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PAST PRODUCTIONS 2009/10

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Friday
16th January
west side story
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WEST SIDE STORY[A] - 2 hour 32 min

Director: Robert Wise/Jerome Robbins
Cast: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, Gearge Chakiris

West Side Story is a take on Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet that feels as contemporary now as it did on its initial release in 1961. Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer are star-crossed lovers on opposite sides of a New York turf war in what remains one of the boldest and most breathlessly dynamic musicals ever made.
It went on to score ten Oscars..

Friday
6th February
lives of others
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THE LIVES of OTHERS[15] (sub-titles) - 2 hour 17 mins

Director: Florian Donnersmarck
Cast: Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Muhe, Ulrich Tukur

Drama set in East Berlin in the mid-1980s. Stasi officer Wiesler is assigned the job of keeping an eye on dramatist Georg Dreyman. By close surveillance of Georg and his life, Wiesler begins to encounter and be affected by new concepts such as art, love and a desire for freedom. 
A notable winner of 2007 best foreign film Oscar.

Friday
6th March
atonement
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ATONEMENT[15] - 2 hours 3 mins

Director: Joe Wright
Cast: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy

Drama opening in England in 1935. Cecilia Tallis, a young woman from a wealthy and privileged background, is in love with Robbie Turner, a medical student and the housekeeper's son. Through a series of catastrophic misunderstandings, Robbie is accused of a crime he did not commit. Briony, Cecilia's young sister, plays a crucial role in those false accusations, which will affect Cecilia and Robbie's lives forever.

Friday
3rd April
little miss sunshine
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LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE[15] - 1 hour 41 mins

Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Cast: Abigail Breslin, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Greg Kinnear

Comedy drama Little Miss Sunshine radiates warmth and charm. Greg Kinnear is wonderfully woe-begone as the success-obsessed patriarch leading his family cross-country in order to enter daughter Olive (Abigail Breslin) into a junior beauty pageant. As the clan gradually get to know one another, the journey becomes fully engaging and oddly poignant.
It will definitely leave you with that feel-good glow.

Friday
24th April
notes on a scandal
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NOTES on a SCANDAL [15] - 1 hour 32 mins

Director: Richard Eyre
Cast: Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Tom Georgeson, Michael Maloney

Lonely schoolteacher Barbara Covett keeps a personal diary in which she vents her frustration and judgments. When a new art teacher joins the school the two become friends, until Barbara discovers her in a compromising position with one of the older pupils and confronts her and uses emotional blackmail.
A psychological thriller of rare delicacy.

Friday
19th June
miss pettigrew lives for a day
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MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY [PG] - 1 hour 32 mins

Director: Bharat Nalluri
Cast: Amy Adams, Ciaran Hinds, Frances McDormand, Shirley Henderson, Stephanie Cole

Miss Pettigrew is a dowdy, strait-laced 40-something nursery governess. Due to a mistake, she finds herself employed as the social secretary to a night-club singer. Not realising she's been sent the wrong person, the singer calls on Miss Pettigrew's help in juggling her three lovers - a penniless pianist just out of jail, a suave Anglo-Italian nightclub owner, and a rich, young man about town.
In an action that verges on Whitehall farce, Miss Pettigrew blossoms - and discovers a 'previously unimagined talent for social engineering and a taste for strong cocktails'.

Friday
17th July
diving bell & the butterfly
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THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY [15]
1 hour 52 mins [Subtitled]

Director: Julian Schnabel
Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josee Croze

The true story of the French magazine editor , who suffered a massive stroke at 43. His whole body - apart from his left eye - was paralysed. Mentally fully alert, but unable to communicate apart from blinking his eyelid, He spent the next fourteen months labouring to develop a language code with his therapist. Letter by letter, he composes a heartbreaking memoir of his struggle.

"Nothing in director Julian Schnabel's career so far has anticipated the sweetness, sadness, maturity and restraint of this lovely movie". Peter Bradshaw 'The Guardian'

Friday
14th August
starter for ten
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STARTER FOR 10 [12A] - 1 hour 36 mins

Director: Tom Vaughan
Cast: James McAvoy, Catherine Tate, Mark Gatiss, Dominic Cumberbatch

A very British rite-of-passage comedy set in the mid-80s,. It charts the fortunes of a gauche, working-class, trivia-obsessed lad, studying English literature. He wins a place on the 'University Challenge' team and falls under the spell of the lovely and lively blonde Alice, a team-mate, and his best friend Rebecca, whose politics and wit he admires. Can our awkward hero redeem himself through general knowledge?

"A smart and sweet comedy. The 80s soundtrack is brilliant too". 'Time Out'

Friday
4th September
<tr
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FROZEN [15] - 1 hour 30 mins

Director: Juliet McKoen
Cast: Shirley Henderson, Roshan Seth, Ger Ryan, Richard Ridings

A mystical thriller set in Fleetwood and the awesome stretches of Morecambe Bay at low tide.
It's been two years since the mysterious disappearance of her older sister, Annie. But Kath is still haunted by the need to know what happened. Visiting the spot where Annie was last seen, Kath believes she has found a gateway to a place in which her sister is still alive. Has Kath really found access to the afterlife? Or, is she losing her grip on reality?

