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The Little Theatre Cinema

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St Michael's Place, Bath, Avon, BA1 1SF
  • Box office 0871 902 5735
  • Box office times Mon Tue, Thu & Fri 5–11pm; Wed, Sat & Sun 2–11pm.
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  • Website www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/…
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Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant
  • 2017
  • US
  • 123 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ridley Scott
  • Written by: Michael Green
  • Cast: Michael Fassbender, Demián Bichir, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez

The spaceship Covenant ends up on an unknown planet littered with little egg things, which can’t be good. The latest in the franchise is basically an excuse for Scott’s fantastic visuals and a series of more or less ingenious variations on grisly death, although some will enjoy the spectacle of Fassbender kissing himself.

Fri 26 May
Sat 27 May
Sun 28 May
Mon 29 May
Tue 30 May
Wed 31 May
Thu 1 Jun

Finding Dory

Finding Dory
  • 2016
  • US
  • 103 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Andrew Stanton
  • Written by: Victoria Strouse
  • Cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Ty Burrell, Willem Dafoe

In the sequel to the much-loved Finding Nemo, annoyingly forgetful Dory goes on an adventure to find her family, crossing three oceans to get to them with Marlon and Nemo just a swish behind her.

Sat 27 May

Frantz

Frantz
  • 2016
  • France
  • 113 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: François Ozon
  • Cast: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner

In a small German town after WW1, Anna (Beer) mourns her fiancé Frantz who was killed, when she meets Frenchman Adrien (Niney), who claims to have been his friend. Touching, mournful and beautifully crafted tale, with a fine performance from Beer as just one of the many impressive elements.

Wed 24 May
Thu 25 May
Tue 30 May

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.

Wed 24 May
Thu 25 May

Harmonium

Harmonium
  • 2016
  • 118 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Kôji Fukada
  • Written by: Kôji Fukada
  • Cast: Mariko Tsutsui, Tadanobu Asano, Kanji Furutachi

Akie (Tsutsui) and Toshio (Furutachi)’s marriage is disrupted when Yasaka (Asano), an old acquaintance of Toshio, enters their lives. Noirish Japanese thriller with an attention-grabbing narrative structure; it drags a little in the second segment, but with top-notch performances it’s a riveting exploration of virtue, vengeance and moral flaws.

Tue 30 May

The Hippopotamus

The Hippopotamus
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 89 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: John Jencks
  • Cast: Roger Allam, Matthew Modine, Russell Tovey, Emily Berrington

Ted Wallace (Allam) is a failed poet and bitter crtic who is asked by an old friend to investigate miracle cures on a country estate. A half-hearted mixture of Poirot-like sleuthing, Wodehouse-styloe hijinks and slapstick, only partially redeemed by Allam’s ebullient performance as the withering Ted.

Sun 28 May

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.

Wed 24 May
Thu 25 May
Fri 26 May
Wed 31 May

Letters From Baghdad

Letters From Baghdad
  • 2016
  • US / UK / France
  • 95 min
  • Directed by: Sabine Krayenbühl / Zeva Oelbaum

The story of Gertrude Bell and her influence on Iraq after World War I.

Fri 26 May
Sat 27 May
Sun 28 May
Mon 29 May
Tue 30 May
Wed 31 May

The Levelling

The Levelling
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 83 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Hope Dickson Leach
  • Written by: Hope Dickson Leach
  • Cast: Ellie Kendrick, David Troughton, Jack Holden

Following the death of her brother, veterinary student Clover (Kendrick) returns to her flood-damaged family home and her father (Troughton) in denial, living in a caravan. Sombre, deeply moving Dardenne-ish drama set after the 2014 floods, with fine performances, especially from Kendrick.

Wed 24 May
Thu 25 May

The Naked Civil Servant

The life and times of Quentin Crisp (John Hurt) based on his memoir.

Sun 28 May

The Other Side of Hope

The Other Side of Hope
  • 2017
  • Finland/Germany
  • 98 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Cast: Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kousmanen, Ville Virtanen, Kati Outinen

Syrian asylum-seeker Khaled (Haji) meets travelling salesman-turned-restaurateur Wikström (Kuosmanen), and after an awkward start, a beautiful friendship is born. Kaurismaki is back and at the top of his game, with a melancholy, gorgeous-looking, sometimes screamingly funny exploration of the kindness of strangers. How we’ve missed him.

Fri 26 May
Sat 27 May
Sun 28 May
Mon 29 May
Tue 30 May
Wed 31 May
Thu 1 Jun

The Red Turtle

The Red Turtle
  • 2016
  • France / Belgium / Japan
  • 80 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Michaël Dudok de Wit
  • Cast: Emmanuel Garijo, Barbara Baretta, Tom Hudson (voices)

A man washes up on a desert island; when he tries to build a raft, it’s destroyed by a mysterious red turtle. Breathtaking debut feature by Dutch writer, director and animator, a stunning, life-affirming tale of man’s relationship with nature, entirely worthy of the Ghibli name (the studio co-produced it.)

Fri 26 May
Sat 27 May
Sun 28 May
Mon 29 May
Tue 30 May
Wed 31 May
Thu 1 Jun

Royal Shakespeare Company: Antony & Cleopatra

Royal Shakespeare Company: Antony & Cleopatra
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 177 min
  • Directed by: Iqbal Khan
  • Cast: Josette Simon, Antony Byrne

Iqbal Khan directs Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends.

Wed 24 May

The Secret Scripture

The Secret Scripture
  • 2015
  • Ireland
  • 108 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jim Sheridan
  • Cast: Rooney Mara, Jack Reynor, Vanessa Redgrave, Eric Bana

Roseanne (Redgrave) is an elderly woman who has spent much of her life in a mental institution; Dr Grene (Bana) finds out about her early life. Sheridan’s film of Sebastian Barry’s novel jettisons what complexity the original had to make a Nicholas Sparks-style tearjerker, and despite strong work from the cast, it’s melodramatic and contrived.

Wed 24 May
Thu 25 May

Shakespeare's Globe On Screen: Antony & Cleopatra

Shakespeare's Globe On Screen: Antony & Cleopatra
  • Directed by: Jonatahn Munby
  • Cast: Clive Wood, Eve Bes

Shakespeare's famous tale of infatuation, brought to you via this live screening from the Globe Theatre.

Wed 24 May

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.

Wed 24 May
Thu 25 May

Whisky Galore!

Whisky Galore!
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 100 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Gillies MacKinnon
  • Cast: Gregor Fisher, Eddie Izzard, James Cosmo, Kevin Guthrie, Sean Biggerstaff, Naomi Battrick, Ellie Kendrick

A new version of the 1949 film about the inhabitants of Todday, who are running out of their whisky ration when a cargo ship runs aground on the island.

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Thu 1 Jun
The Little Theatre Cinema

The Little Theatre cinema opened in 1935, and was long owned by the family of the founders, Consuelo de Reyes and her stage designer husband Peter King, until it joined the PictureHouse chain.

The cinema is reputed to be built on catacombs. It featured in the Wes Anderson film Fantastic Mr Fox.

It is now a three-screen art house cinema in a small square near the centre of Bath.

There is no disabled access to Screen 2 or adapted toilets in the building. Visitors are advised to use the facilities in Seven Dials behind Sainsbury's on Kingsmead Square, in front of the Egg Theatre.

No parking is available at the cinema, but parking spaces for drivers with a disabled badge are located in St Michel's Place, adjacent to the cinema, any time for up to three hours.

Bath Spa railway station is a 7 minute walk away via Stall Street.

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