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I Feel Pretty (12A)

I Feel Pretty

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Saturday 23 Jun 201819:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film run time: 1h 50m


From the same writers that brought you “Never Been Kissed” and “He’s Just Not That Into You” comes their latest film, I Feel Pretty!


We follow the story of an insecure woman, Renee Bennet (Amy Schumer), who awakes after a head injury convinced she is the most beautiful woman in the world! And with no remnant of her insecure past; nothing gets in her way of pursuing her wildest of dreams.  


Along with her troupe of girlfriends at her side, Bennet goes about her life fearlessly but what will happen when she comes to the realisation that she hasn’t changed at all? I Feel Pretty is an outcry to modern media, querying contemporary issues like body image and body shaming with a comical spin, making for a thought provoking yet light-hearted watch.


Expect Schumer in full force alongside the rest of the star-studded cast including Michelle Williams and Emily Ratajkowski.


This empowering and whimsical film is a must for a girls’ night at the cinema which is destined to bring about fits of laughter!

Sherlock Gnomes (U)

Sherlock Gnomes

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Saturday 23 Jun 201814:00 Book Now
Sunday 24 Jun 201813:00 Book Now
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Saturday 21 Jul 201814:00 Book Now

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Film run time: 1h 26m


The sequel to 2011’s ‘Gnomeo & Juliet’ that the world may or may not have cried out for. James McAvoy and Emily Blunt return, and are joined by Johnny Depp as the titular garden ornament version of Baker Street’s most famous detective.


We open with a stand-off in a museum, as Sherlock Gnomes and his assistant (Gnome Watson) confront a pie-mascot version of Moriarty, who is holding gnomes hostage. The pair defeat him, or so they think. Meanwhile, Gnomeo (McAvoy), Juliet (Blunt) and their friends move to a new garden in London, where all the gnomes but Gnomeo & Juliet disappear. Gnomes & Watson arrive on the scene to investigate, and the four team up to get to the bottom of the mystery.


Also among the voicing cast are Mary J. Blige, Michael Caine, Julie Walters and Stephen Merchant. There’s new songs from Elton John, and it’s all directed by the capable hands of John Stevenson, one of the directors behind Kung Fu Panda. Perhaps not for fans of the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle literature, but if you’re after fun, there’s an abundance of that here.



Pandora's Box (1929) (PG)

Pandora's Box (1929)

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Sunday 24 Jun 201817:00 Book Now

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Film run time: 1h 49m

Almost ninety years after its release, few other silent German melodramas can claim to have endured as well as this one by, while remaining so charged and penetrating.


Adapted by G W Pabst from two ground-breakingly sordid plays by Frank Wedekind, the film follows Lulu (Louise Brooks), a beautiful and amoral dancer of uncertain origin who seduces her way around 19th century Germany, following no specific plan and disregarding the consequences. Ruining a high society doctor, attracting a lesbian countess, and encountering Jack the Ripper count among her most notable accomplishments, as her unorthodox lifestyle comes to destroy everyone in the immediate vicinity, herself included.


Only 23 at the time of filming, Brooks shines among a grotesquerie of German sets and character actors, combining strikingly otherworldly beauty with a recognisably human impulsiveness and sexual hunger.


"She regards us from the screen as if the screen were not there; she casts away the artifice of film and invites us to play with her" (Roger Ebert).


Its cynical view of society and its sexuality continues to enthral.


Edie (12A)

Edie

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Monday 25 Jun 201814:00 Book Now
Tuesday 26 Jun 201819:30 Book Now

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Film run time: 1h 41m


In a welcome contrast to the current glut of CGI-rich mayhem comes a realistic never-too-late adventure, with its director Simon Hunter nominated for an Audience Award at 2017’s Edinburgh Film Festival.


Released from a tedious marriage to a domineering husband, Edie (Sheila Hancock) fends off her daughter’s efforts to confine her to a nursing home by determining to walk one of Scotland’s most demanding treks Mt. Suilvan and so, teamed with a pre-“Dunkirk” Kevin Guthrie as walk-mate Johnny, she sets out on her multi-faceted journey.


Hancock may be unfairly thought of as “only” a small-screen actress but her portrayal of stoic humour in the face of emotional and physical duress shows why she’s been in constant demand in both film and TV for over 50 years; she links effortlessly with Guthrie in engaging the audience, never allowing the film to slip into self-indulgent saccharine and cliché.

In addition, wonderful cinematography and tracking shots combine with an expressive soundtrack to display the beauty and sheer majesty of the Scottish countryside.

No stunning surprises perhaps but a positive life-affirming story excellently - and beautifully - depicted.


Let The Sunshine In (15)

Let The Sunshine In

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Monday 25 Jun 201819:30 Book Now
Wednesday 27 Jun 201813:00 Book Now

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Film run time: 1h 34m

The world’s most renowned female director, Claire Denis (Beau Travail, White Material), delivers a refreshingly honest tale of a middle-aged woman’s quest for love in her witty and heart-warming new film.


Isabelle (Juliette Binoche) is a stylish and accomplished artist living in Paris. Divorced and looking to find true love at last, she meets a handsome, kind and intelligent younger man who she thinks might finally be the one.

