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Certificate of Excellence 2014

24 May 2014 / Business / News / Reviews / Guests

We’re very happy to announce that Thorney How has been awarded the 2014 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

With this award we have been Recognised as a Top Performing UK Hostel as Reviewed by Travelers on Trip Advisor.

Certificate of Excellence 2014

We have now reveived this award 2 years running and wish to thank all those guests and reviewers that have made this possible.

We are very happy to have happy guests!

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We are of course thrilled to have been able to maintain a such a high standard of service and hospitality within the constraints of a Grade 2 Listed former YHA Hostel property. There has been significant investment made in the last 18 months to upgrade facilities and the infrastructure of the building. We are using this year to further develop our beautiful surroundings – watch this space for further news on this.

We also get fab reviews of course through our own booking system:


Gravity - This week's film

7 May 2014 / Arts / Culture / Film

Film Screening Saturday 10th May at 8.30pm

Gravity (2013) – 91 min PG13

This film is in 2D
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after a catastrophe destroys their shuttle and leaves them adrift in orbit.

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Gravity: Film Poster

Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone – tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.

97% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes ‘Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity is an eerie, tense sci-fi thriller that’s masterfully directed and visually stunning.’

Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian – Thursday 7th November 2013
‘Director and co-writer Cuarón brilliantly manages to create both awe at his glorious space vistas, and knuckle-gobbling tension at what’s happening in the foreground. It’s like a bank heist in Reims cathedral – in space. You could find yourself asthmatically gasping with rapture and excitement at the same time. After it was over, I was 10 minutes into my tube ride home before I remembered to exhale.’

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
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More information here – Gravity (2013) IDMB


Elysium: - THIS WEEK'S FILM

30 April 2014 / Film

Film Screening Saturday 3rd May at 8.30pm

Elysium (2013) – 109 min [R-15]

Language: English
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.

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Elysium: Film Poster

n the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Delacourt, a government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in by any means they can. When unlucky Max is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that, if successful, will not only save his life but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.

68% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes
‘After the heady sci-fi thrills of District 9, Elysium is a bit of a comedown for director Neill Blomkamp, but on its own terms, it delivers just often enough to satisfy.’

Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian – Thursday 22 August 2013
‘Neill Blomkamp has followed his much admired District 9 with another sci-fi apartheid parable whose dystopian design is at first startling and brilliant, but sags into being a shoot-‘em-up spectacular in which ideas are irrelevant.’

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
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More information here – Elysium (2013) IDMB


Hunger Games: Catching Fire - This week's film

27 March 2014 / Events / Arts / Film

Please note there will be two film screenings this coming week:

Film Screening Saturday 29th March
Film Screening Thursday 3rd April

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) – 146 min [PG-13]

Language: English
Director: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Jack Quaid
Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller

This time Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

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Hunger Games: Catching Fire - film poster

A year after winning the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and her partner, Peeta Mellark must go on what is known as the Victor’s Tour wherein they visit all the districts. But before leaving, Katniss is visited by President Snow who fears that Katniss defied him a year ago during the games when she chose to die with Peta. With both Katniss and Peeta declared the winners, it is fueling a possible uprising. He tells Katniss that while on tour she better try to make sure that she puts out the flames or else everyone she cares about will be in danger. But unfortunately she fails to do that. So Snow decides to enact what is known as the Quarter Quell, the right to make a change to the Hunger Games, which he is allowed to do every 25 years. He decides to hold an edition of the Hunger Games wherein previous winners will compete again. Their mentor Haymitch thinks their best chance to survive is form an alliance with some of the others. They decide to align themselves with Finnick and his…

89% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes
‘Smart, smoothly directed, and enriched with a deeper exploration of the franchise’s thought-provoking themes, Catching Fire proves a thoroughly compelling second installment in the Hunger Games series.’

Review by Mark Kermode – The Observer, Sunday 24 November 2013

‘Jennifer Lawrence is impressive as the warrior whose public support disturbs the powers that be….Like Katniss, Lawrence has become bigger than the Games themselves, something that makes her very powerful, very dangerous and rather inspirational.’

