From the people who brought us Paddington comes the origin story of Willy Wonka, the eccentric chocolatier magically played by Timothee Chalemet. With Hugh Grant as an Oompa Loompa and a dazzling cast of British talent, Wonka is the perfect film for all the family this Christmas holiday.
Director: Francis Lawrence. Starring: Rachel Zegler, Hunter Schafer, Peter Dinklage. 2023. 157mins.
Years before he becomes the tyrannical president of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow remains the last hope for his fading lineage. With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, the young Snow becomes alarmed when he’s assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird from District 12. Uniting their instincts for showmanship and political savvy, they race against time to ultimately reveal who’s a songbird and who’s a snake.
Director: Michael Mann. Starring: Adam Driver, Penelope Cruz and Shailene Woodley. USA 2023. 130mins.
A true story set during the summer of 1957. Ex-racing driver, Ferrari, is in crisis. Bankruptcy stalks the company he and his wife, Laura, built from nothing ten years earlier. Their tempestuous marriage struggles while mourning for one son and the acknowledgement of another. He decides to counter his losses by rolling the dice on one race – 1,000 miles across Italy, the iconic Mille Miglia.
Director: Carol Morley, Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Monica Dolan, Gina Mckee. UK. 2023. 108 mins. Inspired by the extensive archive of diaries, letters and art of forgotten artist Audrey Amiss The film weaves real events into an imagined journey as Audrey goes on a road trip with her psychiatric nurse. This dark and funny exploration of the growing friendship between two women as they hit the road in an electric car looking for reconciliation, is filled with adventure, humour and compassion.
In the summer of 2014, Bernard Jordan made global headlines. He had staged a ‘great escape’ from his care home to join fellow war veterans in Normandy, to commemorate the D Day Landings 70th anniversary. Bernie’s adventure, spanning a mere 48 hours, also marked the culmination of his 60 year marriage to Rene and their enduring love. Not to be missed!
Director: Ridley Scott. Joaquin Phoenix & Vanessa Kirby. UK. 2023.
The rise and fall of Napoleon, played by Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix and directed by legendary director Ridley Scott. The film captures Bonaparte’s relentless journey to power through the prism of his addictive, volatile relationship with his one true love, Josephine, showcasing his visionary military and political tactics against some of the most dynamic battle sequences ever filmed.
Choreography: Liam Scarlett after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov | Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky | Additional Choreography: Frederick Ashton | Revival | 200mins.
Tchaikovsky’s sensational score combines with the evocative imagination of choreographer Liam Scarlett and designer John Macfarlane to heighten the dramatic pathos of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s quintessential ballet classic. Swan Lake remains to this day one of the best-loved works in the classical ballet canon.
Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan | Revival | 195mins
The Royal Ballet celebrates the breadth of Principal Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan’s one-act ballets. Danses Concertantes, commissioned by Ninette de Valois in 1955, was MacMillan’s first major work. It is followed by Different Drummer, MacMillan’s complex and haunting balletic interpretation of Woyzeck, Georg Büchner’s play about a soldier’s descent into madness.
Director: Felix van Groeningen, Charlotte Vandermeersch. Starring: Luca Marinelli, Alessandro Borghi, Filippo Timi. Italy. 2022. 147 mins. Italian with English Subtitles.
Spanning four decades and set beautifully in the stunning Italian Alps, Pierto and Bruno’s friendship is one woven with nostalgia, distance and misfortunes. Returning together to the mountains that backdropped their childhood, the two find themselves on a journey figuring out the relationship between man and nature, whilst also attempting to find their own paths in life.
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