- 1h 59min
- Directed by: Mike Mills
- Cast: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig
In late 70s California, teenager Jamie (Zunmann) grows up among three women: his chain-smoking mother Dorothea (Bening), punky photographer Abbie (Gerwig) and best friend Julie (Fanning). A poignant, witty and well-observed coming of age story.
Mon 16 Oct
- 1h 43min
- Directed by: Christopher Menaul
- Cast: Jenny Seagrove, Julian Kostov, Ronan Keating, John Hannah, Amanda Abbington
Louisa Gold (Seagrove) is a widowed Jersey shopkeeper with two sons fighting in WW2 when the Channel Islands are occupied by the Germans; she takes in an escaped Russian POW (Kostov). The look and atmosphere of 40s Jersey is well caught, but the story is predictable and it feels like a tame TV drama.
Mon 20 Nov
- 2h 9min
- Directed by: Bill Condon
- Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Emma Thompson, Luke Evans, Ewan McGregor, Josh Gad
Belle (Watson) is forced to live with a Beast (Stevens) in this live-action retelling of the 1991 blockbuster. Watson is winsome but feisty, Evans as Gaston is splendid of voice and hilariously odious, McGregor brings much joie de vivre to ‘Be Our Guest’, and it’s an enchantingly realised delight.
Mon 30 Oct
Based on the beloved 2003 hit starring Will Ferrell, ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
ELF features a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone), with songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer).
Suitable for all ages, this is a festive treat for everyone!
Sun 3 Dec
Bubbly banter and energetic, upbeat wit from the former contestant on ITV's Show Me The Funny.
Thu 12 Oct
- 1h 40min
- Directed by: Pablo Larrain
- Cast: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, John Hurt
Impressionistic, non-linear portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy, with an agonising, in-depth performance by Portman, who is gripping either while giving a shy television tour of the White House, or going to pieces in a bathroom. A mesmerising, technically virtuosic and remarkable reflection on celebrity, memory and the determined individual crafting history.
Mon 9 Oct
Mr Hardy is a stalwart of BBC Radio 4 comedy including The News Quiz and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. Now's your chance to see Jeremy out on his own, peddling his intelligent satire and gentle musings across the country.
Sat 4 Nov
The stand-up and actress muses on (mis)communication in a modern age.
Sat 25 Nov
Sat 28 Apr
- 2h 21min
- Directed by: James Gray
- Cast: Sienna Miller, Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson
The true story of the Amazonian expeditions of British army officer Percy Fawcett (Hunnam), which inspired Conan Doyle’s The Lost World. Despite good work from Hunnam, Miller as Percy’s plucky wife and Pattinson as his loyal sidekick, it’s a languorous and sometimes confusing story which sometimes becomes The Lost City of Zzzzz.
Mon 27 Nov
A mixture of classic and new material from the comic.
Sun 17 Sep
- Directed by: Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee, Imelda Staunton
Stephen Sondheim’s musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.
Thu 16 Nov
- Directed by: Lyndsey Turner
- Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.
Thu 5 Oct
- Directed by: Nicholas Hytner
- Cast: Ben Whishaw, Michelle Fairley
Ben Whishaw and Michelle Fairley play Brutus and Cassius in Nicholas Hytner’s production of Shakespeare's political drama.
Thu 22 Feb
Billie Piper returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s masterpiece.
Thu 31 Aug
- Directed by: Nicholas Hytner
- Written by: Richard Bean, Clive Coleman.
- Cast: Rory Kinnear, Oliver Chris
Rory Kinnear is Marx and Oliver Chris is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman.
Thu 7 Dec
- 2h 5min
- Directed by: Terence Davies
- Written by: Terence Davies
- Cast: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duff
Emily Dickinson (Nixon) is a quick-witted, intelligent woman living in 19th century Amherst, Mass., debating with her Catholic lawyer father (Carradine) and pious aunt (Badland). Compelling portrait of the great American poet, with brilliant work from Ehle as Emily’s younger sister and a barnstorming performance from Nixon, combining wit with vulnerability.
Mon 11 Dec
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).
Tue 5 Dec
- 2h 50min
- Directed by: Christopher Wheeldon
Christopher Wheeldon's exuberant ballet inspired by Lewis Carroll’s much-loved book.
