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Abbeygate Picturehouse

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Hatter Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1NE
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20 Feet from Stardom

20 Feet from Stardom
  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 91 min
  • Directed by: Morgan Neville

The back-up singers on some of music history's greatest songs – the Rolling Stones' 'Gimme Shelter', Ray Charles' 'What’d I Say', Lynyrd Skynrd’s 'Sweet Home Alabama' – tell their oft-ignored story.

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Tue 6 May

A Story of Children and Film

A Story of Children and Film
  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • UK
  • 106 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Mark Cousins
  • Written by: Mark Cousins

Cousins' new film explores the way children are portrayed on film, as depicted by a selection of 53 films from around the world.

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Tue 27 May

Before the Winter Chill (Avant l'hiver)

Before the Winter Chill (Avant l'hiver)
  • 2 stars
  • 2013
  • France/Luxembourg
  • 103 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Philippe Claudel
  • Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Kristin Scott Thomas, Leïla Bekhti

Lucie (Scott Thomas) is a bored, middle-class French housewife whose affluent surgeon husband Paul (Auteuil) seems to be being stalked by a young woman (Bekhti) who claims that he saved her life. Despite excellent performances and a convincing milieu, a bizarre and improbable twist in the plot undoes much of Claudel's careful work.

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Tue 20 May

Blue Ruin

Blue Ruin
  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 92 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jeremy Saulnier
  • Cast: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves

A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.

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Sat 24 May

Bonjour Tristesse

Bonjour Tristesse
  • 3 stars
  • 1957
  • US
  • 93 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Otto Preminger
  • Written by: Arthur Laurents, Françoise Sagan
  • Cast: Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Jean Seberg, Mylène Demongeot, Geoffrey Horne

A teenage girl attempts to break up the romance between her philandering widowed father and his mistress. Heavy-handed adaptation of Francoise Sagan's bestseller. A glossy, well acted soap opera that occasionally permits a flavour of Sagan to trickle through.

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Sun 4 May

Brassed Off

Brassed Off
  • 3 stars
  • 1996
  • UK
  • 105 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Mark Herman
  • Written by: Mark Herman
  • Cast: Pete Postlethwaite, Tara Fitzgerald, Ewan McGregor, Stephen Tompkinson

When the local pit is due to be closed down, it's the end of the day for the colliery brass band as well, even though they've got a chance at winning the national competition. Politics is at the heart of this story, but writer-director Herman has created a film that balances nicely between pithy humour and heartbreaking poignancy. The ensemble cast is excellent.

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Tue 20 May

Bright Days Ahead

Bright Days Ahead
  • 2013
  • France
  • 94 min
  • Directed by: Marion Vernoux
  • Cast: Fanny Ardant, Laurent Lafitte, Patrick Chesnais

Caroline discovers that retirement is a new beginning in itself and not just the beginning of the end when she joins her neighbourhood's senior club.

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Mon 19 May

Calvary

Calvary
  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • Ireland
  • 101 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: John Michael McDonagh
  • Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen

Father James (Gleeson) is a priest, but a good one; wise, witty, kind, non-judgmental. Then he's told that he's to be killed to atone for the sins of his church. McDonagh's film features exceptional performances from a great cast, and a witty and powerful script, far more thoughtful than 2011's lacklustre The Guard.

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Fri 25 Apr
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Wed 30 Apr
Thu 1 May

Camille Claudel 1915

Camille Claudel 1915
  • 2013
  • France
  • 95 min
  • Directed by: Bruno Dumont
  • Cast: Juliette Binoche, Jean-Luc Vincent, Emmanuel Kauffman

Biopic covering the later life of the French sculptor.

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Sun 18 May

Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois)

Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois)
  • 2013
  • France
  • 117 min
  • Directed by: Cédric Klapisch
  • Cast: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cécile De France

A 40-year-old father of two finds life very complicated. When the mother of his children moves to New York, he can't bear them growing up far away and so he decides to join them.

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Thu 22 May

Common People

Common People
  • 2013
  • UK
  • Directed by: Stewart Alexander, Kerry Skinner
  • Cast: Sam Kelly, Diana Payan, Iarla McGowan

The stories of life told entirely on Tooting Common.

