Films showing from Friday December 1 at the Kino, Rye
Wonder [PG] 113 mins
Based on the New York Times bestseller, this is the inspiring story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out. Starring Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.
Battle of the Sexes [12A] 121 mins
The electrifying 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs became the most watched televised sports event of all time. Trapped in the media glare, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With her husband urging her to fight for equal pay, the private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. Starring Steve Carell, Emma Stone, Bill Pullman, Elisabeth Shue, Chris Parnell, Andrea Riseborough and Alan Cumming.
Thor: Ragnarok (2D)[12A] 130 mins
Imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer, Thor finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. Directed by and starring Imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer, Thor finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. Directed by and starring Taika Waititi, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban, with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.
Paddington 2 [PG] 103 mins (and Kids’ Club, see below)
While searching for the perfect present for Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief. Directed by Paul King and starring Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Grant, Brendon Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Michael Gambon, Joanna Lumley, Jessica Hynes, Eileen Atkins, Tom Conti, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Julie Walters.
Murder On The Orient Express [12A] 114 mins
What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by crime queen Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express tells the tale of 13 strangers stranded on a train. Everyone’s a suspect when detective Hercule Poirot arrives to interrogate all the passengers and search for clues before the killer can strike again. Kenneth Branagh directs and leads an all-star cast including Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Derek Jacobi, Olivia Colman, Daisy Ridley, Lucy Boynton, Miranda Raison, Tom Bateman and Josh Gad.
The Death of Stalin  104 mins
1950’s Soviet Russia takes on darkly comic form in the days following Stalin’s collapse as his core team of ministers tussle for control. Starring , Jason Isaacs, Steve Buscemi, Andrea Riseborough, Rupert Friend and Michael Palin.
Paddington 2 [PG] 103 mins (see above)
This runs for the first film at weekends and at various other times (see quick-view listings page). Great children’s films for just £7.25 and for every child ticket bought, an adult goes free. Grab a Kids’ Club loyalty card, have it stamped five times and get your sixth ticket free.
Royal Ballet Live:
The Nutcracker (2017), Tuesday, December 5 at 7:15pm Encores: Saturday December 23 at 2.15pm – Wednesday December 27 at 5.30pm
Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for the Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognisable of all ballet scores. Loosely based on the story by ETA Hoffmann, the ballet opens with a lively Christmas party, its Victorian setting captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasising the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love. Conductor and cast to be confirmed.
Young Marx, Thursday December 7 at 7pm
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