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Night at the Movies: What’s on in January

Words by Lauren Entwistle 

As the nights are still cold and frosty, it seems ridiculous to leave the warmth of the indoors – at least without a portable kettle. But one place that never fails us in January is the cinema. From big houses to independent spots and genres ranging indie, crime, thriller, romance or horror, we’ve got you sorted with what flicks are coming up in Leeds.

Creatures of the Night: Silence of the Lambs at Hyde Park Picture House 


Winner of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Hopkins), Best Actress (Foster), and Best Screenplay Adaptation at the 1991 Academy Awards, Silence of the Lambs has gone down as the most revered horror films of the last few decades – so it’s a must-see. In a performance that marked him as a major star in America, Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter is the archetypal antihero – cultured, quick-witted, unnerving – a portrait of the sharpest human faculties gone diabolically wrong.

Catch it at Hyde Park Picture House on the 13th of January from 10:30pm for the perfect watch on a cold and terrible winter night.

National Theatre Live presents “Follies” at City Varieties

Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to venues – so grab the popcorn and be transported to the stage.

The scene is set in New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors).

Get down to City Varieties on the 18th January from 7:30pm and tickets cost £15 – go to the website here to grab ’em.

Serial Mom at Little Reliance Cinema 

Beat those January blues and join The Reliance for some matriarchal misbehaving by watching the horrifically funny Serial Mom – what better way to start 2018 than with a delightfully deviant film from the mind of John Waters?

As the Reliance continues their quest to seek out cinema’s greatest antiheroines, they present Beverly Sutphin, a woman who takes her motherly duties to pathological extremes. Kathleen Turner gives a barnstorming performance as the sociopathic matriarch who kills for the sake of her family and middle-class respectability. Another fabulous addition to true-crime, this is not to be missed.

Also starring: Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Matthew Lillard and Mink Stole; with cameos from Patty Hearst, Suzanne Somers, Joan Rivers, Traci Lords and L7 as Camel Lips.

Crypt Cinema at St George’s Crypt

£5 admission and you can book tickets here.

Although this isn’t a film listing, we must say that we think this might be one of our new favourite ways to watch and delve deeper into movies. Crypt Cinema is a new monthly forum for watching and discussing artists’ film and video from St George’s Crypt.

Guided by the people who attend, and with the help of occasional guests, you’ll look at a selection of new and old short films and videos by international artists for both users of St George’s Crypt and anyone else who wants to attend.

Screenings take place on the last Thursday of the month, 1–3pm. All welcome, no need to book. Run by Pavilion in collaboration with St George’s Crypt, with support from the Winter Wellbeing Community Grant Scheme.

Get down there and learn something new – or even discover a film that might become a firm favourite.

Jean-Micheal Basquiat – The Radiant Child at Left Bank Leeds 

One for “arty types”, Left Bank’s monthly cinema presents a rare documentary, painting a deeply personal portrait of the American artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat. He was known for his iconic street art and for exhibiting alongside Andy Warhol. A man of luminous spirit, he earned the respect of the art scene and international fame.

Directed by Tamra Davis, get to Left Bank on the 25th January from 7:30pm – 10:30pm and you can book tickets here.

Epic Movie Night – The Princess Bride at Arts@Trinity

Arts@Trinity’s Epic Movie Nights series continues in 2018, with the first instalment being swashbuckling fairytale adventure “The Princess Bride” (1987) on the 29th January from 7pm – 10pm.

For those not in the know, the story is as follows: “An elderly man reads the book “The Princess Bride” to his sick and thus currently bedridden adolescent grandson. The tale is about a farmhand named Westley, accompanied by befriended companions along the way, who must rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the odious Prince Humperdinck.” 

Perfect for those young and old, this screening is free to attend – so you really have no excuse.


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