CINEMA

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November 6th    The Bridges of Madison County(12)

World-travelling National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid and Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson aren’t looking to turn their lives upside down. Each is at a point in life where expectations are behind them. Yet four days after meeting, they won’t want to lose the love they’ve found. Academy Award winners Meryl Streep (earning her 10th Oscar nomination for this performance) and Clint Eastwood (who also produces and directs) bring blazing star power and powerful conviction to the beloved characters of Robert James Waller’s rhapsodic bestseller of love, choice and consequence. ‘Streep and Eastwood are so visually and spiritually right they seem to have walked right off the page,’ Entertainment Weekly proclaims. Also, right are the small details and large emotions of once-in-a-lifetime love. With luck, a love like that happens to some of us sooner or later. For Robert and Francesca, it was later. And it was glorious.

 November 13th    Wild Rose (15)

Rose-Lynn Harlan (Jessie Buckley), is bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek. Fresh out of jail and with two young kids, all she wants is to get out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer in Nashville. Her mum Marion (Julie Walters) has had a bellyful of Rose-Lynn’s Nashville nonsense. Forced to take responsibility, Rose-Lynn gets a cleaning job, only to find an unlikely champion in the middle-class lady of the house (Sophie Okonedo). ‘Wild Rose’ is an uplifting story with an original soundtrack about family, dreams and reality, and three chords and the truth.

 November 20th   My Brilliant Friend (15)

When the most important friend in her life seems to disappear without trace, Elena Greco, an elderly woman living in a house crammed with books, switches on her PC and starts writing her own story, and that of Lila. She tells the tale of their friendship, which started at school in the 1950’s. Set in a dangerous but fascinating Naples, it is just the start of a story spanning sixty years of life. A tale that attempts to unveil the mystery of Lila, Elena’s brilliant friend. Her best friend, and her worst enemy.

November 27th   A Dog’s Journey (PG)

Picking up where ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ left off, Ethan’s (Dennis Quaid) beloved dog Bailey (voiced again by Josh Gad) finds a new destiny: Protect Ethan’s granddaughter CJ (Kathryn Prescott) at any cost. Bailey’s adventure through multiple lives is filled with love, friendship and devotion as he and CJ experience joy and heartbreak, music and laughter, and a few really good belly rubs.

December 4th    On Golden Pond (PG)

Norman (Henry Fonda) and Ethel Thayer (Katharine Hepburn) have had a summer cottage on Golden Pond since early in their marriage. This summer their daughter Chelsea, (Jane Fonda) whom they haven’t seen for years, feels she must be there for her father’s 80th birthday. She and her fiance leave for Europe, leaving Billy with Ethel and Norman. What begins as a stubborn battle of wills between Norman and Billy slowly turns into a relationship that Chelsea had always longed to share with her Father. On Golden Pond is a beautiful, touching and heart-warming drama. A piece of cinema history.

 December 11th  A Private War (15)

In a world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike) is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless, while constantly testing the limits between bravery and bravado. After being hit by a grenade in Sri Lanka, she wears a distinctive eye patch and is still as comfortable sipping martinis with London’s elite as she is confronting dictators. Colvin sacrifices loving relationships, and over time, her personal life starts to unravel as the trauma she’s witnessed takes its toll. Yet, her mission to show the true cost of war leads her – along with renowned war photographer Paul Conroy (Jamie Doman) – to embark on the most dangerous assignment of their lives in the besieged Syrian city of Horns.

 December 18th  The Family Stone (12)

An incredible all-star cast shines in this deliriously funny comedy. Featuring Sarah Jessica Parker in a Golden-Globe nominated role, The Family Stone is a feel-good film that’ll leave your reeling with laughter! Uptight and ultra-conservative corporate executive Meredith Morton (Sarah Jessica Parker) ventures out of Manhattan to meet the family of her boyfriend Everett Stone (Dermot Mulroney). But the Stones are a quirky protective group that need time to warm up to the frosty stranger. It will take a surprise guest, two shocking romances and several beers to thaw Meredith’s icy exterior and melt the hearts of the Family Stone!

 December 25th  NO FILM
January 1st        NO FILM

 January 8th       The Farewell (PG)

In this funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie, Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai (grandma), has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, uniting family members scattered among new homes abroad. As Billi navigates a minefield of family expectations and proprieties, she finds there’s a lot to celebrate: a chance to rediscover the country she left as a child, her grandmother’s wondrous spirit, and the ties that keep on binding even when so much goes unspoken. With ‘The Farewell’, writer/director Lulu Wang has created a heartfelt celebration of both the way we perform family and the way we live it.

 January 15th     Can You Ever Forgive Me (15)

Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estée Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, she turned her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant).

January 22nd     Rocketman (15)

His music inspires you; his life will surprise you”, ‘Rocketman’ is a one-of-a-kind musical celebration set to Elton John’s most beloved songs. Discover how a shy boy growing up in the suburbs of London becomes one of the most iconic figures in rock and roll. Featuring an all-star cast, this truly spectacular and utterly electrifying ride is filled with show-stopping musical performances and is “unlike anything you’ve ever seen”.

January 29th   Head Full of Honey (PG13)

Nick Nolte, Matt Dillon and Emily Mortimer star in this American remake of the 2014 German comedy drama of the same name. Following the death of his wife, the mental state of Alzheimer’s sufferer Amadeus (Nolte) begins to rapidly deteriorate and he moves to London to live with his son Nick (Dillon). After several alarming incidents, Nick and his wife Sarah (Mortimer) question whether they can continue caring for Amadeus and consider placing him in a care home. Desperate to find a way to help her grandfather, ten-year-old Matilda (Sophia Lane Nolte) accompanies him on a trip to Venice, where he first met her grandmother, but will it be enough to bring their fractured family back together?

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