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Cinema City

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St Andrews Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4AD
  • Box office 0871 902 5724
  • General enquiries 0871 704 2053
  • Bar open Mon–Sat 11am–11pm.
  • Box office times Mon–Sat noon–8.30pm; Sun 4–8pm.
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  • Website www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/…
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Arthur Christmas

Arthur Christmas
  • 2011
  • UK/US
  • 1h 37min
  • U
  • Directed by: Sarah Smith
  • Written by: Peter Baynham, Sarah Smith
  • Cast: James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton, Ashley Jensen, Ramona Marquez

Arthur Christmas (McAvoy) is the overlooked star of the Santa team, but when it looks like a small girl's present may not get delivered, he enlists the help of his curmudgeonly grandfather (Nighy). With characters boringly reflecting different degrees of niceness, this contrived family feud lacks the wit that made Aardman's name.

Sat 22 Dec

Beautiful Boy

Beautiful Boy
  • 2018
  • US
  • Directed by: Felix Van Groeningen
  • Cast: Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney

David (Carell) is a successful freelance journalist whose son Nic (Chalamet) becomes dependent on meth. True-life story of family breakdown, capturing the never-ending cycle of rehab and relapse; handsomely photographed but repetitive and a bit formulaic, but Chalamet is outstanding.

Mon 17 Dec

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody
  • 2018
  • UK/USA
  • 1h 31min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Bryan Singer
  • Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech, Mike Myers

The Freddie Mercury story. Malek as Mercury does a great job, with a passionate and impressive performance, but despite the recreation of momentous performances it’s a disappointingly tame affair, with a by-the-numbers screenplay and a bland lack of insight into Mercury’s heritage or sexuality.

Tue 18 Dec
Wed 19 Dec
Thu 20 Dec

Bolshoi Ballet Live: The Nutcracker

Bolshoi Ballet Live: The Nutcracker
  • 2017

Sugarplum Fairies and Rat Kings live from Russia.

Sun 23 Dec
Thu 27 Dec

Disobedience

Disobedience
  • 2018
  • UK / Ireland / US
  • 1h 54min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Sebastián Lelio
  • Cast: Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola

Ronit (Weisz) is a photographer from an Orthodox Jewish family who comes home after her father’s death to find her teenage lover (McAdams) has married her father’s protégé (Nivola). Dour but engaging portrait of a cloistered community, intimate and authentic but also a little clumsy.

Mon 17 Dec
Tue 18 Dec
Wed 19 Dec

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • 2018
  • UK/US
  • 2h 14min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: David Yates
  • Written by: J.K. Rowling
  • Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Johnny Depp

Newt (Redmayne) is back in London in 1927, while defeated Dark Wizard Grindelwald (Depp) has escaped and is heading to Paris. Law steps up as young Albus Dumbeldore and the film really flies in the final act, deepening characters and relationships and expanding the universe. A beast of a movie.

Mon 17 Dec
Wed 19 Dec
Thu 20 Dec

Free Solo

Free Solo
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 40min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Documentary about free solo climber Alex Honnold and his ambition to ascend El Capitan in Yosemite national park. Insightful and exhilarating, showing how Honnold’s personal life and background have affected his climbing, and how the filmmakers themselves had to take special efforts not to distract him into making a disastrous error.

Mon 17 Dec
Tue 18 Dec
Wed 19 Dec
Thu 20 Dec

Home Alone

Home Alone
  • 1990
  • US
  • 1h 43min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Chris Columbus
  • Written by: John Hughes
  • Cast: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Catherine O'Hara

Peter and Kate McCallister (Heard and O'Hara) have an eight-year-old brat and wisely – albeit accidentally – leave him behind in Chicago when they go on holiday to Paris. Left to his own devices young Kevin (Culkin) has to deal with two bungling burglars (Pesci and Stern) who threaten to invade his peaceful haven. Jolly, if sadistic, scare-comedy antics produced by teen flick veteran John Hughes.

Sat 22 Dec

Hopster Showtime: Winter

  • U

Christmas episodes of kids' TV shows.

Featuring: Two Minute Tale: A Christmas Tale: The Little Toymaker, Storybots: Christmas, Fireman Sam: Santa Overboard, Wonderballs: It's Christmas, Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom: The Elf Factory.

Tue 18 Dec

The King and I: Live

The King and I: Live
  • 2018
  • TBC
  • Cast: Kelli O’Hara, Ken Watanabe

Production of classic musical King and I screened live to cinemas.

Wed 19 Dec

Lizzie

Lizzie
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 46min
  • Directed by: Craig William Macneill
  • Cast: Kristen Stewart, Chloë Sevigny, Fiona Shaw, Jamey Sheridan

Lizzie Borden (Sevigny) lives with her scrimping father (Sheridan) in 1890s Massachusetts, but then their new maid Bridget (Stewart) has a transforming influence on her. Well-cast, sometimes uneven but pertinent retelling of the Borden case for our times, with Sevigny and Stewart contrasting but very good.

