News about our next season of films

Dear valued audience members,

It will come as no surprise given the recent escalation in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic that we will be unable to commence our spring season of film presentations at the John Clare Theatre. As with other entertainment venues the safety of our audience, volunteers and the wider public must be of paramount importance and as such we are following the advice given by the health authorities. The season was planned to run from March through to May and so would have fallen across the period when the situation is predicted to worsen.

We will of course be monitoring the situation over the coming weeks and as soon as we are confident that we can safely resume our programmes then we will be back in business. Watch the usual social media channels and this website for updates.

In the mean time try to stay safe and we hope to see you in the not too distant future.

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 may help to pass a couple of hours during the days of social isolation.

      Here are a few coming up 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.

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  The Lavender Hill Mob   

Showing:  Friday 10th April at 3:30pm - BBC2

Directed by: Charles Crichton    Starring: Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway

Henry Holland is a fussy supervisor who oversees gold bullion deliveries to the bank in which he works. Secretly, he is plotting to steal a load of bullion and retire early, but he cannot figure out a way to smuggle it out of the country. Fiendishly funny and clever, The Lavender Hill Mob is one of the great Ealing Studios productions.

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Showing:  Friday 10th April at 9:00pm - Horror Channel

Directed by: Joss Whedon    Starring: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Chiwetel Ejiofor

In this continuation of the television series "Firefly," a group of rebels travels the outskirts of space aboard their ship, Serenity, outside the reach of the Alliance, a sinister regime that controls most of the universe. After the crew takes in Simon (Sean Maher) and his psychic sister, River (Summer Glau), whom he has just rescued from Alliance forces, they find themselves being pursued by the Operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor), an Alliance agent who will stop at nothing to find them. Snappy dialogue and goofy characters make this Wild Wild West soap opera in space fun and adventurous.

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Showing:  Friday 10th April at 9:00pm - Sony Movies

Directed by: David Fincher    Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo

In the late 1960s and 1970s, fear grips the city of San Francisco as a serial killer called Zodiac stalks its residents. Investigators (Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards) and reporters (Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr.) become obsessed with learning the killer's identity and bringing him to justice. Meanwhile, Zodiac claims victim after victim and taunts the authorities with cryptic messages, cyphers and menacing phone calls. A quiet, dialogue-driven thriller that delivers with scene after scene of gut-wrenching anxiety. David Fincher also spends more time illustrating nuances of his characters and recreating the mood of the 70s than he does on gory details of murder.

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  The Theory Of Everything   

Showing:  Friday 10th April at 10:15pm - ITV

Directed by: James Marsh    Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior

In the 1960s, Cambridge University student and future physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) falls in love with fellow collegian Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). At 21, Hawking learns that he has motor neuron disease. Despite this -- and with Jane at his side -- he begins an ambitious study of time, of which he has very little left, according to his doctor. He and Jane defy terrible odds and break new ground in the fields of medicine and science, achieving more than either could hope to imagine.

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  Local Hero   

Showing:  Saturday 11th April at 2:45pm - Film4

Directed by: Bill Forsyth    Starring: Burt Lancaster, Peter Riegert, Fulton Mackay

Up-and-coming Houston oil executive "Mac" MacIntyre (Peter Riegert) gets more than he bargained for when a seemingly simple business trip to Scotland changes his outlook on life. Sent by his colorful boss (Burt Lancaster) to the small village of Ferness, Mac is looking to quickly buy out the townspeople so his company can build a new refinery. But after a taste of country life Mac begins to question whether he is on the right side of this transaction.

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  Super 8   

Showing:  Saturday 11th April at 6:50pm - E4

Directed by: J.J. Abrams    Starring: Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler

In 1979 Ohio, several youngsters (Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney, Gabriel Basso) are making a zombie movie with a Super-8 camera. In the midst of filming, the friends witness a horrifying train derailment and are lucky to escape with their lives. They soon discover that the catastrophe was no accident, as a series of unexplained events and disappearances soon follows. Deputy Jackson Lamb (Kyle Chandler), the father of one of the kids, searches for the terrifying truth behind the crash

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  Victoria and Abdul   

Showing:  Saturday 11th April at 9:15pm - BBC2

Directed by: Stephen Frears    Starring: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith

Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria's golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favour with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity.

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  Clouds Of Sils Maria   

Showing:  Saturday 11th April at 11:00pm - BBC2

Directed by: Alexander Mackendrick    Starring: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz

A veteran actress (Juliette Binoche) comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier. Bolstered by a trio of powerful performances from its talented leads, Clouds of Sils Maria is an absorbing, richly detailed drama with impressive depth and intelligence.

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  Sexy Beast   

Showing:  Saturday 11th April at 11:20pm - Film4

Directed by: Jonathan Glazer    Starring: Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane

Ex-villain Gal Dove (Ray Winstone) has served his time behind bars and is blissfully retired to a Spanish villa paradise with a wife he adores. The idyll is shattered by the arrival of his nemesis Don Logan (Ben Kingsley), intent on persuading Gal to return to London for one last big job. Desperate not to sacrifice his enchanted existence, Dove is drawn into a shocking battle of wills with Logan, risking everything to protect the woman he loves


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