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1917 (15)


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Wednesday 26 Feb 202013:00 Book Now
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Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h48m

Warning - no babies for 15 Cert.

At the height of the First World War, two young soldiers are tasked with crossing the German lines to deliver a message that, if delivered in time, could prevent a bloody massacre of their British comrades.

Director Sam Medes (American Beauty, Skyfall) has based this film on the fragment of a story he was told by his grandfather, World War I veteran and novelist Alfred Mendes.

To achieve this mammoth task of a contemporary, immersive war film Mendes has enlisted an impressive cast of Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch. The two starring roles, however, are very much the biggest yet for George MacKay (Sunshine on Leith, Captain Fantastic), and Dean-Charles Chapman, best known as King Tommen in Game Of Thrones.

Lance Corporal William Schofield (MacKay) and Lance Corporal Tom Blake (Chapman) must hand-deliver a message to the 2nd Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment. The Regiment is closing in on the German forces, who have feigned a retreat in order to ambush and destroy their British enemies.

Roger Deakins’ Oscar-winning cinematography makes 1917 a simply breath-taking experience.

Official Secrets (15)

Official Secrets

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Tuesday 25 Feb 202012:00 Book Now

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Film run time: 1h 52min

Warning - no babies for 15 Cert.

Keira Knightley and the director of Eye in the Sky bring a true, timely, and thrilling true story of national corruption and the dangers of exposing it.

In 2003, government translator Katharine Gunn (Knightley) is frustrated at Britain’s slide towards war with Iraq, clearly seeing that it cannot be justified. A chance to act arrives when she receives an email from American espionage, asking for help from the UK in blackmailing diplomats into agreeing to the invasion. Furious at this international breach of ethics, she leaks the document to the press, leading to a mass outcry.

Potential reprisals against her colleagues oblige Katharine to reveal her role in the whistleblowing, even as its cost to herself and her loved ones becomes clear. Knightley excels as a government pawn put under immense pressure for an act of defiance, displaying both the necessary courage and vulnerability without ever upending the film’s realism through grandstanding.

Likewise, director Gavin Hood does not distort the facts with melodrama but allows the power of the real story to shine through: one that is exciting as any vintage political thriller, but, in a time of deception on a mass scale, also immensely relevant.

The 400 Blows (1959) (S) (+intro) (PG)

The 400 Blows (1959) (S) (+intro)

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Tuesday 25 Feb 202019:30 Book Now

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Film run time: 1h40m

Part of the ‘A Cinematic Odyssey: Postcards from Europe’ strand. The Odyssey reintroduces another landmark of European cinema, François Truffaut’s ever-fresh coming-of-age story that launched the French New Wave.

In 1950s Paris, Antoine Doinel is a young boy who struggles in class but adores literature, who is alienated by his parents and teachers and can only find happiness through petty rebellion. With few opportunities or friends, he flees his school and family to roam the city, finding what joy in his mundane, difficult life.

As a young film critic seeking to revitalise French cinema, Truffaut drew on his own tumultuous youth as an unfortunate delinquent, rescued by a love for cinema. In doing so, he created a looser, more adventurous style of filmmaking, freeing the camera from static setups and the script from tidy moralising. With this, Truffaut vividly realises the many moods of growing up, in both its mundane, regular defeats and beautiful, exhilarating victories.

His camera, and Jean-Pierre Léaud’s raw, subtle lead performance, create an emotional intimacy with Doinel that makes his childhood feel as immediate and momentous as our own.

*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 auditorium.

Jojo Rabbit (12A)

Jojo Rabbit

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Wednesday 26 Feb 202019:30 Book Now (Last Few Seats)
Friday 20 Mar 202017:00 Book Now

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Film run time: 1h48m

Academy award winner for best adapted screenplay, Taika Waititi broadens his distinctive cinematic worldview with a silly yet soulful coming-of-age story, set in Nazi Germany.

Living alone with his mother (Scarlett Johansson), ten-year-old Jojo is eager to become a man and defend his country, even adopting Hitler as a manic imaginary friend and joining a Youth retreat to become a better soldier; but only gains mockery for refusing to kill a rabbit and scars for an overenthusiastic approach to explosives.

An opportunity for redemption arrives when he discovers his quietly subversive mother’s secret: a teenaged Jewish girl hidden in the attic. Afraid to expose her directly, Jojo attempts to glean enemy secrets from her to show the authorities, but his blindly patriotic ambitions are weakened by emergent feelings for the girl and visions of a better way of life.

Waititi paints the Nazis with his typically dry but absurd comic touch, getting copious black humour from their ridiculous rituals and ideals, but gradually reveals a greater seriousness, balancing the grim truth of the situation with a hard-won optimism about people.

