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Films showing from Friday, January 6, at Rye Kino

Why Him? [15] 111 mins
Over the holidays, Ned, an overprotective but loving dad, and his family visit his daughter, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird. The straight-laced Ned thinks Laird, who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. The one-sided rivalry – and Ned’s panic level – escalate when he finds himself increasingly out of step in the glamorous high-tech hub, and learns that Laird is about to pop the question. Starring Bryan Cranston, James Franco and Zoey Deutch. 

Previews January 12: La La Land [12A] 128 mins
The story of Mia, an aspiring actress, and Sebastian, a dedicated jazz musician, struggling to make ends meet while pursuing their dreams in a city known for destroying hopes and breaking hearts. With modern-day Los Angeles as the backdrop, this musical about everyday life explores what is more important: a once-in-a-lifetime love or the spotlight. Written and directed by Academy Award nominee (Whiplash) and starring Damien Chazelle, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, JK Simmons, Rosemarie DeWitt,  Amiée Conn and John Legend.

Silence [15] 161 mins
Martin Scorsese spent 28 years bringing Shusaku Endo’s acclaimed 1966 novel to the screen. Set in 17th-century Japan, Silence is the story of two Portuguese Jesuit priests who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. Starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Adam Driver and Ciarán Hinds.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, 2D [12A] 134 mins
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. Directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed and Ben Mendelsohn

A Monster Calls [12A] 108 mins
A visually spectacular drama from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible), based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel by Patrick Ness. Twelve-year-old Conor attempts to deal with his mother’s illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss and faith. Starring Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson, Toby Kebbell, Sigourney Weaver and Lewis MacDougal.

 Kids’ Club

Trolls, 2D [U] 89 mins
DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls is an irreverent comedy extravaganza with incredible music. From the genius creators of Shrek, Trolls stars Anna Kendrick as Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls, and her polar opposite, Branch, played by Justin Timberlake. Together, this unlikely pair must embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they’ve ever known.

This runs for the first film at weekends. Grab a Kids’ Club loyalty card, have it stamped five times and get your sixth ticket free.

Forthcoming special events at Rye Kino include:

The Tempest, live from the RSC, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Wednesday, January 11, at 7pm
On a distant island a man waits. Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems.

In a unique partnership with Intel, the Kino will use the most advanced technology in a bold re-imagining of Shakespeare’s magical play, creating an unforgettable theatrical experience. Simon Russell Beale returns to the RSC after 20 years to play Prospero in a production directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

Il Trovatore, live from the Royal Opera House: Tuesday, January 31 at 7:15pm
International superstars Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Anita Rachvelishvili, Lianna Haroutounian and Gregory Kunde lead a superb cast of world-class singers in this Verdi classic. Il Trovatore is a story of passion and blood, love and vengeance, disaster and murder, and the famous Anvil Chorus is just one of the highlights of Verdi’s exceptionally fine music, which captures the shifting emotions of the drama through impassioned love duets, fiery solos and stirring choruses.

For further information and booking visit Kino Rye or check the quick-view listings page.

Forthcoming shows at Rye Film Club, Rye Community Centre, Conduit Hill, include:

 Love & Friendship [U] 2016, 92 mins, Friday, January 6, 2017, at 7pm, doors 6:30pm
With a story from the pen of Jane Austen, this stylish period drama is based on the novella Lady Susan. It stars Kate Beckinsale as Lady Susan Vernon, a widow, who has come to stay at the estate of her in-laws to wait for rumours of her dalliances, circulating in polite society, to die down. While there she decides to secure husbands for herself and for her reluctant debutante daughter, Frederica.

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