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It has been a busy start to the New Year at both Peterborough’s Showcase Cinema de Lux and Spalding’s South Holland Centre.


By Spalding Today Columnist


Here’s the choice movie cuts to what’s out this week . . .

FANTASTIC BEASTS: CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD (12A)

South Holland Centre

Spalding

Out Now – Screening regularly until next Thursday (January 10)

This sequel to JK Rowling’s spin-off prequel builds on the solid foundations laid by Oscar-winning Eddie Redmayne’s self-proclaimed ‘magizoologist’ Newt Scamander in the original film two years ago.

Johnny Depp’s – who was controversially cast despite his much-publicised alleged abusive behaviour to his ex-wife Amber Heard – powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald gets a lot more screen time this time round after escaping custody since being captured at the end of the first film.

He sets about gathering followers to help raise wizards and witches to rule over non-magical beings – but Jude Law’s Albus Dumbledore has other ideas and enlists Scamander as he attempts to thwart Grindelwald’s menacing plans.

Katherine Waterston (Alien: Covenant) and Ezra Miller (Justice League) also return in front of the camera for Harry Potter directing veteran David Yates.

THE GRINCH (U)

South Holland Centre

Spalding

Screening today (Thursday Jan 3) at 2pm and 6pm

The latest Dr Seuss character to get the animated treatment is the bitter, ill-tempered and reclusive humanoid – voiced by British stalwart Benedict Cumberbatch.

When the residents of Whoville plan to make their annual Christmas holiday event three times bigger than before, The Grinch hatches a scheme with his trusted canine Max to ruin the festive season.

Rashida Jones (TV series Parks and Recreation) and the legendary Angela Lansbury add their voice talents to comedic proceedings.

THE FAVOURITE (15)

Showcase Cinema de Lux

Peterborough

Out Now

This multi Golden Globe-nominated period piece, sees Rachel Weisz’s Lady Sarah govern the country at the behest of her close friend, a frail Queen Anne (British TV favourite Olivia Colman), who still occupies the throne in early 18th century England. But when Emma Stone’s new servant Abigail arrives – who sees a chance to return to her aristocratic roots – her charm endears her to Sarah, in this comedy-tinted drama.

WELCOME TO MARWEN (12A)

Showcase Cinema de Lux

Peterborough

Out Now

Steve Carell headlines this inspirational based-on-true-events comedy-drama – from Oscar-winning Forrest Gump director Rob Zemeckis – that encapsulates the life of the victim of a violent five-man assault who admitted to enjoying cross-dressing.

With little to no memory of his previous adult life, he attempts to regain his memories by constructing a miniature World War II village, called Marwen, to help aid his recovery.

LIFE ITSELF (15)

Showcase Cinema de Lux

Peterborough

From Friday Jan 4

As a young New York City couple – Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Oscar Isaac and Tron: Legacy’s Olivia Wilde – go from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over the continents and through lifetimes, in this romantic-drama that is being screened simultaneously at the Showcase and on Sky Movies. Antonio Banderas co-stars.

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