But when he calls their affair a mistake and returns to his wife, Isabelle must again face the issue of mid-life loneliness. Sifting through former lovers, new admirers, jealous friends and chance encounters, will she find a fulfilling match? Or will she discover a new path to happiness along the way?


Led by an outstanding performance by the incomparable Juliette Binoche, and featuring a scene-stealing appearance by Gérard Depardieu, Let the Sunshine In is a truly unique, touching and beautifully relatable piece of cinema.


Painting a rich, emotionally complex portrait of a woman who, like Denis herself, will not let herself be boxed in.



Tully (15)

Tully

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Tuesday 26 Jun 201812:00 Book Now
Wednesday 27 Jun 201819:30 Book Now
Thursday 5 Jul 201814:00 Book Now
Thursday 5 Jul 201819:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 36m


Although billed as a ‘dark comedy’ “Tully” actually carries deeper messages concerning work-life balance, feminism and gender role stereo-typing, not to mention empathy (or lack thereof!).


Charlize Theron - a strong screen presence as always - plays Marlo, married to Drew (Ron Livingstone), already mother to 2 small children and with a third on its way.


She is grittily trying to live up to the (unrealistic) supermom ideal, juggling the various aspects of her life to impossibly high standards and understandably struggling. Her husband is nice enough but almost wilfully oblivious to the herculean demands draining his wife.


Into this domestic quagmire swoops charismatic night-nurse Tully (Mackenzie Davis), allowing Marlo to get some desperately-needed sleep and respite. After a predictably slow start the two women start to bond and Marlo begins to regain her life and vigour.


Writer Diablo Cody - she of “Juno” and “Young Adult” fame - says that “Tully” is meant to be ‘uncomfortable’ viewing and this fits well with that ‘dark comedy’ tag. Gender imbalance exacerbated by unfair expectations is not normally hilarious but its portrayal here is riveting.


Guernsey Literary & Potato... (12A)

Guernsey Literary & Potato...

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Thursday 28 Jun 201814:00 Book Now
Thursday 19 Jul 201814:00 Book Now

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Film run time: 2h 4m


In the days following World War II a young, free thinking writer, Juliet Ashton (Lily James), receives a letter from Guernsey pig farmer Dawsey Adams (Michiel Huisman), a member of the titular Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society.


Learning of the Society's unorthodox founding as a cover for inhabitants of Guernsey breaking curfew during the Nazi occupation, Juliet takes leave of her life in London, including her new American fiancé Mark Reynolds (Glen Powell), and heads to the Channel Islands to research the group for a new book. Upon arrival Juliet meets Dawsey, and as their relationship deepens, she also finds herself drawn into the mystery of the disappearance of Elizabeth, a founding member of the society.

This adaptation of the 2008 novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows is a veritable Downton Abbey reunion, with Lily James being joined by fellow alums Penelope Wilton, Matthew Goode, and Jessica Brown Findlay. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel society is splendidly period film, with Director Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral) weaving a delightful tale that is simultaneously historical romance and detective story.


The French Connection (1971) (18)

The French Connection (1971)

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Thursday 28 Jun 201819:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film run time: 1h 39m

Spin into summer with The French Connection; come and celebrate the 5th Annual St Albans Film Festival – this year’s theme is Speed!


William Friedkin’s 1971 gritty, fast-paced, and innovative thriller earned five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor.


Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle (Gene Hackman) and his partner, Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider), are New York City police detectives on narcotics detail, trying to track down the source of heroin from Europe into the United States - The French Connection.


But when one of the criminals tries to kill Doyle, the loose cannon detective begins a deadly pursuit that will take him far beyond his jurisdiction and far outside the city limits.


Come and see one of the greatest car chase sequences in movie history on a screen big enough to host it!

More info about the St Albans Film Festival here: http://www.stalbansfilmfestival.com


Solo: A Star Wars Story (12A)

Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Friday 29 Jun 201819:30 Book Now (UPSTAIRS AVAILABLE)
Saturday 30 Jun 201814:00 Book Now (UPSTAIRS AVAILABLE)
Saturday 30 Jun 201819:00 Book Now (UPSTAIRS AVAILABLE)
Monday 2 Jul 201819:30 Book Now
Sunday 15 Jul 201813:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film run time: 2h 15m

Never tell him the odds. Following the success of Rogue One, here comes the next bi-annual standalone Star Wars story, in the shape of a Hans Solo origin story.

One of the most beloved characters throughout film, Harrison’s Ford’s portrayal of the smuggler and Millenium Falcon pilot is among the jewels of the original Star Wars trilogy. Now, the baton is passed to Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Ceaser!) to bring Hans Solo back to the big screen.


Solo boasts an exciting ensemble cast with Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Donald Glover (the latter as a young Lando Calirissian). We find the younger and more idealistic Solo as he encounters the mighty Chewbacca for the first time. Through meeting Tobias Beckett (Harrelson), he accepts a mission that will put him at odds with the evil Empire for the rest of his days. Described as a ‘space western’, expect all the feverish excitement that director Ron Howard applied to Apollo 13. Will the film be a blast, or a scruffy nerf-herder?


