The year is 1613, and Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground. Devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Directed by Kenneth Brannagh who also plays the troubled bard. Written by Ben Elton and co-starring Judi Dench and Ian McKellan (UK 2018)
Sat 25 Jan
- UK / USA
- 1h 31min
- Directed by: Bryan Singer
- Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech, Mike Myers
The Freddie Mercury story. Malek as Mercury does a great job, with a passionate and impressive performance, but despite the recreation of momentous performances it’s a disappointingly tame affair, with a by-the-numbers screenplay and a bland lack of insight into Mercury’s heritage or sexuality.
Sat 30 Nov
Is it really 25 years since this comedy first delighted the world? Deftly written by Richard Curtis and directed by the versatile Mike Newell, Four Weddings is as good as its word, breezily following a small circle of friends through every one of the events the title promises. The pitch-perfect profanity, bumbling romanticism and Hugh Grants floppy-fringed charm remain enduringly, endearingly funny. (UK 1994)
Sat 28 Mar
Two Classic British Comedies for ChristmasThe Maggie is a ramshackle Clyde puffer. A wealthy American wants to charter a boat - The Maggies captain cons him into taking his battered old steamer. (UK 1954) PLUS In The Ghost of St Michaels Will Hay is a hapless teacher hired by a grim haunted school in Scotland. Also starring Claude Hulbert, Felix Aylmer and a very young Charles Hawtrey (UK 1941
Sat 28 Dec
- 1h 52min
- Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
- Cast: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr
Laid up with a broken leg, Slim Jim takes to neighbour-spotting with binoculars and camera at the ready. Before long, he's getting hot under the collar about the dirty deeds done across the yard. Is it murder? Or just naked voyeurism? One of Hitch's darkest movies, with an intense, unrelenting claustrophobia derived from confining the lens to the apartment set.
Sat 26 Oct
Laurel Hardy, a great comedy team, set out on a tour of Britain in 1953. Ageing and with their golden era in Hollywood over, they face an uncertain future. A film made with an enormous amount of care and affection - and Steve Coogan and John C Reilly don't just perform. They resurrect. (UK 2019)
Sat 25 Apr
Robert Redford plays a New York-based CIA employee. Returning from lunch, he discovers that everyone in his office has been murdered. When an attempt is made on his life, he finds himself on the run from both the CIA and the police. Faye Dunaway is the woman who get caught up in the intrigue. A tense, intelligent thriller from Sydney Pollack that hasnt been seen recently - now fully restored to high definition crispness. (USA 1975)
Sat 29 Feb
- 1h 52min
- Directed by: Danny Boyle
- Cast: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Kate McKinnon
Singer-songwriter Jack (Patel) is knocked unconscious when a bus hits his bike, and he wakes up in a world where the Beatles are unknown. There’s some fine comedy (including from Sheeran, playing himself) but it gets less surefooted; Patel can’t stop Jack from being rather morose and it’s neither a classic Curtis rom-com nor as infectiously euphoric as Boyle’s best work.
Fri 15 Nov
A rural picture palace in the pretty village of Feckenham. Classics and brand new films shown in the old fashioned way – red plush, usherettes, full supporting programmes – but using the latest HD Digital technology. Also Fecken Odeon 2 – a smaller cinema showing arthouse and foreign films.
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