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The year is 1959. The setting: an idyllic American suburb dubbed SUBURBICON. Gardner (Matt Damon) and Nancy Lodge (Julianne Moore), along with their young son Nicky (Noah Jupe, remarkable), appear a paragon of middle-class contentment. Gardner is a financial VP at a successful ad firm, while his striking wife Nancy spends her days loitering on the porch, watching her son play in the yard. Though Nancy is confined to a wheelchair, she remains sharp as a tack, and is often joined by her twin sister Margaret (also Julianne Moore). One day, William (Leith M. Burke) and Daisy Myers (Karimah Westbrook) move in next door. They are an African-American family Suburbicon’s first which sets off a powder keg of hatred and prejudice. At a chaotic town hall meeting, one “progressive” village official claims, “We favor integration, but only at such a time that the Negro feels he’s ready for it… We won’t go backwards.” William and Daisy have a son Nicky’s age, Andy (Tony Espinosa), and the two innocent children instantly bond over their mutual love of baseball. The paranoid townsfolk are far less inviting. Suspicious stares and casual racism soon give way to a mob of foaming at the mouth whites camped outside their home. They spew hate at the top of their lungs, bang on instruments, set fire to their vehicle, and, in one eerily zeitgeisty moment, hang a Confederate flag outside their window. But the Myers, a wholesome god-fearing family, aren’t the problem. The real local menace lies next door, as a terrifying home invasion sets off a string of violent events that leaves several six feet under. Naturally, all the blame is pinned on the arrival of the first black family. Clooney’s film boasts top-notch turns all around, including Damon and Moore as a pair in way over their heads, and child actors Noah Jupe and Tony Espinosa, in whose budding friendship lies hope for the future. But the true engine of SUBURBICON is its darkly satirical screenplay. Its twists and turns are aplenty, and with each passing sin, the hypocrisy of white supremacy is further exposed. This is a brutal story that rewards people justly for their crimes.

(15) 104 mins Friday 19th, Saturday 20th January 2017 7:30pm
Director: George Clooney
Stars: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac

SATURDAY 20TH JANUARY
Adult £6.00 Buy at the box office on the night of the performance cash only please.
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £5.00


 

Side effects may include total paralysis of the soul in Yorgos Lanthimos’s psychological drama/thriller/mystery THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER. Told with clinical filmmaking precision and incredible performances, this is a story that will numb and disturb audiences in brilliant, equal measure. Colin Farrell plays Dr Steven Murphy, a successful surgeon with beautiful hands, whose picture-perfect home life comes under threat after befriending the son (Barry Keoghan) of a patient who lost his life on Steven’s operating table. Initially showing numerous acts of kindness and affection to the awkward boy, Steven becomes increasingly wary of Martin, especially once he starts to make threats towards Steven’s family. Loving, if slightly sterile, wife Anna (Nicole Kidman), daughter Kim, and son Bob all become players in a disturbing game of mysterious retribution and calculated suffering. Farrell and Kidman enjoy a spectacular chemistry that seems as if the main ingredient is morphine, and can appear lifeless in the first third of the movie. However, once the plot of THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER becomes more apparent, the vice-like grip it has had on you will keep you utterly glued to their relationship and how it is affected by this We Need to Talk About Kevin-like menace that has entered their lives. Which brings us on to Barry Keoghan. This is an absolutely career-defining performance from Keoghan. He is completely captivating throughout, turning in a character who is both goofy and monstrous, which is an incredible feat. Few movies can create and sustain this bleakly numbing atmosphere in a way that is totally compelling. The injection of black comedy is consistent and massively effective, and the more disturbing elements are drip-fed with skill and tact. The outcome is a marvellous success.

