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West Norwood Library & Picturehouse

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1 - 7 Norwood High Street, London, SE27 9JU
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Aladdin

Aladdin
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 8min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Guy Ritchie
  • Cast: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Numan Acar, Billy Magnussen, Alan Tudyk, Frank Welker

Disney’s live-action version of 1992’s Aladdin features a fun, fast-talking and scene-stealing Smith and terrific work from Massoud and Scott as Aladdin and Jasmine, but against that there’s some weird VFX, odd directorial choices and a well-intentioned but clunky female empowerment number. Enjoyable and entertaining nevertheless.

Sat 22 Jun
Sun 23 Jun

Balloon

  • 2018
  • Germany
  • 2h
  • 15
  • Directed by: Michael Bully Herbig
  • Cast: Friedrich Mücke, Karoline Schuch, David Kross

Peter Strelzyk (Mücke), his wife Doris (Schuch) and their two children attempt to escape East Germany in a hand-sewn hot air balloon. Herbig adopts an old-fashioned, slightly sentimental approach but it’s an engrossing mixture of adventure yarn and methodical police procedural, with moments of pulse-racing tension.

Wed 19 Jun
Thu 20 Jun

Booksmart

Booksmart
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 45min
  • Directed by: Olivia Wilde
  • Cast: Skyler Gisondo, Kaitlyn Dever, Lisa Kudrow

Molly (Feldstein) and Amy (Dever) are proud to be brainiacs, but on their last day of high school they resolve to fit as much fun as they can into a single night. Wilde’s debut feature is zesty and confident with box-fresh writing, well-drawn characters and a swaggering hip-hop soundtrack; Feldstein, in particular, steps up to leading lady status.

Wed 19 Jun
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Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona
  • 2019
  • UK
  • 2h 10min
  • Directed by: Asif Kapadia

Kapadia provides another documentary portrait of a fallen star, after Senna and Amy. If this one isn’t as moving or compelling as its predecessors, it still has enough emotional heft to make it more than a celebration of great goals.

Wed 19 Jun
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Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 15min
  • Directed by: Thomas Piper

Landscape designer Piet Oudolf discusses his creative methods and process.

Wed 19 Jun
Thu 20 Jun

HERO: Inspired by the Extraordinary Life & Times of Mr. Ulric Cross

  • 2018
  • Trinidad and Tobago / Canada
  • Directed by: Frances-Anne Solomon
  • Cast: Kofi Adjorlolo, Jimmy Akingbola, Giles Alderson

Drama inspired, as the title suggests, by the life of Caribbean war hero, judge and diplomat Ulric Cross.

Sun 23 Jun

Hey Duggee

Hey Duggee
  • UK
  • 1h 3min
  • U
  • Directed by: Grant Orchard
  • Cast: Jasmine Bartholomew, Alexander Armstrong, Poppy Boyes

Episodes of the animated CBeebies show.

Wed 19 Jun
Thu 20 Jun

Hopster Showtime

Hand-picked episodes of kid's favourite series

Fri 21 Jun
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The Hummingbird Project

The Hummingbird Project
  • 2019
  • USA
  • 1h 51min
  • Directed by: Kim Nguyen
  • Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård, Salma Hayek

Vinnie (Eisenberg) and cousin Anton (Skarsgård) decide to build a dead-straight fibre optic cable from Kansas to New Jersey to help speed up financial trading. A quirky, intriguing cautionary tale with fine performances and sleek editing, exploring the delicate balance between man and nature.

Tue 25 Jun

Kind Hearts and Coronets

Kind Hearts and Coronets
  • 1949
  • UK
  • 1h 46min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Robert Hamer
  • Cast: Dennis Price, Valerie Hobson, Joan Greenwood, Alec Guinness

Blacker than black Ealing comedy has a suave and sophisticated Price killing off an entire family tree (all played by Guinness) in order to move himself closer to the d'Ascoyne family title. Low-key cynicism and disarming callousness make it a true gem of British post-war cinema.

