Film Information

Below is information about films playing this month. Arranged in date order.
PATRIOTS DAY (15)
7th, 9th & 10th April

​​Director: Peter Berg.
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, Michelle Monaghan.

Patriots Day is a gripping, visceral account of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and its intense aftermath. Wahlberg stars as Tommy Saunders, a Boston cop who finds himself at the centre of the initial maelstrom and the investigation that follows. The immediate consequences of the attack – harrowing instances of families torn apart by the carnage – are followed swiftly by a citywide manhunt for the terrorists.
LION (PG)
7th, 8th, 13th, 24th & 25th April

​Director: Garth Davis.
Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara.

Five-year-old Saroo gets lost in Kolkata, 950 miles from his home in Madhya Pradesh. Afraid and disoriented, he is eventually adopted, and starts a new life in Australia. Twenty-five years later, the grown-up Saroo (Patel) falls in love with Lucy (Mara), who helps him to search for his mother back in India. Based on a true story, this emotionally charged film boasts shimmering visuals and dramatic heft.
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 (15)
8th & 12th April

​​​Director: Chad Stahelski.
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Ruby Rose, Ian McShane.

The eponymous anti-hero John Wick returns for another shot at blowing his considerable cool in a series of spectacular and spectacularly violent set-pieces. The heady mix of Judo and heavy weaponry – known as ‘Gun-Fu’ – features extensively in this exuberant, all-action enterprise
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (U)
8th - 13th April

​Director: Chris McKay.
Voices: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera.

A spin-off from The Lego Movie, this is a tongue-in-cheek take on the Caped Crusader, told entirely by meticulously computeranimated Lego. At heart it is a father-son story about playboy Bruce Wayne/Batman (a growly voiced Arnett) and the wide-eyed orphan (Cera) he grudgingly takes under his wing.
MOONLIGHT (15)
10th & 12th April

​Director: Barry Jenkins.
Starring: Alex Hibbert, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders.

​Never less than riveting, Moonlight is the story of an African American gay man growing up in a USA that is perhaps even more intolerant than ever. Three different actors brilliantly portray the same character at different ages: the naive schoolboy living with his mother; the bullied teenager discovering his sexuality; and the confident drug-dealing adult.
FENCES (12)
13th April

​​Director: Denzel Washington.
Starring: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis.

Troy (Washington) and Rose (Davis) are the parents of three troubled boys in 1950s Pittsburgh. There’s much wit and affection in this adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play, a hard-edged family drama about secrets and buried emotions. Contains outdated use of racist languag
HACKSAW RIDGE (15)
14th & 18th April

​Director: Mel Gibson.
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Hugo Weaving.

The true story of conscientious objector Desmond Doss (Garfield), who won a Congressional Medal Of Honour during the Second World War without firing a shot. Viewed as a pariah by his peers, Doss took part in the assault on Hacksaw Ridge as a medic and saved the lives of 75 men during the brutal battle that followed. Mel Gibson’s directorial return is a moving account of an outsider finding redemption through extraordinary suffering.
 
VICEROY'S HOUSE (12A)
14th - 19th April

​​Director: Gurinder Chadha.
Starring: Michael Gambon, Gillian Anderson, Hugh Bonneville.

Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson play Lord and Lady Mountbatten, charged by King George VI to oversee the peaceful transition of power from Britain to the India it had ruled for 300 years. Set in the Viceroy’s House in Delhi, drama escalates as Hindu, Sikh and Muslim differences threaten to overwhelm the Mountbattens, whose well-intentioned efforts are often sorely misplaced. Contains brief distressing image
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (PG)
14th - 23rd April

​Director: Bill Condon.
Starring: Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen.

Back in 1991, the Walt Disney Company released Beauty And The Beast, an exquisitely drawn feature animation that became a gargantuan hit. So who better to breathe new life into the beloved fairy tale – with its very modern message of not judging people by their appearance – in a live-action telling than the studio that made it a movie classic in the first place? Get ready to be wowed all over again.
KONG: SKULL ISLAND (12A)
21st - 23rd April

​​​Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts.
Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston.

A team of explorers investigate an uncharted Pacific island that, unbeknownst to them, contains all manner of huge, scary beasts that evolution forgot – the monstrous Kong being the hugest and scariest. Tom Hiddleston leads an all-star cast in this dazzling reboot. Contains moderate threat, violence and infrequent strong language.
LOGAN (15)
21st, 22nd, 25th & 27th April

​​​​​​​​Director: James Mangold.
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen.

In what is probably his final outing as the blade-knuckled superhero, Hugh Jackman returns as the now ageing Wolverine aka Logan. Here he is up against a cyborg team dedicated to eliminating mutants. Expect introspective moments among the pyrotechnic showpieces.
THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES (12A)
23rd - 25th & 27th April

​Director: Roger Goldby.
Starring: Joan Collins, Pauline Collins.

An elderly former movie star and her downtrodden pal set off on an unlikely road trip to France. Joan Collins and Pauline Collins are sublimely entertaining in a fast-paced, bittersweet comedy that might be called a silver-haired Thelma & Louise. Contains infrequent strong language and drug misuse.
LIFE (Cert TBC)
28th, 29th April & 1st May

​Director: Daniel Espinosa.
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds.

