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Beanpole (15)

Beanpole

Set in postwar Leningrad, Kantemir Balagov’s extraordinary second film depicts the febrile friendship of two nursing women in a Soviet hospice, and addresses the post-traumatic stress of female soldiers with sensitivity, sensuality and immediacy. Inspired by Nobel prize winner Svetlana Alexievich’s The Unwomanly Face of War – interviews with ordinary women about their wartime experience. The post-siege atmosphere of Leningrad is compellingly conveyed while Sergey Ivanov’s design and Ksenia Sereda’s cinematography provide a powerfully expressive context. Often deeply disturbing, Balagov’s film conveys a fiercely imaginative approach to the trauma and exhaustion of a society emerging from war.


Cast:  Konstantin Balakirev, Andrey Bykov, Olga Dragunova

Director: Kantemir Balagov


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Friday 22 Nov 201918:00 Book Now

Andrei Rublev (15)

Andrei Rublev

Tarkovsky’s acclaimed epic about the life of 15th century icon painter Andrei Rublev. Rublev lives in a world consumed by feudal violence and human degradation, and the turmoil he sees all about him makes him lose the will to speak.


Cast: Anatoly Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolai Grinko

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky


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Monday 18 Nov 201918:30 Book Now

Solaris (2002) (12A)

Solaris (2002)

As part of our Solaris double bill, catch Steven Soderbergh's 2002 adaptation of the novel prior to Andrei Tarkovsky's 1972 classic.


When clinical psychologist Chris Kelvin (Clooney in his prime), is sent by the US space agency to investigate a troubled mission to the planet Solaris, he encounters a vision of his dead wife (Natascha McElhone). The mysterious planet, which appears to have its own consciousness, is creating replicant images of visitors' dead loved ones. Kelvin is thrown into turmoil, questioning his memories of his wife, and his own identity.


Cast: George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Ulrich Tukur

Director: Steven Soderbergh


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Tuesday 19 Nov 201918:00 Book Now

Solaris (PG)

Solaris

The second part of our double bill brings Tarkovsky’s Solaris as part of our feature on the director.


When cosmonaut and psychologist Kris Kelvin is dispatched to investigate to the Solaris space station to investigate strange goings on, he experiences the same strange phenomena that afflict the remaining crew, sending him on a voyage into the darkest recesses of his consciousness. Adapted from the novel by Stanislaw Lem, Tarkovsky’s Solaris is a hugely influential and brilliantly original piece of science fiction.


Cast:  Andrei Tarkovsky

Director: Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis, Jüri Järvet


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Tuesday 19 Nov 201920:00 Book Now (Sold Out)

The Guilty (15)

The Guilty

This taut, Danish thriller sees demoted police officer Asger Holm, played by Jakob Cedergren, receive a desperate call from a kidnapped woman and embark on a dramatic pursuit to save her, whilst confined to his office with just a phone and desktop computer. The film plays out across two rooms and is a masterclass in meticulous, minimalistic storytelling, whittling down the action to its bare essentials and relying on exquisite lead performances. The result is a tense and nerve-jangling thriller which doesn’t stop revealing layers of truth until the final scene.  


Cast: Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi

Director: Gustav Möller


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Wednesday 20 Nov 201917:30 Book Now

Visual and Other Pleasures presents: A Bigger Splash (15)

Visual and Other Pleasures presents: A Bigger Splash

Visual and Other Pleasures presents: A Bigger Splash (1974)


Jack Hazan’s intimate and innovative portrait of British artist David Hockney is a dreamlike narrative-nonfiction hybrid that captures the agonized end of the lingering affair between Hockney and his muse, Peter Schlesinger. Filmed over a three and a half year period, Hazan gained extraordinary access to Hockney as well as his circle of friends including Celia Birtwell and Ossie Clark. The result is at once a time capsule of hedonistic life in 1970s London, a tender depiction of gay male romance, and a record of artistic creation that is itself a work of art. Presented in a stunning new 4K restoration.


Cast: Cast: David Hockney, Peter Schlesinger, Henry Geldzahler, Ossie Clark, Celia Birtwell

Director: Jack Hazan


Visual and Other Pleasures is a new monthly queer film series screening rarities, obscurities, and classics of LGBTQ film history alongside contemporary discoveries. Programmed and hosted by Sam Ashby, editor of Little Joe, an occasional print publication mapping the subterranean canon of queer cinema.


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Wednesday 20 Nov 201919:30 Book Now

Lou Reed's Berlin (PG)

Lou Reed's Berlin

Lou Reed’s melancholic 1973 concept album Berlin was a critical and commercial failure, and he refused to play it live. Part documentary, part visual art piece, and filmed over five nights in 2006 at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, Julian Schnabel’s concert film captures the musical behemoth in all his glory during the only nights that Reed opened up and performed his controversial project to a live audience.