Against the threat of bad taste, Waititi presents a heartfelt story of love triumphing over fascism, by way of riotous comedy.

The Personal History of David Copperfield (PG)

The Personal History of David Copperfield

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Thursday 27 Feb 202013:00 Book Now (Selling Well)
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Friday 6 Mar 202012:00 Book Now
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Film run time: 1h59m

There have been many film adaptations of Charles Dickens’ eighth novel, dating as far back as 1913, but arguably none are as deliriously entertaining as Armando Iannucci’s star-studded offering.

Following the story of young David, from his being orphaned at a young age, through the harsh early stages of his youth to his growing fortunes as a journalist, the film details our hero’s journey from rags to riches… and back again.

Iannucci’s film is almost Gilliam-esque in its love of the absurdity of its characters, from Tilda Swinton’s nutty Aunt Betsey to Peter Capaldi’s ever-optimistic Mr Micawber, to Ben Wishaw’s greasy performance as Uriah Heep. But it is Dev Patel, as the loveable titular character who forms the heart of the film.

Many elements of the novel reflect events in Dickens's own life, including his time spent working in a shoe polish factory and his later writing career, and it might be for this reason that it was Dickens' favourite among his own stories. In the preface to the 1867 edition, Dickens wrote, "like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child. And his name is David Copperfield."

Little Women (U)

Little Women

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Friday 28 Feb 202013:00 Book Now (Selling Well)
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Tuesday 10 Mar 202012:00 Book Now
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Film run time: 2h 15mins

Though Louisa May Alcott’s 151-year-old novel has seen many great adaptations already, Greta Gerwig’s new take never feels redundant or old-fashioned.

During the Civil War in New England, four sisters face adolescence, poverty, and fatherly absence together, each with different gifts and longings: vain Amy (Florence Pugh) paints and wants to enter high society, gentle Beth (Eliza Scanlen) plays the piano and wants to keep the family together, organised Meg (Emma Watson) wants security and tradition, and tomboy Jo (Saoirse Ronan) wants to write at any cost, while their charming neighbour Laurie (Timothée Chalamet) is caught in between.

Eventually, the girls grow up and set these longings against the world, and each other. In depicting a beloved, much-seen world, Gerwig enriches the book without ever distorting it: the cosy nostalgia of family gathering is here, but so is the trenchant exploration of female prospects and limited opportunities. Skilled writing, immersive performances, and fine period detail all make the familiar story seem like a fully realised world, in a way that seems to flow from the novel rather than against it.

Supplying both a warm, classic familiarity and a sharp, modern touch, Gerwig’s adaptation is a real gem.

The Gentlemen (18)

The Gentlemen

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Friday 28 Feb 202019:30 Book Now (Sold Out) (Sold Out)
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Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h53m

Warning - no babies for 18 Cert.

***Please note this film is rated 18 - ID may be required***

Drugs, guns and geezers — that’s right, it’s the next film from Snatch and Sherlock Holmes director, Guy Ritchie.

Fresh from helming Disney’s live adaptation of Aladdin last year, rumours proved true that Ritchie was working on another gangster flick in the Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels mould. And as usual, he’s bolstered by an ensemble cast, with the main A-list weight coming from Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Pearson, an American who moved to London and subsequently built an underground marijuana empire.

There’s also Hugh Grant, who’s spent a lot of his screen time as a posh and charming cad, so it’s interesting to see him with a cockney accent and Jonathan Ross-esque speech impediment. Also, Colin Farell as a boxing coach with criminal inclinations (a very Ritchie-esque character), joined by Henry Golding, Charlie Hunnam and Michelle Dockery.

As news spreads that Mickey Pearson, the American head of a huge marijuana business in London, is looking to cash out of his empire, an intricate web of plots and schemes are set in motion by London’s criminal underbelly, looking to make Mickey’s fortune their own. Ritchie has made an entertaining return to his mockney roots.

Cats (U)


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Saturday 29 Feb 202013:00 Book Now

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Film run time: 1h 51min

Put you paws together for what will undoubtedly be the most talked about film of the year.

A purrfect cast of professional singers, ballet dancers, film actors and stage stalwarts have been assembled by Tom Hooper, the visionary director of Les Misérables and The King’s Speech, to bring to the screen the Broadway perennial: Cats.

Idris Elba, Jason Derulo, Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, Jennifer Hudson, Rebel Wilson and James Corden are among the clowder.

The film’s an adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical, itself based on the 1939 poetry collection Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats by T S Eliot and tells the story of the Jellicle Ball, an annual event where one cat will be chosen by wise Old Deuteronomy to journey to the Heaviside Layer and there be reborn into a new life.