Make the jump to hyperspace down to London Road to find out. Wearing a waistcoat is optional.



Asunder (U)

Asunder

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Sunday 1 Jul 201817:00 Book Now

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Film run time: 1h 12m


Filmmaker Esther Johnson reanimates the ordinary perspective of the First World War in this electric collage.


Dispensing with sweeping statements and impersonal statistics, the film sets out to make events from one hundred years ago personal and immediate by reconstructing the lives, thoughts and actions of nine ordinary people, all from Sunderland and the North-East of England. Among them are Bella Reay, the teenaged daughter of a coal miner who became an outstanding footballer while working in a munitions factory, and Robert Hope, a 19-year-old soldier who endured horrors at the Somme and was shot for desertion.


Johnson vividly realises their lives and others using contemporary footage and audio, combined with a soundtrack that mixes orchestral, choral, and electric elements for a strong but unobtrusive effect. A hundred years after the fact, the film forcefully brings home how it must have felt to have lived in a world where all the foundations and values of the past had been shaken, and the future had never looked so uncertain.


On Chesil Beach (15)

On Chesil Beach

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Monday 2 Jul 201814:00 Book Now
Wednesday 4 Jul 201819:30 Book Now

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Film run time: 1h 50m

Eleven years have passed since Ian McEwan adapted his hugely popular novel Atonement, which introduced audiences to an incredibly talented thirteen year old named, Saoirse Ronan.


Now, in the adaptation of his bestselling 2007 novel, On Chesil Beach, Saoirse plays Florence, who during the Summer of 1962 marries Edward (Billy Howle). The film jumps around in time, taking us through their idyllic courtship, where we start to fall in love with them as a couple. They’re entrancingly specific people, and what surprises us is how alike they are, in spirit and temperament, and also how different their upbringings have been. She is a talented and ambitious classical musician from a well-to-do family, and he is a clever young historian from humbler origins whose mother suffered a horrific life changing accident.


The film is a directorial debut for Dominic Cooke, best known for his stage work and as the artistic director of the Royal Court, however it feels like he’s been doing this for years, fashioning the material into a visually captivating romantic puzzle that reverberates with hope and tenderness and wistful loss.


Book Club (12A)

Book Club

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Tuesday 3 Jul 201812:00 Book Now
Tuesday 3 Jul 201819:30 Book Now
Saturday 7 Jul 201819:00 Book Now
Sunday 8 Jul 201813:00 Book Now
Tuesday 10 Jul 201819:30 Book Now
Wednesday 11 Jul 201813:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film run time: 1h 44m


With its impressive cast very firmly grasping the sexual nettle, “Book Club” scurries happily through the undergrowth of mature female relationships.


From a screenplay by director Bill Holderman and Erin Simms, the film stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenbergen as four close friends who read ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ in their long-standing book club and subsequently take a long hard look at their own relationships.


Unsurprisingly (this is a comedy after all) they view the book as a wake-up call and decide to push back the self-imposed staid boundaries to their relationships and rediscover love and mischief.

‘Book Club’ is a movie that is rarely seen in Hollywood these days, with its starring actresses all comfortably over 60 and centred on mature women gleefully revamping their sex lives.


And although light-hearted, the film has truths for younger audiences too, notably how life doesn’t simply end at middle-age - even “old” friendships and relationships can still enrich, both emotionally and physically.


Come and see, the chemistry of the 4 lead stars alone is a joy to watch, as are their naughty stories!


Funny Cow (15)

Funny Cow

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Wednesday 4 Jul 201813:00 Book Now

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Film run time: 1h 40m


Set against the backdrop of working men’s clubs and the stand-up comedy circuit of the north of England, Funny Cow features a star turn from Maxine Peake, as a young woman taking on the unenviable task of winning over some particularly misogynistic audiences with her comedy.


As the name suggests, this film will certainly make you laugh, but it has plenty to say about the poverty of the 1970s north. Peake’s character, who we only ever hear called by her stage name, grows up in Rotherham, where she finds life is “too much and never enough at the same time.” We see her successful adulthood juxtaposed with her painful childhood — raised by an abusive father, leading to an abusive partner.


She finds solace in a distinctly more middle class lover in Angus (Paddy Considine) as her increasing confidence in comedy takes her further away from her old life. Peake’s stand-up routine is decidedly non-PC, and director Adrian Shergold takes us on a fascinating journey as she goes from hostile working men’s clubs, to sold out shows in a sparkling dress.


A wonderful and unique bit of British cinema.


Deadpool 2 (15)

Deadpool 2

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Friday 6 Jul 201819:30 Book Now
Wednesday 11 Jul 201819:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film run time: 1h 59m


Ryan Reynolds returns for his second outing as the ‘Merc with a Mouth’ (as it is widely agreed that 2009's Wolverine Origins doesn't count), blasting forth with Deadpool's signature action, humour, fourth wall breaks, and complete and utter irreverence.


Delivering on the promise from the first movie's Ferris Bueller homage, Deadpool 2 sees the introduction of fan favourite character Cable (Josh Brolin) a time-travelling, cybernetic, mutant soldier; who has travelled from the future to hunt down a young mutant called Russell (Julian Dennison, best known from Hunt for the Wilderpeople).

