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7-14 Coventry Street, London, W1D 7DH
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Allied

Allied
  • 2016
  • US
  • Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
  • Cast: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris

Max (Pitt) is a Canadian intelligence officer who parachutes into French Morocco in 1942 so that he can pose as the husband of Resistance agent Marianne (Cotillard). A clean-cut Casablanca wannabe with nice supporting turns, but while the stars look fantastic, they seem awkward and it never really comes to life.

Wed 7 Dec
Thu 8 Dec
Fri 9 Dec
Sat 10 Dec
Sun 11 Dec
Mon 12 Dec
Tue 13 Dec
Wed 14 Dec

Arrival

Arrival
  • 2016
  • US
  • 116 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
  • Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma, Mark O'Brien

When 12 granite pod-like spaceships land on Earth, linguistic expert Dr Louise Banks (Adams) is recruited to try to communicate with their owners. Powerful, intelligent and profound sci-fi, with assured direction, impressive but restrained effects and anchored by a mesmerising performance from Adams as the brave, vulnerable and fallible central character.

Wed 7 Dec
Thu 8 Dec
Fri 9 Dec
Sat 10 Dec
Sun 11 Dec
Mon 12 Dec
Tue 13 Dec
Wed 14 Dec

The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation
  • 2016
  • US
  • 120 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Nate Parker
  • Cast: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller, Gabrielle Union

Nat Turner (Parker) is a slave in early 19th century Virginia, used by his owners to encourage other slaves to submit, but who is plotting an uprising of his own. Despite the controversy surrounding Parker, the film deserves to be seen: angry, dramatic and bittersweet, it's a story that needs telling.

Fri 9 Dec
Sat 10 Dec
Sun 11 Dec
Mon 12 Dec
Tue 13 Dec
Wed 14 Dec
Thu 15 Dec

Chi-Raq

Chi-Raq
  • 2015
  • US
  • 127 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Spike Lee
  • Cast: Teyonah Parris, Samuel L Jackson, Angela Bassett

Lysistrata (Parris) formulates a plan to end gang war in Chicago by persuading her female cohorts to withhold sex from their boyfriends and husbands. Bold and passionate hip-hop musical, exploding with energy, slick rhymes and heady ideas. Lee's contempt for wilful ignorance and political corruption explodes through the characters.

Wed 7 Dec
Sat 10 Dec
Sun 11 Dec
Tue 13 Dec

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Thu 8 Dec

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
  • 2016
  • UK/US
  • 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.

Wed 7 Dec
Thu 8 Dec
Fri 9 Dec
Sat 10 Dec
Sun 11 Dec
Mon 12 Dec
Tue 13 Dec
Wed 14 Dec
Thu 15 Dec

I Am Not A Serial Killer

I Am Not A Serial Killer
  • 2016
  • Ireland / UK
  • 104 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Billy O'Brien
  • Cast: Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser, Max Records

John Wayne Cleaver (Records) is a lonely teenager considered abnormal by his teachers and classmates; when local residents start being murdered, he gets involved in the investigation. Darkly funny and surprisingly tender mystery thriller, with an intuitive understanding of human emotion and despair.

Fri 9 Dec
Sat 10 Dec

Life, Animated

Life, Animated
  • 2016
  • US
  • 89 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Roger Ross Williams
  • Cast: Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind,

At the age of three, Owen Suskind was diagnosed with severe autism and stopped talking. His parents finally realised that his passion for Disney animated movies gave him a way of communicating. Williams doesn't shy away from complex issues such as the limitations of interacting with the world via Disney, but incredibly, as Owen gradually learns to negotiate once impossible-seeming challenges.

Fri 9 Dec
Sat 10 Dec
Sun 11 Dec
Mon 12 Dec
Tue 13 Dec
Wed 14 Dec
Thu 15 Dec

Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals
  • 2016
  • USA
  • 115 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Tom Ford
  • Written by: Tom Ford, Austin Wright
  • Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon

Susan (Adams) is a successful but bored LA gallery owner who is sent the manuscript of a book by her ex Edward (Gyllenhall), the titular Nocturnal Animals, which we see unfolding along with Susan's story. Ambitious, ravishingly shot tale exploring the engrossing impact of fiction; tense, intriguing and strange.

Wed 7 Dec
Thu 8 Dec
Fri 9 Dec
Sat 10 Dec
Sun 11 Dec
Mon 12 Dec
Wed 14 Dec

Notes on Blindness

Notes on Blindness
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 90 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Pete Middleton, James Spinney
  • Cast: Dan Renton Skinner, Simone Kirby,

Haunting, throat-catching drama-documentary about theologian John Hull (Skinner), who went blind in the early 80s and recorded hundreds of cassettes in which he talked about his condition and what it meant to him. Actors lip-sync to his recordings, creating an elegiac, immersive and deeply moving portrait of Hull, his wife (Kirby) and his family.

Sat 10 Dec

One More Time With Feeling

One More Time With Feeling
  • 2016
  • UK/France
  • 112 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Andrew Dominik
  • Cast: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

A unique one night only cinema event directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly), One More Time With Feeling will be the first ever opportunity anyone will have to hear Skeleton Tree, the sixteenth studio album from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. The film will screen in cinemas across the world on 8th September 2016, immediately prior to the release of Skeleton Tree the following day.

Originally a performance based concept, One More Time With Feeling evolved into something much more significant as Dominik delved into the tragic backdrop of the writing and recording of the album. Interwoven throughout the Bad Seeds’ filmed performance of the new album are interviews and footage shot by Dominik, accompanied by Cave’s narration and improvised rumination. Filmed in black-and-white and colour, in both 3D and 2D, the result is fragile, raw and a true testament to an artist trying to find his way through the darkness.