Cast: Lou Reed, Fernando Saunders, Sharon Jones

Director: Julian Schnabel


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Thursday 21 Nov 201918:00 Book Now

Depeche Mode: SPIRITS in the Forest (12A)

Depeche Mode: SPIRITS in the Forest

How can a band’s art change a person’s life? Showing for one night only worldwide, SPIRITS in the Forest follows the story of six different fans of new wave legends Depeche Mode as they travel from their hometowns to the final shows of the band’s Spirit Tour in Berlin’s Walbühne. Directed by Anton Corbijn, the film presents intimate footage of the fan’s hometowns as they each tell their story, resulting in a beautifully-shot tale of how an artist’s work can impact lives.


Director: Anton Corbijn


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Thursday 21 Nov 201920:00 Book Now

Mirror (U)

Mirror

A masterclass in non-linear storytelling, Mirror is a hypnotic journey through childhood in the countryside, the Great War, and post-war maturity by acclaimed filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. Ranked as the 19th greatest film of all time by Sight and Sound mag, the film combines wartime newsreel footage, original camerawork by the master himself, music by Bach, and Tarkovsky’s father reading from his own poetry to construct a reflection of the Russian filmmaker’s shards of memory.


Director: Andrei Tarkovsky


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Friday 22 Nov 201920:30 Book Now

Little Monsters (15)

Little Monsters

Zombies, love, comedy, Australian school kids, and Lupita Nyong’o, Little Monsters has it all. Pertaining to the unique subgenre of the zom-com, Abe Forsythe reanimates the niche genre with the story of Dave, a failed musician, and his attempt to woo his nephew’s schoolteacher, Miss Caroline — and then the horde of the undead arrives. Surreal, hilarious and charming, Little Monsters is a must-see for lovers of Shaun of the Dead and What We Do in the Shadows.


Cast: Lupita Nyong'o, Josh Gad, Alexander England

Director: Abe Forsythe


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Saturday 23 Nov 201915:00 Book Now
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The Banishment (12A)

The Banishment

Andrei Zvyagintsev's Izgnanie, or The Banishment, is based on William Saroyan's short story and follows a family on their holiday in the countryside. Filmed in Moldova but set in Russia, the film is a deep emotional cut into the secrets families keep from each other and how these can push a marriage to the brink of collapse. Presented with stunning cinematography, the story is a puzzle that will keep you guessing beyond the final frame.


Cast: Konstantin Lavronenko, Maria Bonnevie, Aleksandr Baluev

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev


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Saturday 23 Nov 201917:00 Book Now

Stalker (PG)

Stalker

Another Tarkovsky fable about a futuristic journey to the outer limits of human knowledge, Stalker was justly celebrated in Geoff Dyer’s La Zona.


Cast: Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky


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Saturday 23 Nov 201920:00 Book Now

Leviathan (15)

Leviathan

Set in Russia, in a small, remote town near the Barents Sea, Leviathan is the story of one man’s struggle against the corrupt local officials who impose a compulsory purchase order on his land. Kolia defiantly refuses to give up his home and business, and enlists a childhood friend to help in his fight.


Winning the Best Film award at the 58th BFI London Film Festival, the jury said “Its grandeur and themes moved all of us in the same way.”


Cast: Alexey Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Roman Madyanov, Vladimir Vdovitchenkov

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev


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Sunday 24 Nov 201915:00 Book Now

Nostalgia (15)

Nostalgia

At a spa in the Tuscan Hills, a Russian poet and musicologist, researching the life of an 18th century composer, meets a mysterious man who is convinced that the end of the world is nigh.


Cast: Oleg Yankovskiy, Erland Josephson, Domiziana Giordano

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky


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Sunday 24 Nov 201919:00 Book Now

The Amber Light (12A)

The Amber Light

Born of a successful Kickstarter, Adam Parker’s debut documentary follows spirits writer Dave Broom on a journey through the lesser-known world of Scottish whisky culture. Through conversations with farmers, distillers, bar owners, artists, writers, chefs, poets, and musicians, Broom and Parker uncover the secrets as to why Scotch isn’t just an old-fashioned drink for gentlemen — it’s a cultural product that runs deep through past and present Scottish heritage.


