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Saffron Walden County High School, Saffron Walden, England, CB11 4UH
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Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame
  • 2019
  • US
  • 3h 1min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
  • Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana

Five years after Thanos’s victory, the Avengers are in despair until Ant-Man (Rudd) kicks the story back into action. The final film in the saga verges on fanservice, but there’s intelligent character development, everyone (except Johansson) is given enough to do, and some arcs have a truly poignant sense of closure. Playful, inventive and highly entertaining.

Fri 31 May
Sat 1 Jun

Bel Canto

Bel Canto
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 40min
  • Directed by: Paul Weitz
  • Cast: Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe, Sebastian Koch

Roxanne Coss (Moore) is an opera singer hired to perform at a diplomatic dinner in an unnamed South American country, but then rebels invade the house and take everyone hostage. This adaptation of Ann Patchett’s novel lacks the usual heroics and Weitz clearly aims for a more thoughtful approach, but can’t decide what kind of film he wants to make.

Tue 28 May
Thu 30 May

Dumbo

Dumbo
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 52min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Tim Burton
  • Cast: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Alan Arkin

In this remake of the 1941 film, one-armed circus worker Holt (Farrell) is struggling to reconnect with his bereft children while a certain large-eared pachyderm is figuring out the ropes. It looks lovely, but there’s a lot of extra plot shovelled in and it’s arguably overloaded, compared to the sincerity and simplicity of the original.

Thu 30 May

Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 34min
  • Directed by: Bo Burnham
  • Cast: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson

Kayla (Fisher) is an awkward teenager in her last week of grade school, who posts would-be inspirational vlogs while lacking confidence in daily life. Fisher is superb as the anxious, heroic Kayla and it’s a humane and sometimes hilarious debut from comedian-turned-filmmaker Burnham.

Wed 29 May

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • 2014
  • Iran/US
  • 1h 39min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ana Lily Amirpour
  • Cast: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh

In the night streets of Bad City, a skateboarding vampire (Vand) cruises around in a chador-like veil dispensing bloody justice and life lessons, until she falls for drug dealer Arash (Marandi). Bewitching first feature from Amirpour, a feminist vampire-western doused in dark humour – surreal, chilling, fiendishly imaginative and instantly iconic.

Mon 27 May

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake
  • UK
  • 2h
  • PG
  • Directed by: Ross MacGibbon
  • Cast: Richard Winsor, Dominic North, Nina Goldman

Matthew Bourne's contemporary all-male reinterpretation of the classic ballet.

Sat 25 May

Red Joan

Red Joan
  • 2018
  • UK
  • 1h 50min
  • Directed by: Trevor Nunn
  • Cast: Judy Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes

Joan (Cookson when young, Dench later on) arrives at Cambridge in 1938 and is beguiled by radical politics into becoming a Soviet spy. Nunn’s first movie in over 20 years is a plodding, pedestrian affair, and while Dench captures her befuddlement and steely resolve, it fails to find the drama in a story inspired by intriguing real life events.

Sat 25 May
Sun 26 May

Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz
  • 1925
  • US
  • 1h 21min
  • U
  • Directed by: Larry Semon
  • Cast: Dorothy Dwan, Charles Murray, Oliver Hardy
Wed 29 May

Wonder Park

Wonder Park
  • 2019
  • Spain / US
  • PG
  • Cast: Brianna Denski, Jennifer Garner, Ken Hudson Campbell

June (Mali and Denski) is faced with being shipped off to math camp while her mother (Garner) seeks medical assistance; then she finds herself in a parallel universe where she has to save a theme park. An animated film with big ideas and some notable omissions, ultimately a slight but rewardingly bittersweet experience.

Sun 26 May
Mon 27 May
Tue 28 May

A high quality not-for-profit community cinema, with digital capabilities and the latest releases. The programme includes special events and classic films.

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