Wed 7 Dec
Thu 8 Dec
Wed 14 Dec

The Pass

  • 2016
  • UK
  • 88 min
  • 15
  • 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.

Fri 9 Dec
Sat 10 Dec
Sun 11 Dec
Mon 12 Dec
Tue 13 Dec
Wed 14 Dec
Thu 15 Dec

Paterson

Paterson
  • 2016
  • US/Germany
  • 113 min
  • Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
  • Cast: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani

Paterson (Driver) is a bus driver in Paterson, New Jersey. who lives with his partner Laura (Farahani). Jarmusch's latest film is an off-kilter ode to prose and poetry and a tribute to the titular city, presenting a unique and intricately crafted world.

Wed 7 Dec
Thu 8 Dec
Fri 9 Dec
Sat 10 Dec
Sun 11 Dec
Mon 12 Dec
Tue 13 Dec
Wed 14 Dec
Thu 15 Dec

Point Blank

Point Blank
  • 1967
  • US
  • 92 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: John Boorman
  • Written by: Alexander Jacobs, Davd Newhouse, Rafe Newhouse
  • Cast: Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson

Revenge-ridden Marvin is bent on justifying his dreamlike existence and turning the tables on the mysterious criminal organisation which employed him in this tense, well-crafted thriller that boasts an imaginative and influential treatment of time. Boorman's impressive first American feature is made memorable by Marvin's brilliant portrayal of an outmoded gunman confusedly taking on a world overrun by technology.

Tue 13 Dec

Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker

Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker
  • 2016

Tchaikovsky's music brings to life this Christmas favourite in which the toys come to life (and about 200 years before Toy Story at that).

Thu 8 Dec

Scrooge

Scrooge
  • 1951
  • UK/US
  • 86 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Brian Desmond Hurst
  • Written by: Noel Langley
  • Cast: Alastair Sim, Mervyn Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Michael Dolan

Probably the best screen adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The story concerns the overly prudent businessman Ebeneezer Scrooge (Sim), who becomes a saint overnight. Dickens was never afraid to tackle the big issues: the threat to children's lives, whether they are privileged or poverty-stricken, is one of the main themes; but none of this darkness gets in the way of a cracking tale.

Sun 11 Dec

Snowden

Snowden
  • 2016
  • US
  • Directed by: Oliver Stone
  • Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo

The story of Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee who in 2013 leaked thousands of classified documents to the Guardian, revealing the scope and reach of the USA's global surveillance program. Smartly dramatised and absorbing drama with fine performances from all, with Gordon-Levitt completely convincing as the earnest, idealistic Snowden.

Fri 9 Dec
Sat 10 Dec
Sun 11 Dec
Mon 12 Dec
Tue 13 Dec
Wed 14 Dec
Thu 15 Dec

The Snowman

The Snowman
  • 1982
  • UK
  • 26 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Dianne Jackson, Jimmy T Murakami
  • Written by: Raymond Briggs

Mute loner abducts small boy before disappearing forever in this classic animation based on Raymond Briggs' children's book.

Tue 13 Dec

Sully

Sully
  • 2016
  • US
  • 96 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Clint Eastwood
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

The story of pilot Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger (Hanks), who became an unassuming hero in 2009 after successfully ditching a US Airways Airbus 320 on the Hudson River. Eckhart gives strong support as co-pilot Jeff Skiles but the film belongs to Hanks, whose understated performance, with the skilful re-enactments of the crash, make for riveting drama.

Wed 7 Dec
Thu 8 Dec
Fri 9 Dec
Sat 10 Dec
Sun 11 Dec
Mon 12 Dec
Tue 13 Dec
Wed 14 Dec
Thu 15 Dec

Tom at the Farm (Tom à la ferme)

Tom at the Farm (Tom à la ferme)
  • 2013
  • Canada/France
  • 105 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Xavier Dolan
  • Cast: Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy

Tom (Dolan) visits the childhood home of his recently deceased boyfriend and finds that his own existence has been kept a secret from his lover's family. Mannered and self-important but lovely-looking, with charismatic performances; an intriguing look at fear, deceit, violence and desire.

Sun 11 Dec

Under the Shadow

Under the Shadow
  • 2016
  • Iran
  • 84 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Babak Anvari
  • Written by: Babak Anvari
  • Cast: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi

Shideh (Rashidi) is a mother left alone with her daughter (Manshadi) in their apartment in war-torn Tehran, while her husband is at the front line; when a bomb hits their building, Shideh comes to feel that they are haunted. Intelligent, slow-burning horror film buoyed by Rashidi's incredible performance, with a truly terrifying basement climax.

Tue 13 Dec

A United Kingdom

A United Kingdom
  • 2016
  • US / UK / Czech Republic
  • 111 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Amma Asante
  • Cast: Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael

In post-war London, Ruth (Pike) and black law student Seretse (Oyelowo) fall in love; the thing is, he's first in line to the throne of Bechuanaland (today's Botswana). Based on a true story; Pike and Oyelowo bring a warm human touch to this sentimental but well-crafted history lesson.

Wed 7 Dec
Thu 8 Dec

Your Name

Your Name
  • Japan
  • 106 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Makoto Shinkai
  • Written by: Makoto Shinkai
  • Cast: Mone Kamashiraishi, Etsuko Ichihara, Ryûnosuke Kamiki

Country girl Mitsuha (Kamishiraishi) and city boy Taki (Kamiki) find themselves inexplicably transported into each other's bodies. A sweet love story told against a background of genuine tragedy, it has more philosophical meat than most grown-up dramas, and a finely wrought, emotionally charged payoff.

Wed 7 Dec
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Sun 11 Dec
Wed 14 Dec
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