Dir: Petra Biondina Volpe, Swiss, 2017, 96 mins, German dialogue with subtitles
Marie Leuenberger, Maximilian Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig
An inspiring drama set in Switzerland in 1971 where, despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decades, women were still denied the right to vote. A young housewife and mother challenges the peace and values of her family and community by becoming the representative of her town’s suffragette movement.
Dir: Greta Gerwig, US, 2017, 94 mins
Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Timothée Chalamet
Saoirse Ronan gives a powerhouse performance as a restless 17-year-old student navigating her way through the pitfalls of Catholic school in California, her romantic dreams of college life in New York and her turbulent relationship with her mother. A glorious, semi-autobiographical coming-of-age début feature for director Greta Gerwig which has transformed her from indie darling to mainstream talent.
Ben Whishaw and Michelle Fairley play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder plays Caesar and David Morrissey is Mark Antony in this new production from Nicholas Hytner, broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.
Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital. Tickets £14/£10 (25 & under)
Dir: Lindsay Anderson, UK, 1973, 160 mins
Malcolm McDowell, Arthur Lowe, Ralph Richardson
An opportunity to revisit this extraordinary 70's drama, an allegory on life in a capitalist society, in which we follow the tortuous journey of an ambitious young man as he makes his way into adulthood navigating experiences such as nuclear-plant meltdowns, experimental genetics clinics and Swinging London.
Dir: Richard Loncraine, UK, 2017, 111 mins
Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie
An upbeat British comedy drama in which a middle-class woman has to reassess her life after she discovers, at her husband's retirement party, that he is having an affair with her best friend. Reluctantly moving in with her bohemian sister, she eventually rediscovers a joy, depth and authenticity to life that she had long been missing.
Dir: Warwick Thornton, Aus, 2017, 113 mins
Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Matt Day
A riveting and haunting Australian drama set in the 1920’s, in which an Aboriginal farmhand goes on the run after killing a white man in self-defence. A thought-provoking take on the traditional setting of a frontier western, with themes of racism and savagery during a time when Australia's justice system was still in its infancy.
Dir: Sebastián Lelio, Chile/Ger/Sp, 2017, 104 mins, Spanish dialogue with subtitles
Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco
Oscar nominated drama about a transgender woman struggling with grief and rejection from society after her boyfriend suddenly dies. An arresting cinematic achievement with a show-stopping central performance from transgender actress and singer Daniela Vega.
Dir: Ruben Östlund, Swe/Ger/Fr, 2017, 151 mins, English, Swedish & Danish dialogue
Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West
From the director of the acclaimed Force Majeure comes another piece of high-wire sociological suspense, a comedy of sorts in which the curator of an art museum in Sweden descends into a tailspin and begins to doubt his place in the world after the theft of his smartphone. A satire of the cultural elite of Stockholm, and middle-class complacency.
Dir: Tarik Saleh, Se/Den/Fr, 2017, 111 mins, French & Arabic dialogue with subtitles
Fares Fares, Mari Malek, Yasser Ali Maher
Set in the dawn of the Arab Spring, this fantastic gritty crime thriller follows a police detective as he investigates the death of a popular singer and how it connects to a businessman who also so happens to be a member of parliament. An intelligent story portraying the political machinations of the time.
Dir: Paddy Considine, UK, 2017, 92 mins
Paddy Considine, Jodie Whittaker, Paul Popplewell
A heartfelt drama from the director of the much acclaimed Tyrannosaur, in which a boxer fights to survive a life shifting injury. A moving portrait of one man's personal struggle, and an ode to those loved ones who help him achieve triumph over difficulty.
Dir: Clio Barnard, UK, 2017, 90 mins
Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley, Sean Bean
After 15 years absence, a woman returns home to the family farm in Yorkshire after the death of her father to claim her inheritance, much to the displeasure of her brother. Adapted from Rose Tremain’s novel Trespass, this is a gripping psychological study of sibling rivalry and the wounds left by childhood abuse.
