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IF (2024) (U)

IF (2024)

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Saturday 13 Jul 202413:00 Book Now
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You have to see it to believe it… and everyone had an imaginary friend, right? No matter shape, size or form – you friend could be whoever (or whatever!) you wanted them to be!

Brought to you from writer and director John Krasinski, IF brings the power of one girls superpower, seeing other kids imaginary friends —and what better way to use this power, than an embarking on an incredible magical adventure to reconnect a world of forgotten IFs with their kids.

Starring Cailey Fleming, Ryan Reynolds, John Krasinski, Fiona Shaw, and the voices of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Louis Gossett Jr. and Steve Carell, come and discover the wonderfully unique world that is a time capsule of your hopes, dreams and ambitions from childhood, that has never truly gone away.

The Bikeriders (15)

The Bikeriders

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Saturday 13 Jul 202419:00 Book Now
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Jeff Nichols delivers another layered, luminous piece of middle Americana, on the fall of one of its major biker gangs and the bonds within it.

In 1960s Illinois, truck-driving family man Johnny is inspired by The Wild One to create a new community for the rootless men around him. As it grows across states and attracts less law-abiding members, it becomes harder to keep peaceful – and creates a further clash between him, his unpredictable protégé Benny, and Benny’s smart, determined girlfriend. Inspired by Danny Lyon’s classic, intimately researched photo-book of the Outlaws MC, writer-director Nichols (Mud, Loving) reimagines its history as an absorbing epic tragedy, which balances lyrical nostalgia for a lost world with an open eye for the violence beside it. Tom Hardy, Austin Butler, and Jodie Comer give magnificently accented and nuanced performances.

Jaws (12A)

Jaws

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Sunday 14 Jul 202412:30 Book Now

Can it truly be the holidays without watching ‘The original summer blockbuster’, Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic, at the cinema?


When a great white shark stakes a claim off the waters of the peaceful community Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town over the July 4th celebrations. Ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled ship captain Quint (Robert Shaw) offer to help Brody capture the killer beast and the trio engage in an epic battle of man vs. nature. Verna Fields’ impeccable editing and John Williams’ swirling score round off the tremendous casting of this 70s masterpiece. Jaws remains a classic not just for how it changed the film industry, but because it is an exquisitely made monster movie that tapped into universal human fears and did so with iconic style.

Back to Black (15)

Back to Black

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Sunday 14 Jul 202418:00 Book Now
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Celebrating one of the most iconic - and much missed - homegrown stars of the 21st century, painting a vivid, vibrant picture of the Camden streets she called home, Back to Black is Amys Story.

Starring Marisa Abela as Winehouse, the film follows the remarkable woman behind the phenomenon and the tumultuous relationship at the centre of one of the most legendary albums of all time.

From the Camden High Street to global adoration - and back again, crash through the looking glass of a celebrity to watch this journey from behind the mirror, to see what Amy saw, and to feel what she felt. This truly unflinching look at the modern celebrity machine and a powerful tribute to a once-in-a-generation talent, is not to be missed.


Hard Miles (12A)

Hard Miles

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Monday 15 Jul 202419:30 Book Now
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An uplifting and likeable fact-inspired drama starring Matthew Modine (Oppenheimer, Stranger Things) about the healing power of cycling.

Modine finally gets the starring role he deserves, the first that’s fully tested him since his Eighties heyday (think Birdy, Full Metal Jacket). And as a cyclist himself, he was built for it.

Modine plays Greg Townsend, a metalwork teacher at a young offenders correctional facility in Colorado who decides, in the name of behavioural therapy, to drag four reoffending inmates on a 762-mile cycle ride from Denver to the Grand Canyon.

Besides learning how to survive, they learn comradeship and the ability to overcome. Mack Fisher’s widescreen cinematography gives the audience stunning vistas which allows us to see what kind of desert country this is, while Andrew Johnson’s music enriches the mix.



Jean de Florette (PG)

Jean de Florette

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Tuesday 16 Jul 202419:30 Book Now

Enfin!

At last! We are very pleased to bring you two of the most beloved and successful French Films of all time…

Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources

The films that inspired a wave of British migration to the Provence region; with its glorious, romanticised photography of French landscape, all spindly olive trees, wizened vineyards and crumbling cottages, both these films inspired an international obsession with both France’s countryside and its cinema.

Claude Berri’s powerful, multipart adaptation of “The Water of the Hills,” a two-volume novel by the masterful Marcel Pagnol, spans three generations in the lives of two rural families, these twin tragedies weave an absorbing, slow-burn epic of greed, deception, and revenge amid the Provence countryside, where the sun-dappled bucolic beauty belies dark motivations.

Featuring unforgettable performances from Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil, and Emmanuelle Béart, Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources harken back to the rich, humanist tradition of French film at its finest. Don’t miss!



Freud's Last Session (12A)

Freud's Last Session

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Wednesday 17 Jul 202412:30 Book Now

Anthony Hopkins makes for a poignant, multifaceted Sigmund Freud, in a thoughtful,

speculative two-hander between him and C. S. Lewis.

In London just before World War II, an ageing Freud is left agitated by his narrow escape from Nazi Austria, increasingly painful jaw cancer, and difficult relationship with his lesbian daughter and collaborator, Anna. A visiting, recently Christianised Lewis cannot resist inviting him to give God another chance, and a fierce, deeply personal debate follows, with each man’s mind, heart, and history emerging from the arguments.

