Dir: Aaron Sorkin, US, 2017, 140 mins
Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner
Set in the world of underground poker, Chastain shines as an injured sportswoman who turns to running high-stakes games. Based on a true story, this is a riveting journey of achieving success by sheer tenacity and an intense work ethic, only to end up on the wrong end of a federal investigation.
Dir: Ai Weiwei, Ger, 2017, 140 mins, English dialogue
Haunting documentary led by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, exploring the current refugee crisis, the largest since WWII, with around 65 million people worldwide. An epic, thoughtful and enlightening portrayal that allows us to bear witness to the lives and suffering of an increasing number of displaced people around the globe.
Dir: Kornél Mundruczó, Hun, 2017, 129 mins, Hungarian dialogue with subtitles
Merab Ninidze, Zsombor Jéger, György Cserhalmi
Unique fantasy drama in which a Syrian refugee develops the ability to levitate after being shot by a police officer while illegally making his way into Hungary. Part social satire, part superhero thriller this is an impressive take on the refugee crisis and the Western world’s loss of religious faith.
Dir: Jennifer Peedom, Aus, 2017, 74 mins
Voice: Willem Dafoe
An awe inspiring documentary narrated by Willem Dafoe exploring the human fascination with the world’s highest peaks. A musical collaboration between filmmaker Jennifer Peedom and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, with vertiginous footage of mountaineering accompanied by vigorously performed classical pieces.
Dir: Martin McDonagh, US, 2017, 115 mins
Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell
Frances McDormand gives a powerhouse performance as a grieving mother who rents three advertising billboards as a means of shaming and pressuring the local police chief into solving her daughter’s murder. From the acclaimed playwright and director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges), this is part the darkest of black comedy, part thrilling, modern day western that reflects on loss, rage and the clashes between the sexes. Sublime.
Dir: Stéphane Brizé, Fr, 2016, 116 mins, French dialogue with subtitles
Judith Chemla, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Yolande Moreau
A moving drama based on a novel by Guy de Maupassant, following the changing fortunes of a noblewoman in 19th-century France, over the course of 27 years. A sobering account of the victimisation of a woman played to quietly heartbreaking perfection by Judith Chemla.
Dir: Ridley Scott, US, 2017, 133 mins
Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg
A captivating edge-of-the-seat thriller following the true story of the kidnapping of billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty's 16-year-old grandson in Rome in 1973. With Getty unwilling to part with any of his fortune, Paul’s strong-willed mother desperately tries to free her son with only the aid of the Italian police and a former CIA operative.
Dir: Lili Fini Zanuck, UK, 2017, 135 mins
An absorbing documentary about the renowned guitarist, told through archival footage and his own words, as well as those of his family, friends and musical collaborators. Despite suffering multiple addictions and tragic personal loss, he was able to find inner strength and healing in music.
Dir: Harold Ramis, US, 1993, 97 mins
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott
For those of us in the northern hemisphere wondering just how much more winter we have to contend with in 2018, there's only one thing to do. It's time to head to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania with television's gloomiest weatherman, Phil Connors, for this special 25th anniversary screening of Groundhog Day !
Dir: Len Collin, Ire, 2016, 88 mins
Kieran Coppinger, Charlene Kelly, Robert Doherty
Two disabled lovers trying to spend time alone use a trip to the movies to sneak away from their friends, despite it being illegal in Ireland for people with their disabilities to have sex outside of marriage. Adapted from Christian O’Reilly’s play and superbly acted, mostly by a disabled cast, this is a gently radical romantic comedy that actually managed to change the law.
Dir: Neil Jordan, UK, 1984, 93 mins
Angela Lansbury, David Warner, Sarah Patterson
A unique chance to see this classic Gothic fantasy, based on Angela Carter's 1979 short stories. A teenage girl in a country manor falls asleep while reading a magazine, and has a disturbing dream involving wolves prowling the woods below her bedroom window. An empowering allegory for the blossoming of womanhood and the importance of finding one's own way in life. This film was chosen by our Ushers.
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Dir: Joe Wright, UK, 2017, 125 mins
Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James
Gary Oldman is completely transformed and shines in his portrayal of Winston Churchill during a crucial moment in British history. Soon after becoming Prime Minister in May 1940, Churchill must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler or stand and fight. A stimulating and visually stunning story of leadership against the odds.
Dir: Philippe Garrel, Fr, 2017, 76 mins, French dialogue with subtitles
Éric Caravaca, Esther Garrel, Louise Chevillotte
A swift, touching drama in which a heartbroken young woman strikes up a unique friendship with her father's new girlfriend, who is her own age. An elegant ode to love, lovers, and the inevitable disappointment resulting when betrayal occurs.
Dir: Luca Guadagnino, It/Fr, 2017, 132 mins, English & Italian dialogue
Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg
An awards favourite, this romantic coming-of-age story set in sun baked Italy during the early 1980s returns. A young man develops an infatuation for his father’s research assistant. A sensual celebration of first love, the raptures of meeting a soul-mate, and the tranquillity of total togetherness, this is a film of beauty and choking emotional intensity.
Dir Hugh Welchman & Dorota Kobiela, UK/Pol, 2017, 93 mins
Robert Gulaczyk, Aidan Turner, Helen McCrory
A huge hit at IFT last year, this unusual & stunning animation explores the final mysterious days in the life of Vincent van Gogh, told by his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them. An immersive visual experience (65,000 oil-painted frames) and dramatic reconstructions of the events leading up to the artist's death.
Dir: Sidney Lumet, US, 1975, 130 mins
Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning
One hot August day a desperate and crazed man takes a local Brooklyn bank hostage with plans to rob it in order to pay for his lover's sex-change operation. Based on a true story, this is a gripping, funny Oscar-winning movie capturing star Al Pacino at the top of his game.
After the screening film critic and broadcaster Mark Searby will take part in a Q&A about the film and his book Al Pacino: The Movies Behind The Man.
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Dir: Steven Spielberg, US, 2017, 116 mins
Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Alison Brie
Drama based on true events from 1971, in which American newspapers raced to expose a government cover-up of Vietnam War secrets. A story that explores moral dilemmas within journalistic integrity, superbly handled throughout, intelligent and involving. This is a timely reminder of why in 2018 good, independent journalism matters.
Dir: Greg Barker, US, 2017, 90 mins
Documentary offering an uncompromising view of the inner workings of the Obama Administration during their final year of power. A fascinating peek into how American politics work and, despite the unscripted ending, Barker manages to find an upbeat note to end on. Surprisingly moving.
Dir: Richard Linklater, US, 2017, 125 mins
Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, Steve Carell
Linklater returns with this uplifting drama, an engaging sequel of sorts to Hal Ashby’s The Last Detail, set in 2003, during the fallout from the Iraq war. Built around great performances, we follow three war veterans as they reunite to help bury one of their sons, finding solace while exploring some old wounds.
Tennessee Williams’ 20th century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.
On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?
Dir: Alexandra Payne, US, 2017, 135 mins
Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Kristen Wiig
When scientists discover how to shrink people to five inches tall as a solution to overpopulation, a struggling couple decide to give it a try and move to a new downsized community, with irreversible life-changing results. An ingenious and profound science-fiction comedy that also plays as a passionate environmental fable.
Dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev, Rus, 2017, 122 mins, Russian Dialogue with subtitles
Yanina Hope, Maryana Spivak, Alexei Rozin
From the director of acclaimed Leviathan comes another masterpiece, portraying the dark side of human relationships through a couple going through the last stages of divorce whose emotional neglect of their son leads to devastating consequences. A mesmerising and intense experience with heartbreaking performances.
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)
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.