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At Eternity's Gate (12A)

At Eternity's Gate

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Tuesday 30 Apr 201919:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 51m

Shot with a painter’s eye, Oscar-nominee Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell & the Butterfly and Basquiat) does wonderful justice to the great Vincent van Gogh. One of the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art, he produced thousands of paintings and drawings in just over a decade.

At Eternity’s Gate focuses on the prolific painter’s agonising final years living in Arles, France. Dafoe delivers a stunning portrayal, immersing himself in the life of the artist: learning to paint, reading his letters and placing himself within the frame of several of van Gogh’s most recognisable locations.

Vincent’s younger brother Theo (Rupert Friend), an art dealer who sends a monthly allowance, shows up whenever his brother finds himself in hospital. His unfailing emotional and financial support provides a stark contrast to his turbulent relationship with fellow artist Paul Gaugin (Oscar Isaac), simultaneously a close friend and rival.

The minimalist piano score from composer Tatiana Lisovskaya blends with Benoît Delhomme’s gorgeous cinematography to great effect.

Dafoe’s performance, which rightly earned him his Best Actor Oscar nomination, demands to be seen.

The White Crow (12A)

The White Crow

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Wednesday 24 Apr 201913:00 Book Now
Wednesday 24 Apr 201919:30 Book Now (Upstairs Available)
Monday 29 Apr 201919:30 Book Now
Tuesday 7 May 201912:00 Book Now
Tuesday 7 May 201919:30 Book Now
Thursday 16 May 201914:00 Book Now

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Film run time: 2hr 7m

Ralph Fiennes and David Hare unite to illuminate the electric life of Rudolf Nureyev, perhaps the greatest male ballet dancer of the last century, exploring his rapid rise to stardom and legendary escape from his Soviet handlers.

Born in obscurity on a Siberian train, Nureyev (flawlessly imitated in look and movement by Oleg Ivenko) became the pride of the USSR through the supervision of Alexander Pushkin (Fiennes), but nursed an irrepressible talent and ego that would not be confined by Communist discipline and austerity. His growing fame soon leads to a trip to Paris in the early 60s, where he is enraptured by the greater opportunity and freedom.

Though shadowed by Soviet watchmen, he begins to form deeper connections with socialite Clara (Adèle Exarchopoulos), raising the suspicion of the KGB further. Soon, he is forced to make a difficult decision about where his home should be.

Though still indulging in amazing balletic pyrotechnics and vividly evoking the period, Fiennes and Hare employ a more opaque and shifting narrative than the standard biopic. This subtlety, however, is never at the expense of an undeniably riveting true story about a magnetic, irrepressible figure.

Everybody Knows (S) (15)

Everybody Knows (S)

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Thursday 25 Apr 201914:00 Book Now

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Film run time: 2hr 13m

Secrets surrounding a mother’s old romance resurface, as her daughter disappears in the middle of a family wedding, in the small Spanish village where she grew up.

Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, celebrated for The Salesman and A Separation, brings spouses Pénelope Cruz and Javier Bardem together for a tense performance in this Spanish-language thriller.

Laura (Cruz) returns from Buenos Aires, her adopted city to her hometown in rural Spain, for her sister’s wedding. Coming with her is her son Diego and teenage daughter Irene, who is quickly attracted to a local boy, Felipe.

Felipe shares with Irene a much-gossiped tale of how her mother broke the heart of a local man, Paco (Bardem), when she left town. During the festivities, Irene disappears. If Laura is to get her daughter back, she must overcome her aching despair and unthread the web of secrets which keep her from the truth.

A community rife with secrets falls apart as suspicion deepens the cracks in relationships.

The breath-taking countryside and intriguing plot perfectly complement each other, but it is the two veteran lead performances that complete this original mystery.

H Is For Harry +Q&A (12A)

H Is For Harry +Q&A

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Thursday 25 Apr 201919:30 Book Now

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Film run time: 1hr 26m

Jaime Taylor and Ed Owles shine a light on the British education system in this insightful and essential documentary about one boy’s struggle through secondary school.

For Harry, illiteracy is the norm: his dad can’t read or write; his grandfather couldn’t either. When he starts out at Feltham’s Reach Academy in East London, his father has high hopes of breaking the cycle. With its inventive teaching methods and one-on-one tutoring, Reach has a track record of helping children who arrive unable to spell even their own names. But Harry—who already has premonitions of life on the street—feels the weight of his background. His tutor Sophie must pull out all the stops to help him forge a better future.

Taylor and Owles capture Harry’s charm and down-to-earth personality, encouraging us to applaud his every success, however minor, even as he expresses boredom and frustration with a system that strikes him as pointless. More than that, they uncover the insurmountable obstacles lying in his path, in a country where one in five children still struggles to read by eleven.

Join us for this very special evening with intro and Q&A with Jaime Taylor and Ed Owles, which will be chaired by local entrepreneur Tom Pellereau.

Fisherman's Friends (12A)

Fisherman's Friends

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Friday 26 Apr 201917:00 Book Now
Friday 26 Apr 201921:00 Book Now (Upstairs Available )
Sunday 28 Apr 201913:00 Book Now (Last Few Seats)
Wednesday 1 May 201919:30 Book Now
Sunday 5 May 201913:00 Book Now
Monday 6 May 201919:30 Book Now
Wednesday 15 May 201913:00 Book Now

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Film run time: 1hr 52m

When Danny, a Universal Records music executive (Daniel Mays), is on a stag do in the remote Cornish village of Port Isaac, he stumbles upon a ten-man a cappella group of grizzled locals singing traditional sea shanties. His boss Troy (Noel Clarke) urges him to sign the band.

Despite having no understanding nor appreciation of the folk music Danny endeavours to land a deal with the rightly sceptical singers, unaware that Troy had actually been joking.

However, the more time Danny spends with The Fisherman’s Friends the more he falls in love with the music, as well as the simple joys afforded by a tight-knit village community. He also finds his head being turned by comely local hotelier Alwyn (Tuppence Middleton) and love starts to blossom. Against the backdrop of the rise of history’s most unlikely boy band, what starts as a fish-out-of-water story becomes a tale of redemption much in the vein of Local Hero.

Based (somewhat loosely) on the real band The Fisherman’s Friends, Director Chris Foggin has created the kind of warm-hearted feel-good film that Britain specialises in.

See this if you liked The Full Monty, Calendar Girls, and Brassed Off.

The Kid Who Would Be King (PG)

The Kid Who Would Be King

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Saturday 27 Apr 201914:00 Book Now (Upstairs Available)

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Film run time: 2hr

At an inner-city London primary school, The Goonies and The Lord of the Rings collide in Joe Cornish’s retelling of the Arthurian legend.

Since appearing as himself on much-loved comedy vehicle The Adam and Joe Show back in 1996, Cornish now has a firm-footing in the film industry following a very strong directorial debut with Attack the Block and writing credits for The Adventures of Tintin and Ant-Man.

When bullies chase Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) on to a construction site, the hapless schoolboy stumbles upon Excalibur, which takes him and his friends on a quest he could never imagine.

After many years looking longingly at his pals Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and Michael Gambon (Dumbledore), Patrick Stewart finally gets his turn to cast a wizard’s spell as Merlin the Magician. However, to blend into this modern day setting he often disguises himself as a teenager (Angus Imrie) working in a chicken shop.

Rebecca Ferguson (The Greatest Showman) is Morgana — the wicked sorceress, whose army of supernatural warriors threatens the entire United Kingdom.

Another noteworthy mention goes to Damon Albarn’s music collective, Electric Wave Bureau, who provide the spellbinding score to this enchanting tale.

Us (+intro) (15)

Us (+intro)

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Saturday 27 Apr 201919:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 56m

Already being touted as ‘the next Hitchcock’, Jordan Peele (Get Out) is clearly developing a name for himself in the horror genre as a talented auteur with this sophomore film.

Us is an initially sun-soaked psychological-horror where husband and wife Gabe and Adelaide Wilson (Winston Duke and Lupita Nyong’o – Black Panther) return with their two children to their family’s beachfront home. Adelaide struggles with traumatic memories of an event from her past growing up in that same home, and becomes increasingly anxious that something bad will happen to her family. One night, four masked strangers turn up at the house and the situation descends into a cat-and-mouse game for survival. Underneath the masks, the strangers are revealed to be doppelgängers of the family members themselves.

Seen as a more accessible horror-comedy than its forerunner, Peele’s film is a 21st Century take on Gothic Horror tropes of the Uncanny, Us vs. Them oppositions, and a spine-chilling musing on wealthy middle-class African-American apathy and private guilt, shame and impostor syndrome.

**This screening will now be introduced by Dr Paul Sutton (University of Hertfordshire) instead of Dr Darren Elliott-Smith - as previously advertised.**

Pierrot Le Fou (1966)(S)(+intro) (15)

Pierrot Le Fou (1966)(S)(+intro)

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Sunday 28 Apr 201918:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 47m

Part of the ‘A Cinematic Odyssey: Postcards from Europe’ strand.

Jean-Luc Godard’s masterpiece isn’t just a beguiling caper story of a couple on the run. He paints a series of tableaux vivants - each frame an aesthetic delight of colour composition, enhancing the passion and song, inquisitive stares, tenderness, frustration and cruelty in this charming portrayal of ‘the last romantic couple’.

