News about our next season of films

Dear valued audience members,
The committee of the Peterborough Film Society are starting to look at the feasibility of recommencing film presentations before the end of the year. You may have taken part in our recent survey asking how our audience felt about returning to the cinema under the COVID-19 restrictions with the necessary safety measures in place, and also the kind of film season that people would like to see. The survey showed that there is a clear desire to safely return to the cinema and with a film season largely in line with our previous offerings. As usual we will be inviting members to select the films they'd like to see which will feed into the finalised season list.

Click on the link below to see a list of options for the season and an online survey will be available soon for preferences to be recorded.
In the mean time stay safe and we will keep you informed through the usual channels as plans develop for our restart.
Best regards,
The Arts Cinema Team.

Film picks on free to air television:

      Although sadly the Arts Cinema team can't bring you a season of films of our choice, there are plenty of good films on free to air
      television that are worth catching.

      BBC and Channel 4 streaming services have great catalogues of films that are added to regularly :  

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      Here are a few films coming up on TV over the next few days. Just to mention that some are on in the early hours of the morning so unless
       you're a night owl you might want to set a recorder.

Film choices:

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  A Most Violent Year   

Showing:  Wednesday 8th July at 9:00pm - Sony Movies

Directed by: J.C. Chandor    Starring: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo

In 1981 New York, a fuel supplier (Oscar Isaac) tries to adhere to his own moral compass amid the rampant violence, corruption and decay that threaten his family and his business.
Gritty, gripping, and weighted with thought-provoking heft, A Most Violent Year represents another strong entry in writer-director J.C. Chandor's impressive filmography. (Rotten Tomatoes)      (2014)

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Showing:  Wednesday 8th July at 1:25am (Thursday) - Channel 4

Directed by: Richard Linklater    Starring: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke

The joys and pitfalls of growing up are seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), his parents (Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke) and his sister (Lorelei Linklater). Vignettes, filmed with the same cast over the course of 12 years, capture family meals, road trips, birthday parties, graduations and other important milestones. Songs from Coldplay, Arcade Fire and other artists capture the time period.
Epic in technical scale but breathlessly intimate in narrative scope, Boyhood is a sprawling investigation of the human condition. (Rotten Tomatoes)      (2014)

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  The History Boys   

Showing:  Thursday 9th July at 10:40pm - BBC4

Directed by: Nicholas Hytner    Starring: Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour, Clive Merrison

Eight northern history students are pursuing an undergraduate place at Oxbridge in the 1980s. Their headmaster is determined to see them break records and enlists a new teacher to coach the boys into intellectual shape. Seduced though they are by his promises, the boys are concerned that there is more to the pursuit of learning than exams and grades.
While not quite having the impact of its original stage version, The History Boys nevertheless is a witty and involving school drama. (Rotten Tomatoes)      (2006)

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  American Sniper   

Showing:  Thursday 9th July at 11:40pm - ITV4

Directed by: Clint Eastwood    Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner

U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) takes his sole mission - protect his comrades - to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives but also makes him a prime target of insurgents. Despite grave danger and his struggle to be a good husband and father to his family back in the States, Kyle serves four tours of duty in Iraq. However, when he finally returns home, he finds that he cannot leave the war behind.
Powered by Clint Eastwood's sure-handed direction and a gripping central performance from Bradley Cooper, American Sniper delivers a tense, vivid tribute to its real-life subject. (Rotten Tomatoes)      (2014)

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  The Rocky Horror Picture Show   

Showing:  Friday 10th July at 10:00pm - Talking Pictures

Directed by: Jim Sharman    Starring: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick

In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O'Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named "Rocky."
Rocky Horror Picture Show brings its quirky characters in tight, but it's the narrative thrust that really drives audiences insane and keeps 'em doing the time warp again. (Rotten Tomatoes)      (1975)

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Showing:  Friday 10th July at 10:45pm - BBC1

Directed by: Ron Howard    Starring: Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde

In the mid-1970s, charismatic English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) share an intense rivalry in Formula 1 racing. Driving vehicles that are little more than gas-filled, rolling bombs, Hunt and Lauda burn up the track, all the while pushing themselves to the breaking point of physical and mental endurance. Meanwhile, the women (Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara) in their lives can only watch as both drivers risk death with every lap.
A sleek, slick, well-oiled machine, Rush is a finely crafted sports drama with exhilarating race sequences and strong performances from Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl. (Rotten Tomatoes)      (2013)

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  The 39 Steps   

Showing:  Saturday 11th July at 1:15pm - BBC2

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock    Starring: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim

While on vacation in London, Canadian Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) becomes embroiled in an international spy ring related to the mysterious "39 steps." Then he meets agent Annabella Smith (Lucie Mannheim), who is soon killed in his apartment. He must elude the police, who are hunting him for murder, while he tries to stop Professor Jordan (Godfrey Tearle) from sending secrets out of the country. Hannay is assisted by Pamela (Madeleine Carroll), an unwilling accomplice who discovers the truth.
Packed with twists and turns, this essential early Alfred Hitchcock feature hints at the dazzling heights he'd reach later in his career. (Rotten Tomatoes)      (1935)

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  Monsters University   

Showing:  Saturday 11th July at 5:15pm - BBC1

Directed by: Dan Scanlon    Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

Ever since he was a kid monster, Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) has dreamed of becoming a Scarer. To make his dream a reality, he enrolls at Monsters University. During his first semester, he meets Sulley (John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer. Sulley and Mike engage in a fierce rivalry that ultimately gets them both kicked out of MU's elite Scare Program. To make things right, Mike and Sulley - along with a bunch of misfit monsters - will have to learn to work together.
Offering Monsters, Inc. fans a return visit with beloved characters, Monsters University delivers funny and thoughtful family entertainment for viewers of any age. (Rotten Tomatoes)      (2013)

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Showing:  Saturday 11th July at 12:05am (Sunday) - BBC1

Directed by: Morgan Matthews    Starring: Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins

Struggling to build relationships with others, a teenage math prodigy (Asa Butterfield) develops a budding friendship with a young girl (Jo Yang) while competing at the International Mathematics Olympiad.
X+Y is tender and perceptive - and intelligent enough to find a wealth of dramatic riches buried under well-trod narrative ground. (Rotten Tomatoes)      (2014)

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  The Ipcress File   

Showing:  Sunday 12th July at 3:45pm - BBC2

Directed by: Sidney J. Furie    Starring: Michael Caine, Nigel Green, Guy Doleman

Tasked with investigating the kidnappings and brainwashed reappearances of top scientists, including Dr. Radcliffe (Aubrey Richards), the insubordinate British spy Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) navigates his way through criminals, secret agents, and his superiors (Nigel Green, Guy Doleman). While attempting to bring in the suspect Bluejay (Frank Gatliff), Palmer discovers a mysterious audiotape labeled "IPCRESS," an inconspicuous, but ominous, piece of evidence.
Michael Caine's coolly restrained performance and a keenly irreverent attitude make The Ipcress Files a supremely entertaining espionage thriller. (Rotten Tomatoes)      (1965)


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