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hotel-mumbai125Drama/Thriller
Saturday 13 April, 7  pm

Hotel Mumbai (MA 15+)

A gripping true story of humanity and heroism, Hotel Mumbai vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai. Starring Dev Patel & Armie Hammer, this is the astonishing story of the victims and survivors of the terrorist attack, and the extraordinary heroism of the hotel staff who risked their lives to protect their guests.
The terrifying assault brings together the guests and staff of the luxurious hotel including wealthy new parents David and Zahra (Armie Hammer and Nazanin Boniadi), Russian businessman Vasili (Jason Isaacs) and newly promoted waiter Arjun (Dev Patel) in a desperate fight for survival. This story celebrates humanity, compassion, courage, resilience and the unwavering desire to survive.

 

A-Dogs-Way-Home125Adventure/Family
Saturday 20 April, 3 pm

A Dog’s Way Home (PG)

Join Bella – a sparky, loveable pup – on an epic 400-mile journey to return home to the person that saved her. Along her fun and sometimes dangerous journey, she meets many people and manages to bring a little bit of comfort and joy to their lives.  Every step she takes, brings her closer to the safety and security of the place she calls home and the person she loves. There are some bonds no distance can break.

 

stan-ollie-poster125Biography/Comedy /Drama
Sunday 21 April, 7 pm

Stan & Ollie (PG)

Starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as legendary comedy duo Laurel & Hardy, Stan & Ollie is the heartwarming story of what would become the pair’s triumphant farewell tour.
With their golden era long behind them, Stan and Ollie embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland in 1953. Between personal grievances and dwindling audiences, they face an uncertain future. While the charm of their double-act wins back legions of adoring fans, the duo must pull out all the stops to save their precious decades-long friendship before the final curtain falls.
From acclaimed screenwriter Jeff Pope (Philomena), Stan & Ollie celebrates a unique friendship and legendary working partnership with humour and warmth. Coogan and Reilly deliver performances of nuanced, comic genius – the perfect pair to pay homage to the original kings of comedy.
★★★★★ “An absolute delight. Coogan and Reilly are note-perfect.” (Radio Times)

 

dumbo-125Fantasy/Adventure
Saturday 27 April, 3 pm

Dumbo (PG)

Everyone remembers the moment they fell in love with Dumbo. Now a Disney legend returns for a whole new generation. Disney’s new live action feature film Dumbo introduces Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell), a former circus star who finds his life turned upside down when he returns from the war. Struggling circus owner Max Medici (Danny De Vito) enlists a former star and his two children to care for Dumbo, a baby elephant born with oversized ears. When the family discovers that the animal can fly, it soon becomes the main attraction — bringing in huge audiences and revitalizing the run-down circus. The elephant’s magical ability also draws the attention of V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton) an entrepreneur who wants to showcase Dumbo in his latest, larger-than-life entertainment venture.
Don’t just fly….. Soar.

 

fighting-with-my-family125Comedy/Drama
Saturday 27 April, 7 pm

Fighting with my Family (M)

Fighting with my Family is a heart-warming comedy about a family that fights a little differently. Produced by Dwayne Johnson, it is based on the incredible true story of World Wrestling Entertainment Superstar “Paige”. Born into a tight-knit wrestling family in the UK, Paige and her brother Zak are ecstatic when they get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she must leave her family and face this new, cut-throat world alone. Paige’s journey pushes her to dig deep, fight for her family, and ultimately prove to the world that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star.
Written and directed by Stephen Merchant, Fighting with my Family stars Florence Pugh, Dwayne Johnson and Lena Headey.

 

Sometime-Always-Never-125Comedy/Drama
Saturday 11 May, 3 pm

Sometimes Always Never (PG)

Able to blend charming gruffness and winning affability with just the raise of an eyebrow, Bill Nighy has long proven himself one of Britain’s best character actors, and now he stars alongside Sam Riley and Alice Lowe in this stylish and heartfelt comedy-drama about a tailor searching for a lost son.
Sharp of both suit and vocabulary, Nighy (The Bookshop), is winningly deadpan as Scrabble-obsessed Merseyside tailor Alan, whose eldest son Michael stormed out of the house after a particularly heated round of the popular board game, never to return. Years later, Alan and his other son Peter (Sam Riley) continue the search while trying to repair their own strained relationship. Working from a witty and astute script by veteran screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce (The Railway Man, Goodbye Christopher Robin), Liverpudlian director Carl Hunter deploys a vivid visual style and striking production design to capture the shifting moods of a family who know plenty of words but struggle to communicate.
A triple score-worthy supporting cast includes Jenny Agutter and Tim McInnerny.
★★★★ A distinct, articulate pleasure.
Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian
★★★★ The kind of role Nighy was born to play.
Joni Blyth – One Room With A View

 

Five-Feet-Apart-125Drama/Romance
Saturday 11 May, 7 pm

Five Feet Apart (M)

Stella Grant (Haley Lu Richardson) is every bit a seventeen-year-old… she’s attached to her laptop and loves her best friends. But unlike most teenagers, she spends much of her time living in a hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines, boundaries and self-control – all of which is put to the test when she meets an impossibly charming fellow patient named Will Newman (Cole Sprouse).
There’s an instant flirtation, though restrictions dictate that they must maintain a safe distance between them. As their connection intensifies, so does the temptation to throw the rules out the window and embrace that attraction. Further complicating matters is Will’s potentially dangerous rebellion against his ongoing medical treatment. Stella gradually inspires Will to live life to the fullest, but can she ultimately save the person she loves when even a single touch is off limits?
When Life Keeps You Apart, Fight For Every Inch.

 

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JAMES CALENDAR

April

  • 13 Sat 7 pm
    Drama/Thriller
    Hotel Mumbai (MA 15+)
  • 20 Sat 3 pm
    Adventure/Family
    A Dog's Way Home (PG)
  • 21 Sun 7 pm
    Biography/Comedy/Drama
    Stan & Ollie (PG)
  • 27 Sat 3 pm
    Fantasy/Adventure
    Dumbo (PG)
  • 27 Sat 7 pm
    Drama/Comedy
    Fighting with my Family (M)

May

  • 11 Sat 3 pm
    Comedy/Drama
    Sometimes Always Never (PG)
  • 11 Sat 7.00 pm
    Drama/Romance
    Five Feet Apart (M)
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