Mon 17 Dec
Tue 18 Dec
Wed 19 Dec
Thu 20 Dec

Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 10min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Rob Marshall
  • Cast: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep

Michael Banks (Whishaw) is facing ruin after the death of his wife, and his sister Jane (Mortimer) can’t help—but then Mary Poppins (Blunt) sails down from the sky. Blunt is suitably brusque and radiant and a fine songstress, and while it’s a sliver of a story it’s impressively imaginative and unashamedly, triumphantly nostalgic.

Fri 21 Dec
Sat 22 Dec
Sun 23 Dec
Mon 24 Dec
Wed 26 Dec
Thu 27 Dec

National Theatre Live: Antony & Cleopatra

National Theatre Live: Antony & Cleopatra

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

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • 1993
  • US
  • 1h 16min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Henry Selick
  • Written by: Tim Burton (story), Michael McDowell (adaptation), Caroline Thompson (screenplay)
  • Cast: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Ken Page

Jack Skellington, the skinny trickster king of Halloweentown, is restless with success and needs a new challenge, so he hatches a plot to kidnap Santa and creates a mixed-up Yuletide which isn't quite what the kids expected. Produced and based on a story and characters by Tim Burton.

Wed 19 Dec
Thu 20 Dec

The Old Man and The Gun

The Old Man and The Gun
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 33min
  • Directed by: David Lowery
  • Cast: Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek

Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Redford), a career criminal and perpetual prison escapee, who’s being chased by Texas lawman John Hunt (Affleck). Redford says it’ll be his last film and it’s a fitting ending: playful, highly entertaining and made with great skill.

Mon 17 Dec
Tue 18 Dec
Wed 19 Dec
Thu 20 Dec

Shoplifters

Shoplifters
  • 2018
  • Japan
  • 2h 1min
  • Directed by: Hirokazu Koreeda
  • Cast: Kirin Kiki, Lily Franky, Sakura Andô

A family in Tokyo lives by shoplifting, and then Osamu (Franky) and Shota (Kairi) bring home a little girl who seems to be homeless. The humanity of the performances and the loving attention to visual detail are of a piece in what’s ultimately a film about love.

Mon 17 Dec
Tue 18 Dec
Thu 20 Dec

Stan & Ollie

Stan & Ollie
  • 2018
  • UK / Canada / US
  • Directed by: Jon S. Baird
  • Cast: Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson, Danny Huston, Nina Arianda, Rufus Jones, Susy Kane

The true story of Hollywood’s greatest comedy duo act, with Steve Coogan and John C Reilly as the iconic pair.

Sat 22 Dec

Three Identical Strangers

Three Identical Strangers
  • 2018
  • UK
  • 1h 36min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Tim Wardle
  • Cast: Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland, David Kellman

Documentary about three men, Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland and David Kellman, who had never met but who discovered in adult life that they were triplets. Wardle uses dogged journalistic focus and expert filmmaking to tell each jaw-dropping revelation, in a powerful and emotional study of family and identity.

Mon 17 Dec
Tue 18 Dec
Wed 19 Dec
Thu 20 Dec

Tulip Fever

Tulip Fever
  • 2015
  • US
  • Directed by: Justin Chadwick
  • Cast: Dane DeHaan, Christoph Waltz, Jack O'Connell, Judi Dench

Sophia (Vikander) is married to elderly Cornelis (Waltz) but they can’t conceive a child; then he hires penniless artist Jan (DeHaan) to paint her, and she and Jan begin an affair. It’s a lovely recreation of 17th century Amsterdam, but Chadwick buries the story in restless camerawork, garbled dialogue and bawdy comic elements.

Mon 17 Dec
Tue 18 Dec
Wed 19 Dec
Thu 20 Dec

The Wild Pear Tree

The Wild Pear Tree
  • 2018
  • Turkey / Republic of Macedonia / France / Germany / Bosnia and Herzgovina / Bulgaria / Sweden
  • Directed by: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  • Cast: Dogu Demirkol, Murat Cemcir, Hazar Ergüçlü

Sinan (Demirkol), recently graduated from college, returns to his home village and an uncertain future. Elegiac and somewhat meandering tale of a prodigal son and an errant father, beautifully filmed and impeccably acted, confirming its director’s status as a modern-day Chekhov.

Tue 18 Dec

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard Of Oz
  • 1939
  • US
  • 1h 42min
  • U
  • Directed by: Victor Fleming
  • Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley

Miserable Dorothy runs away from home but is soon whisked up into a magical land where her adventures teach her that happiness is to be found in her own back yard. Classic stuff indeed, just chockful of great songs, characterisation and memorably garish design. Perhaps marginally less enjoyable for the curmudgeonly element rooting for the Wicked Witch of the West, though.

Fri 21 Dec
Cinema City

The building housing this cinema was bequeathed in 1925 to the 'Mayor, Alderman and Citizens of the City of Norwich' with the intention 'that the place should be used for the advancement of education in its widest and most comprehensive sense'. That aim stands true today, as a vast range of events and themed screenings take place at the venue, including showings of documentaries and live recordings of opera and theatre shows. Refreshments are available at the Dining Room.

All areas of the building are accessible by wheelchair and adapted toilet facilities are available.

To access the cinema by public transport please note that Norwich Railway Station is a short walk away, as is the Norwich Castle Meadow Bus Terminal.

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