Judy (12A)



Drama (2019)
118mins UK

Starring: Rufus Sewell, Renee Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock
Director: Rupert Goold
Writer(s): Tom Edge
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

In 1969, Judy Garland faces a fierce battle for her children and she hopes to boost her dwindling finances with a five-week run of shows at The Talk Of The Town nightclub in London run by Bernard Delfont. New fiance Mickey Deans continually distracts Judy when she should be rehearsing with music director Burt and her band. Scarred by drug addition and unable to sleep, Judy threatens another run of bad press by self-sabotaging what remains of her career.

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Judy (12A)

In a long, distinguished career on stage and screen, which soared over the rainbow in 1939 when she donned Dorothy Gale's ruby slippers in The Wizard Of Oz, Judy Garland was nominated for two Academy Awards in the first remake of A Star Is Born and gripping courtroom drama Judgment At Nuremberg. Stellar performances from Grace Kelly in The Country Girl and Rita Moreno in West Side Story denied her those precious golden statuettes. Fifty years after her death in London, Garland may have her glittering moment in the Oscars spotlight after all courtesy of Renee Zellweger's tour-de-force portrayal in Judy...

Judy. Copyright: Pathe Productions. Caption: Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland in Judy, directed by Rupert Goold. Photo: David Hindley. All Rights Reserved.Adapted from Peter Quilter's award-winning stage play End Of The Rainbow, director Rupert Goold's impeccably choreographed drama focuses on the final months of Garland's life when she married her fifth husband and sought refuge on this side of the Atlantic. Fittingly, Zellweger is the talk of every glossy frame. Singing with her own voice in a lower octave, the Texan actress commits fully and fiercely to a showstopping, sympathetic and defiant embodiment of a fading diva enslaved to a daily regime of amphetamines and sleeping pills, which began during teenage years as a pawn of the controlling Hollywood studio system.

When we meet Judy, she is embroiled in an acrimonious tug-of-war with third husband Sidney Luft (Rufus Sewell) for care and custody of their children, Lorna (Bella Ramsey) and Joey (Lewin Lloyd). Crippled by debt and financial mismanagement, Judy reluctantly agrees to a five-week run of shows at The Talk Of The Town nightclub in London run by Bernard Delfont (Sir Michael Gambon). "I have to leave my children if I want to make enough money to be with my children?" she asks incredulously. Delfont assigns despairing assistant Rosalyn Wilder (Jessie Buckley) the unenviable task of shepherding Garland to the stage each night. Unfortunately, flighty fiance Mickey Deans (Finn Wittrock) continually distracts Judy when she should be rehearsing with music director Burt (Royce Pierreson) and her band. Tormented by ghosts of the past, notably film studio titan Louis B Mayer (Richard Cordery), a sleep-deprived Judy threatens to self-sabotage what remains of her legacy.

Judy is elevated beyond the pages of Tom Edge's script by the luminous Zellweger. Justifiable concerns about characterisation and dramatic momentum melt like lemon drops as she delivers crisp one-liners with fighting spirit - "I know what a bad mother is, I lived with one" - and tumbles ingloriously on stage in front of heavy-paying punters, who articulate their displeasure by throwing bread rolls. Eldest daughter Liza Minnelli (Gemma-Leah Devereux) appears fleetingly in a party scene but is otherwise absent from the emotional wreckage. In Zellweger's gutsy, bravura performance, we feel every bruise and glancing blow.

- Sam Cannon

Judy. Copyright: Pathe Productions. Caption: Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland in Judy, directed by Rupert Goold. Photo: David Hindley. All Rights Reserved.


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Rest of UK and Irish Cinemas

Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 8th November
To Thursday 14th November

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Accrington, Vue Accrington
- Addlestone, The Light Cinema, Addlestone
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Annan, Annan Lonsdale Cinema
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Berkhamsted, The Rex Cinema
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Bideford, Kingsley School
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Bishop's Stortford, Empire Bishop's Stortford
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Bodmin, Capitol Cinema
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Clitheroe, Everyman Clitheroe
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cromer, Regal Movieplex
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Grinstead, Scott Cinemas
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Exmouth, Savoy
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bluewater
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harlow, Cineworld Harlow - Queensgate
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Odeon Hull
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Kingsbridge, Kings Cinema
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Odeon Luxe Leeds Thorpe Park
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Leighton Buzzard, Leighton Buzzard Theatre
- Leven, The Kino Leven
- Liverpool, Everyman Liverpool
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Llanelli, Odeon Llanelli
- Maidenhead, Odeon Maidenhead
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, Everyman Manchester St. John's
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Everyman Newcastle
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Northwich, Odeon Northwich
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Oldham, Odeon Oldham
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Oxted, Everyman Oxted
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Peebles, Eastgate Theatre
- Penrith, Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema
- Penzance, Savoy
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Royston, Royston Picture Palace
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, The Light Cinema, Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, The Old Market Hall
- Shrewsbury, Wem Town Hall
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stafford, Odeon Luxe Stafford
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Stoke-on-Trent, Stoke Film Theatre
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Torrington, The Plough Arts Centre
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Tywyn, Magic Lantern Cinema
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- York, Everyman York
- York, Vue York
From Friday 15th November
To Thursday 21st November

- Accrington, Vue Accrington
- Addlestone, The Light Cinema, Addlestone
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Castle Douglas, The Fullarton Theatre
- Chipping Norton, Chipping Norton Theatre
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bluewater
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Leighton Buzzard, Leighton Buzzard Theatre
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Market Drayton, Festival Drayton Centre
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newport, The Riverfront
- Newquay, Lighthouse Cinema
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Pocklington, Pocklington Arts Centre
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Rugby, Rugby Theatre
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, The Old Market Hall
- Southport, Vue Southport
- St Austell, White River Cinema
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Truro, Plaza Cinema
- Wadebridge, The Regal
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Woodbridge, The Riverside
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- York, Vue York


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