Oscar nominee Keira Knightley breaks down gender barriers in this month's vibrant costume drama Colette, which screened in advance last night for Cineworld Unlimited members – our first such screening of 2019.
The movie adapts the true story of French socialite and author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, who emerged from the shadow of her husband Willy (played by Dominic West) to make a name for herself on the Parisian literary scene.
So what was the response to the movie? Our first Unlimited viewer is David Evans who lauds Knightley's stirring performance.
What a bloody brilliant film, seemed to go on for ever. Brilliant performance from #KeiraKnightley quite possibly her best. Early runner for top ten movies of the year? Possibly— David Evans (@dhevans77) January 3, 2019
Andy Findlay is another who compliments Knightley's lead turn.
Truly remarkable. Keira Knightley gives her best performance in years. A thrilling period piece which is beneifitted from a great script, slow but well paced plot. A great screening to start the year off with— Andy Findlay (@andyfindlay1123) January 3, 2019
Cheltenham Cinematic praises the script that touches on a number of topical areas.
#Colette film was very interesting, from the grooming of talent, the exploration of sexuality to the richness of literary popularity in France in the late 19th to early 20th century. Superb performances throughout. **** #CineworldUnlimited #UnlimitedScreening— Cheltenham Cinematic (@CheltCinematic) January 3, 2019
Katie says that Knightley and co-star Dominic West play off one another effectively.
I thought that it was really good. Both Keira Knightley and Dominic West gave strong performances and I found Colette’s story to be very interesting.— Katie (@katieisafilmfan) January 3, 2019
Anita, however, says she struggled with the film's characters.
I had hopes for this film but it didn't deliver. I found I got quite bored in the middle as I cared nothing for the characters! #CineworldUnlimited— Anita (@Selvatica21) January 3, 2019
And Karen says the movie could have benefited from a bit more of Colette's signature brio and attitude.
I enjoyed Keira Knightley’s performance but felt the film could have been more outrageous and dynamic. Collette was obviously a determined woman with no inhibitions so the film seemed a little dull to me.— Karen Butcher (@KARButcher) January 4, 2019
And your Unlimited journey doesn't stop there this month. We're following Colette with political drama The Front Runner, based on the sensational true story of politician Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman). A charismatic US senator who was leading the 1988 Presidential race, Hart's career was spectacularly scuppered by allegations of infidelity.
Featuring an effectively slippery performance from Jackman and an insightful look at media ethics, it's the latest must-see movie from Juno filmmaker Jason Reitman.
Click here to book your tickets for The Front Runner, screening in advance on 7th January 2019.
And it doesn't stop there. Batman star Christian Bale undergoes another startling transformation in comedy-drama Vice, the latest from The Big Short director Adam McKay. Bale piles on the pounds in this multi-generational look at the life of influential US vice president Dick Cheney, who served under George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell).
Bale, Rockwell and co-star Amy Adams (who plays Cheney's wife Lynne) have all been Golden Globe nominated for their roles in this intriguing political story.
Click here to book your tickets for Vice, screening in advance on 16th January 2019.
And finally, your month of Unlimited screenings rolls to a close with twisty M. Night Shyamalan thriller Glass. Fusing the worlds of the director's films Unbreakable and Split, this is unlike any other comic book movie you've seen before.
Unbreakable character David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and his nemesis Elijah Price/Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) are now under psychiatric observation for believing they are a superhero and super-villain duo. But when the evil Glass enlists the assistance of split personality kidnapper Kevin (James McAvoy), whose 24th personality the Beast is a rage-fuelled monster, the entire world is threatened.
Click here to book your tickets for Glass, screening in advance on 17th January 2019.
Not yet part of the Unlimited club? With 2019 beckoning, there's never been a better time to sign up – enjoy advance screenings, restaurant discounts and more. Click here to sign up to Cineworld Unlimited.