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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri -
 Sun 16 Sept, 7:30 pm


2017 USA, Cert 15, 115 min, Martin McDonagh



Frances McDormand won an Oscar for playing a mother who challenges the local chief of police when the murderer of her daugfhter hasn't been caught after seven months. Three signs are erected leading into her town chiding the authorities for their lack of success, and the battle is on. Sam Rockwell also wins an Academy Award for playing the immature violent deputy.

"it is like having your funny bone struck repeatedly, expertly and very much too hard by a karate super-black-belt capable of bringing a rhino to its knees with a single punch behind the ear. .  . . The comedy, the pain and the poignancy are accompanied by shocking spasms of ultraviolence and rage, which have a distancing effect, though not an ironising one.. . .  .The cops are not necessarily the bad guys, or the good guys, and interestingly it is only when a certain officer is relieved of his gun and badge that he becomes effective in law enforcement. People we thought were just cartoons, gradually assume the lineaments of rounded human beings.
. .  .There is a strangeness to this film, a hallucinatory farcical quality which periodically surfaces: enough to make you suspect that some rug-pull is in the offing, a trick reveal. But this isn’t the point. It is a film which offers no clear reassurance on tone or narrative direction or who you must laugh with and at. And Frances McDormand holds it all together: a Mother Courage resolved on action and toughly holding on to her sense of order and sense of humour."  -
Peter Bradshaw


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Lost in Paris - Sun 14 Oct, 7:30 pm

2016 France/Belgium, Cert 12, 83 mins, Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon
 

 

"Filmed in Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon's signature whimsical style, LOST IN PARIS stars the filmmakers as a small-town Canadian librarian and a strangely seductive, oddly egotistical vagabond. When Fiona's (Gordon) orderly life is disrupted by a letter of distress from her 88-year-old Aunt Martha (delightfully portrayed by Academy Award (R)-nominee Emmanuelle Riva) who is living in Paris, Fiona hops on the first plane she can and arrives only to discover that Martha has disappeared. In an avalanche of spectacular disasters, she encounters Dom (Abel), the affable, but annoying tramp who just won't leave her alone. Replete with the amazing antics and intricately choreographed slapstick that has come to define Abel and Gordon's work, LOST IN PARIS is a wondrously fun and hectic tale of peculiar people finding love while lost in the City of Lights. -  Rotten Tomatoes

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Oh! What A Lovely War - Sun 11 Nov, 7:30 pm

1969 UK Cert PG 138 mins, Richard Attenborough
 
"Based on Joan Littlewood's stage production, this stylised, satirical and ultimately moving tribute to the soldiers who answered their country's call and fought in the Great War was Richard Attenborough's first film as a director. An all-star cast performs the original's jingoistic music hall songs, which Attenborough cleverly stages in Brighton's Royal Pavilion and on the old West Pier. While there was animosity behind the scenes - Len Deighton refused screen credit as the film's writer - this remains a distinctive piece of work and by far the most audacious film Attenborough has ever made. It also tapped into the post-Sergeant Pepper style that was all the rage in the late 1960s.

First World War musical, comprising a series of satirical sketches highlighting the futility of conflict from the perspective of the ordinary soldiers - many from the same family - and covering famous historical moments, including the Christmas truce. Richard Attenborough's directorial debut, starring Ralph Richardson, Laurence Olivier, John Mills and John Gielgud." - Adrian Turner, Radio Times

 
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Paddington 2 - Sun  9 Dec, 7:30 pm

2017 UK Cert PG, 99 mins,  Paul King
 

Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen. 

"This is the follow-up to the first Paddington movie of 2014 and it’s a tremendously sweet-natured, charming, unassuming and above all funny film with a story that just rattles along, powered by a nonstop succession of Grade-A gags conjured up by screenwriters Paul King (who also directs), Simon Farnaby and Jon Croker. Their screenplay perfectly catches the tone of the great master himself, Michael Bond, author of the original books, who sadly died in June this year at the age of 91, creative and productive to the end.  .  . 