Cast: Dave Broom, Alasdair Gray, Ian Rankin, Rachel Newton, Alan Winchester, Sarah Burgess

Director: Adam Park


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Monday 25 Nov 201918:00 Book Now

The Sacrifice (12A)

The Sacrifice

In a typical visionary style, Tarkovsky’s depiction of the dawn of WWII and its effects on an isolated family group is awash with breathtaking cinematography and resounds with a deep, mythical profundity.


Cast: Allan Edwall, Guðrún Gísladóttir, Susan Fleetwood, Erland Josephson

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky


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Monday 25 Nov 201920:00 Book Now

Styx (12A)

Styx

From its opening scenes, German-Austrian drama Styx captivates the viewer with an overarching tension. An unusual and provocative allegory of personal responsibility in the face of the migrant crisis, the film concerns a doctor whose lone sailing trip takes a different direction when she encounters a damaged boat overloaded with desperate of refugees. Encompassing themes of racism and western privilege, it’s ultimately a tale about taking moral responsibility.


Cast: Susanne Wolff, Gedion Oduor Wekesa, Felicity Babao

Director: Wolfgang Fischer


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Tuesday 26 Nov 201918:00 Book Now

Woman at War (12A)

Woman at War

Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as an environmental activist. As she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything…. Director Benedikt Erlingsson’s follow-up to Of Horses and Men is an impassioned, environmentally conscious work.


Cast: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camillo, Roman Estrada

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson


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Tuesday 26 Nov 201920:00 Book Now

Animals (15)

Animals

After a decade partying, Laura and Tyler’s friendship is strained by Laura’s new love and her focus on her novel. A snapshot of a modern woman with competing desires, Animals also offers a celebration of female friendship. Brilliantly performed by Grainger and Shawkat, the whip-smart script is courtesy of Manchester author Emma Jane Unsworth.


Cast: Holliday Grainger, Alia Shawkat, Fra Fee

Director: Sophie Hyde


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Wednesday 27 Nov 201918:00 Book Now

Zama (15)

Zama

Tired of waiting for the King to transfer him to a more liberating location, a South American officer of the Spanish Crown embarks on a perilous journey towards freedom, in the latest from Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel (The Holy Girl, The Headless Woman). A perfect coupling of literary source material and a unique cinematic sensibility, Zama weaves a magical spell.


Director: Lucrecia Martel


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Thursday 28 Nov 201918:00 Book Now

The Chambermaid (15)

The Chambermaid

Eve (Cartol), a young chambermaid at a luxurious Mexico City hotel, confronts the monotony of long workdays with quiet examinations of forgotten belongings and budding friendships that nourish her newfound and determined dream for a better life. Avilés’ striking debut employs a quasi-documentary approach as it accompanies Eve on her daily routine to offer a microcosm of contemporary Mexican society.


Cast: Gabriela Cartol

Director: Lila Avilés


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Thursday 28 Nov 201920:00 Book Now

Clerks (18)

Clerks

The original indie flick that introduced the world to Jay and Silent Bob, Clerks is regularly cited as one of the best comedy films of all time. By exploring the day in the life of store clerks Dante Hicks and Randal Graves, Kevin Smith’s film perfectly captures what it meant to be a regular dude in the 90s, in all its black-and-white, lo-fi charm. That’s beautiful, man.


Cast: Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti

Director: Kevin Smith


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Friday 29 Nov 201918:00 Book Now

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (15)

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

It’s 2019; name a film and it’s probably getting a reboot. When Jay and Silent Bob find out that greedy studio executives slate Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back for a remake, the pair travel across Hollywood, bumping into countless familiar faces, on a quest to stop the production from happening. A hilarious, self-aware meta-comedy, Kevin Smith’s anti-reboot reboot is the remedial comedy film for our times.


Cast: Melissa Benoist, Kevin Smith, Chris Hemsworth

Director: Kevin Smith


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Friday 29 Nov 201920:00 Book Now
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Singin' In The Rain (U)

Singin' In The Rain

A quintessential and best-loved MGM musical starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor. Set in Hollywood at the end of the silent era, Singin’ In The Rain tells the story of a newcomer actor as she meets the star of tinseltown, Don Lockwood, and makes good both on screen and in his arms in this sweet showbiz story. With its combination of endearing performances, a razor-sharp script by Adolph Green and Betty Comden, inspired direction from Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen and a dazzling array of show-stopping song and dance sequences, Singin’ in the Rain remains a triumphant and exhilarating cinema experience.


Cast: Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor, Jean Hagen, Cyd Charisse, Gene Kelly

Directors: Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen


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Saturday 30 Nov 201918:00 Book Now

Tommy (12A)

Tommy

Ken Russell’s iconic film adaptation of The Who’s 1969 rock opera album of the same name tells the story of a seemingly deaf and blind teenager, Tommy, as he becomes a pinball champion. The Who’s Roger Daltrey stars alongside Elton John, Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson, and Eric Clapton in this psychedelic journey of childhood trauma, teenage angst, and youthful anger. With dizzying visuals and a pumping soundtrack, Tommy was meant to be seen on the silver screen.