We see Ferdinand Griffon, played by the instinctively cool Jean-Paul Belmondo, disenchanted with bourgeois Parisian society and his wife and children, take off with their enigmatic baby-sitter, Marianne Renoir (Anna Karina, Godard’s inimitable muse). Penniless but invigorated, they traverse France in pursuit of ‘gun-related money’, by means of her cunning and his stories. But as their relationship intensifies, so does their conflict: “You speak to me with words, I look at you with feelings.”

Rejecting the stale formula of contemporary Hollywood, Godard’s camera techniques are as distinct as handwriting. He addresses commercialism and the Vietnam War through farce and satire, whilst capturing ‘all the space, sounds and colours that take place between people’.

The film will be introduced by Dr Paul Sutton, who will stay for the end of the film for a post-screening discussion in the front-tier of the downstairs seating area.

Green Book (12A)

Green Book

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Thursday 2 May 201919:30 Book Now
Wednesday 8 May 201913:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2hr 07m

Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen bring lyrical chemistry to this untold story about an unlikely real-life friendship.

Bafta-winning Ali plays the world-class African-American pianist Dr. Don Shirley, who is about to embark on a tour from Manhattan to the Deep South in the early 1960s. Dr. Shirley needs a driver (and protector) and is recommended the tough-talking, Italian-American bouncer, Tony Lip (Mortensen). Shirley must rely upon the ‘Green Book’, the real guidebook on which the film is named, to find motels and restaurants that will accept African-American travellers. The further south they go, the more they are confronted not only by racism and danger, but also their own differences.

For the role, Mortensen put on 20 pounds by eating a diet of pasta and pizza, and never refusing more than one dessert, and it seems to have paid off with his performance gaining plenty of Best Actor noms. But it’s Mahershala’s virtuoso performance which elevates this charming buddy-movie.

Nominated for five Oscars, and winning several more accolades at the recent Baftas and Golden Globes, Green Book is at once hilarious and deeply moving.

Dumbo (2019) (PG)

Dumbo (2019)

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Friday 3 May 201917:00 Book Now
Saturday 4 May 201914:00 Book Now
Sunday 5 May 201918:00 Book Now
Monday 6 May 201914:00 Book Now
Friday 10 May 201917:00 Book Now
Saturday 11 May 201914:00 Book Now
Tuesday 28 May 201912:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 52m

On the surface they may seem like a rather odd match: auteur director Tim Burton, responsible for such gothic fayre as Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice, and the famously family-friendly House-of-Mouse. However, they have more in common than you might think.

You may already know that Burton and Disney have been collaborating for decades. Back in the 80s, when Burton was cutting his teeth in the movie business, Disney hired him to work as an animator for The Fox and the Hound. Since then they have worked together on a variety of projects.

Burton’s signature trope of celebrating the misfits and outcasts - those who succeed despite the suspicion and ridicule of the mainstream - makes him the perfect champion for this large-lobed pachyderm.

The storyline has been expanded for this redux with much more of the storyline given to injured war veteran and former equestrian performer, Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell), and Danny De Vito’s seedy circus owner, Max Medici.

Michael Keaton, Eva Green, Roshan Seth and Alan Arkin complete the star-studded line-up

making for a fresh experience that will delight newcomers and devoted fans of the original alike.

The Sisters Brothers (15)

The Sisters Brothers

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Friday 3 May 201921:00 Book Now
Saturday 4 May 201919:00 Book Now

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Film run time: 2hr 2m

John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix strike fresh ground in their latest western, a blackly comic and richly detailed take on the genre, based on the award-winning novel of the same name.

Eli and Charlie Sisters are dogged, dysfunctional hitmen in the pay of the rich and mysterious Commodore (Rutger Hauer), operating along a Pacific coast currently in the thrall of the Gold Rush.

Divided in their attitudes towards their unsavoury profession, the pair are suddenly given a larger assignment: tracking down Hermann Warm (Riz Ahmed), a fugitive chemist who may hold the secret to greatly increasing the gold’s value, and John Morris (Jake Gyllenhaal), a high-minded detective who has surrendered to Warm’s utopian visions.

Already beset with interior struggles - drink, bickering and unspeakable medical problems make staying on a horse difficult enough - the brothers are barely equipped to tackle a messy and often surreal early California, where both man and nature conspire to make the job even harder.

Writer & Director Jacques Audiard - who reached high acclaim with the gripping A Prophet in 2009 - brings a uniquely European edge to this familiar American genre.

If Beale Street Could Talk (15)

If Beale Street Could Talk

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Wednesday 8 May 201919:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 56m

Barry Jenkins returns after his Academy Award-winning picture Moonlight, further strengthening his visual and narrative craft with this timeless and moving work of cinematic poetry.

