The Wild Pear Tree

The Wild Pear Tree

THE WILD PEAR TREE (Cert TBC) After graduating from university, Sinan returns from the bright lights of Cannakale, to Can, his rural hometown, where his father is knee deep in gambling debts and his family is pitied. He would like recognition for his writing talents but lacks funds to publish a book of his essays and stories. Nuri Bilge Ceylan's follow-up to his Palme d'Or-winning Winter Sleep, is a discursive and engrossing portrait of the opinionated and bemused young writer at odds with his hometown and family. A gently penetrating dissection of the flawed male psyche.

Tue 22 Jan (1 day only) 7.45pm

Turkey/Republic of Macedonia/France (subtitled), 2018, 188 mins


The Marvellous Mabel Normand

The Marvellous Mabel Normand

THE MARVELLOUS MABEL NORMAND (Cert TBC) Mabel Normand was a trailblazing silent film star in 167 shorts and 23 features, epitomising the irrepressible spirit of early Hollywood. An extraordinary performer, she was the first lady of silent comedy, directed her own films and ran her own production company. The Film Theatre presents a celebration of her work with four shorts from the BFI National Archive, also featuring Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle and a young Oliver Hardy. A newly commissioned score complements the films.

Thu 24 Jan (1 day only) 7.45pm

USA (silent, B/W), 1914 -1927, 78 mins


The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built

THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT (18) Attracting a level of notoriety known only by arch-provocateur Lars Von Trier, his new work stars Matt Dillon as a serial killer who views his crimes as art and his continuing liberty as an expression of the failures of society. Tongue-in-cheek and deliberately challenging, The House That Jack Built is graphically violent and beautifully shot, with a spectacular finale. Von Trier's cast also includes Uma Thurman, and Bruno Gantz as the man to whom Jack recounts five incidents.

Fri 25 Jan (1 day only) 7.45pm

USA, 2017, 98 mins


Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns

MARY POPPINS RETURNS (U) It's 1930s London and everyone's favourite nanny has returned. The Banks children have grown up, finding themselves a little lost and in need of a friendly face and a sprinkling of magical wisdom. Emily Blunt plays the practically perfect Mary Poppins, leading a stellar cast including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Dick Van Dyke, Emily Mortimer, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep.

Sat 26 Jan (2 days) 3.00pm matinee Tue 29 Jan 7.45pm

USA, 2017, 130 mins


Polina

Polina

POLINA (12A) Growing up in Russia, Polina (Anastasia Shevtsova) studies classical ballet with one goal: to make it into the corps of the Bolshoi. But when she at last achieves her supposed dream, she instead chooses artistic freedom and travels to France to train in modern dance. Bursting with dazzling dance sequences, Polina is an arresting tale of self-discovery, charting a young woman's journey to find both her place in the world and her own voice. Juliet Binoche gives a striking performance as Liria Elsaj, the choreographer who takes Polina under her wing.

Sat 26 Jan (1 day only) 7.45pm

France (French and Russian dialogue with English subtitles), 2016, 130 mins


Mug

Mug

MUG (15) Mug is a darkly satirical, tragicomic fable of small-town shallowness and hypocrisy, centred on Jacek, who is injured and severely disfigured while working on the construction of a towering statue of Christ. After undergoing Poland's first facial transplant, he prepares to return to the insular Polish town that he has always dreamed of leaving. Writer-director Malgorzata Szumowska eschews melodrama to offer inventive stylistic touches and a commentary on contemporary Poland by way of deadpan farce.

Thu 31 Jan (1 day only) 7.45pm

Poland (Polish dialogue with English subtitles), 2018, 92 mins


The Favourite

The Favourite

THE FAVOURITE (15) The Favourite is an outrageous period comedy set in the court of Queen Anne, where the misanthropic and capricious monarch sits on the throne and is cajoled into governing the country by doting friend Lady Sarah. Some questionable motives aside, all is well until Sarah's ambitious cousin Abigail arrives and a wickedly funny game of one-up-womanship ensues. Yorgos Lanthimos' acclaimed new take on courtly intrigue is grounded by outstanding performances from Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone as the complex, flawed, distinctive women.

Fri 1, Sat 2, Tue 5 & Thu 7 Feb (4 days) 7.45pm

UK/USA/Ireland, 2018, 119 mins A showcase of our new sound system and screen will precede the Friday presentation of The Favourite, commencing at 7pm. Admission to the feature presentation will commence at 7.35pm


Colette

Colette

COLETTE (15) This witty, Belle Époque-era biopic tells the story of the eponymous author from her provincial upbringing, to the Paris demi-monde and her emergence as a trailblazing writer, actor and feminist. Keira Knightley and Dominic West star as Colette and her controlling husband Willy, a sleazy publisher who published her work under his own name after recognising her extraordinary literary talent. Wash Westmoreland directs with intelligence and subtlety, creating a swaggering portrait of a great female artist fighting for the right to her own voice in a male-dominated world.

Sat 26 Jan (2 days) 3.00pm matinee Tue 29 Jan 7.45pm

UK/USA, 2018, 112 mins


An Impossible Love

An Impossible Love

AN IMPOSSIBLE LOVE (15) Summertime director, Catherine Corsini's powerful, moving drama about the torments of love and how they are carried from generation to generation. Corsini's film begins in the 1950s, as office worker Rachel falls for the dashing Nietzsche-reading sophisticate, Philippe. They embark on a passionate relationship but he won't share his life with her, and she raises their daughter Chantal alone. Years later, the darker side of Philippe's nature emerges shockingly. Superbly performed and directed, this is a brilliantly dark and tender family drama with a compelling mother-daughter relationship at its heart.

