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A Man Called Otto (15)

Dir: Marc Forster 2022 | 126 mins

Based on the bestselling novel A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

Tom Hanks is Otto Anderson, a grump who no longer sees purpose in his life following the loss of his wife.

Otto is ready to end it all, but his plans are interrupted when a lively young family moves in next door. He soon meets his match in quick-witted Marisol. She challenges him to see life differently, leading to an unlikely friendship that turns his world around.

A heartwarming and funny story about love, loss, and life. Family can sometimes be found in the most unexpected places.

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Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical (Sing-along) (PG)

Dir: Matthew Wachus | 117 mins

Matilda Wormwood is a little girl with big curiosity, a sharp mind and a vivid imagination - and the worst parents in the world.

While her parents content themselves with trashy TV and dodgy money-making schemes, she loves to lose herself in the pages of her beloved books. Where they are loud, selfish and unkind she is a quiet observer, thinking up small and cheeky acts of rebellion and revenge.

On meeting her inspirational teacher Miss Honey, Matilda is encouraged and begins conjuring her own fantastical tales. Excited to attend Crunchem Hall, Matilda is surprised to find the school is an ominous and oppressive place led by the huge and villainous Miss Trunchbull.

Filled with an overwhelming sense of justice, Matilda dares to take a stand for what is right and teach Trunchbull a lesson she won't forget.

‘We are revolting children, living in revolting times! Tim Minchin’s genius lyrics make this a smash hit, with Alisha Weir, for all ages. See you at the singalong version’ Metro

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Empire Of Light (15)

Dir: Sam Mendes 2022 | 115 mins

Set in Margate in the early 1980s, Olivia Colman stars as Hilary.

Hilary is the duty manager at the local cinema. She lives a lonely life and is struggling with her mental health, following a break down.

Hilary’s world is turned upside down when by the arrival of new employee Stephen – a young black man who is half her age.

In this Thatcher era town, Stephen encounters racism on a daily basis. He is as lonely as Hilary.

The two become best friends and then lovers.

A compelling and poignant drama about the power of human connection during turbulent times.

With a stellar cast including BAFTA winner Micheal Ward (Blue Story, Top Boy), Academy Award winner Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) and Toby Jones (Infamous, Detectorists).

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Tar (15)

Dir: Todd Field 2022 | 158 mins

Cate Blanchett stars as Lydia Tár, an iconic pianist, composer and conductor.

She is the very first female director of a major German orchestra and widely considered one of the greatest living composer-conductors.

A chilling examination of the changing nature of power, its impact and durability in our modern world.

‘Cate Blanchett dazzles as monstrous maestro’ ★★★★★ Guardian

‘Cate Blanchett is on top form as a conductor who experiences a swift fall from grace in Todd Fields' piercing psychodrama’ ★★★★★ Little White Lies

‘It’s a phenomenal picture, supported by top-tier crew’ ★★★★★ Observer

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Babylon (18)

Dir: Damien Chazelle 2022 | 189 mins

An original epic set in 1920s Los Angeles.

Manny Torres wants to make it in the movie world while Nellie LaRoy wants to be an actress and matinee idol Jack Conrad is already a star. It is an era of unbridled decadence and depravity in early Hollywood, which sees the rise and fall of the three characters.

A tale of outsized ambition and outrageous excess.

With a cast led by Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Diego Calva.

'I absolutely loved it... What (Damien Chazelle) does that I love is tell the story in such an exaggerated, maniacal fashion that it feels truer than it's ever felt before' Film Week

'One of the year’s richest and most ambitious films' Wall Street Journal

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The Fabelmans (12A)

Dir: Steven Spielberg 2022 | 151 mins

In post WWII America, young Sammy Fabelman falls in love with movies and starts to make his own. When he discovers a shattering family secret, film making becomes his solace.

This deeply personal portrait of 20th century American childhood is inspired by Steven Spielberg’s own upbringing. It’s a coming-of-age story and exploration of the power of movies to help us see the truth about each other and ourselves.

‘This moving portrait of the celebrated filmmaker is more inquisitive than it is celebratory’ ★★★★ Independent

‘Spielberg's period drama evokes wonder’ ★★★★★ Total Film

‘It’s a beautiful, tender and emotionally complex film, one which pays tribute to Spielberg's parents but also ensures their humanity through their flaws and failings’ ★★★★ news.com

‘Looking back with adult eyes, Spielberg sees his parents with all their flaws, yet infuses the film with warmth, understanding and love’ BBC

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Blue Jean (15)

Dir: Georgia Oakley | 97 mins

Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government are about to pass a law stigmatising gays and lesbians. A new student arrives at the school and threatens to expose her.

Jean is pushed to extreme lengths to keep her job and her integrity.

‘A slam dunk masterpiece’ ★★★★★ Telegraph

‘Deeply human’ ★★★★★ Attitude Magazine

‘Convinces minutely, with every moody needle-drop and stiff drinks-party exchange, as a period piece about terror, ostracisation, and betrayal’ ★★★★★ The Guardian

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