The heavily nominated film is an adaptation of a James Baldwin novel of the same name. Seen through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish Rivers (KiKi Layne), it follows her as she recalls the passion and trust that connected her to Alonzo “Fonny” Hunt (Stephan James), her fiancé and father to her unborn child.

The devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. With the unfaltering support of her family, Tish tries to clear his name before the birth of their child.

As with Moonlight, Jenkins is able to find beauty in the most unlikely places, while also portraying the rich contrasting layers of joy and anger from the original novel.

The film is graced by a rich atmosphere thanks to the amazing work of cinematographer James Laxton, and the lush award-nominated score from Nicholas Britell, channelling the sounds of 1970s Harlem.

On The Basis Of Sex (12A)

On The Basis Of Sex

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Thursday 9 May 201914:00 Book Now
Thursday 9 May 201919:30 Book Now
Tuesday 14 May 201912:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 57m

Following on from our January screening of the brilliant doc RBG, On The Basis of Sex delves into the history of the now notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In 1956, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was very much outnumbered in a 500-strong male-dominated class at Harvard Law School; 37 years later, she became the second ever woman appointed to the Supreme Court. Mimi Leder’s biopic follows Ginsburg (portrayed by Felicity Jones) as she rises up the ranks of the legal profession and fights against discrimination on the basis of sex— starting with a ground-breaking tax case that she and her husband, Martin Ginsburg (Armie Hammer), knew could change the direction of her career and the way the courts view gender discrimination.

This masterful portrayal pays homage to a woman who found her voice challenging deeply established male colleagues and brought about seismic change to the US legal system. Doing justice to a legendary figure is no easy feat, but Leder definitely succeeds, impeccably casting Jones to tell the story of an unwavering will.

An inspiring and spirited true story which arrives just in time for Justice Ginsburg's 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court. Don’t miss.

Hellboy (2018) (15)

Hellboy (2018)

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Friday 10 May 201921:00 Book Now

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Film run time: 2hr 1m

Mike Mignola’s graphic novels come back to life with the latest chapter of the Hellboy mythos directed by the always reliable Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones).

Hellboy (David Harbour, best known for Stranger Things) is a heroic half-demon summoned to earth to work for the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defence (The BPRD). When he is sent to England to battle three rampaging giants, he discovers an evil sorceress, Nimue (Mila Jovovich), who has a singular mission to avenge her past betrayal by punishing all human life on Earth.

Now Hellboy - together with his adopted father (Ian McShane) and some of his closest allies - is caught in the middle of a clash between the natural and the supernatural as they try to stop Nimue before she destroys all mankind.

Originally planned as a sequel to Guillermo Del Toro’s earlier Hellboy series, the film took on a new life when Neil Marshall and David Harbour signed on to the production.

Expect dazzling special effects, high-octane action and tongue-in-cheek humour in this new adaptation of a familiar and beloved anti-hero.

Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)

Bohemian Rhapsody

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Saturday 11 May 201919:00 Book Now

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Film run time: 2hr 14m

A foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and arguably the greatest and most captivating frontman in the history of music – Freddie Mercury.

Defying stereotypes and shattering convention, this biopic traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. Named after Queen’s own progressive rock odyssey.

It’s a film that’s had its fair share of problems — Sacha Baron Cohen was originally to be Mercury, but left the project due to creative differences. Director Bryan Singer abruptly left the film when he stopped turning up for shoots, amid frequent clashes with the cast.

Another one bites the dust, but the good news is this film is a champion. That’s largely thanks to the man who eventually won the role of Queen’s mercurial singer, Rami Malek, best known for starring in streaming series Mr Robot — expect an Oscar nod for this performance.

The film charts the band’s climb to success, culminating with the career-defining performance at Live Aid ‘85. Bolstering the cast are Lucy Boynton as Mary Austin, Mike Myers as EMI executive Ray Foster, and Aidan Gillen as one of the ever-changing Queen managers.

Mid90s (15)


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Sunday 12 May 201913:00 Book Now
Thursday 16 May 201919:30 Book Now

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Film run time: 1hr 25m

Jonah Hill’s directorial debut is an authentic slice of life from 1990s Los Angeles.

13-year-old Stevie (Sunny Suljic - unforgettable in The Killing of a Sacred Deer) needs somebody, anybody, to relate to - and badly. His older brother Ian (Lucas Hedges) violently bullies him, whilst his mother Dabney (Katherine Waterson) is often occupied. Things change when Stevie spots an older group of skaters at the Motor Avenue skate shop, who soon take him under their tattered wings. For Stevie, this is salvation: he finally feels like he belongs. Nicknamed ‘Sunburn’ by his new group, he is quickly brought up to speed with skateboarding culture, sex and alcohol.

Hill’s talent shines through. With an original script, he has crafted Mid90s into something entirely his own. Laced through with a disarming tenderness and a strong sense of authenticity, this coming-of-age tale feels like a time capsule that has just been unearthed.