(15) 121 mins Thursday 25th January 2018 7:30pm
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone, Colin Farrell

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THURSDAY 25TH JANUARY
Adult £6.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £5.00


 

When the bomb explodes at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon in David Gordon Green’s STRONGER, we see it from a distance – in fact, from the perspective not of our protagonist, but from the woman he’s there to cheer on. We meet Jeff Bauman as a person before we know him as a victim. And that approach, that interest in personality over symbolism, is what makes STRONGER so much better than your average based-on-an-inspirational-true-story situation. He is, we’re told, “a chicken roaster from Costco” who’s Boston to his bones. He’s a funny, charming character, played by Jake Gyllenhaal with all the breezy charisma he’s got (which is saying something). That sense of humor takes a turn towards gallows after Jeff loses both legs in the bombing at the marathon. He’s one of those guys who likes to beat everyone to the joke, so no one’s ever ill at ease, but the film peers beyond that okey-dokey veneer. Early on, for example, Gordon gives us a long scene of nurses and doctors changing the dressing on his legs, lingering on this relatively simple procedure, staying on his face all the way through as he experiences a heretofore unknown level of straight-up agony. He’s got Erin (Tatiana Maslany) at his bedside during that scene, and the complexity of their on-again, off-again relationship is perhaps the film’s strongest element. We get a hint of it right away, as she explains to his boss that he was at the finish line for her to prove himself (they were currently on an “off”)  it was the one time he “showed up” for her, and then this happened, so she’s understandably racked with guilt. And what’s driving her becomes a fascinating question: is it real love, or a sense of responsibility (both to him, and for what happened)? Recovery is complicated, and he’s not always good to her, or as open as he needs to be. But the intimacy between them, in the scene where she finally, really touches him, is overwhelming. In the days and weeks following the bombing, Jeff becomes a symbol for the city’s resilience and strength he’s “Boston Strong,” he’s told, so often that he begins to question it: “I’m a hero for standin’ there and gettin’ my legs blown off?” When he enters rehab, a TV reporter asks Jeff, “Are you Boston Strong?”, and he responds with a glassy-eyed-thumbs-up, so as not to disrupt his inspiring recovery narrative. He insists on keeping his pain and uncertainty from everyone his family, his friends, his girl and there’s a scene of him in his bathroom, screaming into a towel after taking a nasty fall, that sums up that feeling of hopelessness and loneliness in a way full pages of dialogue couldn’t. STRONGER is an emotionally potent true-life cinema, a cautiously inspiring film about grotesque physical and mental tragedy and a film that resists easy sentimentality, a film that’s elevated by Jake Gyllenhaal’s flawless performance highly recommended.

(15) 119 mins Friday 26th January 2018 7:30pm
Director: David Gordon Green
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson

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FRIDAY 26TH JANUARY
Adult £6.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £5.00


 

Patricia Clarkson, Cillian Murphy, Timothy Spall and Kristin Scott Thomas get more than their just deserts in British director Sally Potter's dark comedy of manners, THE PARTY. The single setting is a well-appointed London home on an auspicious night for hostess Janet (Scott Thomas), a career politician celebrating her prestige promotion to shadow health minister in the unnamed parliamentary opposition party. Ominously, her academic husband, Bill (Spall), appears to be in shock at the news, numbing himself with booze to a soundtrack of jazz and blues on crackly old-school vinyl. Among the first guests at the party is April (Clarkson), a former idealist turned wisecracking cynic, accompanied by an unlikely partner in the shape of ageing New Age hippie Gottfried (Bruno Ganz). Martha (Cherry Jones) is a veteran feminist college professor whose younger English wife, Jinny (Emily Mortimer), has just learned she is pregnant with triplets. The wild card in the pack, millionaire banker Tom (Murphy), arrives in a highly agitated state with a generous stash of cocaine and a concealed firearm. What could possibly go wrong? Everything can, of course, and dutifully does. Sticking to classic farce rules, almost everybody in THE PARTY is harboring a dark secret which will shatter their cosy complacency by the end of the evening. Following a dramatic confession of terminal illness, extramarital affairs come to light, relationships teeter on the brink of collapse, barbed words are exchanged and punches thrown. And then the gun comes out. Over 71 crisp minutes of fast-paced verbal combat, Potter tests the age-old theory that it’s all fun and games until somebody gets knocked unconscious. In its evergreen themes and stylistic essentials, THE PARTY is the kind of self-skewering middle-class farce that could have graced a West End stage at any point during the last five or six decades. Gleefully nasty, zinger-packed and over in 71 minutes, Sally Potter's dark drawing-room comedy is her zestiest work in ages. (In addition to THE PARTY, we will also be screening a short British comedy classic, DINNER FOR ONE, starring Freddie Frinton and May Warden)

(15) 71 mins Tuesday 30th January 2018 7:30pm
Director: Sally Potter
Stars: Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones

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TUESDAY 30TH JANUARY
Adult £6.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £5.00


 

Until this past year, no major female superhero existed cinematically on the big screen. When she appeared however, she broke box office records and started a phenomenon. She was Wonder Woman. Riding the wave of that phenomenon is another type of origin story, PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN. The film follows the story of Dr. William Marston (Luke Evans), a psychology professor in the 1930s at Harvard who, along with his wife Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall), is doing research on a lie detector. The professor is also well known for his teaching of DISC theory, which centres around four different personality traits  dominance, inducement, submission and compliance. When the pair meet a new student, Olive (Bella Heathcote) they both immediately become intrigued by the young woman. She is incredibly beautiful, intelligent, shy, yet immediately striking and is hired as William’s teaching assistant. Elizabeth initially warns the girl to not sleep with her husband, despite giving William permission. However, once the trio spends more time together it becomes incredibly evident that they share an indescribable type of love. Rebelling against the sexual taboos of the era, the three begin an intimate affair, and eventually life together. It is from William’s love and respect for these two women that Wonder Woman is eventually born. Casting here is brilliant, with Hall, Evans and Heathecoate sharing a palpable chemistry. It’s very easy to fall in love with this family and their tender way with one another. The whole cast is incredibly strong. Evans is always likeable as William, Hall brings a certain bravado to Elizabeth  confident and assured. But, it is Heathecote who allows Olive to shine, and she grows with her. Witnessing her transition from a timid young girl to a self-reliant woman is part of the beautiful journey. The origin story of Wonder Woman may not be what you expect, but it is certainly one of the most interesting stories you’ll see. PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN never forces on you what must have been a terrible burden on the family from the outside world. Though their love ostracizes them from society they find their own way that allows you to question, as they do in the film, “What is normal?” And also why societal ‘normal’ matters. Through their journey, it becomes incredibly clear that Wonder Woman was NOT the only hero in this story.

(15) 108 mins Thursday 1st February 2018 7:30pm
Director: Angela Robinson
Stars: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote

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THURSDAY 1ST FEBRUARY
Adult £6.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £5.00


 

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. When P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) loses his office job, he has an idea. He gathers unique and talented people to create a show like nothing that's ever been seen before. He creates the traveling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, a.k.a. "The Greatest Show on Earth." The mesmerizing spectacle soon takes the world by storm to become the greatest show on Earth. THE GREATEST SHOWMAN will not only tell you how he accomplished this amazing feat, it will also give you the opportunity to see a dazzling recreation of what truly was the greatest show on earth.

(12A) Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd February 2018 7:30pm
Director: Michael Gracey
Stars: Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Hugh Jackman

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FRIDAY 2ND FEBRUARY
Adult £6.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £5.00

SATURDAY 3RD FEBRUARY
Adult £6.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £5.00


 

In FINAL PORTRAIT, director Stanley Tucci calls upon the stupendous, reliable talents of Geoffrey Rush to evoke a chapter in Alberto Giacometti’s life when he put brush to canvass to construct a portrait of journalist James Lord (Armie Hammer) in his Paris studio. By the late 1950s, without fully realising it, he was in the autumn days of his life, and Tucci highlights Giacometti as gruff, eccentric and thoroughly unpredictable. It might be the stuff of cliché, but it piques intrigue all the same. Giacometti develops a peculiar bond with Lord, and these two (un)likely lads go for numerous strolls, drink coffee and down wine whilst Giacometti extolls his view on the world. ‘I want to see the world the way you do’, says Lord. It might make for an interesting vacation, but a permanent place of residence would surely be disorientating. Giacometti comes across as a man enslaved to his whims. He indulges capriciously, albeit with full-hearted commitment, to whichever whim he so evinces. There is enough charm in Hammer and Rush’s chemistry to engage and pull the audience onside. James Lord was no protégé, he was a participant and an observer; a subject and a fleeting muse. It was one that indulged the mercurial, eccentric artist. With the knowledge that such artists as Rembrandt and Mozart died penniless, it is nice to understand that Giacometti had a casual relationship with the financial spoils procured by his talent. Warmly directed and warmly performed, FINAL PORTRAIT is a quaint window into a specific chapter of another time and another place.

