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Lion, Split, Jackie and more in this week's new releases!

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We've got a brilliantly diverse selection of movies on release this week, including a pair of acclaimed, awards-buzzed dramas and the new thriller from the director of The Sixth Sense. Scroll down for all the details.

Lion

What's the story? In Lion, five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train travelling away from his home and family. Frightened and bewildered, he ends up thousands of miles away, in chaotic Kolkata.

Somehow he survives living on the streets, escaping all sorts of terrors and close calls in the process, before ending up in an orphanage that is itself not exactly a safe haven. Eventually Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple, and finds love and security as he grows up in Hobart.

Not wanting to hurt his adoptive parents’ feelings, he suppresses his past, his emotional need for reunification, and his hope of ever finding his lost mother and brother. But a chance meeting with some fellow Indians reawakens his buried yearning.

With just a small store of memories, and the help of a new technology called Google Earth, Saroo embarks on one of the greatest needle-in-a-haystack quests of modern times.

Click here to book your tickets for Lion.


Jackie

What's the story? A searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.

Jackie places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband's legacy and the world of "Camelot" that they created and loved so well.

Click here to book your tickets for Jackie.


Split

What's the story? James McAvoy excels as a crazed kidnapper with multiple personalities is this nerve-shredding horror-thriller.

Schoolgirls Claire (Haley Lu Richardson), Marcia (Jessica Sula) and Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) are kidnapped by a stalker named Kevin (James McAvoy). They awake to find themselves locked in an underground cell at the mercy of their sinister captor.

During visits to his shrink (Betty Buckley), it becomes clear that Kevin is no ordinary sociopath but suffers from dissociative identity disorder. This manifests itself in the form of 23 distinct personalities, from a mischievous nine-year-old boy to a flamboyant fashion designer. But there's also a 24th personality battling for control. Ominously, he refers to this as 'the beast'!

Hailed by critics as his best film since the legendary 'The Sixth Sense', M Night Shyamalan's edge-of-seat psychological horror delivers plenty of those trademark jaw-dropping twists. James McAvoy is also on magnificently terrifying form as he shifts between personalities.

Click here to book your tickets for Split.


XXX: Return of Xander Cage

What's the story? Vin Diesel's extreme sportsman and reluctant spy explodes back onto the screen for his most spectacular mission yet.

Xander ‘xXx’ Cage (Vin Diesel) has been living in self-exposed exile ever since he was blackmailed into taking on an anti-terrorism role for the NSA. But now his handler, Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson), has tracked him down to counter a new threat to global security. Deadly alpha warrior Xiang (Donnie Yen) and his henchmen have seized a device that controls every military satellite in the world. Reluctant Cage agrees to take them on - but only if he can recruit his own thrill-seeking crew.

Vin Diesel returns to the action role he made his own back in 2002 for this relentless action adventure, packed with breathtaking stunts. His danger-loving team includes Ruby Rose of 'Orange is the New Black' fame, while 'IP Man' star and highly skilled martial artist Donnie Yen makes a truly formidable foe.

Click here to book your tickets for XXX: Return of Xander Cage.


MET Opera 2017: Romeo et Juliette (Saturday 21st January, 5.55pm)

What's the story? When Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo starred opposite each other in Manon at the Met in 2015, the New York Times said, “the temperature rises nearly to boiling every time Damrau and Grigolo are on stage together.”

Now they’re back as opera’s classic lovers, in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation. The production, by director Bartlett Sher, has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the sumptuous score.

The Met’s groundbreaking series launched in 2006 and quickly established the company as the world’s leading alternative cinema content provider. More than 19 million tickets have been sold since the series’ inception, and the series currently reaches more than 2,000 movie theaters in 70 countries around the world.

Click here to book your tickets for Romeo et Juliette.


Bolshoi Ballet 2017: The Sleeping Beauty (Sunday 22nd January, 3pm)

What's the story? A sumptuous staging of the magical ballet beamed live via satellite from Moscow.

At the christening of baby Princess Aurora, evil fairy Carabosse places a terrible curse on the child. On her 16th birthday, she will prick her finger and die. Fortunately, the powerful Lilac fairy is able to lessen the curse. Rather than dying, Aurora will simply fall into a slumber for 100 years, to be awoken by a kiss from a handsome prince. On the fateful day, the King ensures that security is tight. But nobody notices an old woman who comes to present Aurora with the gift of a spindle...

An instant hit when it premiered in St. Petersburg back in 1890, this timeless, much-loved classical ballet boasts Tchaikovsky's greatest score. Choreographed by the legendary Yuri Grigorovich, with gorgeous sets and costumes, the Bolshoi's stunning production takes us on a dreamlike journey through Perrault's evergreen fairy tale.

Click here to book your tickets for The Sleeping Beauty.


Unlimited advance screening: Hacksaw Ridge (Monday 23rd January, 8pm)

What's the story? Mel Gibson directs Andrew Garfield in the visceral true story of a war hero who didn't fire a single shot.

Scarred by childhood experiences with his alcoholic WWI veteran father (Hugo Weaving), devout Seventh Day Adventist Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) resolves never to touch a gun.

