Alice Through The Looking Glass (PG)
Based on Lewis Carroll’s much-loved books, this sequel to 2010’s Alice In Wonderland again stars Mia Wasikowska as Alice. Since her last adventures, Alice has spent three years sailing the high seas with her father. Now she returns to London, where through the prism of an enchanted looking glass she discovers that her old friend the Mad Hatter (Depp) has turned even madder than usual. To avert his demise before it’s too late, Alice turns to Time, part-man, part-clock (Sacha Baron Cohen). Despite warnings that she can’t change the past, she borrows a chronosphere, a mystical time-travelling device coveted by the Red Queen (Bonham Carter). The consequences are both mysterious and magical, with many familiar characters revealed as never before. Friday and Wednesday at 6pm, Saturday at 3pm, Sunday at 2.30pm, Monday and Thursday at 8.30pm and Tuesday at 2pm and 5pm.
The Nice Guys (15)
Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe reveal superb comic finesse and timing in this otherwise tense drama. Gosling plays Holland March, an inept Los Angeles private eye obliged to join forces with goon-forhire Jackson Healy (Crowe) in order to track down a missing teenager. Writer-director Shane Black’s (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) comedy thriller makes the most of its 1970s setting and the obvious chemistry between its lead players. Friday and Wednesday at 8.30pm, Saturday at 7.45pm, Sunday at 7.15pm and Monday and Thursday at 6pm.
Love & Friendship (U)
With no redeeming virtues other than saucy charm and truly Wildean wit, Susan Vernon (Beckinsale) decamps to her sister-in-law Catherine’s elegant country estate to escape the adverse effects of a scandal and secure a replacement for her recently deceased husband. Quickly starting an affair with Catherine’s much younger brother (Xavier Samuel, Fury), Susan fears that the unexpected arrival of her own wayward daughter (Morfydd Clark, Madame Bovary) will thwart her plans, and so she embarks on dastardly machinations – some involving her equally duplicitous old friend Alicia (Sevigny). Adapting Jane Austen’s novella Lady Susan, writer-director Stillman has wrought a gorgeously staged comedy of romantic manners, with Beckinsale and Sevigny – who also starred in another of Stillman’s The Last Days Of Disco. Saturday at 5.30pm and Sunday at 5pm,