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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (PG)

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

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Saturday 18 Aug 201819:00 Book Now (Single Seats Only)
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Approx advert and trailer run time: 25m

Film run time: 1hr 54m

Good news everyone! Pierce Brosnan is back and he’s singing again!

Part of the enduring charm of the original 2008 film was that it felt scrappy and unpolished. A film that was inclusive of everyone, you didn’t need to have a perfect singing voice to be part of the fun. And, yes, maybe that even included the former Mr Bond murdering every note he went near with the wild abandon of someone with a licence to kill.

This film picks up some years after the original with Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) finding out she is pregnant. This leads her to wonder about her heritage and how her mother met the three dashing men she now calls her fathers.

Queue flashbacks to Donna’s early life with Lily James playing the younger version of Meryl Streep’s character as she makes the decision to move to the island of Kalokairi in the process providing us with loads of excuses to further delve into ABBA’s back catalogue.

When all is said and done there’ll be no regret if you take a chance on this dancing queen!

Aladdin (U)


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Saturday 18 Aug 201814:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 31m

Robin Williams stars as the quick witted Genie in the Disney Renaissance classic, Aladdin.

Aladdin (Scott Weinger), the titular ‘street rat’ finds himself inadvertently in possession of the Genie’s lamp. Using his wishes he (not so wisely), becomes a prince to try and steal the heart of the beautiful, Princess Jasmine (Linda Larkin). Little does he know, Jafar and his sidekick parrot, Iago (Jonathon Freeman and Gilbert Gottfried respectively), the villain of the story, has other plans.

After the company had struggled to produce highly successful films for many years. Aladdin was part of redefining the Disney we know and love today.

Full of adventure, classic animation and William’s hilarious Genie, you can see why it won two Academy Awards, Best Original Score and Best Original Song for “A Whole New World”.

In times like these, the Genie’s words resonate more than ever, "I'm history! No, I'm mythology! Nah, I don't care what I am; I'm free."

Come along with The Odyssey on a magic carpet ride you’ll never forget!

Adrift (12A)


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Monday 20 Aug 201814:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25m

Film run time: 1h 36m

As battling-against-the-odds-for-survival films go, this one is outstanding.

Right from the start we are thrown in at the deep end with the opening shot showing a battered young woman jerking back into consciousness amongst the floating debris below deck of what remains of her sailing boat.

When she finally manages to claw her way out the camera pans away upwards to show the damaged vessel as a tiny white needle in a truly vast blue haystack.

Oh, and her boyfriend’s missing too.

Based, amazingly, on real events, the background narrative is a passionate love story. Tami (Shailene Woodley) wanders the world until she and Richard (Sam Claflin) find each other and sail off into the sunset and one of the biggest storms ever seen in the Pacific.

As director Baltasar Kormakur showed in “Everest”, determination and an indomitable spirit can overcome extraordinary hardships but here he also shows how Tami and Richard draw on their love in order to endure when faced with despair.

The term ‘truly remarkable ‘is over-used but it’s accurate here - come and see this true tale of love and resilience.

Madame (15)


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Monday 20 Aug 201819:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25mins

Film run time: 1hr 29m

Written and directed by French novelist and film-maker Amanda Sthers, the light-hearted “Madame” centres on the social drama around a dinner party and it’s aftermath.

Toni Collette and Harvey Keitel play Anne and Bob, a rich American expat couple living in Paris and straining their considerable resources with an even more considerably lavish lifestyle.

Anne decides to hold a refined soirée for their friends but their son invites himself along making 13 (horrors!) and so Anne recruits her reluctant maid Maria to even the numbers. This neat plan goes awry as Maria not only proves herself to be out of her social depth but then goes on to start a romance with one of the other guests. For Anne this is inexcusable as it breaks rigid class boundaries and emphasises her own dwindling romantic appeal - even dressed sexily (or naked!) she can’t rekindle Bob’s interest.

Collette and Keitel put in fine performances of course but De Rossy threatens to steal the show. Her Maria is played with warmth as well as comedic drama as the three of them set about skewering class differences in this accomplished social satire.

Incredibles 2 (PG)

Incredibles 2

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Tuesday 21 Aug 201811:00 Book Now
Thursday 23 Aug 201814:00 Book Now
Saturday 29 Sep 201814:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25mins

Film run time: 2hr 05m

14 years have elapsed since the original Incredibles film, and we’ve had one or two superhero films in between. The long awaited sequel is here, after that stretched out period, with director Brad Bird remarking that he’d only be interested in doing a second film if he could improve on the original.

He arguably does just that; Incredibles 2 drops us in exactly where the first film left us — in fact, the original epilogue serves as the prologue. Everyone’s favourite superhero family are struggling to regain public favour, and not letting it affect things at home.

A spanner is thrown in the works when Evelyn (Catherine Keener) and Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) offer to fund The Incredibles to improve their public relations, and choose Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) to spearhead the campaign.

Mr Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) is of course slightly crestfallen to have not been picked, and isn’t too keen on being a stay at home father. But when a shady new villain emerges, the family have to set their issues aside, if they are to save the day again.

Michael Giacchino’s 60s-inspired score is a big highlight again.

Pixar's latest short film Bao, will accompany the main feature. Directed by Domee Shi, the first female director of a Pixar short ever.