A mixture of vivid lighting, scaled sets, and what has been termed ‘digital fur technology’ give the film a look unlike any other, a dazzling hallucinatory trip into a magical world.

It includes such unforgettable songs as Mr Mistoffelees, Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats and Memory as well as a brand-new song written especially for the film by Webber and Swift.

Special Event: Book Launch + The Company of Wolves (1984) (18)

Special Event: Book Launch + The Company of Wolves (1984)

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Saturday 29 Feb 202018:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 33m
Event run time: +1h

In the Company of Wolves: Werewolves, Wolves, and Wild Children, Sam George and Bill Hughes (Manchester University Press, 2020) - Book Launch


Neil Jordan's The Company of Wolves (1984) - Film Screening

This February you are invited to enjoy a screening of the 80s classic, The Company of Wolves in honour of the Werewolf genre.

This screening will be followed by a presentation from Sam George and Bill Hughes, discussing their new book In the Company of Wolves in partnership with Manchester University Press.

About the film

The Company of Wolves is a British gothic fantasy horror directed by Neil Jordan and starring Sarah Patterson, Angela Lansbury, Stephen Rea and David Warner.

It was written by Angela Carter and Neil Jordan. The film is based on the werewolf story of the same name in Angela Carter's classic feminist retelling of favourite fairy tales interwoven by a master of the seductive, luminous short story collection The Bloody Chamber.

About the book

Connecting together innovative research from a variety of perspectives on the cultural significance of wolves, wild children and werewolves as portrayed in different media and genres.

Beginning with the wolf itself as it has been interpreted as a cultural symbol and how it figures in contemporary debates about wilderness and nature.

It considers eighteenth-century debates about wild children ¬- often thought to have been raised by wolves and other animals - and their role in key questions about the origins of language and society. The collection continues with essays on werewolves and other shapeshifters as depicted in folk tales, literature, film and TV, concluding with the transition from animal to human in contemporary art, poetry and fashion.

Copies of the book will be available to purchase on the night.

“Never stray from the path, never eat a windfall apple and never trust a man whose eyebrows meet in the middle.”

Please note this film is rated 18 - ID may be required.

Knives Out (12A)

Knives Out

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Sunday 1 Mar 202013:00 Book Now
Wednesday 4 Mar 202019:30 Book Now
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Thursday 26 Mar 202019:30 Book Now

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Film run time: 2h 10mins

The classic, old dark house whodunit is given a modern upgrade in Rian Johnson’s wickedly fun murder mystery.

Crime novelist Harlan Thrombey has gathered a number of his close relatives to the family estate on his 85th birthday, unfortunately he is found dead after delivering some potentially bad news and every one of these so-called “self-made over achievers” is a suspect.

Can the gentleman sleuth Benoit Blanc solve the case? Combining classic Agatha Christie stylings with delicious black humour, Knives Out features a tightly woven script and stand-out performances from an all-star cast, including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ana de Armas, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer and the long overdue return of Don Johnson (who is enjoying a career renaissance at the moment with his role in HBO’s Watchmen).

Budding detectives will have the time of their lives negotiating the labyrinth of clues and red herrings, exploring the “real-life Cluedo board” setting and battling their way through the blackly comic social satire of a family at war with itself to uncover the mystery.

So dust off your magnifying glass and don’t lose the plot. This one’s to die for!

Joker (15)


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Thursday 5 Mar 202019:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2h 2min

Warning - no babies for 15 Cert.

After receiving the Best Actor Bafta and Oscar, Joaquin Phoenix’s unforgettable performance as the Joker returns this month, bringing us the dark origin story of Arthur Fleck, Batman’s nemesis.

It’s an unusual choice for Director and co-writer Todd Phillips (best known for directing The Hangover trilogy) both Phillips and Phoenix have been offered work on Marvel films, which they ultimately declined due to lack of interest. For Phoenix, however, this standalone psychological thriller was an attractive prospect.

The cast is rounded out by Robert De Niro as TV host Murray Franklin, Frances Conroy plays Penny Fleck – Arthur’s meek and sickly mother, and Zazie Beetz as Sophie Dumond, a cynical single mother and neighbour to the Fleck’s.

Wannabe comedian Arthur Fleck has to literally put on a happy face in his day job as a clown for hire; mostly spinning sale signs outside shops and providing comic relief at a children’s hospital.

Phoenix’s portrayal of a social reject who is chewed up and spat out by Gotham City is all too real.

A dark evolution for comics-inspired cinema.

Frozen 2 Sing-A-Long (U)

Frozen 2 Sing-A-Long

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Saturday 7 Mar 202012:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 43mins

Three years after the events of the first film, Elsa starts to hear a strange sound from the north calling her.