(Hugh) Grant is on top form as a cravat-wearing villain who frames Paddington for theft in a follow-up that lives up to Michael Bond’s evergreen original" - Peter Bradshaw

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Finding Your Feet - Sun 13 Jan, 7:30 pm

2017 UK Cert 12A, 111 mins,  Richard Loncraine   

When 'Lady' Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) discovers that her husband of forty years (John Sessions) is having an affair with her best friend (Josie Lawrence) she seeks refuge in London with her estranged, older sister Bif (Celia Imrie). The two could not be more different - Sandra is a fish out of water next to her outspoken, serial dating, free-spirited sibling. But different is just what Sandra needs at the moment, and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to a community dance class, where gradually she starts finding her feet and romance as she meets her sister's friends, Charlie (Timothy Spall), Jackie (Joanna Lumley) and Ted (David Hayman).

"This film could not court the grey pound more aggressively if it handed out free Saga holidays with every ticket. And yet, cynical as it undoubtedly is, there is a certain creaky charm to this tale of late-life second chances and senior dance classes." - Wendy Ide

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Leave No Trace - Sun 10 Feb 7:30 pm

2018 US   Cert PG, 109 minsDebra Granik
 

 Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland.

"Whatever else it may be, Leave No Trace is a coming-of-age story in which Tom’s emerging identity is the real catalyst for change. .  . At the centre of it all is McKenzie, the rising New Zealand star (her credits include The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) who combines the astonishing technical skills of a young Jennifer Lawrence with the wide-eyed naturalism of David (“Dai”) Bradley in Kes. Watching Leave No Trace, we feel as though we are watching her grow up before our eyes; her pain, courage and compassion are tangible and real. It’s a pitch-perfect performance around which Granik builds her flawless, deeply affecting film. -  Mark Kermode 


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A Fantastic Woman - Sun 10 Mar 7:30 pm

2017 Chile, Cert  15,  100 mins,  Sebastian Lelio
 

"Daniela Vega is wonderful as a young trans woman whose life is turned upside down when her older cis lover dies in ambiguous circumstances  . .  .Sebastián Lelio’s Oscar-(winning) film A Fantastic Woman is a sublime study in the exalted ordeal of grief. It is also as gripping as any procedural crime thriller, and cops and police doctors do play a role. . .It is a wonderful performance from the 28-year-old trans actor Daniela Vega: passionate, intelligent and with a certain understated dignity. She is rarely absent from the screen and Lelio’s camera seems always to be catching her character in the act of transcending loneliness, heroically defusing the internal opera of pain, rising above the thousand petty little indignities and hostilities that the world now wishes to add to the ordinary agony of her bereavement. . . Sublime study of love, loss and the trans experience." - Peter Bradshaw

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - Sun 7 Apr, 7:30 pm

  2018 UK/USA, Cert PG, 104 min,  Ol Parker

 

"That first film made me break out in a combination of hives and bubonic plague. And to be honest, this new one does have the original film’s plotless melange of feelgoodery, an exotically amorphous jellyfish of a film which is periodically zapped with the million-volt shock of a zingingly brilliant Abba tune.

But something in the sheer relentless silliness and uncompromising ridiculousness of this, combined with a new flavour of self-aware comedy, made me smile in spite of myself: there are funny, campy performances from Cher, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters and also Alexa Davies as Walters’s younger self, and some very good lines. People are always running absurdly around a Greek island waving their arms in the air like they just don’t care and it’s always sunny, except when – gasp! – there’s a storm and plans for the relaunch of a tourist hotel are briefly and unimportantly derailed."  - Peter Bradshaw

"Yet as before, the real pleasure comes from the sublime agony of hearing your favourite Abba tunes crowbarred into the narrative in increasingly preposterous ways. " - Mark Kermode


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