Let’s go to the movies!

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Movies and events at Rye Kino from Friday December 11 include:

Carol [15] 119 mins  Set in 1950s New York, a young woman working in a department store falls for an older woman trapped in a loveless but convenient marriage. What follows is a beautiful love story with complicated consequences. Based on the novella by Patricia Highsmith, this highly-acclaimed film stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara with Sarah Paulson and Kyle Chandler.

Pan (2D) [PG] 111 mins   Peter is a mischievous 12-year-old boy who is spirited away from his orphanage to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland. There he finds amazing adventures, meets new friends Tiger Lily and James Hook and fights life-or-death battles with the ruthless pirate Blackbeard to save Neverland and discover his true destiny – to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan. A magical family film starring Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Levi Miller, Amanda Seyfried, Cara Delevingne and Kathy Burke.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 [12A] 137 mins  The final showdown. With the nation of Panem in a full-scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale, Finnick and Peeta – they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, but the mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Natalie Dormer and Julianne Moore.

Bridge of Spies [12A] 141 mins  A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events. This is the story of James Donovan, a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the centre of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. This is a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Matt Charman and Ethan and Joel Coen and starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Scott Shepherd, Sebastian Koch, Alan Alda and Amy Ryan.

The Lady in the Van [12A] 104 mins. This magical film tells the true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and the singular Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who “temporarily” parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. Starring Maggie Smith, Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Jim Broadbent, Frances de la Tour, Roger Allam, Alex Jennings and Gwen Taylor.

Spectre [12A] 150 mins.  007’s back!  A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre. Starring Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, David Bautista, Monica Bellucci and Ralph Fiennes as M.

Kids Club

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The Muppet Christmas Carol [PG] 86 min  Screening in Kids Club as part of the Rye Christmas Special on both Saturday  December 12 and Sunday December 13. Normal Kids’ Club ticket prices and terms apply.

The best known Christmas story of all time with Michael Caine playing the old miser Scrooge with Kermit as his long-suffering but ever-hopeful employee Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as Cratchit’s wife and a host of Muppets.

Great children’s films for only £6.50 and for every child ticket bought an adult goes free! Runs first film at weekends. Grab a Kids Club loyalty card, have it stamped five times and get your 6th ticket free!

Special events at Rye Kino to look forward to include:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Opening Night Event Thursday December 17 from 7pm

May the Force be with you! After an absence of ten years, Star Wars returns to the big screen as visionary director JJ Abrams takes us back to a galaxy far, far away, 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. To mark the occasion, Kino Hawkhurst and Kino Rye will be holding a special opening night event on Thursday December 17 from 7pm.

Tickets cost £22, which includes a specially mixed Star Wars cocktail or glass of prosecco, canapes and, of course, your cinema seat . . . and feel free to dress up for the occasion!

Expected certification 12A with a running time to be confirmed of approximately 140 minutes.The Kino expects very high demand for tickets when booking opens and would recommend that all customers book online if possible. To register to book online, please click here.

Please call Kino Rye on 01797 226293 or Kino Hawkhurst on 01580 754321 for assistance if necessary.

The Nutcracker LIVE: Wednesday December 16 at 7:15pm ENCORE: Sunday December 27 at 15:00 : Christmas simply wouldn’t be Christmas without The Royal Ballet’s classic production of The Nutcracker. Peter Wright’s enchanting production retains exquisite surviving fragments of the original Ivanov choreography, including the beautiful pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Starring Lauren Cuthbertson, Matthew Golding, Gary Avis, Francesca Hayward and Alexander Campbell.

The Winter’s Tale [12A]  ENCORE: Thursday January 7 at 7:15pm  The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live promises an exceptional series of plays broadcast to cinemas from London’s Garrick Theatre over the course of a year. Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, following their triumphant staging of Macbeth in Manchester and Manhattan. Starring Judy Dench as Paulina, Tom Bateman, Jessie Buckley, Hadley Fraser, Miranda Raison and Kenneth Branagh as Leontes.

Rhapsody / The two Pigeons  LIVE: Tuesday January 26 at 7:15pm  This delightful Frederick Ashton double bill opens with his setting of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, using the music’s dark turbulence and brilliance to inspire some of his most thrilling choreography. The second half of the programme features Ashton’s delicate, deceptively comic The Two Pigeons – a work rarely performed and a real treat for ballet fans everywhere. Starring Natalia Osipova, Steven McRae, Lauren Cuthbertson, Vadim Muntagirov, Laura Morera and Ryoichi Hirano.

Booking at Kino Rye From Friday December 18 at 11am

Please note that Kino member free tickets cannot be used for Live, NT, RSC, opera, ballet or special events

More details of upcoming features are available from the Kino and Rye Community Centre Film Club websites.