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The Rex Cinema

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14 West Street, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4JX
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Avatar: The Way of Water

Avatar: The Way of Water
  • 2022
  • US
  • 3h 12min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Cameron
  • Cast: Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Worthington, Cliff Curtis, Oona Chaplin, Stephen Lang, Joel David Moore

The first in a series of four planned sequels to the highest grossing film of all time. The oceans of alien planet Pandora are the setting for the continued romance between human Jake and alien being Neytiri.

Tue 28 Feb
Wed 1 Mar
Thu 2 Mar

Babylon

Babylon
  • 2022
  • US
  • 3h 9min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Damien Chazelle
  • Cast: Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Diego Calva, Jean Smart, Jovan Adepo, Li Jun Li

Manic, hedonistic and unbelievably rich: these are the life and times of the stars of early Hollywood.

Fri 3 Feb
Sat 4 Feb
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Mon 6 Feb
Tue 7 Feb
Wed 8 Feb
Thu 9 Feb

Cinderella

Cinderella
  • 2021
  • US
  • 1h 53min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Kay Cannon
  • Cast: Camila Cabello, Billy Porter, Idina Menzel, Nicholas Galitzine, James Corden, John Mulaney, Missy Elliott, Minnie Driver, Pierce Brosnan

A modern musical retelling of the fairytale.

Sun 16 Apr

Corsage

Corsage
  • 2022
  • Austria, Luxembourg, Germany, France
  • 1h 53min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Marie Kreutzer
  • Cast: Colin Morgan, Vicky Krieps, Ivana Urban

Christmas, 1877. Empress Elizabeth of Austria (Vicky Krieps) is turning 40. Renowned for her beauty, she undertakes daily privations to ensure she fits her wasp-waist corset and keeps her picture-perfect looks. Suffocating in the stuffy Hapsburg court, she finds herself incapable of continuing to conform to the decorative role that is expected of her, instead carrying out desperate acts of rebellion.

With echoes of Spencer and Marie Antoinette, Kreutzer delivers a refreshing take on one woman’s emancipation. Taking liberties with history and adding some fabulous anachronisms (including an evocative soundtrack by Camille), Corsage finds a perfect balance between melancholy understatement and liberating punkish attitude. Krieps is sublime, the depth and nuances of her performance underpinning her character’s complexity.

Fri 24 Feb
Sat 25 Feb
Sun 26 Feb
Mon 27 Feb

Empire of Light

Empire of Light
  • 2022
  • UK, USA
  • 1h 55min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Sam Mendes
  • Cast: Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward, Colin Firth

A love story set against the backdrop of the English coast.

Mon 30 Jan
Tue 31 Jan
Wed 1 Feb
Thu 2 Feb

The Fabelmans

The Fabelmans
  • 2022
  • US
  • 2h 31min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Michelle Williams, Gabriel LaBelle, Paul Dano

Young aspiring filmmaker Sammy Fabelman explores how the power of films can help him see the truth in Steven Spielberg's inspiring semi-autobiographical love letter to cinema.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, The Fabelmans is written by Spielberg and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America, Caroline, or Change), who has earned Oscar® nominations for his screenplays for Spielberg’s Lincoln and MunichI The film is produced by three-time Oscar® nominee Kristie Macosko Krieger p.g.a. (West Side Story, The Post), Steven Spielberg p.g.a. and Tony Kushner p.g.a. The film is executive produced by Carla Raij (Maestro, co-producer West Side Story) and Josh McLaglen (Free Guy, Logan).

The film stars Gabriel LaBelle (The Predator, American Gigolo series) as 16-year-old aspiring filmmaker Sammy Fabelman; four-time Academy Award® nominee Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea, My Week with Marilyn) as his artistic mother, Mitzi; Paul Dano (The Batman, There Will Be Blood) as his successful, scientific father, Burt; Seth Rogen (>Steve Jobs, An American Pickle) as Bennie Loewy, Burt’s best friend and honorary “uncle” to the Fabelman children, and Academy Award® nominee Judd Hirsch (Uncut Gems, Ordinary People) as Mitzi’s Uncle Boris.

The ensemble cast includes Oscar® nominee Jeannie Berlin (The Heartbreak Kid, Inherent Vice) as Sammy’s paternal grandmother, Hadassah Fabelman; Julia Butters (Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, 13 Hours) as Sammy’s sister Reggie; Robin Bartlett (Moonstruck, Lean on Me) as Sammy’s maternal grandmother Tina Schildkraut and Keeley Karsten (Hunters, Evil Lives Here) as Sammy’s sister Natalie. The music is by five-time Academy Award® winner John Williams (Schindler’s List, Jaws), the costume designer is two-time Oscar® winner Mark Bridges (The Artist, Phantom Thread) and the production designer is two-time Oscar® winner Rick Carter (Lincoln, Avatar). The Fabelmans is edited by three-time Academy Award® winner Michael Kahn ace (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List) and Sarah Broshar (West Side Story, The Post). The film’s director of photography is two-time Academy Award® winner Janusz Kaminski (Schindler’s List, Saving Private RyanI.

