- UK / US
- 1h 51min
- Directed by: Wash Westmoreland
- Cast: Keira Knightley, Eleanor Tomlinson, Fiona Shaw
Biopic of French writer Colette (Knightley), focusing on her early years and her wild days in fin-de-siecle Paris after her marriage to Henry Gauthier-Villars (West). Knightley is fantastic as the bisexual icon and the film becomes more playful as it goes on. A pleasurable rite of passage about a woman striving for independence.
Wed 26 Jun
- Directed by: Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh's sparkling new production of this much-loved comic opera.
Tue 18 Jun
- Ireland / UK / US
- Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos
- Cast: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Nicholas Hoult
In the court of Queen Anne (Colman), power is wielded by Lady Sarah Marlborough (Weisz), but then Sarah’s young cousin Abigail (Stone) arrives. Brash, bawdy and beguiling, and a deceptively acute commentary on the nature of power, with career-best work from Weisz and Stone and a commanding performance from Colman as the ailing Queen.
Wed 19 Jun
- 2h 10min
- Directed by: Peter Farrelly
- Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini
Don Shirley (Ali), virtuoso pianist, is chauffeured around the American South in 1962 by his Italian-American driver Tony (Mortensen), and much learning ensues. It’s beautifully made and very worthy, but far too gentle and broad to be effective; Tony, rather than Don, is the heart of the story and it lacks bite.
Wed 10 Jul
- 2h 10min
- 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.
Wed 5 Jun
- 2h 4min
- Directed by: Josie Rourke
- Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, David Tennant, Martin Compston, Joe Alwyn, Brendan Coyle, Guy Pearce
Mary Stuart (Ronan) and Elizabeth (Robbie) would like to be sisters but political rivalry drives them apart. Ronan gives a sophisticated performance and Robbie as Elizabeth is a blend of nervous uncertainty and confident outrage. Over the top, perhaps, but its ridiculousness hits a raw nerve in the current political climate, where women politicians are attacked for dancing.
Wed 3 Jul
- Directed by: Ross MacGibbon
- Cast: Richard Winsor, Dominic North, Nina Goldman
Matthew Bourne's contemporary all-male reinterpretation of the classic ballet.
Tue 21 May
- UK / Canada / US
- Directed by: Jon S. Baird
- Cast: Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson, Danny Huston, Nina Arianda, Rufus Jones, Susy Kane
Stan Laurel (Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (Reilly) are touring postwar Britain in the hope of bankrolling their next picture, but their time seems to be passing. A classy, ambitious look at the gruelling nature of showbiz, weaving Laurel & Hardy’s routines into the fabric of the story; Coogan is particularly good and it’s a loving nod to two of cinema’s greats.
Wed 12 Jun
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