Running Time: 94 minutes | Genre: Comedy
Director: Greta Gerwig
Starring: Julie Bowen, Danielle Macdonald, Tracy Letts, Timothée Chalamet, Jake McDorman, Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Saoirse Ronan
BBFCInsight: Very strong language, strong nudity
Synopsis: In LADY BIRD, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.
Finding Your Feet
Running Time: 111 minutes | Genre: Comedy
Director: Guillaume Canet
Starring: Teo Halm, Imelda Staunton, John Sessions, Meg Leonard, Nick Moorcroft, Charlotte Walls, John Sachs, David Hayman, Joanna Lumley, Timothy Spall
BBFCInsight: moderate sex references, drug use, infrequent strong language
Synopsis: On the eve of retirement a middle class, judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate.
Royal Opera 2017/18 Season: Macbeth
Running Time: 30 minutes | Genre: Live Theatre
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Starring: Alexandre Aja, Zeljko Lucic, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
Synopsis: Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’. With his librettist, Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi set out to create ‘something out of the ordinary’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy. The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland – but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts. Murder makes Macbeth king, and intrigue and butchery are the hallmarks of his brief, doomed reign. The witches make another prediction, which also comes true: Macbeth and his lady lose their lives, and justice is restored. Phyllida Lloyd’s 2002 production for The Royal Opera is richly hued, shot through with black, red and gold. The witches – imagined by designer Anthony Ward as strange, scarlet-turbaned creatures – are ever-present agents of fate. Lloyd depicts the Macbeths’ childlessness as the dark sadness lurking behind their terrible deeds. The Royal Opera’s production uses Verdi’s 1865 Paris revision of the opera, which includes Lady Macbeth’s riveting aria ‘La luce langue’.
Walk Like a Panther
Running Time: 108 minutes | Genre: Comedy
Director: Dan Cadan
Starring: Jason Flemyng, Stephen Graham, Sue Johnston, Stephen Tompkinson, Julian Sands, Jill Halfpenny, Dean O'Toole
BBFCInsight: moderate wrestling violence, sex references, infrequent strong language
Synopsis: WALK LIKE A PANTHER revolves around a group of ‘80s wrestlers who are forced to don the lycra one last time when their beloved local pub is threatened by closure. Led by father-son duo, Mark (Stephen Graham) and Trevor Bolton (Dave Johns), this unlikely bunch of underdog heroes sets out to save their community, rekindling old friendships and family ties along the way.
Running Time: 220 minutes | Genre: Live Theatre
Director: Polly Findlay
Starring: Royal Shakespeare Company, Niamh Cusack, Christopher Eccleston
Synopsis: Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder. Our contemporary production of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller marks both Christopher Eccleston’s RSC debut and the return of Niamh Cusack to the company. Macbeth will be broadcast live to cinemas on 11 April 2018.
Running Time: 118 minutes | Genre: Action
Director: Roar Uthaug
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Harry Styles, Hannah John-Kamen, Daniel Wu, Gary Barber, Graham King, Dominic West
BBFCInsight: moderate violence, threat, injury detail
Synopsis: Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father's global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he's truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can't understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death. Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad's last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. Suddenly, the stakes couldn't be higher for Lara, who-against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit-must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.
Running Time: 95 minutes | Genre: Family
Director: Will Gluck
Starring: Dianna Agron, Logan Lerman, Elizabeth Debicki, Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, Rose Byrne
BBFCInsight: mild threat, comic violence
Synopsis: Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter's feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.
Running Time: 120 minutes | Genre: Drama
Director: Garth Davis
Starring: Paul Weitz, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tahar Rahim, Ariane Labed, Ryan Corr, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Lubna Azabal, Joaquin Phoenix
BBFCInsight: bloody images
Synopsis: MARY MAGDALENE is an authentic and humanistic portrait of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history. The biblical biopic tells the story of Mary (Rooney Mara), a young woman in search of a new way of living. Constricted by the hierarchies of the day, Mary defies her traditional family to join a new social movement led by the charismatic Jesus of Nazareth (Joaquin Phoenix). She soon finds a place for herself within the movement and at the heart of a journey that will lead to Jerusalem. Written by Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett, MARY MAGDALENE also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tahar Rahim.
