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Odyssey Cinema

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166 London Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1PG
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Filmworker

Filmworker
  • 2017
  • 1h 34min
  • Directed by: Tony Zierra
  • Cast: Leon Vitali, Ryan O'Neal, Danny Lloyd

A documentary portrait of Leon Vitali, who played a minor role on Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon and became the director’s personal assistant. Vitali comes across as down-to-earth and hardworking, needing the patience of a saint to cope with Kubrick’s temper and perfectionism. An assured tribute to an unsung hero.

Wed 18 Jul

Game Night

Game Night
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 40min
  • 15
  • Directed by: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
  • Cast: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Sharon Horgan, Jesse Plemons

Annie (McAdams) and Max (Bateman) are a couple having troubles, who agree to a suggestion by Max’s overachieving brother Brooke (Chandler) to get involved in a murder mystery night; then things get weird. Big-budget comedy caper with an appealing double act from McAdams and Bateman, even if the action ultimately undercuts the comedy.

Fri 20 Jul

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  • 2018
  • UK
  • 2h 4min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Mike Newell
  • Cast: Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Jessica Brown Findlay

Juliet (James) is a successful writer in post-WWII London who discovers the eponymous book club, and learns about their lives under the German occupation of the island. Don’t let the twee title put you off, as it’s a beguiling and affecting celebration of friendship, courage and the joys of reading, full of warmth and good humour.

Thu 19 Jul

The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince
  • 2018
  • Germany / Belgium / UK / Italy
  • 1h 45min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Rupert Everett
  • Cast: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Emily Watson

The tale of the last days of Oscar Wilde (Everett), as he lives out his post-prison existence in France and Italy. If Firth and Watson are underused as pal Reggie Turner and wife Constance, they’re well-cast, and Everett himself, in his accomplished directorial debut, is sensational as the fallen star. A surprising and courageously unflattering portrait.

Mon 16 Jul
Sun 22 Jul
Tue 24 Jul

In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts)

In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts)
  • 2017
  • Germany/France
  • 1h 46min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Fatih Akin
  • Cast: Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto, Numan Acar

When Katja (Kruger)’s husband (Acar) and young son (Santana) are killed in a nail bomb attack, she is further traumatised by a police investigation which focuses on his criminal past rather than the evidence that it was racially motivated. Kruger won Best Actress at Cannes for her outstanding work as Katja.

Tue 17 Jul

Jaws

Jaws
  • 1975
  • US
  • 2h 5min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton

Shark meets girl, shark eats girl, shark meets cop. When peaceful Amity Island is terrorised by a rogue great white, police chief Brody (Scheider), oceanographer Hooper (Dreyfuss) and seadog Quint (Shaw) take to the hunt. Restored and digitally remastered, Spielberg's thriller balances ingenious terror with likeable characterisations and remains exceptional entertainment.

Thu 19 Jul

McKellen: Playing the Part

McKellen: Playing the Part Live
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 1h 32min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Joe Stephenson
  • Cast: Ian McKellen, Scott Chambers, Luke Evans, Frances Barber

A feature-length interview with Ian McKellen, in which the actor looks back over his long career as an actor and LGBT activist. Those who only know him from appearances in big movie franchises will find great clips from his theatre work, and McKellen is a born, unpretentious storyteller. Warm and endearing.

Wed 18 Jul

Sherlock Gnomes

Sherlock Gnomes
  • 2018
  • UK/US
  • PG
  • Directed by: John Stevenson
  • Cast: Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Michael Caine

When the gnomes of London go missing, the titular detective (Depp) and his long-suffering sidekick (Ejiofor) go looking for them. Despite vivid animation and a fine voice cast, there’s just not enough story to fuel this hardly-necessary sequel to the lacklustre 2011 original.

Sat 21 Jul

Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine
  • 1968
  • UK
  • 1h 25min
  • U
  • Directed by: George Dunning
  • Cast: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison

The music-loving paradise of Pepperland is invaded by the Blue Meanies, who confiscate all musical instruments and drain the land of colour. It falls to The Beatles to save Pepperland, travelling there in a Yellow Submarine across all manner of psychedelic landscapes.

Sat 21 Jul
Mon 23 Jul

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