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Dolittle

Robert Downey Jr. electrifies one of literature’s most enduring characters in a vivid reimagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals: Dolittle. After losing his wife seven years earlier, famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. But when the young queen falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island to find a cure.

1917

Sam Mendes, the Oscar-winning director of Skyfall, Spectre and American Beauty, brings his singular vision to his World War I epic, 1917. At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield and Blake are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them. E

Bombshell

Based on the real scandal, Bombshell is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time, Fox News, and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it.

Live Arts: NT Live: Cyrano de Bergerac

Thurs 20 Feb
Broadcast live from London’s West End, Cyrano de Bergerac, starring James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) in the title role. This inventive new adaptation by Martin Crimp tells the story our hero, Cyrano, who is fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, he almost has it all – if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane.

A Beautiful Day in Neighbourhood

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbour.

Parasite

Bong Joon-ho (‘Snowpiercer’, ‘Okja’) returns with this black comedy about wealth, greed and class discrimination. Kim Ki-teak’s (Song Kang-ho) family are all unemployed and living in a squalid basement. When his son gets a tutoring job at the lavish home of the Park family, the Kim family’s luck changes. One by one they gradually infiltrate the wealthy Park’s home, attempting to take over.

The Muppets

While on vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary, and friend Mary uncover the diabolical plot of a greedy oil millionaire to destroy the Muppet Theatre. Now, the Muppet-loving trio must reunite Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and their friends to stage the greatest Muppet telethon ever and save their beloved theatre.

Emma

Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending, is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of Emma. Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Rey’s journey continues and the Skywalker saga concludes in ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’. The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron’s journey continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle commences. Don’t miss the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga on the big screen, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.

The Lighthouse

Set in the 1890s, the film stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson as lighthouse keepers battling the elements, isolation, inner demons and possibly some form of mythical supernatural force during a four-week posting on a rocky Maine island. Atmospherically shot in black-and-white, this is strange, scary, funny and very much a perfectly-formed world unto itself, making for a unique horror experience.

Talking About Trees

Ibrahim, Manar, Suleiman and Altayeb are the members of the Sudanese Film Club founded in 1989. Unable to make films for years, they have decided to revive an old cinema. They are united not only by their love of cinema and their passionate desire to restore old films and draw attention to Sudanese film history once more, but also by the fact that
they all enjoyed a film education outside Sudan.

Queen & Slim

While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man and a black woman, are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defense.

Frozen 2 Sing-along

Join Elsa, Anna and Olaf once more as the sequel Frozen 2 comes to the big screen; the perfect Christmas date for your family diary! Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she’ll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In Frozen, Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In Frozen 2, she must hope they are enough.

Greed

Richard McCreadie (Steve Coogan) is the king of the high street. Following a few wobbles with fraud investigations and to prove he’s still on top, he is determined to throw the ultimate celeb-filled 60th birthday bash. Cue a Mediterranean island bedecked with a fake amphitheatre for an ancient Rome-themed bacchanal. But as the guests start arriving – including mother (Shirley Henderson), ex-wife (Isla Fisher), and a daughter who’s shooting a Made in Chelsea-style reality show – ‘greedy McCreadie’s’ empire starts to come apart at the seams.

Live Arts: Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show

Sun 8 March
Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show will be a powerful and stirring reinvention of the family favourite with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, stage and costume designs. Filmed live in Dublin exactly 25 years to the day when it all began, the event includes a special introduction and fascinating backstage footage and interviews which will be exclusive for cinemas.

Show Me The Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall

An outsider with attitude, Show Me The Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall chronicles the infamous photographer’s life behind and outside the camera. A child of immigrants and a life battling inner demons, Jim fought his way to become one of the most trusted mavericks behind a lens throughout 60’s history. A passion for music led him to capture some of the most iconic figures in music history from Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, to the infamous image of Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar. It was his abrasive but honest approach to his subjects combined with incredible skill to build trust that expanded his portfolio beyond celebrities, documenting history across the ages.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Set in late 18th century France, painter Marianne is commissioned by an affluent countess to paint the wedding portrait of her sheltered but headstrong daughter Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), in the hope it will find her a wealthy husband. A heartbreaking period piece told with a distinctly modern feminist energy.

