Why bother heading into town to see the latest blockbusters when you can now catch all your favorite films closer to home.
Bonington Theatre has this week revealed it’s movie line-up for December – and there’s some big hits and blockbusters playing over the next few weeks.
(All times and dates correct when published)
Royal Opera House Live… The Nutcracker
Tuesday, December 5 at 7.15pm
A young girl’s enchanted present leads her on a wonderful Christmas adventure in this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score. The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure.
After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew?
Choreography: Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov, Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
(2hrs 15 mins with One Interval)
The Death of Stalin (15)
Wednesday, December 6 at 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Armando Iannucci (Alan Partridge, The Thick Of It, Veep) writes and directs this satirical period comedy which chronicles the events that transpired after the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953
Directed by Armando Iannucci. Starring: Adrian Mcloughlin, Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Palin
(2hr 7 mins // UK/FRA 2017)
Murder On The Orient Express (PG)
Friday, December 8 at 7.30pm; Saturday, December 9 at 2.30pm & 7.30pm; Sunday, December 10 at 2.30pm; Monday, December 11 at 7.30pm; Wednesday, December 13 at 2.30pm & 7.30pm; Friday, December 15 at 2.30pm; Wednesday, December 20; Thursday, December 21 at 2.30pm.
A lavish trip through Europe quickly unfolds into a race against time to solve a murder aboard a train in this star-studded adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic detective novel. Everyone’s a suspect when Detective Hercule Poirot arrives to interrogate all passengers and search for clues before the killer can strike again.
Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Judi Dench
(2hr 3 mins // US 2017)
Blade Runner 2049 (15)
Friday, December 15 at 7.30pm; Wednesday, December 20 & Thursday, December 21 at 7.30pm
Officer K, a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve. Starring: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford
(2hr 43 mins // US 2017)
It’s A Wonderful Life (U)
Friday, December 22 at 2.30pm & 7.30pm
A special Christmas screening of Frank Capra’s cinematic classic starring James Stewart. An angel helps a despairing businessman by showing him what life would had been like if he had never existed…
Directed by Frank Capra. Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed
(2hr 10 mins // UK 1946)
Saturday, December 23 at 2.30pm
One of the most recent additions to the “Christmas Classic” cannon, Elf sees Will Ferrell at his childlike best, playing Buddy the titular Elf. Accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves, Buddy is unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t quite fit in. As the adult Buddy travels to New York in search of his real father, he finds only a cynical, workaholic businessman to be his dad. But can Buddy’s unrelenting enthusiasm win his new family over? And will Christmas be merry and bright?
Directed by Jon Favreau. Starring: Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, James Caan
(1hr 37 mins // US 2003)
Arthur Christmas (U)
Sunday, December 24 at 2.30pm
Each Christmas, Santa Claus delivers presents to every single child on Earth. But how CAN Santa deliver billions of presents to the whole world in just one night? With an army of one million combat-style Field Elves and a vast, state-of-the-art control centre under the ice of the North Pole! So how could this incredible operation have MISSED one child?! To Santa’s young son, Arthur, it threatens to end the magic of Christmas. With retired Grandsanta, a rebellious young elf, an old sleigh and some untrained reindeer, Arthur sets out in a crazy mission to deliver the last present! Deck the halls with excitement, fun and wonder in this animated Christmas classic!
Directed by Sarah Smith. Voiced by James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent & Imelda Staunton
(1hr 27 mins // US 2011)
Justice League (12A)
Wednesday, December 27 at 2.30pm & 7.30pm; Thursday, December 28 at 2.30pm & 7.30pm; Friday, December 29 at 2.30pm; Saturday, December 30 at 2.30pm & 7.30pm; Wednesday, January 3 at 2.30pm; Thursday, January 4 at 2.30pm
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash — it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Directed by Zack Snyder. Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa
(2hrs 1 min // US 2017)
Battle Of The Sexes (12A)
Friday, December 29 at 7.30pm, Tuesday, January 2, Wednesday 3 & Thursday 4 January at 7.30pm
The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs became the most watched televised sports event of all time, becoming more than just a TV spectacle however with cultural implications far beyond the final tally.
Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting their own personal battles. With her husband urging her to fight for equal pay, the private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in an egotistical bid to relive the glories of his past.
Directed by Johnathan Dayton & Valerie Faris. Starring: Emma Stone, Steve Carell
(2hrs 1 min // US 2017)