André Rieu New Year's Concert from Sydney 2019 ENCORE
Runtime: 125mins   Rating: LIVE
One of Event Cinema’s biggest names, André Rieu, returns with a major new production this New Year’s 2019! The King of Waltz André Rieu will bring to millions of fans across..read more
One of Event Cinema’s biggest names, André Rieu, returns with a major new production this New Year’s 2019! The King of Waltz André Rieu will bring to millions of fans across the world, his New Year’s concert recorded live in Sydney, Australia. The first full production from leading Event Cinema distributor Piece of Magic Entertainment, André Rieu will present a festive concert like never before, recorded live in Sydney’s iconic Town Hall. Join the Maestro, André Rieu, for a magical evening of music and dance featuring his world class sopranos, The Platin Tenors and plenty of surprises. With show tunes, classical music and plenty of festive fun it promises to be a great way to startthe new year! Take a front row seat and experience this spectacular musical event on the big screen. Enjoy backstage access, interviews with André and his special guests, musical favourites and much, much more, exclusive to cinema. The evening will be hosted by ITV’s Charlotte Hawkins, a familiar face for all those who continue to enjoy André’s annual Maastricht concert each July.
Holmes and Watson
Rating: TBC
The legendary comedy duo that gave us Step Brothers and Talladega Nights reunite for a humorous take on Arthur Conan Doyles classic mysteries. Holmes And Watson finds the world's..read more
The legendary comedy duo that gave us Step Brothers and Talladega Nights reunite for a humorous take on Arthur Conan Doyles classic mysteries. Holmes And Watson finds the world's greatest consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes and his loyal biographer, Dr John Watson, challenged by Professor James Moriarty to solve a case within four days before the Queen is murdered.
Mary Poppins Returns
Runtime: 130mins   Rating: U
When personal tragedy strikes the now grown up Michael and Jane Banks, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins re-enters the Banks family's lives and uses her unique magical skills to..read more
When personal tragedy strikes the now grown up Michael and Jane Banks, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins re-enters the Banks family's lives and uses her unique magical skills to help them rediscover joy and wonder. With optimistic street lamplighter Jack by her side, she introduces the family to a new assortment of colourful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin Topsy.
Mary, Queen of Scots
Rating: TBC
Mary, Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to..read more
Mary, Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her sister in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeths sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones - and change the course of history.
Mortal Engines
Runtime: 128mins   Rating: 12A
Thousands of years after civilisation was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted, and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth,..read more
Thousands of years after civilisation was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted, and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy - who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London - finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw. Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.
Royal Ballet: Don Quixote (Encore)
Runtime: 165mins   Rating: LIVE
Cervantes’s story of the bumbling knight Don Quixote has inspired countless artistic interpretations. Marius Petipa choreographed this sparkling ballet about the encounters of the..read more
Cervantes’s story of the bumbling knight Don Quixote has inspired countless artistic interpretations. Marius Petipa choreographed this sparkling ballet about the encounters of the man from La Mancha and his faithful squire Sancho Panza. At its heart are virtuoso roles for the lovers Basilio and Kitri. Carlos Acosta chose this joyful classic for his first production for The Royal Ballet. His vibrant staging brings together the whole Company in such roles as exuberant villagers, passionate gypsies and even fantasy flowers. The story follows Don Quixote’s picaresque journey to do deeds in honour of his imaginary noble lady, Dulcinea. Sunny, charming, funny and touching – Don Quixote is a ballet as full of uplifting emotion as it is of astonishing ballet technique.
Royal Ballet: Romeo and Juliet (Encore)
Runtime: 195mins   Rating: LIVE
Shakespeare’s enduring love story is known the world over. Since its 1965 premiere with The Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet has become a modern ballet classic...read more
Shakespeare’s enduring love story is known the world over. Since its 1965 premiere with The Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet has become a modern ballet classic. The choreography captures the emotions of the young couple as they fall in love, despite the barriers that finally bring about the story’s tragic end. Each revival gives opportunities for new dancers to interpret the doomed lovers. The whole Company brings the colour and action of Renaissance Verona, where a busy market all too quickly bursts into sword fighting, and a family feud leads to tragedy for both the Montagues and Capulets.
Royal Ballet: With the Golden Hour / New Cherkaoui / Flight Pattern (Encore)
Runtime: 195mins   Rating: LIVE
The contemporary face of The Royal Ballet is shown in works from three of today’s leading choreographers. Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour is based around seven..read more
The contemporary face of The Royal Ballet is shown in works from three of today’s leading choreographers. Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour is based around seven couples separating and intermingling, to music by Vivaldi and Bosso and lit with rich colours suggested by sunset. Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern, revived for the first time, uses a large dance ensemble and Górecki’s familiar music from his Symphony of Sorrowful Songs for a poignant and passionate reflection on migration. Between them, a new work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, created on The Royal Ballet has its premiere to bring the contemporary truly up-to-date.
Royal Opera: Faust (Encore)
Runtime: 225mins   Rating:
There are many versions of the story of Faust, who trades his soul with the Devil for youth and power, but Gounod’s opera remains one of the most constantly enthralling. Michael..read more
