Steven Spielberg’s delightful and funny adaptation of the Roald Dahl story in which Sophie, a little girl living in an orphanage in London, learns that great things come in large packages when the BFG takes her to Giant Country, a magical place full of dreams and mystery… and whizzpoppers!* (USA 2016)*
Sat 26 Nov
- 141 min
- Directed by: Steven Spielberg
- Written by: Matt Charman/Ethan Coen
- Cast: Tom Hanks, Austin Stowell, Alan Alda
1957: when an American spy plane is shot down and its pilot imprisoned, the Americans arrest gentle Russian spy Rudolf Abel (Rylance), and bring in insurance lawyer James Donovan (Hanks) to broker a deal. Stately filmmaking full of old-fashioned craft, with a taut and engaging script; Hanks is dependable as ever but Rylance shines.
Sat 26 Nov
- 110 min
- Directed by: Stephen Frears
- Cast: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg
Florence Foster Jenkins (Streep) is a wealthy, cultured New York socialite, who insists on performing as a soprano in spite of a total inability to sing. Streep throws herself endearingly into the role, Grant is wonderful as her debonair husband and Frears keeps a confident balance of uproarious laughs and genuine pathos.
Sat 28 Jan
- Directed by: Mike Nichols
- Cast: Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton, Elizabeth Wilson
Deliciously awkward college graduate Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman) finds himself in an affair with the wife of his father's business partner.
Sat 25 Feb
Two classic comedies for our Christmas show - both based on stage plays. James Stewart, who likes a drink, has a friend - a six foot tall rabbit called Harvey…that only he can see. A clever and funny film (USA 1950) ***Plus…. SAILOR BEWARE (U) *This short British comedy belongs to Peggy Mount as the hectoring harridan who won’t let her daughter wed her sailor fiance. *(UK 1956) *
Tue 27 Dec
- 85 min
- Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
- Cast: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly
A marshall finds help in short supply when he defends his town against vengeful baddies. As the clock ticks towards noon, he must choose between honour and his new bride. Great western, Zimmerman and Cooper were at the top of their game when they made this eerily influential film.
Sat 25 Mar
An 11th Century Knight wins a battle and is due to marry the King’s daughter…. but then it all goes wrong. He accidentally kills the King, tries to put it right by asking a sorcerer to turn back time… and finds himself transported to modern day France together with his Baldrick-like squire… You’d be right in thinking this is a bit Pythonesque. A hilarious French fantasy farce. (France 1993)
Fri 18 Nov
- 129 min
- Directed by: Robert Mulligan
- Cast: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton
Sturdy film adaptation of the classic Harper Lee novel which won an Oscar for Peck as a liberal lawyer in the Deep South defending a black man accused of rape. The material is delicately handled as Peck attempts to explain the situation to his children, and Duvall makes his screen debut as their friend, a man with learning difficulties.
Sat 29 Oct
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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