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Friday 4 September 7.30pm
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THEORY OF EVERYTHING    (2014) [12a] - 2 hours 3 mins

Director: James Marsh
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior

An extraordinary story of the renowned astrophysicist, Stephen Hawking, and his devoted and long suffering wife Jane. It is based on Jane’s memoir of her life with Stephen from their meeting at Cambridge to their eventual divorce many years later. At the age of 21 Stephen was diagnosed with a debilitating neurological disease but went on to father 3 children and to pursue a ground-breaking scientific career with Jane’s tireless support.

Eddie Redmayne won the 2014 Best Actor Oscar for his quite remarkable portrayal of Stephen.

“...a well-crafted, superbly acted drama” (Henry Fitzherbert - The Express)

Friday 2 October 7.30pm
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IDA    (2013) [12A] - 1 hour 22 mins

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Cast: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik

This a moving and intimate drama (filmed in black and white) about a young novitiate nun in 1960’s Poland. As a baby in 1945 she was abandoned at a remote convent by persons unknown and now, on the verge of taking her vows, she discovers a dark family history dating from the terrible days of the Nazi occupation.

This powerful and affecting film, in which Pawlikowski confronts contentious issues from Poland’s recent history, won Best Foreign Film at the 2015 Oscars.

“The performances are superb and the sense of location and period miraculous. It could be Pawlikowski’s masterpiece” (Peter Bradshaw - Guardian)

Friday 6 November 7.30pm
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HUGO    (2011) [U] - 2 hour 6 mins

Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee

Orphaned and alone, apart from a drunken uncle, Hugo Cabrel lives in the tunnels and passageways of a train station in 1930’s Paris. His job is to oil and maintain the station clocks.

But, what is far more important to Hugo is the puzzle of a notebook and a broken automaton left to him by his late father (Jude Law) and he embarks on a quest to solve the mystery. This turns out to be bound up with the very beginnings of cinema.

“Hugo is a moving, funny and exhilarating film” (Phillip French – Observer)

Friday 4 December 6.30pm
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CINDERELLA    (2015) [U] - 1 hour 45 mins

Director: (2015) [U] - 1 hour 45 mins
Cast: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden

This delightful version of the traditional fairy tale is faithful to the well-loved story and is an action re-make of the 1950 Disney animated classic. It proves that Disney has lost none of its old fashioned glamour.

It is a stylish and enchanting film with a charming central performance from Lily James and a beautiful score. Cate Blanchett plays the stepmother from hell and Helena Bonham Carter is the rather batty fairy godmother.

“Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella is a sumptuous candy-coloured rush of romance” (Kate Muir - Times)

Friday 8 January 7.30pm
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THE GIFT    (2015) [15] - 1 hour 48 mins

Director: Joel Edgerton
Cast: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton

Simon and Robyn are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon's high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin.
Simon doesn't recognize Gordo at first, but after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered after more than 20 years.

As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones?

“The Gift' is 2015's best low-octane thriller. Just settle down, sit back and let the events unfold. Things are not what they seem. . . . . . .” (The Gift' is 2015's best low-octane thriller. Just settle down, sit back and let the events unfold. Things are not what they seem. . . . . . .)

Friday 5 February 7.30pm
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45 YEARS    (2015) [15] - 1 hour 35 mins

Director: Andrew Haigh
Cast: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine James

This is the quiet, deceptively simple story of an older couple (Jeff and Kate), about to celebrate their 45th Wedding Anniversary, when a ghost from the past arrives in the form of a letter concerning a previous girlfriend who had died in an accident many years before. This knocks both Jeff and Kate out of the easy, familiar rhythms of their long, childless, marriage making Kate, in particular, question their relationship.

Courtenay and Rampling give superb performances both of which were nominated for an Oscar. At the 2015 Berlin Golden Bear Awards those for acting went to the pair for their performances.

“Supremely intelligent and moving” (Peter Bradshaw - Guardian)

Friday 4 March 7.30pm
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EVERLASTING MOMENTS    (2008) [15] - 2 hour 11 mins [subtitled]

Director: Jan Troell
Cast: Maria Heiskanen, Mikael Persbrandt, Jesper Christensen, Callin Öhrvall

This beautiful and moving film chronicles the life of Maria Lawson, a working class housewife in southern Sweden in the early 1900’s. She wins a camera in a lottery and through the encouragement of a kind stranger discovers she is an instinctively gifted photographer. Her inner life is transformed by the realisation she has an artistic talent. In the strongly patriarchal society of the time the camera gives her a degree of independence and allows her to support her family while tolerating the abuse of an alcoholic husband.

“A masterpiece with a towering central performance” (Phillip French - Observer)

Friday 1 April 7.30pm
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INTO THE WOODS    (2014) [PG] - 2 hour 5 mins

Director: Rob Marshall
Cast: Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Tracey Ullman ,Meryl Streep Simon Russell Beale, Joanna Riding , Johnny Depp, Annette Crosbie, Richard Glover & Frances de la Tour

This star studded adaptation of Sondheim’s clever and humorous musical intertwines the plots of several classic fairy tales.

The stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack and the Beanstalk are tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt) and their desire to have a child. Their quest is to find the ingredients that will lift the curse placed on them by the witch (Meryl Streep).

“The film is a whirl of pure pleasure” (The Telegraph)

Friday 6 May 7.30pm
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BROOKLYN    (2015) [PG-13] - 1 hour 51 mins

Director: John Crowley
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson

This enchanting film tells the moving story of Eilis, (Saoirse Ronan) a young Irish girl navigating her way through 1950’s New York, where she has gone to find work. Her initial homesickness quickly diminishes when she embarks on a romance with a charming Italian boy, but her past soon disrupts her new life and happiness and she must choose between two countries and two very different ways of life.

“A tremendous lead performance lifts Nick Hornby’s screen translation of Colm Toibin’s novel out of a sentimental period story into an intelligent drama” (Peter Bradshaw – Guardian)

Friday 10 June 7.30pm
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BELLE    (2013) [PG] 1 hour 44mins

Director: Amma Asante
Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson

A remarkable true story inspired this film.

In the mid – 18th century an Admiral in the British navy arrives home with his illegitimate, mixed race, daughter Dido Belle. His aristocratic uncle, Lord Mansfield, takes her in and raises her in his household alongside her young cousin.

Belle is both blessed and cursed. She is accepted into the Earl’s family as an (almost) equal member but her status is too low to dine with the family when guests are present.

“….. a sweeping costume drama that confronts questions of race and gender head on” (Geoffrey MacNab – Independent)

Friday 1 July 7.30pm
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SUNSET SONG    (2015) [15] 2 hours 15 mins

Director: Terence Davies
Cast: Peter Mullan, Agyness Deyn, Kevin Guthrie

Set in the rural community of Kinraddie, Scotland, this film is driven by the young heroine Chris and her intense passion for life, for the unsettled Ewan and for the unforgiving land. As the approaching war brings the modern world to bear on the rural community, Chris must endure against the hardships of rural Scottish life and draw strength from this ancient land.

“A lyrical triumph” (Mark Kermode)