Cast: Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed

Director: Ken Russell


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Saturday 30 Nov 201920:00 Book Now

Manchester At Gallery Presents: The Garden (12A)

Manchester At Gallery Presents: The Garden

Using his own seaside garden near Dungeness as inspiration, Derek Jarman subjectively explores a series of issues, from Section 28 to witch-hunting attitudes towards gay priests, and his own impending mortality.


“Touching, intense, sometimes unexpectedly amusing, sometimes agonising, and always achingly sincere.” Time Out.


With an introduction by Jason Wood (HOME)

Director: Derek Jarman

Cast: Johnny Mills, Kevin Collins, Tilda Swinton


From 2 April to 31 August 2020 Manchester Art Gallery will present Derek Jarman Protest!, a major retrospective that will draw together the diverse strands of Jarman’s practice as a painter, film maker, writer, set-designer, gardener and political activist from the 1960s to 1990s. There will be a strong focus on Jarman’s engagement with both art and society, as well as his contemporary concerns with political protest and personal freedoms arising from the AIDS crisis.


Following the film guests are invited to a drinks reception and introduction to the Manchester Art Gallery exhibition.







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Sunday 1 Dec 201914:00 Book Now

Still Beginning (15)

Still Beginning

CULTUREPLEX and Superbia, the programme of arts and culture from Manchester Pride, are proud to partner with Visual AIDS New York for the 30th annual Day With(out) Art by presenting STILL BEGINNING, a program of seven newly commissioned videos responding to the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic, by Shanti Avirgan, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Carl George, Viva Ruiz, Iman Shervington, Jack Waters/Victor F.M. Torres, and Derrick Woods-Morrow.


The films cover subjects from anti-stigma work to public sex culture, highlighting pioneering activism and staging intergenerational conversations. The films aim to resist narratives of resolution or conclusion, considering the continued urgency of contemporary HIV/AIDS while revisiting resonant cultural histories.


Introduced by Greg Thorpe of Superbia with time for conversation and reflection afterwards.


Visual AIDS is a New York-based non-profit that utilises art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.


Day With(out) Art is an annual event using the arts to draw attention to HIV and AIDS. In 1989, Visual AIDS organised the first Day Without Art, a call to the art world for mourning and action in response to the AIDS crisis. Over 100 institutions worldwide will screen STILL BEGINNING.


Running time: 75 mins

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Sunday 1 Dec 201916:00 Book Now

Tampopo (18)

Tampopo

A truck driver and his friend take pity on a pretty widow who operates a rundown noodle shop and they undertake the challenge of teaching her how to make a success of her business. A love letter to the joy of eating, Little White Lies called the Japanese comedy “the greatest film ever made about food”.


Cast: Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kôji Yakusho, Ken Watanabe, Rikiya Yasuoka

Director: Juzo Itami



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Monday 2 Dec 201918:30 Book Now

Visual and Other Pleasures Presents: Buddies (15)

Visual and Other Pleasures Presents: Buddies

David (David Schachter), a naive graduate student, has volunteered to work as a ‘buddy’ for people dying of AIDS. Assigned to the intensely political Robert (Geoff Edholm), a gardener and activist whose friends and family have abandoned him following his diagnosis, the two men, each with notably different world views, soon discover common bonds.


Initially released in cinemas in 1985, acclaimed independent filmmaker Arthur Bressan Jr.’s Buddies is the first narrative feature made about AIDS. The film is an intensely personal study of love, death, and the need for activism during the earliest years of the AIDS crisis. Buddies would be Bressan Jr.’s final film, as he too would fall victim to AIDS barely two years after its completion. Nearly impossible to see following its brief theatrical release and never officially released on home video, Buddies has now been digitally restored from its original 16mm negative.


Writer, Director: Arthur J Bressan Jr.

Cast: Geoff Edholm, David Schachter


Visual and Other Pleasures is a new monthly queer film series screening rarities, obscurities, and classics of LGBTQ film history alongside contemporary discoveries. Programmed and hosted by Sam Ashby, editor of Little Joe, an occasional print publication mapping the subterranean canon of queer cinema.

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Wednesday 4 Dec 201919:30 Book Now

Delicatessen (15)

Delicatessen

In a sepia-toned near future, there are strange goings-on in the dilapidated rooming house over a butcher’s shop that deals in specialised meat. When an ex-clown arrives on the scene, he gets a caretaker’s job, a bedsit, a crush on the butcher’s daughter and the fright of his life. A comic-strip styled comedy with a dark edge as sharp as the butcher’s cleaver.


