A new year full of entertaining films got off to a great start last month with a spontaneous cheer at the heart-warming finale of ‘Finding Your Feet’.

More cheers—and plenty of laughs—should be heard on Saturday (9th February), when Monico Movies presents Grand Slam (cert. 15), the fun-filled 1978 tale of passionate Welsh rugby fans heading to France to see their heroes in action.  

Pre-match hijinks mean the irrepressible supporters are faced with a challenge as they rush to join the crowds in Paris for the big match. The film’s cast includes an Oscar winner, Hugh Griffith, but one name in particular will stand out at Saturday’s showing: the great Windsor Davies, who sadly died last month. For those outside Wales, he might be best known for It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, but for many Welsh people his best role was always Mog Jones, the ex-player who finds himself in a real predicament in Grand Slam.

Also on the bill will be The Plank (cert. U), featuring Eric Sykes and Arthur Lowe as workmen trying to transport a piece of wood to a building site. What sounds like a simple task soon becomes very difficult for the two men – and hilarious for those watching this terrific piece of silent slapstick.

Some tickets for Saturday’s double bill are still available, but they’re going fast!

From France and a building site we will head to New Zealand on 9th March for the award-winning drama Whale Rider (cert. PG). Keisha Castle-Hughes earned an Oscar nomination in her role as Pai, a young Maori girl whose determination and love of the sea shakes up her traditional community. When family tragedy puts her in an unusual position, she refuses to be downtrodden and instead begins to learn skills that might lead to her becoming the renowned Whale Rider. But not everybody is happy with the idea of a girl entering a man’s world . . .

Don’t miss the opportunity to catch this uplifting and entertaining film set in and alongside the beautiful seas around New Zealand. It received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.

April’s film returns us to the UK, as Tom Hardy stars in the intriguing Locke (cert. 15). It takes us with Welshman Ivan Locke as he begins what might be his most important journey. The audience is focused entirely on Ivan inside his car as he is caught up in phone calls that could transform the lives of his family and friends.

What begins as a simple trip becomes something far more dramatic. Once you get in the car with Ivan on 13th April, you will want to stay with him wherever his journey leads . . .

A powerful story of a young girl’s bravery in wartime comes to Rhiwbina on 11th May, when Monico Movies presents The Book Thief (cert. 12). Based on the hit novel by Marcus Zusak, it follows young German girl Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) and her foster parents (Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush and Oscar nominee Emily Watson) as they shelter her Jewish friend Max from the Nazis. 

The narrator, Death, reveals how Liesel and Max do their best to stay safe amid the tense atmosphere of secrets and suspicion. They read stolen books to cheer themselves up, but stories cannot stop the net that’s closing around them . . .

Be sure to join us again on 8th June, when Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Vertigo (cert. PG) will test your feelings about heights even as it thrills you. It tells the story of the mystery that begins after a police detective (James Stewart) is forced into early retirement following a rooftop chase. When he is hired to follow a friend’s wife (Kim Novak), he has no idea of what’s in store. A love affair, a murder plot, obsession, and much more are all part of a film that is widely recognised as one of the best from Hitchcock, the ‘master of suspense’.

There is more suspense in store on 13th July, but this time there are plenty of laughs as well, in The Dish (cert. 12). This big-hearted little film stars Sam Neill in the true story of a band of unlikely heroes desperately working to ensure that the Moon landing can be viewed by billions of people around the world. Their satellite dish in a sheep paddock is at the centre of this delightful comedy-drama. When the laid-back inhabitants of a tiny Australian town are thrown into the centre of NASA’s unstoppable operation, not everything will be done according to regulations . . .

Tickets for each film will be on sale at our usual suppliers—Serenade, Deri Stores, The Honeypot andthe Victoria Fearn Gallery. Doors at the Canolfan Beulah Church Community Centre, Beulah Road, Cardiff, CF14 6LX, open at 7pm and the films start at 7.30pm.

See you all soon at Monico Movies, your Rhiwbina Community Cinema.

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