Hebden Bridge Picture House | FILMS SHOWING

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Fri 17th to Sun 19th & Tues 21st to Thurs 23rd February
In 1996 Danny Boyle’s propulsive, provocative Trainspotting changed the landscape of British cinema; now, twenty years later, Boyle and the original cast return to pick up the story in this much anticipated sequel. Renton (Ewan McGregor) is back in Scotland to try and make amends with Spud (Ewen Bremner) and Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) – all while trying to avoid still psychopathic Begbie (Robert Carlyle), fresh out of prison

Sun 19th to Tues 21st & Thurs 23rd February (Tues Parent & Baby & Thurs Elevenses)
Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman star in Garth Davis’s rousing, gripping Lion, adapted from Saroo Brierley’s memoir A Long Way Home. Adopted as a young boy by an Australian couple (Kidman and David Wenham), the adult Saroo (Patel) is curious about his origins. Discovering Google Earth, he begins an obsessive search that leads him across the globe in hopes of meeting his biological family and understanding his past.

Fri 17th to Thurs 23rd February and Sat 25th & Sun 26th March
Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson feature in this colourful, warm-hearted, funny and uplifting animation’s fantastic voice cast about a koala, Buster (McConaughey) who – raising funds to support his beloved, dilapidated theatre decides to produce the world’s greatest singing competition (with shades of American Idol), and contestants including a mouse, a timid elephant, a pig and a punk-rock porcupine fight it out for first place.

Fri 24th to Sun 26th February
Based on J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off novel series, David Yates’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is full of wizardry; an intricately realised world to please all Potter fans. In 1926, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives at the US Magical Congress for a meeting, but accidentally lets dangerous creatures escape from his magically expanded briefcase.

Fri 24th & Sat 25th Feb, Weds 1st & Thurs 2nd March (Thurs Elevenses)
Rachel Weisz is superb in Denial as Jewish American historian Deborah Lipstadt, based on the true story of her legal conflict with notorious Holocaust denier David Irving (Timothy Spall) in 1996. Full of excellent performances (from Tom Wilkinson and Andrew Scott as well as Weisz and Spall), it’s an essential tale for our ‘post-fact’ times, documenting a triumph of truth and reason over ignorance, prejudice and lies.

Sat 25th February
A landmark film of 1960s New Hollywood and the counterculture, Easy Rider is in many ways the ultimate American road movie, epitomising both its time and (with its timeless soundtrack) a certain type of cool. Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper are both iconic as the Harley-riding hippies who, after a drug deal in southern California, travel cross-country in search of spiritual truth.

Sun 26th February
Lotte Reiniger’s beautiful 1926 silhouette animation ‘The Adventures of Prince Achmed’ brings to life magical tales from the ‘Arabian Nights’. The earliest surviving animated feature film – preserved in the BFI National Archive – it has been hailed as one of the world’s most innovative and influential animations. Three years in production and made in card cut entirely by hand, Reiniger’s exquisite shadow characters move intricately through colourful worlds of demons, witches, beautiful princesses and flying castles.

Sun 26th & Mon 27th Feb & Thurs 2nd March
German filmmaker Maren Ade’s (Everyone Else) astonishing Toni Erdmann is one of the standout films of the year. Germany’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Film, it’s an outrageously funny comedy starring Peter Simonischek as Winifried, whose penchant for wacky humour (and “comic” disguises) appals his sleek oil executive daughter (Sandra Hüller). A highly original, utterly hilarious film.

Fri 3rd to Mon 6th March
Ruth Negga is justly Oscar nominated for her breathtaking performance in Jeff Nichols’s (Take Shelter, Midnight Special) understated, timely and very moving historical drama about the remarkable story of Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred (Negga) Loving; the interracial couple whose love was literally against the law in 1950s Virginia, forcing them to take their case all the way to the Supreme Court.

Sat 4th & Sun 5th March
Sing along with Disney’s Oscar-nominated animation, the thrilling, colourful adventure following a teenage Polynesian princess, Moana, on a daring mission to save her people from a dire threat. On her journey she meets demigod Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson, aka ‘The Rock’) and together they voyage across the ocean; encountering enormous monsters and fighting seemingly impossible odds.

Sat 4th March
Widely regarded as the greatest film of all time – and certainly a groundbreaking masterpiece – Orson Welles’ debut remains a monumental achievement in cinema. Witty, gripping and incisive, it examines the controversial life of the late Charles Foster Kane (Welles), a media tycoon partly inspired by American newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, from the sometimes contradictory perspectives of his friends, employees and mistress.

Sun 5th & Weds 8th March

Andrew Garfield (Silence) gives an emphatic, Golden Globe-nominated performance in Mel Gibson’s (Apocalypto) fantastic, bruising World War II epic Hacksaw Ridge. Based on an astounding true story, Garfield plays Desmond Doss, a Seventh Day Adventist combat medic and conscientious objector who must save his fellow soldiers amid the epic Battle of Okinawa with no way of defending himself.