December 5 - December 12 2013
Black Nativity: when his single mother(Jennifer Hudson) falls on hard times, Baltimore teen Langston (Jacob Latimore) is sent to spend Christmas with strict religious relatives. In New York City, played by Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett but when he is invited to their spectacular Christmas show he discovers the real meaning of faith and family (Cert PG, Cineworld).
Frozen: lavish Disney computer animation re-telling of The Snow Queen with Kristen Bell voicing the fearless optimist Anna who sets off on an epic journey with rugged mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) to find her sister Elsa ((Idina Menzel) whose icy powers have trapped their kingdom in eternal winter (Cert PG,Cineworld, Odeon, Vue, showing in 2D and 3D).
Getaway: Ethan Hawke stars in a full-throttle thriller about a former race car driver burning rubber to save his kidnapped wife ((Rebecca Budig), taking Selena Gomez along for the ride as mysterious villain The Voice (Jon Voight) issues instructions (Cert 12A, Cineworld, Odeon)
Homefront: action thriller adapted by Sylvester Stallone from the novel by Chuck Logan.stars Jason Statham as a former undercover drugs enforcement agent who moves with his young daughter for a quiet life in the Louisiana bayou but local rednecks James Franco, Kate Bosworth and Winona Ryder discover his previous identity and sell him out to a drugs lord (Cert 15, Cineworld, Odeon, Vue).
Kill Your Darlings: the previously untold story of friendship, love and murder on the campus of Columbia University in 1944 that brought together a young Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William Burroughs (Ben Foster) providing the spark that would lead to the Beat Revolution (Cert 15, Cineworld, Showroom).
Nebraska: Alexander Payne films in black and white an engaging family saga in which cantankerous and forgetful patriarch Woody (Bruce Dern) believes he has won a fortune in a prize draw and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim his fortune, a journey which takes him through the town where he grew up for some home truths (Cert 15, Cineworld, Showroom).
Old Boy: Josh Brolin as the wronged man who seeks vengeance on those who mysteriously imprisoned him in Spike Lee’s visceral thriller.adapted from the same Japanese manga series that inspired the cult 2003 South Korean film of the same title. with Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley.among the supporting cast (Cert 18, Cineworld, Odeon).
Powder Room: little white lies spiral out of control during a crazy girls’ night out for Sheridan Smith and friends Kate Nash, Oona Chaplin, Jaime Winstone, Sarah Hoare and Riann Steele, in female ensemble comedy drama from first-time director MJ Delaney (Cert 15, Cineworld).
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs - Revenge Of The Leftovers: eccentric young boffin Flint Lockwood’s (Bill Hader) out-of-control food machine goes even crazier in animated sequel. (Cert U, Showroom, Saturday, midday craft activity, 1pm film).
God Loves Uganda: documentary explores the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda where American missionaries have been credited with both creating schools and hospitals and promoting dangerous religious bigotry trying to eliminate “sexual sin” and convert Ugandans to fundamentalist Christianity (Showroom, POUT LGBT Film Season with panel discussion, Saturday, 6.30pm).
Dracula: the 1958 Hammer horror starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee wasaAs close to Bram Stoker’s book as budgetary constraints would allow and its success spawned eight sequels of varying quality, although none as perfectly realised as the original. Cert (12A, Showroom,Film Bites: Hammer House of Horror 1957-1959, Sunday, 2pm)
RSC- Richard II: another chance to see David Tennant’s performance in the first ever cinema broadcast from the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Company (Cert 12A, Showroom, Sunday, 4pm, Wednesday, 8pm).
CarnyVille: ahead of the 20th anniversary of the NFA in 2014 the launch of a monthly seeries of rare archival footage from the National Fairground Archive covering boxing kangaroos, Billy Smart’s home movies, extraordinary feats of strength and wonder and 70 years of magic, circus and entertainment history, with an historical commentary from NFA founder and Director Prof Vanessa Toulmin (Showroom, Mondayr, 6.30pm free).
Don’t Look Now: Nicolas Roeg’s hypnotic 1973 thriller, featuring one of cinema’s most memorable sex scenes, and based on a Daphne Du Maurier story, starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie as a couple who go to Venice to recover from the death of their young daughter only to encounter sinister portents of further tragedy (Cert 15, Showroom, GOTHIC Cult Tuesday, 8.30pm).
Mistaken For Strangers: Film Unit and Sensoria special screening of documentary following American indie band The National filmed by Tom, brother of lead singer Matt Berninger, and it ends up being as much about the relationship between the siblings, The Auditorium, University of Sheffield, Wednesday, 7.30pm.
Scrooged: Bill Murray splendidly odious in last year’s Christmas hit vaguely inspired by Dickens as the TV boss who learns to be nice after ghostly visitations (Cert PG, Showroom, Celluloid Screams Christmas Special, Thursday, December 12, 8.30pm).
Royal Ballet Live - The Nutcracker: Peter Wright’s dazzling production of Tchaikovsky’s magical festive ballet returns to Covent Garden (Cineworld, Thursday, December 12, 7.15pm).