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.

* * * * * MUST SEE * * * * *

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Tuesday 26th May at 9:00pm
on Film 4

Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind. Arrival delivers a must-see experience for fans of thinking person's sci-fi that anchors its heady themes with genuinely affecting emotion and a terrific performance from Amy Adams.    (2016)

Denis Villeneuve

Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

Other choices:

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  The Madness Of King George   

Showing:  Sunday 24th May at 6:50pm - Film 4

Directed by: Nicholas Hytner    Starring: Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren, Rupert Graves

Aging King George III (Nigel Hawthorne) of England is exhibiting signs of madness, a problem little understood in 1788. As the monarch alternates between bouts of confusion and near-violent outbursts of temper, his hapless doctors attempt the ineffectual cures of the day. Meanwhile, Queen Charlotte (Helen Mirren) and Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger (Julian Wadham) attempt to prevent the king's political enemies, led by the Prince of Wales (Rupert Everett), from usurping the throne. Thanks largely to stellar all-around performances from a talented cast, The Madness of King George is a funny, entertaining, and immensely likable adaptation of the eponymous stage production.    (1994)

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Showing:  Sunday 24th May at 9:00pm - Film 4

Directed by: Bong Joon Ho    Starring: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton

Survivors of Earth's second Ice Age live out their days on a luxury train that ploughs through snow and ice. The train's poorest residents, who live in the squalid caboose, plan to improve their lot by taking over the engine room. Snowpiercer offers an audaciously ambitious action spectacular for filmgoers numb to effects-driven blockbusters.    (2013)

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  East Is East   

Showing:  Sunday 24th May at 11:25pm - Channel 4

Directed by: Damien O'Donnell    Starring: Om Puri, Linda Bassett, Jordan Routledge

George Khan, proud Pakistani and chip shop owner -- Ghengis to his kids -- rules his family with a rod of iron. He thinks he's raising his seven children to be respectable Pakistanis. But this is Salford in the North of England, in 1971. Much as George's English wife, Ella, loves and tries to honor her husband, she also wants her kids to be happy. The children, caught between bell-bottoms and arranged marriages, simply want to be citizens of the modern world.     (1999)

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  Top Hat   

Showing:  Monday 25th May at 2:50pm - BBC2

Directed by: Mark Sandrichl    Starring: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton

The story centers on wealthy Dale Tremont (Ginger Rogers), on holiday in London and Venice. She assumes that American entertainer Jerry Travers (Fred Astaire) is the husband of her friend Madge (Helen Broderick), who's actually the wife of Jerry's business manager Horace Hardwick (Edward Everett Horton). A glamorous and enthralling Depression-era diversion, Top Hat is nearly flawless, with acrobatics by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers that make the hardest physical stunts seem light as air.    (1935)

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  Kong: Skull Island   

Showing:  Monday 25th May at 6:40pm - ITV2

Directed by: Jordan Vogt-Roberts    Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson

Scientists, soldiers and adventurers unite to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean. Cut off from everything they know, they venture into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery soon becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape from a primal world where humanity does not belong. Offering exhilarating eye candy, solid acting, and a fast-paced story, Kong: Skull Island earns its spot in the movie monster's mythos.    (2016)

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Showing:  Monday 25th May at 9:00pm - Film 4

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis    Starring: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris

Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) and Marianne Beauséjour (Marion Cotillard) are World War II operatives who never reveal their true identities. After falling in love during a risky mission, they hope to leave all that double-dealing behind them and start new lives. Instead, suspicion and danger envelop their marriage as both husband and wife become pitted against each other in an escalating, potentially lethal test that has global consequences.    (2016)

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  The Magnificent Ambersons   

Showing:  Tuesday 26th May at 3:05pm - BBC2

Directed by: Orson Welles, Fred Fleck    Starring: Tim Holt, Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello

Orson Welles' acclaimed drama follows two generations in a well-to-do Indianapolis family. Isabel Amberson receives a proposal from dashing Eugene (Joseph Cotten), but opts instead to marry boring Wilbur. Time passes, and Wilbur and Isabel's only son, George (Tim Holt), is loathed as a controlling figure in the town. When Wilbur dies, Eugene again proposes to Isabel, but George threatens the union. As George in turn courts the woman he wants to marry, a string of tragedies befalls the family. Assembled with bold visual craft and penetrating insight, The Magnificent Ambersons further establishes writer-director Orson Welles as a generational talent.    (2016)

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Showing:  Tuesday 26th May at 11:20pm - Film 4

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve    Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis

Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) faces a parent's worst nightmare when his 6-year-old daughter, Anna, and her friend go missing. The only lead is an old motorhome that had been parked on their street. The head of the investigation, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal), arrests the driver (Paul Dano), but a lack of evidence forces Loki to release his only suspect. Dover, knowing that his daughter's life is at stake, decides that he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. Prisoners has an emotional complexity and a sense of dread that makes for absorbing (and disturbing) viewing.    (2013)

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  Apollo 13   

Showing:  Wednesday 27th May at 8:00pm - ITV4

Directed by: Ron Howard    Starring: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon

This Hollywood drama is based on the events of the Apollo 13 lunar mission, astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) find everything going according to plan after leaving Earth's orbit. However, when an oxygen tank explodes, the scheduled moon landing is called off. Subsequent tensions within the crew and numerous technical problems threaten both the astronauts' survival and their safe return to Earth. In recreating the troubled space mission, Apollo 13 pulls no punches: it's a masterfully told drama from director Ron Howard, bolstered by an ensemble of solid performances.    (1995)


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