Based on the acclaimed stage play by Mark St. Germain and directed by biopic sure hand

Matthew Brown (The Man Who Knew Infinity), the film creates riveting intellectual drama

from imagined history, and another great showcase for Hopkins, who carves a distinct, moving character study from an iconic, all-too-familiar figure.


The Warriors (15)

The Warriors

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Thursday 18 Jul 202419:30 Book Now

Walter Hill’s iconic reimagining of Greek history in the ganglands of 70s New York arrives at the Odyssey for its 45th anniversary.

When the city’s top warlord is shot during a mass gathering of its gangs, Coney Island’s The Warriors finds itself stranded in enemy territory when they are framed for the murder. On the wrong side of New York in the dead of night, and hunted by the police besides every other gang around, getting home becomes an epic struggle needing all their skill, teamwork, and fighting ability. Inspired by Xenophon’s account of a Greek army’s retreat across Persia, Hill made his best-known work, combining its mythic against-the-odds narrative with pulpy proto-80s style and riveting practical fights.

Mapped onto New York’s streets with a relentless practical focus, it rewards cinematic

immersion more than ever.


Inside Out 2 (U)

Inside Out 2

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Friday 19 Jul 202414:30 Book Now
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This summer, the eagerly awaited sequel Inside Out 2 is set to push all of your emotional buttons!

Returning to the mind of now teenager Riley, headquarters seem to be undergoing a sudden demolition to make room for something entirely unexpected, but what could it be? That’s right, new emotions!

Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, who’ve long been running a successful operation by all accounts, aren’t sure how to feel when Anxiety shows up – something we can all relate to. And it looks like she’s not alone.

Formulating a physical landscape from the erratic, mercurial and vivid emotions that govern all of us (and even more so as teens!) this one is for all the family.


There's Still Tomorrow (C'è ancora domani) (15)

There's Still Tomorrow (C'è ancora domani)

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Sunday 21 Jul 202418:00 Book Now

Last summer, this Italian dramedy became a box office sensation on home soil, it even outsold Barbie, placing it within the countries top 10 highest grossing films of all time. Finally available in the UK – what better place to see this Rome-set gem, than the beautiful surroundings of The Odyssey Cinema.

All Delia has ever wanted was to be a wife and mother. She lives in Rome in the late 1940s – a city divided between the positive thrust of liberation and the miseries of the war that has just ended – with her husband, Ivano, and their three children. Ivano may be a harsh master; his father even more so. However, Delia has a best friend with whom to share moments of levity, and her daughter is about to get married. She accepts her fate – the good with the bad – until a mysterious letter arrives.

Popular Italian comic actor Paola Cortellesi takes on her directorial debut and also stars in this surprising and beautiful film. Don’t miss it.


Riddle of Fire (12A)

Riddle of Fire

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Monday 22 Jul 202419:30 Book Now

An exciting and unique homage to the adventure films you loved and inspired you growing up – such as The Princess Bride, Stand By Me, The Goonies, and Moonrise Kingdom – you’ll be glad you caught it on the big screen this summer!

The premise of Riddle of Fire is simple: Hazel, Jodie and Alice need to bake a blueberry pie for the former two's poorly mother, but one very important ingredient (a speckled egg) eludes them. So begins a faux mediaeval adventure set in present day Wyoming, with fanciful fonts, mystical voiceovers, woodland creatures and lavish lore.

Director Weston Razooli takes us on a whimsical adventure through the countryside of America, comforting in its nostalgic familiarity, but also refreshing and singular, playing out almost like a video game as the central trio's quest spirals and becomes more wonderfully far-fetched. A breath of fresh air in the age of unending adaptations and IP. Don’t miss it!


Manon des Sources (PG)

Manon des Sources

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Tuesday 23 Jul 202419:30 Book Now

Enfin!

At last! We are very pleased to bring you two of the most beloved and successful French Films of all time…

Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources

The films that inspired a wave of British migration to the Provence region; with its glorious, romanticised photography of French landscape, all spindly olive trees, wizened vineyards and crumbling cottages, both these films inspired an international obsession with both France’s countryside and its cinema.

Claude Berri’s powerful, multipart adaptation of “The Water of the Hills,” a two-volume novel by the masterful Marcel Pagnol, spans three generations in the lives of two rural families, these twin tragedies weave an absorbing, slow-burn epic of greed, deception, and revenge amid the Provence countryside, where the sun-dappled bucolic beauty belies dark motivations.

Featuring unforgettable performances from Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil, and Emmanuelle Béart, Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources harken back to the rich, humanist tradition of French film at its finest. Don’t miss!



The Garfield Movie (2024) (U)

The Garfield Movie (2024)

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Wednesday 24 Jul 202412:30 Book Now

Lock up your lasagne – and any other food for that matter! Because the world’s favourite cat is padding back onto the big screen, hungrier than ever before.

If you’ve followed Garfield since ’78, you’ll know he doesn’t leave the sofa unless the house is burning down. But, making his big entrance, the gourmet furball returns to his animated roots – and it’s about time.

And what better way to make his big return, than punting this pampered puss into the great outdoors.