Together with her sister Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven, they embark on a new journey beyond their homeland of Arendelle in order to discover the origin of Elsa's magical powers and save their kingdom.

Veteran voice cast Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad reprise their greatly loved roles from 2013’s Frozen, with new recruits including Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood and Rachel Matthews.

Those who loved the original will be delighted to hear the Academy Award-winning team Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee are back at the director’s helm. Alongside them are Oscar-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez back with more catchy songs for you to belt out.

It’s grown into a more emotionally mature story, continuing everything you love about the first movie and upping the ante while maintaining the intimacy of the original. Gorgeous animation, wonderful new characters and (FINALLY) a Kristoff song!

EVENT: Stalingrad (S) (+i) + Q&A (15)

EVENT: Stalingrad (S) (+i) + Q&A

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Sunday 8 Mar 202018:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2h11m

Warning - no babies for 15 Cert.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II — and the 77th anniversary of the end of the battle of Stalingrad — The Stalingrad Battle Foundation (Volgograd, Russia) present a unique exhibition at the St Albans Museum + Gallery (29 February – 5 March) to highlight the influence this battle had on the people of Great Britain and, in particular, on the towns and villages surrounding St Albans.

To tie-in with the end of the exhibition, The Odyssey proudly presents a very special screening of Fedor Bondarchuk’s Stalingrad, with special guests connected with the exhibition and a Q&A after the screening with one fo the lead actors, Philippe Reinhardt, hosted by the Producer of the film, Polina Schlicht.

A group of Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two Russian women who have been living there.

The Stalingrad Fund:

The project considers the history of relations between Stalingrad and British society in 1942-1945 as a history of solidarity, friendship and fruitful cooperation between our peoples.

The Stalingrad Battle Foundation aims to strengthen and expand friendly contacts in the field of public diplomacy between the civil societies of Russia and the United Kingdom.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (PG)

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

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Thursday 12 Mar 202013:00 Book Now
Monday 23 Mar 202013:00 Book Now
Tuesday 24 Mar 202019:30 Book Now (Selling Well)
Monday 30 Mar 202019:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h49m

Mention the TV programme Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood to nearly any American over 20 and you’ll likely get the same joyful response. Across 912 episodes, Mr. Rogers and his cast of friends taught generations of children to be confident in themselves and to face the world’s challenges with a smile.

Now, director Marielle Heller (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) welcomes the world into the Neighborhood with a heart-warming story of acceptance and forgiveness certain to bring a smile to any face, featuring a sensational Oscar-nominated performance by Tom Hanks.

Based on an article published by Esquire in 1998, Matthew Rhys (The Americans, The Post) stars as cynical journalist Lloyd Vogel tackling his latest assignment: who is the ‘real’ Fred Rogers, and can he really be as good-natured as he seems? As a friendship with Mr. Rogers blossoms, however, Lloyd is forced to confront his gloomy view of the world — especially as he looks back on his own difficult past.

Expertly written and directed, Heller’s latest is a beautiful and timely story of how kindness can always overcome cynicism. So why not join us on a visit to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe this month? Bring your comfiest cardigan.

Just Mercy (12A)

Just Mercy

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Friday 13 Mar 202019:30 Book Now

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Film run time: 2h17m

“You don’t know what you’re into down here in Alabama — you’re guilty from the moment you’re born.” Based on the real-life memoir of the same name, Just Mercy sees Michael B. Jordan taking on a deeply racist system, and Jamie Foxx as an innocent man sentenced to die.

Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, Just Mercy is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, who joins Brie Larson again after work on Short Term 12 and The Glass Castle.

Jordan, meanwhile, portrays the real-life lawyer and social activist Bryan Stevenson, who sets up the Equal Justice Initiative with Larson’s character. Jamie Foxx is Walter McMillian, the subject of Stevenson’s Just Mercy book. Foxx plays the part with a huge weariness, believing the deeply prejudiced system will not allow him to walk away alive.

Fresh out of Harvard University, Bryan Stevenson decides to work in Alabama to defend innocent inmates on death row, and those who cannot afford representation. He meets McMillian, who has been convicted of murdering an 18-year-old girl, despite evidence proving the contrary.

Stevenson must battle racism and a powerful system as he fights to save McMillian’s life.

Jumanji: The Next Level (12A)

Jumanji: The Next Level

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Saturday 14 Mar 202013:00 Book Now

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Film run time: 2h03m

Three years after the events of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Spencer, Anthony, Martha and Bethany organise a players reunion but when Spencer fails to show up they find out that he has not only repaired the Jumanji game, he has once again been sucked into it.

