Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) – 15, 127 min
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy
In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6.
Genres: Drama | Mystery | Thriller
In the early 1970s during the Cold War, the head of British Intelligence, Control, resigns after an operation in Budapest, Hungary goes badly wrong. It transpires that Control believed one of four senior figures in the service was in fact a Russian agent – a mole – and the Hungary operation was an attempt to identify which of them it was. Smiley had been forced into retirement by the departure of Control, but is asked by a senior government figure to investigate a story told to him by a rogue agent, Ricky Tarr, that there was a mole. Smiley considers that the failure of the Hungary operation and the continuing success of Operation Witchcraft (an apparent source of significant Soviet intelligence) confirms this, and takes up the task of finding him.
We have two films showing again on our big 3.5m screen this weekend
Friday – The Beach (2000) – 15,
Another Danny Boyle offering – Twenty-something Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss – excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it.
Saturday – The Artist (2011) – PG,
Director: Michel Hazanavicius – A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.
Two very different films on offer this week:
Friday 24th August 9pm – The Beach (2000) – 15, 119 mins
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Virginie Ledoyen, Tilda Swinton
Genres: Adventure | Drama | Romance | Thriller
Garland’s novel centers on a young nicotine-addicted traveler named Richard, an avid pop-culture buff with a particular love for video games and Vietnam War movies. While at a hotel in Bangkok, he finds a map left by his strange, whacked-out neighbor, who just committed suicide. The map supposedly leads to a legendary island paradise where some other wayward souls have settled.
Saturday 18th August 9pm – The Artist (2011) – PG, 100 mins
Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Starring: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo and John Goodman
Genres: Romance | Comedy | Drama
Outside a movie premiere, enthusiastic fan Peppy Miller literally bumps into the swashbuckling hero of the silent film, George Valentin. The star reacts graciously and Peppy plants a kiss on his cheek as they are surrounded by photographers. The headlines demand: “Who’s That Girl?” and Peppy is inspired to audition for a dancing bit-part at the studio. However as Peppy slowly rises through the industry, the introduction of talking-pictures turns Valentin’s world upside-down.
We have two films showing again on our big 3.5m screen this weekend:
Friday – A Life Less Ordinary (1997) – 15,
Another Danny Boyle offering – Petulant, rich honeypie Celine and scruffily adorable janitor Robert find themselves on the road to romance after he kidnaps her to avenge his termination at the hands of her callous father. But what they don’t realize is that their love is celestially predetermined, as a pair of gun-toting angels gives chase to force the issue….
Saturday – The Rite (2011) – 15,
Directed by Mikael Håfström – A supernatural thriller that uncovers the Devil’s reach to even one of the holiest places on Earth. Inspired by true events, the film follows seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donoghue), who is sent to study exorcism at the Vatican in spite of his own doubts about the controversial practice and even his own ..
Two very different films this week:
Friday 17th August 9pm – A Life Less Ordinary (1997) – 15, 103 mins
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Ewan McGregor and Holly Hunter
Genres: Drama | Romance | Comedy | Crime | Fantasy
Ewan McGregor stars as a cleaning man in L.A. who takes his boss’ daughter hostage after being fired and replaced by a robot. Two “angels” who are in charge of human relationships on earth, offer some unsolicited help to bring this unlikely couple together.
Saturday 18th August 9pm – The Rite (2011)- 15, 114 mins
Director: Mikael Håfström
Starring: Colin O’Donoghue, Anthony Hopkins and Ciarán Hinds
Genres: Drama | Horror | Thriller
Michael, the son of a funeral director grows indifferent to his father and joins a Seminary. On his way to the course completion, he is overwhelmed by a strong lack of faith. His religious beliefs are further jolted when he sees a young girl haplessly dying in a road accident for whom he reluctantly performs the ritual to absolve her sins. His mentor still believes in him and urges him to go to Italy to take an exorcism course hoping that he it would strengthen his faith in Christianity. In Italy he attends a session from Father Xavier who soon becomes aware of his skepticism. As a result he sends him to an eminent Jesuit exorcist, Father Lucas, whose ways though questionable are quite effective. He witnesses the exorcism of a sixteen year old girl but still seems unconvinced. Father Lucas explains to him that it takes multiple sessions over a long stretch of time to completely free a victim from the demon…
To continue our August Danny Boyle season, we have two films showing on our big 3.5m screen this weekend:
Friday – 28 Days Later… (2002) – 18,
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
Saturday – Slumdog Millionaire (2008)- 15, A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”
Two Danny Boyle Films this week:
Friday 10th August: 28 Days Later… (2002) – 18, 113 min
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris and Christopher Eccleston
Genres: Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Animal activists invade a laboratory with the intention of releasing chimpanzees that are undergoing experimentation, infected by a virus -a virus that causes rage. The naive activists ignore the pleas of a scientist to keep the cages locked, with disastrous results. Twenty-eight days later, our protagonist, Jim, wakes up from a coma, alone, in an abandoned hospital. He begins to seek out anyone else to find London is deserted, apparently without a living soul. After finding a church, which had become inhabited by zombie like humans intent on his demise, he runs for his life. Selena and Mark rescue him from the horde and bring him up to date on the mass carnage and horror as all of London tore itself apart. This is a tale of survival and ultimately, heroics, with nice subtext about mankind’s savage nature.
Saturday 11th August: Slumdog Millionaire (2008)- 15, 120 min
A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto and Saurabh Shukla
Genres: Drama | Romance | Thriller
The story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s Kaun Banega Crorepati? (Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?) But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show’s questions. Each chapter of Jamal’s increasingly layered story reveals where he learned the answers to the show’s seemingly impossible quizzes. But…
Congratulations to @shaunbades winner of our August competition via Twitter to win a weekend for two.
This could be you!
Shaun Bades has won our competition. By simply ReTweeting our offer and Following us on Twitter, Shaun was entered into our prize draw. He has won a two person room for two nights on the weekend of 31st August and 1st of September.
This is the last weekend of the summer holidays. We’ve reserved one of our 2 person private bunk rooms just for Shaun and a friend for two nights; equivalent value = £96.00
There’s lots to do in Grasmere and the local area, from:
fishing to the Grasmere Guzzler beer festival
a visit to Allen Bank to a hike over Helvellyn
trying out an electric bike to a Poetry workshop at Dove Cottage.
Starting our first Friday night films in addition to our existing Saturdays, and the first of our Danny Boyle films – Sunshine (2007) – A team of astronauts are sent to re-ignite the dying sun 50 years into the future.
Saturday night’s film will be Colombiana (2011) – A young woman, after witnessing her parents’ murder as a child in Bogota, grows up to be a stone-cold assassin.
Two Films This Week
Friday 3rd August – 9pm – Sunshine (2007) – 15, 107 min
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne and Chris Evans
50 years into the future, the Sun begins to die, and Earth is dying as a result. A team of astronauts are sent to revive the Sun – but the mission fails. Seven years later, a new team are sent to finish the mission as they are Earth’s last hope.
Saturday 4th August – 8pm Columbiana (2011) – 15, 108 min
Director: Olivier Megaton
Starring: Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan and Callum Blue
A young woman grows up to be a stone-cold assassin after witnessing her parents’ murder as a child in Bogota. She works for her uncle as a hitman by day, but her personal time is spent engaging in vigilante murders that she hopes will lead her to her ultimate target – the mobster responsible for her parents’ death.