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Matilda the Musical to Avatar : The top big screen picks at The Bonington in Arnold this January


We love the big screen and with big blockbuster film releases, original plots, and new and familiar characters, there has never been a better time to get lost in a great story on the silver screen.

The Bonington in Arnold has some great films lined up over January for those planning a cinema trip, from exciting new films to big screen sequels…

Matilda The Musical (PG)

A brand-new take on the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical. Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical tells the story of an extraordinary girl, with a vivid imagination, who dares to take a stand to change her story with miraculous results.

Telegraph ★★★★★  Guardian ★★★★  Independent ★★★★

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The film is available to watch from Tue 27 December – Tue 3 January

Armageddon Time (15)

(L to R) Michael Banks Repeta as “Paul Graff” and Anthony Hopkins as “Grandpa Aaron Rabinowitz” in director James Gray’s ARMAGEDDON TIME, a Focus Features release. Courtesy of Anne Joyce / Focus Features

From acclaimed filmmaker James Gray, Armageddon Time is a deeply personal story on the strength of family, the complexity of friendship and the generational pursuit of the American Dream. The film features an all-star cast including Anthony Hopkins, Anne Hathaway and Jeremy Strong.

“A marvel from one of our finest cine-memoirists.” Little White Lies ★★★★★

“Anthony Hopkins vs the playground bigots of the Reagan era.” Telegraph ★★★★

The film is available to watch from Friday 30 December – Wednesday 11 January

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Aftersun (12A)

At a fading vacation resort, 11-year-old Sophie treasures rare time together with her loving and idealistic father, Calum. Twenty years later, Sophie’s tender recollections of their last holiday become a powerful and heartrending portrait of their relationship.

“Beach holiday with Paul Mescal and daughter is a sunny delight” Guardian ★★★★★

“A stylistically daring, emotionally piercing and beautifully understated tale of love and loss.” Observer ★★★★★

“An astounding first feature ” Independent ★★★★★

“A triumph of new British filmmaking.” Empire ★★★★★

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The film is screening Wednesday 4 & Thursday 5, January

Confess, Fletch (15)

In this delightful comedy romp, Jon Hamm stars as the roguishly charming and endlessly troublesome Fletch, who becomes the prime suspect in a murder case while searching for a stolen art collection. The only way to prove his innocence? Find out which of the long list of suspects is the culprit–from the eccentric art dealer and a missing playboy to a crazy neighbour and Fletch’s Italian girlfriend.

Crime, in fact, has never been this disorganised!

Empire ★★★★ Guardian ★★★ Express ★★★

The film is screening Friday 6, Wednesday 11 & Thursday 12 January

Call Jane (12A)

Call Jane explores the true story of the “Janes,” an underground collective of women, who in Chicago during the 1960s, came together to secretly provide nearly 12,000 women and girls with safe and secure abortions.

The story is told through the eyes of Joy (Elizabeth Banks), a suburban wife, and mother to a whip-smart teenage daughter. Joy’s happy life, filled with caring for her family and sharing confidences with her best friend, Lana (Kate Mara), is derailed when her much wanted pregnancy becomes life threatening.

“A crowd-pleasing feel-good movie of personal empowerment” – Times ★★★★

Screenings on Friday 6, Saturday 7 & Monday 9, January

Event Cinema : Andre Rieu in Dublin (12A)

Visit the Emerald Isle in style with André Rieu in Dublin, the maestro’s first filmed concert in the delightful Irish capital in over 20 years – exclusive to cinemas. Join André and his Johann Strauss Orchestra, sopranos, tenors and guests for a whimsical celebration, with romantic melodies, popular classics, party tunes and beloved waltzes. Bring your loved ones to your local cinema for an incomparable experience of music and dance filmed in the land of a hundred thousand welcomes. Céad Míle Fáilte!

The film is screening Saturday 7, Sunday 8 & Wednesday 11, January

All Quiet on the Western Front (15)

All Quiet on the Western Front tells the gripping story of a young German soldier on the Western Front of World War I. Paul and his comrades experience first-hand how the initial euphoria of war turns into desperation and fear as they fight for their lives, and each other, in the trenches. The film from director Edward Berger is based on the world renowned bestseller of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque.

“Extraordinarily potent German first world war drama” Guardian ★★★★★

Times ★★★★ Telegraph ★★★★ Empire ★★★★

In German with English subtitles

The film is available to watch on Thursday 12 January

Event Cinema : The Royal Opera House Live- Like Water for Chocolate (12A)

A modern Mexican classic of magic realism provides the basis for The Royal Ballet’s new full-length work, reuniting Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon with the creative team who transformed Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale into dance, composer Joby Talbot and designer Bob Crowley.

The ballet is inspired by Laura Esquivel’s novel – a captivating family saga where the central character’s emotions spill out through cooking to influence everyone around her in startling and dramatic ways. In this co-production with American Ballet Theatre, Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra also acts as musical consultant for Talbot’s newly commissioned score, and Wheeldon has worked closely with Esquivel to reshape her richly layered story into an entertaining and engrossing new ballet.

Choreography – Christopher Wheeldon
Company – The Royal Ballet
Music – Joby Talbot

This screening is available to watch on Sunday 22 January at 2pm

She Said (15)

Two-time Academy Award® nominee Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman, An Education) and Emmy nominee Zoe Kazan (The Plot Against America, The Big Sick) star as New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, who together broke one of the most important stories in a generation— a story that shattered decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault in Hollywood and impelled a shift in American culture that continues to this day.

“A stirring drama about the fall of Harvey Weinstein” Guardian ★★★★

Times ★★★★  Empire ★★★★

The film is available to watch from Monday 23 to Thursday 26, January

Empire of Light (Cert TBC)

Micheal Ward and Olivia Colman in EMPIRE OF LIGHT. Photo Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2022 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved.

From Academy Award®-winning director and writer Sam Mendes, Empire of Light is a moving drama about the power of human connection during turbulent times. Set in and around a faded old cinema in an English coastal town in the early 1980s, it follows Hilary (Olivia Colman) a cinema manager struggling with her mental health, and Stephen (Micheal Ward), a new employee who longs to escape this provincial town in which he faces daily adversity.

Both Hilary and Stephen find a sense of belonging through their unlikely and tender relationship and come to experience the healing power of music, cinema, and community.

“Olivia Colman shines in Sam Mendes’ darkening hymn to cinema” Guardian ★★★★

The film is available to watch from Monday 23 to Thursday 26, January

Corsage (15)

Faced with a future of strict ceremony and royal duties, Empress Elisabeth of Austria rebels against her public image and comes up with a plan to protect her legacy.

“Vicky Krieps puts in a star turn as lonely, patronised Elizabeth of Austria” Guardian ★★★★

Times ★★★★

*In German, French and English

The film is available to watch from Friday 27 January to Thursday 2, February

Avatar: The Way of Water (12A)

Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, Avatar The Way of Water begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive and the tragedies they endure.

The film is available to watch on Friday 27 and Sunday 29, January

Cinema prices at The Bonington are very competitive, with tickets at £6.50, and concessions at £5.50. Concessions are open to those Under 18, Students with valid student ID, and over 60s. Tickets for 16-25 Year Old’s are £4 via a free membership here- Young Person’s Membership – The Bonington (

You can book tickets for the films listed above here:

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