Garfield (voiced by Chris Pratt), the world-famous, Monday-hating, lasagna-loving indoor cat, is about to have his biggest adventure yet, in a rather a reluctant road trip alongside his scruffy alleycat dad, Vic, and long-suffering sidekick Odie.

Sounds like a recipe for disaster, not meatball marinara! This hilarious, high-stakes heist is a true family affair.


The Fall Guy (12A)

The Fall Guy

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Wednesday 24 Jul 202419:30 Book Now
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This ode to stunt work based on the 80s TV series and personal experience, comes direct from real life stunt man and director David Leitch. This hilarious, hard-driving, all-star apex-action thriller is love letter to action movies and most importantly - The Fall Guy.

Ryan Gosling, who we all know and love as ‘just Ken’, stars as Colt Seavers, a battle-scarred stuntman who, having left the business a year earlier to focus on both his physical and mental health, is drafted back into service when the star of a mega-budget studio movie goes missing.

And while Colt performs the film’s most outrageous stunts while trying (with limited success) to charm his way back into Jody’s (Emily Blunt) good graces, the mystery around the missing star deepens, pushing him to the edge of a fall far more dangerous than any stunt.

Fizzy, funny and a true romantic delight, The Fall Guy is a tribute to the craft of making big movies with big stunts, celebrating the (sometimes literal!) heights reached on the big screen.


NT Live: Present Laughter (PG)

NT Live: Present Laughter

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Thursday 25 Jul 202419:00 Book Now

National Theatre Live

Present Laughter By Noël Coward


The multi award-winning production of Noël Coward’s provocative comedy featuring Andrew Scott (Vanya, Fleabag) returns to the big screen.

As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching. Filmed live from The Old Vic in London during a sold out run in 2019, Matthew Warchus (Matilda the Musical) directs this giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.


★★★★★ ‘Andrew Scott’s revelatory performance shows why Noël Coward is hailed a genius’


Telegraph


★★★★★ ‘Andrew Scott is wondrous in this revelatory refresh of Noël Coward’s classic comedy’


Time Out


★★★★★


‘The show belongs to Scott’


The Times


★★★★★


‘Illuminating and luminously funny’


WhatsOnStage


★★★★★


‘A treat of a production’ Financial Times

Kinds of Kindness (18)

Kinds of Kindness

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Friday 26 Jul 202419:30 Book Now
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Yorgos Lanthimos further asserts his place in modern cinema’s pantheon with a three-part anthology, all displaying his funny, menacing, and unpredictable vision.

In present-day New Orleans, a businessman chafes against his boss’s extreme, inescapable micromanaging, a police officer suspects his long-lost, recently-returned wife has been replaced, and a cultist has to find a girl who can revive corpses. The strands never overlap, but shared moods, motifs, and a sense of life somehow twisting apart keeps them unnervingly close. Right after the triumph of Poor Things, Lanthimos reunites with his longtime co-writer Efthimis Filippou (Dogtooth, The Lobster) to revisit familiar themes – ordinary, insecure people at the mercy of absurd higher powers – with greater resources. These include a top cast, shared between parts to add further uncanniness: Plemons stands out as a submissive everyman with alarming depths.


The Greatest Showman (2017) (PG)

The Greatest Showman (2017)

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Saturday 27 Jul 202413:00 Book Now

This perennially popular musical returns to the big screen to raise the roof and your spirits too!

Hugh Jackman dazzles as circus tycoon P.T. Barnum in this biopic featuring a timeless Pasek & Paul songbook including songs "A Million Dreams" and "Never Enough." The Greatest Showman, is inspired by the unusual life of Barnum & Bailey circus founder P.T. Barnum.

P. T Barnum (Hugh Jackman) strives to find an outlet for his ferocious imagination, pursuing a string of ill-fated ventures before finally setting up a circus show with never-before-seen acts to amaze his audience. His show proves controversial, but, after teaming up with playwright Philip Carlyle (Zac Efron) and acrobat Anne Wheeler (Zendaya), his popularity skyrockets.

But as Barnum vaults from triumph to triumph, he struggles to strike a balance between reality and spectacle.

Full of love stories and an important message about individuality, unforgettable musical numbers and dazzlingly choreographed sequences – this spectacle of a film is impossible to forget.

A Quiet Place: Day One (15)

A Quiet Place: Day One

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Saturday 27 Jul 202419:00 Book Now
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Chariots of Fire (1981) (PG)

Chariots of Fire (1981)

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Sunday 28 Jul 202412:30 Book Now

Hugh Hudson’s exhilarating account of the struggle by Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell to compete on their own terms at the 1924 Olympics seemed to herald a new highpoint in British cinema.

“The British are coming!” screenwriter Colin Welland famously proclaimed, Oscar in hand in 1981. Based on a true story, Hudson's first feature won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Screenplay (by Colin Welland), Best Score (by Vangelis) and Best Costume Design (by Milena Canonero).

This rousing film is based on the mixed fortunes of two ambitious runners - Eric Liddell, a Christian missionary from Scotland who refused to run on Sundays, and Harold Abrahams, a Jewish athlete battling anti-Semitism. The struggles and triumphs of these very different but equally talented men make this one of movie history's best-loved sports films.

Back on the big screen to celebrate the 2024 Paris Olympics!


Wonka (PG)

Wonka

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Tuesday 30 Jul 202412:30 Book Now

Every good thing in this world started with a dream. From Director Paul King (Paddington), this wondrous story tells the tales of magician and chocolate-maker Willy Wonka.

