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Wildlife (12A)


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Thursday 13 Dec 201814:00 Book Now
Thursday 13 Dec 201819:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 45m

Paul Dano, best known for playing Eli in There Will Be Blood, pulls off an astonishing directorial debut with this hard-hitting drama.

Jeanette (Carey Mulligan) and Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal) have just moved with their son Joe (Ed Oxenbould) to Great Falls, a scenic town in the untamed Montana countryside. After Jerry loses his job at a prestigious golf club, he hopes to find renewed purpose by tackling a forest fire on the Canadian border, even though the work is menial and poorly paid. In his absence, Jeanette becomes unstable, starts meeting with an older man and has strange, uninhibited conversations with her son. With no explanation for his parents’ dysfunctional behaviour, the meek and overly-agreeable Joe must grow up fast or face the disintegration of his family.

Gyllenhaal is understated and inscrutable throughout and thus provides the perfect foil for Mulligan, who delivers a powerhouse performance as the emotionally labile Jeanette. It is Dano’s direction, however, that really stands out. Not only does he bring the 1960s to life. He also uses breath-taking cinematography to transform the rugged Montana landscape into yet another character, its wildness reflecting the disorder that constantly threatens Joe’s happiness.

Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)

Bohemian Rhapsody

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Friday 14 Dec 201819:30 Book Now (Sold Out) (Sold Out)
Saturday 15 Dec 201819:00 Book Now (Single Seats Only)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2hr 14m

A foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and arguably the greatest and most captivating frontman in the history of music – Freddie Mercury.

Defying stereotypes and shattering convention, this biopic traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. Named after Queen’s own progressive rock odyssey.

It’s a film that’s had its fair share of problems — Sacha Baron Cohen was originally to be Mercury, but left the project due to creative differences. Director Bryan Singer abruptly left the film when he stopped turning up for shoots, amid frequent clashes with the cast.

Another one bites the dust, but the good news is this film is a champion. That’s largely thanks to the man who eventually won the role of Queen’s mercurial singer, Rami Malek, best known for starring in streaming series Mr Robot — expect an Oscar nod for this performance.

The film charts the band’s climb to success, culminating with the career-defining performance at Live Aid ‘85. Bolstering the cast are Lucy Boynton as Mary Austin, Mike Myers as EMI executive Ray Foster, and Aidan Gillen as one of the ever-changing Queen managers.

The Nutcracker And The Four Realms (PG)

The Nutcracker And The Four Realms

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Saturday 15 Dec 201814:00 Book Now (Single Seats Only)
Sunday 16 Dec 201813:00 Book Now (Single Seats Only)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 39m

Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, directors of Chocolat and Jumanji, merge their creative powers to produce an otherworldly reimagining of the beloved Nutcracker fairytale.

Clara (Mackenzie Foy) is hunting for a key to the egg-shaped box she inherited from her late mother. On Christmas Eve, her godfather Drosselmeyer (Morgan Freeman), gives her a clue in the form of a magical string. But when she eagerly follows its path, she somehow emerges in a strange, parallel world inhabited by living toys and vicious, warrior-mice. The world is divided into three realms, the Land of Flowers, the Land of Snowflakes and the Land of Sweets. After Clara learns from the Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley) that there is a Fourth Realm, ruled by the evil Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), she teams up with Philip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a living nutcracker toy, and sets off for the dark land to recover her key and finally unite the realms.

Foy is impressive in her first principal role, while Knightley steals the show as the cloyingly sweet Sugar Plum. With bold inventiveness, Hallström and Johnston combine these fun performances with stunning visual effects to create a spectacularly refreshing revamp.

Bell, Book and Candle (1958) (U)

Bell, Book and Candle (1958)

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Sunday 16 Dec 201818:00 Book Now (+ intro)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 40m

"Relive the magical pairing of James Stewart and Kim Novak (Vertigo, 1958) in this rarely screened Golden Age classic, Bell, Book and Candle (1958) is the perfect alternative Christmas movie – complete with witches, warlocks, beatniks and bongos!

