Saturday 9th February 2019
Double Bill : Grand Slam and The Plank
Two workmen (Eric Sykes and Arthur Lowe) fall victim to humorous mishaps as they transport a piece of wood from a warehouse to a building site.
Cast: Eric Sykes, Arthur Lowe, Joanna Lumley
Director: Eric Sykes
Rating: U certificate
Four Welshmen fly to Paris as part of a weekend outing to see Wales play France in the Five Nations Championship match that will decide the Grand Slam title. Funeral director Caradog Lloyd-Evans (Hugh Griffith), pays for his son Glyn’s air ticket on the condition that Glyn (Dewi Morris) helps his father find his old flame.
Cast: Windsor Davies, Sharon Morgan, Hugh Griffith, John Hefin, Dewi Morris
Director: John Hefin
Rating: 15 certificate
Saturday 12th January 2019
Finding Your Feet (12)
When “Lady” Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) discovers that her husband of 40 years is having an affair with her best friend, she seeks refuge in London with her estranged, older sister Bif (Celia Imrie). The two could not be more different – Sandra is a fish out of water next to her outspoken, serial dating, free-spirited sibling. But different is just what Sandra needs at the moment, and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to a community dance class, where she starts finding her feet.
Saturday 8th December 2018
White Christmas (U)
Singers Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) join sister act Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen) to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into Gen. Waverly (Dean Jagger), the boys’ commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties; his quaint country inn is failing. So what’s the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that’s sure to put Waverly and his business in the black!
Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes
Director: Michael Curtiz
Rating: U certificate
Saturday 10th November 2018
Hedd Wyn (12)
A young poet living in the North Wales countryside competes for the most coveted prize of all in Welsh Poetry – that of the chair of the National Eisteddfod, a tradition dating back a hundred years. Before the winner is announced Hedd Wyn gets sent to fight in the trenches of the First World War.
Cast: Huw Garmon, Catrin Fychan, Ceri Cunnington Director: Paul Turner Rating: 12 certificate
Saturday 13th October 2018
Young Frankenstein (PG)
A young neurosurgeon (Gene Wilder) inherits the castle of his grandfather, the famous Dr. Victor von Frankenstein. In the castle he finds a hunchback called Igor, a pretty lab assistant named Inga and the old housekeeper, frau Blucher. Young Frankenstein believes that the work of his grandfather is nonsense, but when he discovers the book where the mad doctor described his reanimation experiment, he suddenly changes his mind…After four decades, it is still one of the funniest films ever made.Mel Brooks homage to the 1931 original Frankenstein is hilarious from start to finish, thanks to a fantastic cast of comic actors and superb writing from Wilder and Brooks. Peter Boyle is great as the monster, particularly in the scene with Gene Hackman’s Blind Man. But it’s Marty Feldman’s Igor that makes this film unmissable.
Cast: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Peter Boyle, Gene HackmanDirector: Mel BrooksRating: PG certificate
Saturday 8th September 2018
Hidden Figures (PG)
Hidden Figures tells the incredible untold story of Katherine Jonson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) – brilliant African-American women working at NASA who served as the brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn, a stunning achievement that turned around the Space Race. The visionary trio crossed all gender and racial line and inspired generations.
Cast: Janelle Monáe, Jim Parsons, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Mahershala Ali, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. HensonDirector: Theodore MelfiRating: PG certificate
Saturday 14th July 2018
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (12A)
Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky (Julian Dennison) gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella (Rima Te Wiata), the cantankerous Uncle Hec (Sam Neill), and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family.
Cast: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te WiataDirector: Taika WaititiRating: 12A certificate
Saturday 9th June 2018
Peter O’Toole received his eighth Oscar nomination in his role of Maurice, an actor in his seventies who spends his days putting the world to rights with his friends (Leslie Phillips and Richard Griffiths) and snapping up occasional bits of work on TV. His humdrum existence is transformed when a boisterous and determined young woman (Jodie Whittaker, the new Doctor Who) enters his life. Their growing relationship takes funny and unexpected turns, with each of them looking for something from the other. But will they both get what they want?
Cast: Peter O’Toole, Vanessa Redgrave, Jodie Whittaker Director: Roger Michell Rating: 15 certificate
Saturday 12th May 2018
Bond is back and his next mission takes him to Fort Knox, where Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe,)and his henchman are planning to raid Fort Knox and obliterate the world economy. To save the world once again, special agent 007 (Sean Connery) will need to become friends with Goldfinger, dodge killer hats and avoid Goldfinger’s personal pilot, the sexy Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman). She might not have feelings for Bond, but will 007 help her change her mind?The Cardiff connection? Shirley Bassey belts out the Goldfinger signature tune.