Sonic The Hedgehog

Based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination. The family-friendly film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.

Friends Present: Persepolis

Persepolis is the autobiographical tale of Marjane, sharing her experiences as a young girl coming-of-age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is through the eyes of this precocious and outspoken nine year old that we see a peoples’ hopes dashed as fundamentalists take power – forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands.

Mr Jones

1933. Gareth Jones (James Norton) is an ambitious young Welsh journalist who gained fame after his report on being the first foreign journalist to fly with Hitler. Whilst working as an advisor to Lloyd George, he is now looking for his next big story. The Soviet “utopia” is all over the news, and Jones is intrigued as to how Stalin is financing the rapid modernisation of the Soviet Union.

United Nation, Three Decades of Drum and Bass

A shocking and entertaining exposé of the origins of the Electronic Dance Music scene. The film captures the rapid rise of Drum & Bass, from illegal raves to taking over the charts. The documentary highlights not only the music but the cultural impact it has had on society.

Live Arts: Royal Opera: Fidelio

Tues 17 March
Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him. Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime. The music is transcendent throughout and includes the famous Act I Quartet, the Prisoners’ Chorus and Florestan’s impassioned Act II cry in the darkness and vision of hope. Tobias Kratzer’s new staging brings together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary ‘Terror’ and our own time to illuminate Fidelio’s inspiring message of shared humanity.

Military Wives

The life of a military wife can be thankless. Separated from loved ones and staring down the barrel of anxiety and loneliness, their quiet bravery and sacrifice unnoticed while they live with the dread of a fateful knock on the door. But Kate (Kristin Scott Thomas), the perfect officer’s wife, bears it all with grace and stoicism. She finds freedom in song; and persuades a disparate group of women on the base to form the Military Wives Choir.

The Call of the Wild

Adapted from the beloved literary classic, The Call of the Wild vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s.

The Runaways

A humorous, uplifting film following the adventures of 3 children and their donkeys in a chase across the North Yorks Moors. With the beauty of a classic family adventure film and harnessing a modern aesthetic, be prepared for an emotional journey into what it means to be siblings. A tale that includes donkeys, trains, joy, heartache and some of the
best landscapes northern England has to offer.

Dark Waters

From Participant (Spotlight, Green Book), Dark Waters tells the shocking and heroic story of an attorney (Mark Ruffalo) who risks his career and family to uncover a dark secret hidden by one of the world’s largest corporations and to bring justice to a community dangerously exposed for decades to deadly chemicals.

Hebden Bridge Film Festival

The 2019 inaugural Hebden Bridge Film Festival attracted attendance in 2019 in excess of over 2,250, with guests including Maxine Peake and Jessica Hynes. Details on films and guests for the 2020 festival will be announced in the new year. For Festival Passes visit www.hebdenbridgefilmfestival.org

Live Arts: Royal Ballet: Swan Lake

Weds 1 April
Liam Scarlett’s glorious production of Swan Lake, new in 2018, returns for its first revival. While remaining faithful to the Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov text, Scarlett’s additional choreography and John Macfarlane’s magnificent designs breathe new life into what is arguably the best-known and most-loved classical ballet.

The Personal History of David Copperfield

Armando lannucci brings us a fresh and distinctive take on Charles Dickens’ masterpiece, in this stellar adaptation. The Personal History of David Copperfield chronicles the life of its iconic title character as he navigates a chaotic world. From his unhappy childhood to the discovery of his gift as a storyteller and writer, David’s journey is by turns hilarious and tragic, but always full of life, colour and humanity.

Live Arts: Kinky Boots: The Musical (rescheduled event)

Feel-good West End and Broadway award-winning hit musical, Kinky Boots is the winner of every major Best Musical award: 6 Tonys, 3 WhatsOnStage Awards and 3 Olivier Awards. With songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde), and book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles) this is a musical feast not to miss on the big screen.

Live Arts: David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet - Live from the World Premiere

Thurs 16 April
One man has seen more of the natural world than any other. This unique feature documentary is his witness statement.
In his 93 years, David Attenborough has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of our planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder. Now, for the first time he reflects upon both the defining moments of his lifetime as a naturalist and the devastating changes he has seen.