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The Rex Cinema

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High Street, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 2FG
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The Beguiled

The Beguiled
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 34min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Sofia Coppola
  • Cast: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning

John McBurney (Farrell) is a wounded Union deserter in the US Civil War who winds up in a school for girls, where headmistress Martha (Kidman) is persuaded to show him kindness. Coppola’s remake of Don Siegel’s sweaty 1971 original plays like meticulously crafted high-camp melodrama; intermittently enjoyable, but rushed and flustered.

  • IMDb
Sat 19 Aug
  • 19:00
Sun 20 Aug
  • 18:00
Tue 22 Aug
  • 19:30

The Boy and the Beast (Bakemono no ko)

The Boy and the Beast (Bakemono no ko)
  • 2015
  • Japan
  • 1h 59min
  • Directed by: Mamoru Hosoda

An angry nine-year-old struggles to cope with the death of his mother and the absence of his father in the latest hand-drawn animation from Wolf Children director, Mamoru Hosoda. The animation is impressive throughout, but it is the balance of visual spectacle and heartfelt emotions that cuts deepest.

  • IMDb
Mon 21 Aug
  • 14:00

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 29min
  • PG
  • Directed by: David Soren
  • Cast: Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Ed Helms

Animated superhero comedy based on the bestselling book series by Dav Pilkey. This is a film that sides with the kids, right down to its sly jabs at uncaring, cash-starved school systems and loose message about the value of laughing at yourself; and, of course, at the mere existence of a planet called Uranus.

  • IMDb
Sat 19 Aug
  • 14:00
Tue 22 Aug
  • 14:00
Thu 24 Aug
  • 14:00

Gladiator

Gladiator
  • 2000
  • US
  • 2h 30min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ridley Scott
  • Cast: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou, Ralf Möller, Richard Harris

Just before dying, Caesar Aurelius (Harris) charges General Maximus (Crowe) with cleaning up his beloved, but politically corrupt Rome. Aurelius' son, Commodus (Phoenix), doesn't take kindly to this and has his rival executed. But Maximus survives and, as a gladiator, works his way back to Rome intent on revenge. Parallels must be drawn with 'Sparticus' and 'Ben Hur'; we've not seen a Roman epic in a long time. Scott's is a handsome spectacle and exciting enough, but that's all it is.

Thu 24 Aug
  • 19:30

Souvenir

  • Spain
  • Directed by: Eitán Sandom
  • Cast: Álex Manzares, Javier Peña, Juani Tenorio

When a family take a photo using an old camera they've found, an evil spirit is unleashed.

  • IMDb
Mon 21 Aug
  • 19:30

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman
  • 2017
  • US
  • 2h 13min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Patty Jenkins
  • Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright

Diana (Gadot) is a princess of the Amazons, who rescues WW1 pilot / secret agent interest Steve (Pine) and resolves to end the war. Stylish and exciting, with a top cast, touches of real humour and tragedy, and spiffing action sequences, anchored by a strong and highly likeable performance from Gadot.

Wed 23 Aug
  • 14:00
  • 19:30

From the popular to the obscure, The Rex's film programme is varied and highlights its uniqueness: in terms of decor (decadent art deco) and temperament (no popcorn, reasonably priced tickets).

Opened in 1938, the first film shown was Shirley Temple's Heidi, and the venue suffered from the peaks and troughs of cinema's popularity, closing in 1988 before reopening in 2004. For a period during the 1970s, the second room was used as a bingo hall and often the calling of the numbers could be heard at the same time as the film being screened.

The cinema now endevours to show a different film each day and sells out regularly. The ambiance is one of relaxation and comfort – with no cliched cinema food (stale popcorn or flaccid hotdogs) – and encourages visitors to dress up in their Sunday best.

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