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Tue 10 Jun

Driving Miss Daisy

  • 2013
  • Australia
  • Directed by: David Esbjornson
  • Cast: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Boyd Gaines

Screening of a live performance of the classic story about an elderly woman and her chauffeur, filmed at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne, Australia, in 2013.

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Wed 11 Jun

Exhibition

Exhibition
  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • UK
  • 103 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Joanna Hogg
  • Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Viviane Albertine, Liam Gillick

D (Albertine) appears to be a melancholic, housebound woman with an unfulfilled marriage to H (Gillick), but the reality is more nuanced. Sensitive, intelligent and compelling filmmaking, which portrays its potentially unsympathetic characters – unhappy privileged people with truth, skill and understanding.

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Tue 20 May

The General

The General
  • 1926
  • US
  • 90 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman
  • Cast: Buster Keaton, Marion Mack

Johnnie Gray (Keaton) is a Georgia train engineer who gets caught up in the American Civil War. Keaton's 1926 masterpiece performed so poorly on its release that it helped kill his career as an independent filmmaker, but it's now rightly viewed as one of the greatest of silent comedies and a heroic achievement, blending subtle visual gags with epic camerawork and including an unforgettable train crash sequence.

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Sat 3 May

Glyndebourne Opera: Der Rosenkavalier

Glyndebourne
  • 2014
  • Directed by: Richard Jones

Live screening of Richard Strauss' comic opera. Robin Ticciati conducts.

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Sun 8 Jun

The Grand Seduction

The Grand Seduction
  • 2013
  • Canada
  • 115 min
  • Directed by: Don McKellar
  • Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch, Liane Balaban

Tickle Cove is in need of a doctor but can they find one so that they can open a factory nearby?

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Sun 25 May

Kes

Kes
  • 1969
  • UK
  • 109 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Ken Loach
  • Cast: David Bradley, Freddie Fletcher, Lynne Perrie, Colin Welland, Brian Glover, George Speed

In the run-down industrial north, a young boy learns some harsh lessons about life from the fate of his pet bird. Classic piece of British realism which showed that Loach's television work could transfer to the big screen. A very humane sense of humour leavens a tale of some desolation.

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Mon 2 Jun

The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US/Australia
  • 100 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Phil Lord/Christopher Miller
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Cobie Smulders

Emmett (Pratt), a regular Lego construction worker, finds himself acclaimed as the 'Special', who will save the Lego universe from evil Lord Business. Fast, funny, blisteringly paced and hugely inventive, it's also so layered with ironic detachment that the attempt at a sincere final act falls flat; still, good fun for adults and kids.

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Sat 31 May
Kids

Les Misérables

Les Misérables
  • 3 stars
  • 2012
  • UK
  • 158 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Tom Hooper
  • Written by: Claude-Michael Schonberg, Alain Boublil, Victor Hugo
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway

Boublil & Schönberg’s musical of Hugo’s 1862 novel is transferred to the screen by King’s Speech director Hooper. It all depends on your tolerance for people bursting into song; easy to mock, perhaps, but fun while it's on, and the sincere performances (especially Hathaway's) aid the immersion.

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Sat 24 May

Matisse: Live from Tate Modern

  • 2014

Take a virtual walkabout of the modern master's exhibition at Tate Modern from the comfort of your cinema chair.

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Tue 3 Jun

Metropolitan Opera: La Cenerentola

Live from the Met
  • 2014

Rossini's famous opera live in high definition from The Met in New York.

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Sat 10 May
Wed 14 May

The Misfits

The Misfits
  • 4 stars
  • 1961
  • US
  • 124 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: John Huston
  • Written by: Arthur Miller
  • Cast: Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Thelma Ritter, Eli Wallach, Kevin McCarthy, James Barton

Heaven knows what mood persisted on the set of this sombre Western, as it ended up being the last film for both Monroe and Gable, while Clift too was in something of a decline, despite his superb performance. Gable plays a cowboy who comes across divorcee Monroe when she's freeing captive horses with disillusioned rodeo rider Clift. Arthur Miller's intelligent script is a character study set as dusk falls on the Old West.

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Mon 5 May

Mr Peabody & Sherman

Mr. Peabody & Sherman
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 92 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Rob Minkoff
  • Cast: Voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert

Mr. Peabody, a genius dog who appeared in the 1950s/60s TV series Rocky and Bullwinkle, springs into action when his and his master's time machine is stolen.