Gorgeous glimmers of hilarity poke through a careful exploration of multi-dimensional characters, all soundtracked by a handpicked hip-hop score. Built with integrity and flair - a real gem that bodes well for the future of the filmmaker.

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (15)

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

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Sunday 12 May 201918:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 43m

This is the official documentary about maverick Manchester comedian Frank Sidebottom, and the life and art of his creator Chris Sievey, lending an ear to those who knew the man beneath the mask.

Sidebottom was an unshakable presence in English popular culture from 1984 until his creator’s death in 2010. Speaking and singing in a nasal Lancastrian accent, he traded in a class of outsider art that skirted the line between quaint and sinister.

The early part of the film offers an engrossing study of the creative fecundity that gathered around Manchester in the post-punk years. Sievey was a furious Beatles fan who alternated the construction of weird fanzine-like material with the writing of punchy, power-pop songs for The Freshies.

Steve Sullivan’s film unearths a fascinating haul of archive footage. Sievey and his long-suffering, still-tolerant wife seem to have lived a happy - if mad - life in the early days.

John Cooper Clarke and Mark Radcliffe turn up with amusing reminiscences of those times. But the most striking sections are those that claw away some of the Sidebottom lore.

An essential watch for both fans and for newcomers to Frankology.

The Keeper (15)

The Keeper

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Monday 13 May 201914:00 Book Now
Monday 13 May 201919:30 Book Now

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Film run time: 1hr 59m

Marcus H. Rosenmüller’s rousing biographical film charts the career of Bert Trautmann (David Kross - The Reader) as he moves from German prisoner of war to secure the position of Goalkeeper at Manchester City, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, and in doing so becomes a footballing icon.

Struggling for acceptance by those who dismiss him as the enemy, Bert's love for Margaret (Freya Mavor), an Englishwoman, carries him through and he wins over even his harshest opponents by winning the 1956 FA Cup Final. Incredibly, he played the last 17 minutes with a broken neck to secure their victory.

Kross delivers a humble and charming portrayal of the football legend, while John Henshaw gives a typically excellent performance as Jack Friar, Margaret’s plain-speaking dad. Henshaw also received a script credit for his efforts to ensure that the English dialogue of the German-speaking screenwriters sounded properly Lancashire.

When asked “What is it with boys and football?” by a bemused Margaret, Bert replies that “Football is like a wonderful dance.” This muscular and sympathetic story is a fixture you won’t want to miss

3 Faces (Subtitled) (15)

3 Faces (Subtitled)

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Tuesday 14 May 201919:30 Book Now

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Film run time: 1hr 41m

Despite being banned from filmmaking by his own country, Jafar Panahi still triumphs in presenting involving and revelatory visions of the state of Iran.

Assisting locally famous actress Behnaz Jafari, Panahi undertakes a road-trip to a small village in the rural northwest to investigate a plea for help contained within a young girl’s video. According to her message, she had strived ferociously to become an actress only to be ostracised by her entire community for such frivolous ambitions.

Sympathetic to the girl’s position and determined to find out the truth, Jafari and Panahi investigate the village and unearth a wealth of stories, ranging from amusing to grim to surreal. A larger picture slowly forms, depicting a society loyal to order and tradition, and suspicious of ambition in women, not least entertainers, as the example of a mysterious former actress in the village reveals.

Made with understandably limited resources (given the director’s ban) and fogging the barrier between fiction and reality, Panahi nevertheless succeeds in creating an expansive, layered and ultimately warm vision of art flourishing against all opposition.

Come and support Panahi’s sly and defiant metafictional road movie.

Loro (Subtitled) +intro (18)

Loro (Subtitled)  +intro

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Wednesday 15 May 201919:30 Book Now
Monday 20 May 201919:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2hr 31m

Part of the ‘A Cinematic Odyssey: Postcards from Europe’ strand.

Academy Award-winning director Paolo Sorrentino once again unites with legendary actor Toni Servillo, this time setting his sights on modern Europe’s most infamous politician, Silvio Berlusconi.

Originally created in two parts, Sorrentino’s latest work has been cut into one titanic film, a vibrant fictionalisation of the circus of people, power and politics surrounding Berlusconi between 2006 and 2009. We are subsequently immersed in the media tycoon and politician’s inner circle: the Loro (meaning Them) of the title.

Servillo’s performance was undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of Sorrentino’s sublime masterwork The Great Beauty, and the same can definitely be said for Loro. He tackles Berlusconi’s incongruous character with relish, grinning like a Cheshire cat as he comfortably takes part in raucous parties, while acting like a deer in the headlights as his scandals are made public. This magnetic performance coupled with Sorrentino’s trademark cinematic bravura makes for a powerful and alluring combination.