In order to protect the young mutant Deadpool puts together his own team of superheroes, the not at all derivatively named X-Force, including (among others): Zazie Beetz as the luck manipulating Domino, Terry Crews as the obscure, even for Deadpool, character Bedlam, and some guy called Peter (Rob Delaney).

For a movie self-aware enough to acknowledge the difficulty of a sequel living up to the hype, Deadpool 2 seems to be taking the challenge in its stride; “It lives up to the hype, plus plus” to quote Wade Wilson himself.


Mary and the Witch's Flower (U)

Mary and the Witch's Flower

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Saturday 7 Jul 201814:00 Book Now

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Film run time: 1h 40m

In April 2015 one of Studio Ghibli’s lead animators, Yoshiaki Nishimura, left the company and formed Studio Ponoc. Having gained support from several other Ghibli animators, as well as director Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Studio Ponoc has been able to release its first feature film, based upon the classic children's tale, The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart.


Mary is an ordinary young girl stuck in the country with her Great-Aunt Charlotte and seemingly no adventures or friends in sight. One night she follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest, where she discovers an old broomstick and the strange Witch’s flower. Together the flower and the broomstick whisk Mary above the clouds, and far away to Endor College, a truly magical school for young witches to learn their tricks.


Filled with beautiful jaw-dropping imaginative worlds and colourful characters, it is everything you love and expect from your favourite Ghibli films, however with the birth of Studio Ponoc - as the translation of Ponoc says - this is “the beginning of a new day”.


This screening will be the dubbed version of the film featuring the voices of Ruby Barnhill, Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent.


Avengers: Infinity War (12A)

Avengers: Infinity War

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Sunday 8 Jul 201817:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film run time: 2h 29m

The culmination of eighteen films over a decade, Infinity War is undoubtedly one of the biggest movie events of this century!


Ever since the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked off with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) ten years ago, the exploits of Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the wealth of other characters has been leading to this.


We’ve seen the infinity stones in the disparate parts of this universe, and now the seemingly unstoppable warlord Thanos has come to claim them for himself. Thanos believes he must use the united infinity stones to wipe out half of all life in the universe — for the sake of balance, and life itself. Thanos is hell-bent in his mission, and The Avengers are fully-charged on theirs; Thanos must be stopped.


With the usual Marvel witticisms at their very best, this is the darkest chapter of the MCU so far as all these easy-to-love characters (literally) bounce off each other: Spider-Man, Hulk, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Vision, The Scarlet Witch, The Guardians of the Galaxy and their many other friends and allies reform in this epic extravaganza which will not leave you disappointed.

Odyssey, assemble!



The Breadwinner (12A)

The Breadwinner

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Monday 9 Jul 201814:00 Book Now
Monday 9 Jul 201819:30 Book Now

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Film run time: 1h 33m

Stunning visuals are matched by a story that dares to confront sobering real-life issues with uncommon and richly rewarding honesty.


Afghanistan 2001, 11 year old Parvana is growing up under the Taliban. When her father is wrongfully arrested and taken away without explanation, Parvana disguises herself as a boy in order to support her family.

Animation can sometimes do what live action films cannot, and this is true of Nora Twomey’s award-winning film. This is the first non-original story from Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon, who made Song of the Sea, and is based on Anita Doron’s adaptation of Deborah Ellis’s Young adult novel.

Though the heroine is a child (affectingly voiced by Saara Chaudry), and the book was written for young readers, The Breadwinner does bear a 12A certificate.


Parvana’s plight is interspersed with stories she tells to her baby brother shown on screen in bright and contrasting animated styles.


“Along with the eerie beauty of the animation there is a salving streak of humour that softens this tale's sharper edges, reminding us that - for children - laughter and bravery walk hand in hand.” (Guardian)



A Quiet Place (15)

A Quiet Place

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Tuesday 10 Jul 201812:00 Book Now

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Film run time: 1h 30m


If they can’t hear you, they can’t hunt you. Emily Blunt and John Krasinski star in, A Quiet Place, a nerve-wracking horror about a family’s desperate struggle to stay safe and silent…


In a horrifyingly barren post-apocalyptic future, there has been some sort of ecological disaster or invasion and now all of humanity, lives in fear of giant reptile predators who stalk the land. The ‘reptiles’ are blind but have advanced hearing. So, as long as you can keep silent all the time, in a 24/7 hyper-alert state of anticipation, you’ll be ok!! But making the slightest noise brings these monsters out…


Sound is exquisitely designed in this clever and dynamic horror.

The vibrating quiet outdoors, where wind and grass whisper; the eerie, slippery on-and-off score by Marco Beltrami; the deafening noise of a waterfall; the sudden, breathless hush, trembling in the air, as a finger is brought to lips…


This is a film which demands the full cinema experience to appreciate its craft. Impeccably performed and an exhilarating watch.
Shhh! Don’t miss and don’t make a sound!


Rampage (12A)

Rampage

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Thursday 12 Jul 201814:00 Book Now

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Film run time: 1h 47m


Based on the 80s cult video game, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is finally the smallest guy in a film, in a tale about the love between a man and his massive albino gorilla.