Mon 23 Oct
- Directed by: Barrie Kosky
- Cast: Anna Goryachova, Francesco Meli, Anett Fritsch
Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production of Bizet's opera, originally created for Frankfurt Opera.
Tue 6 Mar
- Directed by: John Copley
The beloved romantic opera beamed live from London, with superstar soprano Anna Netrebko as Mimi and Joseph Calleja as Rodolfo.
Tue 3 Oct
- 3h 20min
- Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd
- Cast: Anna Netrebko, Željko Lučić, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.
Something wicked this way comes in Phyllida Lloyd’s haunting production of Verdi’s opera based on Shakespeare’s tragedy.
Wed 4 Apr
Tue 27 Mar
- Directed by: David McVicar
- Cast: Dimitri Platanias, Lucy Crowe, Micheal Fabiano
David McVicar’s production of Verdi's tragedy highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua.
Tue 16 Jan
- Directed by: Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, Liam Scarlett, Frederick Ashton
A new production of Tchaikovsky’s classical ballet, with additional choreography by Liam Scarlett and designs by John Macfarlane.
Tue 12 Jun
- Directed by: David McVicar
- Cast: Mauro Peter, Siobhan Stagg, Roderick Williams
David McVicar’s classic production of Mozart's comedy.
Wed 20 Sep
- Directed by: Christopher Wheeldon
Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet adaptation of Shakespeare’s tale of love and loss, with music by Joby Talbot.
Wed 28 Feb
- Directed by: Jonathan Kent
A great evening of opera with drama, passion and fabulous music. Jonathan Kent’s production draws on the dangerous turbulence of Rome in 1800.
Wed 7 Feb
- Directed by: Angus Jackson
Shakespeare's classic tragedy.
Wed 11 Oct
Wed 18 Oct
- Directed by: Christopher Luscombe
Shakespeare's greatest comedy tells a tale of unrequited love in this production directed by Christopher Luscombe.
Wed 14 Feb
- 1h 48min
- Directed by: Ritesh Batra
- Cast: Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockery, Emily Mortimer
Tony Webster (Broadbent) is a grumpy old git who’s on good terms with his ex wife (Walter); when he’s bequeathed the diary of an old friend, he is prompted to relive his schooldays. This adaptation of a Julian Barnes novel feels hokey and safe, although it has a nice cast and the scenes between Broadbent and Walter are among the few highlights.
Mon 4 Dec
- 1h 36min
- Directed by: Clint Eastwood
- Cast: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney
The story of pilot Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger (Hanks), who became an unassuming hero in 2009 after successfully ditching a US Airways Airbus 320 on the Hudson River. Eckhart gives strong support as co-pilot Jeff Skiles but the film belongs to Hanks, whose understated performance, with the skilful re-enactments of the crash, make for riveting drama.
Mon 2 Oct
- 1h 57min
- Directed by: Lone Scherfig
- Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy
London, 1940: fledgling screenwriter Catrin Cole (Arterton) joins the Ministry of Information’s Film Division and starts working on a propaganda movie. Scherfig wraps the war in a cosy cloak of nostalgia in a way that dulls moments of high anxiety, and despite a fine ensemble it’s all too muffled and mild-mannered.
Mon 13 Nov
- UK / India
- 1h 46min
- Directed by: Gurinder Chadha
- Cast: Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Hugh Bonneville, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi
Lord Louis Mountbatten (Bonneville) is to oversee Britain’s withdrawal from India and the ensuing partition, but he and his wife Edwina (Anderson) witness the violence erupting through the country. A below-stairs romance between Dayal and Qureshi is frustratingly insipid and the Indian characters are all unforgivably poorly drawn. Despite some good acting, timid and inert.
Mon 25 Sep
- Directed by: Roar Uthaug
- Cast: Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Eili Harboe
When part of a mountain in a Norwegian fjord slides into the water, a village is threatened with tsunami, but luckily there's a hunky geologist on hand to simultaneously understand what's going on and be emperilled by it. Despite clunky plotting, some powerful performances, expert cinematography and masterful CGI make Scandinavia's first disaster movie quite stunning.
Mon 6 Nov
This award-winning Shropshire trio consists of Steve Downs, Charlotte Watson and Sarah Ibberson, all skilled musicians who never lose sight of the importance of having fun during their charismatic live shows. They play classic rock with a Celtic filter, and their current album is called Mirabilia, which means 'items of inexplicable origin or form'.
Fri 29 Sep
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