Starring Timothee Chalamet as the eccentric inventor himself, this irresistibly vivid and inventive big screen spectacle will introduce young Willy Wonka, full of ideas and determination, daring to change the world one delectable bite at a time. Alongside Chalamet, the star studded cast includes Sally Hawkins, Matt Lukas, Rowan Atkinson and Olivia Colman to name a few – but not forgetting Hugh Grant who features at what we are told is the respectful size for an Oompa-Loompa!


See what sweet treats we have up our sleeve! With scenes filmed just a stone’s throw away at Verulamium Park, come and look back at the extraordinary inventor and biggest dreamer in the world of the sweetest confection!

The Commandant's Shadow (12A)

The Commandant's Shadow

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Tuesday 30 Jul 202419:30 Book Now

Two lives. Two stories. One wall that divided them. Witness the historic moment over 70 years after the Holocaust when the son of the Commandant of Auschwitz meets an incredible survivor.

This timely and poignant documentary from Daniela Völker, follows Hans Jürgen Höss, the 87-year-old son of Rudolf Höss, as he faces his father’s terrible legacy. His father was the Camp Commandant of Auschwitz and masterminded the murder of over a million Jews; the life of Höss and his family was recently fictionalised in the Oscar-winning The Zone of Interest. Now, The Commandant’s Shadow tells the story of the real people who lived on site at Höss’s death camp.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime documentary that explores the relationships of a mother and her daughter, a father and his son, and the long shadows cast by the crimes that impact generations. It raises questions about love, guilt, and forgiveness, but is ultimately a much needed story of hope, acceptance, and compassion.


The Godfather: Part II (15)

The Godfather: Part II

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Thursday 1 Aug 202419:30 Book Now

The mighty sequel to the revered gangster epic returns for its 50th anniversary.

Three years after violently gaining control of the family, Michael Corleone struggles to keep

his mafia empire out of crime with enemies on all sides – and when he is almost shot, these

become too close to home. Decades earlier, his father Vito escapes Sicilian violence for a

rich new life in America – but this proves just as hard to gain with clean hands. Expanding the already-immense crime saga in all directions, Francis Ford Coppola juxtaposes the

triumphant past and squalid present of the immigrant criminal family to make both even more

affecting. Impeccable performances (led by Pacino and De Niro), immaculate period settings, operatic music, luxurious scope and detail, and affecting tragedy all carry over or even improve, from the first film.


Wicked Little Letters (15)

Wicked Little Letters

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Friday 2 Aug 202412:30 Book Now
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A 1920s English seaside town bears witness to a dark and absurd scandal in this riotous mystery comedy.

Based on a stranger than fiction true story, Wicked Little Letters follows two neighbours: deeply conservative local Edith Swan (Olivia Colman) and rowdy Irish migrant Rose Gooding (Jessie Buckley). When Edith and fellow residents begin to receive wicked letters full of unintentionally hilarious profanities, foulmouthed Rose is charged with the crime. The anonymous letters prompt a national uproar, and a trial ensues. However, as the town's women - led by Police Officer Gladys Moss (Anjana Vasan) - begin to investigate the crime themselves, they suspect that something is amiss, and Rose may not be the culprit after all.

A hysterical and honest account of the women who get imprisoned because of their nonconforming behaviour. Those who demand to be themselves in a society that advocates a specific kind of female behaviour.



Fly Me To The Moon (12A)

Fly Me To The Moon

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Friday 2 Aug 202419:30 Book Now
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Prepare for lift off with romantic comedy starring the dream team of Channing Tatum and Scarlett Johansson, set against the space race of the 1960s.

A sharp, stylish comedy-drama set against the high-stakes backdrop of NASA’s historic Apollo 11 moon landing. Marketing genius Kelly (Scarlett Johansson), is brought in to fix NASA’s public image. Sparks fly in all directions as her world collides and wreaks havoc on launch director Cole Davis’s (Tatum) who is already dealing with the difficult task of keeping America's mission to put a man on the moon afloat.

With public support for the programme at a low, Kelly is brought in to help "sell the moon".

As the two prepare to undertake a monumental task – filming a back-up to the moon landing in case the real mission fails – they find that they may just have more in common than they first thought.

Barbie - Dress-Up Screening! (12A)

Barbie - Dress-Up Screening!

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Saturday 3 Aug 202413:00 Book Now

This summer we are bringing back the most hugely anticipated blockbuster of 2023, and re-living our pink fantasy- that’s right, Barbie is back on the big screen! And what better location to view this ultra-stylish gal and her pals, than the sublime art deco surroundings of The Odyssey Cinema.  

To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you're a Ken.

Eccentric and individualistic, Barbie is exiled from Barbieland because of her imperfections. When her home world is in peril, Barbie returns with the knowledge that what makes her different also makes her stronger.

But the biggest question is – which Barbie are you?  It’s time to get out your pinkest outfits or dress as your favourite version of Barbie!

We want to see your best dress on the day. Our Odyssey Barbie has got a goodie-bag for the most ultra-stylish fashionista at this screening and she can’t wait to see what you are going to wear!  


Dirty Dancing (1987) (12A)

Dirty Dancing (1987)

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Sunday 4 Aug 202412:30 Book Now

It’s the summer of… 1963.