This is the perfect destruction film, filled with big action, a funny script, and massive monsters. The relationship between primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson) and the giant gorilla George can also be surprisingly touching in parts, which is welcomed in between all the destruction.


Their relationship started when Davis saved George from Rwandan poachers, however trouble arises when a canister of nerve agent called CRISPR falls into his enclosure, sending his growth rate and temper into overdrive.


The same accident plays out in two other cities in America, and if you’ve seen the trailer or played the game you know what happens next, but seeing it unravel on the big screen is loads of fun.


Film critic Robbie Collins recently argued that Dwayne Johnson should be considered as an auteur, and with recent releases Jumanji, Rampage, and San Andreas, we’re inclined to agree. His smouldering looks, quick timing and massive arms have made him hot property in Hollywood and we hope it lasts!

McQueen (15)

McQueen

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Thursday 12 Jul 201819:30 Book Now

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Film run time: 1h 51m


In the mid-nineties, Britain was becoming cool again. Trainspotting was an international success, Brit Pop dominated the charts and ‘Golden Balls’ Beckham was bending something apparently. But, in the world of Haute Couture, there was only one name on everyone’s lips:


Alexander McQueen.


McQueen looked like a skin-head, spoke like an East-End barrow boy and had only one O-Level to his name. However, his unstoppable drive to create inspired clothing designs of danger and sensuality lead him to rise rapidly through the couture echelons, becoming chief designer at Givenchy in 1996.


He was called an enfant terrible and the hooligan of English Fashion, causing controversy and admiration in equal measure with sell-out collections with names such as ‘Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims’, ‘Dante’ and ‘Asylum’. He counted Kate Moss, Nicole Kidman and Sarah Jessica Parker amongst his celebrity patrons.


McQueen, committed suicide on the eve of his beloved mother’s funeral.

His death came as final preparations were being made for an autumn collection to be unveiled in Paris.


In this poignant and affecting documentary Ian Bonhote and Peter Ettedgui explore the demons that lead to the loss of such a shining light of British Fashion.



Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (12A)

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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Friday 13 Jul 201819:30 Book Now
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Film run time: 2h 8m

The must-see blockbuster event of the year lands at The Odyssey this July!


It’s been four years since the theme park and luxury resort was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.


While Jurassic World couldn’t quite capture the magic of the original Jurassic Park, it brought back all the fun and frights we had; witnessing a colossal brachiosaurus feasting for the first time, to raptors on the loose.


Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprise their roles, the former as Owen Grady, the gruff and simple dinosaur trainer, and the latter as Claire Dearing. Claire finally achieves some character development, ditching her high heels to get stuck in with some dino-rights activism.  


Dearing’s mission to make amends sees her convincing Grady to return to Isla Nubar, to attempt a rescue mission for the remaining dinosaurs before the island’s volcano erupts.


Can Grady reawaken his friendship with Blue - the velociraptor he imprinted on from birth and trained - to help him save the day?


Grease - 40th Anniversary (PG)

Grease - 40th Anniversary

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Sunday 15 Jul 201817:00 Book Now

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Film run time: 1h 45m


It’s the one that you want… This is the one you want!


What’s that? You want me to tell you more? A heady confection of horny high-schoolers and ear-worm rock and roll hits, Grease has been delighting audiences for the last 40 years.


There is an enduring universality to the tribulations of the teenage cast (I say teenagers – John Travolta was 23, Olivia Newton John was 28 and Stockard Channing was 33!) that’s as relevant today as it was when the film was made.


The characters are permanently fighting between conflicting social demands. They must conform to get a good education, Frenchie doesn’t, and ends up as a Beauty School dropout, still wearing her now irrelevant Pink Ladies jacket. But to conform is to be square.


Sandy is pressured (almost bullied?) into drinking and smoking and derided for her prudishness. Rebel too much and be ostracized. ‘There Are Worse Things I Could Do’ is perhaps the most poignant moment in the film; Rizzo, having just realised the possibility that she may be pregnant responds with this heart-breaking song defending her ‘trashy’ lifestyle.


Conventionality, belongs to yesterday.


The Happy Prince (15)

The Happy Prince

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Monday 16 Jul 201814:00 Book Now
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Sunday 22 Jul 201813:00 Book Now
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Film run time: 1h 45m


Rupert Everett writes, directs, and stars in a moving study of the last years of Oscar Wilde.


Deviating from previous renderings, the film limits the great writer and witticist's more famous years - including his success in stage and society, his mortifying trial and exposure as a homosexual, and his subsequent ordeal in prison - to flashbacks, focusing instead on his wandering exile in Europe that followed.


During this time, Wilde's destruction only continues, thanks to both continued English tourist homophobia and his own damaging and unchecked fondness for alcohol and Bosie, his self-absorbed lover.


Despite the grim nature of this downward spiral, Everett never loses grip on the great man's redeeming levity and invention, keeping him as a sardonic satirist and a transcendent storyteller even at his lowest ebb.


