23/02/2017 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Jack O’Connell plays Gary Hook, a British soldier sent to West Belfast in 1971. Hook has been recruited from a challenging social background in the North of England and is more than somewhat out of his depth in the midst of the conflict in which the plot plays out. Following a bungled search he finds himself alone and separated from his squad. An innocent abroad he must navigate the sectarian divisions in the communities. “Film-makers have rarely dared to use the Troubles as a backdrop to any sort of mainstream entertainment. You cannot, after all, move through those waters without picking up inconvenient political residue in every exposed crevice. Demange’s film engages with more than a few controversies.” Donald Clarke, The Irish Times. (Cert 15)
Dir: Yann Demange 95mins UK 2014
2/03/2017 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Hanson brings to life the interwoven plot, based on the novel by Michael Chabon, with warmth and humour. Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) is a middle-aged writer and English teacher at a Pittsburgh college, in a midlife rut professionally and personally, and with a penchant for recreational drugs. His mistress Sara (Frances McDormand) announces she is pregnant and his editor Terry (Robert Downey Jr) wants to know where Grady’s promised manuscript is. Talented student James (Tobey Maguire) enters the mix and entangles the ménage further. Great performances from the ensemble cast. “The movie is an unsprung screwball comedy, slowed down to real-life speed.” Roger Ebert, rogerebert.com. (Cert 15)
Dir: Curtis Hanson 107mins USA/Ger 2000
9/03/2017 19:30 at St Nicolas’ Church, Market Place, Abingdon..
This year we return to Harold Lloyd for our not really silent comedy. “For Heaven’s Sake guns for loud laughter. It is a strenuous affair, a comedy of gags that follow upon each other with amazing rapidity. The story itself is of little consequence, but the hilarious action, which brought forth volley after volley of laughter, might even make a Sioux chieftain forget his reputation for stoicism.” Mordaunt Hall, New York Times (5th April 1926). (Cert PG)
Dir: Sam Taylor 55mins USA 1926
Accompanied on piano by Andrew Youdell of the National Film Theatre. With supporting programme.
7.30pm start at St Nicolas’ Church, Market Place, Abingdon.