Thursday 11th August (note this is the 2nd Thursday)
Hail Caesar! (12A) 104 mins TRAILER REVIEW
Set in the glamorous world of 1950s Hollywood studio with a story involving kidnap of the star of a sword ‘n’ sandals epic production (George Clooney). Other stars include Ralph Fiennes as an uptight British film director and Scarlett Johansson as an indiscreet starlet. A riotous tribute to classic musicals of the time.
Thursday 1st September
Eddie the Eagle (PG) 102 mins TRAILER REVIEW 1 REVIEW 2
Feel-good film based on the real life story of Britain’s hopeless but courageous ski-jumper in the Winter Olympics in Calgary in 1988 (the same year Torvill and Dean triumphed in the ice dance)
This terrific underdog tale based on the astonishing sporting exploits of Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards has that touch of The Full Monty/Billy Elliot Brit-crafted magic, with dashes of Ealing comedy thrown in.
His exploits made the Cheltenham plasterer Eddie quite a celebrity and you see what he is up to now on his website and click on REVIEW 2 above for some remarks on how true the film is to reality!
Thursday 6th October
Chicklit (15) 96 mins TRAILER REVIEW
Independent British comedy about four guys trying to save their local by secretly writing a 'mummy porn' novel in the style of Fifty Shades of Grey. It gets snapped up but the snag is that they must find a woman 'author' to do press and publicity and things start to get complicated. Filmed in Holt and other Norfolk settings. We will be screening some archive short films so you can compare Norfolk past and present!
The cast list includes cameos from top actors John Hurt and Dame Eileen Atkins as a pair of dodgy literary agents.
Thursday 3rd November
Love & Friendship (U) 90 mins TRAILER REVIEW
Skilfully adapted by American Whit Stillman from Jane Austen’s novella “Lady Susan”, the film is dominated by a mesmerising performance from Kate Beckinsale as the notorious Lady Susan Vernon.
Recently widowed and leaving a trail of scandal behind her, "diabolical genius" and legendary flirt Lady Susan Vernon arrives to stay with her estranged in-laws in the country, where she torments a young admirer and plots to marry off her meek daughter to a wealthy fool (a hilarious, scene-snatching Tom Bennett). Excellent cast, deliciously witty and a refreshingly subversive approach to period drama – simply great fun.
Thursday 1st December
Florence Foster Jenkins TRAILER REVIEW
A significant patron of the arts in New York during the Second World War, Florence Foster Jenkins provided musical instruments for underprivileged children and set up The Verdi Club where she produced, directed and starred in tacky shows for select members of high society. But she always wanted to sing opera, despite her tone-deafness and distinct lack of talent.
Now Stephen Frears brings the story to the big screen with three central performances of quality: Simon Helberg as the exasperated accompanist, Hugh Grant as her attentive husband and of course the wonderful Meryl Streep in the title role giving poignancy to how the real Florence summed up her life: “People may say I can’t sing, but no one can say I didn't sing”.