This proves something of a challenge when he enlists in the army to fight in WWII. As a conscientious objector, Desmond insists on his right to serve as a medic. But he's bullied by his unsympathetic comrades, who consider him to be a coward. His greatest test comes during the notoriously bloody Battle of Okinawa.

Returning to the director's chair for the first time in a decade, Mel Gibson celebrates a very different kind of hero in this intense, blood-soaked true-life tale of faith, courage and patriotism. Andrew Garfield is on outstanding form as the pacifist whose single-handed acts of bravery saved 75 lives.

Click here to book your tickets for Hacksaw Ridge.


Ghost in the Shell (HD re-release) (Wednesday 25th January, 7.45pm)

What's the story? A cyborg cop hunts a mysterious hacker in this ground-breaking, visually stunning Japanese animation.

It's the year 2029 and law enforcement has changed out of all recognition. In a world where borders are non-existent thanks to the net and people live in virtual environments, effective policing of cyberspace has become a priority.

Super-powerful cyborg team leader Major Motoko Kusanagi (Atsuko Tanaka) is a member of Section 9 - the government agency tasked with keeping the uneasy peace. Now she's on the trail of a mysterious hacker known as The Puppet Master, who commits crimes by accessing the 'ghosts' of ordinary citizens.

An acknowledged influence on The Matrix, Japanese director Mamoru Oshii's prophetic anime from 1995 delivers a blend of fluid action and head-spinning philosophical meditations on what it means to be human. This HD re-release offers a perfect opportunity to catch the classic original on the big screen ahead of the upcoming live-action remake with Scarlett Johansson.

Click here to book your tickets for Ghost in the Shell.


Olanlar Oldu (Turkish)

What's the story? Do moms know best? This latest picture from Ata Demirer will warm the cockles of your heart with its promise of comedy, romance and seaside adventures.

Zafer is still a bachelor and lives with his mom, Döndü, in a small town on the Aegean coast. Depressed by her son’s breakup with Mehtap, the prettiest girl in town, Döndü knows that the clock is ticking as far as his marriage prospects are concerned and resolves to do something about it. Zafer, meanwhile, is struggling with his reliably unreliable, no-frills boat on a blue cruise and it’s during this trip that things happen. Will these “things” turn out well for everyone? We’ll find out all together.

Click here to book your tickets for Olanlar Oldu.


The Joy and Sorrow of the Body (Greek)

What's the story? Evagoras gets out of prison after five years, for counterfeiting dollars. He travels to Bulgaria to find his friend and collaborator Milen, who is hiding.

There he meets and falls in love with Dita, who is an occasional prostitute. John is an Interpol agent who follows Evagoras to arrest Milen. Milen appears. Gives money to Evagoras and reveals to him Dita’s profession. Dita kills John when he attempts to assault her. Evagoras feels that Milen betrayed him and because of that he kills him… In Greek with English subtitles.

Click here to book your tickets for The Joy and Sorrow of the Body.


Convoy (Polish)

What's the story? A prisoner was murdered in on of the largest detention centres, led by director Nowacki (Janusz Gajos. Investigation has started. Sergeant Berg (Przemyslaw Ivy) is called to interrogation, he is one of the participants in the convoy two years ago, about the course of which no one ever wanted to talk, and that may have something to do with the crime committed. Despite the conspiracy of silence, inquisitive prosecutor (Luke Lewandowski) gradually begins to discover the shocking truth...

Click here to book your tickets for Convoy.


Kirik Party (Kannada)

What's the story? Kirik Party is the story of a gang of mischievous students, lead by the protagonist Karna(Rakshit Shetty), who have just joined an engineering college. They belong to different streams of engineering but develop a bond while staying together in the hostel.

The treatment is stylish with light humour throughout while exploring the college life of these youngsters. Karna, the protagonist from a small town has joined this engineering college and he gangs up with his hostel mates Loki, Alexander, Manja and others to fuel a lot of mischief in the college. During the first year he befriends Saanvi a Final year student and certain incidents impacts Karnas life making him question his very basic thought process. 

The progression of Karna and gang from being a bunch of mischief makers to responsible adults is the theme of Kirik Party. It is a fun filled film with lots of melodious songs.

Click here to book your tickets for Kirik Party.


Gautamiputra Satarkani (Telugu)

What's the story? Gautamiputra Satakarni (English: Son of gautami, Satakarni) is a 2017 Telugu epic historical action film produced by Y. Rajeev Reddy, Jagarlamudi Saibabu on First Frame Entertainment banner and directed by Krish.

Starring Nandamuri Balakrishna in title role, and Shriya Saran as the female lead, Hema Malini in a crucial role and music composed by Chirantan Bhatt. The film is based on the life of 2nd century AD Satavahana ruler Gautamiputra Satakarni. The film is Nandamuri Balakrishna's 100th film. This epic film is being distributed by Nth Planet Media in UK.

Click here to book your tickets for Gautamiputra Satarkani.

What movies are you going to be watching over the next seven days? Let us know @Cineworld.