Adapted from the hit stage play by John Van Druten, this Technicolor romantic comedy is set in late 50s Greenwich Village across a long Christmas and New Year. Gillian (Novak) is a bored young witch who longs to fall in love, she sets her sights on her publishing executive neighbour Shep Henderson (Stewart) and stops at nothing, save a few well-placed spells, to get him.

Featuring a stellar cast including Jack Lemmon and Elsa Lanchester, Bell, Book and Candle is full to the brim with witches brew, snow-blanketed New York streets and boozy jazz clubs evocative of the burgeoning Beat Generation. Reminiscent of the TV sitcom classic, Bewitched by Sol Saks, Gillian enlists the help of her meddling family and her Familiar, the entrancing cat Pyewacket, in her struggle to balance her love for Shep with her life as a witch.

This screening will include a short introduction on alternative Christmas films by Dr Darren Elliott-Smith (University of Hertfordshire).

Widows (15)


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Monday 17 Dec 201814:00 Book Now (Warning - no babies for 15 Cert.)
Tuesday 18 Dec 201819:30 Book Now (Upstairs Available)

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Film run time: 2hr 9m

Renowned director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) and novelist Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) unite for a sweeping, ambitious heist film supplying both visceral thrills and understated drama.

During an intense election battle in Chicago, teacher Veronica Rawlins (Viola Davis) is abruptly thrown into the deep end when her husband (Liam Neeson), a professional thief, is killed after stealing from an up and coming crime boss-turned-politician, Jamal Manning (Brian Tyree Henry). Forcibly charged with recovering the money within a set time limit, Veronica turns to the other stranded former wives of her husband's crew (Michelle Rodriguez and Elizabeth Debicki), and quickly assembles a plan to restage the mission, while shadowed by both Manning's sinister enforcer (Daniel Kaluuya) and her own unresolved personal demons.

While not refraining from high stakes and tense, electrifyingly practical chase scenes, McQueen and Flynn do not shy away from fleshing out the familiar genre, incorporating feminist subtext, incisive political commentary and a subtle but affecting study of grief from Davis into the traditional heist plot.

In giving the audience both low action and high emotion, the film triumphantly has its cake and eats it.

C'est la Vie (Subtitled) (15)

C'est la Vie (Subtitled)

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Monday 17 Dec 201819:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 55m

Follow ‘the party where everything goes wrong’ as it unfurls into farcical chaos.

Directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano (creators of The Intouchables— which has seen a US remake as The Upside), C’est La Vie is an utterly likeable French comedy starring the formidable Jean-Pierre Bacri as Max, a caterer striving to create a fairy-tale wedding… And get through the night with everyone in one piece.

Much to his misfortune, he has to rely on a team of utterly disorganised waiters, cooks and photographers who make this task impossible. From the preparations to the glorious end we follow several groups, including a girlfriend who is flirting with a young server and wait staff dressed as Versailles footmen, as they navigate their own small disasters throughout this greatly entertaining romp. Hilarity ensues.

The mad farce is supported by a jazz score that perfectly compliments the calamity. Expertly assembled with an abundance of perfectly timed comedic morsels that make it just so wickedly funny, C’est La Vie is another compelling piece of evidence that the French really do it best.

Come along and join in the fun from the sidelines.

A Star Is Born (15)

A Star Is Born

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Tuesday 18 Dec 201812:00 Book Now (Warning - no babies for 15 Cert.)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2hr 16m

The multi-talented Bradley Cooper (undertaking both the role of director and lead actor) and Lady Gaga take on the fourth remake of a classic story, producing a film that is positively buzzing with electricity.

Jackson Maine (Cooper), a seasoned, rough-around-the-edges musician drunkenly stumbles into a drag bar in search of more booze and comes across something a lot more special— Ally (Gaga). He is enchanted by her voice and stage presence, and the pair quickly fall in love. He becomes both her lover and her mentor, coaxing her into the spotlight just as she’s about to give up on her dream. But, it’s not all glitz and glamour—as her career takes off he breaks down, fighting an ongoing battle with alcoholism and escalating tinnitus.