If you enjoyed Adam McKay’s recent Vice or are seeking a counterpart to Scorsese’s box office smash The Wolf of Wall Street, then look no further than Loro – a hedonistic fairground ride of epic proportions. (Research Owen Diplock)

The film will be introduced on both evening performances by Dr Paul Sutton, who will stay for the end of the film for a post-screening discussion in the front-tier of the downstairs seating area.

Tolkien (12A)


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Friday 17 May 201917:00 Book Now
Saturday 18 May 201914:00 Book Now
Sunday 19 May 201918:00 Book Now
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Tuesday 21 May 201919:30 Book Now
Wednesday 22 May 201913:00 Book Now
Thursday 23 May 201919:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 52m

“It's a dangerous business going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.” So said one John Ronald Reuel Tolkien in his masterwork The Lord of The Rings.

The warning could apply as much to a young Tolkien himself (the ever-ascending Nicholas Hoult) as to the adventurous Frodo Baggins. Throughout his formative years, Tolkien’s life was shaped by the world around him, from being orphaned at a young age to seeing first-hand the industrialisation of the midlands, to the callous destruction of the First World War.

Surrogate fathers (Colm Meaney as Father Francis Morgan), close fellowships of friends (his boyhood secret society known as the Tea Club and Barrovian Society) and most importantly, the love of Tolkien’s life, Edith Bratt (Lily Collins), all inspired the world that would later become known as Middle Earth.

Director Dome Karukoski (the acclaimed Finnish director making his English language debut) has created a visually stunning and heartfelt film that works both as a biography of Tolkien’s early years and as a history of the influences that shaped his writing.

Wild Rose (15)

Wild Rose

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Friday 17 May 201921:15 Book Now
Saturday 18 May 201919:00 Book Now
Sunday 19 May 201913:00 Book Now
Thursday 23 May 201914:00 Book Now
Monday 27 May 201919:30 Book Now

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Film run time: 1hr 40m

Jessie Buckley (Beast, Taboo) shines as Rose-Lynn, an ex-con obsessed with country music who dreams of making it big in Nashville.

Fresh out of prison and reunited with her son and daughter, the only thing on the flame-haired Glaswegian heroine’s mind is pursuing her dream of finding fame by becoming a country music singer. Her mother Marion (expertly portrayed by Julie Walters), however, wants her to take some responsibility and keep her feet firmly planted on the ground for the sake of her two children. Rose undertakes a cleaning job for the affluent Susannah (Sophie Okonedo - Hotel Rwanda), and in her finds an unlikely source of support as she backs her dream, unaware of her electronic tag and two young children.

Buckley dazzles as Rose-Lynn, sweeping us along with her star-struck fever and captivating screen presence, bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek.

This identity tale captures the difficulty of her trying to balance what is best for her with what is best for her children as she figures out who she really is.

Expect tears, laughs and a great set of pipes.

Red Joan (12A)

Red Joan

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Tuesday 21 May 201912:00 Book Now
Saturday 25 May 201917:00 Book Now

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Film run time: 1hr 41m

Living in a contented retirement, Joan Stanley’s tranquil existence is shattered when she is shockingly arrested by MI5.

At first Joan (Judi Dench) protests her innocence. The narrative then cuts back to 1938 where a young Joan portrayed by Sophie Cookson (Kingsman: The Secret Service) is a Cambridge physics student falling for young communist Leo Galich (Tom Hughes). Through him she begins to see the world in a new light.

We learn of her disillusionment with British society in the face of condescension from her peers. Working at a top-secret nuclear research facility during World War Two, Joan comes to the realisation that the world is on the brink of mutually assured destruction. Confronted with the question – what price would you pay for peace? – Joan must choose between betraying her country and loved ones or saving them.

Once described as ‘the most important female agent ever recruited by the USSR’, Director Trevor Nunn superbly interweaves elements of British KGB agent Melina Norwood’s biography and fiction to exemplify the dangers of underestimating women, in this reimagining of Cold War espionage.

Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock 'N Roll (15)

Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock 'N Roll

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Wednesday 22 May 201919:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2hr 10m (TBC)

One of those magical moments where a particular place inspires a musical changing of the guard - the Upstage Club in Asbury Park, New Jersey was the launchpad for Bruce Springsteen, Steve Van Zandt and Southside Johnny.

Facing serious segregation, with the white eastside and the black westside, the Upstage was a place where musicians and music lovers freely intermingled and often jammed all night long.

In 1970, unemployment in the westside saw a week of rioting that left many injured, destroying neighbourhoods and the Asbury music scene. Still boarded up today, director Tom Jones conducts many of the interviews in the dilapidated Upstage.

