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This week’s featured film showing at the Rye Community Film Club on Friday January 8 is Far from the Madding Crowd (2015 – 119 minutes)  Set in Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors; sheep farmer Gabriel Oak, the dashing but reckless Sergeant Troy and William Boldwood, a mature and prosperous bachelor. Which one will it be? Starring Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba with Matthias Schoenaerts and Michael Sheen in the latest updating of Hardy’s classic story. (7pm start, doors 6:30pm)

Other movies and events coming up at the Rye Kino from Friday January 8 include:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2D) & (3D) [12A] 135 mins  The eagerly anticipated continuation of the epic saga created by George Lucas. Thirty years after defeating the Galactic Empire, Han Solo and his allies face a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren and his army of Stormtroopers. Directed by JJ Abrams and starring the original cast of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher with Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis and Lupita Nyong’o.

The Dressmaker [12A] 118 mins  Based on the best-selling novel by Rosalie Ham, this bittersweet, comedy-drama is set in early 1950s Australia. Kate Winslet is Tilly Dunnage, a beautiful and talented misfit, who, after many years working as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses, returns home to the tiny middle-of-nowhere town of Dungatar to right the wrongs of the past. Not only does she reconcile with her ailing, eccentric mother Molly and unexpectedly falls in love with the pure-hearted Teddy, but armed with her sewing machine and incredible sense of style, she transforms the women of the town and in so doing gets sweet revenge on those who did her wrong. Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, also starring Liam Hemsworth, Judy Davis and Hugo Weaving.

The Danish Girl [15] 120 mins   The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener (portrayed by Golden Globe nominees Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander), who’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s ground-breaking journey as a transgender pioneer. Directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables).

Black Mass [15] 123 mins   In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly persuades Irish mobster Jimmy Bulger to collaborate with the FBI in order to eliminate their common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which soon spiralled out of control. Starring Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton and Juno Temple.

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.

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.

The Peanuts Movie (2D) [U] 93 mins  Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the “Peanuts’ gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before. Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best friend, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. From the imagination of Charles M Schulz and the creators of the Ice Age films, The Peanuts Movie proves that every underdog has his day. With the voices of Noah Schnapp, Bill Melendez and Hadley Belle Miller.

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:

Royal Opera House Encore: The Nutcracker  Saturday 9th January at 1:45pm  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.

Florence and the Uffizi Gallery [PG] 85 mins  Monday 11th January at 8:30pm  Take a journey into the city that was the cradle of the Italian Renaissance, through the most beautiful and representative works of art from the period by Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Raphael, Leonardo and Botticelli. The Uffizi Gallery will be brought back to life after several years of restoration and unveiled in a worldwide exclusive premiere on the big screen.

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.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses [12A]  LIVE: Thursday 28th January at 7:00pm  ENCORE: Sunday 31st January at 7:15pm  The Donmar Warehouse’s highly anticipated new production of Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France which scandalised the world. Josie Rourke (Coriolanus) revives Christopher Hampton’s irresistible adaptation with a cast that includes Elaine Cassidy, Janet McTeer, Theo Barklem Biggs and Dominic West.

La Traviata LIVE: Thursday February 4 at 6.45pm  La Traviata is regarded as one of Verdi’s finest operas, and Richard Eyre’s traditional staging, is one of The Royal Opera’s most popular productions. The opera tells the story of the Parisian courtesan Violetta Valéry, one of opera’s greatest heroines, based on the real-life courtesan Marie Duplessis, who died in 1847 aged just 23. Starring Venera Gimadieva, Saimir Pirgu and Luca Salsi.

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.