Despite being based on familiar premises, the pair inject a sense of freshness into A Star is Born that makes it seem never-before-done. Gaga has a tough act to follow, filling the shoes of Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, but she glitters as a wonderfully down-to-earth character. The whole thing is incredibly heartfelt, and definitely sure to leave you star-struck.

Love, Actually (2003) (15)

Love, Actually (2003)

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Wednesday 19 Dec 201815:00 Book Now (Warning - no babies for 15 Cert.)
Wednesday 19 Dec 201819:30 Book Now (Last Few Seats)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2hr 09m

It’s been 15 years since Richard Curtis’ directorial debut warmed up our cold, cynical hearts and reminded us that “love actually is all around” in what some call the ultimate romantic comedy.

Nine intertwined stories send the audience through the different stages of this crazy little thing called love. People fall in and out of love, get married, have affairs, and everything in between, set during the frantic month before Christmas in London.

With more stars than you can count, it seems like Curtis brought together the best of Britain, with regular collaborators Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Rowan Atkinson and Colin Firth, as well as Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, and the late Alan Rickman, and that’s just a few.

However, for the Americans in the film, Curtis famously sent handwritten letters to stars Laura Linney, Billy Bob Thornton and Denise Richards asking if they would consider being in the film.

We dare you to say that after seeing the film you haven’t danced around your house to Girls Aloud’s Jump cover, sang along to Love Is All Around like Bill Nighy, or had a good cry when hearing Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now.

It's A Wonderful Life (1946) (U)

It's A Wonderful Life (1946)

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Thursday 20 Dec 201814:00 Book Now
Saturday 22 Dec 201819:00 Book Now (Last Few Seats)
Monday 24 Dec 201817:00 Book Now (Last Few Seats)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2hr 11m

Frank Capra's enchanting small-town fantasy returns to The Odyssey in time for Christmas, resuming its place as the most beloved of all festive films.

On Christmas Eve in the cosy small town of Bedford Falls, George Bailey (James Stewart) is pushed to his limit, having spent his whole life putting himself before others at the cost of his own dreams and ambitions, in the face of debt and ruin.

Hearing the concern of his friends and neighbours, divine intervention sends Clarence, a novice angel, to look back on George's life and demonstrate to him just how important and loved he is, even if it means sending him to the horrifying dystopia where he never existed at all.

Although the film is primarily and justifiably known for its great warmth and cheering tone, its reputation does not stress enough how this is earned through a great deal of darkness and emotional tension. This is not to say that it isn't a deeply moving and uplifting film - only that it is a much richer experience than the popular stereotype might imply, and one best enjoyed in a packed cinema.

White Christmas (1954) (U)

White Christmas (1954)

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Thursday 20 Dec 201819:30 Book Now (Upstairs Available)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 55m

Now 64 years old, Irving Berlin's perennially amiable festive musical finally arrives at The Odyssey.

After one saves the life of the other in the last days of WWII, army friends Bob (Bing Crosby) and Phil (Danny Kaye) combine their talents to become famous musical performers, before eventually flagging from demand and repetition.

Before long, two meetings en-route to a wintry inn in Vermont revive their interest: first with the Haynes Sisters, two musically talented siblings (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen), and then a reunion with their beloved former general (Dean Jagger), now the inn's owner, who is losing business due to a lack of snow.

Eager to save their old overseer and each becoming further entangled with the Haynes Sisters, the pair pool their theatrical resources to put on a musical spectacular at the inn, hoping to reunite the general with his other faithful subordinates and save his business.

The film's sentimental and undemanding story does not detract from Berlin's excellent musical numbers (including the famous title song) and the vivid Technicolor cinematography.

White Christmas provides an undemanding warmth and cosiness in no small measure.

Home Alone (1990) (PG)

Home Alone (1990)

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Friday 21 Dec 201817:00 Book Now (Single Seats Only)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 42m

Tis’ the season to be jolly and to watch the most beloved family Christmas film on the big screen.

