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WHAT'S ON

Fri 19th to Sun 21st & Thurs 25th January
Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson lead an all-star cast in the hilarious Pitch Perfect 3, reuniting us with the world’s unlikeliest a cappella group. Newly graduated from college, the Bellas find there aren’t too many job prospects for their particular talents. But when they reunite for an overseas tour, our favourite group of awesome nerds will come together to make music – and many questionable decisions – one last, glorious time.

Sat 20th & Sun 21st January
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson leads the way in Jake Kasdan’s sequel to the beloved 1995 original starring the late Robin Williams. It’s 20 years later; and while cleaning out a school basement, four high school kids discover an old game console and are drawn into its jungle setting. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives.

Sat 20th January
This audacious, magical tale from Powell and Pressburger is one of the most singular films in British cinema. A WWII pilot (David Niven) is destined to crash after his bomber is badly damaged. After speaking to radio operator June (Kim Hunter), he somehow cheats death – but a heavenly tribunal will determine his ultimate fate. Beautifully shot by master cinematographer Jack Cardiff, it’s a strange and lovely masterpiece.

Sun 21st, Weds 24th & Thurs 25th Jan

Slow down and breathe. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, this intimate, appropriately contemplative documentary takes us deep inside the monastery of world-famous Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh: the inventor of mindfulness. With unprecedented access to Hanh’s famously secluded monastery, filmmakers Marc J. Francis and Max Pugh explore what it means to devote your life to the pursuit of higher thought. A serene, quietly inspirational film.

Mon 22nd & Tues 23rd January

The 100th film by the prolific, famously controversial director Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Straw Shield, 13 Assassins) latest film is a bloody, kinetic triumph. Based on the eponymous manga series by Hiroaki Samura, it stars Takuya Kimura as Manji, a Shogunate era samurai who sees an opportunity to avenge his past when he meets a young girl orphaned by murderers. Brilliantly choreographed, outlandishly violent and often brutally comic.

Fri 26th Jan to Thurs 1st February
Oscar-tipped Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) gives an extraordinary performance as Churchill in Joe Wright’s (Atonement) thrilling, inspiring biopic, alongside an all-star cast including Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn and Kristin Scott Thomas. At the precipice of WWII, within days of becoming PM, Churchill faces one of his most defining trials: deciding whether to negotiate peace with the Nazis or ready the country to fight.

Sat 27th & Sun 28th January
In The Eagle Huntress, a Mongolian girl sets out to prove her elders wrong. Via breathtaking aerial cinematography and intimate vérité footage, this fascinating, inspiring and very moving documentary follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl who dreams of becoming the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family: a role traditionally reserved only for men.

Sat 27th January
1939: Businessman Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) arrives in Krakow, ready to make his fortune from World War II. Joining the Nazi party for political expediency, he staffs his factory with Jews for similarly pragmatic reasons. When the SS begins exterminating Jews, Schindler protects his workers to keep his factory running; but soon realises that in so doing, he is also saving innocent lives. Steven Spielberg’s monumental historical epic grapples with the terror and horror of the Holocaust via one of its most extraordinary true stories.

Sun 28th January & Thurs 1st February
Directed by Oscar-winner Lili Fini Zanuck (Rush, Driving Miss Daisy), this documentary is an unflinching, deeply personal look into the only ever three-time inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and winner of 18 Grammys, Eric Clapton; within whose artistic and personal evolution lies tragedy as well as triumph.

Fri 2nd to Thurs 8th Feb (excluding Weds 7th)
Golden Globe-winner Frances McDormand (Fargo, Blood Simple) is tipped for further awards in this wildly acclaimed, darkly comic drama by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges) which also took the Globe for Best Drama. After months without a conviction for her daughter’s murder, Mildred (McDormand) makes a bold move: painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message for its chief of police (Woody Harrelson).

Sat 3rd & Sun 4th Feb
Reminiscent of Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo, the award-winning Lu Over the Wall is a stylish, sweet and distinctive musical animation bringing humans and merfolk together with surprising outcomes. Kai lives in a small fishing town with his superstitious grandfather, who warns him of the dangers of the merfolk; but when confronted by bullies, Kai finds an ally in Lu, a fun-loving mermaid who’s vulnerable to sunlight.

Sat 3rd Feb
Don’t miss this chance to see the legendary Godzilla – one of the great classics of cinema – on the big screen in 35mm. Made in 1954 by Ishiro Honda, Godzilla was Japan’s first, hugely ambitious foray into the big budget feature and remains perhaps the definitive monster movie; a thrilling, moving tour de force of then pioneering special effects.