(15) 90 mins Thursday 8th February 2018 7:30pm
Director: Stanley Tucci
Stars: Armie Hammer, Geoffrey Rush, Tony Shalhoub

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THURSDAY 8TH FEBRUARY
Adult £6.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £5.00


 

Jonathan Demme’s game-changing thriller THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991) returns to cinemas in a new remastered edition. In her efforts to catch the psychopathic serial killer Buffalo Bill, rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) adopts a high-risk strategy in visiting the imprisoned, dangerous and highly intelligent psychiatrist Dr Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) for his insight. Triggering a deadly psychological game of cat-and-mouse, where Lecter always seems to have the upper hand, the tension levels ratchet up as their goals become increasingly intertwined. Masterfully directed by Jonathan Demme, who passed away earlier this year, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS remains one of the great, most popular and influential thrillers of recent decades. A huge box office success, it was showered with awards, including the ‘big five’ Oscars®; Best Picture, Director, Actress, Actor and Adapted Screenplay, a feat still only ever achieved by three films (the other two are It Happened One Night (1934) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)). It is still the only Best Picture winner that could be deemed a horror movie. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS blurred the lines between the crime thriller and horror genres like never before. With only a few graphic scenes, the violence was largely psychological and Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter instantly became one of the most terrifying villains in cinema history. Surprisingly, he is only on screen for a total of 16 minutes in the entire film and despite the intensity of their disturbing relationship, Jodie Foster recently revealed that she and Hopkins didn’t actually speak to each other on set, as the character petrified her so much. In what is generally thought to be the best performance of her career to date, Jodie Foster brought a new kind of female hero to the screen in her compelling portrayal of the vulnerable but determined agent Clarice Starling. The chance to see this all-time classic thriller – still as vital and horrific as ever – on the big screen, in a new remaster, cannot be missed.

(15) 114 mins Friday 9th February 2018 7:30pm
Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney

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FRIDAY 9TH FEBRUARY
Adult £6.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £5.00


 

The 1950's - FERRARI: RACE TO IMMORTALITY recreates the iconic Scuderia Ferrari battle to stay on top in one of the deadliest decades in motor racing history. Cars and drivers were pushed to their limits, and the competition for the world championship meant racing on a knife edge where one mistake could take a life. At the centre of it all was Enzo Ferrari, a towering figure in motor racing who was driven to win at any cost. Amidst the stiff competition within his Ferrari team, two of its British stars, Peter Collins and Mike Hawthorn, put friendship first and the championship second. FERRARI: RACE TO IMMORTALITY tells the story of the loves and losses, triumphs and tragedy of Ferrari's most celebrated drivers in an era where they lived la dolce vita during the week and it was win or die on any given Sunday.

(15) 91 mins Tuesday 13th February 2018 7:30pm
Director: Daryl Goodrich

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TUESDAY 13TH FEBRUARY
Adult £6.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £5.00


 

Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heart-warming story of August “Augie” Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, had prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie (Jacob Tremblay) became the most unlikely of heroes when he entered the local fifth grade. With the help of his mother, Isabel (Julia Roberts) and his father, Nate (Owen Wilson), he tries to fit in at a new school named Beecher Prep and shows everyone that he is just an ordinary kid, no different than the rest of the world. He strives to teach others that beauty is not just on the outside. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie's extraordinary journey unites them all and proves you can't blend in when you were born to stand out. Outstanding and inspirational on every level, WONDER tells a story with a lesson for all of us.

(PG) 113 mins Thursday 15th February 2018 7:30pm
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Stars: Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson

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THURSDAY 15TH FEBRUARY
Adult £6.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £5.00


 

