Hebden Bridge Picture House | FILMS SHOWING

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FILMS SHOWING

Sat 3rd to Sun 4th December
Steven Spielberg’s whimsical, beautifully crafted adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s classic is a triumph. Mark Rylance is the Big Friendly Giant, a gentle, kind and humorous giant who becomes unlikely friends with ten-year-old Sophie. But as their friendship grows, her presence attracts the unwanted attention of the bigger, badder giants: Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and more. Can she and the BFG outwit them once and for all?

Sun 4th December
Indie pioneer Jim Jarmusch’s (Only Lovers Left Alive) riotous documentary chronicles the story of Iggy Pop and The Stooges, one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time whose countercultural and aggressive style blew a crater in the musical landscape of the late 1960s and planted the seeds for punk. An evocative, effortlessly entertaining story.

Weds 7th December
The triumphant winner of this year’s Cannes Palme d’Or, Ken Loach’s fierce, emphatic I, Daniel Blake follows fifty-something Newcastle carpenter Daniel (Dave Johns) as he encounters ill health and the inhumanity of the benefits system. Almost painfully moving, it’s a stark reminder of injustice in contemporary Britain and a fitting end – if indeed it is – to Loach’s astounding career

Fri 9th to Sun 11th, Tues 13th & Thurs 15th Dec (Tues Parent & Baby and Thurs Elevenses)
David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike star in the powerful new drama from British director Amma Asante (Belle), based on an extraordinary true story. In 1947, the King of Bechuanaland (Oyelowo) falls in love with a British office worker (Pike), a union which generates opposition not just from their families, but also their governments. Can they defy family, apartheid and Empire to stay together?

Sat 10th, Sun 11th & Weds 14th December
A dizzying action spectacular, Marvel’s Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch as its eponymous superhero, alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams and Mads Mikkelsen. Stephen Strange is a neurosurgeon whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident. Acquiring astonishing magical powers in his search for healing, Strange must choose whether to defend the world as the most vital sorcerer in existence.

Sat 10th December
Oscar-winner Tom Hanks gives one of his most effortlessly charming performances in Penny Marshall’s 1988 comedy classic, Big. Desperate to grow up, 12-year-old Josh Baskin (David Moscow) is unprepared when he gets his wish, becomes a 30-year-old man (Hanks) overnight – and must face the adult things in life, like moving to New York, getting a job and falling in love.

Sun 11th December

Your chance to travel back to a time when rail travel was comfortable, punctual – maybe even glamorous! Britain on Film: Railways is a major new collection of rare archive films. Sourced from the national and regional archives and newly digitised, it’s an immensely nostalgic, evocative programme documenting the glories of rail and the changing social, political and economic climates of the 20th century.

Mon 12th December
The luminous, piercing new drama by Coco Before Chanel director Anne Fontaine provokes comparisons to Pawel Pawlikowski’s Oscar-winning Ida. Based on a haunting true story, it’s set in a convent in a Poland ravaged by WWII, where Red Cross doctor Mathilde (Lou de Laâge) is sent to help concentration camp survivors outside Warsaw and makes a disquieting discovery.

Fri 16th to Thurs 22nd December
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 16th, Tues 20th & Thurs 22nd December
Adam Driver’s (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) star continues to rise with his pitch-perfect performance in Jim Jarmusch’s (Only Lovers Left Alive) profoundly enjoyable Paterson as a New Jersey bus driver-cum-poet, writing verse around his day job and life with his wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). A paean to the gentle delights of small-town American life, it’s surely one of the year’s most purely pleasurable films.

Sat 17th December
A noirish romance filmed and set during WWII, Casablanca’s appeal never fades. Humphrey Bogart (African Queen) epitomises laconic cool as expat Rick Blaine, running a nightclub in Casablanca and treading a difficult line with Vichy and Gestapo forces when his old lover Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) walks through the door. Perfect casting, nostalgic songs and an endlessly quotable script; it’s a truly sublime film.

Sat 17th to Mon 19th, Weds 21st & Thurs 22nd Dec (Elevenses)
Rising British star Luke Treadaway and Downton Abbey’s Joanna Froggatt star in this heartwarming true story (based on the internationally bestselling book) about a recovering drug addict living on the streets in London, whose life is gradually transformed by a stray, very sweet cat.