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The weather seems to have well and truly turned, but we've got plenty to keep you all entertained as the nights draw in!

October is always a busy time for family films with the schools being off, and this year is no exception, with hilarious yeti musical Smallfoot, a sparrow with an identity crisis in A Stork's Journey, the true story of a dog who became a WWI hero in Sgt. Stubby: An Unlikely Hero, and spooky fun with The House With a Clock in Its Walls and Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween.

There's plenty for grown-up horror fans too, with Jamie Lee Curtis returning to her iconic role as Laurie Strode in Halloween, the latest in the Conjuring series with The Nun, and atmospheric ghost story The Little Stranger. And if you're in the mood for some action, there's The Predator, with the franchise given a blackly comic twist by director Shane Black, and Venom, bringing one of Marvel's most celebrated anti-heroes comes to the big screen.

If you're in need of a laugh, choose from hit romcom Crazy Rich Asians, the return of the world's most inept secret agent in Johnny English Strikes Again, and Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish in the hilarious and heartwarming Night School. And, for the ultimate feel-good cinema experience, why not come along to one of our special sing-along screenings of the glorious Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!

Getting rave reviews, Bradley Cooper directs and stars alongside Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born, Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively star in stylish and entertaining thriller A Simple Favour, Glenn Close gives a superb performance as the long-suffering wife of an acclaimed novelist in The Wife, and Kelly Macdonald stars as an unappreciated housewife who discovers an unexpected talent in Puzzle.

Our Teenage Flicks picks this month feature a real life heist in the brilliant American Animals, and an exhilarating NYC-set tale of female empowerment through skateboarding in Skate Kitchen; and filling our Screen Horizons slots we have award winning drama Cold War, from the director of 2014's sublime Ida, British drama The Escape, starring Gemma Arterton as an unhappy young wife and mother who decides to reclaim her life, C'est la vie!, a wonderfully entertaining ensemble comedy from the team behind the brilliant Intouchables, and The Rider, a beautifully realised docudrama about a young cowboy recovering from a near-fatal rodeo accident.

Fans of Orson Welles are in for a treat, with his 1958 crime thriller Touch of Evil featuring in our Screen Classics slots, and also The Eyes of Orson Welles, Mark Cousins' insightful documentary about Welles the artist. A young boy, bullied at school and at home, sees a way out of his unhappy life after a chance encounter with a drama teacher, in this month's Screen Pride pick, Reinventing Marvin. We've a one-off screening of thrilling and immersive documentary Time Trial, which rides alongside professional cyclist David Millar as his career comes to an end, and, last but definitely not least, you're invited to celebrate the glittering career of Cliff Richard, with his 60th Anniversary Tour!

Find full details of all our upcoming films here – we hope to see you soon!

Jenny Leask

Cinema Programmer


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