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CRUELLA (2021)
Starring Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Paul Walter Hauser, Joel Fry, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Chloé Booyens, Bern Collaço, Mark Strong and Jamie Demetriou. Directed by Craig Gillespie.

Set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, follows a young grifter named Estella, a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute. But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella.

REVIEWS Cruella - Fashion caper that sees a return to Disney's villains

DOLITTLE (2020)
Starring Robert Downey Jr, Tom Holland, Octavia Spencer, Emma Thompson, Antonio Banderas, Jim Broadbent, Selena Gomez, Ralph Fiennes, Rami Malek and Craig Robinson. Directed by Stephen Gaghan.
LAST CHRISTMAS (2019)
Starring Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding and Emma Thompson. Directed by Paul Feig.

Kate harumphs around London, a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year- round Christmas shop. Tom seems too good to be true when he walks into her life and starts to see through so many of Kate’s barriers. As London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, nothing should work for these two. But sometimes, you gotta let the snow fall where it may, you gotta listen to your heart . . . and you gotta have faith.
LATE NIGHT (2019)
Starring Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, John Lithgow, Reid Scott, Amy Ryan, Denis O'Hare, Hugh Dancy, Max Casella, Paul Walter Hauser and John Early. Directed by Nisha Ganatra.

Katherine Newbury is a pioneer and legendary host on the late-night talk-show circuit. When she’s accused of being a “woman who hates women,” she puts affirmative action on the to-do list, and—presto!— Molly is hired as the one woman in Katherine’s all-male writers’ room. But Molly might be too little too late, as the formidable Katherine also faces the reality of low ratings and a network that wants to replace her. Molly, wanting to prove she’s not simply a diversity hire who’s disrupting the comfort of the brotherhood, is determined to help Katherine by revitalising her show and career—and possibly effect even bigger change at the same time.

REVIEWS Late Night - The ladies of comedy have come to make waves

MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL (2019)
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Rafe Spall, Kumail Nanjiani, Laurent Bourgeois, Larry Bourgeois and Jess Radomska. Directed by F. Gary Gray.

The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest, most global threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organisation.

REVIEWS Men in Black: International - Wish we could memory wipe this one

MISSING LINK (2019)
Starring Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis, Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson, Timothy Olyphant, Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Amrita Acharia and Ching Valdes-Aran. Directed by Chris Butler.

The charismatic Sir Lionel Frost considers himself to be the world's foremost investigator of myths and monsters. The trouble is none of his small-minded high-society peers seems to recognise this. Sir Lionel's last chance for acceptance by the adventuring elite rests on traveling to America's Pacific Northwest to prove the existence of a legendary creature. A living remnant of Man's primitive ancestry. The Missing Link.

REVIEWS Missing Link - Another gorgeous stop motion marvel from Laika

THE CHILDREN ACT (2018)
Starring Emma Thompson, Fionn Whitehead, Stanley Tucci, Ben Chaplin, Wendy Nottingham, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Jason Watkins, Rupert Vansittart, Anthony Calf and Eileen Walsh. Directed by Richard Eyre.

As her marriage to Jack founders, eminent High Court judge Fiona Maye has a life-changing decision to make at work - should she force a teenage boy, Adam, to have the blood transfusion that will save his life? Her unorthodox visit to his hospital bedside has a profound impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her.

REVIEWS The Children Act - Judging the judge

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017)
Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Directed by Bill Condon.

Belle is a bright, beautiful, and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior to recognise the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

REVIEWS Beauty And The Beast - Uninspired and totally forgettable

ALONE IN BERLIN (2017)
Starring Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Brühl, Mikael Persbrandt, Katharina Schüttler, Louis Hofmann, Rafael Gareisen, Hildegard Schroedter, Ernst Stötzner and Godehard Giese. Directed by Vincent Pérez.

Berlin, 1940. Working class couple Otto and Anna Quangel receive the news that their only son has lost his life on the battlefield. They decide to resist the Nazi regime in their very own way, risking everything to try and turn the tide on German support for the cause.
BRIDGET JONES'S BABY (2016)
Starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Jim Broadbent and Emma Thompson. Directed by Sharon Maguire.