Cast: Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Marie-Laure Dougnac, Dominique Pinon, Karin Viard

Directors: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet



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Saturday 7 Dec 201916:00 Book Now

The Breakfast Club (15)

The Breakfast Club

The story of a group of ill-matched classmates forced together during Saturday detention, The Breakfast Club is crafted with chamber drama simplicity and populated by deliberately archetypal characters. Hughes combines these minimal elements, coaxing powerful performances out of his ensemble of young stars, fleshing out the stereotypes and imbuing his protagonists with an authenticity and relatability that makes them much more than simply a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess or a criminal.


Cast: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald

Director: John Hughes


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Saturday 7 Dec 201918:00 Book Now

Pretty In Pink (15)

Pretty In Pink

Pretty in Pink sees the return of Molly Ringwald as a young woman caught between potential suitors and faced with the crisis of a school dance. But Hughes’ second iteration of these well-worn tropes in just a few short years shows the range of narratives the filmmaker could wrangle from the everyday travails of teenage life.


This time around, his characters have greater agency, the dual pressures of schoolyard politics and class snobbery are more acutely felt and even the adults get more of a look-in, with the perennially crestfallen Harry Dean Stanton making an appearance as Ringwald’s down-on-his-luck father.


Cast: Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Andrew McCarthy, Harry Dean Stanton

Director: John Hughes


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Saturday 7 Dec 201920:00 Book Now

Appropriate Behaviour (15)

Appropriate Behaviour

For Shirin, being part of a perfect family isn’t easy. She’s secretive about her bisexuality, and her ex-girlfriend, Maxine, can’t understand why she doesn’t tell her family. Following a family announcement of her brother’s engagement to a parentally approved Iranian prize catch, Shirin embarks on a private rebellion involving a series of escapades, while trying to decipher what went wrong with Maxine.


Cast: Desiree Akhavan, Scott Adsit, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer

Director: Desiree Arkhavan


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Sunday 8 Dec 201915:00 Book Now

Weekend (18)

Weekend

A study of contemporary gay life, Weekend follows Russell who, after a drunken house party with his straight mates, heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time, he picks up Glen, but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something much deeper.


Cast: Tom Cullen, Chris New, Jonathan Race

Director: Tom Haigh


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Sunday 8 Dec 201918:00 Book Now

Call Me By Your Name (15)

Call Me By Your Name

Adapted from the novel by André Aciman; it’s the summer of 1983 in northern Italy, and Elio, a 17-year-old American-Italian, spends his days in his family’s seventeenth century villa lazily transcribing music and flirting with his friend, Marzia. One day Oliver, a charming, 24-year-old American scholar working on his doctorate, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father, an eminent professor. Amid the sun-drenched splendour of this sensual setting, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a fateful summer.


Cast: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg

Director: Luca Guadagnino


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Sunday 8 Dec 201920:00 Book Now

Manchester Modernist Presents: Eames The Architect & the Painter (PG)

Manchester Modernist Presents: Eames The Architect & the Painter

Eames: The Architect & The Painter' draws from a treasure trove of archival material, as well as new interviews with friends, colleagues, and experts to capture the personal story of Charles and Ray Eames.  


The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames were America's most influential and important industrial designers. Admired for their creations and fascinating as individuals, they have risen to iconic status in American culture. 'Eames: The Architect & The Painter' places Charles and Ray Eames firmly in the context of their fascinating times.


Voiced by James Franco

Directed by Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey

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Tuesday 10 Dec 201918:00 Book Now

Manchester Modernist Presents: Gray Matters (PG)

Manchester Modernist Presents: Gray Matters

Gray Matters because her unique modernist vision transformed her world and changed the way we live today.


Gray Matters explores the long, fascinating life and complicated career of architect and designer Eileen Gray, whose uncompromising vision defined and defied the practice of modernism in decoration, design and architecture. Making a reputation with her traditional lacquer work in the first decade of the 20th century, she became a critically acclaimed and sought after designer and decorator in the next before reinventing herself as an architect, a field in which she laboured largely in obscurity. Apart from the accolades that greeted her first building -persistently and perversely credited to her mentor-her pioneering work was done quietly, privately and to her own specifications. But she lived long enough (98) to be re-discovered and acclaimed. Today, with her work commanding extraordinary prices and attention, her legacy, like its creator, remains elusive, contested and compelling.


