- Directed by: Bill Holderman
- Cast: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen
Four women (Keaton, Fonda, Bergen and Steenburgen) form a book club to read Fifty Shades of Grey, and in so doing reassess their lives. Irresistibly cheeky and shamelessly cheesy ensemble drama in which older women are placed in the centre of the action, with a torrent of innuendo delivered with relish by a superior cast.
Wed 17 Oct
- 1h 33min
- Directed by: Nora Twomey
- Cast: Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Noorin Gulamgaus
Parvana (Chaudry) is an 11-year-old girl living in Kabul, who when her father is arrested by the Taliban, disguises herself as a boy so she can move around unimpeded. The animation is elegantly simple and it’s a valiant effort, but the script lacks clarity and it’s hard to see how children would take to such a politically-charged narrative.
Thu 11 Oct
- 1h 45min
- Directed by: Michael Gracey
- Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya
A musical version of the life of showman and genius of hype PT Barnum (Jackman), and how he went from running a museum of ‘curiosities’ to promoting Swedish soprano Jenny Lind (Ferguson). Jackman has rock-star charisma and Gracey delivers a kaleidoscopic, family-friendly spectacle.
Sat 17 Nov
- Germany / Belgium / UK / Italy
- 1h 45min
- Directed by: Rupert Everett
- Cast: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Emily Watson
The tale of the last days of Oscar Wilde (Everett), as he lives out his post-prison existence in France and Italy. If Firth and Watson are underused as pal Reggie Turner and wife Constance, they’re well-cast, and Everett himself, in his accomplished directorial debut, is sensational as the fallen star. A surprising and courageously unflattering portrait.
Wed 31 Oct
- 1h 54min
- Directed by: Ol Parker
- Cast: Christine Baranski, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Julie Walters, Alexa Davies, Pierce Brosnan, Jeremy Irvine, Colin Firth, Hugh Skinner, Stellan Skarsgård, Josh Dylan, Cher, Dominic Cooper, Andy García
Sequel to the feel-good ABBA musical Mamma Mia! Despite its absurdities and shoe-horning of ABBA songs, at its heart is a touching mother-daughter love story and an irresistible esprit de corps.
Thu 29 Nov
Running Time: 170 mins, including intervalBBFC Certificate: 12AAllelujah!by Alan BennettLeaves you bobbing on a wave of happiness IndependentAlan Bennetts sharp and hilarious new play is just what the doctor ordered (Daily Telegraph). Filmed live at Londons Bridge Theatre during its limited run, dont miss this rousing chorus line for the NHS (Observer) in your local cinema.The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old peoples choir.Alan Bennetts celebrated plays include The History Boys, The Lady in the Vanand The Madness of George III, all of which were also seen on film. Allelujah! is his tenth collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner.
Thu 1 Nov
Simon Goodwin's adaptation of Shakespeare's play with Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo in the titular roles, broadcast live from the National Theatre.
Thu 20 Dec
Alan Bennett's multi-award-winning drama is broadcast live from Nottingham Playhouse.
Tue 20 Nov
- 1h 50min
- Directed by: Gary Ross
- Cast: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter
Debbie Ocean (Bullock) sets in motion a plan to swipe a precious diamond necklace, and with pal Lou (Blanchett) puts together a gang of female crooks. The performances are great fun but Ross’s anonymous direction doesn’t add much, and it’s a bit let down by a needless subplot and unnecessary cameos.
Thu 25 Oct
- Directed by: Dominic Cooke
- Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Anne-Marie Duff, Emily Watson
Adaptation by Ian McEwan of his own novella, in which newlyweds Eddie (Howle) and Florence (Ronan) have an unsatisfying wedding night in a Dorset hotel in the early 60s. Overwrought and underwhelming, it’s filmed with a heavy hand by theatre director Cooke, making it for self-important and unengaging viewing.
Thu 4 Oct
Natalia Makarova's production of this 19th-century classic ballet brings an exotic world of temple dancers and noble warriors to life.
Tue 13 Nov
- Directed by: Kenneth MacMillan
Dangerous desires, family secrets and political intrigues twist through every moment of daring choreography in Kenneth MacMillan's ballet inspired by true events.
Mon 15 Oct
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.
Mon 3 Dec
Tue 4 Dec
Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, observational comic and self-dubbed 'Lie-In King' tours the UK.
Fri 19 Oct
- 1h 37min
- Directed by: Oliver Parker
- Cast: Rob Brydon, Rupert Graves, Adeel Akhtar, Jim Carter, Jane Horrocks, Thomas Turgoose, Daniel Mays, Charlotte Riley
Eric (Brydon) is a melancholy accountant in middle life who joins a synchronised swim team at his local pool. This ultra-low-budget offering has a game ensemble who work terrifically well as wisecracking comrades, and Riley as good as their tough coach. It may be The Full Monty with nose clips and goggles but it keeps afloat.
Thu 22 Nov
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