"A visually striking film of some promise" Philip French 'The Observer'

Saturday
5th September
children of men
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CHILDREN OF MEN [15] - 1 hour 49 mins

Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Cast: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chjwetel Ejiofor

"Children of Men" envisages a world one generation from now that has fallen into chaos on the heels of an infertility defect in the population. The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. A disillusioned government agent agrees to help transport and protect a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea where her child's birth may help scientists to save the future of mankind.

"An excellent thriller. Cuaron has created the thinking person's action movie."
Peter Bradshaw. 'The Guardian'

Friday
25th September
loved so long
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I'VE LOVED YOU SO LONG [12A] - 1 hour 57 mins [Subtitled]

Director: Philippe Claudel
Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Elsa Zylberstein, Serge Hazanavicius, Laurent Grevill

Juliette has no other choice than to live with her sister, Lea , after being released from a 15-year stretch in prison. You don't get such a long sentence without having been found guilty of a particularly heinous crime - something so bad that hardly anyone can even look at her when they find out. Is she guilty? Why did she do it? Will she do it again? What will happen when the people she's with find out?

"A deeply involving, beautifully acted and expertly constructed human drama by and for grown-ups" Peter Bradshaw 'The Guardian'

Friday
9th October
right one in
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LET THE RIGHT ONE IN [15] - 1 hour 55 mins [Subtitled]

Director: Tomas Alfredson
Cast: Kare Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl

In time for Halloween - A well-crafted horror film in the tradition of Guillermo del Toro's "The Devil's Backbone. This Swedish import ably blends genre chills with genuine feeling.

"A spectacularly moving and elegant movie, and to mentally stuff it into the horror pigeonhole, is to overlook a remarkable film." John Anderson 'Washington Post'

Friday
20th November
Matinee/Evening
straight storey
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THE STRAIGHT STORY [U] - 1 hour 52 mins

Director: David Lynch
Cast: Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Everett McGill, Harry Dean Stanton

Based on real events - Alvin Straight couldn't see well enough to hold a driver's license. He walked only with the support of two canes. But when he got the call that his brother Lyle, separated from him by hundreds of miles and a decade of proud silence -- had suffered a stroke, Alvin knew he had to reach him. So, with little money but abundant determination, he climbed on his lawnmower and set out.

"Lynch has made a visionary film that ranks up there with his finest work." Emanuel Levy 'Variety'

Friday
4th December
Matinee/Evening
wonderful life
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ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE [U] - 2 hour 10 mins

Director: Frank Capra
Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

A classic from 1946 - a reissue of Capra's masterful Yuletide drama about a suicidal man's redemption at the hands of an earthbound angel.

"What is remarkable about It's a Wonderful Life is how well it holds up over the years; it's one of those ageless movies, like Casablanca or The Third Man, that improves with age."
Roger Ebert 'Chicago Sun-Times'

Friday
22nd January

midnight kiss
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IN SEARCH OF A MIDNIGHT KISS [15] - 1 hour 30 mins

Director: Alex Holdridge
Cast: Brian McGuire, Katy Luong, Sara Simmonds, Scoot McNairy

This is a charming, quirky, romantic comedy with some wonderful acting that is well worth seeing, despite its slightly cumbersome title. It is very funny at times and the evolution of the relationship of the two excellent leads is entirely believable. Wilson (Scoot McNairy) is a neurotic and lonely would-be script writer who is facing the prospect of spending New Years Eve alone in Los Angeles. His friend persuades him to place an advert on an internet dating service and he finds himself spending an evening walking around the city with the chain smoking, feisty, equally neurotic, Vivian (Sara Simmonds) exchanging frank theories of love and life. Vivian informs Wilson that she has already seen several men that day and will spend New Year Eve with the most promising, and, of course, this turns out to be him. They bitch, flirt and get to know each other as they travel on the subway and wander about the historic theatres and art deco architecture of downtown Los Angeles; a view of the city that is rarely portrayed on film.

This is a "sparkling black and white gem" (Nicholas Barber - Independent) and "easily one of the best films of the year" (Matthew Turner - View London)

Friday
19th February

revolutionary road
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REVOLUTIONARY ROAD [15] - 1 hour 59 mins

Director: Sam Mendes
Cast: David Harbour, Kate Winslet, Kathryn Hahn, Kathy Bates, Leonardo DiCaprio

Sam Mendes' beautifully crafted film is a perceptive tale of a relationship in meltdown, as two people start to unravel the ties that bind them together and end up wondering what they ever had in common in the first place.
Based on a novel by writer Richard Yates and describing with great subtlety the breakdown of a 7 year marriage between Frank (DiCaprio) and April (Winslet), a handsome young middle class couple living in 1955 America, the excellent cinematography convincingly recreates the period.
April once had ambitions to be an actress but now feels stranded in her nice middle class home, while Frank is bored and discontented with his job in the city. A plan to move to Paris briefly restores their relationship but all comes to nothing when Frank is offered a promotion he cannot refuse.
Kate Winslet is outstanding and gives a confident and harrowing performance. Her stillness and coiled reserve are countered by DiCaprio's rage and frustration.
This is "a deeply felt, moving and genuinely tragic study of a marriage tearing itself apart" (Peter Bradshaw - Guardian) exploring the dark side of the American dream.

