Bristol’s week in film: September 13-19 2019

Downton Abbey, Ad Astra previews, rare Bristol music footage, housing affordability documentary event

The Downton Abbey flick gets a blockbuster-sized release this week, underlining the continued popularity of Julian Fellowes’ creation at a time when 52% of the nation remains hell-bent on retreating into a cosy mythical past where everyone knows their place. Just sayin’…

Should that not appeal, there are plenty of alternatives. Event cinema choices include a Bristol music event at the Knowle West Media Centre, vegan documentary The Game Changers, the ahead-of-its-time Koyaanisqatsi with a live score, and the launch of the Festival of the Future City with an eye-opening documentary about housing affordability.

There are previews of Ad Astra on Wednesday and Thursday and – no, really – Rambo: Last Blood on Thursday, and the Watershed has an advance screening of The Last Tree with a director Q&A.

Follow the links below for more info and screening times. Go here for our comprehensive film listings.

New Releases

  • Film / Drama

    Downton Abbey

    Julian Fellowes' toffs and forelock-tuggers invade the big screen

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Sep 18 2019 - Thursday, Sep 26 2019

  • Film / Drama

    Hustlers

    J-Lo stars in a true-ish-life drama about a bunch of strippers who scam their wealthy clients

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Sep 18 2019 - Thursday, Sep 26 2019

  • Film / Documentary

    For Sama

    A candid documentary offering an extraordinary insight into one woman's experience of war

    : Wednesday, Sep 18 2019 - Tuesday, Sep 24 2019

  • Film / Art House

    Rojo

    Period drama about a morally compromised lawyer in 1970s Argentina

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Sep 18 2019 - Wednesday, Sep 25 2019

  • Film / Art House

    Phoenix

    Norwegian drama about a teenager who has to look after her young brother and unstable mother

    : Wednesday, Sep 18 2019 & Thursday, Sep 19 2019

  • Film / Fantasy

    Wolf

    Genre mash-up in which Roman warriors in Britain encounter an 'orrible beast

    : Wednesday, Sep 18 2019 - Thursday, Sep 19 2019

  • Film / Animation

    Big Screen Heroes Take Flight

    Six flying-themed PAW Patrol and Top Wing episodes on the big screen for tots

    Multiple theatres: Thursday, Sep 19 2019 - Monday, Sep 23 2019

Previews

  • Film / Drama

    Ad Astra

    Brad Pitt goes on a lengthy trundle through the solar system to find out what happened to his dad

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Sep 18 2019 - Thursday, Sep 26 2019

  • Film / Action

    Rambo: Last Blood

    Sly Stallone (73) returns to special forces pensioner whupass with his fifth Rambo flick

    Multiple theatres: Thursday, Sep 19 2019 - Thursday, Sep 26 2019

Event Cinema

One-Off Screenings

  • Film / Animation

    Pinocchio

    Disney's 1940 animation about a wooden lad who gets snouty when he tells a porky

  • Film / Drama

    Children of Men

    Alfonso Cuaron's PD James adaptation returns in the Encounters Retrospective season

  • Film / Art House

    World on a Wire

    Fassbinder takes a paranoid look into the future in this 1973 TV mini-series

  • Film / Comedy

    On the Town

    Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen team up for the most cinematic of all MGM musicals

  • Film / Action

    The Matrix

    20th anniversary 4K restoration of the Wachowskis' cyberpunk classic

    Everyman: Saturday, Sep 28 2019

  • Film / Drama

    Midnight Cowboy

    4K restoration of the only X-rated movie ever to win the Best Picture Oscar

    Curzon: Thursday, Sep 26 2019 7:30pm

Still Going Strong

  • Film / Horror

    IT: Chapter Two

    Pennywise the dancing clown returns to menace the adult Losers in second part of the hit horror

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Sep 18 2019 - Thursday, Sep 26 2019

  • Film / Comedy

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    DiCaprio and Pitt tangle with the Manson cult in Tarantino's bloody, multi-stranded comedy-drama

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Sep 18 2019 - Thursday, Sep 26 2019

  • Film / Drama

    Bait

    Much-acclaimed Cornish fishing village drama from Bristol-based Early Day Films

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Sep 18 2019 - Sunday, Sep 29 2019

  • Film / Action

    Angel Has Fallen

    Further cheesy terrorsploitation from the people behind Olympus Has Fallen & London Has Fallen

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Sep 18 2019 - Thursday, Sep 26 2019

  • Film / Drama

    The Lion King

    Jon Favreau helms Disney's live action version of its 1994 animated hit

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Sep 18 2019 - Thursday, Sep 26 2019

  • Film / Art House

    Pain and Glory

    Pedro Almodovar reunites with Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz for semi-autobiographical drama

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Sep 18 2019 - Monday, Sep 30 2019

  • Film / Drama

    The Souvenir

    Posho film student falls in with parasitic junkie in Brit director Joanna Hogg's drama

    Multiple theatres: Thursday, Sep 19 2019 & Sunday, Oct 6 2019

  • Film / Drama

    Dora and the Lost City of Gold

    Nickelodeon's popular animated TV series Dora the Explorer gets the live-action movie treatment

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Sep 18 2019 - Thursday, Sep 26 2019

  • Film / Animation

    Toy Story 4

    All the gang are back for Pixar's follow-up to the magnificent Toy Story 3

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Sep 18 2019 - Thursday, Sep 26 2019

  • Film / Documentary

    Inna de Yard

    Elderly Jamaican musicians reunite in this 'Buena Vista Social Club for reggae'

    : Wednesday, Sep 18 2019 & Thursday, Sep 19 2019

  • Film / Action

    Spider-Man: Far From Home

    Spidey and Mysterio take on the dastardly extradimensional Elementals

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Sep 18 2019 - Thursday, Sep 26 2019

  • Film / Animation

    The Angry Birds Movie 2

    Furious feathery sequel to the animated video game adaptation

    Multiple theatres: Thursday, Sep 19 2019 - Thursday, Sep 26 2019

  • Film / Action

    Crawl

    A hurricane alligator horror? We're in!

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Sep 18 2019 - Thursday, Sep 26 2019

  • Film / Horror

    Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

    Guillermo del Toro teams up with the director of Trollhunter for a folklore-derived horror

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Sep 18 2019 - Wednesday, Sep 25 2019

  • Film / Comedy

    Yesterday

    Richard Curtis imagines a world without the Beatles

    Multiple theatres: Thursday, Sep 19 2019 & Thursday, Sep 19 2019

  • Film / Comedy

    Aladdin

    Guy Ritchie helms Disney's live-action remake of its 1992 animation with Will Smith as the genie

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Sep 18 2019 - Thursday, Sep 26 2019

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