Sicario 2: Soldado (15)

Sicario 2: Soldado

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Tuesday 21 Aug 201819:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2h 2m

A richly deserved sequel to the original Sicario three years ago, Day Of The Soldado delves even deeper into the dark world of the US-Mexico border drug war, and the murkily questionable methods the CIA uses to take down the sinister cartels.

Among the best films of 2015, Sicario brought forth the compelling character of hitman Alejandro Gillick, portrayed in mysterious and brooding splendour by Benicio Del Toro. The first film gave us a very good idea of how far and ruthlessly he will go to avenge his murdered family, and just how willing he was to exploit the FBI agents at his disposal, most of all Emily Blunt’s character.

Del Toro, of course, returns, as does Josh Brolin, back again as FBI bigwig Matt Graver. With the cartels escalating the war by smuggling terrorists across the border, Graver has no choice but to call upon the disconcerting Gillick. Gillick then immediately heightens tensions further by kidnapping a cartel kingpin’s daughter.

One of the more thought-provoking and darker crime thrillers this summer, among a sea of flashy blockbusters, and certainly not one to miss!

Hotel Artemis (15)

Hotel Artemis

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Thursday 23 Aug 201820:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25m

Film run time: 1hr 33m

If there's one thing Summer 2018 needs, it's a dystopian neo-noir crime film (try saying that five times quickly). And we've got one in the enticing package that is Hotel Artemis.

The 'hotel' is in fact a secret hospital in futuristic 2028 Los Angeles. We find LA in desperate, darker times: companies are privatising water for its citizens; who are rioting. As more and more people are branded criminals, the need for Hotel Artemis is without question.  

Jodie Foster plays the nurse who runs the place, alongside the orderly Everest. He's played by Dave Bautista, who continues to win at the tricky task of transitioning from professional wrestler to actor.

Among the hospital's colourful patients are Acapulco (Charlie Day, progressing from It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia), an obnoxious arms dealer. And Nice (Sofia Boutella), a deadly assassin.

When the city’s most notorious crime boss shows up (Jeff Goldblum), and with the riots ever approaching the Hotel, tension is at breaking point.

First time director Drew Pearce’s first offering is a real treat.

Just remember the hospital’s golden rule: guests are not to kill other guests.

The Karate Kid (1984) (12A)

The Karate Kid (1984)

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Friday 24 Aug 201817:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25m

Film run time: 2hr 2m

Last year, Youtube announced that they would be bringing back Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence in Cobra Kai, one of the first Youtube Premium series. Premiering on the 2nd May, the new series was a massive success, but at The Odyssey we want to remind you of where their rivalry all began.

Daniel has just arrived in California from New Jersey, where he immediately runs into karate trained high school bullies. He is rescued by a Japanese Janitor (Pat Morita) who agrees to teach him how to harness karate for good instead of evil. The training process to Danny seems long and laborious, with some actions looking like he’s just being made to do chores for Miyagi. When the film reaches its final championship karate bout between Daniel and Johnny, to see who will win the trophy and the heart of Ali (Elisabeth Shue), will all the training montages be worth it?

Originally the role of Kreese, the sadistic coach who goads Johnny into fighting dirty was offered to real-life karate champion Chuck Norris, but he turned down the role refusing to be shown using his skills in a negative way onscreen.

Tickets from £5 - matinée prices!

Mystery revealed! Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) (PG)

Mystery revealed! Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

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Friday 24 Aug 201821:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 55m

Starting this August, The Odyssey will be bringing you a monthly-special strand of ‘late-night’ retro films.

To kick start this screening series we are excited to entice you all with a mystery movie!!!

We can officially announce that we will be screening...

With a later start time than usual, we hope to revive the spirit of the ‘midnight movies’ which emerged in the early 1970s at vintage picturehouses (although not actually running at midnight, for now!).

The hottest ticket of the summer, book now and prepare for our first step on this exciting cinematic journey!

Hotel Transylvania 3 (U)

Hotel Transylvania 3

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Saturday 25 Aug 201814:00 Book Now
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Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 37m

Join Sony Pictures’ favourite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship, so Drac can take a summer holiday from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel.

Voiced by Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez and directed by Genndy Tartakovski - famed for such animated gems as Dexter’s Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls and Samurai Jack.

Once the pack leave the port, romance arises when Dracula meets the mysterious ship Captain, Ericka. Little do they know that his ‘too good to be true’ love interest is actually a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, ancient nemesis to Dracula and all other monsters.

HT3:SV continues the positive premise that acceptance and tolerance of others’ differences is ultimately more rewarding than anger and revenge, a welcome message in these times of increasing social conflict and division. That this message is delivered by great comic acting, exceptional animation and plenty of laughs only goes to confirm Hotel Transylvania 3 as a uniquely charming family mid-summer must-see.

Tag (15)


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Saturday 25 Aug 201820:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25m

Film run time: 1hr 40m

Based on a true story. No, really. Tag is based on a real-life group of friends who would play a month-long game of tag (or ‘it’ for us Brits) every February for 28 years.

And what an ensemble cast: Jeremy Renner is Jerry, the only member of the gang who has never been ‘it’, thanks to his sheer athleticism and wits. He is looking to go out on a high and bring the game to an end with his marriage looming. As you can imagine, his friends are having none of it.

The casting is on point — Ed Helms (The Hangover) as Hogan. Jon Hamm (Mad Men) is the egotistical CEO, Jake Johnson (New Girl) as the stoner-divorcee, and Hannibal Buress, stealing a number of scenes with his jokes.