That’s right, grab your dancing shoes because we are taking it back to 1963 for a summer of fun and some Dirty Dancing.

Baby (Jennifer Grey) is one listless summer away from the Peace Corps. Hoping to enjoy her youth while it lasts, she's disappointed when her summer plans deposit her at a sleepy resort in the Catskills with her parents.

One evening, she is drawn to the staff quarters by stirring music. There, she meets Johnny (Patrick Swayze), the hotel dance instructor, who is as experienced as Baby is naive. Baby soon becomes Johnny's pupil in dance... and love.

So put your watermelons down and get the girls together! This summer classic packs in drama, comedy, and an iconic finale that will have you dancing all the way home – You’ll have the time of your life.


On the Waterfront (1954) (PG)

On the Waterfront (1954)

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Sunday 4 Aug 202418:00 Book Now

Elia Kazan’s long-canonised classic of union whistleblowing, featuring one of Marlon Brando’s top performances, returns to the Odyssey for its 70th birthday.

On the mob-ruled docks of New Jersey, ex-prize-fighter Terry Malloy is used to stop a colleague from testifying in court, and feels powerless to intervene when his boss has him murdered. The victim’s sister and a determined priest refuse to let it drop, and urge Terry to make a moral stand – but the mob’s power and his brother’s high place in it do not make this easy. Somewhat dubiously influenced by Kazan’s testifying against his communist former colleagues, the film still stands as masterpiece of moral struggle, kept gripping by a rare Leonard Bernstein film score, on-location cinematography combining realism and noir atmosphere, and Brando’s brilliant, deeply felt performance which remains emotionally penetrating.


Wilding (PG)

Wilding

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Monday 5 Aug 202419:30 Book Now
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Based on Isabella Tree’s best-selling book by the same title, Wilding tells the incredible story of a young couple that bets on nature for the future of their failing, four-hundred-year-old estate.

They set to work with their groundbreaking vision, battling entrenched tradition and major forces along the way, daring to place the fate of their farm in the hands of nature. Ripping down the fences, they set the land back to the wild and entrust its recovery to a motley mix of animals both tame and wild. It is the beginning of a grand experiment that will become one of the most significant rewilding experiments in Europe and beyond. This astonishingly moving film is a balm for worrying times.


Dune Pt. 2 (12A)

Dune Pt. 2

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Wednesday 7 Aug 202419:00 Book Now

Denis Villeneuve’s tone-perfect take on the landmark science-fiction novel returns to cinemas to complete the story.

Having lost his House and father to the vicious Harkonnen on the desert planet Arrakis, Paul Atreides takes refuge with the native Fremen people, finding love, power, and a new destiny among them. As the Empire closes in on them, Paul starts building a force to defeat them and free the universe – only to find himself powerless against greater, less tangible forces. Several years ago, Villeneuve adapted Frank Herbert’s absorbing, mystical, and multi-layered epic with all the scale, depth, and attention to detail it needed, but broke off its plot to do it full justice. Now, he concludes it with more of the same (along with even more cinema-demanding technical grandeur), bringing the story to its intense, devastating conclusion.

Horizon: An American Saga - Chapter 1 (15)

Horizon: An American Saga - Chapter 1

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Monday 12 Aug 202419:00 Book Now

An unashamedly old-fashioned western; almost every cliché of the genre is lovingly excavated for the first chapter in Kevin Costner’s epic four-part western.

In the great tradition of Warner Bros. Pictures’ iconic Westerns, Horizon: An American Saga explores the lure of the Old West and how it was won – and lost – through the blood, sweat and tears of many.

Spanning the four years of the Civil War, from 1861 to 1865, Costner’s ambitious cinematic adventure will take audiences on an emotional journey across a country at war with itself, experienced through the lens of families, friends and foes all attempting to discover what it truly means to be the United States of America. The western has always been a genre about nostalgia, a document of its own twilight – Costner’s epic promises to be a golden throwback.


Thelma (12A)

Thelma

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Tuesday 13 Aug 202412:30 Book Now
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When 93-year-old Thelma Post gets duped by a phone scammer pretending to be her grandson, she sets out on a treacherous quest across the city to reclaim what was taken from her.

Inspired by a real-life experience of writer-director Josh Margolin’s own centenarian grandmother, Thelma puts a clever spin on movies like Mission: Impossible, shining the spotlight on an elderly grandmother as an unlikely action hero. With affectionate humour, Margolin employs the familiar tropes of the action genre in hilarious, age-appropriate ways to tackle themes of ageing, mortality, and human frailty. In the first leading film role of her over 70-year career, Oscar-nominated veteran character actor June Squibb portrays the strong-willed Thelma with grit and determination, demonstrating that she is more than capable of taking care of business — despite what her daughter Gail (Parker Posey), son-in-law Alan (Clark Gregg), or loving grandson Danny (Fred Hechinger) might believe.


Sleep (15)

Sleep

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Thursday 15 Aug 202419:30 Book Now

Writer-director Jason Yu makes an outstanding debut with this subtle, funny, and emotionally involving horror on the insidious perils of sleepwalking.