Sun 23 Jun

Late Night

Late Night
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 42min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Nisha Ganatra
  • Cast: Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, John Lithgow

Katherine (Thompson) is a seasoned talk show host who, when forced to hire new writing staff, takes on former chemical plant employee Molly (Kaling). Kaling’s script is peppy, good-natured and has a good grasp of the issues, and Thompson has her best role in years. Piquant and winning.

Wed 19 Jun
Thu 20 Jun

Live from Shakespeare's Globe: The Merry Wives of Windsor

RSC Live: The Merry Wives Of Windsor

Shakespeare's English comedy performed live from the Globe.

Thu 20 Jun

Men in Black: International

Men in Black International
  • 2019
  • US
  • Directed by: F. Gary Gray
  • Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, Les Twins, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson

Molly (T. Thompson) is a wannabe MIB agent who’s given a chance by Agent O (E. Thompson) and teamed up with golden boy Agent H (Hemsworth). It’s not so much that it’s bad, more that the franchise wasn’t much to begin with: here, a CGI-heavy story relies far too much on Hemsworth’s insouciant charm. A high-budget non-event.

Wed 19 Jun
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Paddington

Paddington
  • 2014
  • UK / France
  • 1h 35min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Paul King
  • Cast: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Julie Walters, Nicole Kidman, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi

The story of an illegal immigrant from Peru and his efforts to be integrated into British society. He's a bear, by the way. Whishaw imbues the CGI Paddington with immense charm, the rest of the cast are excellent and the exuberant direction and smart, knowing script make for a genuine delight.

Sat 22 Jun

Rocketman

Rocketman
  • 2019
  • UK / US
  • 2h 1min
  • Directed by: Dexter Fletcher
  • Cast: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard

This Elton John biopic, exec-produced by its subject, could have been a vanity project, but it’s a fun and cute fantasy musical; Egerton as John as exuberant and sympathetic, and the framing device is sensible. Hardly revelatory, but Fletcher does a good job and sprinkles some inventiveness. Classic songbook helps.

Wed 19 Jun
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The Secret Life of Pets 2

The Secret Life of Pets 2
  • 2019
  • USA / Japan / France
  • Directed by: Chris Renaud, Jonathan del Val
  • Cast: Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart

Max (Oswalt) lives with owner Katie (Kemper) in apartment with other pets Gidget (Slate), Chloe (Bell) and Snowball (Hart); then Max becomes worried about Katie’s new baby Max. There’s not enough humour, charm or sense to win over parents, but kids will enjoy the vivid animation and animal antics.

Sat 22 Jun
Sun 23 Jun

Sometimes Always Never

Sometimes Always Never
  • 2018
  • UK
  • 1h 31min
  • Directed by: Carl Hunter
  • Cast: Bill Nighy, Jenny Agutter, Alice Lowe

Alan (Nighy) is a fastidious widower who joins his son Peter (Riley) at the seaside on family business. Fine performances, including an ever-excellent one from Nighy, can’t quite breathe life into Hunter’s Wes Anderson-ish mannerisms, in this gently melancholic but too studied comedy drama.

Wed 19 Jun
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The Stuart Hall Project

The Stuart Hall Project
  • 2013
  • UK
  • 1h 43min
  • Directed by: John Akomfrah

Documentary on cultural theorist Stuart Hall.

Sat 22 Jun

Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 40min
  • U
  • Directed by: Josh Cooley
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Joan Cusack, Blake Clark, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris, Jodi Benson, Michael Keaton, Jeff Pidgeon, Kristen Schaal, Bonnie Hunt, Timothy Dalton, Jeff Garlin, Laurie Metcalf, Lori Alan

Woody (Hanks) joins new owner Bonnie at kindergarten where he finds a new purpose in protecting her improvised toy Forky (Hale). Pixar manages to further the story with fine new characters and a satisfyingly teary conclusion, for a fine last chapter in the saga.

Fri 21 Jun
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X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Dark Phoenix
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 53min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Simon Kinberg
  • Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, Jessica Chastain

When Jean Grey (Turner) is involved in a space rescue that goes awry, her malevolent alter ego Dark Phoenix is let out of the box. There’s real heft to the plot and characterisation, and Turner lives up to her growing maturity, but then it’s like it runs out of time and ideas, relapsing into routine, effects-drive action.

 

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