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Stratford Picturehouse

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Windsor Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6NL

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

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 142 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Marc Webb
  • Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan

Peter Parker (Garfield) goes up against new supervillains Electro (Foxx) and Harry Osborn (DeHaan). Garfield and Stone have enormous chemistry, Foxx and DeHaan bring complexity and pathos, and the rebooted franchise continues to capture the original character's wise-cracking energy in a way that the Raimi trilogy didn't.

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Thu 24 Apr
Fri 25 Apr
Sat 26 Apr
Sun 27 Apr
Mon 28 Apr
Tue 29 Apr
Wed 30 Apr
Thu 1 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
Sat 26 Apr
Sun 27 Apr
Mon 28 Apr
Tue 29 Apr
Wed 30 Apr
Thu 1 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

Dirty Dancing

Sing-a-long-a Dirty Dancing
  • 3 stars
  • 1987
  • US
  • 100 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Emile Ardolino
  • Written by: Eleanor Bergstein
  • Cast: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes

The plot – in the summer of 1963 bad boy Johnny (Swayze) meets good girl Baby (Grey) and teaches her hip grinding, eventually winning the respect of her parents. Sure it's full of stereotyping, bad dialogue and a pre-teen sugar coated prurience, but decades on Dirty Dancing still has the ability to send a generation of women all gooey.

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Sun 25 May

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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Sun 25 May

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
Kids

Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters
  • 4 stars
  • 1984
  • US
  • 105 min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Ivan Reitman
  • Written by: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis
  • Cast: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis

Three wacky unemployed parapsychologists pursue a little private enterprise as exterminators in spook-infested New York. Of its time but still an enjoyably dated comedy.

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Sat 24 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

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • 4 stars
  • 1981
  • US
  • 115 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott

Ford plays adventuring archaeologist Indiana Jones, who almost bites off more than he can chew when he turns up at the Ark of the Covenant in Nazi-infested wartime Egypt. Return to the breathless excitement of the Saturday morning serial with this rollercoaster of a movie, which is probably better than either of its sequels. Tongue held very firmly in cheek.

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Fri 23 May

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park
  • 1993
  • US
  • 127 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, Wayne Knight

A group of scientists are invited to give their approval to a theme park filled with genetically engineered dinosaurs, but the giant reptiles are soon running amok. Top-notch computer effects ensure that the dinosaurs themselves are terrifyingly believable (more so than the PG certificate would suggest), but by the half-way point, it's more or less a chase movie with superior technology.

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Fri 30 May

Labyrinth

Labyrinth
  • 3 stars
  • 1986
  • US
  • 101 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Jim Henson
  • Cast: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud

A teenage girl has her baby brother kidnapped by the King of the Goblins, and so has to enter the fiendish labyrinth to get him back. Not bad family feature, with plenty of furry creatures to keep the kids happy.

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Sat 31 May

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

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

Men in Black III

Men in Black III
  • 3 stars
  • 2012
  • US
  • 105 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Written by: David Koepp
  • Cast: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin

In a Back to the Future-style escapade, Agent J (Smith) must go back in time and stop the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) being killed by an alien criminal and altering the shape of the Agency. Earth will, of course, need to be saved in the process.

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Tue 6 May
Tue 27 May

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
Mon 12 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
Sun 27 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

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

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
Mon 5 May

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 18 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

Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot
  • 5 stars
  • 1959
  • US
  • 120 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Billy Wilder
  • Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Joe E Brown, Pat O'Brien

Two impecunious male musicians inadvertently witness the St Valentine's Day Massacre and take refuge in Florida with Sweet Sue and her Society Syncopators, an all-female band. Brilliant, brittle, crackerjack farce with all concerned at a peak in their careers.

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Sun 1 Jun

Timmy Time

Timmy Time
  • UK
  • Cast: Voices of Kate Harbour, Justin Fletcher, Louis Jones

The madcap adventures of the little sheep with a lot to learn.

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Tue 20 May

Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy

Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy
  • 2014
  • US
  • 78 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Peggy Holmes
  • Cast: Voices of Tom Hiddleston, Christina Hendricks, Mae Whitman

The fifth of DisneyToon Studios' Tinker Bell films, based on the J M Barrie character.

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Sat 10 May
Kids

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

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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Thu 24 Apr
Wed 30 Apr

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