Thu 14 Feb (1 day only) 7.45pm

France/Belgium (French dialogue with English subtitles), 2018, 135 mins


Stan And Ollie

Stan And Ollie

STAN AND OLLIE (PG) Stan and Ollie is the heart-warming story of Laurel and Hardy's 1953 British tour, undertaken years after their last film and with their celebrity on the wane. Commencing in modest provincial theatres on route to a speculative triumphant finale in London, the duo are sustained by their innate love of performing and the support of their formidable wives Lucille (Shirley Henderson) and Ida (Nina Arianda). Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly capture the legendary comedians' body language, mannerisms and routines, in a poignant study of lifelong friendship and a fitting tribute to two of cinema's comedy giants.

Fri 15, Sat 16 & Tue 19 Feb (3 days) 7.45pm

USA, 2019, 98 mins


Monsters And Men

Monsters And Men

MONSTERS AND MEN (15) When an unarmed black man is shot and killed by police in Brooklyn, the local community is left reeling. In a highly topical, intelligent and affecting drama, director Reinaldo Marcus Green explores the incident's consequences, through the experiences of a devoted young father and husband who witnesses the incident and records it on his phone, a righteous cop in line for promotion and a teenage baseball sensation. Monsters And Men is beautifully performed by an ensemble cast, a work framed by empathy that invites thought and reflection.

Thu 21 Feb (1 day only) 7.45pm

USA, 2018, 96 mins


Mary Queen Of Scots

Mary Queen Of Scots

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (15) Saoirse Ronan provides a show-stopping performance as Mary Stuart in a thrilling political melodrama of 16th century statecraft, centred on rival queens, each beholding the other with fear and fascination. Returning to her native Scotland after the death of her husband, Mary seeks to reclaim her rightful throne from her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. Margot Robbie plays Elizabeth in a story of rivalry in a masculine world, in which female regents must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence.

Fri 22 & Sat 23 Feb (2 days) 7.45pm

UK, 2018, 124 mins


Burning

Burning

BURNING (15) Burning is a sublime mystery thriller of obsessive love, adapted from Haruki Murakami's short story, Barn Burning. Jong-su is an isolated young man living in Seoul, working in a menial job and dreaming of becoming a writer. After he's accosted by Hae-mi, who remembers him from a shared village childhood, they begin a relationship and he is asked to care for her elusive cat while she goes on a trip. But when she returns, she is accompanied by the wealthy, urbane and inscrutable Ben, with whom she is evidently involved. Chang-dong Lee directs an epic, slow-burning film that effortlessly immerses the viewer in Jong-su's world as his jealousy builds.

Tue 26 Feb (1 day only) 7.45pm

South Korea (Korean dialogue with English subtitles), 2018, 148 mins


Destroyer

Destroyer

DESTROYER (15) Nicole Kidman is terrific, and almost unrecognisable, as jaded police detective Erin Bell, in Karyn Kusama's brooding thriller. Still reeling from the trauma of an undercover assignment to infiltrate a notorious criminal gang, Erin is forced to confront her demons when signs indicate that its scarily unstable frontman Silas has re-emerged. Destroyer breaks film-noir conventions, and is driven by vengeance and soul-destroying guilt, enveloping a gritty character study of Kidman's anti-hero in the sinister underbelly of Los Angeles.

Thu 28 Feb (1 day only) 7.45pm

USA, 2018, 121 mins


Green Book

Green Book

GREEN BOOK (12A) Green Book is based on the uplifting true story of world-class African-American pianist Don Shirley and Italian-American Tony Lip. Before embarking on a concert tour of the American Deep South in 1962, and well aware of the racism he may encounter in the region, Shirley requires someone to act as both chauffeur and protector. Though Tony has his own problematic racial views, he possesses the required muscle and the pair embark on a life changing road trip. Green Book is an entertaining and eminently watchable story of race, class and redemption, that doesn't sugar coat the tensions of the time, starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen.

Fri 1, Sat 2 & Tue 5 Mar (3 days) 7.45pm

USA, 2018, 130 mins


Vice

Vice

VICE (15) The story of Dick Cheney, the most powerful Vice President in history, and how his policies changed the world as we know it. An eye-opening picture of Cheney's wild, quiet, and shadowy power, Vice features a hilarious and alarmingly plausible performance from Christian Bale in the lead role, brilliantly capturing the former vice-president's bland magnificence. The strong supporting cast of Adam McKay's entertaining biopic includes Sam Rockwell, Amy Adams and Steve Carrell.

Thu 7 Mar (1 day only) 7.45pm

USA, 2018, 132 mins


Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? (15) Melissa McCarthy gives a powerhouse performance as the audacious literary forger and caustic wit Lee Israel, in this darkly humorous biopic. It's the early 1990s, and her celebrity biographies are out of fashion, she's been thrown out of every literary party in town for drunkenness and on top of it all, her cat is sick. Desperate measures are clearly called for, and spurred on by her roguish drinking buddy Jack (Richard E Grant), she is soon 'discovering' correspondence from Noël Coward and other literary giants. McCarthy is a revelation, imbuing her character with poignancy and a great line in alcohol-fuelled barbs, defiantly asserting, 'I'm a better Dorothy Parker than Dorothy Parker!'

Fri 8 & Sat 9 Mar (2 days) 7.45pm

USA, 2018, 106 mins