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Aladdin

Aladdin
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 8min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Guy Ritchie
  • Cast: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Numan Acar, Billy Magnussen, Alan Tudyk, Frank Welker

Disney’s live-action version of 1992’s Aladdin features a fun, fast-talking and scene-stealing Smith and terrific work from Massoud and Scott as Aladdin and Jasmine, but against that there’s some weird VFX, odd directorial choices and a well-intentioned but clunky female empowerment number. Enjoyable and entertaining nevertheless.

Mon 16 Dec

Black Christmas

Black Christmas
  • 2019
  • US / New Zealand
  • 1h 32min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Sophia Takal
  • Cast: Imogen Poots, Lily Donoghue, Aleyse Shannon, Brittany O'Grady, Caleb Eberhardt, Simon Mead, Cary Elwes

Four sorority sisters (Poots, Shannon, Donoghue and O’Grady) in a US university plot revenge on a campus creep, but their defiance sparks outrage and a murder spree.Timely slasher movie which takes a while to find its footing, but it has a sense of dread and it shoots misogynist traditions through the heart.

Sat 14 Dec
Sun 15 Dec
Mon 16 Dec
Tue 17 Dec
Wed 18 Dec
Thu 19 Dec

Cats

Cats.
  • 2019
  • UK / US
  • PG
  • Directed by: Tom Hooper
  • Cast: James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, Francesca Hayward

Andrew Lloyd Webber's adaptation of the TS Eliot tale is brought to life by a starry cast. Directed by Tom Hooper.

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Fri 20 Dec
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Tue 24 Dec
Thu 26 Dec

Charlie's Angels

Charlie's Angels
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 59min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Elizabeth Banks
  • Cast: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks, Djimon Hounsou, Sam Claflin, Noah Centineo, Patrick Stewart

Sabina (Stewart), Elena (Scott) and Jane (Balinska) are the titular trio, sparking off each other while they take down various wealthy and corrupt businessmen. Stewart is a comedic revelation, Balinska is a natural and Scott gives a confident physical performance, but while it’s fun for the most part, it lacks bite.

Sat 14 Dec
Sun 15 Dec
Mon 16 Dec
Tue 17 Dec

Die Hard

Die Hard
  • 1988
  • US
  • 2h 11min
  • 18
  • Directed by: John McTiernan
  • Cast: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Alexander Godunov

Willis plays a cop who attends a tower block Christmas party with his estranged spouse. The building is raided by terrorists, so it's left to Willis to bump off the baddies and save the hostages while the police and FBI languish ineptly on the sidelines. Unbearably tense actioner that gets good mileage out of yawning lift-shafts and flying bullets, while Willis is convincing as an ordinary guy trying to cope with it all. Watch out for Brit Rickman as a villain with a sense of humour.

Mon 16 Dec

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey
  • 2019
  • UK
  • 2h 2min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Michael Engler
  • Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith

A big screen outing for Downton Abbey and its inhabitants. Directed by Michael Engler.

Wed 18 Dec

Exhibition On Screen: Frida Kahlo

Film featuring key exhibitions and interviews with curators of Kahlo's work.

Sat 14 Dec

Friends 25: The One with the Anniversary (Part 1)

Friends: The One with the Anniversary

Celebrate 25 years of Friends with a screening of some of the most popular episodes.

Sun 15 Dec

Frozen 2

Frozen II
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 43min
  • U
  • Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
  • Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff

Elsa (Menzel) and Anna (Bell) head off on a dangerous journey after Elsa hears voices calling her to a distant land. The plot is less involving than the character interaction, but Olaf (Gad) is the comedic highlight and while it may be less compelling than the original, it's got all the ingredients for a hit.

Sat 14 Dec
Sun 15 Dec
Mon 16 Dec
Tue 17 Dec
Wed 18 Dec
Thu 19 Dec

Gorillaz: Reject False Icons

Gorillaz: Reject False Icons
  • 2019
  • 1h 40min
  • Directed by: Denholm Hewlett

Documentary about the British virtual band the Gorillaz.

Mon 16 Dec

The Grinch

The Grinch
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 26min
  • U
  • Directed by: Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier
  • Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Cameron Seely, Angela Lansbury

The Grinch (Cumberbatch) is a grumpy, green creature who despises Christmas so much that he plots to steal it. The animation is gorgeous, the pace is breezy and Cumberbatch does a decent job with the voice, but the film is stolen by the Grinch’s adorable dog Max.

Sat 14 Dec
Sun 15 Dec

Jumanji: The Next Level

Jumanji: The Next Level
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 54min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jake Kasdan
  • Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Awkwafina, Danny DeVito, Danny Glover

In the sequel to the 2017 reboot, old-timers Eddie (DeVito) and Milo (Glover) join the teens in an another video game adventure. Johnson and Awkwafina steal their scenes, although Gillan has to do too much exposition before she can get going, and while it’s a bit too similar to its predecessor it’s amiable festive fun.

Sat 14 Dec
Sun 15 Dec
Mon 16 Dec
Tue 17 Dec
Wed 18 Dec
Thu 19 Dec

Knives Out

Knives Out
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 10min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Rian Johnson
  • Cast: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Christopher Plummer

When mystery writer Harlan Thrombey (Plummer) is found with his throat slit, puffed-up private detective Benoit Blanc (Craig) gets on the case. A wickedly knowing, flamboyantly bitchy take on the whodunnit, with a great cast, bags of style and a splendidly outrageous comic turn from Craig. Bloody good fun.

