- Directed by: David Yates
- Written by: J.K. Rowling
- Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston
Newt Scamander (Redmayne), a socially-challenged animal whisperer of sorts, has to gather up the fantastic beasts which have escaped from his briefcase and are roaming 1920s New York. A suitably magical spin-off, with Rowling's screenplay skilfully balancing dark and light, and director Yates maintaining a thrilling pace and exciting spectacle.
Thu 19 Jan
- 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.
Wed 18 Jan
Thu 19 Jan
- 88 min
- 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.
Mon 16 Jan
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