Newly married and happily expecting, Soo-jin’s comfortable relationship with her husband Hyeon-soo is threatened when he starts becoming a different, stranger person in his sleep. As this and mysterious noises keep building every night, Soo-jin vows to restore him before he can hurt their child  – but other surprises are in store for them. Previously an assistant-director for Bong Joon-ho, Yu already shows enormous cinematic skill with small resources, combined with well-earned scares, well-placed comedy, and a solidly acted study of relationship challenges against a constantly surprising plot. Bong has praised it as “the most unique horror movie I’ve seen in the last 10 years” and wants the audience to go in completely unprepared (…).


Despicable Me 4 (U)

Despicable Me 4

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Friday 16 Aug 202419:30 Book Now
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Get ready for a spectacular new chapter in the beloved "Despicable Me" series! The latest installment reunites us with Gru, Lucy, and their delightful daughters—Margo, Edith, and Agnes—as they embrace a chaotic addition to the family: the mischievous Gru Jr. His favorite pastime? Making life hilariously difficult for his dad.

But family antics take a backseat when Gru faces his most formidable adversary yet: the villainous Maxime Le Mal, accompanied by his captivating and dangerous girlfriend, Valentina. With their lives turned upside down, the family is thrust into an exhilarating adventure on the run, filled with unexpected twists and turns.

This new film introduces a vibrant cast of characters voiced by the talented Joey King, Emmy winner Stephen Colbert, and Chloe Fineman. Fans will be thrilled to hear Pierre Coffin once again lending his iconic voice to the Minions, while Oscar nominee Steve Coogan reprises his role as the steadfast Silas Ramsbottom.

Prepare yourself for a rollercoaster of laughs, thrills, and heartwarming moments as the Gru family navigates this action-packed escapade.


NT Live: Dear England (15)

NT Live: Dear England

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Saturday 17 Aug 202419:00 Book Now

Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale) plays Gareth Southgate in James Graham’s (Sherwood) gripping examination of nation and game.

The country that gave the world football has since delivered a painful pattern of loss. Why can’t England’s men win at their own game?

With the worst track record for penalties in the world, Gareth Southgate knows he needs to open his mind and face up to the years of hurt, to take team and country back to the promised land.

Filmed live on stage at the National Theatre, Rupert Goold (Judy) directs this spectacular new play.

Oppenheimer (15)

Oppenheimer

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Wednesday 21 Aug 202412:30 Book Now

*WARNING THIS FILM FEATURES FLASHING LIGHTS AND IMAGES WHICH MAY AFFECT THOSE WITH PHOTO-SENSITIVITY EPILEPSY*


Christopher Nolan turns his impeccable vision on the father of the atomic bomb, making for a rich, human, and horrifying story on the dangers of playing god.


In the early 1940s, J. Robert Oppenheimer is making rapid, cutting-edge discoveries in the workings of the universe, when the U.S. makes him leader in a race to build a weapon strong enough to end the war. Eager to protect the people around him and achieve the impossible, he accepts – with no idea of the consequences he, or the world, will bring upon himself. Returning to WWII after the intense, intricate Dunkirk, Nolan combines his usual cinematic expertise to a thoughtful look at its science, history, and their consequences. His sharp, epic and ominous vision never lacks humanity, thanks to a cast led by the mercurial Cillian Murphy.


Cinema Paradiso (1988) (12A)

Cinema Paradiso (1988)

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Thursday 22 Aug 202419:30 Book Now

Celebrating 10 Years of The Odyssey Cinema, St Albans.

A regular staple in The Odyssey’s programme since we opened in 2014, it’s first outing as the third of four very special opening nights to our wonderful new patrons and longtime supporters.

To honour our first decade we’ll be selecting a handful of our most cherished films and sharing them with you all once more. We hope you enjoy!

Set in a small Sicilian town, the film centres on the friendship between a young boy,

Salvatore and an old man, Alfredo - a projectionist at the titular theatre.

The film score was composed by Ennio Morricone and his son, Andrea, marking the beginning of a collaboration between Tornatore and Morricone that lasted until Morricone’s

death in 2020.

A winner of awards across the world including Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, 5 BAFTA

Awards including Best Actor, Original Screenplay and Score, the Grand Prize of the Jury at

the Cannes Film Festival and many more. Come and be charmed by this cinema lover’s delight!


Twisters (12A)

Twisters

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Friday 23 Aug 202419:30 Book Now
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This summer, the epic studio disaster movie returns with an adrenaline-pumping, big-screen thrill ride that puts you in direct contact with one of nature’s most wondrous – and destructive – forces.

From the producers of the Jurassic, Bourne and Indiana Jones series comes Twisters, a current-day chapter of the 1996 blockbuster, Twister. Directed by Lee Isaac Chung, the Oscar nominated writer-director of Minari, Twisters stars Daisy Edgar-Jones (Where the Crawdads Sing, Normal People), Glen Powell (Top Gun: Maverick, Anyone But You) and Anthony Ramos (Transformers: Rise of the Beasts) as equal forces, with opposing motivations, who come together to try to predict, and possibly tame, the immense power of tornadoes.

“If you feel it! …Chase it!”


My Neighbour Totoro (U)

My Neighbour Totoro

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Saturday 24 Aug 202413:00 Book Now
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What a time to be a Studio Ghibli fan!

With The Boy And The Heron scooping top honours at the BAFTAs, Oscars and Golden Globes, we’ve seen the Royal Shakespeare Company bring My Neighbour Totoro to life at the Barbican Centre, and watched Spirited Away get the West End treatment too.