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Sat 26 Apr

National Theatre Live: A Small Family Business

National Theatre Live: A Small Family Business
  • 2014

Live screening of the piece exposing entrepreneurial greed by Olivier Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn.

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Thu 12 Jun

National Theatre Live: King Lear

NT Live
  • 2014
  • UK
  • Directed by: Sam Mendes
  • Cast: Simon Russell Beale

Mendes returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy.

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Thu 1 May
Thu 8 May
Sun 11 May

National Theatre Live: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

NT Live
  • 2012
  • UK
  • Directed by: Marianne Elliott
  • Cast: Luke Treadaway, Nicola Walker, Una Stubbs

See the National Theatre's adaptation of Mark Haddoe's best-selling book on a big screen near you.

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Thu 22 May
Sun 25 May
Wed 4 Jun

Night Moves

Night Moves
  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 112 min
  • Directed by: Kelly Reichardt
  • Cast: Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard, Jesse Eisenberg

Three environmentalists (Eisenberg, Fanning and Sarsgaard) plan to blow up a hydroelectric dam. Reichardt's film asks tough questions about the consequences of committing oneself to terrorism; highly intelligent and sensitive filmmaking, with excellent performances from the three leads.

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Fri 23 May

On the Waterfront

On the Waterfront
  • 4 stars
  • 1954
  • US
  • 108 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Elia Kazan
  • Written by: Budd Schulberg
  • Cast: Marlon Brando, Rod Steiger, Lee J Cobb, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden

Taking on gangster supremo Lee J Cobb only leads to tragedy for Brando's ex-boxer Terry Malloy in this early masterpiece of the Method school. Despite over-obvious religious symbolism, Budd Schulberg's politically contentious script and Kazan's involved direction, this offers one of Brando's best screen performances and the original 'I coulda been a contender' monologue later so effectively interpreted by Scorsese/De Niro in 'Raging Bull'.

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Sun 1 Jun

One Chance

One Chance
  • 2 stars
  • 2013
  • UK/US
  • 103 min
  • Directed by: David Frankel
  • Written by: Justin Zackham
  • Cast: James Corden, Colm Meaney, Mackenzie Crook

Heavily fictionalised depiction of the rise to fame of Paul Potts (Corden), 2007 winner of Britain's Got Talent. Aiming to be as inspirational as possible, the many fictional embellishments make it seem manipulative, and although Corden is generally amiable and Roach stands out, it's ultimately generic and dispiriting.

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Thu 22 May

Patema Inverted (Sakasama no Patema)

Patema Inverted (Sakasama no Patema)
  • 2013
  • Japan
  • 99 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Yasuhiro Yoshiura
  • Cast: Nobuhiko Okamoto, Shinya Fukumatsu, Masayuki Katô

A girl survives in a tunnel network below ground until one day her world is literally turned upside down.

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Sat 17 May
Kids

Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory
  • 1957
  • US
  • 86 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
  • Written by: Screenplay:, Stanley Kubrick, Jim Thompson, Calder Willingham
  • Cast: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready

New print of this moving portrayal of the madness of war. Three men are selected for trial for cowardice after the unsurprising failure of a futile World War I mission. Douglas is superb as the defence lawyer during the court martial scenes, shot on location in a French castle. Kubrick's lengthy tracking shots through the trenches are among the most effective scenes of battle ever filmed.

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Sat 17 May

A Place in the Sun

A Place in the Sun
  • 1951
  • US
  • 122 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: George Stevens
  • Written by: Michael Wilson, Harry Brown
  • Cast: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Anne Revere

Stevens brought Theodore Dreisler's novel An American Tragedy up to date but, as a consequence, lost most of the social satire and replaced it with romantic melodrama. Clift is the young man, tied down by a pregnant working class girl, who tragically tries to better himself by falling in with a snobbish socialite (Taylor).

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Sun 25 May

Rastamouse

Rastamouse
  • 2011/2012
  • Cast: Voices of Reggie Yates, Cornell John

Screening of the kids' fave reggae mouse tales.

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Tue 29 Apr

Rebel Without a Cause

Rebel Without a Cause
  • 1956
  • US
  • 111 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Nicholas Ray
  • Cast: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo

In this seminal youth movie, Dean is a sensitive but misunderstood kid battling to communicate with his parents and caught in the violent struggle for self-definition. Though now irrevocably dated, this is still notable as the film that articulated the until-then unrecognised experiences and aspirations of a whole generation and does of course contain our favourite nostalgia icon in full flow.

