Regal Cinema Melton: Film guide February 19 to 26

Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle in American Sniper. Picture: PA Photo/Keith Bernstein/Warner Bros EMN-151202-120618004
Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle in American Sniper. Picture: PA Photo/Keith Bernstein/Warner Bros EMN-151202-120618004
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Night at the Museum 3 (PG). Today at 3.45pm.

Into The Woods (PG). Today at 6pm.

Foxcatcher (15). Today at 8.30pm.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (12A). Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) has helped the Dwarves to reclaim their Erebor mountain home, inadvertently triggering a war that will prove the defining chapter in this visually dazzling Middle-earth epic. Friday at 3pm, Saturday at 2.30pm and 8.15pm, Sunday at 1.30pm and 4.30pm.

The Gambler (15). Self-loathing but oozing maverick charm, Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is a young literature professor whose addiction to gambling has lost him large sums of money borrowed from loan sharks. People close to him are targeted as collateral for his debts, but he continues to risk everything. A remake of the highly-regarded 1974 original starring James Caan. Friday at 6pm, Tuesday at 8pm.

Unbroken (15). In 1943, USAF bombardier Louis Zamperini’s plane crashed in the Pacific, and he spent 47 days adrift on a raft before being captured by Japanese soldiers. Unbroken tells his inspiring true story. Friday at 8.30pm, Wednesday at 5.45pm.

American Sniper (15). Based on the hit memoir by real-life Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, American Sniper marks director Clint Eastwood’s return to gun-related violence that’s hallmarked his greatest films. Bradley Cooper (pictured) plays the unerringly accurate rifleman protecting troops and civilians in Iraq. Chris saves countless lives, making him a legend among his colleagues, but also a prime target for insurgents. Back home the brutalisation of war strains the relationship with his new wife (Sienna Miller), forming a powerful subplot as intense as the battleground scenes. Saturday at 5.30pm, Sunday at 7.30pm, Monday at 8.30pm, Tuesday 2.30pm, next Thursday at 8.30pm.

Big Eyes (12A). Margaret Keane’s (Amy Adams) kitsch paintings of wistful doe-eyed children were bestsellers in the 1950s and ’60s. But no-one knew it was she who had painted them – her fame-hungry husband signed all her work. Director Tim Burton teams up with his Ed Wood screenwriters to craft the couple’s fascinating true story. Monday at 6pm, Wednesday at 8.45pm.

Whiplash (15). Based on his own 2013 short and featuring some of the same cast, writer-director Damien Chazelle’s second theatrical feature centres on the relationship between Andrew (Miles Teller), an aspiring jazz drummer, and Fletcher, his ultra-demanding teacher (JK Simmons in Oscar-nominated form). Driven almost to nervous and physical breakdown, Andrew sacrifices everything for his chance of greatness. Its exhilarating musical sequences alone justify its many awards. Tuesday at 5.30pm, next Thursday at 6pm.