And that’s only the male side — Annabelle Wallis plays the Wall Street Journal writer who made the men famous, while Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers) and Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) play two of the wives who have to put up with it all. The game is truly ruthless, and the resulting film is fun, funny and fantastical.

Vertigo (1958) (PG)

Vertigo (1958)

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Sunday 26 Aug 201817:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25m

Film run time: 2hr 2m

A failure on its original release, Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece has since gathered acclaim as the proverbial greatest film ever made.

After inadvertedly causing the death of a colleague, acrophobic detective Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart) retires from the police force, but is lured onto another assignment by an old friend, who claims that his wife, Madeline (Kim Novak), is possessed by an ancestor's ghost.

Scottie tracks her across San Francisco and soon falls in love, but Madeline's predicament proves to be more complex than it seems and threatens to engulf them both. Starting as a neat and theatrical detective plot, the film grows into a beautiful and unsettling love story, which meditates on the nature and morality of fantasy (and film itself) without ever losing dramatic momentum or interest.

The full effect of the film's many meanings may only come to light on repeated viewings - but if you have never seen it, there can be no better place to start than in a cinema.

Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie (U)

Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie

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Tuesday 28 Aug 201811:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25m

Film run time: 1hr 24m

It’s May 2018, Rail Plan 2020 is ready to be unleashed on the isles, and a promise of more services and more carriages is bringing joy to commuters all around the UK. Fast-forward to June and madness has broken out.

Cancelled services, overheating carriages, crowds breaking down barriers, and Thameslink on the brink of collapse. All while this is happening, and you can’t get a fast train to St Pancras, everyone’s favourite ol’ reliable steam train, Thomas the Tank Engine, has somehow managed to travel across all five continents on his Big World, Big Adventure journey.

Thomas wants to become the first engine to travel the world, getting inspiration from a race car named Ace (voiced by Peter Andre). So he leaves Sodor and the fat conductor behind and faces off on a heroic quest that takes him across deserts, through jungles and over dangerous mountains.

However, on his journey, he meets Nia, who teaches him that you can’t get by without a little help from your friends.

One for kids of all ages, and maybe some adults who loved Thomas as much as I did as a child, and need some good news about trains for once.

Whitney (15)


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Wednesday 29 Aug 201819:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25m

Film run time: 1hr 59m

Featuring exclusive audio and never-before-seen video archive from Whitney Houston’s time as a recording artist, this powerful new film by Kevin Macdonald (Touching the Void, The Last King of Scotland, Marley) is an honest portrait of rare talent, told by those closest to her.

Tracing the singer’s upbringing and phenomenal career through to her early death in 2012, Whitney remembers the talent and tragedy that surrounded Whitney Houston.

If Whitney bears many similarities to Asif Kapadia’s Amy (2015), it is because Houston and Winehouse shared a remarkably similar descent, a path paved with fraught relationships with their fathers and husbands, a dense social circle of enablers, and a crushing melancholy they sought to quell with drugs and alcohol.

The film dwells equally on her natural charisma, her exuberance and her talent. At one point, an audience is left to marvel at her acrobatic voice, nimbly crooning the opening lines of I Wanna Dance with Somebody free of music. Unseen footage and interviews with the singer showcase a woman who, though struggling, was charming and full of spirit, well suited to the spotlight.

Bugsy Malone (1976) (U)

Bugsy Malone (1976)

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Thursday 30 Aug 201814:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25m

Film run time: 1hr 30m

Alan Parker's musical pastiche of 1930s gangster films continues to shine.

Envisioning a strange but convincingly detailed mob-ruled fantasy world containing no people older than 17, the film follows a turf war between rival bosses Fat Sam (John Cassisi) and Dandy Dan (Martin Lev), the latter of whom owns a terrible and mysterious weapon called the "Splurge Gun", which "finishes" whoever it hits.

His empire rapidly shrinking, Sam enlists the help of a down-and-out boxing promoter named Bugsy Malone (Scott Baio), who finds a reason to fight when he falls for Blousey Brown (Florrie Dugger), an aspiring singer with dreams of Hollywood.

Despite its bizarre premise, the film is grounded by both the outstanding mock-period music of Paul Williams and the total conviction of its child cast, who treat the story completely seriously and make the audience do likewise.

Notable cast members include Jodie Foster, who had just participated in Taxi Driver, and Dexter Fletcher, who has a small but crucial part as "Baby Face"

Stand By Me (1986) (15)

Stand By Me (1986)

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Thursday 30 Aug 201820:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 27m

Rob Reiner’s 1986 adaptation of Stephen King’s novella is as fresh and moving as it was when it was first released, with a charm and depth that seems to resonate with each generation.

It is Labour Day weekend, 1959, and four adventurous boys set off to find a missing boy, on the outskirts of their hometown, Castle Rock, Oregon. The boys make an impressive and inseparable gang, there’s the born-leader Chris (River Phoenix), the intellectual Gordie (Wil Wheaton), the emotionally disturbed Teddy (Corey Feldman), and the chubby hanger-on Vern (Jerry O’Connell).

Kiefer Sutherland also dominates every scene he’s in playing Ace, the bleach-blonde, brutish high-school bully.

Rarely does a film capture the innocence and growing pains of young boys on their way to manhood, especially in such a rich and heartfelt way. These feelings are strengthened by the nostalgic and poignant narration by Richard Dreyfuss, voicing the grown-up Gordie.