The music maestros recount their Jersey Shore musical roots, amidst racial segregation and rioting in this major theatrical event which screens nationwide for one night only.

It also includes a bonus feature of never before seen footage of Van Zandt, Southside Johnny, Springsteen and the Upstage All-stars playing a (now legendary) concert to a sold out Paramount Theater, trading guitar licks with a group of 11-year-old rockers - who prove the best days for the town may lie ahead.

Avengers: Endgame (12A)

Avengers: Endgame

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Friday 24 May 201917:00 Book Now
Saturday 25 May 201921:00 Book Now
Sunday 26 May 201913:00 Book Now
Monday 27 May 201914:00 Book Now
Thursday 30 May 201920:15 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 3hr

In Avengers: Infinity War - one of the highest-grossing films of all time - we witnessed half of all life in the universe wiped out with one snap of Thanos’s finger. Now, the colossally-hyped sequel, Endgame, will close this chapter of the MCU, as we finally learn the fate of the Avengers.

Trailers have revealed precious little, to avoid dreaded spoilers, but we do know that Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) is marooned in space with Nebula (Karen Gillan), and he’s rapidly running out of supplies.

With the fallen heroes including Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Scarlet Witch we find New York a desolate and empty place. Nevertheless, the remaining Avengers come together and devise a desperate plan.

Can Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the rest of the team defeat Thanos (Josh Brolin) with all his godlike power? Can they bring back the lives that were lost?

Anthony and Joe Russo direct, having previously helmed the huge undertaking of Infinity War. In their safe hands, Endgame promises to be even more breathtaking, heartbreaking, and astounding.

Come and see... ‘Whatever it takes.’

The Goonies (1985) (12A)

The Goonies  (1985)

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Friday 24 May 201921:45 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 51m

Hey You Guys!! Steven Spielberg and Richard Donner’s classic 80s adventure is finally making its long awaited (and much requested) debut at The Odyssey.

When a gang of misfit kids discover an ancient map in the attic, they set out on a quest to find a legendary pirate’s treasure to save their homes from being demolished. What follows is a perilous adventure through an underground maze filled with booby traps whilst being pursued by a gang of escaped criminals who want to take the treasure for themselves.

One of the most beloved films of the 1980s, The Goonies is still as strong today as it was over 30 years ago. The film is carried by the hyperactive performances of its young cast (including Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman and the inimitable Jeff Cohen as “Chunk”) but at the heart of the story is the camaraderie of childhood, the desire for adventure and the feeling of nostalgia which will thrill and delight you.

Dare you double up your Josh Brolin dosage on this Friday night with our 5pm screening of Avengers: Endgame? Goonies never say die!

Missing Link (PG)

Missing Link

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Saturday 25 May 201913:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 35m

Laika Studios add to their growing list of stop-motion masterpieces with this charming and lusciously animated adventure.

Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman), a dashing but luckless adventurer, heads to the Pacific Northwest to find Bigfoot and secure his place as the foremost expert on legendary creatures. Much to his surprise, the fabled missing link turns out to be a rather intelligent - if somewhat literal-minded - gentleman called Susan (Zach Galifianakis). After explaining that he wants to meet his cousin the Yeti, Sir Lionel agrees to help his fellow outcast and, having teamed up with ex-partner Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana), sets off for Nepal. But when Sir Lionel’s rival, the dastardly Lord Piggot-Dunceby (Stephen Fry), catches wind of their quest, he enlists the services of ruffian-turned-poacher Stenk (Timothy Olyphant) to track them down and scupper their plans.

Hailed as America’s answer to Aardman, Laika have won a reputation for pushing the boundaries of their medium, with painstakingly animated hits like Coraline and Kubo and The Two Strings. Their latest entry is just as visually dazzling as its predecessors, while its cast of hilarious and loveable characters is sure to win over the whole family.

Metamorphosis (doc) +Q&A (NA)

Metamorphosis (doc) +Q&A

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Sunday 26 May 201918:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Main Feature run time: 1hr 25m
+ Short film & Q&A

Canadian filmmakers Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper approach climate change from a fresh angle in this pensive and poetic documentary.

Eschewing the well-worn road of simply quoting statistics and interviewing talking-heads, Ami and Ripper instead deploy a sequence of arresting visual metaphors to explore the changing nature of our planet. They travel the world to capture breath-taking shots of some of the Earth’s most vulnerable habitats, interweaving these scenes with work from a host of radical ecological artists. The various human-like installations and painted figures raise questions of our place in the world, while the astonishing shots of Monarch butterflies—a central metaphor in the film—highlight the core message: that our planet is beautiful and fragile, but also capable of transformation.

The pair decided to make the film following Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines in 2013 and killed more than 6,000 people. Their sense of urgency is clear, as they open with a terrifying array of disasters, from hurricanes and forest fires to large-scale industry stripping the landscape. But slowly, these images transform into something more hopeful. ‘We’re caterpillars right now,’ explains the voiceover. ‘I think we could morph into beautiful winged creatures.’

