Regal Cinema Melton: Film guide February 26 to March 5

David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr in Selma. Picture: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures/Atsushi Nishijima EMN-150219-161130004

David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr in Selma. Picture: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures/Atsushi Nishijima EMN-150219-161130004

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Whiplash (15). Today at 6pm.

American Sniper (15). Today at 8.30pm.

Selma (12A). Ava DuVernay’s powerful Oscar-nominated dramatisation of America’s Civil Rights movement. Opening with Martin Luther King (an impressively convincing David Oyelowo) collecting his Nobel Peace Prize, the film swiftly moves to the bombing of an Alabama church and the dignified attempts of a local resident (Oprah Winfrey) to register to vote. As its title suggests, Selma focuses on the city that King chose as pivotal in persuading President Johnson (Wilkinson) to grant voting rights for all, a battle that proved bitter and often bloody. Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth and Cuba Gooding Jnr shine among a well-drawn cast. Friday at 6pm, Saturday at 8.30pm, Sunday at 5.30pm, Monday at 6pm, Tuesday at 2.15pm and 7.45pm, Wednesday at 4pm, next Thursday at 6pm.

Taken 3 (12A). Liam Neeson returns as retired covert operative Bryan Mills. When he is wrongly accused of brutally murdering his ex-wife, Mills goes on the run from the CIA and police to hunt down the real perpetrator, while his protecting daughter, in this exciting thriller. Friday at 8.45pm, Saturday at 6pm, Sunday at 8.15pm.

Annie (PG). Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis) was left by her parents with mean foster mother Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz), and it’s been a hard knock life ever since. But everything’s about to change when hard-nosed mayoral candidate Jamie Foxx makes a thinly veiled campaign move and takes Annie in. Saturday at 12.30pm and 3.15pm, Sunday at noon and 2.45pm.

A Most Violent Year (15). In this gripping thriller, ambitious businessman Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) is fighting to expand his independent New York oil delivery company in 1981, among the most crime-ridden years in the city’s history. Alongside his steely wife Anna (Jessica Chastain), Abel wants to build the business legitimately, but he’s up against powerful criminal rivals who are out to ruin his plans – and even the District Attorney (David Oyelowo) turns on him when he complains about Mafia interference. Talented storyteller J. C. Chandor directs an excellent cast. Monday at 8.45pm, Tuesday at 5pm, next Thursday at 8.45pm.

RSC Live: Love’s Labour’s Lost. Christopher Luscombe directs a pairing of two of Shakespeare’s most sparkling comedies, set in a splendid country house just before and just after the Great War. Wednesday at 7pm.