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191 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, England, W11 2ED
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By the Grace of God

  • 2018
  • France
  • 2h 14min
  • Directed by: François Ozon
  • Cast: Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud

Francois Ozon's Silver Berlin Bear-winner crime-drama is a compassionate and touching film based on true events. By the Grace of God follows three grown-up men who try everything to get a priest prosecuted who molested them when they were kids.

Sun 20 Oct
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Joker

Joker
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 2min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Todd Phillips
  • Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro

Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) is an unsuccessful clown who wants to be a comedian, but he gradually turns to evil. This dizzying origin story about Batman’s nemesis is like an ode to 1970s New York City; Phoenix is astonishing and Phillips’s grave vision never swerves. Unmissable.

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The Kitchen

The Kitchen
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 42min
  • Directed by: Andrea Berloff
  • Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss

In Hell’s Kitchen in NYC in 1978, the Irish mafia husbands of three women (McCarthy, Haddish, Moss) are sent to prison, so the women set up a protection racket to make much-needed cash. The tone of the film becomes problematic but there are moments of fun, dark humour and tension along the way.

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The Last Black Man in San Francisco

  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 1min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Joe Talbot
  • Cast: Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Rob Morgan

Joe Talbot's Sundance winning drama is loosely based on the lead actor Jimmie Fails' life. The story follows him and his friend wandering in the streets of San Francisco.

Sun 20 Oct

Monster House

Monster House
  • 2006
  • US
  • 1h 31min
  • U
  • Directed by: Gil Kenan
  • Cast: Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Trouble-making tykes investigate the creepy house in this film, which is wicked fun for all ages. CGI production in which not only is the titular house a personable villain, it actually tears itself up from its foundations in the climax of Kenan's skilfully realised family film.

Sat 19 Oct

The Souvenir

The Souvenir
  • 2019
  • UK
  • 2h
  • 15
  • Directed by: Joanna Hogg
  • Cast: Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton, Richard Ayoade

Julie (Swinton Byrne) is an unworldly filmmaking student, balancing her work with a fraught relationship with Foreign Office worker Anthony (Burke). Swinton Byrne gives a fine, unaffected performance (with her own mother Swinton as Julie’s stiff but loving mother) and Hogg provides a brilliant, unsparing portrait of her own creative evolution.

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The cinema on Portobello Road has survived two world wars, including a bombing, and a narrow escape from being turned into a bingo hall. Now over 100 years old, the beautiful arch surrounding the screen is protected by English Heritage, and a specially-designed expanding monitor ensures that the viewing experience is enhanced rather than compromised by the preserved architecture. There's spacious leather armchair seating with footstools and two-seater sofas available in the back row, and a cocktail bar open for 30 minutes before screenings. The discerning programme is a combination of art house, classic and mainstream films that have received critical acclaim.

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