They quickly follow him into the game but they soon realise that the clock is ticking, the rules have changed and they have to brave scorching deserts, snow-capped mountains and dense perilous jungles in a race against time to find Spencer and find a way to escape. But the game has more than a few new tricks up its sleeve.

The old gang return with Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart and Jack Black leading the way with (unwilling) recruits Danny Glover and Danny DeVito joining the adventure. With Director Jake Kasdan also back on board and new villain Rory McCann (Game of Thrones) as the diabolical Jurgen the Brutal, the stakes could never be higher and the excitement and fun are unrelenting.

So sit back, strap yourself in and… Welcome back to the jungle!

Parasite (S) (15)

Parasite (S)

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Sunday 15 Mar 202013:00 Book Now (Selling Well)
Tuesday 17 Mar 202019:30 Book Now (Last Few Seats)
Saturday 21 Mar 202019:00 Book Now (Single Seats Only)
Wednesday 25 Mar 202019:30 Book Now (Last Few Seats)
Thursday 26 Mar 202013:00 Book Now

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Film run time: 2h13m

Warning - no babies for 15 Cert.

After winning the Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay AND Best International Feature at this years’ Oscars, director Bong Joon Ho’s masterful genre hopping thriller has finally arrived on UK shores.

In the South Korean capital of Seoul, the wealthy Park family and the down on their luck Kim family are brought together; the Kim’s youngest son seizes the opportunity to bluff his way into becoming a tutor for the Park’s young daughter in their luxurious mansion home.

This soon becomes a symbiotic bond between the two families as more of the Kim’s become indispensable employees of the wealthy family who in turn provide financial stability to the Kim’s.

That is until an interloper threatens to disrupt the relationship between the two clans. Using the theme of class division that Joon Ho expertly explored in his previous film Snowpiercer, Parasite is an expertly woven thriller utilizing hypnotic performances from a sterling cast (including Joon Ho’s frequent collaborator Song Kang-ho as the patriarch of the Kim family), subtle tonal shifts and deliciously black humour to both entertain and disorientate as the film shifts and shimmies it’s way to a startling climax.

Anne Frank: Parallel Stories (12A)

Anne Frank: Parallel Stories

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Sunday 15 Mar 202018:00 Book Now
Thursday 19 Mar 202013:00 Book Now

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Film run time: 1h35m

A new documentary renews focus on one of the Holocaust’s most famous victims, and the power of her story across countries and generations.

While hiding from Nazi persecution with her family, a young Jewish girl kept a diary of her experiences. She charted both the oppression around her and her own growing maturity, before both were cut short by her death in a concentration camp before the age of fifteen.

In the decades since, her diary has become a touchstone for the immense human damage done by the Holocaust, leaving an enormous reputation for the filmmakers to justify. To do this, they do not simply re-enact the oft-told story, though readings of the diary from Helen Mirren do renew much of its emotional and dramatic power. Exploring her impact beyond the book, they interview five Jewish women who survived, and observe how their stories map onto the present day, in a world where fascism and oppression are still a danger.

By tracking its resonance with so many people, the film shows how the story of one girl’s life and death can stand for so many others, and why her story still needs to be told.

The Lighthouse (15)

The Lighthouse

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Monday 16 Mar 202019:30 Book Now (Selling Well)

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Film run time: 1h49m

Warning - no babies for 15 Cert.

From the dark recesses of director Robert Eggers’ brain comes a tautly oppressive tale of madness in isolation with powerhouse performances from Robert Pattison and Willem Dafoe.

In his directorial debut, The Witch, Eggers created a horror film of ever-growing tension and paranoia as a family, fuelled by superstition and religious fervour, imploded. In his sophomore effort he has further ramped up the claustrophobia by marooning two men in a remote New England lighthouse and entrapping them there together.

Dafoe plays Thomas Wake (looking like a period photo come to life), a cantankerous veteran ‘wickie’ with dubious personal hygiene; imperious in his superiority and arbitrarily pulling rank. Pattinson is his underling Ephraim Winslow (sporting a moustache so lustrous it would make any Belgian detective jealous), a former logger who becomes increasingly resentful of being assigned all the menial tasks but denied access to the top of the lighthouse. As a raging storm protracts their guardianship, the food supplies diminish until only the booze remains.

Set in the 1890s and shot in black and white, with an aspect ratio of 1.19:1, Eggers’ film feels less like a contemporary movie and more like an evil relic dredged from the depths.

Le Mans '66 (12A)

Le Mans '66

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Wednesday 18 Mar 202019:30 Book Now

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Film run time: 2h 32mins

Matt Damon and Christian Bale drive the historic racing battle between Ford and Ferrari, a war of fiercely powerful cars and equally fierce egos.

