Hebden Bridge Picture House | FILMS SHOWING

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Sun 7th & Thurs 11th February

Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Cillian Murphy star in Ron Howard’s (A Beautiful Mind) muscular sea-faring epic, telling the story of the maritime disaster that inspired Herman Melville’s (Ben Whishaw) Moby Dick. In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and an almost human sense of vengeance.

Fri 12th to Mon 15th & Thurs 18th February (Thurs Elevenses)

Samuel L. Jackson takes centre stage in Quentin Tarantino’s (Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained) latest, a rollicking Western set in a historical, dead-of-winter Wyoming. It’s full of his trademark wit and creative, bloody violence, with a standout cast including Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tim Roth.

Fri 12th to Sun 21st February

The fourth ‘squeakquel’ in the Chipmunk series, The Road Chip sees music manager Dave (Jason Lee) enjoying a blossoming romance. Through a series of misunderstandings, the chipmunks start to believe that a marriage proposal is on the horizon and, dreading the thought of an antagonistic stepbrother, Alvin, Theodore and Simon embark on a cross-country odyssey to prevent their pal from ruining their lives.

Sat 13th February

Winner of the 1987 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film (and Pope Francis’s favourite film!), Babette’s Feast is set in a remote 19th Danish century village and takes in a dinner, hosted by French refugee Babette, for the two sisters who took her in. Utterly charming and completely distinctive, it’s a wonderfully beguiling film about the restorative powers of good food and drink.

Sun 14th February

“Nobody puts Baby in the corner.” Probably the most popular dance movie of all time, Dirty Dancing is a sweet and thrilling romance; a blockbuster smash with a surprisingly tough emotional core and fantastic chemistry between Jennifer Grey as ‘Baby’ Frances Houseman and the late Patrick Swayze as dance instructor Jonny, a man whose background is vastly different from her own.

Tues 16th February
Founded in 1776, the Bolshoi Ballet is Russia’s proudest symbol, but in 2013 garnered sensational headlines when its Artistic Director Sergei Filin was the victim of a shocking acid attack. The scandal showed the ruthless forces at work within the Ballet and by expansion, within Russia itself; and this fascinating documentary grants us extraordinary access behind the scenes.

Weds 17th February

Brigitte Bardot stars in Jean-Luc Godard’s sumptuously stylish and satirical study of a marriage in trouble. Based on an Alberto Moravia novel, it follows a scriptwriter (Michael Piccoli) who finds himself torn between the demands of his film’s producer, director, and his own artistic values, while simultaneously his marriage is breaking down. It’s an absolutely beautiful film; an undoubted masterpiece.

Thurs 18th February

Narrated by Cat Power, this affectionate documentary follows Janis Joplin’s evolution into a star via her personal letters and stunning archival footage. Like Amy Winehouse, Joplin was a white girl with a soulful voice connecting her to black culture, and equally troubled by fame. Amy Berg’s doc reveals a free-spirited, complex woman who changed the face of music with her astonishing talent.

Fri 19th to Sun 21st & Thurs 25th February (Thurs Elevenses)

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning Birdman for one of the most anticipated films of the year. In 1892 in the uncharted American wilderness explorer Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) is attacked by a bear and left for dead; enduring unimaginable hardships, and motivated only by will and the love of his family, in a quest to survive.

Sun 21st to Tues 23rd February

It’s 2005, and the housing market is booming. But four outsiders see what no one else can: the whole thing is a time bomb. ‘The Big Short’ is their story. People were buying houses they couldn’t afford, with money they didn’t have, which they borrowed from banks that were negligent and greedy. Four men realised a crash was coming, and bet against the American economy to take on the banks. And make themselves rich as well, of course.