Friday
26th March

red shoes
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THE RED SHOES [U] - 1 hour 53 mins
New Restored Version - 2009 Cannes Film Festival

Directors: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell
Cast: Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Moira Shearer

This deeply moving film is a complex romantic tragedy about the power struggles in an international ballet company. Moira Shearer is the young unknown dancer who is catapulted into the position of prima ballerina. She and her ruthless, but charismatic, producer have a sensational worldwide success with their ballet, but then everything begins to go wrong when she falls in love with the composer who has written the music for the ballet. The ballet sequence is 20 minutes long and nothing short of brilliant.
"This is one of the greatest pictures by one of the greatest of all film making teams" (Phillip French - Observer)

Friday
23rd April

page turner
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THE PAGE TURNER [15] - 1 hour 25 mins [subtitled]

Director: Denis Dercourt
Cast: Catherine Frot, Deborah Francois, Jacques Bonaffe, Pascal Greggory

This elegant psychological thriller, full of suspense is a treat for lovers of intelligent cinema.
Melanie was psychologically damaged by an incident in her childhood when she failed an important music exam and blamed her examiner and concert pianist Ariane who distracted her at a vital moment. A decade later Melanie obtains a position in Ariane's household. She becomes indispensible to Ariane, who is attempting a comeback. Melanie becomes her page turner, and has a secret plan to destroy Ariane and get her revenge.
"A devastating, subtly reticent thriller that matches Hitchcock twist by twist" (Phillip French - Observer)

Friday
14th May

bright star
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BRIGHT STAR [PG] - 1 hour 59 mins

Director: Jane Campion
Cast: Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox, Paul Schneider, Thomas Sangster

This is an exquisite piece of film making about the doomed love affair between John Keats and Fanny Brawne.
They met when they became neighbours, and their slow burning love affair continued for the next 3 years until John's tragic death aged only 26. Fanny is a spirited but sensitive young woman passionately in love but constrained by the social mores of the time. There is only ever one kiss. Don't miss a fine reading of "Ode to a Nightingale" as the credits roll
"Jane Campion's calm, subtle and measured film is the best of her career" (Peter Bradshaw - Guardian)

Friday
25th June

man on wire
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MAN ON WIRE [12A] - 1 hour 34 mins

Director: James Marsh
Cast: Philippe Petit


This wonderful, gripping documentary tells the story of Phillipe Petit, the high wire artiste who in 1974 walked between the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York.
Petit was obsessed by the idea and it took 7 years of extraordinarily detailed planning, followed by considerable deception and skulduggery in smuggling in the necessary gear. This is an inspirational story of a larger than life genius told with affection and restraint, and for good measure there is also a lovely haunting score from Michael Nyman.
"An absorbing, mischievously amusing yarn, whose climax unfolds with unexpected emotional force" (Ann Hornaday - Washington Post)

Friday
16th July

an education
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AN EDUCATION   (2009)   [12A] - 1 hour 40 mins

Director: Lone Scherfig
Cast: Alfred Molina, Carey Mulligan, Dominic Cooper, Emma Thompson, Olivia Williams, Peter Sarsgaard, Rosamund Pike


This highly enjoyable and very funny film tells the true story of how a clever 16 year old school girl, destined for Oxford, is seduced by an older man. He introduces her to glamour, travel and excitement and somehow manages to seduce her parents with his wit and worldly charm. Despite the subject matter this film is not remotely prurient and is great fun to watch.
Carey Mulligan, who plays the part of Jenny gives a wonderful performance that won her the best actress award at the 2010 BAFTA's
"Offers plenty to enjoy and admire and is full of first rate performances." (Cosmo Landesman - Sunday Times )

Friday
20th August

thelma & louise
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THELMA & LOUISE   (1991)   [15] - 2 hour 9 mins

Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Brad Pitt


Two life-weary 30-something women in middle America escape their oppressive lives for a weekend of fun and freedom only to find themselves on the run through the sun-drenched desert lands of Utah. Adventures along the way - some sweet and some tragic - test their mettle and their friendship as the two friends discover they possess undreamed of resources and capabilities.
The clever and funny script sees Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon delivering bravura performances

"An entertaining fable that reaches out to an audience far larger than its natural feminist constituency" (Richard Schickel - Time)

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