Despite dominating the market for ordinary cars, Ford struggled in the world of endurance racing, facing humiliation from the much smaller but more glamorous Ferrari. Unable to buy them out, it instead recruited a brilliant but unstable creative team to beat them at their own game. This was spearheaded by Carroll Shelby (Damon), a racer forced from the track by poor health and channelling his energy into creative work, and Ken Miles (Bale), a British driver and former tank-commander with an uncanny instinct for cars, and no patience with suits.

With just 90 days to build an unbeatable car for the 24-hour race in Le Mans, the team faced fierce opposition from abroad, its company, and within. Helmed by action and biopic master James Mangold and co-written by feted playwright Jez Butterworth, the film excels in depicting both the riveting spectacle of motorsports and the internal dynamics of the minds behind it. Though a prestigious biopic and a classic underdog sports story, it transcends cliché.

Downton Abbey (PG)

Downton Abbey

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Thursday 19 Mar 202019:30 Book Now

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Film run time: 2h 2min

Described as one of the biggest (and politest) film events of 2019, the immensely popular period drama Downton Abbey has one last outing at The Odyssey.

On our screens between 2010 and 2015, ITV’s Downton Abbey follows the fictional aristocratic family, the Crawley’s, and their many servants, as they lived through events such as the sinking of the Titanic, the First World War, and the Irish War of Independence.

The film is written by Julian Fellowes (full title: Julian Alexander Kitchener-Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford), the creator of Downton Abbey, and the writer of Gosford Park. There’s plenty of recurring faces, including Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael and Jim Carter.

Andrew Parker exclaims “blimey!” as he receives a note containing the news that the King and Queen intend on visiting Downton Abbey. This causes a big stir among the Crawley’s and their servants. And when the Royals bring their own host of waiting staff, much drama ensues.

Downton Abbey distils many of the ingredients that made the show an enduring favourite, welcoming fans back for a fittingly resplendent homecoming.

Emma (2020) (U)

Emma (2020)

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Friday 20 Mar 202012:00 Book Now
Sunday 22 Mar 202015:30 Book Now (Selling Well)
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Film run time: 2h05m

A new adaptation of the great Jane Austen novel revels in visual and verbal invention without ever forsaking the letter.

At the rarefied estate of Hartfield, the wealthy and precocious Emma Woodhouse (Anya Taylor-Joy) discovers that she has a talent for matchmaking. She vows to wield it for the sake of her friends and neighbours — regardless of their own desires. While attending to her anxious father (Bill Nighy), she seeks the most pleasing union for her hapless acquaintances, to the dismay of her sagacious neighbour Mr Knightley (Johnny Flynn).

Thanks to an inspired choice of writer and director — rock photographer Autumn de Wilde and award-winning novelist Eleanor Catton — the film triumphantly has its cake and eats it. The film faithfully adheres to Austen’s diamond wit and absorbing character while slathering it in a sumptuous, sugary, yet suitable visual style.

Instead of the pale porcelain of typical Austen adaptations, the film imagines the Regency as an absurdly serious, colourfully self-contained wonderland, a style that intensifies Austen’s own.

The stunning English landscapes and supporting actors ground the theatrics, leaving a truly novel adaptation that is neither staid nor indulgent.

Birds of Prey... Harley Quinn (15)

Birds of Prey... Harley Quinn

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Friday 20 Mar 202020:45 Book Now

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Film run time: 1h49m

Warning - no babies for 15 Cert.

Director Cathy Yan employs jaw-dropping visuals, bone-crunching fight choreography and more than just a dash of humour to ensure that Birds of Prey is the action spectacular that you never knew you needed but deep down you always wanted.

She’s back!! After finally ending her relationship with The Joker, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) is a free woman but finds herself under attack from a barrage of former enemies with grudges to bear; without the protection of her former “Puddin’, Mistah J”.

Meanwhile, Gotham has a new crime lord in the form of Roman Sionis, aka Black Mask (Ewan McGregor). There’s a vigilante crossbow assassin known as The Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a dedicated cop, Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) ruthlessly on the trail of Sionis and The Huntress and burlesque singer Dinah Lance (aka Black Canary) thrown into the mix.

Add in a priceless diamond and it’s the perfect set-up for an all action slug-fest as their paths collide and our merry band of misfits make sure Gotham City will never be the same.  

Dolittle (PG)


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Saturday 21 Mar 202013:00 Book Now (Selling Well)

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Film run time: 1h41m

Casting off the Iron Man suit is Robert Downey Jr, now taking on the beloved Doctor Dolittle character, in a stunningly colourful retelling with an unbelievable cast.

It’s brought to you by writer and director Stephen Gaghan (Gold, Syriana), in this reboot of the 1967 film and subsequent Eddie Murphy versions. Based on the character created by Hugh Lofting, the primary source material is his 1922 book, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, the second in the Dolittle series.

