What's on at the cinema in the next few weeks?
In the lead up to the February Half Term holiday there is a superhero who's looking a bit square, animals who can sing and a trio of female scientists who changed the world.
The Lego Batman Movie (U) The follow up to The LEGO® Movie, which was as popular with adults as it was kids. In this movie the self-described leading man of the Lego Movie ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure.
But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. With the voices of Will Arnett, Ralph Fiennes and Zach Galifianakis.
A Monster Calls (12A) is based on the heart-breaking and powerful fantasy novel by Patrick Ness, it tells the story of 12-year-old Conor who attempts to deal with both 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.
Conor finds a most unlikely ally when a Monster appears at his bedroom window. Starring Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Geraldine Chaplin and Lewis MacDougall.
Sing (U) Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing is the story of Buster Moon, a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theatre that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist - okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel - who loves his theatre above all and will do anything to preserve it.
Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. With the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson
Hidden Figures (U) is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson - brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world.
The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kirsten Dunst and Kevin Costner.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (12A) Bound to be the movie every Harry Potter fan wants to see, Fantastic Beasts is set in 1920’s New York where a peculiar wizard by the name of Newt Scamander has just arrived to meet with an important official at the Magical Congress of the USA. He is carrying with him a suitcase filled with magical creatures. Said to be the first of a possible 5 movies, it stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo and Jon Voight.
Moana (U) From Walt Disney comes Moana, a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds. With the voices of Auli’i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (12A) 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. Starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen and Mads Mikkelsen
Monster Trucks (PG) A high schooler, Tripp, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. When he finds and befriends an otherworldly creature, which is able to crawl inside his car and act as a supercharged engine, he thinks that he has found a way to get out of his small town. Starring Jane Levy, Rob Lowe, Amy Ryan and Danny Glover.