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Showroom Cinema

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7 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2BX
  • Box office 0114 275 7727
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  • Website www.showroom.org.uk
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The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden
  • 2016
  • Korea
  • 144 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Park Chan-Wook
  • Cast: Kim Tae-Ri, Kim Min-Hee, Ha Jung-Woo, Jo Jin-Woong

Thief Sook-Hee (Tae-ri) is hired to pose as a maid to wealthy heiress Hideko (Min-hee) as part of a con trick, but then maid and heiress discover mutual passion. This loose adaptation of Sarah Waters's Fingersmith is bravura filmmaking, but while the emotion between the two women is vibrant, an extended sex scene is exploitative, and the plot is too convoluted.

Mon 1 May
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Heal the Living

Heal the Living
  • 2016
  • France / Belgium
  • 104 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Katell Quillévéré
  • Cast: Tahar Rahim, Bouli Lanners, Anne Dorval, Emmanuelle Seigner

Teenager Simon (Verdet) has no sense of his own mortality, but when he’s fatally injured in a car accident, his mother (Seigner) has to decide what to do with his organs. Wonderfully credible and humane, with intriguing stories, an impressive cast and a reverence for life which can be felt in every frame.

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I am Not Your Negro

I am Not Your Negro
  • 2016
  • US
  • 95 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Raoul Peck

Documentary examining race relations in America, based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House, which is told through the stories of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Dr Martin Luther King. Director Raoul Peck makes use of Baldwin's writing over archive footage, news clippings and vintage photographs, excellently balancing Samuel L Jackson's narration with relevant imagery to produce a thought-provoking and affecting piece of work.

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Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 89 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: William Oldroyd
  • Cast: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Naomi Ackie

Katherine (Pugh) is a young bride shackled to a middle-aged man; when left alone in the grand manor house she begins an affair with a stable-hand (Jarvis) and it all goes downhill. Restrained, compulsively watchable debut feature with a chilling, droll performance from Pugh as the wicked but compelling Katherine.

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Mindhorn

Mindhorn
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 89 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Sean Foley
  • Written by: Julian Barratt, Simon Farnaby
  • Cast: Essie Davis, Julian Barratt, Richard McCabe, Alex Wyndham, Alannah Olivia

Washed-up actor Richard Thorncroft (Barratt) was the star of an 80s British TV series in which he was an MI5 agent with an optical lie detector who could ‘see the truth’; in the present day, a serial killer case draws him in. Endearingly silly comedy with a fully committed performance from Barratt; fans of Partridge and Garth Marenghi will appreciate it.

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The Sense of an Ending

The Sense of an Ending
  • 2017
  • US
  • 108 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ritesh Batra
  • Cast: Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockery, Emily Mortimer

Tony Webster (Broadbent) is a grumpy old git who’s on good terms with his ex wife (Walter); when he’s bequeathed the diary of an old friend, he is prompted to relive his schooldays. This adaptation of a Julian Barnes novel feels hokey and safe, although it has a nice cast and the scenes between Broadbent and Walter are among the few highlights.

Mon 1 May
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Suntan

Suntan
  • 2016
  • Greece
  • 106 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Argyris Papadimitropoulos
  • Cast: Makis Papadimitriou, Ellie Tringou, Dimi Hart

On a remote Greek island, a middle-aged doctor (Papadimitriou) has a fling with a young tourist (Tringou) and then becomes a bit too keen on her for her liking. A poignant mix of midlife meltdown and painful comedy is seriously flummoxed by an ending that’s as subtle as a sledgehammer.

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Their Finest

Their Finest
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 117 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Lone Scherfig
  • Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy

London, 1940: fledgling screenwriter Catrin Cole (Arterton) joins the Ministry of Information’s Film Division and starts working on a propaganda movie. Scherfig wraps the war in a cosy cloak of nostalgia in a way that dulls moments of high anxiety, and despite a fine ensemble it’s all too muffled and mild-mannered.

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The Transfiguration

The Transfiguration
  • 2016
  • US
  • 97 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Michael O'Shea
  • Cast: Eric Ruffin, Chloe Levine, Aaron Clifton Moten

Lonely orphan teenager Milo (Ruffin) lives with his war veteran brother (Moten) in a housing project; obsessed with vampire lore, he meets Sophie (Levine), a fellow orphan and outsider. Low-key, staunchly realistic take on vampirism as a metaphor for how violence operates in teen lives, soldily acted, imaginative and sensitive.

Mon 1 May
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Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are
  • 2009
  • US
  • 100 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Spike Jonze
  • Cast: Max Records, Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper, Paul Dano, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara, Forest Whitaker

Maurice Sendak's nine-sentence children's tale about a boy whose bedroom turns into a forest full of huge creatures gets the Spike Jonze ('Being John Malkovich') treatment. Any joy here comes from the brilliant production design of the creatures - Jonze opts to use puppetry over CGI and this gives the action an ethereal quality. Unfortunately the creatures are emotional stereotypes and as such, lack dimension.

Sat 6 May

Based in a converted 1930's building, Showroom boasts four 'luxury auditoria' screening a varied programme of classic, indie and arthouse films from around the world.

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