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The Castle Cinema

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64–66 Brooksby's Walk, London, E9 6DA
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Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 27min
  • Directed by: Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack

Documentary about Aretha Franklin’s 1972 concert at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles, shot at the time by Sydney Pollack and realised by Alan Elliott. Digital technology has at last made it possible to sync the sound recording with the footage: revel in Aretha at the height of her power, with an exuberant choir, an engaged congregation and celebrity guests Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts.

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The Box

The Box
  • 2009
  • US
  • 1h 55min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Richard Kelly
  • Cast: Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella, James Rebhorn, Holmes Osborne

Based on a short story by science fiction writer Richard Matheson, this features Diaz and Marsden as a young couple in dire financial straits who are offered a unique way out. Presented with a wooden box with a red button on top, they're told if they push it, someone they don't know will die and they will be given $1 million. Interesting up to a point, but ultimately confounding and irritating.

Thu 23 May

Casablanca

Casablanca
  • 1942
  • US
  • 1h 42min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Michael Curtiz
  • Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid

You must remember this … Bogart being impossibly noble, Bergman torn between two lovers, Claude Rains playing both ends against the middle, devious Nazis, a fogbound airport, a piano-player tinkling that tune. A wonderful hill of beans.

Sun 26 May

Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 34min
  • Directed by: Bo Burnham
  • Cast: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson

Kayla (Fisher) is an awkward teenager in her last week of grade school, who posts would-be inspirational vlogs while lacking confidence in daily life. Fisher is superb as the anxious, heroic Kayla and it’s a humane and sometimes hilarious debut from comedian-turned-filmmaker Burnham.

Thu 23 May

High Life

High Life
  • 2018
  • Germany / France / UK / Poland / US
  • 1h 50min
  • Directed by: Claire Denis
  • Cast: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, Mia Goth,

Monte (Pattinson) is the last man alive on a space mission, left to care for a young baby; in flashbacks, we find out the unsettling truth of what happened to the others. Denis’s first movie in English is uncompromisingly weird, and in spite of some unforgettable images, it’s a bizarre and somewhat incoherent mind-bender.

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Rocketman

Rocketman
  • 2019
  • UK / US
  • 2h 1min
  • Directed by: Dexter Fletcher
  • Cast: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard

This Elton John biopic, exec-produced by its subject, could have been a vanity project, but it’s a fun and cute fantasy musical; Egerton as John as exuberant and sympathetic, and the framing device is sensible. Hardly revelatory, but Fletcher does a good job and sprinkles some inventiveness. Classic songbook helps.

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The Secret Life of Pets 2

The Secret Life of Pets 2
  • 2019
  • USA / Japan / France
  • Directed by: Chris Renaud, Jonathan del Val
  • Cast: Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart

A sequel to the 2016 film.

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Vox Lux

Vox Lux
  • 2018
  • US
  • Directed by: Brady Corbet
  • Cast: Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Raffey Cassidy, Stacy Martin

Celeste (Portman) is a pop sensation on a comeback tour, who in her early teens survived a school shooting. A tantalising and layered character portrait with game performances from a fine cast; Portman is in her element and Law is perfect as her smoke-blowing manager.

Thu 23 May

Woman at War

Woman at War
  • 2018
  • Iceland / France / Ukraine
  • 1h 41min
  • Directed by: Benedikt Erlingsson
  • Cast: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada

Halla (Geirharðsdóttir) is a 50-year-old environmental activist who takes on the aluminium industry, but whose ability to campaign is disrupted when her long-gestating adoption application comes through. Erlingsson’s love of the absurd and flair for visual humour is a delight and it’s immensely enjoyable and highly eccentric, with a genuine emotional punch.

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Opened in 1913 as a single screen cinema, the Castle has variously operated as a bingo hall, a warehouse, a snooker hall and a convenience store.

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2016 it was converted back into an independent cinema.

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