Friday 9th March, The Lunchbox (S) - Comedy
India 2013 - Director: Ritesh Batra
When Ila tries to rekindle her husband’s interest in her by preparing a special lunchbox for him, a mistaken delivery begins an unlikely friendship with another man! This, the director's first feature film, is a charmingly comic portrayal of home and office life in Mumbai, with a poignant love story. BAFTA nominated. Running time 105 mins. Hindi with English subtitles.
Short: History of the Cinema. 1957. A humorous look at the cinema from this famous British pioneer of animation. Like most of the work from Halas and Batchelor many a truth is expressed with a twinkle in the eye, there to be enjoyed. Rare stuff, indeed. Don’t miss it. Running time 10 minutes.
Audience Ratings: Unmissable 6 (10%), Really Good 39 (70%), Good 10 (18%)
Saturday 24th March, The Eagle Huntress (S) - Documentary
This film will follow the AGM which starts at 7.15pm. Film 8pm.
UK, USA, Mongolia 2016 - Director: Otto Bell
This spellbinding documentary follows a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl who is fighting to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family. Set against the breath-taking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, the film features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary. BAFTA award for best documentary. Running time 87 mins. Kazakh with English subtitles.
Audience Ratings: Unmissable 34 (33%), Really Good 59 (58%), Good 7 (6%), Not My Thing 1 (1%)
Friday 6th April, The Lodger with live musical accompaniment
UK 1926 - Director: Alfred Hitchcock with music by Marisa and Daniel Cornford
An Alfred Hitchcock silent film with live musical accompaniment provided by an original musical score written by Marisa Cornford (piano) and performed with Daniel Cornford (Viola). The film features the hunt for a serial killer and is based loosely on the story of Jack the Ripper. Running time 95 mins. Plus introductory talk by Marisa and Daniel Cornford.
Audience Ratings: Unmissable 31 (42%), Really Good 36 (50%), Good 4 (5%), Not My Thing 2 (3%) Attended 75
|Saturday 21st April, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - Drama|
USA 2017 - Director: Martin McDonagh
Frustrated by the lack of progress in tracking down her daughter’s murderer, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) makes her feelings shockingly public. From the resultant clash between her and the sheriff (Woody Harrelson), repercussions escalate, revealing the complexities of small-town life. Violent, moving, and darkly comic, this is quite a wild ride! Huge critical acclaim and great Oscar expectations. Running time 115 mins.
Audience Ratings: Unmissable 46 (41%), Really Good 54 (49%), Good 9 (8%), Not My Thing 2 (2%) Attended 140
|Friday 4th May, The Age of Shadows (S) - Thriller|
South Korea 2016 - Director: Jee-woon Kim
Set in late 1920s Japanese occupied Korea, this dramatic thriller follows the activities of resistance fighters bringing explosives from Shanghai and the Japanese agents trying to stop them. A talented, Korean born, Japanese police officer, himself previously in the independence movement, faces a dilemma - official duty and supporting independence. Rare 100% critical acclaim on rotten tomatoes. Running time 140 mins. Korean, Japanese, Mandarin with English subtitles.
Audience Ratings: Unmissable 6 (9%), Really Good 21 (32%), Good 15 (22%), Not My Thing 19 (29%) Poor Choice 5 (8%) Attended 75
|Saturday 19th May, Sully - Biography (12)|
USA 2016 – Director: Clint Eastwood
On January 15th 2009, Captain "Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) ditched his US airways jet in New York's icy Hudson River after striking a flock of geese causing both engines to fail. Miraculously, all 155 passengers and crew survived the ordeal. Sully became a national hero. However an investigation is launched that threatens to destroy his reputation and career. Running time 96 mins.
Preceded by a presentation from Bex Singleton, the NFTS student recipient of The Anthony Pickavance Bursary in 2018.
Audience Ratings: Unmissable 28 (41%), Really Good 32 (48%), Good 6 (9%), Not My Thing 1 (1%) Attended 75
Friday 1st June, Graduation (S) - Drama (15)
Romania 2016 – Director: Cristian Mungiu
A Romanian doctor’s daughter is poised to receive a scholarship to a prestigious British university. On the eve of a crucial set of exams, she is mugged, and risks not achieving the required grades. Her father, who knows all the tricks, then decides to take matters into his own hands. An intricate deeply intelligent film winning multiple awards. Running time 128 mins. Romanian with English subtitles.
Audience Ratings: Unmissable 6 (8%), Really Good 34 (45%), Good 26 (34%), Not My Thing 9 (12%) Poor Choice 1 (1%) Attended 77
Comments: Too many unanswered questions; I need to know what happens; Auditorium cold
Saturday 16th June, The Florida Project - Drama (15)
USA 2017 - Director: Sean Baker
The Florida housing project, located adjacent to Disney World, was an attempt by the Disney Organisation to provide social housing in an area of great need which never quite fulfilled its promise. The plot follows a six-year-old girl living with her rebellious mother in a motel in Kissimmee, Florida (outside Orlando) as they try to stay out of trouble and make ends meet. Running time 111 mins.
Audience Ratings: Unmissable 4 (4%), Really Good 21 (22%), Good 32 (35%), Not My Thing 23 (25%) Poor Choice 13 (14%) Attended 96
Friday 6th July, Frantz (S) - Drama (12A)
France, Germany, 2016 - Director: François Ozon
In 1919 a young Frenchman visits the grave of a German soldier killed in the Great War and pays his respects to the bereaved parents. He also meets the dead man’s fiancé. As the motives for his visit become apparent, understanding and sympathies develop. A visually beautiful film with moving performances. Running time 113 mins. French, German with English subtitles.
Saturday 21st July, The Queen of Katwe - Biography (PG)
USA 2016 – Director: Mira Nair
Based on the true story of a Ugandan girl, Phiona, living in the slums of Katwe. Her world changes when one day she meets a missionary who teaches children how to play chess. She becomes a top player, giving her a chance to escape from a life of poverty. A uplifting film with outstanding performances. Running time 124 mins.
Friday 3rd August, Get Out - Thriller (15)
USA 2017 - Director: Jordan Peele Chris, a young African American, goes to his white girlfriend’s parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods. As the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined. A psychological thriller that delves into satirical territory. Nominated for 2018 Golden Globe Awards. Running time 104 mins. Plus short film.
|Saturday 18th August, Gifted - Drama (12)|
USA 2017 - Director: Marc Webb
Frank (single) is raising his niece, Mary (7), following the death of his sister. He wants her to have a normal childhood and sends her to the local school, declining offers of special treatment to develop her unusual mathematical abilities. Conflict with Mary’s grandmother ensues and she claims legal custody. A feel-good, family-friendly drama. A feel-good, family friendly drama. Running time: 101mins. Plus short film.