Voiced by Mary McGuckian

Directed by Marco Orsini

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Tuesday 10 Dec 201920:00 Book Now

Hustlers (15)

Hustlers

Inspired by a New York Magazine article by Jessica Pressler entitled, “The Hustlers at Scores.”, this crime-drama features a star-studded cast portraying a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients, who deserve what’s coming their way.


Cast: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Lili Reinhart

Director: Lorene Scafaria


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Wednesday 11 Dec 201918:30 Book Now

Aquarela (PG)

Aquarela

Filmed in life-threatening conditions and at the high frame-rate of 96 frames-per-second, Aquarela is a visceral documentary about Earth’s most precious resource: water. From Lake Baikal in Russia to Venezuela’s Angel Falls, Victor Kossakovsky’s globe-trotting documentary captures the glory of water like you’ve never seen it before.


Director: Victor Kossakovsky


*This film contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy*


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Thursday 12 Dec 201918:30 Book Now
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Scrooged (PG)

Scrooged

This comedy take on the classic Charles Dickens novel sees television executive Francis Xavier Cross visited by ghosts from the past, giving him the chance to mend his selfish ways. A classic Christmas story starring Bill Murray in one of his early comedic roles.


Cast: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, Carol Kane, David Johansen

Director: Richard Donner


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Friday 13 Dec 201918:00 Book Now

Make A Scene Presents: Female Trouble (18)

Make A Scene Presents: Female Trouble

"Crime is beauty" in this John Waters/Divine classic that features the iconic Christmas tree toppling scene. "Nice girls don't wear cha cha heels" teenage delinquent Dawn Davenport (Divine) is told when she doesn't get the shoes she wants for Christmas and so begins her descent into crime and debauchery. This isn't a Christmas film but it does include one of the best Christmas scenes this side of Meet Me In St Louis as Divine throws a Christmas tree on her mother, stamps on her presents like a brat and leaves the house to get high and hang out at the Lipstick Beauty Salon. The fascist owners of the beauty salon, recruit Dawn to prove "crime and beauty are the same" getting her to commit crimes by promising her fame, supplying her with drugs and photographing her crimes to stoke her vanity  -  a scheme befitting a film dedicated to the Manson Family.   Divine has never been so divine and the Pope of Filth John Waters, post Pink Flamigos has clearly honed his craft of poking societies buttons and celebrating the underbelly of America. This isn't a Christmas film but it's perfect to watch with the queer family.


Cast: Divine, Mink Stole

Director: John Waters


MAKE A SCENE:


Make A Scene have made a name for themselves in Manchester as a big queer film party “for friends of Dorothy and their friends” bringing camp cinema, queer film and LGBT TV to the big screen. Make A Scene specialize in “way-too-interactive” immersive screenings of films that don’t normally get the live cinema treatment. Rather than Ghostbusters, Jurrasic Park and Star Wars they bring Death Becomes Her, John Waters and Ab Fab to life. As well as crazy film parties Make A Scene have hosted screenings of new LGBT documentaries and narrative features including 120 BPM and A Fantastic Woman and are a real queer film club bound together by online discussion, community, a weekly newsletter and upcoming podcast.


And now they’re coming to Cultureplex with the mission to get weirder and queerer! Join Make A Scene every month for a residency that swings from high art to bad taste, from the greatest queer films ever made to films so bad only gay men could love them.



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Friday 13 Dec 201920:00 Book Now

It's A Wonderful Life (U)

It's A Wonderful Life

This ultimate feel-good, festive favourite, from Oscar-winning director Frank Capra, stars James Stewart as despairing businessman George Bailey. One fateful Christmas Eve, George receives a visit from Clarence, a celestial messenger, who prevents him from jumping into a freezing river. The pair travel together through moments in George’s life to show him what the world would be like if he had never existed. A genuinely tender and enduring piece of yuletide cinema.


Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

Director: Frank Capra



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The Favourite (15)

The Favourite

Acclaimed at the Venice Film Festival, Yorgos Lanthimos latest is a more mainstream affair but still retains his trademark brilliance. Set in early 18th century England, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving despite the war with France. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne as her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her place while tending to Anne’s explosive temper. Their dynamic is challenged by the arrival of Abigail, the new servant.


Cast: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos


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Saturday 14 Dec 201918:00 Book Now

Ray & Liz (15)

Ray & Liz

Renowned photographer and artist Richard Billingham makes his feature-film debut with this family portrait, inspired in part by his own memories and shot on stunning 16mm. Defying chronology, the film is something of a memory-induced tone poem that feels a million miles from the kitchen sink drama.


