It's a bumper week for new Cineworld movie releases with DC's Aquaman, Spider-Man spin-off Into the Spider-Verse and Peter Jackson fantasy Mortal Engines all arriving on the big screen. Book for all of them right here.
What's the story? From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, 'Aquaman,' starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be...a king. All customers, especially those who are particularly sensitive to flickering strobe light sources, are advised that some scenes in this film: Aquaman contain strobe light effects. Those who may be affected should take appropriate action.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
What's the story? Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the creative minds behind 'The Lego Movie' and '21 Jump Street,' bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that's the first of its kind. 'Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse' introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.
What's the story? Hundreds of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, a mysterious young woman, Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), emerges as the only one who can stop London – now a giant, predator city on wheels – from devouring everything in its path. Feral, and fiercely driven by the memory of her mother, Hester joins forces with Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), an outcast from London, along with Anna Fang (Jihae), a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head.
Lizzie (wide release)
What's the story? An unmarried woman of 32, and a social outcast, Lizzie Borden (Chloe Sevigny) lives a claustrophobic life under her father's cold and domineering control. When Bridget Sullivan (Kristen Stewart), a young maid, comes to work for the family, Lizzie finds a sympathetic, kindred spirit, and a chance intimacy that blossoms into a wicked plan, and a dark, unsettling end.
The House That Jack Built (limited release)
What's the story? Lars von Trier returns to the director's chair to present his most daring and provocative work to date, The House That Jack Built. This time the topic of discussion is violence and art, and violence as art. In a mesmerising career best, Matt Dillon plays failed architect turned serial killer Jack who leads us through the thought processes behind his increasingly depraved acts of murder which he names 'incidents'. As he retells his crimes to Verge (Bruno Ganz) claiming them to be individual works of art themselves, the audience is invited to question the nature of artistry, where its limits lie and when is far too far? With pitch black humour and undeniable cinematic vision, von Trier delights in taking us there. As Jack says, 'The greatest cathedrals have sublime artwork hidden in the darkest of corners for only God to see.'
Unlimited screening: Stan & Ollie (Tuesday 18th December, 8pm)
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.
Milosc Jest Wszystkim (Polish)
What's the story? The Christmas fever of the December time begins with the arrival of an unusual Santa to the city. It will be a storm of exceptional events. Romance with the most popular Polish footballer who meets a woman that nobody would call a football fan. Betrayals and secrets will upset many married couples and the wedding will have a surprising finale.
What's the story? Odiyan is an upcoming Indian Malayalam-language fantasy thriller film that is directed by V. A. Shrikumar Menon; it is his feature-film debut. The film was written by Harikrishnan; it is based on the legend of the Odiyan clan, who in Kerala folklore are men who have shapeshifting abilities and can assume animal forms. Odiyans are said to have inhabited the Malabar region of Kerala before the widespread use of electricity. The film stars Mohanlal in the title role, alongside Prakash Raj and Manju Warrier; it was produced by Antony Perumbavoor through Aashirvad Cinemas.
Bhajjo Veero Ve (Punjabi)
What's the story? Bhajjo Veero Ve is a story of friendship, love, family commitment and marriage. Four friends have one thing in common they long to find the ideal wife but they keep being rejected so three of them give up all hope. But then Amberdeep Singh calls in love with Simi Chahal and is now determined that he will get married to her at any cost. When he asked about his maternal family he starts to panic because he has never met them but believes he will be able to find them with his mothers help. However, he soon realizes that finding his maternal family is the easy task but getting their acceptance is difficult. How Amberdeep singh gains their trust and love through a comedy of errors is the usp of Bhajjo Veero Ve.
What's the story? 'Champion' is a story of love, hope and life itself which is based on a true story of Horse Race Champion Bold Pilot, the jockey Halis Karataş, Bold Pilot's owner Ozdemir Atman ve Bold Pilot's favourite human being Begum Atman.
CBeebies Christmas Show: Thumbelina (Saturday 15th December, 3pm)
What's the story? This winter, join in the fun and enjoy your favourite Christmas show in the cinema for the first time ever! The much anticipated annual CBeebies Christmas Show is coming to the big screen for a family-friendly cinema experience. The makers of Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol and Snow Queen will delight audiences this year with the classic tale of Thumbelina. This CBeebies Christmas Show recreates on the big screen the live Thumbelina performance and includes an exclusive, additional show made for cinema audiences only starring the much-loved Justin Fletcher (Something Special) in 'Justin's Countdown to Christmas'. This holiday season, laugh and sing along with your favourite CBeebies Stars and be part of a fabulous interactive show for all the family.
MET Opera 2018: La Traviata (Saturday 15th December, 5.55pm)
What's the story? New Met Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin launches his tenure by conducting Verdi's timeless tragedy. Worldly courtesan Violetta, sung by soprano Diana Damrau, has grown tired of her dissolute life. When the pure-hearted Alfredo—tenor Juan Diego Florez—declares his love for her, she leaves everything behind to live with him. But his family's reputation is ruined by his association with her, and Violetta is torn between her feelings for Alfredo and her desire to protect him from scandal. Urged by the young man's father, she tears herself away and returns to her old life. Alfredo, not knowing the real reason for her apparent betrayal, is heartbroken—and bent on revenge. Directed by Michael Mayer, this new production features a dazzling eighteenth-century setting that changes with the seasons.
It's a Wonderful Life (Thursday 20th December, 7.30pm)
What's the story? Beset with personal and professional problems, George Bailey (James Stewart) finds his previously happy life falling apart around him on Christmas Eve. Seeing no way out, George considers suicide from the edge of a bridge - but Clarence, his guardian angel, intervenes and shows George what his beloved hometown of Bedford Falls would be like without him.