Season 13: January to April 2020

Season 13 runs from January to April 2020 with films screening on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, except January where we miss the first Tuesday and start on the 21st.  Season 13 is a world tour that takes us to Los Angeles, Glasgow, Mumbai, San Francisco, Paris and Leningrad before ending in New York.  Along the way you'll meet Gloria Bell, Jake and Elena, Rudolph Nureyev, The Elastic Woman and Jennifer Lopez among others.  Get your tickets ready for inspection, we depart January 2020!

Tuesday Jan 21st 2020

Gloria Bell (15)

(2018. 102 minutes.  US/Chile )

Oscar winning director Sebastiàn Leilo (A Fantastic Woman, Disobedience) remakes his own 2013 drama, Gloria, to stunning effect.  Now set in Los Angeles and starring Julianne Moore as Gloria, a free-spirited divorcee spending her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose and enjoying her freedom.  She soon finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance with Arnold (John Turturro), filled with the joys of blossoming love and the complications of mid-life dating.  Confidently carrying the weight of the film, Moore is the beating heart of a warm and grounded grown up drama.


“The thumping heart of all of it is Moore, whose magnetically watchable, fully inhabited, offhandedly sexy performance makes Gloria Bell shimmer.” Daily Telegraph

Tuesday Feb 4th 2020

Only You (15)

(2018. 118 minutes. UK)

Laila Costa and Josh O’Connor (The Crown) lead this moving British drama.  When Elena and  Jake start a relationship after a chance meeting on New Year’s Eve, things develop  quickly and they move in together.  Before long they consider starting a family which brings unforeseen problems to the surface, as reality catches up with them they are forced to reconsider their relationship and just how strong it really is.  This low budget film brilliantly captures emotional intimacy and honesty, with performances of real depth, and was one of last year’s best British films, we can’t recommend it enough.

A grown-up, low-budget British romantic drama about infertility might not get your pulses racing but this is one of 2019's hidden gems.” Metro

Tuesday Feb 18th 2020

Photograph (15)

(2019. 119 minutes. India/US)

Director Ritesh Batra’s 2013 film The Lunchbox was hugely popular and loved by many, his latest Photograph looks set to repeat that feat.  This charming tale of unlikely romance is set against the vibrant and colourful backdrop of contemporary Mumbai where a struggling street photographer, pressured to marry by his grandmother, convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée. The pair form a connection that changes them in ways that they could not expect. Not only a film about the love between two people, Photograph is also a love letter to the city of Mumbai.

“Photograph is decidedly old-fashioned and the outcome is never in doubt but the craft is impeccable, the performances low-key and likeable.” Empire

Tuesday March 3rd 2020

The Conversation (12A)

(1974. 109 minutes. US)

Director Francis Ford Coppola’s (The Godfather) thriller gets a deserved dusting down and a rare appearance on the big screen.  Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) is a privacy obsessed surveillance expert, hired by a mysterious client to follow and record a young couple. As he tracks the pair, Caul manages to capture a cryptic conversation between them and becomes obsessed with deciphering it, believing the couple may be in danger, and eager to avoid a repeat of previous tragic circumstances. Coppola wrote and directed this acclaimed classic which has a fresh relevance in today’s world of privacy settings and big data.


““A fantastic reminder of why 70s Hollywood is so often the benchmark for modern moviedom to aspire to.” Empire

Tuesday April 21st 2020

Hustlers (15)

(2019. 110 minutes. USA)

Well, we never thought we’d be screening a mainstream Hollywood film about pole dancers starring Jennifer Lopez either, but crime drama Hustlers has taken the critics by storm.  Lopez leads an ensemble cast in a film based on the true story of a group of dancers in New York who turn the tables on their sleazy clients by drugging them then using their credit cards.  Set during the 2008 financial crisis, Hustlers’ take on empowerment and exploitation, set in neon lit clubs, has the beats of a heist film, and with Lopez’s turn generating talk of awards, this is one not to miss.

“Riotously told and enthusiastically performed, Hustlers is hugely entertaining. Edgy, provocative and full of ker-ching”.

Total Film

Tuesday March 17th 2020

MicMacs (12A)

(2009. 102 minutes. France)

French superstar comedian Dany Boon stars in this comedy from the people behind Amelie.  Boon plays a man struck by a stray bullet which remains lodged in his head, leading to some strange side effects. After losing his job he meets a group of other misfits, a motley crew with names like Calculator, Slammer, Elastic Girl and Mama Chow, and together they set out on a quest to bring down the world’s biggest arms manufacturers using their peculiar talents.  Featuring the inventive daftness, comic visuals and quirky humour he’s famous for, director and writer Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s film is an imaginative fable for all ages. 

 

“A dazzling, helter-skelter comedy that fizzes with invention and silly slapstick”

Daily Express

Tuesday April 7th 2020

The White Crow*  (12A)

(2018. 124 minutes. UK/USA)

The legendary Russian ballet dancer electrified the world throughout the 1960s and 70s, and this film, astonishingly the first major bio-pic of the star, switches between his childhood, his student days in Leningrad, and the 1961 tour of Europe during which he defected to the west.  Ralph Fiennes directs and appears as his teacher and mentor while the lead role is taken by Ukrainian ballet star and first-time actor Oleg Ivenko.  With a script from award winning playwright David Hare, The White Crow sensitively examines the man behind the myth.

“There are moments of greatness here - in the climax of the final act, the defection itself - where the direction is as lean and agile as any of the dancers.” The Observer

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