8-year-old Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) is sent up to sleep in attic the night before a family Christmas vacation to France. In the morning, they accidently leave and head off without him. Believing his wish for his family to disappear has come true, he begins to live the life of luxury and ultimate freedom; that is until two con men (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) attempt to burgle his family home on Christmas Eve. Suddenly Kevin gains the knowledge of someone four times his age and creates the ultimate booby trapped house, to bring the burglars to justice.

Writer John Hughes had written the role for Culkin after they’d worked together on Uncle Buck, however, director Chris Columbus wanted to audition other kids first. After a few auditions he realised that no one apart from Culkin could play the role. Somehow he is able to make it seem reasonable that an 8-year-old could create some of the glorious traps that he does.

It is one for the whole family and definitely not one to miss.

Die Hard (1988) (15)

Die Hard (1988)

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Friday 21 Dec 201820:30 Book Now (Upstairs Available)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2hr 7m

Is there any better way to celebrate Christmas than to sit in a comfy seat, with a glass of something merry, and watch Empire and Forbes’ number 1 Christmas movie of all time?!

Bruce Willis plays the smart-mouthed NYPD cop John McClane, who attends a Christmas party at the Nakatomi skyscraper headquarters, when suddenly a group of bank robbers, led by mastermind Hans Gruber (the late, great Alan Rickman), take over the building and hold everyone hostage. Everyone apart from Mr McClane himself, who manages to escape and take matters into his own hands.

Widely considered as one of the greatest action movies ever made, Die Hard turned Bruce

Willis into the action hero he is today, and with Sinatra, Arnie, Eastwood and Burt Reynolds all originally being offered the role before him, it was a career changing opportunity he almost missed out on.

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the film’s release, and it is still as exciting and action-filled as it was back then. With many trying to replicate its success since (looking at you Skyscraper), none have ever got close, come along and remember why.

The Grinch (2018) (U)

The Grinch (2018)

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Saturday 22 Dec 201811:15 Book Now (Single Seats Only)
Sunday 23 Dec 201812:00 Book Now (Single Seats Only)
Monday 24 Dec 201813:00 Book Now (Sold Out)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 30m

From the creators of ‘Despicable Me’ and ‘Sing’ comes this latest adaptation of Dr Seuss’s beloved festive classic “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!”.

The Grinch (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) lives a solitary life in a cave with only his dog Max for company but every year his peace is ruined by his Whoville neighbours’ Christmas celebrations. When he hears the residents plans to make Christmas three times bigger than before he hatches a diabolical plan to restore his tranquillity… Steal Christmas!

Together with his trusty sidekicks, he disguises himself as Santa Claus to steal all the Christmas presents from Whoville, but a little girl Cindy Lou Who (voiced by Cameron Seely) threatens to ruin his scheme as she plots to capture Santa Claus herself.

With a stellar supporting cast including Rashida Jones, Pharrell Williams and Angel Lansbury, this animated film is a funny and visually stunning story about the spirit of Christmas and how even the grumpiest resident of Whoville can have a change of heart.

Elf (2003) (PG)

Elf (2003)

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Saturday 22 Dec 201815:30 Book Now (Single Seats Only)
Sunday 23 Dec 201815:30 Book Now (Single Seats Only)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 33m

There’s good reason that Elf tops so many people’s favourite Christmas film lists. The Will Ferrell-starring caper is still a hoot, 15 years later.

Ferrell is Buddy, a human who has been raised as an elf in Santa’s Grotto. Being so enormous next to his elven colleagues, he struggles to keep up with the toy-making pace, and eventually decides to leave the North Pole, and seek out his real family.

Things get hairy when he discovers his biological father in New York, a city that spectacularly fails at robbing Buddy of his childlike innocence. He falls for toy-store employee Jovie (Zooey Deschanel), a staunch lover of elf culture.