Although Wilde's decline monopolises the action, pathos is also provided by Constance, Wilde's forlorn wife, played by Emily Watson, and his ignored advisor, Reggie Turner, played by Colin Firth. Everett creates a thorough portrait of a titanic, self-destructive figure, which like the man himself, generates both sadness and humour without making either seem incongruous.


In the Fade (Subtitled) (18)

In the Fade (Subtitled)

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Tuesday 17 Jul 201814:30 Book Now
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Film run time: 1h 46m

In the latest offering from visionary director Fatih Akin, once again he creates a character and social situation that is powerful, intense and moving.


Diane Kruger plays Katja, a woman who finds herself on the edge after her husband and six-year-old son are killed in a neo-nazi bomb attack. As they go through the legal system, she thinks that the culprits are getting away with it and resolves to take matters into her own hands.


The film, which won the 2018 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language feature, truly is centred around Katja and her process of grief. Most of the scenes centre around her face and the multitude of emotions they show at once. Throughout we see her transform from a weeping widow to a badass heroine, and Diane performs this amazingly well.


The soundtrack also plays an integral part to the film, with Queen of the Stone Age’s frontman Josh Homme composing a mix of beautiful ambient piano pieces and original tracks from the likes of Faith No More and Courtney Barnett.


Fans of Fatih Akin will love this, but if you don’t know his previous work, this is a great starting point.



McKellen: Playing the Part (12A)

McKellen: Playing the Part

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Wednesday 18 Jul 201813:00 Book Now

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Film run time: 1h 35m


Sir Ian McKellen’s homosexuality wasn’t just an adjunct to his acting career, but entirely informed it. As he puts it, he was playing a character for his first forty-nine years.


Sir Ian (or Serena, as Stephen Fry cheekily calls him) was born into a world where being gay was illegal, so having a public face, displaying different parts of his personality, or to put it another way, to act, became second nature to him at an early age.


This is one of the musings that a thoughtful and unassuming McKellen discusses in Joe Stephenson’s documentary about the actor’s life both on the stage and screen and off, where he has been a staunch gay rights activist. He tells his story from a cosy looking chair in his home study. The anecdotes are interspersed with dramatic recreations of key events with Milo Parker and Scott Chambers portraying him in his adolescence and teen years respectively as well as copious pieces of archive footage.

Sir Ian has made it clear that he doesn’t intend to write an autobiography so this film will have to be the next best thing.


Filmworker (15)

Filmworker

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Wednesday 18 Jul 201819:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film run time: 1h 33m

He may be arguably the most revered director ever, but Stanley Kubrick kept his private life very private. Filmworker, however, is the latest film to chip away at his story.


This is the tale of Kubrick (who lived locally at Childwickbury Manor) and Leon Vitali, who quite willingly gave up a promising acting career to work as the director's assistant. Vitali gleefully states that after seeing A Clockwork Orange for the first time, he turned to his friend and said “I want to work for that man”. What lengths he was willing to go to at that point, we don’t know.


But the anecdotes that appear in the film are revealing: while filming Barry Lyndon, Vitali went through countless retakes of the scene in which Barry Lyndon (Ryan O’Neal) punches him in the face. Kubrick kept repeating, “You’re not hitting him hard enough” we are told. Such was the cult-like nature of Kubrick’s inner circle that Vitali didn’t seem to mind. Directed by Tony Zierra (Carving Out Our Name), Filmworker is a compelling story of obsession, and perhaps the best documentary yet to delve into the mythology of Kubrick.


Jaws (12A)

Jaws

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Thursday 19 Jul 201819:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film run time: 2h 4m

40 years after its initial release, the original blockbuster, evil-nature movie and launchpad for Steven Spielberg's axiomatic cinematic legacy retains its ability to surprise and excite.


The simple premise concerns a large and seemingly inescapable shark, which turns its sights on the innocuous beaches of Amity Island, prompting a vacationing police officer (Roy Scheider) to hunt it down with the help of a bluff, obsessive fisherman (Robert Shaw) and a wealthy, hands-on marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss).


Stranded with an unconvincing and often non-functioning puppet (dubbed "Bruce", after the director's lawyer), Spielberg capitalised on his limited resources during production by barely featuring the shark at all: for most of the film, the only trace of it is in the driving, ominous music by John Williams, and the camerawork and editing, which suggest the shark's whereabouts without supplying details.


As a result, the shark is all the more frightening for being invisible and largely intangible: it could be anywhere in the water, and could strike at any time. The puppet may have dated, but Spielberg's methods have not. More than simply a historical tentpole, it continues to be a supreme example of how to make the ordinary frightening.



Game Night (15)

Game Night

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Friday 20 Jul 201819:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film run time: 1h 40m


Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max's charismatic brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents.

So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it's all part of the game, right?
As the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this game - nor Brooks - are what they seem to be. Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn. With no rules, no points, and no idea who all the players are, this could turn out to be the most fun they've ever had... or game over.

Yellow Submarine (U)

Yellow Submarine

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Saturday 21 Jul 201819:00 Book Now
Monday 23 Jul 201814:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film run time: 1h 26m


To mark the 50th anniversary of Yellow Submarine, it’s all aboard with the Fab Four at The Odyssey. Now in glorious 4k digital restoration, this psychedelic masterpiece has never looked or sounded better.


