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Cornerhouse

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70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH
  • Box office 0161 200 1500
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  • Website www.cornerhouse.org

Arrival

Arrival
  • 2016
  • US
  • 116 min
  • 12A
  • 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.

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Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise

  • 2015
  • Directed by: Mark Cousins

Mark Cousins uses only archived footage to capture the dreams and nightmares of the atomic age.

Tue 13 Dec

Back to the Future

Back To The Future
  • 1985
  • US
  • 116 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
  • Written by: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale
  • Cast: Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson, Thomas F Wilson

Deservedly popular time-travelling fantasy adventure with street-smart 80s teenager whisked back in time for a little chicanery with his future parents.

Fri 9 Dec

The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation
  • 2016
  • US
  • 120 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Nate Parker
  • Cast: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller, Gabrielle Union

Nat Turner (Parker) is a slave in early 19th century Virginia, used by his owners to encourage other slaves to submit, but who is plotting an uprising of his own. Despite the controversy surrounding Parker, the film deserves to be seen: angry, dramatic and bittersweet, it's a story that needs telling.

Fri 9 Dec
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Bobby Sands: 66 Days

Bobby Sands: 66 Days
  • 2016
  • 105 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Brendan J Byrne
  • Cast: Martin McCann

A documentary exploring the early life and 66-day hunger strike of IRA man Bobby Sands, as well as how his resulting death was mythologised.

Thu 15 Dec

Chi-Raq

Chi-Raq
  • 2015
  • US
  • 127 min
  • 15
  • 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 8 Dec

The Dark Crystal

The Dark Crystal
  • 1982
  • 93 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jim Henson, Frank Oz
  • Written by: Jim Henson (story), David Odell (screenplay)
  • Cast: Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz

The Muppet men branch out with this unoriginal children's fantasy surrounding the quest for a missing shard from the all-powerful dark crystal which must be retrieved to prevent evil consuming the known world.

Sat 10 Dec

Gimme Danger

Gimme Danger
  • 2016
  • US
  • 109 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
  • Cast: Iggy Pop, Mike Watt, Ron Asheton, James Williamson

Affectionate if ramshackle tribute to Iggy and the Stooges, the Michigan-spawned outfit Jarmusch believes to be the greatest rock & roll band ever. There are plenty of anecdotes about the band's use of narcotics, etc., but the real star is the music.

Thu 8 Dec

I, Daniel Blake

I, Daniel Blake
  • 2016
  • UK/France
  • 100 min
  • Directed by: Ken Loach
  • Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires

Newly widowed Newcastle joiner Daniel (Johns) has worked all his life, but when his doctor tells him that his heart condition means he can't work, the welfare system disagrees. Familiar territory for Loach and screenwriter Laverty but despite unapologetic heartstring-tugging, the subject – the system's intrinsic cruelty and unfairness – is sadly more relevant than ever.

Thu 8 Dec
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Thu 15 Dec

In Pursuit of Silence

  • 2016
  • USA / Belgium / China / Germany / Hong Kong / India / Japan / Taiwan / UK
  • 81 min
  • Directed by: Patrick Shen

Contemplative documentary about our relationship with noise and silence.

Sat 10 Dec

Life, Animated

Life, Animated
  • 2016
  • US
  • 89 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Roger Ross Williams
  • Cast: Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind,

At the age of three, Owen Suskind was diagnosed with severe autism and stopped talking. His parents finally realised that his passion for Disney animated movies gave him a way of communicating. Williams doesn't shy away from complex issues such as the limitations of interacting with the world via Disney, but incredibly, as Owen gradually learns to negotiate once impossible-seeming challenges.

Fri 9 Dec
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Thu 15 Dec

Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors
  • 1986
  • US
  • 94 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Frank Oz
  • Written by: Howard Ashman
  • Cast: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin, Levi Stubbs

Deep in the florist something is stirring, as meek green-fingered type discovers that his favourite plant, Audrey, is actually a flesh-craving alien from outer space. Daft, enjoyable screen version of the stage musical, with funny foliage effects, and a beezer cameo from Martin as a biker dentist.

Wed 14 Dec

Magnus

Magnus
  • 2016
  • Norway
  • 78 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Benjamin Ree

Documentary about child chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen.

Sun 11 Dec
Wed 14 Dec
Thu 15 Dec

Metropolitan Opera: L'amour De Loin

  • 2017

Kaija Saariaho’s yearning medieval romance L’Amour de Loin (Love From Afar), has its Met premiere this season. Debuting Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki leads the performance, which stars Susanna Phillips as Clémence, Eric Owens as Jaufré, and Tamara Mumford as the Pilgrim who carries messages of love between them.

Sat 10 Dec

My Feral Heart

My Feral Heart
  • 85 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Jane Gull
  • Cast: Steven Brandon, Pixie Le Knot, Shana Swash, Will Rastall, Eileen Pollock, Suzanna Hamilton

A sudden bereavement throws Luke, a fiercely independent young man with Down’s syndrome, into a daunting new environment where he finds unexpected support from his feisty, streetwise carer and a local heir dealing with his own demons.

Sun 11 Dec

National Theatre Live: No Man’s Land

  • 2016

Pinter's play is brought to life by Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.

