DARKEST HOUR – subtitled

It’s World War II, and Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. The fate of Western Europe now hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill (past Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman), who must make the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler at a terrible cost, or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds. Darkest Hour is the anthemic story of 1940, when Churchill’s courage to lead a nation changed the course of history. Full details. Subtitled for those with a hearing loss.

DARKEST HOUR

It’s World War II, and Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. The fate of Western Europe now hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill (past Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman), who must make the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler at a terrible cost, or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds. Darkest Hour is the anthemic story of 1940, when Churchill’s courage to lead a nation changed the course of history. Full details.

LAST FLAG FLYING

Thirty years after serving together in Vietnam, three veterans reunite after the death of one of their sons in Iraq. While Last Flag Flying is most obviously a middle-aged male road trip movie, it has great depth – exploring regret, repentance, political deception and the bonds of friendship with a mixture of sadness and humour. This sad yet hilarious tale is driven by commanding performances from Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne. Full details.

DOWNSIZING

In a world where organic matter can be reduced to a tiny size, Paul Safranek (Damon) is an average guy who can’t afford to make his wife happy by buying the house she wants. Meeting old friends who have made the jump to downsize to a smaller, more prosperous life, the couple agree to make the irreversible transition – but things don’t go completely Paul’s way when he’s 4 inches tall! An ingenious comedy from the director of Sideways, After Schmidt and The Descendants. Full details.

DOWNSIZING

In a world where organic matter can be reduced to a tiny size, Paul Safranek (Damon) is an average guy who can’t afford to make his wife happy by buying the house she wants. Meeting old friends who have made the jump to downsize to a smaller, more prosperous life, the couple agree to make the irreversible transition – but things don’t go completely Paul’s way when he’s 4 inches tall! An ingenious comedy from the director of Sideways, After Schmidt and The Descendants. Full details.

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Mildred Hayes is sick of waiting for the police to catch her daughter’s murderer, so she takes matters into her own hands by using three billboards to taunt the much-loved Chief of Police for a response. The trouble is he hasn’t got any leads, and has a more pressing problem of his own, while Mildred isn’t a typically sympathetic bereaved mom… Strong language and dark humour feature in this highly acclaimed comedy from the director of In Bruges, with McDormand set for awards glory! Full details.

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 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.