Now, Totoro is coming back to the the big screen this summer with a re-release of Miyazaki’s seminal 1988 family favourite. It is a film that quickly began amassing a worldwide cult following in the years after its release, and the titular Totoro is very much a cultural icon.

The story follows a professor who moves house with his two young daughters, to be nearer his wife, who is recovering from an illness in hospital. Set in post-war rural Japan, one of the girls, Mei, befriends the nearby forest’s spirit creatures, particularly the cuddly (and jumbo-sized) Totoro. The film equivalent of a warm hug.


Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (U)

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

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Sunday 25 Aug 202412:30 Book Now
Thursday 29 Aug 202419:30 Book Now

With the film that kickstarted the biggest franchise on the planet, and that continues to inspire generations of children and adults alike, join us at the Odyssey for a special trip back to a galaxy far, far away…

At its core, Star Wars is a simple story of friendship, resistance against tyranny and love conquering all. It’s one of the most archetypal films ever made, which is why it’s so unequivocally loved, and so endlessly rewatchable.

Luke Skywalker’s desire for a better life as he stares wistfully into the twin sunset on the sandy banks of Tattooine, backed by John Williams’ swelling, epic score, is a perfect microcosm for the film’s universality.

Whether it’s your first or fiftieth time seeing A New Hope, it will be an amazing experience, particularly on the biggest screen in St Albans. We hope to see you there, and may the force be with yo

Longlegs (15)

Longlegs

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Wednesday 28 Aug 202419:30 Book Now

A little-seen, genuinely frightening performance from Nicolas Cage forms the centre of Oz Perkins’s slow-burn serial killer horror.

In the Pacific Northwest of the 1990s, new FBI agent Lee Harker is tasked with decoding messages left by a mysterious, long-uncaught fugitive. Early success brings her closer to his grisly trail, and her own troubled past – and an ungraspable evil lying behind both. After earlier and smaller horror hits, writer-director Perkins (son of Psycho’s Anthony Perkins!) breaks out with an old-school, unpredictable descent-into-hell procedural, where focused character and investigation work give way to a baroque, otherworldly nightmare that defies easy laughter. Maika Monroe (It Follows) grounds the story as the young, smart, and vulnerable lead, while Cage is lightly used behind a web of blood and shadows, but leaves a satanic, unforgettable impression that fills the entire film.

Deadpool & Wolverine (TBC)

Deadpool & Wolverine

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Friday 30 Aug 202419:30 Book Now
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Ryan Reynolds’s iconic take on the smart, shameless super-antihero waltzes into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with an explosive, irreverent buddy comedy, matched with Hugh Jackman’s classic metal-clawed mutant.

Bereaved, retired, and stuck as a used car salesman, Wade Wilson’s attempt to leave mercenary life ends when higher authorities enlist him in stopping a timeline-breaking threat. For help, he is paired with a similarly broken Logan – starting a dysfunctional, multiverse-muddling journey that promises new starts for both of them. Keeping the Zombieland and Deadpool writers while bringing on Free Guy director Shawn Levy, the film doubles down on Reynolds’s/Wilson’s refreshingly obscene superhero stylings while leading him into bigger, still-higher-budget worlds. Jackman matches him in wit and charisma while keeping his character’s dramatic depth, making for a romantic comedy packed with both rousing thrills and knife-sharp laughs.


Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (PG)

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

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Sunday 1 Sep 202412:30 Book Now
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Frequently ranked as one of the greatest films of all time, this sequel is a landmark cinematic achievement, complicating the characters of its predecessor to become an instant classic.

With the Death Star destroyed, Darth Vader is desperate to locate and annihilate the Rebellion once and for all. Hiding out on the frozen planet of Hoth, the rebels must evade destruction, whilst Luke Skywalker must traverse the galaxy in search of a new master.

Intercutting seamlessly between Luke’s Jedi training and Han, Leia, Chewy and the droids’ desperate flight from imperial attackers, The Empire Strikes Back has it all – romance, action, adventure, and a beautiful story at its core.

Directed by Irvin Kirshner and featuring many of the franchise’s most iconic lines and moments, this film demands the big screen treatment. Grab your lightsaber and your popcorn, and join us to unearth your inner Jedi.


Andre Rieu's 2024 Maastrich Concert: The Power of Love (TBC)

Andre Rieu's 2024 Maastrich Concert: The Power of Love

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Sunday 1 Sep 202417:30 Book Now

André Rieu is back and is ready to blow you away with his brand new cinema concert ‘Power of Love’.

From his picturesque hometown of Maastricht The King of the Waltz presents a must-see, and where better to see this big screen spectacular than here at The Odyssey!

Accompanied by his world famous Johann Strauss Orchestra and a cast of hundreds this promises to be the music event of the summer by one of the world’s most prolific artists.

In a concert overflowing with passion André’s unique repertoire combines classical, musicals, pop and rock! Bursting with iconic film scores, beautiful waltzes, tear jerking ballads and unexpected chart hits - music has the power to unite and this is a concert for all the family.


Paris, Texas (12A)

Paris, Texas

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Monday 2 Sep 202419:30 Book Now

Wim Wenders’s mythic, soulful modern western of a man searching for his lost loved ones returns to the Odyssey for its 40th anniversary.