After breaking up with Mark Darcy, Bridget Jones’s "happily ever after" hasn’t quite gone according to plan. Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new. For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. What could possibly go wrong?

Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack, the suitor who is everything Mr Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch... she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.

REVIEWS Bridget Jones's Baby - Redemption 12 years in the making
Bridget Jones - Renee, those underpants & the unlikely heroine

A WALK IN THE WOODS (2015)
Starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson. Directed by Ken Kwapis.

When an ageing travel writer sets out to hike the 2,100-mile-long Appalachian Trail with a long-estranged high school buddy, the duo learn that some roads are better left untraveled.

REVIEWS A Walk In The Woods - More than the journey

SAVING MR BANKS (2014)
Starring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Rachel Griffiths and Kathy Baker. Directed by John Lee Hancock.

When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ 'Mary Poppins', he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.

For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.

It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.

REVIEWS Saving Mr Banks - Not just a spoonful of sugar

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES (2013)
Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Emma Thompson, Viola Davis, Emily Rossum, Thomas Mann and Jeremy Irons. Directed by Richard Lagravenese.

Based on the first of a four-novel series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. In the first book, high- school student Ethan Wate meets and becomes bewitched by Lena Duchannes, a 16-year-old whose family has moved to the small South Carolina town where he lives. The two must confront a curse that has haunted her family for generations as she comes to grips with her powers.

REVIEWS Beautiful Creatures - Y'all are gonna love it

BRAVE (2012)
Starring Kelly Macdonald, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane, Peigi Barker, Steven Cree and Steve Purcell. Directed by Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell and Brenda Chapman.

REVIEWS Brave - Sweet, but not guaranteed to be a Pixar classic

MEN IN BLACK III 3D (2012)
Starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Michael Stuhlbarg, Emma Thompson, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, Alice Eve, Bill Hader and Michael Chernus. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.

REVIEWS Men In Black 3 - New and improved

THE LOVE PUNCH
Starring Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Spall and Celia Imrie. Directed by Joel Hopkins.

When the retirement savings of a divorced couple - Richard and Kate - are stolen by an unscrupulous businessman, they must reluctantly reunite to steal it back. Before they know it, Richard and Kate are caught up in a cat and mouse caper across Europe in a whirlwind of intrigue, mad chases and jewellery theft during which they rekindle their romance.
EFFIE GRAY
Starring Dakota Fanning, Emma Thompson, Robbie Coltrane, Julie Waters and Derek Jacobi. Directed by Richard Laxton.

A mysterious relationship develops between Victorian art critic John Ruskin and the circumstances surrounding his platonic and controversial marriage to his teenage bride Effie Gray.
WRITER
BRIDGET JONES'S BABY (2016)
Starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Jim Broadbent and Emma Thompson. Directed by Sharon Maguire.

After breaking up with Mark Darcy, Bridget Jones’s "happily ever after" hasn’t quite gone according to plan. Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new. For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. What could possibly go wrong?

Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack, the suitor who is everything Mr Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch... she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.

REVIEWS Bridget Jones's Baby - Redemption 12 years in the making
Bridget Jones - Renee, those underpants & the unlikely heroine

EFFIE GRAY
Starring Dakota Fanning, Emma Thompson, Robbie Coltrane, Julie Waters and Derek Jacobi. Directed by Richard Laxton.

A mysterious relationship develops between Victorian art critic John Ruskin and the circumstances surrounding his platonic and controversial marriage to his teenage bride Effie Gray.
PRODUCER
LAST CHRISTMAS (2019)
Starring Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding and Emma Thompson. Directed by Paul Feig.

Kate harumphs around London, a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year- round Christmas shop. Tom seems too good to be true when he walks into her life and starts to see through so many of Kate’s barriers. As London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, nothing should work for these two. But sometimes, you gotta let the snow fall where it may, you gotta listen to your heart . . . and you gotta have faith.
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