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Saffron Walden County High School, Saffron Walden, England, CB11 4UH
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120 BPM

120 Bpm
  • 2017
  • France
  • 2h 20min
  • Directed by: Robin Campillo
  • Cast: Arnaud Valois, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Adèle Haenel

Exhilarating 90s-set drama following a group of activists who are members of an AIDS awareness group, Act Up-Paris. Campillo draws on his own experiences in the group, capturing the heady pleasures of dancing the night away in a club and the party atmosphere of a pride march, and the film as a whole is a near-tangible celebration of life and love.

Mon 28 May

Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane
  • 1953
  • US
  • 1h 41min
  • U
  • Directed by: David Butler
  • Written by: James O'Hanlon
  • Cast: Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn Ann McLerie

Indian scout Calamity Jane (Day) is hard-riding, boastful and handy with a gun. She has to be, living as she does in Deadwood, Dakota, a place where men are men and women are toothsome. When Jane falls in love with a young army lieutenant she realises she may have to change, because he really does not appreciate her more butch qualities.

Wed 30 May

Funny Cow

Funny Cow
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 1h 42min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Adrian Shergold
  • Cast: Maxine Peake, Stephen Graham, Paddy Considine

Funny Cow (Peake) is a northern woman who takes to stand-up comedy in the 70s and 80s. The film foregrounds the pain and suffering involved, from her abusive husband Bob (Pitts, also the screenwriter) and the grim reality of working men’s clubs. A fine supporting cast is largely wasted, but a great soundtrack and Peake’s fearless performance give it plenty of soul.

Sat 26 May
Sun 27 May

The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 45min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Michael Gracey
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya

A musical version of the life of showman and genius of hype PT Barnum (Jackman), and how he went from running a museum of ‘curiosities’ to promoting Swedish soprano Jenny Lind (Ferguson). Jackman has rock-star charisma and Gracey delivers a kaleidoscopic, family-friendly spectacle.

Thu 31 May

Singalong

Love, Simon

Love, Simon
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 49min
  • Directed by: Greg Berlanti
  • Cast: Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Katherine Langford

Simon (Robinson) is a young high school student who hasn’t yet come out as gay, who starts swapping email with an anonymous fellow student calling himself ‘Blue’. The script gets bogged down in irrelevant subplots and the first kiss is delayed until the end credits, making it a disappointing cop-out as gay teen movies go; indies handle this much better.

Tue 29 May
Wed 30 May

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Mary and the Witch’s Flower
  • 2017
  • Japan
  • 1h 43min
  • Directed by: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
  • Cast: Hana Sugisaki, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Yûki Amami

Mary (Barnhill) is a young girl who discovers a magic flower that earns her a place at a school of witchcraft, but she soon discovers that the place is not as welcoming as it seems. Energetic adaptation of Mary Stewart’s novel The Little Broomstick, comfortingly familiar to fans of Ghibli but also fresh and gorgeous.

Sun 27 May
Tue 29 May

The Post

The Post
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 56min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson

The story of how The Washington Post, led by its publisher Katherine Graham (Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), got the chance to print devastating revelations about US involvement in Vietnam. An old-fashioned Hollywood showstopper with a stellar supporting cast, and sizeable if predictable performances from the leads.

Sun 27 May

Ready Player One

Ready Player One
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 20min
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance

Wade (Sheridan) lives in a city wasteland of rusting trailers called The Stacks, spending his days playing (along with nearly everyone else) in a VR world called the OASIS. But then OASIS’s creator dies; who will inherit his fortune? Eye-popping blockbuster, relentlessly entertaining but without much emotion or involvement.

Sat 26 May
Mon 28 May
Thu 31 May

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