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Odyssey Cinema

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166 London Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1PG

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – the Touring Years
  • 2016
  • US
  • 137 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ron Howard
  • Cast: George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon

Engrossing and expertly constructed documentary about the Fab Four's rise to global fame, weaving concert, interview and home movie footage to show the band's journey from the Cavern Club to their final proper concert in San Francisco's Candlestick Park. There's nothing new or revelatory, but it's an undeniably glorious watch.

Tue 24 Jan

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.

Tue 24 Jan

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 25 Jan

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
  • 2016
  • UK/US
  • 12A
  • 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 26 Jan

I, Daniel Blake

I, Daniel Blake
  • 2016
  • UK/France
  • 100 min
  • 15
  • 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 25 Jan

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