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Fri 17th to Thu 23rd May (excl. Mon 20th)
Nicholas Hoult stars in this atmospheric biopic of J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Depicting Tolkien (Hoult) through his formative student years as he finds love and friendship amongst a group of fellow outcasts, and as World War I threatens to tear their ‘fellowship’ apart, Tolkien explores the inspirations for his timeless fantasy novels.

Sun 19th, Mon 20th & Thurs 23rd May
US comedian, actor and writer Bo Burnham’s coming-of-age comedy-drama is a hilarious, heartfelt and unusually clear-eyed look at the trials of adolescence via 13-year-old Kayla (Elsie Fisher). A loner, Kayla channels her longing for friendship into online video blogs – but nobody watches them, and during her last days of eighth grade she becomes determined to connect with her peers in real life.

Fri 24th to Thurs 30th May
For two nights in 1972, Aretha Franklin went back to her roots to perform in a Los Angeles Baptist church. The recordings became the top-selling gospel record of all time; but the footage (shot by Sydney Pollack) has never before been shown on screen and it’s a revelation; with Franklin and her audience communing spiritually, soulfully and emotionally via nothing but the transcendent power of her awe-inspiring voice.

Sat 25th to Tues 28th May
Superheroes of the Marvel comic book universe unite in Avengers: Endgame, an epic action blockbuster constructed on a monumental scale and with an insanely starry cast. After half of all life in the universe was killed due to the actions of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, the remaining Avengers and their allies must reassemble to try and reverse those actions in one last, glorious stand.

Sat 25th & Thurs 30th May
Based on Ann Patchett’s best-selling novel, Bel Canto tells a vivid, dramatic love story. A famous soprano (Julianne Moore) is in South America to give a private concert for a wealthy Japanese industrialist (Ken Watanabe). But as the glittering gathering of diplomats and politicians convenes, the mansion is taken over by rebel guerrillas demanding the release of their imprisoned comrades.

Sun 26th May
Camille Vidal-Naquet’s acclaimed debut is a candid, erotic account of the savage realities facing a young sex worker. Félix Maritaud (120 BPM) plays a young, homeless gay hustler who lives a reckless, volatile existence on the streets of Strasbourg, but is still able to find tenderness within some of his professional encounters, even as he longs for a more lasting love.

Fri 31st May & Sat 1st to Sun 2nd June
An undisputed classic, Richard Donner’s The Goonies is a delightfully high-spirited story of friendship, camaraderie and adventure. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, it follows a group of boys in Astoria, Oregon who, in attempting to save their homes from demolition, discover an old Spanish map that leads them on a quest to unearth a 17th century pirate’s long-lost fortune.

Fri 31st May to Thu 6th June (excluding Mon 3rd & Weds 5th June)
Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen shine in Long Shot, a sweet, funny, critically acclaimed romantic comedy with an odd couple premise and a vein of political satire. Secretary of State Charlotte (Theron) used to be Fred’s (Rogen) babysitter. When they unexpectedly reconnect, he charms her with memories of her youthful idealism, and as she considers a run for President, impulsively hires him as her speechwriter.

Sat 1st, Sun 2nd & Thurs 6th June
Natalie Portman is sensational in Brady Corbet’s (The Childhood of a Leader) Vox Lux. A commentary on both American celebrity culture and the country’s recent history, it casts her as Celeste, a global musical superstar whose path to fame has led her directly from one kind of American violence to another. With a magnificent Scott Walker score and songs by Sia, plus narration by Willem Dafoe.

Mon 3rd June – one night only
From its opening scenes, Wolfgang Fischer’s taut thriller Styx captivates the viewer with an overarching tension. Emergency doctor Rieke (Susanne Wolff) is sailing in the Atlantic when she encounters a damaged boat overloaded with desperate refugees. Stricken by their plight, she tries her best to help them by calling for help, but as the situation worsens, is forced to make a fateful decision.

Weds 5th June at 7pm
In a reimagined 1590, England is a matriarchy. Baptista Minola is seeking to sell off her son Katherine to the highest bidder. Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story. Justin Audibert (Snow in Midsummer, The Jew of Malta) turns Shakespeare’s fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power.

Fri 7th to Thurs 13th June
Based on a true fantasy, ‘Rocketman’ is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s
breakthrough years. The film – set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton – follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John.