****We are thrilled to continue our annual partnership with the SUStAINABILITY festival 2019, now in its fourth year.

Tickets will be at matinée prices for this special event.

Find out more here: https://sustainablestalbans.org****

Eighth Grade (15)

Eighth Grade

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Tuesday 28 May 201919:30 Book Now
Thursday 30 May 201917:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 34m

Eighth Grade is the singular debut feature from YouTuber-turned-comedian-turned-filmmaker Bo Burnham, and proves that he is as confident and gifted behind the camera as he is in front of it.

Thirteen-year-old Kayla (played by an extraordinary Elsie Fisher) is the lightning rod at the centre of the film, a vlogger that distributes life advice online whilst attempting to tackle her own social anxiety and loneliness. The film takes place over Kayla’s tumultuous final week in eighth grade, as she navigates her social media reliance, awkward first crush, and the incessant questions of her embarrassing single father, all before graduating to high school.

Demonstrating Burnham’s assured and impressive filmmaking chops, it elicits pitch-perfect performances from first time actors, and crafts a unique coming-of-age tale within territory that is so often trod. Hollywood has also taken notice of the young director’s talent, with the film garnering coveted awards including the Director’s Guild of America’s ‘Best First Feature’, as well as the Writer’s Guild of America’s ‘Best Original Screenplay’.

Remember the name Elsie Fisher. After watching Eighth Grade you will agree that her budding talent is unquestionable - make sure you catch her now, as her intergalactic rise to stardom is inevitable.

Peppa Pig: Festival Of Fun (U)

Peppa Pig: Festival Of Fun

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Wednesday 29 May 201913:00 Book Now
Friday 31 May 201914:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 8m

Everybody loves jumping up and down in muddy puddles!

There will be a long line of welly boots to clean after Peppa and her friends visit their first music festival, so remember to wear yours when you visit us this month for 10 brand-new episodes in this 68 minute special!

From Miss Rabbit’s air balloon rides, to school trips with Madame Gazelle’s guitar - no one can believe it’s time to celebrate 15 years of adventures with Peppa.

Little piggies can look forward to meeting new characters in these episodes, as well as a brilliant feature which involves an interactive song and dance for the littl’uns. Peppa and George will celebrate Grandpa Pig’s birthday at a restaurant and take their first trip to the cinema.

Here at The Odyssey, we love seeing the excited faces of anyone walking into our cinema for the first time, so warmly invite you to come on a journey with us to watch Peppa and pals on the big screen!

We challenge you to do your best snorts to our friendly staff when you arrive… we think we’ll be louder!

Shazam! (12A)


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Wednesday 29 May 201919:30 Book Now
Thursday 30 May 201912:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2hr 12m

Fourteen year old Billy Batson (Asher Angel) is searching for his lost mother when he is placed in a foster home with five other kids, including his roommate Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer - It). But Billy’s life is about to change forever when he is selected by a wizard to be his champion.

Now, whenever Billy shouts out a magic word he is transformed into the adult superhero SHAZAM! (played by the brilliant Zachary Levi - Chuck).

After he and Freddy start testing out his new powers, as well as using his adult alter-ego for the important things like buying beer and skipping school tests. Billy is soon faced with a threat of catastrophic proportions as the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong), who was previously rejected by the wizard seeks Billy out and attempts to steal his powers for his own.

Shazam! is a welcome departure from the dark, gritty tone of the earlier DCEU movies and is a perfect blend of a body swap comedy and an exhilarating superhero blockbuster (think Big meets Superman).

So say the word and feel the power - you’ll soon be shouting ‘SHAZAM!’ from the rooftops!

Pet Sematary (2019) +intro (15)

Pet Sematary (2019) +intro

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Friday 31 May 201919:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 41m

Stephen King’s #1 New York Times bestseller is given a fresh lease of life in Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer’s re-imagining of this wild, powerful and disturbing classic.

Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children Ellie and Gage move up from Boston to a rural community in Maine where he is starting up a medical practice. Their neighbour Jud Crandall (John Lithgow) welcomes the family and gives them a tour including the woods adjoining their house, a mysterious burial ground built and maintained by the local children… a Pet Sematary.

Jud warns the couple against the eerie place but after a series of tragedies strike the young family, Louis cannot resist travelling there, inadvertently setting off a chain reaction that unleashes an unspeakable evil.

Always a dependable actor, Clarke does exemplary work here. As he becomes overcome with grief, you come to understand why he desperately searches for a way to keep his family together.

Dr Darren Elliott-Smith (University of Hertfordshire) will introduce this screening with an exploration of horror reboots.

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