Cast: Justin Salinger, Ella Smith, Patrick Romer

Director: Richard Billingham


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Sunday 15 Dec 201918:00 Book Now

Transit (12A)

Transit

When fleeing Paris after the German invasion, Georg escapes to Marseille. With nowhere to turn, he is confined to the corridors of a small hotel, the consulates, cafés and bars that line the harbour. Everything changes when Georg falls in love with the mysterious Marie . Based on the novel by Anna Seghers, Transit, directed by Christian Petzold, tells the story of a nearly impossible love amid escape, exile, and a longing for a place to call home.


Cast: Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese

Director: Christian Petzold


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Monday 16 Dec 201918:30 Book Now

Booksmart (15)

Booksmart

Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut is a hilarious and heartfelt comedy following two academic superstars and best friends who, on the eve of their high school graduation, suddenly realise that they should have worked less and played more. Determined never to fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.


Cast: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams

Director: Olivia Wilde


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Friday 20 Dec 201918:00 Book Now

The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG)

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Based on the Tim Burton story and cast of characters, Henry Selick’s brilliant animated film sees Jack Skellington, the king of HalloweenTown, discovering Christmas Town. When he attempts to get the resident bats, ghouls, and goblins  involved in bringing Christmas to their hometown, confusion and chaos ensue.


Cast: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara

Director: Henry Selick


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Saturday 21 Dec 201915:00 Book Now

Elf (PG)

Elf

Elf is a delightful fantasy comedy that follows the fish-out-of-water story of Buddy; an oversized elf who leaves the North Pole for Manhattan in search of his real family, after realising he is in fact a human inadvertently raised as an elf. Under the watchful eye of writer/director Jon Favreau, Will Ferrell’s performance as loveable man-child Buddy is played with supreme comedic skill. With a tongue in cheek story and accessible humour for children and adults alike, Elf is a true modern Christmas classic.


Cast: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart

Director: Jon Favreau


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Saturday 21 Dec 201917:30 Book Now

The Muppet Christmas Carol (U)

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Starring Michael Caine in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge, Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as Mrs. Cratchit and the Great Gonzo as Charles Dickens, this all singing, all dancing take on the classic lifts all of the gloom from the tale by introducing a high level of Muppet lunacy into the story.


Cast:  Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire

Director: Brian Henson


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Saturday 21 Dec 201920:00 Book Now

Trading Places (15)

Trading Places

Upper-crust executive Louis Winthorpe III and down-and-out hustler Billy Ray Valentine are the subjects of a bet by successful brokers Mortimer and Randolph Duke. An employee of the Dukes, Winthorpe is framed by the brothers for a crime he didn't commit, with the siblings then installing the street-smart Valentine in his position. When Winthorpe and Valentine uncover the scheme, they set out to turn the tables on the Dukes.


Cast: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy

Director: John Landis


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Sunday 22 Dec 201915:00 Book Now

Die Hard (18)

Die Hard

Bruce Willis is John McLane, a New York cop who flies to Los Angeles to join his estranged wife for Christmas. When she and her colleagues are taken hostage at the office by German terrorists, led by Alan Rickman’s scene-stealing Hans Gruber, John must find a way to save the day. A classic action flick, Die Hard is most definitely a Christmas film.


Cast: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

Director: John McTiernan


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Sunday 22 Dec 201917:30 Book Now
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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (PG)

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

An American Christmas classic written by John Hughes. It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon.


Cast: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik


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Sunday 22 Dec 201920:00 Book Now

Carol (15)

Carol

A chance encounter in a Manhattan department store sparks an extraordinary friendship between two women… Adapted by Emmy-nominated screenwriter Phyllis Nagy from the best-selling novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, Carol is a powerful romance fuelled by suspense, danger and the exhilaration of forbidden love. The standout film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, it achieves masterpiece status for its restrained direction, first-rate performances (Blanchett and Mara simply sizzle) and handsome period design. A triumph for all involved, the film confirms Todd Haynes as the master of melodrama.


Cast: Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson

Director: Todd Haynes


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Monday 23 Dec 201917:30 Book Now

Meet Me In St Louis (U)

Meet Me In St Louis

Set in 1903 suburban, mid-western St. Louis this classic 1944 musical from director Vincente Minnelli (An American in Paris) follows the well-to-do Smith family as they prepare for celebrating the arrival of the spectacular 1904 World’s Fair. In one of her finest displays, Judy Garland – Minnelli’s future wife – falls for the boy next door at the dawn of the 20th century as change threatens her family’s cosy life. The head of the family is summoned to New York for a job promotion and the prospect of uprooting and moving threatens to change the family’s lives forever.