Cast: Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman Director: Guy Hamilton Rating: PG certificate
Saturday 14th April 2018
North By Northwest (PG)
A rare opportunity to enjoy this Alfred Hitchcock classic North by Northwest (PG), on the big screen. This legendary film thrusts mild-mannered executive Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) into a whirlwind involving mistaken identity, spies, deadly encounters, government secrets, and a mysterious woman (Eve Marie Saint). Regularly included in lists of the greatest films of all time, it is renowned for its terrific dialogue and fast-moving story, and the scene involving a crop-dusting plane has become a benchmark for on-screen chases.
Cast: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Martin Landau Director: Alfred Hitchcock Rating: PG certificate
Saturday 10th March 2018
501 Days and
Belleville Rendezvous (12)
Short film 501 Days (no cert.) was made by Rhiwbina’s own Laurence Patrick. A couple attempt to become the first humans to reach Mars. When they lose contact with everybody else on Earth, they have to decide how to reach their target alone. With almost every decision a matter of life or death and nobody able to help them, can they survive the isolation and complete their mission?
Cast: Hannah O’Leary, Laurence Patrick Director: Thomas Hockey.
This will be followed by the lively and tune-filled animated film Belleville Rendezvous (cert. 12). Told almost entirely in song and action, the story follows grandmother Madame Souza as she teams up with her pet dog and three music hall singers to rescue her grandson from the French mafia. The charming combination of a fun plot and unique animation style was rewarded with two Oscar nominations.
Cast: Michèle Caucheteux, Jean-Claude Donda, Michel Robin Director: Sylvain Chomet Rating: 12 certificate
Saturday 10th February 2018
The Straight Story (U)
A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth) learns one day that his distant brother Lyle (Harry Dean Stanton) has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is stuck in Iowa with no car and no driver’s license.From director David Lynch comes a lyrical portrait of one man’s real journey across America’s Heartland. Filmed along the 260-mile route that the actual Alvin Straight traversed in 1994 from Laurens, Iowa to Mt. Zion, Wisconsin, “the Straight story” chronicles Alvin’s patient odyssey and those he meets along the way. When not rolling along at five miles an hour aboard his ’66 John Deere, Alvin encounters a number of strangers, from a teenage runaway to a fellow World War II veteran. By sharing his life’s earned wisdom with simple stories, Alvin has a profound impact on these characters that color his pilgrimage.
Cast: Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Jane Galloway Heitz Director: Rating: U certificate
Saturday 13th January 2018
This drama, which won two Bafta Awards and is one of the most successful Australian films of all time, follows young Indian boy Saroo as he is separated from his family and forced into an orphanage. His adventures take him to Australia, but as he grows up he cannot forget his family and decides to search for them, hoping to be reunited at last.
Cast: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham and Rooney Mara Director: Garth Davis Rating: PG certificate
Saturday 9th December 2017
This Christmas, primary school teacher Paul Maddens (Martin Freeman) is being charged with the biggest challenge of his life – mounting the school’s musical version of the Nativity. Competing against the posh neighbouring school for the honour of the best reviewed show in town, the stakes are raised when Paul idly boasts that his ex-girlfriend Jennifer (Ashley Jensen), a Hollywood producer, is coming to see his show with a view to turning it into a film. The only trouble is – they haven’t spoken in years. With eccentric teaching assistant Mr Poppy (Marc Wootton) fuelling his ‘little white lie’, Maddens suddenly finds himself a local celebrity and at the centre of quarelling parents and over-excited children desperate in their bid for fame and fortune.Now Maddens’ only hope is to get back in touch with Jennifer and lure Hollywood to town so that everybody’s Christmas wishes come true.
Cast: Martin Freeman, Ashley Jensen, Marc Wootton, Jason Watkins, Ricky Tomlinson, Pam Ferris, Alan Carr Director: Debbie Isit Rating: U certificate
Saturday 11th November 2017
Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate daughter of a Royal Navy Captain. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of society. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for a young vicar’s son determined to change the system. He, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.
Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson Director: Amma Asante Rating: 12 certificate
Saturday 14th October 2017
Very Annie Mary (15)
When Annie Mary (Rachel Griffiths) was 16, she was offered a scholarship to sing in Milan, but was never allowed to go because her mother was dying. Now Annie Mary is 33 and no longer sings. She lives under the shadow of her chapel-strict father, known to all as The Voice of the Valleys, who sees himself as a budding Pavarotti. She wants to break free, but her father (Jonathan Pryce) has a stroke and demands even more of her. When she finally rebels, the whole village becomes involved in a competition to raise money and get Annie’s terminally ill best friend, 16-year-old, Bethan Bevan (Joanna Page) to Disneyland. Unfortunately Annie loses all the money they win betting on horses! She is now the most unpopular person in the village until she is asked to sing again… and Annie Mary realises that she can, at last, move on.
Cast: Rachel Griffiths, Jonathan Pryce, Ioan Gruffudd Director: Sara Sugarman Rating: 15 certificate
Saturday 9th September 2017
Captain Phillips (12)
Captain Phillips is the true story of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips ( Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.
Cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman Director: Paul Greengrass Rating: 12 certificate
Saturday 8th July 2017
The Artist (PG)
Nominated for ten Academy Awards and winning five, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Jean Dujardin.The Artist is a romantic comedy-drama in the style of a black-and-white silent film written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius. The story takes place in Hollywood, between 1927 and 1932, and focuses on the relationship of an older silent film star and a rising young actress as silent cinema falls out of fashion and is replaced by the “talkies”.Silent movie actor George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a bona fide matinee idol with many adoring fans. While working on his latest film, George finds himself falling in love with an ingenue named Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) and, what’s more, it seems Peppy feels the same way. But George is reluctant to cheat on his wife with the beautiful young actress. The growing popularity of sound in movies further separates the potential lovers, as George’s career begins to fade while Peppy’s star rises.
Cast: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman Director: Michel Hazanavicius Rating: PG certificate
Saturday 10th June 2017
Eye in the Sky (15)
After tracking a group of terrorists, Colonel Powell (Mirren) finally pins them down to a small house in Kenya. She orders a drone strike, but sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare.A tight thriller that ties the viewer in moral knots. A film to think about for days, with little hope of finding a comfortable answer.
Cast: Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman Director: Gavin HoodRating: 15 certificate
Special family matinee
Bethany Baptist Church, Heol Llanishen Fach
Saturday 3rd June 2017 at 3pm
Dapper Koala Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. An eternal optimist, and a bit of a scoundrel, he loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he takes one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Five contestants emerge: a mouse, a timid elephant, a pig, a gorilla and a punk-rock porcupine.
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane Directors: Christophe Lourdelet, Garth Jennings Rating: U certificate
Saturday 13th May 2017
O Brother Where Art Thou (12A)
Loosely based on Homer’s “Odyssey,” the movie deals with the picaresque adventures of Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney) and his companions Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson) and Pete (John Turturro) in 1930s Mississipi. Sprung from a chain gang and trying to reach Everett’s home to recover the buried loot of a bank heist they are confronted by a series of strange characters–among them sirens, a cyclops, bank robber George “Baby Face” Nelson (very annoyed by that nickname), a campaigning governor and his opponent, a KKK lynch mob, and a blind prophet who warns the trio that “the treasure you seek shall not be the treasure you find.”
Cast: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, Holly Hunter Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Rating: 12Acertificate
Saturday 8th April 2017
Early summer. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instruction in homemaking replaces school and marriages start being arranged. The five sisters who share a common passion for freedom, find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them.
Cast: Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven Rating: 15 certificate
Saturday 11th March 2017
Florence Foster Jenkins (PG)
This film tells the true story of a New York heiress, Florence (Meryl Streep), who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The voice she heard in her head was divine, but to the rest of the world it was hilariously awful. At private recitals, her devoted husband and manager, St Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), managed to protect Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give her first public concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall, St Clair realised he had perhaps bitten off more than he could chew.
Cast: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg Director: Stephen FrearsRating: PG certificate
Saturday 18th February 2017
Song Of The Sea (PG)
Song of the Sea begins on the evening Ben, the four-year-old son of a lighthouse keeper, is about to become a big brother. His beautiful mother kisses him goodnight, and as his eyes close she tells him he’ll be the best big brother any child could ever wish for. But in the morning, Ben’s mother has gone and his new baby sister, Saoirse, is all he and his father have to remember her by.Six years later, Ben learns that his mother was a selkie, and that Saoirse has inherited her gift – a discovery that spirits brother and sister away into a world of faeries, elves, enchanted wells, a broken-hearted sea-giant and his own jealously protective mother, the owl-witch Macha.
