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WHAT'S ON

Sat 19th, Mon 21st & Weds 23rd January
A radically inventive and spirited satire, Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You addresses themes of everyday racism and workforce oppression with wit, wackiness and visual panache. Starring Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out), Tessa Thompson and Armie Hammer, it follows African American call centre operator Cassius (Stanfield), who whizzes up the corporate ladder after he discovers his unique ability to adopt a ‘white voice’.

Sun 20th & Thurs 24th January
Oscar winner Alicia Vikander (The Light between Oceans) stars in this evocative, beautifully realised period romance, adapted by Justin Chadwick from the bestselling Deborah Moggach novel. In 17th century Amsterdam, at the height of the financial turmoil of ‘tulip mania’, a noblewoman, Sophia (Vikander) falls passionately in love with the artist (Dane DeHaan) hired by her husband (Christoph Waltz) to paint her.

Tues 22nd January
Tchaikovsky began work on The Queen of Spades in 1889. He based it on a short story by Alexander Pushkin, one of his favourite writers. He and his brother Modest (his co-librettist) dramatically altered Pushkin’s plot, turning Gherman from a cynical opportunist into an ardent lover and Liza into a tragic figure. Tchaikovsky put a great deal of work into the opera’s premiere at St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre in 1890, and was thrilled by its success.

Thurs 24th January
Can magic mushrooms cure depression? Over four years, filmmaker Monty Wates was given exclusive access to the first ever medical trial giving psilocybin (the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms) to volunteers suffering from the condition, resulting in this intimate, engaging documentary debut following three volunteers as they undergo the controversial treatment, which – it’s hoped – may one day have the power to transform millions of lives.

Fri 25th to Thurs 31st January
Keira Knightley (Atonement, Anna Karenina) gives a career-best performance in Wash Westmoreland’s (Still Alice) gorgeous, witty, exhilarating biopic of the pioneering French novelist. In Belle Époque France, Colette’s first novels are published under her husband’s (Dominic West) name, but her eventual fight for creative ownership drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionising women’s roles in literature as well as sexual expression.

Sat 26th & Sun 27th January
Hailee Steinfeld stars in Travis Knight’s (Kubo and the Two Strings) new sci-fi, a stylish, shimmering take on the Transformers series. On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee the Autobot seeks refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. Teenager Charlie (Steinfeld), on the brink of turning 18, soon discovers the battle-scarred and broken Bumblebee and quickly learns that this is no ordinary Volkswagen. This is a PG rated film.

Sat 26th & Sun 27th January
Suspense, intrigue, wit, beauty, ideas: Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1975 classic psychological drama has them all in spades. When David Locke (Jack Nicholson) impulsively exchanges identities with a businessman he finds dead in a North African hotel room, he believes he’s starting afresh, but soon realises that pretending to be someone else doesn’t mean escaping the past.

Weds 30th January
Verdi based La traviata on Alexandre Dumas fils’s novel and play La Dame aux camélias, inspired by the life and death of the real Parisian courtesan Marie Duplessis. Verdi offered a more complex and sympathetic portrayal of his heroine than Dumas, highlighting Violetta’s noble nature and her devotion to Alfredo. La traviata had an initially lukewarm reception, but after Verdi revised the work in 1854 it became enormously successful. It is currently the most performed opera in the world, and the role of Violetta a favourite for many star sopranos.

Fri 1st to Thurs 7th February
BAFTA nominee Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly give superbly funny performances as legendary screen comedians Laurel & Hardy in Jon S. Baird’s terrific new film. In 1953, Stan ‘Laurel’ and Ollie ‘Hardy’ embark on a British tour. With their celebrity on the wane, it begins in fairly subdued style – but they generate a new and adoring audience as they head towards a big London finale.

Sat 2nd & Thurs 7th February
An unforgettable documentary, Free Solo is a heart-racing portrait of climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to achieve the unprecedented: climbing the face of Yosemite National Park’s 3,200-foot El Capitan without a rope. One of the greatest and most terrifying athletic feats imaginable, the climb’s exacting standard is perfection or death; but while Honnold is training, he is also falling in love – threatening his focus, and immeasurably raising the stakes.

Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd February
Jason Momoa, Amber Heard and Nicole Kidman star in this gloriously entertaining superhero spectacle, full of kitsch and energetic action under the seas. Once home to an advanced civilization, Atlantis is now an underwater kingdom ruled by power-hungry King Orm (Patrick Wilson). To thwart Orm’s treacherous designs on the surface world, half-human Aquaman must embrace his destiny as protector of the deep.