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brave-125Adventure/Drama
Saturday 6 January, 7.30 pm

Only the Brave (M)

Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters risk everything to protect a town from an historic wildfire.
Through hope, determination, sacrifice and the drive to protect families and communities, the Granite Mountain Hotshots become one of the most elite firefighting teams in America. While most people run from danger, they run toward it — watching over lives, homes and everything people hold dear, forging a unique brotherhood that comes into focus with one fateful fire in Yarnell Hill, Arizona in 2013.
This moving drama stars Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale, Taylor Kitsch, Jennifer Connelly, and Andie MacDowell star. Directed by Joseph Kosinski.

 

elvis-125Music/Doco
Wednesday 10 January, 7 pm.

Elvis: That’s The Way It Is (PG)

On July 31, 1969, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Elvis Presley staged a triumphant return to the concert stage from which he had been absent for almost a decade. His series of seven concerts at Las Vegas’ Imperial Hotel broke all box office records and re-energised the career of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Elvis: That’s The Way It Is the definitive portrait of Elvis, brought to the James as a prelude to the 2018 Parkes Elvis Festival. This feature-length concert film crosses the footlights, revealing the legendary singer as a man preparing for an emotional career comeback, the fans who travelled from all over the world for this history-making event…. and the electrifying live performance of the man who gave us rock ‘n’ roll. The documentary captures the backstage bustle to box-office hustle of these seminal concerts, with Elvis’ painstaking preparation for the shows, relaxing and trading jokes with his band off stage and, of course, performing 27 of his greatest hits to a rapturous audience.

 

last-jedi-125Action/Adventure/Fantasy
Saturday 13 January, 4 pm

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (M)

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past. The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin are the executive producers.
“This is not going to go the way you think.”
―Luke Skywalker

 

wonder-125Family Comedy/Drama
Saturday 13 January, 7.30 pm

Wonder (PG)

Based on the New York Times bestseller written by Steve Conrad, Wonder tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out. The film stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay

 

ferdinand-125Animation/Adventure/Comedy
Thursday 18 January, 11 am

Ferdinand (G)

Ferdinand tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.
From Blue Sky Studios and Carlos Saldanha, the director of Rio and inspired by the beloved book The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, Ferdinand is a heart-warming animated comedy adventure with an all-star cast that includes John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Cannavale, David Tennant and many more.

 

HonkFamily Musical
Saturday 20 January, 7.30 pm
Sunday 21 January, 2 pm

Honk! Jr.

Join our friends from the Maitland Musical Society as they return to the James these January holidays with a sparkling new production of Honk! Jr, based on the story of The Ugly Duckling. Ugly is born, of course, as a Duckling but it soon becomes clear that he is no ordinary Duck. Mocked on the farmyard, pursued by the ever-hungry Cat, Ugly finds himself lost on a nearby marsh in the middle of a duck-shoot and embarks on an odyssey through the countryside, meeting a battery of colourful characters and finding himself, and love, along the way.
Experience the magic as Maitland Musical Society brings one of Hans Christian Andersons’ greatest stories ever told to life in a dazzling new production that will delight the whole family! Direction by Matthew Collins. Musical Direction by Angie Hutchison-Ussher. Choreography by Stuart Ussher. Come along and join us for the magical world of Honk! Jr these school holidays. This is a show not to be missed!
For more information click here. Tickets are available at the door, or online
Adult – $20
Child (5-15y)/ Concession – $15, Children under 5 are Free
Family (2 adults, 2 children) – $60.

 

coco-125Adventure/Animation/Comedy
Thursday 25 January, 11 am

Coco (PG)

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, 12-year old Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colourful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
This musical fantasy adventure film is the latest release from Pixar Animation Studios, and features the voices of Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, and Anthony Gonzalez.

 

paddington2-125Family
Saturday 27 January, 4 pm

Paddington 2 (G)

Paddington 2 is based on the best-selling and internationally adored series of children’s stories by Michael Bond. The much-anticipated sequel to the worldwide hit family film finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief…
Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson join the all-star returning cast of Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin with Ben Whishaw as Paddington.

 

Jumanji-125Action/Adventure/Comedy
Saturday 27 January, 7.30 pm

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG)

In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Kevin Hart star in this continuation of the classic 1995 adventure fantasy starring Robin Williams. Four high-school kids discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of–Jumanji–they are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, becoming the avatars they chose: gamer Spencer becomes a brawny adventurer (Dwayne Johnson); football jock Fridge loses “the top two feet of his body” and becomes an Einstein (Kevin Hart); popular girl Bethany becomes a middle-aged male professor (Jack Black); and wallflower Martha becomes a badass warrior (Karen Gillan). What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji–you must survive it. To beat the game, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, and change the way they think about themselves–or they’ll be stuck in the game forever….

 

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JAMES CALENDAR

January 2018

  • 6 Sat 7.30 pm
    Adventure/Drama
    ‘Only the Brave’ (M)
  • 10 Wed 7 pm
    Music/Doco
    ‘Elvis: That’s The Way It Is’ (PG)
  • 13 Sat 4 pm
    Action/Adventure/Fantasy
    ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi' (M)
  • 13 Sat 7.30 pm
    Family Comedy/Drama
    ‘Wonder’ (PG)
  • 18 Thur 11 am
    Animation/Adventure/Comedy
    ‘Ferdinand’ (G)
  • 20 Sat 7.30 pm
    Family Musical
    ‘Honk! Jr.’
  • 21 Sun 2 pm
    Family Musical
    ‘Honk! Jr.’
  • 25 Thur 11 am
    Adventure/Animation/Comedy
    ‘Coco’ (PG)
  • 27 Sat 4 pm
    Family
    ‘Paddington 2’ (G)
  • 27 Sat 7.30 pm
    Family
    ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ (PG)

February

  • 10 Sat 7.30 pm
    Drama
    ‘All the Money in the World’ (M)
  • 17 Sat 7.30 pm
    Drama/Sport/Bio
    ‘I, Tonya’ (M)
  • 18 Sun 7 pm
    Drama/Romance
    ‘Breathe’ (M)
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