The young peasant girl Giselle dies when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her will, she joins the wilis, vengeful spirits who now turn against Albrecht and condemn him to dance until he dies of exhaustion.
Sun 26 Jan
Mon 27 Jan
- 2h 14min
- Directed by: François Ozon
- Cast: Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud
Alexandre (Poupaud) is a 40-year-old bank executive who, like many others, was molested in his youth by local priest Father Bernard (Verley); he decides to confront the Archbishop of Lyon about it. A scrupulously researched procedural that’s already been dubbed ‘the French Spotlight’, it has real urgency and strikes a significant blow.
Thu 23 Jan
- 1h 35min
- Directed by: Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe
- Cast: Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe, Beck Bennett
Jill (DeBoer) and Lisa (Luebbe) are would-be perfect soccer moms for whom all is not well. Combining Lynchian nightmare with a broadly comic bent, it’s like a demented spoof of Stepford Wives, and writer/directors DeBoer and Luebbe cleverly exploit an ultra-tight budget with enjoyably eccentric effect.
Fri 24 Jan
- 1h 45min
- Directed by: Mirrah Foulkes
- Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Damon Herriman, Benedict Hardie
In sort-of Middle Ages Britain, puppeteer Judy (Wasikowska) is increasingly concerned by her husband Punch (Herriman) and his drunken aggression. This fictional origin story of the puppet show is a dark, funny, highly impressive feature debut by writer-director Foulkes, and despite a few stumbles it shows clarity of vision and mastery of tone.
Thu 23 Jan
- 1h 32min
- Directed by: Lisa Barros D'Sa, Glenn Leyburn
- Cast: Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville, David Wilmot
Joan (Manville) and Tom (Neeson) are a long-married couple whose contentment is shattered with Joan discovers a lump in her breast. The facts of cancer are covered in unsparing detail, but the acting makes it watchable, with Neeson investing Tom with gruff tenderness and Manville compelling as a woman who fears the worst. A modest, understated heartbreaker.
Thu 30 Jan
Sun 2 Feb
- Directed by: Richard Jones
- Cast: Nicole Car, Michael Fabiano, Mariusz Kwiecień
The beloved romantic opera beamed live from London in a new production by acclaimed director Richard Jones.
Wed 29 Jan
Sun 2 Feb
- 2h 22min
- 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
Emperor Palpatine (McDiarmid) is back and building an army, so Rey (Ridley), Poe (Isaac), Finn (Boyega) and the gang go up against him and Kylo Ren (Driver). The internal and external battle of Ridley and Driver is the strongest element, with magnetic chemistry, but elsewhere it’s disappointing fan service, a film that loses its nerve.
Fri 24 Jan
Sat 25 Jan
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