Travis Henderson has wandered the Texas desert with no memory, voice, or possessions before his brother rediscovers him, and starts to remember a wife and young son he lost years ago. As he returns to his senses he sets out to rebuild his family  – but the weight of the missing years will not make this easy. Already established as a major German filmmaker with his Road Movie trilogy, Wenders became an international icon with this film. It combines a cinematic yet lived-in vision of 1980s Southwest America with Sam Shephard’s small, unsentimental, and endlessly moving story of personal redemption, brought to life by luminous performances from Harry Dean Stanton and Nastassja Kinski.


That They May Face The Rising Sun (15)

That They May Face The Rising Sun

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Wednesday 4 Sep 202412:30 Book Now

Capturing a year in the life of a rural, lakeside community in late 1970s Ireland, That They May Face The Rising Sun is a sensitive and beautifully realised adaptation of the last novel by John McGahern.

Joe (Barry Ward) and Kate (Anna Bederke) have returned from London to live and work in a small, close-knit community in rural Ireland, close to where Joe grew up. He’s a writer, she’s an artist who retains part ownership of a London gallery. Now embedded in a remote lakeside setting, the drama of a year in their lives and those of their neighbours unfolds through the rituals of work, play and the passing seasons.

A delicate, meditative exploration of ritual, community bonds, and the question of how best to live. An Irish masterpiece


It Ends With Us (TBC)

It Ends With Us

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Friday 6 Sep 202419:30 Book Now
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Based on the best-selling novel and TikTok sensation.

The first Colleen Hoover novel adapted for the big screen, tells the compelling story of Lily Bloom (Blake Lively), a woman who overcomes a traumatic childhood to embark on a new life in Boston and chase a lifelong dream of opening her own business.

A chance meeting with charming neurosurgeon Ryle Kincaid (Justin Baldoni) sparks an intense connection, but as the two fall deeply in love, Lily begins to see sides of Ryle that remind her of her parents’ relationship. When Lily’s first love, Atlas Corrigan (Brandon Sklenar), suddenly reenters her life, her relationship with Ryle is upended, and Lily realises she must learn to rely on her own strength to make an impossible choice for her future.

Guaranteed to be a hot ticket release this summer – don’t miss it!


Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (PG)

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

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Sunday 8 Sep 202412:30 Book Now
Thursday 12 Sep 202419:30 Book Now

In the epic conclusion to the Original Star Wars trilogy, see Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader come face to face under the watchful gaze of the mysterious Emperor…

With Han Solo frozen in carbonite, and Luke Skywalker frozen in despair over the recent revelation of his true father, all hope is seemingly lost for our daring heroes. With a new, double-sized Death Star looming over the galaxy, it’s a race against time to topple the Empire once and for all.

With lightsaber duels, planets and Ewoks galore, Return of the Jedi is the most action packed of the original trilogy, stacked with setpiece after setpiece and dramatic reveals as shocking the tenth time you see them as the first.

This ultimate feel-good adventure fittingly forefronts Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia, and draws the rebels’ bold battle against the Empire to a glorious and emotional close.


NT Live: Prima Facie (15)

NT Live: Prima Facie

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Saturday 14 Sep 202419:00 Book Now

National Theatre Live present


the Empire Street Production of


Prima Facie

written by Suzie Miller

directed by Justin Martin


Jodie Comer’s (The Bikeriders, Killing Eve) Olivier and Tony Award-winning performance in Suzie Miller’s gripping one-woman play returns to cinemas.

Tessa is a young, brilliant barrister. She has worked her way up from working-class origins to be at the top of her game; defending; cross-examining and winning. An unexpected event forces her to confront the lines where the patriarchal power of the law, burden of proof and morals diverge. Prima Facie takes us to the heart of where emotion and experience collide with the rules of the game.

Justin Martin directs this solo tour de force, captured live in 2022 during a sold-out run at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End.


★★★★

‘West End debuts don’t come much more astonishing than this’

Telegraph


★★★★

‘An extraordinarily gutsy and rich performance by Jodie Comer’

Evening Standard


Jodie Comer won at the Olivier Awards, Tony Awards, WhatsOnStage Awards, Evening Standard Theatre Awards, The Stage Debut Awards and more for her performance in Prima Facie.


Prima Facie won Best Play at the Olivier Awards


Edward Scissorhands: Matthew Bourne's dance version of Tim Burton's classic (TBC)

Edward Scissorhands: Matthew Bourne's dance version of Tim Burton's classic

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Saturday 19 Oct 202419:00 Book Now

Matthew Bourne’s magical dance production of Edward Scissorhands has carved a place in the hearts of audiences worldwide since its premiere in 2005.

Based on the classic Tim Burton movie and featuring the hauntingly beautiful music of Danny Elfman and Terry Davies, Bourne and his New Adventures Company return to this witty, bittersweet story of an incomplete boy left alone in a strange new world. Filmed live in March 2024 at the Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff, this ‘visually arresting and ceaselessly inventive’ (★★★★★ Metro) production is ‘the perfect treat for all the family’ (★★★★★ The Times).

In a castle high on a hill lives Edward; a boy created by an eccentric inventor. When his creator dies he is left alone and unfinished with only scissors for hands until a kindly townswoman invites him to live with her suburban family. Can Edward find his place in the well-meaning community which struggles to see past his curious appearance to the innocence and gentleness within?


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