Amid numerous misadventures the group savour what may be their last chance to be kids while the future could tear them apart.

Mission: Impossible Fallout (12A)

Mission: Impossible Fallout

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Friday 31 Aug 201820:00 Book Now (Single Seats Only)
Saturday 1 Sep 201819:00 Book Now
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Approx advert and trailer run time: 25m

Film run time: 2hr 27m

This is your mission, should you choose to accept it. Fallout is the sixth film in the Mission Impossible film series, since Tom Cruise became the face of the brand. Rogue Nation was praised for breathing new life into the story, and this film looks set to continue that.

Things are unravelling for the IMF (Impossible Missions Force, not the International Monetary Fund) as a very dangerous prisoner, Solomon Lane (played by the always creepy Sean Harris) escapes. Ethan Hunt (Cruise) knows that Lane must be stopped, as he poses a grave threat to global security. But as the title suggests, the CIA begin to question his motives and loyalty. This also pits him against friends, particularly Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), and he meets his match in fellow operative, August Walker (Henry Cavill).

Thankfully, Simon Pegg also rejoins Cruise and Ferguson. And, as well as Cavill, Alec Baldwin and Vanessa Kirby also join the A-list cast. Not to mention director Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed the previous Mission Impossible.

This is his fifth collaboration with Cruise, after Valkyrie, Edge Of Tomorrow and Jack Reacher.

All together now: dun, dun, dun-dun, dun, dun….

Ant-Man & The Wasp (12A)

Ant-Man & The Wasp

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Saturday 1 Sep 201814:00 Book Now
Sunday 2 Sep 201813:00 Book Now
Thursday 6 Sep 201820:00 Book Now
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Approx advert and trailer run time: 25m

Film run time: 1hr 57m

With Avengers: Infinity War turning out to not be the most cheerful Marvel adventure so far, we knew we could count on the Ant-Man sequel to restore the balance of action, laughs, and jaw-dropping sequences.

We arrive straight after the events of Captain America: Civil War, where Scott Lang (the impossible-not-to-love Paul Rudd) is under arrest, having taken the Cap’s side and thus broken the law. This has also left him massively out of favour with his friends and mentors Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), with whom he has a complicated relationship.

However, Hank and Hope have newfound faith that they can rescue wife and mother Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the Quantum Realm, and they reluctantly need Lang’s help to do it.

But a big spanner in their plans are the meddling FBI, local criminals, and most of all, Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) — a stealthy villain with a shady past, who plans to use Pym’s technology to save her own life, no matter the cost.

The MCU has officially turned 20; this could be its most ludicrously enjoyable outing yet!

Swimming With Men (12A)

Swimming With Men

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Wednesday 5 Sep 201819:30 Book Now
Thursday 6 Sep 201814:00 Book Now
Tuesday 11 Sep 201819:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 37m

What can you do when the dull grind of the day to day turns life into a monotonous blur? Join a synchronised swimming group for middle aged men I suppose.

Things aren’t going particularly well for Eric (Rob Brydon), an accountant whose marriage is on the rocks and for whom life has started to become something a chore. Eric, however, manages to find an escape from his day to day when he stumbles upon an all-male synchronised swimming club. Hoping to reinvigorate his life, and perhaps win back his wife, Heather (Jane Horrocks), Eric joins the group.

Although described by member Colin (Daniel Mays) as “just a bunch of middle-aged men who want to meet up in trunks that are too small for us, and make funny little patterns in a pool,” the group somehow find themselves on a path that may just lead to the world championships in Milan. Featuring a cast of much-loved UK actors, director Oliver Parker (St Trinian’s, Johnny English Reborn) weaves the somewhat left-field premise into a funny, heart-warming journey.

Come along and see if you can spot Cottonmill Lane’s Sub Aqua Club amongst the locations!

Teen Titans Go! To The Movies (PG)

Teen Titans Go! To The Movies

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Saturday 8 Sep 201814:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25m

Film run time: 1hr 28m

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies distils the enduring appeal of its colourful characters into a charmingly light-hearted adventure whose wacky humour fuels its infectious fun.

The DC Universe is known for its dark and gritty movie adaptations… to the Teen Titans it seems like everyone is getting their own gritty movie… even Alfred!

Robin has had enough. He’s fed up of being the sidekick, he wants to be the star. So with a mad idea and a catchy song in their hearts, Robin, Raven, Starfire, Beastboy and Cyborg head to Hollywood to fulfil their dreams.

They soon realise that you need more than superpowers to be a movie star, you need an evil supervillain to face… Cue Slade, powerfully voiced by Will Arnett, entering with his plan for world domination. Is he too strong for the Titans to defeat? or will they prove they do deserve their own movie!

It’s a darn good time, sure to make you laugh and fall in love with the superheroes and all the shenanigans that come with the job.

The Piano (1993) (15)

The Piano (1993)

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Sunday 9 Sep 201818:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 28m

Jane Campion's lyrical period piece about silence, freedom, and music resurfaces after 25 years of absence.

In the mid-19th century, Ada McGrath (Holly Hunter), a stern and stoic Scotswoman, is married off to Alisdair Stewart (Sam Neill), an insecure settler in a fierce and remote section of New Zealand. Ada's discomfort with the arrangement is only worsened by her husband's practical disregard for her piano, an enormous source of expression and escape for her, which falls into the hands of George Baines (Harvey Keitel), an ex-sailor who has gone native.