After capturing a space probe containing evidence of life on Mars, a team of astronauts find themselves trapped on board the International Space Station with a highly intelligent – and deadly – vestigial life form.
THE SENSE OF ENDING (15)
28th April - 4th May

​​​​Director: Ritesh Batra.
Starring: Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Michelle Dockery, Harriet Walter.

Retired and divorced, Tony Webster (Broadbent) leads a relatively quiet life. One day, the past comes knocking in the form of an inheritance: a diary written by his best friend from his student days, now in the hands of an old girlfriend. On his quest to recover it, Tony is forced to revisit his flawed recollections of his past. Based on Julian Barnes’s novel of the same name.
SING (U)
29th & 30th April

​Directors: Garth Jennings, Christophe Lourdelet.
Voices: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson.

Buster Moon (McConaughey), a tricksy koala bear impresario, is faced with losing his once-grand, debt-ridden theatre. Together with his loyal accomplice Eddie (John C. Reilly), he dreams up a talent contest which could save it, and numerous whacky animal performers duly arrive to strut their stuff. The result is a wildly funny, beautifully realised animation with numerous witty subplots and great, great music.
POWER RANGERS (Cert TBC)
29th & 30th April

Director: Dean Israelite.
Starring: Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston.

 After stumbling across an old alien ship, five high-school kids acquire the superpowers of the eponymous Power Rangers. When Rangergone-rogue Rita Repulsa reappears, the teens must harness their abilities to save the planet.
A QUIET PASSION (12A)
30th April & 4th May

​​Director: Terence Davies.
Starring: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duff, Keith Carradine.

 Cynthia Nixon gives a searing, multifaceted performance as American poet Emily Dickinson in this biopic from acclaimed writer-director Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea, The House Of Mirth). In her strictly Protestant Massachusetts home, with little of her poetry published during her lifetime, Dickinson leads a constrained and conflicted life. The psychological intensity of the performances makes this an exhilarating watch. Contains upsetting scenes of illness.
DANCER (12A)
2nd May

​​​Director: Steven Cantor.
Starring: Sergei Polunin, Jade Hale-Christofi.

 Aged 21, Ukrainian dancer Sergei Polunin walked away from his star role at The Royal Ballet, on the verge of self-destruction. This portrait, which includes archive footage of Polunin from the age of four and interviews with those close to him, gives unique insight into this wonderful dancer and complex man. Contains drug references and nudity.
 
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (15)
3rd & 9th May

​Director: Kenneth Lonergan.
Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler.

 Boston janitor Lee (Affleck) lives a life of solitude in his near-empty apartment. His daily drudgery – working, drinking, getting into fights – is disrupted by the news that his brother Joe (Chandler) has died. Reluctantly, Lee heads to his home town, Manchester By The Sea, Massachusetts, where he is shocked to discover that Joe has made him guardian of his teenage son Patrick (Lucas Hedges). There is more to be confronted, however: what happened between Lee and his ex-wife Randi (Williams), who still lives there, that has left such a gaping void in his life? One of the must-see titles of the awards season.
GOING IN STYLE (12A)
5th, 6th & 10th May

​Director: Zach Braff.
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin.

When three retired pals (Arkin, Caine and Freeman) are robbed of their pensions by duplicitous ex-employers and their bankers, they decide to rob a bank to get even and recover their dignity. The actors’ comic timing, nuanced performances and a sharp-as-nails script make this a riotously entertaining film, underpinned by a serious commentary on growing old in a callous, capitalistic society. Contains infrequent strong language and drug misuse.
THEIR FINEST (12A)
5th - 11th May

​Director: Lone Scherfig.
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Richard E. Grant.

Lone Scherfig’s delightfully polite romantic comedy follows writer Catrin Cole (Arterton), who is hired by the British Ministry of Information during the Blitz to bring a female perspective to wartime propaganda films. Working with cynical producer Tom Buckley (Claflin), she battles with a less-than-promising story, constant rewrites, a beady-eyed supervisor and the disgruntled antics of a self-obsessed, fading thespian (Nighy) as she attempts to make a film that will lift the nation’s spirits. Contains infrequent strong language, moderate sex and injury detail.
SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE (U)
6th & 7th May

​Director: Kelly Asbury.
Voices: Demi Lovato, Jack McBrayer, Joe Manganiello, Danny Pudi.

After finding a mysterious map that suggests the whereabouts of a magical lost village, Smurfette sets out with her best friends Clumsy, Hefty and Brainy to get there before the evil wizard Gargamel. After a thrilling journey, they discover the biggest secret in Smurf history
JACKIE (15)
8th May

​​Director: Pablo Larraín.
Starring: Natalie Portman, Billy Crudup, Peter Sarsgaard, John Hurt, Greta Gerwig.

Jackie is an intimate and quietly harrowing study of the week following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, as seen through the eyes of his widow. Seamlessly making his English-language debut, director Larraín (No) burrows deep into Jackie’s psyche as she fights to hold onto her dignity amid the horror of losing her husband. In the leading role Natalie Portman delivers an astonishing performance.