Cast: David Rawle, Brendan Gleeson, Lisa Hannigan Director: Tomm Moore Rating: PG certificate
Saturday 18th February 2017
Humphrey Bogart plays the allegedly apolitical club owner in unoccupied French territory that is nevertheless crawling with Nazis; Ingrid Bergman is the lover who mysteriously deserted him in Paris; and Paul Heinreid is her heroic, slightly bewildered husband. Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Conrad Veidt are among what may be the best supporting cast in the history of Hollywood films.
Cast:Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman,Paul Heinreid Director: Michael CurtizRating: U certificate
Saturday 14th January 2017
A true story, the film depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British miners’ strike in 1984.The National Union of Mineworkers was reluctant to accept the support due to the union’s worries about being associated with the group, so the activists instead decided to take their donations directly to Onllwyn, a small mining village in Wales, resulting in an alliance between the two communities.
Cast: Imelda Staunton, Andrew Scott, Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Freddie Fox, George MacKay, Ben Schnetzer, Faye Marsay Director: Matthew Warchus Rating: 15
Saturday 10th December 2016
Get Santa (U)
It’s days before Christmas and reindeer are found running loose through the streets of London. Meanwhile an astonished 9 year-old Tom (Kit Connor) discovers Santa (Jim Broadbent) in the garden shed. He has crash-landed while test-driving his new sleigh and enlists Tom and his father Steve (Rafe Spall) to help him get back to Lapland. But what happens when Santa is arrested and thrown into prison? Will Steve and Tom be able to break him out in time for Christmas? Get Santa is a heart-warming and funny family adventure about a father and son reconnecting to discover the magic of Christmas.
Cast: Jim Broadbent, Rafe Spall, Kit Connor, Warwick DavisDirector: Christopher Smith
Saturday 12th November 2016
Bridge of Spies(12A)
Bridge of Spies, receiving critical acclaim as one of the best movies of 2015, is an historical drama directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan and Alan Alda.During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell) after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers’ only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate his release. Donovan boards a plane to Berlin, hoping to win the young man’s freedom through a prisoner exchange. If all goes well, the Russians would get Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), the convicted spy who Donovan defended in court.
Cast: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan AldaDirector: Steven Spielberg
Saturday 8th October 2016
A Run For Your Money (U)
A Run for Your Money is a 1949 Ealing Studios comedy.After winning a prize of £100 each, plus the best seats for an important rugby union match between England and Wales at Twickenham the two brothers from a small Welsh town, David “Dai” Jones (Donald Houston) and Thomas “Twm” Jones (Meredith Edwards), make their first excursion into London to see the match. Once they arrive in the big city, however, David and Thomas miss their contact, Whimple (Alec Guinness), and get separated. While David falls into the scheming hands of a con artist named Jo (Moira Lister), Thomas visits an array of pubs.
Cast: Alec Guiness, Moira Lister, Donald Houston, Meredith EdwardsDirector: Charles Frend
Saturday 10th September 2016
Rabbit Proof Fence (PG)
Three mixed-race girls are torn brutally from their Aboriginal mother and sent over a thousand miles away to a training camp for domestic workers as part of a government policy to integrate them into white society. Linking the camp and their distant home territory is a vast rabbit-proof fence, which stretches from one coast to another and just might help the girls find their way back
Saturday 16th July 2016
Sunshine on Leith(PG)
A musical featuring the music of Scottish band The Proclaimers. Returning home from their most recent stint in Afghanistan, Davy (George MacKay) and Ally (Kevin Guthrie) have a new appreciation for life after witnessing the horrors of war first-hand. While Ally plans his proposal to Davy’s sister Liz (Freya Mavor), Davy falls for Yvonne (Antonia Thomas) and the two couples come together in time for Liz’s parent’s wedding anniversary, but not everything is plain sailing for love in Leith…
Saturday 11th June 2016
The Martian (12)
Here at Monico Movies we are very excited about our movie for June, The Martian. Matt Damon stars as the astronaut Mark Watney stranded on Mars. This is a tale of survival against the odds, a Robinson Crusoe on Mars for the 21st century. A team of astronauts hit by a violent storm have to abort their mission and leave for Earth. During the evacuation one of the crew members, Mark Watney, is hit by a projectile . Thinking he has died due to a rupture in his space suit, the rest of the crew leave him behind. However, Mark has survived and now has to find ingenious ways to remain alive till the next scheduled Mars mission in fours years time. NASA soon learns that he is alive. Will they succeed in bringing him back home?