Quietly enthralled by her presence, Baines agrees to return the piano in exchange for various favours (musical and physical) on her part, but genuine feeling soon emerges on both sides, to the consternation of both Ada's husband and her equally isolated daughter (Anna Paquin).

Avoiding melodrama and prettification, Campion's film subtly builds its characters and world not through dialogue, but richly meaningful silences, filled either by subtly expressive acting or by Michael Nyman's romantic but understated score.

Hunter's performance is especially pivotal in both cases: she did her own onscreen piano playing, and Nyman specifically tailored much of the score to match her level of skill with the instrument.

First Reformed (15)

First Reformed

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Monday 10 Sep 201814:00 Book Now
Monday 10 Sep 201819:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 53m

Writer-director Paul Schrader’s (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull) latest creation is a powerful drama offering a stark look at one man’s crisis of faith.

Reverend Ernst Toller (played with compelling conviction by Ethan Hawke) is well-liked amongst his small congregation, but his role as the vicar of the First Reformed Church in upstate New York is clearly eclipsed by the much more popular nearby parent church, ‘Abundant Life’, led by Reverend Joel Jeffers (Cedric Kyles— better known as stand-up comic Cedric the Entertainer).

Forever impeccably conscientious in the face of his congregation, he seeks relief in the form of a secular therapy group, but finds no oasis there. His inner anguish, shared through a heavy voiceover, is exacerbated by the request of a troubled parishioner, Mary (Amanda Seyfried— a big change from the all-singing, all-dancing Mamma Mia!), who urges him to speak to her despairing radical environmental activist husband.

This film packs punches in all the right places and certainly deserves to be held in the same esteem as his previous works.

Exploring the turmoil of a man at the peak of a spiritual crisis, this dramatic dissection of a conscience is certainly not one to be missed.

The Bookshop (PG)

The Bookshop

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Tuesday 11 Sep 201812:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 53m

Literature illuminates a grey post-war coastal town in this Penelope Fitzgerald adaptation.

In late 1950s Suffolk, a widow (Emily Mortimer) seeks to return culture to her austere surroundings by setting up a bookshop -the town's first- in its most rundown and forsaken building. Igniting the locals' interest by stocking new and exciting tomes such as Lolita and Farenheit 451, she soon encounters both resistance from Mrs Gamart (Patricia Clarkson), the town's draconian grand dame, who wants an arts centre to replace Florence's establishment, and support from Mr Brundish (Bill Nighy), a quiet but fiercely idealistic recluse.

The film's seemingly familiar vintage British setting is enlivened by being seen from a less familiar perspective, the Spanish director Isabel Coixet, who firmly grasps the story's bloodless but fierce battle between liberal outsiders and conservative conformists. Eschewing the twee romantic-comedy stylings of, for example, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, the film instead develops into a more challenging study of Little-England mentality and the still-relevant struggle to overcome it.

The Escape (15)

The Escape

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Wednesday 12 Sep 201813:00 Book Now
Wednesday 12 Sep 201819:30 Book Now
Thursday 13 Sep 201814:00 Book Now
Friday 14 Sep 201820:00 Book Now (+ Intro and Q and A)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 41m

With intro & post film Q&A – Friday 14th

We are excited to announce that Director Dominic Savage will be joining us for our screening on Friday 14th to introduce the film and then take part in a Q&A after the screening.

Gemma Arterton’s lead performance as Tara is revelatory as she masterfully portrays the numbed anguish of a 30-year-old housewife stuck in the robotic, soulless routine of chores and childcare.

With a beautiful home and a loving husband (Dominic Cooper), her life does not appear to trouble her with any immediate tangible hardship. Yet, as the camera fixes on her troubled face, it becomes clear (first to the audience, then to herself) that she is deeply unhappy.

Going through the motions of school runs and bedtimes is unfulfilling, and even becomes a source of emotional pain as Tara questions her ability to be a good mother. She needs an escape, a beacon of hope— Paris.

The cinematography notably changes upon her arrival, welcoming a palette flooded with warmth as we see Tara experience the relief from mundanity she so desperately wanted.

Director Dominic Savage invites us to sympathise with a mother who now has to carry the guilt of walking out on her husband and children. The authenticity of her pain shines through in a bold, sensitive drama that examines the emotions and motivations of someone who we might be all too quick to label as a bad person, yet who is experiencing turmoil not too far detached from our own daily lives.

Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager (12A)

Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager

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Thursday 13 Sep 201820:00 Book Now (+ Intro and Q and A)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 41m

As the title suggests, this is more than your average sports documentary, taking us through failure, success, the sheer ruthlessness of football, and mortality.

And all those things could only come from the story of one of the most admired men to ever work professionally in football. The film begins with Bobby Robson’s, nasal melanoma diagnosis. After being told: “people don’t go back to work after this”, clearly the doctors didn’t fully realise who they were speaking to, as Robson went on to manage FC Barcelona almost immediately after his recovery.

The list of interviewees is most impressive: José Mourinho, who worked under Robson at Barcelona, Pep Guardiola, one of his Barcelona players, not to mention Alex Ferguson, Gary Lineker and many more. All of whom speak about the man evangelically.

A special film, about a very special football manager.

We will be splitting our profits for this screening with Bobby’s cancer charity – The Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Foundation.

We are very pleased to announce this screening will be introduced by Producer and St Albans resident John Mckenna. John will also stay for a 30 minute Q&A at the end of the film so please stay in your seats after the credits roll!

Disney's Christopher Robin (PG)

Disney's Christopher Robin

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Saturday 15 Sep 201814:00 Book Now
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Wednesday 19 Sep 201813:00 Book Now
Saturday 22 Sep 201814:00 Book Now
Sunday 23 Sep 201813:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 44m

In the heart-warming live-action adventure, the young boy who loved embarking on adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with his band of spirited stuffed animals, has grown up and lost his way…

“Pooh?!”, exclaims Christopher Robin, upon finding him on a bench in Central London.

Ewan McGregor in the titular role, is bewildered that Winnie the Pooh (voiced once more by Jim Cummings) has managed to get from the Hundred Acre Wood to London.

Despite missing his beloved friend, Christopher considers himself far too busy to be dealing with this unexpected Pooh right now. Christopher immediately takes Pooh to the train station to send him back to Sussex; but eventually comes around - especially when Tigger (Cummings again!), Eeyore (Brad Garrett), Rabbit (Peter Capaldi) and Owl (Toby Jones) get involved.

Hayley Atwell also stars as the long-suffering Evelyn Robin. Evelyn continues on in employment as an architect, contributing to the rebuilding of London after the war. A role which redefines the image of women during wartime.

A much needed story about rediscovering that childhood sense of wonder, with brilliant performances from McGregor and Atwell.

Apostasy (PG)


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Monday 17 Sep 201814:00 Book Now
Wednesday 19 Sep 201819:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 35m

A beautiful and highly personal film telling the story of Ivanna, a devout Jehovah’s Witness (Siobhan Finneran), and her two teenage daughters Luisa (Sacha Parkinson) and Alex (Molly Wright) living in modern-day Manchester.

Despite a cloud hanging over her family from when anaemic Alex was given a blood transfusion as a baby (against the parent’s wishes), Ivanna had never felt compelled to question the patriarchy of the church elders. However, when Luisa falls pregnant, Ivanna is directed to cut all contact with her daughter. She complies, expelling Luisa from the family home. Slowly all three members of the family must confront the conflict between faith and familial loyalty. They must decide if blood is thicker.

The performances are barn-stormingly good, especially from Finneran, a face that will be familiar to fans of Downton Abbey and Clocking Off, here allowed to fully showcase her acting skills in a rich, nuanced performance.

At the time of writing the film has an incredibly rare, perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, so be sure to catch this remarkable and authentic British drama at The Odyssey this September.

Pin Cushion (15)

Pin Cushion

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Monday 17 Sep 201819:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 22m

An Eclectic coming-of-age tale, exploring the relationship between super close Mother Lyn and daughter Iona; excited for their new life in a new town.

Undeniably co-dependent, the soft, mild Lyn (Joanna Scanlan) and her pale-faced, ethereally beautiful daughter Iona (Lily Newmark) contentedly lead a life wound up in each other.

Capturing Iona’s transition into adolescence and the divergence of her path from Lyn’s - the teenager’s attention is now captured by the Heathers-esque clique at school, whose underhanded remarks exploit her naivety in a portrayal of bullying that is as much honest as it is painful.

As much as Lyn and Iona pretend to each other that things are going great, things aren’t going great for either of them. The struggle through complex female relationships is framed by a kitschy, trinket-strewn cottage, whose angora fuzz seeps into the pink dreamscape cinematography of the film as a physical reminder of the teenager’s struggle to escape her mother’s embrace. Shot in her own hometown of Swadlincote, South Derbyshire - this strong directorial debut from Deborah Haywood is emotionally biographical. With nods to Carrie (1976) and the films of Michael Haneke.

Soft, sensitive yet undeniably funny, it is sure to resonate.

Leave No Trace (PG)

Leave No Trace

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Tuesday 18 Sep 201819:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 49m

For fans of the director’s ‘Winter’s Bone’, which effectively launched Jennifer Lawrence’s career, this unconventional family portrait shares many qualities with the 2010 film.

Director Debra Granik’s ‘Leave No Trace’ follows the story of a father (Ben Foster) and his 13-year-old daughter who lead an idyllic yet solitary life living in a picturesque nature reserve near Portland, Oregon. Rarely making contact with the outside world, the father and daughter form a heart-warming dependency on one another. But one small mistake soon has local authorities hot on their heels.

Their tranquil lifestyle is turned upside down as they’re forced to integrate back into society along with all the social pitfalls that face them. Will they be able to cope with the stresses of such a drastic lifestyle change and will they be able to find a place they can call home? One thing is for sure, Granik does an exquisite job in portraying the utmost endearing relationship between the father and daughter.

The dynamic between the two is captivating and you can’t help but feel heart-wrenching empathy for them throughout. Moving and gloriously written, Leave No Trace is sure to leave no dry eyes in the audience.

The Guardians (Subtitled) Les Gardiennes (15)

The Guardians (Subtitled) Les Gardiennes

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Thursday 20 Sep 201814:00 Book Now
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Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2h 15m

Director Xavier Beauvois (of Of Gods and Men fame) opens up another fresh perspective on WWI, that of women in rural France.

Opening in 1915, when fighting was well underway, the film intently focuses on a small farm, where the war is primarily expressed through an absence: the men are either away fighting, dead, or rendered hollow by shell-shock.

Most of the work is done by the remaining women, chiefly steadfast matriarch Hortense (Nathalie Baye) and farm worker Francine (Iris Bry, in her debut role). Initially an orphaned outsider, Francine is further integrated into the family by the tribulations of the war, and soon finds romance with one of its sons, Georges (Olivier Rabourdin), but both she and the people she loves remain under constant and unpredictable threat.

Knowing that his viewers are already familiar with the horror and devastation of the trenches, Beauvois crafts a believable wartime atmosphere through smaller, more believable touches, such as a tense town meeting or an unexpected but immediately telling visitor.

Through such an understated but immersive treatment, he expresses his world in a nuanced and involving way.

A Prayer Before Dawn (18)

A Prayer Before Dawn

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Friday 21 Sep 201820:00 Book Now

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Film run time: 1h 52m

The remarkable true story of Billy Moore, a young British boxer incarcerated for three years in two of Thailand’s most notorious prisons.

Billy is quickly thrown into a terrifying world of drugs and gang violence, but when the prison authorities allow him to take part in the Muay Thai boxing tournaments, he realises this is his only hope for survival, which takes him on an incredible journey to redemption.

Played by the amazing Joe Cole, who made a name for himself co-starring in the cult TV show Peaky Blinders and more recently in Black Mirror’s most optimistic episode “Hang the D.J.”.  

The low-budget, guerrilla-style shoot took place largely in an abandoned prison in Thailand. Cole found himself working alongside a cohort of ex-cons. The final sequence was shot in a real working prison in front of 2,500 inmates.

It helps that Cole is a naturally soulful actor, which keeps the commitment to the physicality in extremis from coming off as Method stunt-performing or laddish hard-man posturing.

Credit to filmmaker Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire for the gut-wrenching brutal artistic realism and actor Joe Cole for making Billy Moore immortal.

Spitfire (2018) (PG)

Spitfire (2018)

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Sunday 23 Sep 201818:00 Book Now
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Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 37m

An enduring symbol of British strength, ingenuity, and enterprise is explored in a new documentary, made to celebrate the centenary of the RAF.

In the late 1930s, Britain faced a considerable threat from Nazified Germany, which greatly outranked it in military resources. In order to repel the enemy, enormous feats were required -not simply from brave pilots, but also great ingenuity from its designer, R.J. Mitchell, and enormous industry from those who built their planes, who had to work around the clock in order to keep as many fighters in the air as possible.

While not deploying the visceral techniques of Dunkirk, the documentary displays a stirring but thoughtful expression of its subject. Besides magisterial narration from Charles Dance, immersive aerial photography and a rousing score from David Roe, the film's highlights are its interviews with former pilots, who, despite all being greatly advanced in years, speak with humour and insight on their astounding experiences in the plane.

Cleo From 5 to 7 (Subtitled) (PG)

Cleo From 5 to 7 (Subtitled)

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Monday 24 Sep 201819:30 Book Now (+ Intro and post film discussion)

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Film run time: 1h 30m
+ Intro: 5 minutes
+ Post film Discussion: 30 minutes

A Cinematic Odyssey – Postcards from Europe

Follow this strand for a monthly selection of carefully curated French and Italian films.

With intro and post-film discussion from Dr Paul Sutton

As the critically acclaimed auteur ‎Agnès Varda turns 90, we celebrate her remarkable career with a pair of spectacular screenings. In September we bring Varda’s pioneering Cléo from 5 to 7 from 1962.

Associated with the so-called ‘Young Turks’ of the French New Wave - Truffaut, Godard and Chabrol - Varda was in fact a pioneer of this important moment in French cinema history. Her first feature, La Pointe Courte (1954), written, produced and shot by Varda, introduced the freewheeling visual style and the playful narrative structure that was to become a signature of the movement.

Cleo From 5 to 7 is rightly seen as a key film of the French New Wave but it is at the same time a quintessentially Varda film, both highly personal but also politically powerful, a feminist city film that captures the spirit of 1960s France.

Charting two hours in the life of its heroine, Cleo (Corrine Marchand), as she awaits medical test results, the film allows for a reflection on life, death and a whole host of things in between.

Next month we will screen Varda’s latest feature, the wonderfully warm and affecting Faces Places, on Monday 22nd October – On sale dates TBA). This Cannes winning and Oscar-nominated documentary sees Varda forge an unlikely partnership with enigmatic photographer JR, as they embark on a road trip unlike any other.

Both of Varda's films will be introduced by Dr Paul Sutton, who will stay for the end of the film for a post-screening discussion in the front-tier of the Downstairs seating area.

The Children Act (12A)

The Children Act

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Tuesday 25 Sep 201812:00 Book Now
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Film run time: 1hr 45m

Emma Thompson’s Justice Fiona Maye weighs lives and loves in the balance in this restrained drama, adapted by Ian McEwan from his own novel and consummately directed by Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal, Iris).

Fiona is asked to rule on the matter of parents (played by Ben Chaplin and Eileen Walsh) of a boy, Adam (Fionn Whitehead of Dunkirk fame) just shy of 18 years old and adulthood, who is suffering from cancer. As Jehovah’s Witnesses they cannot permit him to undertake the blood transfusion to save his life.

Because Adam is a legal minor, Fiona can make decisions in his interests which would go against the parents’ religious scruples – which Adam appears to share.

Adding to this delicate moral and emotional dilemma is Fiona’s own marriage with Jack (Stanley Tucci). Clearly a brilliant and conscientious judge, her unstinting devotion to the demands of her work takes its toll on their relationship.

As with this year's excellent On Chesil Beach, McEwan's novel has been skilfully crafted into film. Given particular poignancy with its parallels to the recent Charlie Gard case; where a court judgement similarly determined an individual's fate.

Speed Sisters (Subtitled) (PG)

Speed Sisters (Subtitled)

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Tuesday 25 Sep 201819:30 Book Now (+ Intro)

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Film run time: 1hr 22m

With a short intro from Peter Segal, co-founder of St Albans Friends of Palestine.

The Speed Sisters are the first all-women race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turnings heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene.

Despite a tangle of roadblocks and checkpoints, this thriving racing scene has emerged in the occupied West Bank. The races offer a release from the pressures and uncertainties of life under military occupation.

Brought together by a common desire to live life on their own terms, the Speed Sisters have joined the ranks of dozens of male drivers competing against each other for the title and to prove that women can go head-to-head with the guys. Because the British Consulate in Jerusalem funded a race car from them, the team decorate their car with both Palestinian and British flags.

From Director Amber Fares, who followed the Speed Sisters for four years; forging a close relationship with each of them and their families. Fares always thought “this story would break many stereotypes about Arab women, even among Arab women themselves. But what I didn’t expect is that it would also have me questioning my own stereotypes with regards to Middle Eastern society and Arab men.”

This daring documentary pushes boundaries and presents a side of the Middle East we rarely get to see in the media.

BlacKkKlansman (15)


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Wednesday 26 Sep 201819:30 Book Now
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Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 22m

The unlikely and incredible true tale of an African-American police officer who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan; this is one of visionary filmmaker Spike Lee’s hardest-hitting works.

Ron Stallworth (John David Washington, son of Denzel) is a detective in Colorado Springs, and is ‘the first black cop in the city.’ After a small undercover operation success, he decides to take on the KKK.

Putting on his best white American voice, he (quite easily) manages to get on the phone with the Klan’s Grand Wizard, David Duke (Topher Grace).

As well as the story and source material, another hugely strong point for the film is the chemistry between Washington and Adam Driver. Driver plays Flip Zimmerman, the fellow policeman who is talked into pretending to be Stallworth when the Klan request to meet in person.

There’s plenty of humorous and entertaining moments here, but the social commentary is still biting; this is a Spike Lee film, after all.

Lee marries his anger and intensity with a restraint and poetry only he can master.

It’s a film that’s needed at this moment in time. In a word: unmissable.

The Thing (1982) (18)

The Thing (1982)

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Friday 28 Sep 201821:30 Book Now (+ Intro)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 49m

With a short intro from Dr Darren Elliot Smith

Following on from our first monthly-special ‘late-night’ retro film screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark in August.  We now bring you… THE THING.

Over the years, star Kurt Russell and Master of Horror John Carpenter have teamed up on a multitude of films (Big Trouble in Little China, Escape from New York and Elvis to name a few) but of all their collaborations, 1982s horror/sci-fi amalgam The Thing surely tops the list!

A research team based out in the snowy wilds of Antarctica find themselves besieged by a terrifying shape-shifting creature which has found its way into their base. When it becomes clear that the creature can take the form of any organism it so chooses, the tension within the team reaches breaking point, and any one of them could be… The Thing.

This very special screening will have a short introduction from Dr Darren Elliot Smith (who you may have seen introduce the very divisive Hereditary back in July).

More: Explore Horror films further and sign up for our exclusive…
‘Celluloid Chills: Short Course on Horror’

Join Dr Darren Elliott Smith at The Odyssey for a cinematic quest into the horror genre.

Spanning three film screenings and 3 x 1 hour courses throughout September and October.

Course includes entrance to the screenings and all three course dates.

All for the single price of £50* (£45 for ABL Members)

Screening dates:

The Thing (1982) – Friday 28th September 9.30pm

Carrie (1976) – Wednesday 31st October 8.00pm

Night of the Demon (1957) – Sunday 11th November 5.00pm

Course dates - Wednesdays 5.30pm – 6.30pm

held in the front tier of the downstairs seating area of the screen.

26th September, 10th October & 24th October

Limited availability so book soon to avoid disappointment!

Over 18s only.

Email to book your place on the course.

*Please note this includes your tickets for all 3 film screenings as well as the course

The Happytime Murders (15)

The Happytime Murders

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Saturday 29 Sep 201819:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 49m

No Sesame. All Street. The Happytime Murders is a dark comedy set in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist.

When members of the puppet cast from a 1980s children's TV show are murdered one by one, a disgraced puppet private eye takes on the case.

Directed by Brian Henson, son of legendary Muppets creator Jim Henson – but The Muppets, this is not! This edgy and hilarious adult comedy stars Elizabeth Banks, Melissa McCarthy, and Maya Rudolph.

Set in a world where puppets and humans coexist, puppet private eye, Phil Phillips (voiced and puppeteered by Bill Barretta) is on the hunt for the serial killer who murdered his brother and is now murdering cast members from the 1980s children’s beloved puppet programme “The Happy Time Gang”.

Phil soon discovers that his former girlfriend, Jenny (Elizabeth Banks) is the next target and must cooperate with his ex-partner, Detective Edwards (Melissa McCarthy) to stop the killings.

Fuelled with hatred for one another, the duo must put their differences aside to catch the perpetrator.

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