to the North Pole and the home of Santa Claus. During his fantastical train ride, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery, teaching him about bravery, friendship, and that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

The Proposal (12)

Faced with deportation to her native Canada, high-powered book editor Margaret Tate says she's engaged to marry Andrew Paxton, her hapless assistant. Andrew agrees to the charade, but imposes a few conditions of his own, including flying to Alaska to meet his eccentric family. With a suspicious immigration official always lurking nearby, Margaret and Andrew must stick to their wedding plan despite numerous mishaps.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (12a)

A criminologist narrates the tale of the newly engaged couple Brad Majors and Janet Weiss who find themselves lost and with a flat tyre on a cold and rainy late November evening. Seeking a telephone, the couple walk to a nearby castle where they discover a group of strange and outlandish people who are holding an Annual Transylvanian Convention. They are soon swept into the world of Dr. Frank N. Furter, a self-proclaimed "sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania".

The Shape of Water (15)

From master storyteller Guillermo del Toro comes THE SHAPE OF WATER, an otherworldly fable set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Doug Jones.

The Sound of Music (1965) (U)

In 1930's Austria, a young woman named Maria is failing miserably in her attempts to become a nun. When the Navy captain Georg Von Trapp writes to the convent asking for a governess that can handle his seven mischievous children, Maria is given the job. The Captain's wife is dead, and he is often away, and runs the household as strictly as he does the ships he sails on. The children are unhappy and resentful of the governesses that their father keeps hiring, and have managed to run each of them off one by one. When Maria arrives, she is initially met with the same hostility, but her kindness, understanding, and sense of fun soon draws them to her and brings some much-needed joy into all their lives -- including the Captain's. Eventually he and Maria find themselves falling in love, even though Georg is already engaged to a Baroness and Maria is still a postulant. The romance makes them both start questioning the decisions they have made. Their personal conflicts soon become overshadowed, however, by world events. Austria is about to come under the control of Germany, and the Captain may soon find himself drafted into the German navy and forced to fight against his own country.

The Truth (PG)

Fabienne is a star; a star of French cinema. She reigns amongst men who love and admire her. When she publishes her memoirs, her daughter Lumir returns from New York to Paris with her husband and young child. The reunion between mother and daughter will quickly turn to confrontation: truths will be told, accounts settled, loves and resentments confessed.

This Screening is Cancelled (PG)

Tom and Jerry The Movie (PG)

Everyone’s favourite cat and mouse team bring their classic rivalry in the animated comedy adventure Tom & Jerry The Movie. When Kayla, a new employee at a posh hotel spots Jerry, she fears the pesky mouse will ruin a glamorous wedding and hires alley cat and wannabe musician Tom to get rid of him... which proves far easier said than done. But soon, Tom and Jerry find themselves allied against an even bigger problem: a jealous staffer looking to make trouble for all three of them!

Undertaking Betty (15)

This devilish, offbeat comedy finds Betty (Brenda Blethyn) stuck in a marriage that's killing her. She decides that the only way to break from her two-timing scoundrel of a husband is to fake her own death. So, with the help of her rekindled old flame, the local undertaker (Alfred Molina), a quiet funeral is arranged, right down to the smallest detail. But nothing goes as planned when a flamboyant competing funeral director (Christopher Walken) jumps in, determined to give Betty a send-off no one will ever forget ... An all-star cast including Jerry Springer, Miriam Margolyes and Lee Evans show that even the funeral business isn't always grave!

What We Did On Our Holiday (12a)

Doug and Abi take their children on a family holiday. Surrounded by relatives, the children innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. It's soon clear that when it comes to keeping a big secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability. Find out how the rest of the family cope and see if the holiday will ever end.

Wild Rose (15)

Delightful and infectiously joyous, star Jessie Buckley radiates charisma as a young woman balancing her dreams of musical stardom with the responsibilities of motherhood. Fresh out of jail and with two young kids, Rose- Lynn Harlan is bursting with raw talent, cheek and a dream of getting out of Glasgow to make it as a country singer in Nashville. But her mum Marion has had a bellyful. Forced to take responsibility, Rose-Lynn gets a cleaning job, only to find an unlikely champion.

X+Y (12a)

In a world difficult to comprehend, Nathan struggles to connect with those around him - least of all his loving mother - but finds comfort in numbers. When Nathan is taken under the wing of unconventional and anarchic teacher, Mr. Humphreys, the pair forge an unusual friendship and Nathan's talents win him a place on the UK team at the International Mathematics Olympiad. From suburban England to bustling Taipei and back again, this original and heart-warming film tracks the funny and complex relationships that Nathan builds, as he is confronted by the irrational nature of love.

Yesterday (12a)

Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles. Today, only Jack remembers their songs. He’s about to become a very big deal. From Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter , comes a rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life.