Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson
In the 17th Century 2 young Portuguese Jesuits arrive in Japan to seek their mentor who has disappeared. There they face the ultimate test of faith in a country whose rulers have outlawed Christianity. The new film from Martin Scorsese is a sombre yet exhilarating portrait of love in many forms.
Victor Ezenfis, Natacha Régnier, Fabrizio Rongione
15 year old Jacob has never known who his father is and determines to track him down. But what to do when he finds the man only to discover he is arrogant and unlikeable ? Full of a soulful sense of humanity, this is a moving and often comic exploration of misplaced paternity.
Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Amiée Conn
Whiplash director Damien Chazelle dazzles us again with this fresh and delightful Hollywood musical drama following the love story between a struggling aspiring actress working in a coffee shop and a jazz pianist playing in a small time bar to make ends meet.
Suzanna Hamilton, Pixie Le Knot, Steven Brandon
A deep and thoughtful portrait of disability following an independent young man with Down's syndrome, whose life changes when his elderly mother dies and he is placed in a care home. Despite an initially unsettling time, he soon warms up to the idea of new experiences and new unexpected friendships form. There will be a Q&A after the 7.30pm screening on Tuesday 31 Jan with some of the filmmakers.
François Cluzet, Marianne Denicourt, Christophe Odent
A devoted doctor working in a rural community is forced to hand over his patients to a much less experienced replacement when he himself gets ill. A compelling and honest drama from a director who has been a doctor himself.
Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, broadcast live from the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world – and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.
Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler
An award-winning bittersweet drama dealing with the aftermath of a tragedy and how it transforms a man's life. An insightful ode to love and hope for redemption. Superbly acted and genuinely stirring.
Jonathan Freeman, Gilbert Gottfried, Alan Rosenblatt
A documentary about an autistic boy finding meaning of life through animated Disney movies. The story deals with a family’s struggle and ability to overcome the difficulties of bridging a developmental gap.
Ben Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning
Affleck’s prohibition crime saga is a stylish and bloody drama. Lavishly acted and beautifully lensed, this film affirms Affleck’s career as a distinguished director with this sensitive tale about a man who loses his moral compass.
Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper
Lynch takes a disturbing and devastating glance at the psychology of small town America. Serene, excruciatingly suspenseful, dark and disturbing. A true gem of a thriller, this acknowledged classic is being screened in a remastered print to celebrate its 30th anniversary.
Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, John Hurt
A stunning and thoughtful portrait of perhaps the world’s most famous First Lady. Not your average biopic as it is a deep study of a character that is at once iconised and vulnerable.
Greta Scacchi, Olivia Williams, Jonathan Pryce
Djata is a care-free 12-year-old growing up in a brutal dictatorship shut off from the outside world. When the government imprisons his father, Djata and his mother Hannah are labeled traitors, but he will not rest until he sees his father again. A gripping portrayal of an Orwellian dystopia.
Alex Murphy, Chris Walley, Hilary Rose
An exhilarating Irish road movie and cat-and-mouse comedy about two teenagers who, hearing that a boat carrying tons of drugs has capsized, hatch a plan to steal it - on their bicycles !
Sergei Dreiden, Maria Kuznetsova, Leonid Mozgovoy
The ghosts of Russian history are awakened in this startlingly unusual semi-documentary. Featuring sumptuous full-costume re-enactments of key events in Russian history. Reputedly involving over 1,000 extras, the film is also a great technical achievement, shot in its entirety in one long take in St. Petersburg’s Hermitage.
Ewan McGregor, Kelly Macdonald, Robert Carlyle
Two decades after we first met hopeless addict Renton (Ewan McGregor) and his despicable friends, the world is a very different place – but some things never change. After years in the wilderness, trying to escape his sketchy past, Renton returns home and reunites with his old acquaintances – who have all defied the odds and managed to stay alive. Just.
A tapestry of footage captured over the twenty-five-year career of documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson, this is a film that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry. Cameraperson is both a moving glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world.
Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts
Christine, always the smartest person in the room at a small-town news station becomes disillusioned as her life takes a dark turn. This acclaimed drama tells the true story of a Florida news reporter who, in 1974, shocked the world by taking her own life live on air.
Part dramatisation, part fly-on-the-wall, this documentary explores the complex subject of love from different individual perspectives. Beautifully rendered and moving. A sensory explanation of an eternal and universal subject.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Noah Wyle
A psychological and, at times, hallucinatory study of a teenager’s mind. A journey that is mystical, surprising and bears an overwhelming sense of doom. An unusual, puzzling and ultimately rewarding drama. A classic now 15 years old screening in a remastered print.
Alice Lowe, Dan Renton Skinner, Kayvan Novak
A pitch black and wry British comedy from the mind of Alice Lowe, Prevenge follows Ruth, a pregnant woman on a killing spree. It's her misanthropic unborn baby dictating Ruth's actions, holding society responsible for the absence of a father. The child speaks to Ruth from the womb, coaching her to lure and ultimately kill her unsuspecting victims.
Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller, Thomas Loibl
An insightful dark comedy following the efforts of a divorced man trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter. A movie experience unlike any other recently and one that defies its unusually extended running time effortlessly to great aplomb.
Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.
Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece.
Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer). (210 mins)
A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.
The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.
Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man and Superman, NT Live: The Beaux’ Stratagem) directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Episodes) as a transformed Malvolia. an ensemble cast that includes Daniel Rigby (Flowers, Jericho), Tamara Lawrence (Undercover), Doon Mackichan (Smack the Pony) and Daniel Ezra (The Missing, Undercover).