Dir: Craig Gillespie, US, 2017, 119 mins
Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney
Based on true events, this dark comedy drama follows the ice-skater Tonya Harding, (who the whole world loved to hate), after one of the most remarkable scandals in sporting history. An entertaining, yet piercing, portrayal of Harding's troublesome life and career, with an Oscar winning performance from Allison Janney as her monstrous mother.
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Dir: Garth Davis, US, 2018, 120 mins
Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor
An attempt to give a feminist slant to biblical history through a look at the life of Jesus’ companion Mary Magdalene. Sincere but perhaps a touch too reverential, it’s still a refreshing change from past films on the subject.
Dir: Blandine Lenoir, Fr, 2017, 89 mins, French dialogue with subtitles
Agnès Jaoui, Thibault de Montalembert, Pascale Arbillot,
Cesar award-winner Agnès Jaoui gives an intelligent and affecting performance as Aurore; fifty, flirty and not so-thriving, her world is turned upside down when a past flame returns, reigniting her lust for life and love. A witty and wonderful ode to embracing age whilst staying young.
Dir: Lynne Ramsay, US, 2017, 90 mins
Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alessandro Nivola
Joaquin Phoenix plays Joe, a disturbed man, hired to rescue the daughter of a high-ranking New York senator from a vile sex ring. A fragmented and brilliantly directed character study of a hitman which won the Best Actor and Best Screenplay awards at Cannes last year, this confirms writer-director Lynne Ramsay as one of modern cinema's most unique and uncompromising voices.
Dir: Todd Haynes, US, 2017, 116 mins
Millicent Simmonds, Julianne Moore, Cory Michael Smith
Todd Haynes (director of the sublime Carol) is back with a film set in New York at two different points in time. Alive with the magic of pictures and the mysteries of silence, this is an uncommonly grownup film about children, communication, connection and memory.
Dir: Daisy Aitkens, UK, 2017, 98 mins
Lucy Punch, Faye Marsay, David Tennant
A delightful and witty romantic comedy drama in which a lesbian couple’s desire to take their relationship to the next level causes disaster and chaos, a situation not helped by their flirtatious new neighbour (David Tennant).
Dir: Peter Landesman, US, 2017, 103 mins
Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, Marton Csokas
Liam Neeson is commanding as Mark Felt, the Deputy Associate Director of the FBI, in this thrilling drama telling the story of how he became the legendary Watergate mole Deep Throat. An exciting investigative journey that delves behind the scenes of the political game in the search for truth and justice.
Dir: Adrian Shergold, UK, 2017, 103 mins
Maxine Peake, Paddy Considine, Tony Pitts
An ambitious, and belligerent club performer works the very male-dominated Northern comedy circuit during the 70s and 80s, while also standing up to a violent husband. Maxine Peake gives a fierce and magnetic performance in this powerful drama, highlighting the power of laughter and how pain can be transformed into humour.
Dir: William E. Badgley, UK, 2017, 86 mins
The Slits, Dennis Bovell
A vibrant documentary about The Slits, the all-women, mould-breaking punk band. Covering the time from their inception in 1976 to their end in 2010, it features Interviews as well as previously unseen footage and band recordings to bring back to life this unique, unconventional and much loved band.
Dir: Wes Anderson, US, 2017, 101 mins
Voices: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton
After an outbreak of canine flu leads to all dogs being exiled to an island, a defiant boy sets out alone to rescue his dog. Chased by authority figures intent on retrieving the boy, the community of dogs comes together to protect him. A charming second stop-motion animated film from Wes Anderson who also helmed Fantastic Mr Fox.
The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.
Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
This breathtakingly beautiful Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the Oscar winning MGM film, tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the ‘City of Light’. Featuring the gorgeous music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin, stunning designs, and show-stopping choreography. With a record-setting 28 five-star reviews from critics, An American in Paris is coming from London’s West End to a cinema near you.
Jerry Mulligan is an American GI striving to make it as a painter in a city suddenly bursting with hope and possibility. Following a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer named Lise, the streets of Paris become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war...
Experience this “truly ravishing” (The Guardian) production in the comfort of your local cinema.