There are many versions of the story of Faust, who trades his soul with the Devil for youth and power, but Gounod’s opera remains one of the most constantly enthralling. Michael Fabiano stars as Faust, with Diana Damrau as his beloved Marguerite and Erwin Schrott as the diabolical Méphistophélès. Virtuoso leading roles, a large chorus, sensational sets, ballet and an ecstatic finale make this the epitome of theatrical spectacle – the lavish scale of French grand opera is wonderfully in evidence in this production by David McVicar, set in 1870s Paris. Above all, the music includes several of popular opera’s most recognizable numbers, performed by a cast of great international singers and the Royal Opera Chorus.
Royal Opera: La Forza Del Destino (Encore)
Runtime: 255mins   Rating:
Leonora falls in love with Don Alvaro, but when her father forbids their marriage, a fatal accident triggers a drama of obsession, vengeance and tragedy. Jonas Kaufmann and Anna..read more
Leonora falls in love with Don Alvaro, but when her father forbids their marriage, a fatal accident triggers a drama of obsession, vengeance and tragedy. Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko star in Verdi’s epic La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny) an opera which demands the very best of singers for its powerful music and the fullest theatrical treatment for its story of bitter revenge pursued across miles and years. The production comes to The Royal Opera in a sensational staging from Amsterdam packed with colour and action. It is directed by Christof Loy and conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera.
Royal Opera: La Traviata 2018 (Encore)
Runtime: 215mins   Rating:
From the thrill of unexpected romance to a heartbreaking reconciliation that comes too late – Verdi’s La traviata is one of the most popular of all operas. Alfredo falls in love..read more
From the thrill of unexpected romance to a heartbreaking reconciliation that comes too late – Verdi’s La traviata is one of the most popular of all operas. Alfredo falls in love in with the courtesan Violetta in glamorous Paris society, but underneath the surface run darker undercurrents, leading to a tragic ending. The opera’s wealth of melodies includes the famous Brindisi and the exuberant ‘Sempre libera’ – both showing the lyricism of Italian opera at its most immediately appealing. Richard Eyre’s production for The Royal Opera brings out all the emotional colour, from the giddy discovery of love, through painful confrontation to the inevitable conclusion. Lavish period sets and costumes enhance the reality of a moving story based on true life.
Royal Opera: The Queen of Spades (Encore)
Runtime: 210mins   Rating:
In Tchaikovsky's intense opera of obsession and the supernatural, Gherman is caught between the woman he loves and a destructive fixation. The Queen of Spades is based on a short..read more
In Tchaikovsky's intense opera of obsession and the supernatural, Gherman is caught between the woman he loves and a destructive fixation. The Queen of Spades is based on a short story by Pushkin, and comes to the Royal Opera House in a new production that has already garnered fivestar reviews in Amsterdam. The production is set in 1890, the year of the opera’s premiere. In his study, Tchaikovsky imagines the opera into life as his own story, its characters giving voice to his unfulfilled desires. Aleksandrs Antonenko and Eva-Maria Westbroek head the cast and Royal Opera Chorus, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera. This is an engrossing portrayal of a tortured creative artist and a gripping piece of gothic storytelling.
Singing In The Rain
: Dementia Friendly - All Welcome
Runtime: 102mins   Rating: U
Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in Singin' in the Rain, one of the greatest and most successful musicals ever filmed - filled with memorable songs, lavish..read more
Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in Singin' in the Rain, one of the greatest and most successful musicals ever filmed - filled with memorable songs, lavish routines and Kelly's fabulous song-and-dance number performed in the rain. Set during the advent of "talkies," Don Lockwood has risen to stardom during Hollywood's silent-movie era - paired with the beautiful, jealous and dumb Lina Lamont. And when Lockwood becomes attracted to young studio singer Kathy Selden, Lamont has her fired. But with the introduction of talking pictures, Lockwood finds his career in jeopardy after audiences laugh when they hear Lamont speak in her shrill voice for the first time... until the studio decides to use Selden to dub her voice.
Sorry to Bother You
Runtime: 112mins   Rating: 15
n an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of..read more
n an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of greed.
The Favourite
Runtime: 119mins   Rating: 15
In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne (Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Weisz) governs the country in her stead. When a new servant Abigail..read more
In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne (Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Weisz) governs the country in her stead. When a new servant Abigail (Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.
The Old Man and The Gun
Rating: 12A
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..read more
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.
Tulip Fever
Runtime: 107mins   Rating: 15
Set in 17th century Amsterdam, TULIP FEVER follows a married woman (Alicia Vikander) who begins a passionate affair with an artist (Dane DeHaan) hired to paint her portrait. The..read more
Set in 17th century Amsterdam, TULIP FEVER follows a married woman (Alicia Vikander) who begins a passionate affair with an artist (Dane DeHaan) hired to paint her portrait. The lovers gamble on the booming market for tulip bulbs as a way to raise money to run away together.
Widows
Runtime: 130mins   Rating: 15
Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common accept a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into..read more
Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common accept 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.
Wildlife
Runtime: 104mins   Rating: 12A
14-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry — a housewife and a golf pro — in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the..read more
14-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry — a housewife and a golf pro — in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job — and his sense of purpose — he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother’s struggle as she tries to keep her head above water.