Arguably (but not really arguably) the greatest and most influential band of all time, The Beatles had found limited success with their previous films. While the band weren’t initially keen on Yellow Submarine, and animation wasn’t yet being taken seriously in film, the visionary work of director George Dunning ensured this film was a smash hit.


The film is set in Pepperland, where life for its inhabitants is spurred on by an ardent love of music. However, Pepperland is besieged by the Blue Meanies, who dislike music intensely. Pepperland’s Lord Mayor sends his top sailor, Old Fred, to Liverpool to enlist the help of John, Paul, George and Ringo and save their home.


One of the most fantastic visual spectacles ever shown on the big screen, set to some of the greatest songs ever written; including All Together Now and All You Need Is Love. Come and live on a yellow submarine for a brief time with us.


All the Wild Horses (15)

All the Wild Horses

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Monday 23 Jul 201819:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film run time: 1h 33m

‘Wild’ is certainly an apt word to include in the title of this particular film — it's director Ivo Marloh’s documentary of the Mongol Derby, a death-defying 1000km horseback race across Mongolia.


Those entering are mostly adrenaline-fuelled westerners. They’re all tracked on GPS by a team of doctors and vets, but the safety of the event ends there. One rider breaks their collar bone on the first day, while another punctures her lung.


Ivo Marloh is one of those documentary-makers who is always there in the right place at the right time for the most dramatic moments, and the many occasions the horses refuse to be mounted. One of his greatest assets in the film is the contrasting personalities in the race, whether it’s young Texan, Devan Horn, who came second in the race last year and will stop at nothing to win this time around. Or the South African Monde Kanyana, who appears to share a spiritual bond with the horses, being able to calm even the most untamed.


Marloh is also sure to capture some wonderful shots of the rolling steppes and mountain ranges, to offset some of the tension. A truly unique film.



Leave No Trace (PG)

Leave No Trace

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Wednesday 25 Jul 201819:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film run time: 1h 49m


For fans of the director’s ‘Winter’s Bone’, which effectively launched Jennifer Lawrence’s career, this unconventional family portrait shares many qualities with the 2010 film.


Director Debra Granik’s ‘Leave No Trace’ follows the story of a father (Ben Foster) and his 13-year-old daughter who lead an idyllic yet solitary life living in a picturesque nature reserve near Portland, Oregon. Rarely making contact with the outside world, the father and daughter form a heart-warming dependency on one another. But one small mistake soon has local authorities hot on their heels.


Their tranquil lifestyle is turned upside down as they’re forced to integrate back into society along with all the social pitfalls that face them. Will they be able to cope with the stresses of such a drastic lifestyle change and will they be able to find a place they can call home? One thing is for sure, Granik does an exquisite job in portraying the utmost endearing relationship between the father and daughter.


The dynamic between the two is captivating and you can’t help but feel heart-wrenching empathy for them throughout. Moving and gloriously written, Leave No Trace is sure to leave no dry eyes in the audience.


Book Club (HOH - Hard of Hearing) (12A)

Book Club (HOH - Hard of Hearing)

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Thursday 26 Jul 201814:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film run time: 1h 32m

Please note this is a HOH screening. (HOH - Hard of Hearing)


The same format applies but with closed captioned subtitles along the bottom of the screen. All are welcome!


With its impressive cast very firmly grasping the sexual nettle, “Book Club” scurries happily through the undergrowth of mature female relationships.


From a screenplay by director Bill Holderman and Erin Simms, the film stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenbergen as four close friends who read ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ in their long-standing book club and subsequently take a long hard look at their own relationships.


Unsurprisingly (this is a comedy after all) they view the book as a wake-up call and decide to push back the self-imposed staid boundaries to their relationships and rediscover love and mischief.

‘Book Club’ is a movie that is rarely seen in Hollywood these days, with its starring actresses all comfortably over 60 and centred on mature women gleefully revamping their sex lives.


And although light-hearted, the film has truths for younger audiences too, notably how life doesn’t simply end at middle-age - even “old” friendships and relationships can still enrich, both emotionally and physically.


Come and see, the chemistry of the 4 lead stars alone is a joy to watch, as are their naughty stories!


Mean Girls (12A)

Mean Girls

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Thursday 26 Jul 201819:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film run time: 1h 49m


The time has come to put on your best pink clothes and come to see the most iconic and quotable teen comedy film ever made.


Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan), has just moved to the suburbs of Illinois after being home-schooled by her parents in Africa. In her first experience of public school, she quickly is flung into the cruel world of popularity and the tight-knit cliques that form around it.


She unwittingly finds herself part of the most elite group in the school, nicknamed The Plastics, played fantastically by Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, and Lacey Chabert. As they’re nickname suggests, they spend their time manipulating each other and concerning themselves over how they look, with little brain power between the three of them.


SNL and 30 Rock star Tina Fey in part based the screenplay off of Queen Bees and Wannabes:  Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and Other Realities of Adolescence by the youth councillor Rosalind Wiseman, using examples from the book Tina exaggerates them to hilarious effect.


While fetch still might not be a thing, it’s not too late to give it a try!


