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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Showing:  Tuesday 11th August at 9:00pm - Film4

Directed by: Sebastián Lelio    Starring: Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola

New York photographer Ronit Krushka flies to London after learning about the death of her estranged father. Ronit is returning to the same Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her decades earlier for her childhood attraction to Esti, a female friend. Their fortuitous and happy reunion soon reignites their burning passion as the two women explore boundaries of faith and sexuality.
Disobedience explores a variety of thought-provoking themes, bolstered by gripping work from leads Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, and Alessandro Nivola.
(Rotten Tomatoes)

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Showing:  Tuesday 11th August at 1:35am (Wed) - Film4

Directed by: Alexander Payne    Starring: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb

Cantankerous old buzzard Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) can barely walk down the street of his home in Billings, Mont., without stoppin g for a drink. So when Woody receives receives a sweepstakes notice in the mail and insists on making a 750-mile trip to Lincoln, Neb., to collect his prize, it falls to baffled son David (Will Forte) to accompany him. During a stop in their Nebraska hometown, word gets out about Woody's fortune, first making him a hero, then later, the target of predatory people.
Elegant in its simplicity and poetic in its message, Nebraska adds another stirringly resonant chapter to Alexander Payne's remarkable filmography.
(Rotten Tomatoes)

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  Edward Scissorhands   

Showing:  Wednesday 12th August at 11:00am - Film4

Directed by: Tim Burton    Starring: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest

A scientist (Vincent Price) builds an animated human being -- the gentle Edward (Johnny Depp). The scientist dies before he can finish assembling Edward, though, leaving the young man with a freakish appearance accentuated by the scissor blades he has instead of hands. Loving suburban saleswoman Peg (Dianne Wiest) discovers Edward and takes him home, where he falls for Peg's teen daughter (Winona Ryder). However, despite his kindness and artistic talent, Edward's hands make him an outcast.
The first collaboration between Johnny Depp and Tim Burton, Edward Scissorhands is a magical modern fairy tale with gothic overtones and a sweet center.
(Rotten Tomatoes)

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Showing:  Wednesday 12th August at 1:55am (Thu) - Channel 4

Directed by: Spike Jonze    Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson

A sensitive and soulful man earns a living by writing personal letters for other people. Left heartbroken after his marriage ends, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) becomes fascinated with a new operating system which reportedly develops into an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. He starts the program and meets "Samantha" (Scarlett Johansson), whose bright voice reveals a sensitive, playful personality. Though "friends" initially, the relationship soon deepens into love.
Sweet, soulful, and smart, Spike Jonze's Her uses its just-barely-sci-fi scenario to impart wryly funny wisdom about the state of modern human relationships.
(Rotten Tomatoes)

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Showing:  Thursday 13th August at 11:35pm - ITV4

Directed by: Michael Mann     Starring: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight

With wit and athletic genius, with defiant rage and inner grace, Muhammad Ali forever changed the American landscape. Fighting all comers, Ali took on the law, conventions, the status quo and the war -- as well as the fists in front of him. Ali both ignited and mirrored the conflicts of his time and ours to become one of the most admired fighters in the world. Forget, now, what you thought you knew.
Though perhaps no film could fully do justice to the fascinating life and personality of Muhammad Ali, Mann's direction and Smith's performance combine to pack a solid punch.
(Rotten Tomatoes)

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Showing:  Thursday 13th August at 12:45am (Fri) - Channel 4

Directed by: Cristian Mungiu     Starring: Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus, Lia Bugnar

Acclaimed filmmaker Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days) returns with this searing human drama about a father driven to extremes in order to protect his daughter's future. Romeo Aldea (Adrian Titieni) is a seemingly honest doctor who regrets having settled in his native Romania, a country still teeming with corruption and back dealings. He channels his ambitions for a better life into his teenage daughter, Eliza (Maria Dragus), who's one exam away from securing a scholarship to a prestigious British university. But when Eliza is attacked on the eve of her test, Romeo takes matters into his own hands to ensure her success.
Graduation marks yet another well-written and powerfully acted look at morality and societal decay from writer-director Cristian Mungiu.
(Rotten Tomatoes)

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  The Railway Man   

Showing:  Friday 14th August at 10:45pm - BBC1

Directed by: Jonathan Teplitzky     Starring: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård

Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), a former British army officer and POW, discovers that the Japanese interpreter who tortured him is still alive. He and his new wife (Nicole Kidman) set out to confront the man who caused him so much pain.
Understated to a fault, The Railway Man transcends its occasionally stodgy pacing with a touching, fact-based story and the quiet chemistry of its stars.
(Rotten Tomatoes)

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  The Woman In Black   

Showing:  Friday 14th August at 10:45pm - BBC1

Directed by: James Watkins     Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, Ciarán Hinds

Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a lawyer, is recently widowed and grieving the loss of his wife when he is sent to a remote village to put a deceased eccentric's affairs in order. Soon after his arrival, it becomes clear that the villagers are hiding a terrible secret. Kipps discovers that his late client's house is haunted by the spirit of a woman who is trying to find someone and something she lost, and that no one -- not even the children -- is safe from her terrible wrath.
Traditional to a fault, The Woman in Black foregoes gore for chills -- although it may not provide enough of them for viewers attuned to more modern, high-stakes horror.
(Rotten Tomatoes)

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  Love & Friendship   

Showing:  Saturday 15th August at 3:00pm - BBC2

Directed by: Whit Stillman     Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel

Lady Susan Vernon arrives at her brother-in-law's residence Churchill with a matchmaking plan for her daughter, leaving a trail of confusion behind her at her last residence, Manwaring. While young Reginald de Courcey is charmed by her, some of her family are deeply suspicious of her motives. But few people are equal to the schemes of Lady Susan.
Love & Friendship finds director Whit Stillman bringing his talents to bear on a Jane Austen adaptation -- with a thoroughly delightful period drama as the result.
(Rotten Tomatoes)

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  Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit   

Showing:  Saturday 15th August at 4:30pm - BBC2

Directed by: Steve Box, Nick Park    Starring: Peter Sallis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes

The plucky characters from a series of animated shorts, Wallace (Peter Sallis) and his dog, Gromit, make their feature debut here. After starting a pest control business, the duo soon lands a job from the alluring Lady Tottington (Helena Bonham Carter) to stop a giant rabbit from destroying the town's crops. Both Wallace and the stuffy Victor (Ralph Fiennes) vie for the lady's affections. If Wallace wants to please his pretty client, and best Victor, he needs to capture that pesky bunny.
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a subtly touching and wonderfully eccentric adventure featuring Wallace and Gromit.
(Rotten Tomatoes)

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  Young Frankenstein   

Showing:  Saturday 15th August at 12:15am (Sun) - BBC1

Directed by: Mel Brooks    Starring: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman

Respected medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) learns that he has inherited his infamous grandfather's estate in Transylvania. Arriving at the castle, Dr. Frankenstein soon begins to recreate his grandfather's experiments with the help of servants Igor (Marty Feldman), Inga (Teri Garr) and the fearsome Frau Blücher (Cloris Leachman). After he creates his own monster (Peter Boyle), new complications ensue with the arrival of the doctor's fiancée, Elizabeth (Madeline Kahn).
Made with obvious affection for the original, Young Frankenstein is a riotously silly spoof featuring a fantastic performance by Gene Wilder.
(Rotten Tomatoes)

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  Jane Eyre   

Showing:  Sunday 16th August at 1:50pm - BBC1

Directed by: Cary Joji Fukunaga    Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell

As an orphaned child, Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) is first cruelly abused by her aunt, then cast out and sent to a charity school. Though she meets with further abuse, she receives an education, and eventually takes a job as a governess at the estate of Edward Rochester (Michael Fassbender). Jane and Rochester begin to bond, but his dark moods trouble her. When Jane uncovers the terrible secret Rochester has been hiding, she flees and finds temporary refuge at the home of St. John Rivers.
Cary Fukunaga directs a fiery and elegant adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel, and Mia Wasikowska delivers possibly the best portrayal of the title character ever.
(Rotten Tomatoes)

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  Apollo 13   

Showing:  Sunday 16th August 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.
(Rotten Tomatoes)

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  A Most Wanted Man   

Showing:  Sunday 16th August at 11:25pm - Film4

Directed by: Anton Corbijn    Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Daniel Brühl

An escaped militant's (Grigoriy Dobrygin) attempt to claim an inheritance gives a German agent (Philip Seymour Hoffman) the chance to lay a trap for a well-regarded Muslim scholar who is suspected of financing terrorists.
Smart, subtle, and steadily absorbing, A Most Wanted Man proves once again that John le Carre books make for sharp, thoughtful thrillers.
(Rotten Tomatoes)


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