Details for both Saturday and Thursday screenings are the same!
Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
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More information here – Hunger Games: Catching Fire IDMB


Thor: The Dark World - This week's film

20 March 2014 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 22nd March
Thor: The Dark World (2013) – 112 min PG-13
Language: English
Director: Alan Taylor
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
Genres – Action | Adventure | Fantasy
When Jane Foster is possessed by a great power, Thor must protect her from a new threat of old times: the Dark Elves.

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Thor: The Dark World - film poster

Thousands of years ago, a race of beings known as Dark Elves tried to send the universe into darkness by using a weapon known as the Aether. Warriors from Asgard stop them but their leader Malekith escapes to wait for another opportunity. The warriors find the Aether and since it cannot be destroyed, they try to hide it. In the present day, Jane Foster awaits the return of Thor although it has been two years since they last saw once another. In the meantime, Thor has been trying to bring peace to the nine realms. Jane discovers an anomaly similar to the one that brought Thor to Earth. She goes to investigate, finds a wormhole, and is sucked into it. Back on Asgard, Thor wishes to return to Earth but his father, Odin refuses to let him. Thor learns from Heimdall, who can see into all of the realms, that Jane disappeared. Thor then returns to Earth just as Jane reappears. However, when some policemen try to arrest her, an unknown energy repulses them. Thor then brings Jane to Asgard to …

65% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes
‘It may not be the finest film to come from the Marvel Universe, but Thor: The Dark World still offers plenty of the humor and high-stakes action that fans have come to expect.’

Review by Ben Child – The Guardian, Wednesday 23 October 2013

‘Hiddleston and Hemsworth’s impressive collective charisma rescues this followup to Thor, but the film is missing Kenneth Branagh’s directorial delicacy of touch.’

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
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More information here – Thor: The Dark World IDMB


Captain Phillips - THIS WEEK'S FILM

14 March 2014 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 15th March
Captain Phillips (2013) – 134 min PG-13
Language: English
Director: Paul Greengrass
Starring: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Catherine Keener
Genres – Biography | Drama | Thriller
The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

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Captain Phillips - Film Poster

Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is – through director Paul Greengrass’s distinctive lens – simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

93% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes
‘Smart, powerfully acted, and incredibly intense, Captain Phillips offers filmgoers a Hollywood biopic done right — and offers Tom Hanks a showcase for yet another brilliant performance.’

Review by Mark Kermode, The Observer, Sunday 20 October 2013

‘Tom Hanks is superb as the captain of a hijacked ship in a nail-biter that manages to tell both sides of the story. … I can’t imagine anyone other than Greengrass handling this material, the story seemingly tailormade for his trademark blend of political clout, dramatic punch, thespian wallop and broad audience appeal. Make sure you allow time for a stiff drink afterwards – you’re going to need it.’

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
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More information here – Captain Phillips (2013) IDMB


Headhunters - This week's film

5 March 2014 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 8th March
Headhunters (2011) – 100 min 15
Language: Norwegian
Director: Morten Tyldum
Starring: Aksel Hennie, Synnøve Macody Lund, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Genres – Crime | Thriller | International
An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.

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Headhunters film poster

Headhunters stars the talented Aksel Hennie (Max Manus) as Roger, a charming scoundrel and Norway’s most accomplished headhunter. Roger is living a life of luxury well beyond his means, and stealing art to subsidize his expensive lifestyle. When his beautiful gallery owner wife introduces him to a former mercenary in the possession of an extremely valuable painting, he decides to risk it all to get his hands on it, and in doing so discovers something which makes him a hunted man. Headhunters is based on Jo Nesbø‘s best-selling thriller from 2008. — © Magnolia

92% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes
‘Grisly, twisty, and darkly comic, Headhunters is an exhilaratingly oddball take on familiar thriller elements.’

Review by Philip French, The Observer, Sunday 8 April 2012

‘Jo Nesbø‘s novel has been expertly transformed into a cool, brutal, deeply Scandinavian thriller. Although inevitably indebted to American models, Headhunters is firmly rooted in the Scandinavian experience, and it moves with the speed of a demented lemming heading for the cliff-edge of a fjord. ’

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
Foreign language film with subtitles
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More information here – Headhunters (2011) IDMB


Cloud Atlas - This week's film

26 February 2014 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 1st March
Cloud Atlas (2012) – 172 min 15
Directors: Tom Tykwer, Andy & Lana Wachowski
Starring: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent
Genres – Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

Cloud Atlas - Film Poster
Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a murder at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living in post-apocalyptic Hawaii, far in the future.

66% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes
‘Its sprawling, ambitious blend of thought-provoking narrative and eye-catching visuals will prove too unwieldy for some, but the sheer size and scope of Cloud Atlas are all but impossible to ignore.’

Review by Henry Barnes – The Guardian Sunday 9 September 2012

‘An artichoke that fires lasers; montages that span the ages; Jim Broadbent saying “ruddy”; women on conveyer belts in the nuddy; evil oil partisans; bed-hopping artisans; parasitic brain worms; Halle Berry with a perm; sex, death, love, space; cannibals, parables, war, race. Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) and Andy and Lana Wachowski (the Matrix trilogy) are banking on there being something in that lot that catches your eye.’

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
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More information here – Cloud Atlas (2012) IDMB


Biutiful - This week's Film

21 February 2014 / Film

Film Screening Saturday 22nd February
Biutiful (2010) – 148 min 15
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Stars: Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib
Genres – Drama
This is the story of Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move.

Biutiful - Film Poster

Uxbal, single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his life in order to escape the heat of crime in underground Barcelona, to break with the love for the divorced, manic depressive, abusive mother of his children and to regain spiritual insight in his life as he is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

65% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes
‘Javier Bardem’s searing performance helps to elevate Biutiful, as does Alejandro González Iñárritu’s craftsmanship, but the film often lapses into contrivance and grimness.’

Review by Philip French – The Observer Sunday 30 January 2011

‘Biutiful brings together for the first time the brilliant Mexican director of Amores Perros and the greatest Spanish actor of his generation, Javier Bardem……’

Cannes Film Festival 2010 Award for best Actor

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
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More information here – Biutiful (2010) IDMB


Valentine Film Weekend

13 February 2014

We have two Valentine – Love themed films for you this week.

Film Screening Friday 14th February
Shakespeare in Love (1998) – 123 min [ R ]
Director: John Madden
Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush
Genres – Comedy | Drama | Romance
A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.

Film Screening Saturday 15th February
Moulin Rouge (2001) – 127 min [PG-13]
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo
Genres – Drama | Musical | Romance
A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets in this stylish musical, with music drawn from familiar 20th century sources.

Shakespeare in Love - Film Poster

Will Shakespeare is a known but struggling poet, playwright and actor who not only has sold his next play to both Philip Henslow and Richard Burbidge but now faces a far more difficult problem: he is bereft of ideas and has yet to begin writing. He is in search of his muse, the woman who will inspire him but all attempts fail him until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps. She loves the theatre and would like nothing more than to take to the stage but is forbidden from doing so as only men can be actors. She is also a great admirer of Shakespeare’s works. Dressing as a man and going by the name of Thomas Kent, she auditions and is ideal for a part in his next play. Shakespeare soon see through her disguise and they begin a love affair, one they know cannot end happily for them as he is already married and she has been promised to the dour Lord Wessex. As the company rehearses his new play, Will and Viola’s love is transferred to the written page leading to the masterpiece that is …

Moulin Rouge - Film Poster

The year is 1899, and Christian, a young English writer, has come to Paris to follow the Bohemian revolution taking hold of the city’s drug and prostitute infested underworld. And nowhere is the thrill of the underworld more alive than at the Moulin Rouge, a night club where the rich and poor men alike come to be entertained by the dancers, but things take a wicked turn for Christian as he starts a deadly love affair with the star courtesan of the club, Satine. But her affections are also coveted by the club’s patron: the Duke. A dangerous love triangle ensues as Satine and Christian attempt to fight all odds to stay together but a force that not even love can conquer is taking its toll on Satine…

Both Film start at 8.30pm – free admission
Please arrive promptly, parking may be limited
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More information here – Shakespeare in Love (1998) IDMB
More information here – Moulin Rouge (2001) IDMB