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Prince Charles Cinema

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7 Leicester Place, London, WC2H 7BY
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120 BPM

120 Bpm
  • 2017
  • France
  • 2h 20min
  • Directed by: Robin Campillo
  • Cast: Arnaud Valois, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Adèle Haenel

Exhilarating 90s-set drama following a group of activists who are members of an AIDS awareness group, Act Up-Paris. Campillo draws on his own experiences in the group, capturing the heady pleasures of dancing the night away in a club and the party atmosphere of a pride march, and the film as a whole is a near-tangible celebration of life and love.

Thu 26 Apr
Sun 29 Apr
Mon 30 Apr
Tue 1 May
Thu 3 May

Big Trouble in Little China

Big Trouble in Little China
  • 1986
  • 1h 39min
  • 15
  • Directed by: John Carpenter
  • Cast: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun

A truck driver gets caught up in a supernatural battle of evil spirits and demons in San Francisco's Chinatown.

Sun 29 Apr
Sat 5 May

Blade Runner

Blade Runner
  • 1982
  • US
  • 1h 57min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ridley Scott
  • Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, Brion James, Joe Turkel, Joanna Cassidy

A tough cop tracks down a group of malfunctioning androids in this gritty hi-tech retread of Raymond Chandler, executed with Scott's customary visual flair, and with strong performances, especially from Ford and Hauer.

Fri 27 Apr

Bug

Bug
  • 2006
  • US
  • 1h 41min
  • 18
  • Directed by: William Friedkin
  • Cast: Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon, Harry Connick, Jr

' William 'The Exorcist' Friedkin's film adaptation of Tracey Letts' nausea inducing play about a couple of depressed white trash lovers holed up in a rundown hotel, and their slow realisation that something may be crawling under their collective skins. Though deeply unpleasant, this darkly comic horror is actually pretty compelling. Definitely worth a look.

Tue 1 May

Call Me by Your Name

Call Me by Your Name
  • 2017
  • Italy/France/Brazil/US
  • 2h 10min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Luca Guadagnino
  • Cast: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg

Oliver (Hammer) arrives at a country palazzo in Lombardy to be intern to the family patriarch (Stuhlbarg), but he slowly forms a strong bond with the 17-year-old son Elio (Chalamet). Sensitive and sensuous love story which treats characters and audiences with respect; one of the best films of the year.

Thu 26 Apr
Fri 27 Apr
Sat 28 Apr
Sun 29 Apr
Mon 30 Apr
Tue 1 May
Wed 2 May
Thu 3 May

The Contact

The Contact
  • 1997
  • US
  • 2h 30min
  • U
  • Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
  • Cast: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt

Adapted from the novel by Carl Sagan, Dr Ellie Arroway finds evidence of intelligent alien life after a long search, and is chosen to make first contact with the species.

Wed 2 May

Ex Machina

Ex Machina
  • 2015
  • UK/US
  • 1h 48min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Alex Garland
  • Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander

Ambitious young coder Caleb (Gleeson) wins a competition to take part in a research experiment at the hmoe of his CEO (Isaac) – where he meets the experiment itself, robot Ava (Vikander). The ensuing battle of the sexes is played out through dramatic, witty and provocative discussion, making for smart, accessible and relevant sci-fi.

Thu 3 May

A Fish Called Wanda

A Fish Called Wanda
  • 1988
  • UK
  • 1h 48min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Charles Crichton, John Cleese ()
  • Written by: John Cleese
  • Cast: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin

Stuffy English lawyer Archie Leach (Cleese) gets involved with a gang of diamond thieves, including brash American Kline and animal lover Palin, because he has information that will help them lay their hands on the swag. Glamorous Wanda (Curtis) steps in to romance him into talking, but love rears its head. Remarkably effective comedy, with the black humour of the Python generation given a narrative control and sense of timing that only a veteran's steady hand could provide. And it makes a wonderful romantic lead out of the rather unlikely Cleese.

Tue 1 May

Garden State

Garden State
  • 2004
  • US
  • 1h 42min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Zach Braff
  • Cast: Zach Braff, Peter Sarsgaard, Natalie Portman

After being estranged from his family for nearly a decade, an actor returns home for his mother's funeral.

Wed 2 May

Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories
  • 2017
  • 1h 38min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman
  • Cast: Martin Freeman, Alex Lawther, Nicholas Burns

Anthology movie in which three twisted tales are presented as three unexplained hauntings which sceptical Professor Goodman (Nyman) has to investigate. Beautifully shot and with plenty of frights, but maybe not enough surprises, it’s playful and wryly funny enough for the shocks to have full impact.

Fri 27 Apr
Mon 30 Apr
Wed 2 May
Thu 3 May

The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 45min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Michael Gracey
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya

A musical version of the life of showman and genius of hype PT Barnum (Jackman), and how he went from running a museum of ‘curiosities’ to promoting Swedish soprano Jenny Lind (Ferguson). Jackman has rock-star charisma and Gracey delivers a kaleidoscopic, family-friendly spectacle.

Sun 29 Apr

Singalong

Lady and the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp

Disney's first animated feature in cinemascope has mongrel Tramp helping pedigree pooch Lady out of a sticky situation and falling in lurve along the way. Richly drawn with hummable tunes and endearing characterisations, this is the classic Disney mix as before. Lovely spaghetti-eating sequence.