Besides the A-List heavyweight of Robert Downey Jr.’s name on the bill, in a combination of live-action and voice casting roles are (deep breath): Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, Octavia Spencer, John Cena, Tom Holland, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, and Marion Cotillard (and more!).

The eccentric Dr. John Dolittle lives alone in a stately manor in 19th-century England — alone, that is, besides all his exotic animal companions, with whom he has been blessed the ability to speak to. His solitude is disturbed when a young Queen Victoria (Jessie Buckley) falls dangerously ill, and he must set off to a mythical island in search of the cure, with his best furry friends in tow.

Bait (15)


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Sunday 22 Mar 202011:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 29min

Warning - no babies for 15 Cert.

Cornwall native and industrious filmmaker Mark Jenkin, takes a swipe at holidaymakers and traditionalists alike in his original and stylistically bold tale of a community’s struggle with change.

Martin Ward has lived and worked as a cove fisherman in Cornwall his entire life, however, he is currently without a boat. Martin’s brother Steven has repurposed their father’s fishing vessel as a tourist tripper, tearing the pair apart. After Martin is displaced from his childhood home to make way for a tourist getaway, he is finally forced to make a decision that impacts the community he so dearly loves.

Despite being set in the present, Bait was crafted using filmmaking techniques that hark back to the earliest days of cinema. Shot on a clockwork Bolex camera utilising black and white 16mm film stock, each reel of celluloid was then processed by hand to create a uniquely vintage aesthetic: no two rolls came out the same. The entire soundtrack for the film, including dialogue and sound effects, was dubbed in post-production in keeping with the antiquated filmmaking process.

Bait is a remarkable and unique piece of modern cinema – do it justice by seeing it on the biggest screen possible.

NT: Cyrano de Bergerac - Encore (15)

NT: Cyrano de Bergerac - Encore

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Sunday 22 Mar 202020:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 3h

James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast live to cinemas from the West End in London and playing here at the Odyssey on Mother’s Day.

Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano (McAvoy) almost has it all - if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane (Anita-Joy Uwajeh, NT’s King Lear). There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. He woos Roxane through the ardent romantic speeches that he ghost-writes for the man she thinks she fancies: the comparatively ordinary dreamboat Christian, very well performed by Eben Figueiredo.

Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano - or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight?

Edmond Rostand’s masterwork is adapted by Martin Crimp, with direction by Jamie Lloyd (Betrayal). This classic play will be brought to life with linguistic ingenuity to celebrate Cyrano’s powerful and resonant resistance against overwhelming odds.

Harriet (12A)


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Monday 23 Mar 202019:30 Book Now

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Film run time: 2h06m

The remarkable and long overdue true story of Harriet Tubman, who fled her slave plantation in 1849, walking over 100 miles North to freedom.

Hailing from Stockwell, London, Cynthia Erivo (Widows, Bad Times at the El Royale) shines as the inspiring Tubman. Harriet’s long walk to freedom is just the start of her extraordinary story.

Helping Harriet on her harrowing journey are Marie Buchanon (played by the multi-talented singer and actress, Janelle Monáe) and William Still (Leslie Odom Jr., the Tony award-winning actor in Broadway’s Hamilton).

Director and co-writer Kasi Lemmons redefines the previously told ‘slave story’ narrative to reflect the truly unbelievable nature of Harriet’s bravery, determination and relentless vision of an America free of slavery.

With epic, action-packed drama, you will be left on edge as Harriet faces terrifying obstacles and a nationwide bounty hunt led by her slave owner Gideon Brodess (Joe Alwyn – The Favourite). Taking almost three decades to reach the screen, Harriet is the heroic biopic Harriet Tubman deserves.

The Good Liar (15)

The Good Liar

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Tuesday 24 Mar 202012:00 Book Now

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Film run time: 1h 49min

Warning - no babies for 15 Cert.

Directed by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Mr Holmes) this Hitchcockian tale of double-crossings and duplicity has more twists than a snake with an itch.

It is a well-known fact that people are never 100% honest about themselves in online dating profiles, be it a slightly more flattering photo from a few years ago, a bolstered resumé, or a feigned interest in physical activity. However, roguish old charmer Roy Courtnay (Ian Mckellen) has more to hide than most with his courtship of millionaire widow Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren).

“You bloody bet I’m going to take it all.” Confesses Roy to his partner in crime Vincent (Jim Carter, Downton Abbey) as they plan Roy’s attempt to worm his way into her affections. But all is not necessarily what it seems and perhaps Betty is not the only one being deceived.

