Regal Cinema Melton: Film guide January 29 to February 5

Kit Harington and Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain in Testament of Youth. Picture: PA Photo/Lionsgate EMN-150122-103958004
Kit Harington and Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain in Testament of Youth. Picture: PA Photo/Lionsgate EMN-150122-103958004
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LAST SHOWING: Exodus (12A). Tonight at 7pm.

Testament of Youth (12A). Lavish adaptation by BBC Films of Vera Brittain’s autobiographical account of the devastation wreaked by the First World War, originally published in 1933. Spirited young Vera (Alicia Vikander) breaks free from the conventions of her class and gender to go to Oxford, only to have her brother and fiancé torn from her by the outbreak of war. She experiences the horrors of war at the front as a field nurse before returning to Oxford, a grieving woman in a shell-shocked country. A heartbreaking love story and corrective to the myth that only men fight wars. Friday at 6pm, Saturday at 8.30pm, Sunday at 7.30pm, Monday at 6pm, Tuesday at 2pm and 8pm, Wednesday at 8.30pm, next Thursday at 6.30pm.

Birdman (15). Savagely funny black comedy starring Michael Keaton as Riggan Thomson, a washed-up actor who made his name starring in an iconic Hollywood franchise about the Birdman. Longing to be taken seriously as a Broadway playwright and director, his theatre production is dogged by disaster, and his Birdman alter ego won’t leave him alone. Famous stage actor Mike Shiner (Edward Norton) joins the show at the last minute, but his raging ego threatens to destroy Riggan’s dreams for good. Birdman marries scurrilous showbiz satire with the poignant tale of a man facing his own obsolescence. Truly dazzling. Friday and Monday at 8.45pm, Wednesday at 6pm.

Unbroken (12A). Californian long-distance runner Louis Zamperini competed at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, but when the Second World War broke out he enlisted in the United States Air Force. In 1943 his plane crashed in the Pacific, and he spent 47 days adrift on a raft before being captured by Japanese soldiers. The real Zamperini died in 2014 at the age of 97; this film is an inspiring tribute to a remarkable man. Saturday at 5.30pm, Tuesday at 5pm, next Thursday at 8.15pm.

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast (U). Fun and talented animal fairy Fawn befriends a huge and mysterious creature known as the Neverbeast. While Tinker Bell and her friends aren’t so sure about this scary addition to Pixie Hollow, the elite Scout Fairies set out to capture the monster before he destroys their home. Fawn must take a leap of faith if she hopes to rally the girls to save the Neverbeast. Saturday at 1.30pm and 3.30pm, Sunday at 1pm.

Met Opera: Les Contes D’Hoffman. Sunday at 3pm.