Thu 15 Dec

Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals
  • 2016
  • USA
  • 115 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Tom Ford
  • Written by: Tom Ford, Austin Wright
  • Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon

Susan (Adams) is a successful but bored LA gallery owner who is sent the manuscript of a book by her ex Edward (Gyllenhall), the titular Nocturnal Animals, which we see unfolding along with Susan's story. Ambitious, ravishingly shot tale exploring the engrossing impact of fiction; tense, intriguing and strange.

Thu 8 Dec
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The Pass

  • 2016
  • UK
  • 88 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ben A Williams
  • Cast: Russell Tovey, Arinzé Kene, Lisa McGrillis

Jason (Tovey) is a footballer who shares a kiss with friend and teammate Ade (Kene) the night before their first team debut, a moment which affects their lives and careers. Ten years are covered in three acts; Tovey and Kene are both impressive, and the theatrical setup is sufficiently full of incident and insight not to seem stagey. Well played, gents.

Fri 9 Dec
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Paterson

Paterson
  • 2016
  • US/Germany
  • 113 min
  • Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
  • Cast: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani

Paterson (Driver) is a bus driver in Paterson, New Jersey. who lives with his partner Laura (Farahani). Jarmusch's latest film is an off-kilter ode to prose and poetry and a tribute to the titular city, presenting a unique and intricately crafted world.

Thu 8 Dec
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Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny

Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny
  • 2016
  • US
  • 93 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Louis Black/Karen Bernstein
  • Cast: Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

Feature-length documentary on Richard Linklater, one of modern cinema's most tenacious talents. Linklater is an engaging and earnest interviewee and there are refreshing and honest contributions from Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and other collaborators. A welcome celebration, even if it doesn't really do justice to its subject.

Thu 8 Dec

Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker

Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker
  • 2016

Tchaikovsky's music brings to life this Christmas favourite in which the toys come to life (and about 200 years before Toy Story at that).

Thu 8 Dec

The Saddest Music in the World

The Saddest Music in the World
  • 2003
  • Canada
  • 100 min
  • Directed by: Guy Maddin
  • Written by: Screenplay:, Guy Maddin, George Toles
  • Cast: Isabella Rossellini, Mark McKinney, Maria de Medeiros, David Fox, Ross McMillan, Louis Negin

: Perspectives

If you are unfamiliar with Maddin’s work, rush to see this blackly funny, sumptuous- yet-lo-fi quasi-musical on the big screen. It centres around a vampy, career-invigorating turn from the lustrous Isabella Rosselini, as the legless Lady Port-Huntley, running a contest to find the eponymous music, to boost sales of her company’s beer, just before Prohibition is lifted. Look for Guy Maddin’s shorts on Saturday 25 June.

Tue 13 Dec

Santa Claus: The Movie

Santa Claus: The Movie
  • 1985
  • UK/US
  • 107 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc
  • Written by: David Newman, Leslie Newman (story), David Newman (screenplay)
  • Cast: Dudley Moore, John Lithgow, David Huddleston, Judy Cornwell, Burgess Meredith, Jeffrey Kramer

Cuddly Dudley and Father C. himself in the same movie? One to entertain the younger viewers, or those with a high crassness threshold.

Sun 11 Dec

Scrooged

Scrooged
  • 1988
  • US
  • 101 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Richard Donner
  • Cast: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, Bobcat Goldthwait, Carol Kane, Robert Mitchum, Alfre Woodard

Umpteenth screen version of Dickens' Christmas Carol, with Murray as a miserly television exec determined to exploit the yuletide schedules for all they are worth. He learns the error of his ways just in time for a cringe-inducing finale demanding peace on earth and good will to all men. Despite lavish effects and a motley constellation of guest stars, this is a formula comedy of contemporary cynicism whose uneasily vicious humour seems at odds with the spirit of the original. Alastair Sim, where are you now?

Mon 12 Dec

Starfish

Starfish
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 94 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Bill Clark
  • Cast: Joanne Froggatt, Tom Riley, Ellie Copping, Michele Dotrice, Phoebe Nicholls

Tom (Riley) falls ill with what his wife Nicola (Froggatt) thinks is food poisoning, but he is belatedly diagnosed with multiple organ failure and sepsis, necessitating multiple amputations. A gruelling dramatisation of true events, relentlessly grim, it's restrained, thoughtful and well-acted but that doesn't stop it being hard to endure.

Wed 14 Dec

A United Kingdom

A United Kingdom
  • 2016
  • US / UK / Czech Republic
  • 111 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Amma Asante
  • Cast: Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael

In post-war London, Ruth (Pike) and black law student Seretse (Oyelowo) fall in love; the thing is, he's first in line to the throne of Bechuanaland (today's Botswana). Based on a true story; Pike and Oyelowo bring a warm human touch to this sentimental but well-crafted history lesson.

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Parent & baby

The Unknown Girl

  • 2016
  • Belgium
  • 113 min
  • Directed by: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardienne
  • Cast: Adèle Haenel, Fabrizio Rongione, Olivier Gourmet

Jenny (Haenel) is a brisk, kindly GP beloved of her patients. After a rare moment of carelessness, she is compelled to investigate the death of a young black woman. Haenel is compelling, and the story has plenty of resonance, but the surprisingly conventional narrative doesn't quite add up and it's worthy rather than inspired.

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Specialising in contemporary visual arts, Cornerhouse is a champion for independent film which it showcases over its three screens. Operating under the patronage of Danny Boyle, Damien Hirst and Helen Mirren, the complex is also home to three floors of contemporary art galleries, a bar, café and a bookshop. They welcome around 500,000 visitors each year, making for a buzzing international arts centre.

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