Delightfully over the top, with more than a hint of the Patricia Highsmith, the two leads are clearly having the time of their lives sparking off each other in this delicious contemporary thriller that will leave you guessing until the last reel.

Military Wives (12A)

Military Wives

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Friday 27 Mar 202020:45 Book Now
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Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h53m

In 2011, amidst competition from Little Mix and Lou Monte’s ‘Dominick the Donkey’, an unexpected contender took the coveted Christmas number one: a poem of letters sent between soldiers and their loved ones, sung by a choir of servicemen’s wives and partners.

Taking inspiration from their rise to fame, Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty) brings a story of quiet endurance and liberation to cinemas, showing how a simple escape from military life could capture the hearts of millions.

Kristin Scott Thomas (Darkest Hour) and Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) star as the uptight Kate and the laid-back Lisa, two dramatically-different women both living in fear for their husbands and sons in Afghanistan. The two’s attitudes inevitably clash after forming a choir for their fellow wives and partners, but will they be able to put their disagreements aside when the invitation of a lifetime arrives: a chance to perform at the Royal Albert Hall.

Though familiar to most, Cattaneo’s take on the Military Wives’ Choir story has a touching blend of humour, tears and soul-stirring achievement. Fans of Calendar Girls and Kinky Boots will especially not want to miss this wonderful tale of finding joy amidst incredible hardship.

The Call of the Wild (PG)

The Call of the Wild

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Saturday 28 Mar 202013:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h40m

Harrison Ford trades out Chewbacca for a St Bernard named Buck, in an exhilarating adventure based on the 1903 Jack London novel of the same name.

Following in the colossal snowy footsteps of Clark Gable (1935), Charlton Heston (1972), and a TV version with Rutger Hauer (1997), Harrison Ford takes the reins of this much-loved classic tale.

Directed by Chris Sanders (Lilo And Stitch, How to Train Your Dragon), in his live-action directorial debut and written by Michael Green (Blade Runner 2049, Murder on the Orient Express).

Ford is joined by Dan Stevens, Omar Sy, Karen Gillan, and Terry Notary mo-capping the dog.

Fun fact: Terry played the monkey-man in 2017’s The Square, could he be the next Andy Serkis?

Buck is a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life gets turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon in the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail-delivery dog sled team, Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime as he ultimately finds his true place in the world.

For a Few Dollars More (1965) (i) (15)

For a Few Dollars More (1965) (i)

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Sunday 29 Mar 202019:30 Book Now

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Film run time: 2h06m

Warning - no babies for 15 Cert.

Part of the ‘A Cinematic Odyssey: Postcards from Europe’ strand.

The middle, least-seen entry of Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood’s great trilogy still casts an imposing shadow on the history of the Western.

Two bounty hunters, Van Cleef’s formal, sardonic Colonel Mortimer and Eastwood’s icy, impenetrable “Man With no Name” (here known as “Manco”) are set on the trail of El Indio, a sadistic, ever-smoking bank robber (Volonté). Matters soon become personal as Manco infiltrates Indio’s gang, and Mortimer reveals a deep, painful connection between their quarry and himself.

Ranking between A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in both scale and length, the film has all the virtues of both: tense, machoistic standoffs in raw Spanish landscapes, bridged by Leone’s muscular direction, Eastwood’s grizzled, statuesque grandeur, and Ennio Morricone’s lyrical, melodramatic music, which was played during filming to guide the mood.

The series freed the Western to be wilder, less reverent, and more operatic, inciting excitement that is still palpable today.

*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 auditorium.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (15)

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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Tuesday 31 Mar 202019:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2h02m

Warning - no babies for 15 Cert.

From Céline Sciamma, the acclaimed director of Girlhood and Water Lilies, comes a Palme D’or nominated tale of forbidden love.

Set in 1770s France, young artist Marianne (Noémie Merlant) is employed to travel to a remote island off the coast of Brittany and paint a portrait of headstrong ingenue Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), who is to be married off to a Milanese nobleman, assuming her depiction meets his approval. Héloïse, fierce in her independence, refuses to sit for the painting, so Marianne poses as a companion hired to join Héloïse in her daily walks wherein she might memorise her subject’s features. However, Héloïse starts to notice the young woman’s intense scrutiny.

In creating this elegiac tale of fleeting passions, director Sciamma took inspiration from the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, in which Orpheus must lead his wife back out of the underworld without ever looking behind him to see if she is following. Sciamma suggests that sometimes it is impossible not to look back.

Incredible cinematography from Claire Mathon captures the wild, rugged beauty of the Brittany island setting (actually filmed on the Peninsula of Saint-Pierre-Quiberon) whilst maintaining Sciamma’s minimalist aesthetic and mirroring the slow-burn storytelling.

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