The best movies currently showing in Manchester cinemas
Updated 15 Dec 2018
KHRUSTALYOV, MY CAR!
RELEASED 21st DEC: A cinema reissue of the visually stunning 1998 black & white Russian comedy drama "Khrustalyov, mashinu!" in which a military doctor is arrested in Stalin's Russia in 1953, during an anti-Semitic political campaign, after he is accused of being a participant in so-called "doctors' plot". English subtitles.
ON NETFLIX 14th DEC: The best reviews this year go to the black and white drama from Oscar winning "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuarón that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s.
Steve McQueen's all-star thriller set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, in which four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. Starring Viola Davis, Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson, Robert Duvall, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, and Cynthia Erivo
RELEASED 27th DEC: Chinese drama "Da xiang xi di er zuo" set in the city of Manzhouli, where they say there is an elephant that simply sits and ignores the world. Inextricably bounding together the stories of various characters, including a schoolboy, on the run after pushing a bully down the stairs, and a sprightly pensioner, whose son wants to offload him onto a home. The film tells the story of one single suspenseful day from dawn to dusk, when the train to Manzhouli is set to depart. English subtitles.
Stunning mountaineering documentary which follows Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history.
Crime drama in which a girl witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, she must find her voice and stand up for what's right
Mike Leigh's epic historic drama telling the story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester city centre. Starring Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, and Neil Bell amongst other locals
Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover and Tom Waits star in this comedy crime drama based on the true story of Forrest Tucker and his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public
Bradley Cooper makes his directing debut and stars alongside Lady Ga Ga, making her own acting debut, in this drama about a musician who helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral
RELEASED 21st DEC: Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives. Starring Emily Blunt, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Dick van Dyke, and Angela Landsbury
FROM 24th DEC: Transformers movie with John Cena, Hailee Steinfeld, and Justin Theroux, in which Bumblebee, a VW Beetle, finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town, whilst on the run in 1987 before being discovered.
This year's most highly anticipated release is a must for fans of Freddie Mercury and Queen as it tells the story of their career up to their legendary appearance at the Live Aid (1985) concert. An Oscar tipped performance from Remi Malek as Freddie. Watch it at the IMAX with the loudest sound system!
Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, LeBron James, and Danny DeVito provide the voices in this family animation in which A Yeti is convinced that the elusive creatures known as "humans" really do exist.
Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman and Bruno Ganz star in Lars von Trier's gruesome story of a highly intelligent serial killer, over the course of twelve years, and depicts the murders that really develop his inner madman. Not for the faint hearted.
DC comic's superhero movie starring Jason Momoa as the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, where he must step forward to lead his people and be a hero to the world. Also starring Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, and Dolph Lundgren
23 screen 3D multiplex and IMAX cinema inside The Printworks in the city centre, showing all the latest blockbuster releases. Rebranded from Odeon in May 2017. With a total capacity of 4,407, screens range from 65 seats to 485.
16 screen 3D multiplex cinema inside The Great Northern Warehouse on Peter Street in the city centre, showing all the latest blockbuster releases. Rebranded from AMC in September 2017. With a total capacity of 3,257, screens range from 86 seats to 466.
Opened in 2015 when the Cornerhouse joined forces with the Library Theatre, Manchester's art house cinema is located in the city centre on First Street, just off Whitworth Street West between the Palace Theatre and Bridgewater Hall. With a total capacity of 504, there are five cinema screens, with the biggest seating 230 and the smallest just 33.
9 screen 3D cinema inside The Lowry Outlet Mall at Salford Quays, showing all the latest blockbuster releases. Located 4 miles from the city centre, it's just 15 minutes on the Metrolink from Deansgate-Castlefield to MediaCityUK. With a total capacity of 2,080, screens range from 42 seats to 500.
Privately owned, 175 seat, single screen cinema in Heaton Moor which shows the latest releases. 6 miles from the city centre, or 15 mins walk from Heaton Chapel Station (8 mins from Piccadilly). Cash only.
20 screen 3D and IMAX multiplex cinema inside The Trafford Centre, showing all the latest blockbuster releases, including 3D and Bollywood movies. With a total capacity of 3,940, screens range from 102 seats to 415.