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.

HERE TO BE HEARD: THE STORY OF THE SLITS

The Slits were a groundbreaking all-girl band, emerging during the punk explosion of 1976. Their attitude and notoriety meant they were soon touring with The Clash and attracting national press interest. Musically far more adventurous than most of their peers, they pioneered ‘Punky Reggae’. This illuminating documentary tells their extraordinary story up to 2010, when singer Ari Up – who was determined to see a Slits film completed – sadly passed away. Followed by a live Q&A with director William Badgley and bassist Tessa Pollitt. Full details.

THE SHAPE OF WATER

It’s the Cold War era: America, 1962. A mute, isolated woman, named Elisa (Sally Hawkins), works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government lab. When she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a classified experiment – a mysterious, scaled creature from South America – their lives are set to change forever, especially as their new friend’s fate lies in the hands of a malevolent government agent and marine biologist. Hawkins plays Elisa with delicate nuance, in del Toro’s spellbinding and romantic tale of the inexplicable. Full details.

THE SHAPE OF WATER

It’s the Cold War era: America, 1962. A mute, isolated woman, named Elisa (Sally Hawkins), works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government lab. When she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a classified experiment – a mysterious, scaled creature from South America – their lives are set to change forever, especially as their new friend’s fate lies in the hands of a malevolent government agent and marine biologist. Hawkins plays Elisa with delicate nuance, in del Toro’s spellbinding and romantic tale of the inexplicable. Full details.

JOURNEY’S END

In March 1918, an army company take their posting on a front-line trench, knowing that a German attack is imminent. With supplies as low as the men’s morale, this is no place for new recruit Raleigh (Asa Butterfield), who has requested a placement with Stanhope (Sam Claflin), his sister’s fiancé, now much changed through war stresses and alcohol. Director Saul Dibb (The Duchess) captures the dread-inducing claustrophobia of the trenches in this outstanding adaptation of RC Sherriff’s 1928 play.  Full details.

JOURNEY’S END – Subtitled

In March 1918, an army company take their posting on a front-line trench, knowing that a German attack is imminent. With supplies as low as the men’s morale, this is no place for new recruit Raleigh (Asa Butterfield), who has requested a placement with Stanhope (Sam Claflin), his sister’s fiancé, now much changed through war stresses and alcohol. Director Saul Dibb (The Duchess) captures the dread-inducing claustrophobia of the trenches in this outstanding adaptation of RC Sherriff’s 1928 play. Subtitled for those with a hearing loss. Full details.

COCO

As the Day of the Dead draws near, young Miguel defies his family to enter a talent contest – but borrowing a guitar from the tomb of a local musical icon spirits him (and lovable stray dog Dante) into the afterlife, where the carnival is also in full swing! Can Miguel find a way back with the blessing of his late relatives – and even solve a family mystery? Pixar’s celebration of Mexican culture is a return to the heights of Inside Out and Wall-E – an unequivocally life-affirming, hilarious, moving and wondrously designed masterpiece. Full details.

COCO

As the Day of the Dead draws near, young Miguel defies his family to enter a talent contest – but borrowing a guitar from the tomb of a local musical icon spirits him (and lovable stray dog Dante) into the afterlife, where the carnival is also in full swing! Can Miguel find a way back with the blessing of his late relatives – and even solve a family mystery? Pixar’s celebration of Mexican culture is a return to the heights of Inside Out and Wall-E – an unequivocally life-affirming, hilarious, moving and wondrously designed masterpiece. Full details.

PHANTOM THREAD

In 1950s London, distinguished couturier Reynolds Woodcock dresses socialites, movie stars and royalty with unique style and flair. He lives a carefully tailored life with women coming and going, until he is entranced by Alma, a young, headstrong woman, who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover – yet refuses to submit to his usually unbending will. Daniel Day-Lewis is enthralling in what may be his final screen role, complemented by an equally captivating Lesley Manville and newcomer Vicky Krieps. Full details.