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SPECIAL FILM NIGHT WITH ANDY PATERSON & FILM 'TIGERS' ON SATURDAY, 8 DECEMBER AT 8.15PM

We are delighted to welcome writer and producer Andy Paterson back to the Rex to present this feature.  Tigers began filming in 2014 and is the true story of a young Pakistani whistleblower who took on a major corporation, and is set for release in India in 2018 after premiering at Toronto and San Sebastian.  Co-written with its Oscar-winning director, Danis Tanovic, the film starts Emraan Hashmi, Danny Huston and Khalid Abdalla.

 

Emraan Hashmi takes the leading role as a pharmaceutical salesman in Pakistan who discovers his new company's baby formula has killed hundreds of children, after which he begins a lone and dangerous battle against the company.

 

Thirty five years ago, millions of people began a boycott of infant formula manufacturers in protest at the aggressive marketing of breast milk substitutes which, due to unsafe water supplies and poverty, were leading to the deaths of millions of babies in the Third World.  The protests led to major changes; new regulations banned direct advertising and many people believed the problem had gone away.  It hasn't. 

 

In 2006 when Danis Tanovic was first told the true story that would lead to Tigers his first response was that he needed to go to Pakistan straight away.  He set off, with co-writer Andy Paterson, to Lahore and Sialkot to visit hospitals and talk to doctors. Wherever they went, it was the same response. The tactics may have changed, but the problem remained. Mothers were still being persuaded to spend their money on a product many of them could not use safely and infants were still dying.  The filmmakers experienced the same shock as the young salesman in the story; how could it be that decades on from an international boycott of one of the key infant formula manufacturers, the same old story was still being played out?

 
Their focus shifted to how the film should work. The true story focused on one young salesman working for Nestle, but they weren’t the only company making and marketing infant formula and the filmmakers wanted to make a more general point. So the decision was made to change the names, although the story – easy to find on the internet – would still have to be true in every detail, to ensure the film was legally safe.  The bulk of the story fell into place reasonably easily. The “hero” of the film was a struggling salesman. When he got a job with a multinational his whole neighbourhood rejoiced. He set out to be the best salesman they’d ever had. Then he realised the consequences of his work and tried to put a stop to it. He made big enemies, but fought the good fight before getting scared and making the mistake which would cost him everything – and allow the manufacturers to continue marketing their product unchallenged.  As the story shows, Ayan’s employers had stopped the TV broadcast of his story being shown by accusing him of fraud and blackmail. They assumed that would be enough to stop the film too.  It nearly was.
 
Andy Paterson's productions include The Railway Man, Girl With A Pearl Earring and Hilary and Jackie. 
 
Forthcoming productions include The Plutonium Club, a Cold War thriller set against the development of the British atomic bomb from a screenplay by Paterson and Olivia Hetreed, The Astronomer and the Witch, directed by Michael Hoffman, and Margot and Rudi.
 
Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8.15pm start, with an introduction and screening followed by Q&A.


Farewell Mr Music Hall - the Harold Cordell Memorial Show

Harold Cordell, the wonderful Weymouth entertainer and charity show organiser, sadly died last January.


Last month, his family, colleagues and friends arranged a special tribute of song, dance and memories at the Pavilion, Weymouth in aid of local charities.  The Rex cinema representatives went along to the show as The Rex Cinema in Wareham is honoured to be one of the beneficiaries.


Harold, who suffered from vascular dementia and Alzheimers, enjoyed coming to the Rex for the ‘Dementia Friendly Screenings’ once a month.  The monthly visits meant so much to him and his family as Harold felt safe in the comfort of the theatre, he could focus on the film and so allowed his family a short respite knowing Harold was content.  The Rex staff also enjoyed meeting Harold – an eccentric and unique personality – Mr Music Hall himself.


On November 10th staff from the Rex went to Weymouth to collect the award from Brian Crump, Harold’s son, and were amazed by the generosity of the donation.  As well as collecting the cheque (see photo) it was an opportunity to meet Harold’s family, his friends and his show biz colleagues. They were also treated to a display of talent from the local dance school and other entertainments.


It is wonderful to know that many who suffer the anguish of dementia, can find relief, comfort, and respite from the magic of the movies.  The Rex Cinema have discontinued the DFS but are helping with similar screenings at The Parish Hall on The Quay in Wareham who now have the equipment to show their own films.


The Rex Cinema would like to improve their wheelchair access and disabled facilities and the splendid donation in Harold’s name will go towards this.