THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

This original musical tells the rags to riches story of P.T. Barnum (Jackman), who gathers together a group of talented misfits to create a spectacle while fighting society’s prejudices. Marrying his childhood sweetheart (Williams), everything seems to be going well until he falls for the charms of opera singer Jenny Lind (Ferguson). First-time director Gracey fills the screen with dazzling choreography and colour, the songs are belted out by an array of talent, and Jackman makes us believe that Barnum can conquer the world. ‘Splashy, fun, crowd-pleasing entertainment’ (Film Journal). Full details.

THE PRINCE OF NOTHINGWOOD

The director and often star of 110 films over 30 years, Salim Shaheen is the biggest fish in the tiny pond of Afghan film: as he puts it, “Nothingwood”. Exuberant and tireless, with a lifelong love of Indian cinema (and sweet tea), we follow him to screenings and a mountain shoot in Bamyan. This is a world where army units provide location security – and are then roped in as extras – actresses are chaperoned by their fathers, and divine providence trumps health and safety. This fascinating and hilarious doc celebrates the defiance of a shoestring film industry and their audience against the shadow of the Civil War and the ongoing Taliban threat. Full details.

LOST IN PARIS

A sweet romance in the style of Jacques Tati, with slapstick and gentle humour. Canadian Fiona arrives in Paris to help her Aunt Martha, who is threatened with being put into a retirement home. But Fiona gets lost and loses her luggage – so, the man who finds it is soon searching for her, while she’s searching for her missing aunt (French movie legend Rivas, a delight in one of her last roles). Married directors/stars Gordon and Abel are “the two funniest clowns in cinema today”, delivering “more laughs than a nitrous oxide leak near a hyena compound” (Variety). Full details.

LOST IN PARIS

A sweet romance in the style of Jacques Tati, with slapstick and gentle humour. Canadian Fiona arrives in Paris to help her Aunt Martha, who is threatened with being put into a retirement home. But Fiona gets lost and loses her luggage – so, the man who finds it is soon searching for her, while she’s searching for her missing aunt (French movie legend Rivas, a delight in one of her last roles). Married directors/stars Gordon and Abel are “the two funniest clowns in cinema today”, delivering “more laughs than a nitrous oxide leak near a hyena compound” (Variety). Full details.

ERIC CLAPTON: A LIFE IN 12 BARS

Director Zanuck takes viewers on a journey through the life of renowned 18-time Grammy award winner, Eric Clapton. The film documents Clapton’s five-decade career, his triumphs, nadirs, and all that occurred behind the scenes: tragedy, restlessness, Clapton’s idiosyncrasies and isolated pursuits.  Through an archive of performances, home videos, and audio interviews from those who knew him best, a deeper sense of what inspired the legendary musician and his unforgettable work emerges. George Harrison and Steve Winwood feature. Full details.

THE DEATH OF STALIN

This film has has everything: comedy, tragedy, truth, lies, life, death, bravery and cowardice. All under the shadow of Stalin’s Terror… and with an amazingly multifaceted cast who can give us all these things and more. Full details.

BATTLE OF THE SEXES

The true story of the 1973 tennis match between the world number one ladies player, and a chauvinistic male serial hustler. Full details.

 

BATTLE OF THE SEXES

The true story of the 1973 tennis match between the world number one ladies player, and a chauvinistic male serial hustler. Full details.

 

HAPPY END

Michael Haneke returns with a drama about a well-off French family living in a bourgeois bubble in northern France, oblivious to the human misery unfolding in migrant camps around the port town of Calais, a few miles from their home. Full details.