Sat 14 Dec
Sun 15 Dec
Mon 16 Dec
Tue 17 Dec
Wed 18 Dec
Thu 19 Dec

Last Christmas

Last Christmas
  • 2019
  • UK / US
  • 1h 43min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Paul Feig
  • Cast: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson, Michelle Yeoh

Kate (Clarke) is a Yugoslavian immigrant whose life is going downhill until she meets the mysterious bike-riding Tom (Golding), who seems too good to be true. Thompson and Kimmings’ script is a saccharine romantic fantasy and George Michael’s music isn’t always incorporated effectively, but its heart is in the right place.

Sat 14 Dec
Sun 15 Dec
Mon 16 Dec
Tue 17 Dec
Wed 18 Dec
Thu 19 Dec

Le Mans '66

Le Mans '66
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 32min
  • Directed by: James Mangold
  • Cast: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone, Ray McKinnon

Car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) teams up with mechanic/driver Ken Miles (Bale) in the story of how Ford tried to beat Ferrari at Le Mans in 1966. The race scenes are directed with thrilling energy, and if scenes between Miles and his wife Mollie (Balfe) are uneven, it’s an effective story about dreamers who risked everything.

Sat 14 Dec
Sun 15 Dec
Tue 17 Dec

National Theatre Live: The Welkin

Nt Live: The Welkin (Encore)

New play from Lucy Kirkwood, about a murder case in the 18th century.

Sat 14 Dec

Nativity Rocks!

Nativity Rocks!
  • 2018
  • UK
  • 1h 40min
  • U
  • Directed by: Debbie Isitt
  • Written by: Debbie Isitt
  • Cast: Simon Lipkin, Craig Revel Horwood, Daniel Boys, Anna Chancellor, Helen George, Meera Syal, Hugh Dennis, Jessica Hynes, Vincent Franklin, Ruth Jones, Celia Imrie

A fourth film in the comedy series about school nativity plays.

Sat 14 Dec
Sun 15 Dec

The Polar Express

Polar Express
  • 2004
  • Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
  • Cast: Tom Hanks

A boy travels on a magical train bound for the North Pole and Santa Claus.

Sat 14 Dec

Royal Opera House: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci

Live from the Met
  • 2015
  • 3h
  • Directed by: Damiano Michieletto
  • Cast: Eva-Maria Westbroek, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Dimitri Platanias

Two short Italian operas are brought together in a new staging by award-winning director Damiano Michieletto, who sets both operas in a poverty stricken village in 1980s southern Italy, where the Mafia has a hold.

Sat 14 Dec

Royal Opera House Live: The Dante Project

Royal Opera House Live: The Dante Project

Wayne McGregor, contemporary composer Thomas Adès, artist Tacita Dean, lighting designer Lucy Carter and dramaturg Uzma Hameed collaborate to create this version of Dante's work.

Sat 14 Dec

Royal Opera House: The Nutcracker

Royal Opera House: The Nutcracker
  • 2018

A Christmas treat for the whole family and a classic with a special place in the hearts of ballet fans around the world. The Royal Ballet's production of The Nutcracker will be broadcast live from the Royal Opera House to theatres across the UK.

Tue 17 Dec

The Royal Opera Live: Elektra

The Royal Opera Live: Elektra
  • 12A

Operatic adaptation of the Greek tragedy by Christof Loy.

Sat 14 Dec

Royal Shakespeare Company: King John

A brand new production of Shakespeare's rarely performed tale.

Sat 14 Dec

Royal Shakespeare Company Live: The Comedy Of Errors

A live screening of the Royal Shakespeare Company's A Comedy of Errors, a farcical comedy about two sets of twins. Mistaken identities abound in a typical Shakespearean manner, of course.

Sat 14 Dec

Royal Shakespeare Company: Pericles

Shakespeare's touching and hopeful tale of loss and reconciliation located in a familiar world of precarious journeys. Forced to flee his native land, Pericles becomes a refugee at the mercy of sea and strangers. Scarred by the heart-breaking loss of family and home, he submits to the rhythms of the ocean in the hope of a miracle. Located in a familiar world of precarious journeys and treacherous alliances, this is Shakespeare's touching and hopeful tale of loss and reconciliation.

Director Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC after her acclaimed Titus Andronicus (2017) and The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016).

Sat 14 Dec

Royal Shakespeare Company: The Winter's Tale

Royal Shakespeare Company: The Winter's Tale

The RSC take on the Bard's tragicomedy, a story of jealousy, love, rage, hope and redemption in the vividly contrasting lands of Sicily and Bohemia.

Sat 14 Dec

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 35min
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Cast: Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong'o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams

The Star Wars Skywalker saga, which began in 1977, comes to an end, nine films later.

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Wed 18 Dec
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Tue 24 Dec
Thu 26 Dec

Star Wars Triple Bill

Star Wars Triple Bill
  • 2015-2019

See the last trilogy of the Skywalker saga back-to-back: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.

Wed 18 Dec
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