Hereditary (15)

Hereditary

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Friday 27 Jul 201819:30 Book Now
Saturday 28 Jul 201819:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film run time: 2h 07m


2018 has been a great year for horror so far with Ghost Stories and A Quiet Place - and Hereditary will most definitely be adding another jewel to that list — tense, terrifying and profoundly unsettling.


Written and directed by Ari Aster, here is a film about a family who are dysfunctional in a more peculiar way.


Starring Toni Collette as Annie Graham, a deeply troubled mother and artist, who makes miniature doll’s houses in her free time (the cinematography very cleverly frames the real houses as doll’s houses throughout the movie).


Annie’s abusive mother has just died, but her presence appears to remain. Annie’s children were also malignantly influenced by the mother, and now the teenage son Peter (Alex Wolff) and daughter Charlie (Milly Shapiro) are receiving messages from beyond the grave to release the evil that is in their DNA.


Saxophonist Colin Stetson’s score percussively keeps the horror alive, every beat of the way.


The screening on Friday 27th will be introduced by Dr Darren Elliott-Smith

Senior Lecturer in Film and TV (University of Herts)

Author of several books and journal articles on the Horror Genre, Cult Film, Gender and Psychoanalysis.

The talk introduces Hereditary as another instance of recent critically and commercially successful horror films (Get Out, It Comes at Night, A Quiet Place) and marks a resurgence of interest in the genre in turbulent times.

It confronts the media-term 'post-horror' suggesting a shift towards 'accessible' horror that speaks about social anxieties and fears in the 21st Century.

The film also comes with post-screening discussion in the foyer (20 minutes).

The Greatest Showman (PG)

The Greatest Showman

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Saturday 28 Jul 201814:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 45m


Hugh Jackman displays the true meaning of a triple threat in this bombastic re-imagination of P.T Barnum's “Greatest Show on Earth.”


The Greatest Showman follows the triumphs and tribulations of Jackman's Phineas Taylor Barnum as he, in fabulously energetic fashion, sings and dances his way towards a dream of high society life. Through solid hustle and irresistibly catchy musical numbers Barnum enlists a motley of society’s outcasts and undesirables as he creates the signature 'Greatest Show.' Jackman's Barnum is aided in his endeavour by yet another triple threat in Zac Efron's, Phillip Carlyle, a member of the upper class who comes to 'The Other Side' to aid Barnum is his quest for legitimacy.


Although stunning, show-stopping performances are elicited at every step of the way, particular note must be made of the truly anthemic 'This is Me'. A life-affirming and engrossing take on a complex historical figure, The Greatest Showman perfectly captures the wonder of a truly grand show with fantastic visuals and stunning performances which will leave you humming, if not singing out loud, for hours afterwards.


**Non-Singalong version for May/June screenings**


Ocean's 8 (12A)

Ocean's 8

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Sunday 29 Jul 201818:00 Book Now
Monday 30 Jul 201814:00 Book Now
Monday 30 Jul 201819:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film run time: 1h 50m


Sandra Bullock is the Ocean of the title - Debbie, the sister of George Clooney’s character Danny from ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ - in this playful all-female spin on the ever popular heist caper.


Just released from prison, Debbie quickly sets about acquiring luxury items, then begins rapidly assembling a team to pull off the massive jewel caper – intended to yield millions per woman – that she’s spent years assiduously planning.


The Pitt to her Clooney is Lou, (Cate Blanchett) serving as Debbie’s former partner and level-headed right hand. The pair dutifully recruit the various specialists they’ll need: a hacker (Rihanna), a fence (Sarah Paulson), jewel expert (Mindy Kaling), pickpocket (Awkwafina) and fashion designer (Helena Bonham Carter), the last of those necessary to gain access to the Met Gala, where she’ll be outfitting a pampered actress played by Anne Hathaway – making the most of the opportunity to demonstrate her comedy chops.


As with ‘Ocean’s Eleven’, everyone seems to be having a pretty good time! Which gives a fun, breezy quality. Come and watch while the girls steal the show, along with the diamonds!

Swimming With Men (12A)

Swimming With Men

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Tuesday 31 Jul 201812:00 Book Now
Tuesday 31 Jul 201819:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film run time: 1h 37m

What can you do when the dull grind of the day to day turns life into a monotonous blur? Join a synchronised swimming group for middle aged men I suppose.


Things aren’t going particularly well for Eric (Rob Brydon), an accountant whose marriage is on the rocks and for whom life has started to become something a chore. Eric, however, manages to find an escape from his day to day when he stumbles upon an all-male synchronised swimming club. Hoping to reinvigorate his life, and perhaps win back his wife, Heather (Jane Horrocks), Eric joins the group.


Although described by member Colin (Daniel Mays) as “just a bunch of middle-aged men who want to meet up in trunks that are too small for us, and make funny little patterns in a pool,” the group somehow find themselves on a path that may just lead to the world championships in Milan. Featuring a cast of much-loved UK actors, director Oliver Parker (St Trinian’s, Johnny English Reborn) weaves the somewhat left-field premise into a funny, heart-warming journey.


Come along and see if you can spot Cottonmill Lane’s Swimming Pool amongst the locations!


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