Directed: Steven Spielberg Written: Steven Spielberg& Tony Kushner
Cast: Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Gabriel LaBelle, Jeannie Berlin, Julia Butters, Robin Bartlett, Keeley Karsten and Judd Hirsch
USA 2023
Run Time:2'31"

Fri 10 Feb
Sat 11 Feb
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Mon 13 Feb
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Thu 16 Feb

National Theatre Live: Othello

National Theatre Live: Othello
  • 2023
  • UK
  • 12A

An extraordinary new production of Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy, directed by Clint Dyer with a cast that includes Giles Terera (Hamilton), Rosy McEwan (The Alienist) and Paul Hilton (The Inheritance).

She’s a bright, headstrong daughter of a senator; elevated by her status but stifled by its expectations. He’s refugee of slavery; having risen to the top of a white world, he finds love across racial lines has a cost.

Wed in secret, Desdemona and Othello crave a new life together. But as unseen forces conspire against them, they find their future is not theirs to decide.

Othello is filmed live on the Lyttleton stage of the National Theatre.

Sun 26 Feb

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
  • 2022
  • US
  • 1h 42min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Joel Crawford
  • Cast: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Harvey Guillén, Florence Pugh, Olivia Colman, Ray Winstone, Samson Kayo, John Mulaney, Wagner Moura, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Anthony Mendez

Puss in Boots has run through eight of his nine lives. To replenish his lives, he must find the last wish.

Fri 10 Feb
Sat 11 Feb
Mon 13 Feb
Tue 14 Feb
Wed 15 Feb
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Fri 17 Feb

Royal Opera House: Il Trovatore

The Royal Opera: Il Trovatore
  • 2023
  • UK
  • 3h 40min
  • 12A

Passions run high as Manrico and the Count di Luna compete for the affections of Leonora. Little do they know, Manrico’s mother Azucena has been keeping a terrible secret for decades. Soon a curse from the past will rise up from the ashes with devastating implications for them all. Starring Ludovic Tézier and Jamie Barton, Adele Thomas’s energetic staging sets Verdi’s tale in a Hieronymus Bosch-inspired universe of medieval superstition. Antonio Pappano conducts Verdi’s dramatic score, which features the famous ‘Anvil’ chorus.

Sun 18 Jun

Royal Opera House: The Barber of Seville

Royal Opera House: The Barber of Seville
  • 2022
  • UK
  • 3h 45min
  • 12A

When Rosina falls in love with amysterious young suitorwho calls himself Lindoro, she must use all her cunning –and a little help from her local barber –to outwit her calculating guardian Dr Bartolo.Expect heart-melting serenades, ridiculous disguises and a fairytale ending waiting just out of reach. From the barber’s famous opening number ‘Largo al factotum,’ with its cry of ‘Figaro!Figaro!,’to Rosina’s feisty aria ‘Una voce poco fa,’ Gioachino Rossini’s comic opera is a riotously entertaining affair. Rafael Payare makes his Royal Opera House debut conducting an outstanding internationalcast that includes Andrzej Filończyk, Aigul Akhmetshina, Lawrence Brownleeand Bryn Terfel.

Sun 19 Feb

Royal Opera House: The Sleeping Beauty

Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty
  • 2023
  • UK
  • 3h 25min
  • 12A

The Sleeping Beauty holds a very special place in The Royal Ballet’s heart and history. It was the first performance given by the Company when the Royal Opera House reopened at Covent Garden in 1946 after World War II. In 2006, this original staging was revived and has been delighting audiences ever since. Frederick Ashton famously cited the pure classicism of Marius Petipa’s 19th-century ballet as a private lesson in the atmospheric art and craft of choreography. Be swept away by Tchaikovsky’s ravishing music and Oliver Messel’s sumptuous fairytale designs with this true gem from the classical ballet repertory.

Sun 28 May

Till

Till
  • 2022
  • US
  • 2h 10min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Chinonye Chukwu
  • Cast: Danielle Deadwyler, Jalyn Hall, Frankie Faison

Seeking justice over the murder of her child, Mamie Till becomes an activist. Her actions become a catalyst for the US Civil Rights Movement.

Tue 21 Feb
Wed 22 Feb
Thu 23 Feb

Turandot

Madame Butterfly

Puccini’s final opera is a glorious pageant of rich colour, dance and drama in Andrei Serban’s classic staging.

Sun 26 Mar

Owned by the Purbeck Film Charitable Trust, The Rex has undergone improvements in recent years. The building, originally known as Oddfellows Hall, was originally built in 1889.

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