Melton Regal Cinema: Film guide December 18 to 24

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Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I (12A) (15). Tonight at 6pm. Third episode of the hit saga set in a dystopia where a cruel elite ingeniously guard their spoils.

The Imitation Game (12A). Tonight at 8.45pm. Benedict Cumberbatch masterfully portrays mathematical genius Alan Turing in his race against time to break Germany’s Enigma code during the Second World War.

Hobbit: Five Armies (12A). In this concluding part of director Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) has helped Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and the Dwarves to reclaim their Erebor mountain homeland from the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). Furious at losing Erebor and its many treasures, Smaug unleashes his fiery wrath on the people of Laketown, who assisted the Dwarves in their quest to take back their home. The ancient and terrifying enemy Sauron (also voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) and his Orc hordes join the fight against Bilbo, the Dwarves and their allies, triggering a war that will prove the defining chapter in this visually dazzling Middle-earth epic. With Ian McKellen reprising his role as the all-seeing Gandalf alongside Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly and Christopher Lee, it promises to be a thrilling ride. Friday 1pm, 4pm, 7pm; Saturday 1pm, 4pm, 7pm; Sunday 1pm, 4pm, 7pm; Monday 1.30pm, 4.30pm, 7.30pm; Tuesday 1.30pm, 4.30pm, 7.30pm; Wednesday (Christmas Eve) 1pm, 4pm

The Penguins of Madagascar (U). The lovably boisterous penguins from the Madagascar films return in this spin-off espionage adventure. They lead double lives as super spies and must team up with an elite inter-species task force led by a wolf named Classified (Benedict Cumberbatch), to sabotage Dr Octavious Brine’s (John Malkovich) villainous plans for world domination. This brilliantly animated feature promises to be a family favourite this Christmas. Saturday 10.30am; Sunday 10.30am; Wednesday (Christmas Eve) 10.30am.

Bolshoi: The Nutcracker. Monday 10.30am; Tuesday 10.30am.