Author Archives: Rob Stephen

About Rob Stephen

Artist/Curator

NEXT FILM: The Greatest Showman

PLEASE NOTE: 21 June is a Thursday

  • DATE: Thursday, 21 June, 2018
  • DOORS OPEN: 7.00pm
  • FILM STARTS: 7.30pm
  • GENRE: Biography|Drama|Musical
  • CERTIFICATE: PG
  • RUNNING TIME: 102m
  • LANGUAGE: English

Orphaned, penniless but ambitious and with a mind crammed with imagination and fresh ideas, the American Phineas Taylor Barnum will always be remembered as the man with the gift to effortlessly blur the line between reality and fiction. Thirsty for innovation and hungry for success, the son of a tailor will manage to open a wax museum but will soon shift focus to the unique and peculiar, introducing extraordinary, never-seen-before live acts on the circus stage. Some will call Barnum’s wide collection of oddities, a freak show; however, when the obsessed showman gambles everything on the opera singer Jenny Lind to appeal to a high-brow audience, he will somehow lose sight of the most important aspect of his life: his family. Will Barnum risk it all to be accepted? Synopsis from www.imdb.com

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TWO FILMS FOR JUNE

FILM 1, Wednesday 06 June: FREE Vintage Matinee

  • DATE: Wednesday, 6 June, 2018
  • DOORS OPEN: 1.00pm
  • FILM STARTS: 1.30pm
  • GENRE: Comedy|Drama|Romance
  • CERTIFICATE: PG
  • RUNNING TIME: 110m
  • LANGUAGE: English

FILM 2, Friday 08 June: Grease (40th Anniversary)

  • DATE: Friday, 08 June, 2018
  • DOORS OPEN: 7.00pm
  • FILM STARTS: 7.30pm
  • GENRE: Musical|Romance
  • CERTIFICATE: PG
  • RUNNING TIME: 113m
  • LANGUAGE: English

“Grease,” said the poster and the Barry Gibb song, “is the word.” Transferring its setting from Chicago to sunny California, and adding a dash of disco to the ersatz ’50s score, producer Allan Carr and director Randal Kleiser turned this long-running Jim Jacobs-Warren Casey Broadway smash into the biggest blockbuster of 1978. 1950s teens Danny (John Travolta) and Australian transfer Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) spend their “Summer Nights” falling in love, but once fall comes, it’s back to Rydell High and its cliques. As one of the bad-boy T-Birds, Danny has to act cool for best pal Kenickie (Jeff Conaway) and their leather-clad mates Sonny (Michael Tucci) and Doody (Barry Pearl, in the role Travolta played on-stage). Despite befriending Frenchy (Didi Conn), one of the rebel Pink Ladies, virginal Sandy is “too pure to be Pink,” as the Ladies’ leader, Rizzo (Stockard Channing), acidly observes. Declaring their devotion in such ballads as “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “Sandy,” Sandy and Danny split, reconcile, and split again amidst a pep rally, dances, drive-ins, and a drag race, before deciding “You’re the One That I Want” at the climactic carnival. With Travolta white-hot from Saturday Night Fever (1977), Grease soundtrack singles climbed the charts and summer movie crowds poured in. With the presence of Joan Blondell, Eve Arden, Sid Caesar, Edd “Kookie” Byrnes, and Frankie Avalon appealing to grown-up memories, Grease became the highest-grossing film of 1978, the highest-grossing movie musical ever, and the third most popular film of the new blockbuster ’70s after Star Wars (1977) and Jaws (1975). Synopsis from www.rottentomatoes.com

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NEXT TWO FILMS FOR MAY

FILM 1. Wednesday 16 May: The Bucket List

This film is being shown as part of the Dying Matters week, which is an annual event dedicated to raising awareness of dying, death and bereavement. Entry by donation – suggested amount £3.00.

  • DATE: Wednesday, 16 May, 2018
  • DOORS OPEN: 7.00pm
  • FILM STARTS: 7.30pm
  • GENRE: Adventure|Comedy|Drama
  • CERTIFICATE: 12
  • RUNNING TIME: 95m
  • LANGUAGE: English

Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman star as two terminally ill cancer patients who decide to break out of the hospital and live their last days to the fullest in director Rob Reiner’s seriocomic road movie. Edward Cole (Nicholson) is a corporate billionaire who is currently sharing a hospital room with blue-collar mechanic Carter Chambers (Freeman). Though initially the pair seems to have nothing in common, conversation gradually reveals that both men have a long list of goals they wish to accomplish before they kick the bucket, and an unrealized desire to discover what kind of men they really are. But one can’t accomplish such lofty objectives from the confines of a hospital bed, so now, in order to live their lives to the absolute fullest, Edward and Carter will have to make a break for it. With a checklist that includes playing the poker tables in Monte Carlo, consuming copious amounts of caviar, racing the fastest machines on four wheels, and much more, these two terminally ill men will do their best to fit a lifetime of experience into their last remaining days while forging an unlikely, but truly remarkable, friendship. Synopsis from www.rottentomatoes.com

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FILM 2. Friday 18 May: God’s Own Country

  • DATE: Friday, 18 May, 2018
  • DOORS OPEN: 7.00pm
  • FILM STARTS: 7.30pm
  • GENRE: Drama|Romance
  • CERTIFICATE: 15
  • RUNNING TIME: 105m
  • LANGUAGE: English

Johnny Saxby (Josh O’Connor) works long hours in brutal isolation on his family’s remote farm in the north of England. He numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking at the local pub and casual sex. When a handsome Romanian migrant worker (Alec Secareanu) arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has never felt before. An intense relationship forms between the two which could change Johnny’s life forever.. Synopsis from www.rottentomatoes.com

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Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool

  • DATE: Friday, 27 April, 2018
  • DOORS OPEN: 7.00pm
  • FILM STARTS: 7.30pm
  • GENRE: Biography|Drama|Romance
  • CERTIFICATE: 15
  • RUNNING TIME: 103m
  • LANGUAGE: English

Based on Peter Turner’s memoir, the film follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Jamie Bell) and the eccentric Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) in 1978 Liverpool. What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the person Gloria turns to for comfort. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control … Synopsis from www.rottentomatoes.com

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PADDINGTON 2

SPECIAL CHARITY PRESENTATION IN AID OF VALE OF CLWYD MIND
PLEASE NOTE: Film starts half an hour earlier than usual

  • DATE: Friday, 20 April, 2018
  • DOORS OPEN: 6.30pm
  • FILM STARTS: 7.00pm
  • GENRE: Comedy|Adventure|Comedy
  • CERTIFICATE: PG
  • RUNNING TIME: 103m
  • LANGUAGE: English

PADDINGTON 2 finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief … Synopsis from www.rottentomatoes.com

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A Man Called Ove

NORMAL SERVICE HAS BEEN RESUMED. Our projector has been repaired and re-installed and we’re sorry for any inconvenience over the last few weeks, but it was due to circumstances beyond our control.

 

  • DATE: Friday, 13 April, 2018
  • DOORS OPEN: 7.00pm
  • FILM STARTS: 7.30pm
  • GENRE: Comedy|Drama|Romance
  • CERTIFICATE: 15
  • RUNNING TIME: 113m
  • LANGUAGE: Swedish with English subtitles

Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it’s shared. Synopsis from www.rottentomatoes.com

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