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The greatest Unlimited screenings of 2017


It's been an incredible year for Unlimited members: 12 months of advance screenings of some of the best films on offer. So we're bidding farewell to 2017 with a salute to some of our favourite Unlimited screenings of the year, plus what viewers thought of them.

La La Land

Released: January

The movie: The year began on a crescendo of pure happiness as Damien Chazelle's vibrant, Oscar-winning musical brought us the story of endearing movie couple Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Fusing the heart-stoppingly beautiful artifice of Hollywood's golden age with plenty of contemporary wrinkles and modern day angst, it's a tremendous achievement.

What you said

@cineworld I was instantly hooked. It swooped me up and I'll be riding its ridiculously satisfying wave for days. #CineworldUnlimted

— Jamie Neish (@JamieNeish) January 8, 2017


Released: February

The movie: Destined to be remembered as the movie that crossed paths with La La Land for Best Picture, Barry Jenkins' multi-generational stage adaptation stands apart for its breathtaking insight into the human condition. With a trio of outstanding performances illuminating the life of the story's central character, plus luminous cinematography and a career-best role for Naomie Harris (plus an Oscar-winning one for Mahershala Ali), it's a thought-provoking and deeply affecting achievement.

What you said

@cineworld An absolutely incredible piece of film making. Full of incredible direction, performances and writing. Blown away!

— Brandon (@BMGregory13) January 30, 2017

Free Fire

Released: March

The movie: One of the year's most gloriously nasty and anarchic experiences, Ben Wheatley's 90-minute shoot-em-up throws caution and subtlety to the wind in its story of an arms deal gone wrong. The High Rise director is clearly having a blast marshalling his international cast, whose clashing accents whizz around as fast as a round from an automatic weapon. Cillian Murphy, Brie Larson and Sharlto Copley are among those discovering that being immoral is very entertaining.

What you said

@cineworld Thought it was fantastic! Great performances with a great cast, lots of laughs, and some surprisingly gory fights. Loved it.

— Jake Gibbard (@MoviegoerManiac) March 15, 2017

Baby Driver

Released: June

The movie: One of the year's runaway success stories, Edgar Wright's typically off-the-wall offering is a car chase movie that slams headlong into the musical, crafting exactly the kind of genre mashup we've come to expect from the Shaun of the Dead director. Featuring arguably the year's coolest soundtrack and a compelling central enigma in the form of Ansel Elgort, it reveals yet more riches with every repeat viewing.

What you said

Joyfully outstanding! Driving stunts were insane, music matched perfectly at every moment, even when Bazza White came on. Simply incredible!

— Ben Ilkày (@BenIlkay) June 20, 2017

The Big Sick

Released: July

The movie: 2017's coolest rom-com was also its most timely and relevant, pairing Kumal Nanjiani's aspiring Pakistani standup comic with white girlfriend Zoe Kazan. Sparks fly between the year's most likeable couple (added authenticity comes from the fact it's based on Nanjiani's own marriage) and in a year that's often felt like things are spinning out of control, how lovely to see a funny movie that acts as a case for acceptance and tolerance.

What you said

LOVED THE BIG SICK SO MUCH. @cineworld so funny, so touching, laughs and tears, and a brilliant cast. Thoroughly recommend! #TheBigSick

— Natalie Taylor (@_Natalie_x) July 24, 2017


Released: August

The movie: Kathryn Bigelow's account of the 1967 Detroit riots was never going to be easy viewing, but it's nothing less than engrossing and thought-provoking. Criss-crossing truth and fiction in conjunction with Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty writer Mark Boal, Bigelow leaves us with a lot to think about, not least the astonishing performances from John Boyega as a compromised security guard and Will Poulter as a repellent racist cop.

What you said

Very powerful movie, strong performances from all the cast, an Oscar contender for the awards in early March 2018

— John Michael Dingley (@dante20171) August 8, 2017

Patti Cake$

Released: September

The movie: Danielle Macdonald gives one of the year's triumphant breakout performances in this gritty, heartfelt, rags-to-not-quite-riches story. She plays the eponymous, aspiring Detroit rapper whose incendiary songs offer her an escape from the grim realities of day-to-day life – but can she make it to the big time? Tracing her journey proves to be laced with big laughs and more than a few poignant moments.

What you said

Such a great film - very moving, definitely one to watch @cineworld #CineworldUnlimited #PattiCakesMovie

— Chrissie Aplin (@AloeChrissie) August 28, 2017

The Death of Stalin

Released: October

The movie: Humour that scalds on impact is Armando Ianucci's stock-in-trade – and his second directorial movie offering didn't disappoint. Coruscating with all the dark wit that highlighted the likes of The Thick of It and Veep, this satire of post-Stalin politics allows a mighty ensemble cast to let rip with all the comic majesty at their disposal, Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin and Jason Isaacs among them.

What you said

Got in the car home and still laughing about @Death_of_Stalin Bizarre, very funny and perfectly cast. @cineworld #CineworldUnlimited

— Leanne J (@minxlj) October 12, 2017

Battle of the Sexes

Released: November

The movie: Emma Stone hits another Unlimited slam dunk as tennis player Billie Jean King in this uplifting and topical sports drama. The latest movie from the makers of Little Miss Sunshine, it dramatises the 1973 tennis exhibition match between world champion King and self-proclaimed 'male chauvinist' Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell), putting into play a brilliantly acted drama that has plenty to say about gender roles in contemporary society.

What you said

Thoroughly enjoyed it the second time round, thought that Emma Stone was brilliant as Billie Jean King and the same can be said for Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs. A great and uplifting drama.

— Katie (@katieisafilmfan) November 21, 2017

The Disaster Artist

Released: December

The movie: Rounding off the year in fine style is James Franco's delightful tragicomedy, adapted from Greg Sestero's book of the same name, recapping the fraught production of infamous 2003 'disasterpiece', The Room. Reclaiming the latter's director, the enigmatic Tommy Wiseau, from mockery, this is a sensitively observed, brilliantly acted and very funny account of the need to pursue one's vision. And in the role of Wiseau himself, Franco is nothing less than sensational. Oh, hai Mark!

What you said

Has there been a better time to be part of the Unlimited club? We think not. Tell us what your Unlimited highlights of 2017 have been @Cineworld and using #CineworldUnlimited.

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