Saturday 14th May 2016
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, and Julie Walters the film tells the story of an Irish immigrant who lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
Saturday 23rd April 2016
My Old Lady (12)
Mathias (Kevin Kline) is a down on his luck New Yorker who travels to Paris to liquidate a huge, valuable apartment he has inherited from his estranged father. Once there, however, he discovers a refined old woman Mathilde (Maggie Smith) living in the apartment with her daughter Chloé (Kristin Scott Thomas). Mathias quickly learns that the apartment is a “viager” – an ancient French system for buying and selling apartments – and that he will not actually get possession of the apartment until Mathilde dies.
Saturday 12th March 2016
In early 20th-century Britain, the growing suffragette movement forever changes the life of working wife and mother Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan). Galvanized by political activist Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Watts joins a diverse group of women who fight for equality and the right to vote. Faced with increasing police action, Maud and her dedicated suffragettes must play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, risking their jobs, homes, family and lives for a just cause.
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter Director: Sarah Gavron Rating: 12A
Saturday 12th February 2016
What We Did On Our Holiday (12A)
Doug and Abi take their kids on a family vacation. Surrounded by relatives, the kids innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. It’s soon clear that when it comes to keeping a big secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability… Find out how the rest of the family cope and see if the holiday will ever end.
Cast: Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly, Celia Imrie, Ben Miller Director: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin Rating: 12
Saturday 12th February 2016
Aliens In The Attic (PG)
A family vacation is anything but restful when young Tom Pearson (Carter Jenkins), his siblings, and his cousins encounter an invading force of tiny aliens who are bent on conquering Earth. The aliens gain control of Ricky, the boyfriend of Tom’s sister Bethany (Ashley Tisdale). Using an implant in his brain, they use him to carry out their plot. When Tom learns that the implant works only on grown-ups, he sees a chance to fight off the invaders — but only if the adults are kept clueless
Saturday 23rd January 2016
The Station Agent (15)
Fin McBride, a loner with a passion for trains, inherits an abandoned train station in the middle of nowhere — a place that suits him just fine because all he wants is to be alone. But that is not to be. Soon after moving in, he discovers his isolated depot is more like Grand Central Station. There’s Olivia, a distracted and troubled artist, and Joe, a friendly Cuban with an insatiable hunger for conversation. With absolutely nothing in common, they find their isolated lives coming together in a friendship none of them could foresee.
Cast: Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, Michelle Williams, Bobby Cannavale, Josh Pais, Richard Kind Director: Tom McCarthy Cert:15
Saturday 12th December 2015
In this modern take on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Frank Cross (Bill Murray) is a wildly successful television executive whose cold ambition and curmudgeonly nature has driven away the love of his life, Claire Phillips (Karen Allen). But after firing a staff member, Eliot Loudermilk (Bobcat Goldthwait), on Christmas Eve, Frank is visited by a series of ghosts who give him a chance to re-evaluate his actions and right the wrongs of his past. Cast: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe Director: Richard Donner Cert: PG
Saturday 4th November 2015
Dark Horse (PG)
In early 2000, in a tiny village in one of the poorest mining valleys in Wales, Jan Vokes, the barmaid at the local workingmen’s club, hatches a crazy plan to take on the “sport of kings” and breed a racehorse. She gathers together a group of locals who each agree to pitch in 10 pounds a week. They raise their foal on a hillside made of slag from the coal mine and nurture it to maturity. Reflecting their pride and flights of fancy, they name their horse Dream Alliance.To the astonishment of the racing elite, Dream becomes an unlikely champion, beating the finest thoroughbreds in the land. Then, in one fateful race, the horse—which embodies the plucky band of misfits’ hopes and dreams—has a near-fatal accident. Nursed back to health through the love of his owners, Dream makes a remarkable recovery, returning to the track for a heart-pounding comeback.Buoyantly crafted by filmmaker Louise Osmond, Dark Horse is a life-affirming underdog story that will touch the hearts of anyone who has dared to dream. —Sundance Institute
Cast: Jan Vokes, Howard Davies, Brian ‘Daisy’ Vokes Director:
Louise Osmond Rating: PG
Saturday October 2015
The Grand Budapest Hotel (15)
n the 1930s, the Grand Budapest Hotel is a popular European ski resort, presided over by concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes). Zero, a junior lobby boy, becomes Gustave’s friend and protege. Gustave prides himself on providing first-class service to the hotel’s guests, including satisfying the sexual needs of the many elderly women who stay there. When one of Gustave’s lovers dies mysteriously, Gustave finds himself the recipient of a priceless painting and the chief suspect in her murder.
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric Director: Wes Anderson Rating: 15