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Sun 11 May

Royal Opera House: The Winter's Tale

Royal Opera House cinema
  • 2014

The ballet version of Shakespeare's tale, live from London.

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Mon 28 Apr

Royal Shakespeare Company: Henry IV Part I

Royal Shakespeare Company: Henry IV Part I
  • 2014
  • UK
  • Directed by: Gregory Doran
  • Cast: Antony Sher, Jasper Britton, Alex Hassell

Screening of the play with Antony Sher as Falstaff, Jasper Britton as Henry IV and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal.

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Wed 14 May
Sun 25 May
Wed 28 May

Royal Shakespeare Company: Henry IV Part II

Royal Shakespeare Company: Henry IV Part II
  • 2014

A live production of the Shakespearian play, with Antony Sher as Falstaff, Jasper Britton as Henry IV and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal.

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Wed 18 Jun

Salvo

Salvo
  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • Italy/France
  • 104 min
  • Directed by: Fabio Grassadonia/Antonio Piazza
  • Cast: Saleh Bakri, Luigi Lo Cascio, Sara Serraiocco

It's a familiar thriller setup: Salvo (Bakri) is a hired killer who falls in love with Rita (Serraiocco), the blind sister of one of his targets. The action sequences are masterly and Serraiocco is especially effective, but the titular character is too firmly established as blank and merciless for his later development to be plausible.

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Tue 29 Apr

Sorcerer

Sorcerer
  • 1977
  • Directed by: William Friedkin
  • Cast: Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal

Four outcasts who were forced to work in an oil drilling operation are offered the chance out. They just have to carry six crates of unstable dynamite through miles of jungle first …

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Wed 21 May

A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire
  • 4 stars
  • 1951
  • US
  • 125 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Elia Kazan
  • Written by: Tennessee Williams, Oscar Saul
  • Cast: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden

Brando takes the acting honours and, with this film, sets the style for method acting for years to come. Tennessee Williams' steamy sex romp seems a little tame by today's standards, but the realism of the drama remains intact and the performances are to be savoured.

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Sun 18 May

Sunshine on Leith

Sunshine on Leith
  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • UK
  • 100 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Dexter Fletcher
  • Cast: Jason Flemyng, Peter Mullan, Antonia Thomas

For his second feature, Fletcher directs this adaptation of the popular stage musical based on the songs of The Proclaimers. Two soldiers return from Afghanistan to Edinburgh and struggle to adapt to civilian life.

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Sun 18 May

Tom at the Farm (Tom à la ferme)

Tom at the Farm (Tom à la ferme)
  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • Canada/France
  • 105 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Xavier Dolan
  • Cast: Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy

A grieving man meets his lover's family, who were not aware of their son's sexual orientation.

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Tue 13 May

The Trip to Italy

The Trip to Italy
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 115 min
  • Directed by: Michael Winterbottom
  • Cast: Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan

Coogan and Brydon follow up their improv culinary travelogue comedy The Trip, which saw the pair travel around the Lake District, by heading for a land with a higher spaghetti content.

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Wed 21 May

Venus in Furs

Venus in Furs
  • 2013
  • France/Poland
  • 96 min
  • Directed by: Roman Polanski
  • Cast: Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric

An actress tries to score a role in a production by attempting to convince the director she's the one for the part.

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Fri 16 May

Vikings: Live from the British Museum

Vikings: Live from the British Museum
  • 2014

Take a look around the British Museum's Viking exhibition, right from the comfort of your cinema seat. Introduced by Michael Wood and Exhibition Curator Gareth Williams.

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Tue 29 Apr

The Wild One

The Wild One
  • 4 stars
  • 1953
  • US
  • 120 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: László Benedek
  • Written by: Novel:, Frank Rooney, Screenplay:, John Paxton, Ben Maddow
  • Cast: Marlon Brando, Mary Murphy, Lee Marvin

Biker Johnny (Brando) and his wild chums terrorise a small town until the Sheriff arrests rival gang leader Marvin (whose supremely sarcastic line 'Wah, they're arresting me' is one of the high points of the film). Minimally-plotted, seminal biker movie, which set the tone for the genre so well that many of its lines and situations now seem cliched.

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Sun 27 Apr

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