Transitioning to Big Apple life aside, our hero must also solve a seasonal crisis, when Santa is unable to deliver presents due to a huge lack of the Christmas cheer that he needs to power his sleigh.

Get down to The Odyssey for this yuletide remedy and discover your inner elf.

Meet Me In St. Louis (1944) (U)

Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)

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Sunday 23 Dec 201819:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 48m

Alongside It's a Wonderful Life, The Odyssey presents an equally heart-warming celebration of a vintage American family at Christmas, in the form of the seminal Judy Garland musical.

Set just after the beginning of the twentieth century, just before industrial development and racial tension inflate considerably, the film focuses on the rapidly growing Smith family and their daughter Esther (Garland). While the city prepares for great change in the form of the World's Fair, she faces smaller but no less difficult challenges, including the antics of her younger sister (Margaret O'Brien), the arrival of an attractive new neighbour, and, most ominously, the threat of her father moving the entire household to New York, shattering the family's idyll forever.

Filmed in radiant Technicolor and full of songs that are brilliant even by MGM standards (not least the surprisingly bleak but very moving "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and the kinetic "Trolley Song"), the film is also very well-acted and dramatically involving, giving time and sympathy to all the members of the family even amid the musical spectacle.

Garland's performance is one of her very best: during its production, she became involved with its director, Vincente Minnelli.

The Greatest Showman - Sing-along (PG)

The Greatest Showman - Sing-along

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Thursday 27 Dec 201814:00 Book Now (Single Seats Only)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 45m

The same format applies for these screenings but with singalong subtitles along the bottom of the screen during the songs.

A bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life.

Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, it tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zac Efron. Directed by Michael Greacy and featuring songs by Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land).

Shot with richly lacquered pizzazz by Seamus McGarvey, the film opens with a spectacular shot of Jackman’s Barnum, silhouetted under the rafters in his signature long coat and top hat, looking like as pure a creature of theatrical bravado as the M.C. in “Cabaret.”

Some Like It Hot (1959) (U)

Some Like It Hot (1959)

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Thursday 27 Dec 201819:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2hr 1m

Still proclaimed as the proverbial greatest comedy film after almost 60 years, Billy Wilder's transgressive comedy nonetheless remains defiantly sharp, loopy, and surprising.

Two frantically unlucky musicians, Joe and Jerry, (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) are already struggling to keep afloat in crime-ridden 1920s Chicago when they inadvertently become witnesses to a mob massacre. Hunted for their silence, the two make a bid for freedom by hiding out in an all-girl band on its way to Florida, adopting the flimsy personas "Josephine" and "Daphne".

On arrival, two more obstacles make their attempts to lay low even harder: Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe), an oblivious gold digger in the band who catches Joe's attention, and Osgood Fielding III (Joe E. Brown), a randy, mother-dependent millionaire who makes a determined bid for "Daphne".

Wilder piles on the farcical confusion, but never confuses the audience or stoops to obvious pantomime: as Joe and Jerry become trapped in their disguises, the ironies of their situation become even richer, and, despite the vintage black-and-white look (adopted because the disguised Curtis and Lemmon looked "hideous" in colour) the fluid attitude to gender only makes the film seem more adventurous and modern.

Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald (12A)

Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald

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Friday 28 Dec 201814:00 Book Now (Single Seats Only)
Friday 28 Dec 201819:30 Book Now (Single Seats Only)
Saturday 29 Dec 201811:00 Book Now (Upstairs Available)
Saturday 29 Dec 201815:30 Book Now (Single Seats Only)
Sunday 30 Dec 201813:00 Book Now (Single Seats Only)
Monday 31 Dec 201813:00 Book Now (Single Seats Only)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2hr 14m

Film no.2 in the Fantastic Beasts series, and no.10 from J.K Rowling’s Wizarding World franchise.

The world faces a grave threat from dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald — are Newt Scamander and a young Albus Dumbledore equal to the task?