A sparkling musical with stellar performances from the ensemble cast this is a delightful and nostalgic film with lavish design and photography matched by a string of wonderful numbers including The Trolley Song, The Boy Next Door, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Go on – indulge yourself!


Cast: Leon Ames, Mary Astor, Tom Drake, Margaret O’Brien, Judy Garland

Director: Vincente Minnelli


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Wednesday 25 Dec 201915:00 Book Now

The Wizard Of Oz (U)

The Wizard Of Oz

Fleming’s classic begins in the monochrome world of Kansas but bursts into colour when Dorothy’s house, uprooted in a tornado, lands in the surreal fairyland of Oz. Dorothy’s mythic journey seems to reveal that to find one’s heart’s desire, ‘there’s no place like home’. Along the way, Dorothy makes lasting friendships and learns lifelong lessons, all filled with musical numbers.


Cast: Victor Fleming

Director: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger


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Thursday 26 Dec 201915:00 Book Now

White Christmas (U)

White Christmas

Starring crooning legend Bing Crosby, White Christmas is a beloved Christmas romp filled with song and dance.

After WWII, Bob Wallace and Phis Davis leave the army to become an all-singing, all-dancing double act. As they are tasked with putting on a show for General Waverly, they meet another double-act comprised of stunning sisters Betty and Judy. Starring crooning legend Bing Crosby, White Christmas is a beloved Christmas romp filled with song and dance.


Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney

Director:  Michael Curtiz


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Thursday 26 Dec 201918:00 Book Now

Lady Bird (15)

Lady Bird

In a heartfelt coming-of-age emotional rollercoaster, Lady Bird embarks a journey of self-discovery, experimenting with new friendships and boyfriends while also trying to balance her relationship with her mother and her best friend Julie.

In Sacramento, California in 2002, Christine ‘Lady Bird’ McPherson, a teenager drifting through her final year of high school, clashes with her overbearing mother Marion, a nurse who works tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father Larry loses his job. Lady Bird is eager to get out of Sacramento and embarks on a journey of self-discovery, experimenting with new friendships and boyfriends while also trying to balance her relationship with her mother and her best friend Julie


Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Odeya Rush, Timothée Chalamet, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts

Director: Greta Gerwig


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Friday 27 Dec 201918:00 Book Now

Damsels In Distress (15)

Damsels In Distress

Violet and her friends run a Suicide Prevention Centre at Seven Oaks College. One day, Violet befriends a transfer student, Lily, who then teaches the new girl how to talk and dress properly — and how to select appropriate men to be interested in. Parties, romance, heartbreak, and a dance phenomenon ensue in this upbeat comedic romp starring Greta Gerwig.


Cast: Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Greta Gerwig

Director: Whit Weekender


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Friday 27 Dec 201920:00 Book Now

Isle Of Dogs (PG)

Isle Of Dogs

Aesthetic master Wes Anderson’s latest, set in Japan in the near future. An outbreak of a canine flu leads the authorities to capture and exile all dogs to Trash Island, out of fear the disease might infect humans. 12 year-old Atari Kobayashi flies to Trash Island and embarks on an adve


Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Greta Gerwig, Bryan Cranston, Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton

Director: Wes Anderson


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Saturday 28 Dec 201917:30 Book Now

Mistress America (15)

Mistress America

Featuring the fantastically talented Greta Gerwig, Mistress America is the story of Tracy, a lonely college freshman in New York, who’s finding the experience of university disappointing. When her soon-to-be stepsister and long-time New York resident Brooke takes Tracy as an accomplice in her mad adventures, dream-chasing, score-settling, makeshift families, and cat-stealing ensue.


Cast: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Shana Dowdeswell

Director: Noah Baumbach


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Sunday 29 Dec 201917:00 Book Now

Miles Davis: The Birth Of Cool (15)

Miles Davis: The Birth Of Cool

Legendary jazz trumpetist Miles Davis might just be the coolest cat on the block. Featuring interviews with some of the most well-known musicians on the planet, including Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Carlos Santana, The Roots, and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers; the film explores why Miles continues to be a relevant figure in today's world.  Archival photos and home movies shot by Miles and his colleagues, his manuscripts and original paintings, are all examined to explore the man behind the music.


Director: Stanley Nelson


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Sunday 29 Dec 201919:30 Book Now

QT8: The First Eight (15)

QT8: The First Eight

The latest entry in the 21 Years series, following 21 Years: Richard Linklater, this documentary is a study of Quentin Tarantino’s first eight films. Through interviews with his collaborators, including Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, and Jennifer Jason Leigh, QT8 explores how Tarantino’s films have forever changed the film industry.


Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster

Director: Tara Wood


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