Running Time: 119 minutes | Genre: Drama
Director: David Gordon Green
Starring: Clancy Brown, Tatiana Maslany, Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Miranda Richardson
BBFCInsight: Strong language, gory injury detail
Synopsis: Based on the true story from the New York Times best seller, Jake Gyllenhaal stars as the working-class Boston man whose iconic photo from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing captured the hearts of the world. Stronger is the deeply personal account of the heroic journey that came after that photo – defining a man’s inner courage, a community’s pride, a family’s bond and an unexpectedly tenacious love.
The Greatest Showman
Running Time: 105 minutes | Genre: Biography
Director: Michael Gracey
Starring: Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Williams, Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron
BBFCInsight: brief mild threat, violence
Synopsis: THE GREATEST SHOWMAN is an original musical inspired by the life of P.T. Barnum, starring Hugh Jackman. Barnum was a visionary who rose from nothing to create the "Greatest Show on Earth," a spectacle and celebration of his larger-than-life imagination that captivated audiences around the globe.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Running Time: 115 minutes | Genre: Comedy
Director: Martin McDonagh
Starring: William Mapother, Frances McDormand, Peter Czernin, Graham Broadbent, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, Woody Harrelson
BBFCInsight: very strong language, strong violence, sex references
Synopsis: THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comic drama from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated.
Running Time: 125 minutes | Genre: Drama
Director: Joe Wright
Starring: Sergey Bodrov, Ben Mendelsohn, Jordan Waller, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Stephen Dillane, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten, Douglas Urbanski, Kristin Scott Thomas, Gary Oldman, John Hurt
BBFCInsight: mild bad language
Synopsis: Within days of becoming Prime Minister, Winston Churchill must face his most turbulent and defining trial: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.
Royal Opera 2017/18 Season: Tosca
Running Time: 180 minutes | Genre: Live Theatre
Director: Jonathan Kent
Starring: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, Joseph Calleja, Adrianne Pieczonka
Synopsis: From its strident opening chords, Tosca conjures up a world of political instability and menace. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas – and with its gripping plot and glorious music, it’s easy to see why. A candle-lit church, Scarpia’s gloomy study with its hidden torture chamber and the false optimism of a Roman dawn: Jonathan Kent’s handsome production throws into relief the ruthlessly taut drama, as the tension is wound up towards its fateful conclusion. Puccini’s meticulously researched score is infused with the same authentic detail, from distant cannon fire during the Act I Te Deum to tolling church bells and the sounds of a firing squad.
RSC: Twelfth Night (2018)
Running Time: 30 minutes | Genre: Live Theatre
Director: Christopher Luscombe
Starring: Royal Shakespeare Company, Esh Alladi, Adrian Edmondson, Kara Tointon, Dinita Gohil, Sally Cheng, Tom Byrne, Michael Cochrane, James Gant, Nicholas Bishop
Synopsis: Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister... Christopher Luscombe, Director of the ‘glorious’ (Daily Telegraph) Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (2014 and 2016), returns to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of "the whirligig of time", with Adrian Edmondson (Bottom, The Young Ones) in the role of Malvolio and Kara Tointon (ITV’s Mr Selfridge and Sound of Music Live!) in the role of Olivia.
Running Time: 135 minutes | Genre: Comedy
Director: Alexander Payne
Starring: Christoph Waltz, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudekis, Megan Ellison, Udo Kier, Alexander Payne, Neil Patrick Harris, Jim Burke, Jim Taylor, Mark Johnson, Hong Chau, Matt Damon, James Van Der Beek
BBFCInsight: strong language, drug misuse, sex references
Synopsis: "Downsizing" follows a kindly occupational therapist who undergoes a new procedure to be shrunken to four inches tall so that he and his wife can help save the planet and afford a nice lifestyle at the same time.
Running Time: 109 minutes | Genre: Adventure
Director: Adrian Molina
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Renee Victor, Benjamin Bratt
BBFCInsight: mild threat, violence
Synopsis: Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). 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 (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.
Running Time: 116 minutes | Genre: Biography
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Eddie Marsan, Idina Menzel, Alison Brie, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jesse Plemons, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Carrie Coon, Amy Pascal, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Bruce Greenwood
BBFCInsight: strong language, brief battle violence
Synopsis: In June 1971 The New York Times, the Washington Post and the nation’s major newspapers took a brave stand for freedom of speech and reported on the Pentagon Papers, the massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned four decades and four US Presidents. At the time, the Post’s Katherine Graham (Streep) was still finding her footing as the country’s first female newspaper publisher, and Ben Bradlee (Hanks), the paper’s volatile, driven editor, was trying to enhance the stature of the struggling, local paper. Together, the two formed an unlikely team, as they were forced to come together and make the bold decision to support The New York Times and fight the Nixon Administration’s unprecedented attempt to restrict the first amendment. The screenplay for THE POST comes from Josh Singer, who received the Academy Award for SPOTLIGHT, and music will be written by Spielberg’s long-time collaborator John Williams. THE POST also stars Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Matthew Rhys and Alison Brie.
Running Time: 30 minutes | Genre: Adventure
Director: Richard Starzak
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Richard Ayoade, Richard Webber, Selina Griffiths, Johnny Vegas, Gina Yashere, Simon Greenall, Timothy Spall, Mark Williams
Synopsis: Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, EARLY MAN tells the story of how plucky caveman Dug, along with sidekick Hognob unites his tribe against the mighty Bronze Age in a battle to beat them at their own game. It also marks Nick Park’s first feature film since Academy Award® winning WALLACE AND GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT. EARLY MAN unleashes an unforgettable cast of hilarious new characters.
Running Time: 130 minutes | Genre: Drama
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Lesley Manville, Megan Ellison, Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, JoAnne Sellar
BBFCInsight: strong language
Synopsis: Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock [Daniel Day-Lewis] and his sister Cyril [Lesley Manville] are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma [Vicky Krieps], who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. With his latest film, Paul Thomas Anderson paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey, and the women who keep his world running. Phantom Thread is Paul Thomas Anderson’s eighth movie, and his second collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis.
Running Time: 108 minutes | Genre: Drama
Director: Saul Dibb
Starring: Dominic Chianese, Sam Claflin, Toby Jones, Stephen Graham, Tom Sturridge, Guy de Beaujeu, Simon Reade, Paul Bettany
BBFCInsight: moderate violence, infrequent strong language
Synopsis: Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, it is the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, variously awaiting their fate.
Running Time: 102 minutes | Genre: Drama
Director: David Ayer
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Colin Firth, David Thewlis
BBFCInsight: infrequent strong language
Synopsis: Yachtsman Donald Crowhurst's disastrous attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race ends up with him creating an outrageous account of traveling the world alone by sea.
Running Time: 30 minutes | Genre: Action
Director: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Sam Trammell, Angela Bassett, Sterling K. Brown, Kevin Feige, Forest Whitaker, Martin Freeman
Synopsis: Marvel Studios' “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.
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.
The Shape of Water
Running Time: 123 minutes | Genre: Drama
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Leslie Mann, Nolan Gerard Funk, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, J. Miles Dale
BBFCInsight: strong violence, language, sex, nudity
Synopsis: From master storyteller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER - an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.
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.
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