Scamander’s role is reprised by the always-enjoyable Eddie Redmayne, and taking up the Dumbledore-mantle is Jude Law. Law is a wonderful addition to the Beasts cast, as the film gives valuable insight into the master-wizard’s earlier years, and his personal issues with Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). The dark wizard is on a singular mission, believing that the wizard’s superpowers grant them superiority over the muggles, and that peace between them is impossible.

Still set in the roaring 20s, Grindelwald is keen to prove his point by showing his fellow wizards the war and terror that will come in the next 15 years via a vision. He professes his desire to establish tyrannical rule over the humans is a pure intention; Scamander and Dumbledore know this to be false.

With a combination of reprisals and new appearances from Katherine Waterston, Zoë Kravitz and Ezra Miller, this film will not disappoint Potterheads, or anyone seeking some magic this Winter.

Escape From New York (1981) (15)

Escape From New York (1981)

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Saturday 29 Dec 201820:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 35m

“1997: New York City is a walled, maximum security prison. Breaking out is impossible… Breaking in, is insane”

John Carpenter’s 1981 classic comes to the Odyssey Cinema in a brand new 4k restoration.

In a dystopian future following a 400% increase in crime, Manhattan Island has been converted to a walled prison where brutal prisoners are left to run the city. But when the US President (Donald Pleasence) crash-lands inside and is taken hostage by The Duke of New York (Isaac Hayes) the government send notorious outlaw and ex special forces war hero Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell in an iconic performance) into New York with a single mission: Rescue the president within 22 hours, or die.

Boasting one of the most impressive supporting casts ever assembled (Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau, Season Hubley and Tom Atkins to name but a few) and an unforgettable electronic score by John Carpenter himself.

Escape from New York is a landmark cult film which jolts along at a breakneck pace.

So sit tight, try and catch your breath and… plan your escape!

Once Upon A Time In The West (1968) + intro (12A)

Once Upon A Time In The West (1968) + intro

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Sunday 30 Dec 201818:00 Book Now (+ intro)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2hr 47m

Perhaps the ultimate ‘spaghetti’ western, Sergio Leone’s horse opera is a truly magnificent film. From its bravura slow burn opening credit sequence to its climax - this is filmmaking on an epic scale.

The visual beauty of the film which makes the most of its widescreen composition, is matched by a stunning soundscape, featuring the music of Ennio Morricone, who had worked with Leone on his ‘Dollars’ trilogy.

Written in collaboration with Bernardo Bertolucci and Dario Argento and starring Charles Bronson, Henry Fonda, Jason Robards and Claudia Cardinale this elegiac film charts the passing of a way of life, as ruthless modernisation via the railway increasingly encroaches on the frontier of the ‘wild’ West.

Taking its time to tell its story, the film allows its spectators to revel in its drama, in its imagery and the aural universe that it gives them access to. The film stands as Leone’s homage to the Hollywood western and to the myth of the American frontier. As one critic has described it, ‘Once upon a Time in the West is as much a reflection of cinema past as it is of the historical frontier’.

The film 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 Blues Brothers (1980) (15)

The Blues Brothers (1980)

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Monday 31 Dec 201817:30 Book Now (Last Few Seats)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2hr 22m

An epic musically charged comedy, The Blues Brothers is still a raucous party.

From director John Landis (An American Werewolf in London) it transcended its original cult status through enormous international success - hard to believe it was developed from a mere Saturday Night Live sketch!

Co-written by Landis and lead Dan Aykroyd, the latter starring as Elwood Blues, and John Belushi as “Joliet” Jake Blues. Just as Jake gets his parole, after a three-year prison sentence, the Blues Brothers learn that the Catholic orphanage in which they were raised faces closure - unless $5,000 is raised for the property taxes.

Their “mission from God” to raise the money in a very short space of time sets them at odds with neo-Nazis, a country and western band, the ‘mystery woman’ (Carrie Fisher - having just starred in The Empire Strikes Back), all the while being pursued by the police!

They find their old friends in unlikely places, like a restaurant run by Aretha Franklin, a music shop run by Ray Charles, and a gospel church run by James Brown.

If you’re looking for a very fun end to 2018, then look no further!

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