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Saturday 18 November, 7.30 pm

Battle of the Sexes (M)

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s World #1 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the Battle of the Sexes and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.

 

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Sunday 19 November, 7 pm

Mountain (M)

A unique cinematic and musical collaboration between the Australian Chamber Orchestra and BAFTA-nominated director Jennifer Peedom, Mountain is a dazzling exploration of our obsession with mountains. Only three centuries ago, climbing a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. The idea scarcely existed that wild landscapes might hold any sort of attraction. Peaks were places of peril, not beauty. Why, then, are we now drawn to mountains in our millions? Mountain shows us the spellbinding force of high places – and their ongoing power to shape our lives and our dreams. “A breathtaking cinematic essay… A stunning achievement… you can’t take your eyes or ears off it” – THE AUSTRALIAN

 

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Saturday 25 November, 7.30 pm

Thor: Ragnarok (M)

Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi and returns Chris Hemsworth starring as Thor and Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as Loki. They are joined by Cate Blanchett as Hela, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban, with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins. Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful and ruthless Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilisation.

 

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Saturday 9 December, 7.30 pm

Murder on the Orient Express (M)

A lavish train ride unfolds into a stylish & suspenseful mystery. From the novel by Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express tells of thirteen stranded strangers & one man’s race to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Kenneth Branagh directs and leads an all-star cast including Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad.

 

three summers-125Comedy/Romance
Saturday 16 December, 7.30 pm

Three Summers (M)

Shooting his first Australian film, internationally renowned writer, director and comedian Ben Elton delivers a big hearted, of-the-moment, multi-story comedy with a sterling ensemble cast featuring Michael Caton, Magda Szubanski, Deborah Mailman, Jacqueline McKenzie and John Waters. Filmed in Western Australia, Three Summers is set at a fictional summer music festival called ‘Westival’ (based on the real-life Fairbridge Festival). It centres on a love story between two young musicians – a sparky crowd-pleasing violinist played by Rebecca Breeds, formerly of Home and Away, and a serious-minded theremin performer played by Ireland’s Robert Sheehan. Over three consecutive years, the two musicians meet and fall in love at the festival amidst a microcosm of Australian society.

 

christopher-125Biography/Family/History
Sunday 17 December, 7 pm

Goodbye Christopher Robin (M)

A rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Directed by Simon Curtis and written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Simon Vaughan, the movie follows A. A. Milne  (Domhnall Gleeson)  and his creation Winnie-the-Pooh.  Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

 

christmas-125Biography/Comedy/Drama
Saturday 23 December, 7.30 pm

The Man Who Invented Christmas (PG)

Just in time for Christmas is a charming, delightful fresh look at A Christmas Carol, seen through the true story of its creation.
Based on the book by Les Standiford, The Man Who Invented Christmas tells the magical story of how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens from Beauty and The Beast and Downton Abbey) revived the holiday of Christmas with his self-published novel, A Christmas Carol. Facing pressure with looming debt, a feckless father (Jonathan Pryce) and recent critical failures, Dickens confronts his past by conjuring up fantastic characters including Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other unforgettable characters for his now classic Christmas tale. Full of wit and warmth, The Man Who Invented Christmas will bring out the holiday spirit in everyone.

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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

 

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Thursday 18 January, 11 am

Ferdinand (PG)

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.

 

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 (PG)

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.

 

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JAMES CALENDAR

November

  • 18 Sat 7.30 pm
    Biography/Comedy/Sport
    ‘Battle of the Sexes' (M)
  • 19 Sun 7 pm
    Documentary
    ‘Mountain' (M)
  • 25 Sat 7.30 pm
    Fantasy/Action
    ‘Thor: Ragnarok' (M)

December

  • 9 Sat 7.30 pm
    Crime/Drama/Mystery
    ‘Murder on the Orient Express' (M)
  • 16 Sat 7.30 pm
    Comedy/Romance
    ‘Three Summers' (M)
  • 17 Sun 7 pm
    Biography/Family/History
    ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin' (M)
  • 23 Sat 7.30 pm
    Biography/Comedy/Drama
    ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ (PG)

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’ (PG)
  • 25 Thur 11 am
    Adventure/Animation/Comedy
    ‘Coco’ (PG)
  • 27 Sat 4 pm
    Family
    ‘Paddington 2’ (PG)
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