No film in January because Loddon Players have their pantomime but here are some dates to put in your diary.
Thursday 5 February
PRIDE (15) 120 Mins TRAILER REVIEW
Not many films get an audience appreciation score of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes but this fact-based comedy of opposites delighted both critics and audiences.
Set in the summer of 1984 – Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support. The activists are not deterred and they decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a mining village in deepest Wales and set off in a mini bus to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership. A faith-restoring, heart-warming tale with plenty of humour based on real events and characters.
Thursday 5 March
THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY (PG) 122 mins
This is another, but very different culture-clash film. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. It seems the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren) gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate into all out war between the two establishments until the young Indian chef discovers a passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite.
The Director is Lasse Hallström, and the tone of the film is very similar to Chocolat, which they also directed.
Whatever your culinary (or romantic) tastes this is a film to savour and enjoy.
If you fancy, you can see more pictures or try a recipe.
Thursday 2 April
WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY (12A) 95 mins
Doug (David Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike) are taking their three children on a trip to Scotland for a big family gathering for the 75th birthday of Doug's father Gordie (Billy Connelly). They are in the midst of a difficult divorce, and have asked the kids to keep it a secret from their extended family not wanting to upset Gordie in his current health situation. But as the inevitable feuds kick in, a completely unexpected turn of events, involving the children, causes further tensions to rise to the surface. With the repercussions that ensue - hilarious and emotional in equal measure - the family are forced to put aside their differences and work together or else risk losing what they hold most dear.
From the makers of the BBC series Outnumbered, this is a warm-hearted and sweet-natured film continuing the successful formula of three wise-cracking children and harassed parents.
There is sincerity and genuine charm in this film’s observation of British family life, with a good trickle of laughs running through and a nice focus on grandparent/grandchildren relationships.
April this year has 5 Thursdays so we decided to try offering 2 films in the month
Thursday 16 April
THE IMITATION GAME (12A) 114 mins TRAILER REVIEW
During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of "gross indecency", an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offence of homosexuality - little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany's World War 2 Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant and complicated man, The Imitation Game follows a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives.