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CATS (2019)
Starring Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden, Ian McKellen, Idris Elba, Laurie Davidson, Mette Towley, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo and Rebel Wilson. Directed by Tom Hooper.

REVIEWS Cats - No bad kitty, no one is the Jellicle Cat

THE GOOD LIAR (2019)
Starring Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Russell Tovey, Jim Carter, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Mark Lewis Jones, Michael Culkin, Laurie Davidson, Aleksandar Jovanović and Nell Williams. Directed by Bill Condon.

Career con artist Roy Courtnay can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.
ALL IS TRUE (2019)
Starring Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Kathryn Wilder, Jack Colgrave Hirst, Matt Jessup and Lydia Wilson. Directed by Kenneth Branagh.

The year is 1613, Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family.

Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war.

MCKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART (2018)
Starring Ian McKellen, Scott Chambers, Luke Evans, Milo Parker, Adam Brown and Frances Barber. Directed by Joe Stephenson.

This fully authorised feature-length documentary celebrates the life and work of Sir Ian McKellen. Excerpts from a 14 hour interview serves as the basis for the film, covering everything from his upbringing to becoming a theatre star; to coming out and being a leader in the gay rights community; to his film stardom from Magneto to Gandalf; and personal thoughts on everything on acting to old age and death. Private photo albums and a wealth of never-before-seen archive material, including diaries written when he was 12 and unseen behind the scenes footage of theatre shows and films make this an intimate and intriguing journey.
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

NO MAN'S LAND (2017)
Starring Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Owen Teale and Damien Molony. Directed by Sean Mathias.

One summer's evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.
MR HOLMES (2015)
Starring Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker and Hiroyuki Sanada. Directed by Bill Condon.

In 1947, aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love – before it's too late.

REVIEWS Mr Holmes - A gorgeous film and a remarkable Holmes

THE HOBBIT: BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES 3D (2014)
Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Cate Balanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Evangeline Lily, Hugo Weaving, Luke Evans and Orlando Bloom. Directed by Peter Jackson.

Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honour to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Not with a bang, but with a whimper

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (2014)
Starring Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Peter Dinklage, Elliot Page and Kelsey Grammer. Directed by Bryan Singer.

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'. The beloved characters from the original 'X-Men' film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from 'X-Men: First Class', in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.

REVIEWS X-Men: Days of Future Past

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG 3D (2013)
Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lily, Stephen Fry and Luke Evans. Directed by Peter Jackson.

REVIEWS The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (2001)
Starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan and Orlando Bloom. Directed by Peter Jackson.

A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.

REVIEWS The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring - 15 years on

A SLIGHT TRICK OF THE MIND
Starring Ian McKellen. Directed by Bill Condon.

In 1947, Sherlock Holmes, long-retired, lives in a sleepy Sussex village with his housekeeper and her amateur-sleuthing son. But far from living out a peaceful retirement, he is haunted by an unsolved case from fifty years ago. He remembers only fragments: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife. With his legendary mental powers on the wane, and without his old sidekick Watson, Holmes is faced with the toughest case of his life - a case that might finally reveal to him the mysteries of the human heart.
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