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The Rex Cinema

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

The Goonies
  • 1985
  • US
  • 1h 52min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Richard Donner
  • Cast: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, Jonathan Ke Quan, Anne Ramsey

Seven kids go in search of buried treasure and are hotly pursued by vicious villains vying for the loot.

Sun 26 May

Green Book

Green Book
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 10min
  • Directed by: Peter Farrelly
  • Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini

Don Shirley (Ali), virtuoso pianist, is chauffeured around the American South in 1962 by his Italian-American driver Tony (Mortensen), and much learning ensues. It’s beautifully made and very worthy, but far too gentle and broad to be effective; Tony, rather than Don, is the heart of the story and it lacks bite.

Wed 22 May
Fri 24 May

Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine
  • 2006
  • US
  • 1h 41min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
  • Written by: Michael Arndt
  • Cast: Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell, Paul Dano, Alan Arkin

Probably the planet's most dysfunctional family embark on a road trip to that totem of American aspirations: a children's beauty contest in California. An amusing script, impressive acting and memorable fantasy sequences round out the critique of the prevailing win-at-all-costs culture.

Sat 25 May

Loro

  • 2018
  • Italy / France
  • 2h 25min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Paolo Sorrentino
  • Cast: Toni Servillo, Elena Sofia Ricci, Riccardo Scamarcio

Small-time pimp Sergio (Scamarcio) aims to enter the Eurotrashy world of Silvio Berlusconi (Servillo). Distilled from two films, this is a flashy, baroque wallow in sleaze, with Servillo capturing Berlusconi’s mannerisms yet managing to find the humanity in him. Sprawling and unexpectedly melancholy, it nevertheless only seems to scratch the surface of history.

Thu 23 May

Mid90s

Mid90s
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 25min
  • Directed by: Jonah Hill
  • Cast: Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges, Na-kel Smith, Olan Prenatt, Gio Galicia, Ryder McLaughlin, Alexa Demie, Katherine Waterston

Stevie (Suljic) is a 13-year-old whose brother beats him up, and in an escape from his domestic woes he starts hanging out with an older crew of skaters. Hill’s debut feature shows plenty of creative daring and is pleasingly non-judgmental, a witty and compassionate portrait of adolescence.

Tue 28 May

Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun

Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun
  • 2019
  • UK
  • 1h 7min
  • U

Ten new episodes of Peppa Pig including a two-part festival special.

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.

Sun 26 May
Wed 29 May

Shazam!

Shazam!
  • 2019
  • US
  • Directed by: David F. Sandberg
  • Cast: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Faithe Herman, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, Djimon Hounsou

Billy Batson (Angel) is a teenager raised by a foster family, who’s given magic powers by The Wizard (Hounsou): if he shouts ‘SHAZAM!’ he becomes the titular cape-wearing adult (Levi). A superhero movie bursting with humour and heart, with a mischievous performance from Levi, inspired jokes, emotion and surprising cameos.

Tue 28 May

Wild Rose

Wild Rose
  • 2019
  • UK
  • 1h 41min
  • Directed by: Tom Harper
  • Cast: Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters, Sophie Okonedo

Rose-Lynn (Buckley) is a Glaswegian woman who, on leaving prison, resumes her quest for fame as a country music singer. A warm-hearted and inspiring tale, not without clichés in the Cinderella tradition, and Buckley is a genuine star in the ascendant.

Wed 22 May
Fri 24 May
Mon 27 May

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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