The period during which Winston Churchill rose to Prime Minister was filled with tension and apprehension as Britain stood at a crossroads at the beginning of World War II, faced with the threat of an advancing Nazi Germany. DARKEST HOUR catalogs the events from May 9th, 1940 to May 28th, 1940. During this time, the British army was trapped in Dunkirk. Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) had to fight against his party and the King to convince them to do what he believed was right; to take a stand and fight the advancing German army. On May 25th, Winston learns that the men are trapped in Dunkirk and calls FDR to see if he can help, but he is denied. This is when Churchill has no other choice but to order civilian boats to try to rescue the men trapped in Dunkirk. As the rest of Parliament pushes Winston to give in and have peace talks with Hitler, he continues to stand strong. Facing the death of many men, and the surrender of Belgium and potentially France, his faith waivers as he begins to tell Chamberlain and Halifax to begin the process of peace talks. The King visits Winston and renews his faith in fighting the war, and the next day Winston decides to meet the people of Britain and see what they have to say. In an emotional moment, he learns that people would rather fight than give up their homes. This moment inspires Winston to give a spectacular speech that ends the film. DARKEST HOUR is easily one of Gary Oldman’s best performances to date and is sure to get him a Best Actor nomination at the Oscars. Despite a two-hour runtime, the film is captivating as we see Winston Churchill’s determination in inspiring a nation to rise and fight the Fascists threatening to take over their island. The direction, writing, performing and cinematography are top-notch and woven together to form a stunning film, sure to remind us that we cannot stand down against dictators, fascists and those who threaten our way of life.

(PG) 89 mins Friday 16th, Saturday 17th February 2018 7:30pm
Director: Joe Wright
Stars: Lily James, Gary Oldman, Ben Mendelsohn

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FRIDAY 16TH FEBRUARY
Adult £6.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £5.00

SATURDAY 17TH FEBRUARY
Adult £6.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £5.00


 

When now-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall went to Tanzania to study chimpanzees, she had no scientific qualifications or formal training. Armed with a passion for nature and her tenacity, she changed the way our closest cousins are understood by science. Brett Morgan's JANE blends hundreds of hours of archival footage with a new interview with Goodall to tell her remarkable story. It's astonishing to think now that before Goodall, the scientific community had no idea that chimps use tools, or that their intelligence is so closely linked to our own. With her lack of scientific expertise, Goodall tells us that her inexpert background freed her to observe the chimps' behaviour without the bias of scientific consensus. Goodall describes the early days of her research while archives are pieced together to construct a narrative of those early months and years. The grainy colour footage is truly beautiful, capturing the diversity of life in the bush as well as the unique personalities of the chimps Goodall gradually bonded with. For those already familiar with Goodall's story, Morgan's film adds little new to the picture, but is instead a tribute to her work and her enduring legacy, describing her scientific discoveries with her personal life as one narrative whole. For Goodall, the two were inextricable - in studying the chimps she formed close personal bonds with them, gaining their trust over many years. For traditional researchers, this merging of the scientific and the personal is a big no-no, but to Jane it made perfect sense. Goodall's conviction is compelling, passionate, and deeply moving. Her work was both revolutionary and profoundly important to the emerging conservation project. JANE makes no claims to objectivity but is instead a deeply felt, loving tribute to a truly remarkable woman.

(PG) 90 mins Wednesday 21st February 2018 7:30pm
Director: Brett Morgen
Star: Jane Goodall

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WEDNESDAY 21ST FEBRUARY
Adult £6.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £5.00


 

A sensationally funny and affecting dark comedy, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is anchored by an acid sense of humour and a top-form Frances McDormand. This insightful study of collective guilt and individual forgiveness is also the year’s funniest film. The billboards of the title are erected by McDormand’s Mildred Hayes, whose daughter was brutally murdered a year previous, and with no leads since then, she turns to public advertising to keep the case in the minds of the Ebbing police force. Gifted with cutting monologues and hilarious one-liners, all backed with real fury and tragedy, McDormand is never less than totally commanding in the kind of brilliant but difficult acting that should net her countless awards. Martin McDonagh’s electrifying script brings out the best in the rest of the cast too. Woody Harrelson is fabulous as Chief Willoughby, to whom the billboards are directly and damningly addressed, Sam Rockwell does his best work since Moon as a thuggish deputy, and Manchester by the Sea’s Lucas Hedges again proves his ability to hold his own against towering adult performances. A perfectly downbeat ending provides the exact sort of unhappy non-closure that turns out to be the most logical and satisfying choice. A film that you’d be willing to let go on forever, THREE BILLBOARDS nevertheless quits while it is ahead, leaving all its characters in exactly the right place.

(18) 115 mins Friday 23rd February 2018 7:30pm
Director: Martin McDonagh
Stars: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell

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FRIDAY 23RD FEBRUARY
Adult £6.00
Concession (Under 16, Students, Unwaged, Over 60) £5.00

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