December Season On Sale

For the festive season we are pleased to bring you the cream of recent releases including the fascinating story of code-cracking mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, the delightful comic drama St Vincent, featuring Bill Murray, and award-winning French film Me, Myself and Mum. No Christmas would be complete without a screening of the feel-good Yuletide classic It’s a Wonderful Life, and live screenings include a performance of festive ballet classic The Nutcracker by Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet. A hand-picked selection of family films for the holidays includes Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and the brand new film version of children’s favourite, Paddington.

Biographical thriller The Imitation Game is proving one of the highlights of the latest season of films at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse, with extra screenings already scheduled for later in December due to popular demand. In what has been described as ‘the best British film of the year’ by The Independent, Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, as he helps to crack the Enigma code during the Second World War. In another WWII set-film Fury, Brad Pitt stars as a battle-hardened army sergeant with his tank crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines in Nazi Germany. In Set Fire to the Stars, Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings) portrays an aspiring young poet in 1950s New York, who has his ordered world shaken when he embarks on a week-long retreat to save his hell-raising hero, Dylan Thomas, played by Celyn Jones who will be doing a live Q&A at the cinema before the screening on 17 November. There is more period drama with Western The Homesman, directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones as a drifter who helps Hilary Swank transport three troubled women across the harsh Nebraska Territory of the 1850s.

The pulsing thriller Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a driven young man, desperate for work, who discovers the high-speed world of LA crime journalism, soon becoming part of the stories he is investigating. In crime drama The Drop, Tom Hardy plays a bartender at the centre of a robbery gone awry, with James Gandolfini in his final role as Brooklyn bar owner, Marv. Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis and Olivia Wilde star in Third Person, a romantic drama telling the seemingly unconnected stories of three couples in three different cities, Rome, Paris and New York. Comic drama St Vincent sees a young boy whose parents have just divorced find an unlikely friend in new neighbour, misanthropic war veteran Bill Murray, with inevitable chaos ensuing. There is more comedy with My Old Lady, featuring Kevin Kline as a down-on-his-luck New Yorker who inherits a Parisian apartment, only to find he has a live-in tenant (Maggie Smith) who is not prepared to budge.

Christopher Nolan’s latest spectacular feature, Interstellar, sees a group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole in space to conquer the vast distances involved in interstellar travel, in a bid to find a potentially habitable planet. The suitably stellar cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine. There is also some classic sci fi on offer with the iconic dystopian movie, Blade Runner – The Final Cut, starring Harrison Ford as the world-weary detective hunting for a group of murderous replicants in a futuristic Los Angeles. Originally made in 1982, director Ridley Scott’s 2007 ‘final cut’ makes a rare return to cinema screens, for one day only.

We continue to bring the best of foreign language films to Northampton, and is delighted to be showing the winner of Best Film at the Cesar Awards and winner of two top awards at the 2013 Cannes Festival, Me, Myself and Mum. This playful French comedy about identity, the directorial debut of Guillaume Gallienne, is presented in association with Q-Film.  There is also classic French comedy with 1967 movie Playtime, directed by and starring visionary film-maker Jacques Tati as a hapless Frenchman in an ultra-modern Paris, negotiating a bewildering maze of modern architecture.

The ultimate Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life can be seen on Christmas Eve, starring James Stewart in one of his finest, most affecting performances, as the businessman who is shown by an angel what life would be like if he never existed.

Live screenings for December also celebrate the festive season, with the Bolshoi Ballet’s production of one of the great ballet classics The Nutcracker broadcast live from Moscow, featuring enchanting sets and Tchaikovsky’s iconic music. Bringing in the New Year, musical director Simon Rattle is joined by pianist Menahem Pressler for the rousing Berlin Philharmonic New Year’s Eve Gala, broadcast from the Berliner Philharmonie. Other live events for December include DV8 Physical Theatre’s powerful new production John from the National Theatre in London, and from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Richard Wagner’s epic six hour comic opera Die Meistersinger Von Numberg, a celebration of all things German.

The cinema has three great family films lined up for the school holidays, including the big screen debut of Michael Bond’s beloved Paddington, with an all-star cast including Julie Walters, Imelda Staunton, Nicole Kidman and Ben Whishaw, bringing to life the tale of the young bear who travels to Britain from Peru and finds a new home in London, with a magical blend of CGI, animatronics and live action. A spin-off from Madagascar 3, The Penguins of Madagascar 3D sees four penguins attempting to thwart the plans of a wicked scientist, and features the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovitch and Werner Herzog. There will also be a chance to see Tim Burton’s fantasy animation from 1993, The Nightmare Before Christmas, where the pumpkin king, Jack Skellington, stumbles upon Christmastown and promptly decides to make Yuletide his own. With the cinema’s special festive Family Ticket Offer, one adult and one child can enjoy any of these family films for just £10.

There will also be second chance to catch some of the most popular films from recent months, with repeat screenings of Mr Turner, with Timothy Spall as the celebrated British artist, the hugely popular music film Northern Soul, What We Did On Our Holidays with David Tennant and Rosamund Pike as a couple attempting keep their imminent divorce secret, and David Fincher’s twisting thriller Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck.

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