Pacific Rim: Uprising
Running Time: 111 minutes | Genre: Action
Director: Steven S. DeKnight
Starring: Dean Parisot, Robert Schwentke, John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Tian Jing, Guillermo del Toro, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona, Levi Meaden, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Thomas Tull, Femi Oguns, Cale Boyter
BBFCInsight: moderate violence, threat, injury detail, rude gesture
Synopsis: John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.” Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi)—who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war. As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction. Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Lambert (The Fate of the Furious’ Scott Eastwood) and 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (newcomer Cailee Spaeny), as the heroes of the PPDC become the only family he has left. Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale.
A Wrinkle in Time
Running Time: 109 minutes | Genre: Adventure
Director: Ava DuVernay
Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey, Storm Reid, James Whitaker, Catherine Hand, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine
BBFCInsight: mild threat
Synopsis: Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self-worth who is desperate to fit in. As the daughter of two world-renowned physicists, she is intelligent and uniquely gifted, as is Meg’s younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), but she has yet to realize it for herself. Making matters even worse is the baffling disappearance of Mr. Murry (Chris Pine), which torments Meg and has left her mother (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) heartbroken. Charles Wallace introduces Meg and her fellow classmate Calvin (Levi Miller) to three celestial guides—Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling)—who have journeyed to Earth to help search for their father, and together they set off on their formidable quest. Traveling via a wrinkling of time and space known as tessering, they are soon transported to worlds beyond their imagination where they must confront a powerful evil. To make it back home to Earth, Meg must look deep within herself and embrace her flaws to harness the strength necessary to defeat the darkness closing in on them. “A Wrinkle in Time” opens nationwide March 29, 2018.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Running Time: 116 minutes | Genre: Drama
Starring: Maggie Smith
BBFCInsight: Contains moderate language, sex references and sexualised nudity
Synopsis: A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view.
Ready Player One
Running Time: 140 minutes | Genre: Action
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Mark Rylance, Tye Sheridan, Ben Mendelsohn, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Donald De Line, Dan Farah
BBFCInsight: moderate violence, horror, infrequent strong language
Synopsis: The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.
Duck Duck Goose
Running Time: 82 minutes | Genre: Adventure
Director: Christopher Jenkins
Starring: Jennifer Grey, Zendaya ., Jim Gaffigan, Carl Reiner, Penney Finkelman Cox, Sandra Rabins, Stephen Fry, Diedrich Bader
BBFCInsight: mild threat, rude humour
Synopsis: Peng is a freewheeling bachelor goose who'd rather do anything than practice for the upcoming migration. He thinks he's better than everyone else and spends his time attempting crazy stunts at even crazier speeds. In one such stunt, Peng flies too near the ground, hits a flock of ducklings and separates brother and sister, Chao and Chi, from the rest. In this unlikely meeting, Peng will begin a journey that will break his wing and nearly break his heart as he grows to understand the power of unconditional love in the form of two ducklings, who likewise grow to see him as the best father they could ever have.
Isle of Dogs
Running Time: 101 minutes | Genre: Adventure
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Scarlett Johansson, Courtney B. Vance, Greta Gerwig, Liev Schreiber, Frances McDormand, Scott Rudin, Fisher Stevens, F. Murray Abraham, Kunicihi Nomura, Mari Natsuki, Koyu Rankin, Bob Balaban, Akira Ito, Akira Takayama, Yojiro Noda, Frank Wood, Yoko Ono, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray
BBFCInsight: mild threat, violence, language
Synopsis: ISLE OF DOGS tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.
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