- 116 min
- Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
- Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma, Mark O'Brien
When 12 granite pod-like spaceships land on Earth, linguistic expert Dr Louise Banks (Adams) is recruited to try to communicate with their owners. Powerful, intelligent and profound sci-fi, with assured direction, impressive but restrained effects and anchored by a mesmerising performance from Adams as the brave, vulnerable and fallible central character.
Fri 20 Jan
Sat 21 Jan
- 127 min
- Directed by: Spike Lee
- Cast: Teyonah Parris, Samuel L Jackson, Angela Bassett
Lysistrata (Parris) formulates a plan to end gang war in Chicago by persuading her female cohorts to withhold sex from their boyfriends and husbands. Bold and passionate hip-hop musical, exploding with energy, slick rhymes and heady ideas. Lee's contempt for wilful ignorance and political corruption explodes through the characters.
Thu 26 Jan
- 106 min
- Directed by: Tomasz Wasilewski
- Written by: Tomasz Wasilewski
- Cast: Julia Kijowska, Magdalena Cielecka, Dorota Kolak
Set in Poland in 1990 four women of different ages decide this first year of freedom is the time to follow their desires.
Thu 19 Jan
- US, South Korea
- 153 min
- Directed by: Hong-jin Na
- Cast: Do-won Kwak, Jun Kunimura, Hwan-hee Kim, Jeong-min Hwang
Jong-Goo (Do-won) is a policeman in the rural village of Goksung when a wave of brutal crimes sweeps through the region. It suffers from unevenness: the early part of the investigation is played for broad laughs, while the later ones reach a fever pitch and it becomes hard to know or care what you're watching.
Tue 24 Jan
Developed in the 1970s with the aim of broadening the film programming in Stoke-on-Trent, the Film Theatre continues to champion independents and foreign films. Volunteer-run and, despite its location on the university campus, open to all.
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