Mon 30 Apr

Lady Bird

Lady Bird
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 33min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Greta Gerwig
  • Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Odeya Rush, Kathryn Newton

Christine (Ronan) is a 17-year-old from Sacramento, dreaming of the life that awaits her while having to deal with her hyper-critical mother. Gerwig’s solo directorial debut is a sure-footed charmer, wise, witty and breezing along with sunny optimism and an acute understanding of human nature.

Thu 26 Apr
Sat 28 Apr
Mon 30 Apr
Tue 1 May
Wed 2 May
Thu 3 May

Maggie's Plan

Maggie's Plan
  • 2015
  • US
  • 1h 39min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Rebecca Miller
  • Cast: Greta Gerwig, Julianne Moore, Ethan Hawke

A young woman tries to make it alone in New York City.

Thu 26 Apr

Mommie Dearest

Mommie Dearest
  • 1981
  • US
  • 2h 9min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Frank Perry
  • Cast: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest

Based on the infamous exposé by Joan Crawford's daughter, this almost ended Dunaway's career. She plays the mentally abusive matriarch, dragging up two adopted children she's collected to fill a void in her life.

Thu 26 Apr

The Old Dark House

  • 1932
  • 1h 12min
  • 12
  • Directed by: James Whale
  • Cast: Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton

James Whale's 1932 classic about a group of five travelers who have a terrifying night when they stumble upon a strange family estate looking for shelter.

Sun 29 Apr
Wed 2 May

Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect
  • 2012
  • US
  • 1h 52min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jason Moore
  • Cast: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee, Ben Platt, John Michael Higgins, Elizabeth Banks

A student is cajoled into joining her university's all-girl singing group who then take on the boys in a campus competition.

Fri 27 Apr

The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 59min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
  • Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Lauren Lee Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer

In 1962 Baltimore, Eliza (Hawkins) is a mute who works as a cleaner in a secret government facility alongside the chatty Zelda (Spencer); there she makes a connection with a mysterious monster (Jones). A wondrous tale of underwater love, with an apt and refreshing approach to female sexuality; from screenplay through casting, score and production, it all gels superbly.

Thu 26 Apr
Sat 28 Apr
Sun 29 Apr
Tue 1 May
Thu 3 May

Small Soldiers

Small Soldiers
  • 1998
  • US
  • 1h 50min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Joe Dante
  • Written by: Gavin Scott, Adam Rifkin
  • Cast: Gregory Smith, Kirsten Dunst, Frank Langella, Tommy Lee Jones, Phil Hartman, Denis Leary, Kevin Dunn, Ann Magnuson, Jay Mohr, David Cross

Dante plunders his anarchic live action cartoon tale, 'Gremlins', substituting toys for little devils and adding state-of-the-art computerised effects. Unfortunately, 'Small Soldiers' displays none of the sadistic mischief, nor the knowing Capra-esque whimsy of its antecedent. Sanitised, bland and banal.

Mon 30 Apr

Solaris

Solaris
  • 1972
  • USSR
  • 2h 45min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Written by: Fridrikh Gorenshtein, Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Cast: Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis, Jüri Järvet, Vladislav Dvorzhetsky, Nikolai Grinko, Anatoly Solonitsyn

Tarkovsky's epic was intended as a socialist response to Kubrick's '2001', but some critics have lambasted it for its cod psychology and tired melodrama. Others believe it to be his most accessible film charged with a genuine poignancy and depth. Critics, eh?

Sat 28 Apr

The Square

The Square
  • 2017
  • Sweden / Germany / France / Denmark
  • 2h 22min
  • Directed by: Ruben Östlund
  • Cast: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West,

Christian (Bang), the curator of a modern art museum, is scammed and robbed of his wallet, phone and cufflinks, and as a result tracks his phone and leaves threatening letters where he thinks it might be. At its best it mixes sly, Swiftian satire with an almost Ballardian view of human nature, but it’s sprawling and overstuffed.

Thu 26 Apr
Fri 27 Apr
Tue 1 May
Thu 3 May

Tales from Earthsea (Gedo Senki)

Tales from Earthsea (Gedo Senki)
  • 2006
  • Japan
  • 1h 55min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Gorō Miyazaki
  • Cast: Bunta Sugawara, Junichi Okada, Aoi Teshima, Yuko Tanaka

Bizarre events start to blur the lines between fantasy and reality, and the wizard Ged is sent to discover the cause. A decent enough animation with a few inspired moments, but the benign worldview that made 'Spirited Away' such a revelation is sorely missing from the stark 'goodies and baddies' delineation offered here.

Sun 29 Apr
Subtitled

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • 2017
  • UK / US
  • 1h 55min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Martin McDonagh
  • Cast: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage

Exasperated by the police’s failure to catch her daughter’s murderer, Mildred Hayes (McDormand) buys ad space on the titular billboards to tear a strip off the police chief (Harrelson). McDonagh’s latest delicately balances the lingering pain of the crime itself with dark comedy, and a superb cast is topped by a magnificent performance from McDormand.

Thu 26 Apr

You Were Never Really Here

You Were Never Really Here
  • 2017
  • US / France
  • 1h 25min
  • Directed by: Lynne Ramsay
  • Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alessandro Nivola, Judith Roberts

Joe (Phoenix) is a gun for hire, Marine veteran and ex-FBI agent who rescues a young girl from a sex trafficking ring, but is haunted by his own traumatic past. A muscular and tightly-wound masterpiece with an intense and riveting performance from Phoenix. Crushingly sad, daringly outré and hugely accomplished.

Fri 27 Apr
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Sun 29 Apr
Mon 30 Apr
Tue 1 May
Wed 2 May
Thu 3 May
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