On release in Cineworld this week: Laurel and Hardy biopic Stan & Ollie, Keira Knightley drama Colette and Hugh Jackman movie The Front Runner. Plus, we've Unlimited screenings of Vice and Glass...
Stan & Ollie
What's the story? The true story of Hollywood's greatest comedy double act, Laurel and Hardy, is brought to the big screen for the first time. Starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the legendary movie icons, Stan & Ollie is the heart-warming story of what would become the pair's triumphant farewell tour. With their golden era long behind them, the pair embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland. Despite the pressures of a hectic schedule, and with the support of their wives Lucille (Shirley Henderson) and Ida (Nina Arianda) – a formidable double act in their own right – the pair's love of performing, as well as for each other, endures as they secure their place in the hearts of their adoring public.
What's the story? A heartfelt comedy about a recently paroled ex-convict (Kevin Hart) who strikes up an unlikely friendship with paralyzed billionaire (Bryan Cranston).
What's the story? After marrying a successful Parisian man of letters known commonly as “Willy” (Dominic West), Sidonie - Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendour of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghost-write for him. She pens a semi - autobiographical novel, about a brazen country girl named Claudine, that becomes a bestseller and a cultural sensation. Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris, and their adventures go on to inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette’s subsequent fight over the creative ownership of these books defies gender roles and drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression. Directed by Wash Westmoreland and written by Wash Westmoreland, Richard Glatzer, and Rebecca Lenkiewicz.
The Front Runner
What's the story? Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman stars as the charismatic politician Gary Hart for Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman in the new thrilling drama The Front Runner. The film follows the rise and fall of Senator Hart, who captured the imagination of young voters and was considered the overwhelming front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was sidelined by the story of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice. As tabloid journalism and political journalism merged for the first time, Senator Hart was forced to drop out of the race – events that left a profound and lasting impact on American politics and the world stage.
Unlimited screening: Vice (Wednesday 16th January, 8pm)
What's the story? VICE explores the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.
Unlimited screening: Glass (Thursday 17th January, 8pm)
What's the story? M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals—2000's Unbreakable, and 2016's Split, in one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: Glass. From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast. Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb's superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.
Bohemian Rhapsody sing-along screening (Friday 11th January, 8pm)
What's the story? Please Note: This film contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy. BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury's lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
What's the story? Kaali, a hostel warden, is a happy and cheerful personality who is loved by one and all. His style and charisma has people fawning over him. He nurtures beautiful relationship with all people alike and even has a tinge of romance infused into his life. All seems well but there is something lurking. There is more to the man than meets the eye. A strange aura of mystery surrounds Kaali who has few surprises stored in him for everybody. And soon, the game begins. What follows is a tale of action and adventure. Petta is a high-octane entertainer action drama which celebrates the larger than life personality of Super Star Rajinikanth.
What's the story? Viswasam (lit. Loyalty) is an upcoming 2019 Indian Tamil language action film written and directed by Siva. The film features Ajith Kumar and Nayanthara in lead roles. Produced by Sathya Jyothi Films, the film was officially announced on November 20, 2017 and principal photography began in May 2018. The film is scheduled to release on Pongal 2019.
Uri: The Surgical Strike (Hindi)
What's the story? Uri is a town in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir about 10 kilometres east from the Line of Control with Pakistan. URI is a film based on the Indian Special Forces' surgical strikes on terrorists' launch pads across Line of Control between India and Pakistan in September 2016.
Do Dooni Panj (Punjabi)
What's the story? Do Dooni Panj is a story of a young post graduate named Jagseer Singh who believes that the education he has received had led nowhere. He is abused and ignored by his family members as well as his beloved. One day, drunk out of frustration, a very absurd thought happens to come in his mind which is actually uttered by his best friend Kala. The next day Jagseer goes to the University and College, where he got his post-graduation and graduation, and demands for the refund of the expenses spent on getting education. Being passed down from one institution to another, Jagseer comes to know about that the school management is responsible for his present day circumstances. As a result he files a case against the school management for providing wrong education. After a lot of humorous twists and turns, the case reaches to a such kind of condition where the public questions the condition of the current education system and the result of the case rests on the five questions posed to Jagseer.
The Accidental Prime Minister (Hindi)
What's the story? THE ACCIDENTAL PRIME MINISTER explores Manmohan Singh's tenure as the Prime Minister of India and the kind of control he had over the cabinet and the country.
MET Opera 2019: Adriana Lecouvreur (Saturday 12th January, 5.55pm)
What's the story? For the first time at the Met, soprano Anna Netrebko sings the role of Adriana Lecouvreur, the eighteenth-century actress whose real-life intrigues inspired Cilea's tragic opera. Adriana is adored by many but loves only Maurizio, sung by tenor Piotr Beczala, who adores her in return. Maurizio desperately tries to extricate himself from his previous lover, the Princess of Bouillon- mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili. When the princess discovers that Adriana is her rival, she takes desperate measures of her own. In this new production directed by Sir David McVicar, the action is partially set in a working replica of a baroque theatre. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the riveting score.
The Death of Superman/Reign of the Supermen: animated feature double-bill (Monday 14th January, 7pm)
What's the story? Warner Bros. Pictures and DC invite you to a premiere event when Reign of the Supermen comes to cinemas nationwide for a special one night only event! The action-packed event will include two features, audiences will first see The Death of Superman followed by the brand-new release of Reign of the Supermen. The two-part film is an animated adaptation of 'The Death of Superman,' DCs' landmark 1992-93 comic phenomenon, and features an all-star voice cast led by Jerry O'Connell (Carter, Bravo's Play by play, Stand By Me), Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, The Librarians) and Rainn Wilson (The Office, The Meg) as the voices of Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, respectively.
NT Live: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (Tuesday 15th January, 7pm)
What's the story? Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare's Richard II, broadcast live from the stage of the Almeida Theatre in London to cinemas. This visceral new production about the limits of power will be directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, whose previous plays include Little Revolution at the Almeida and Absolute Hell at the National Theatre. Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king's divine right to rule. Simon Russell Beale returns to National Theatre Live screens following broadcasts of Timon of Athens and King Lear, and his recent role in the National Theatre's critically acclaimed production of The Lehman Trilogy.