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Bridge of Spies - This week's film

7 October 2016 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 8th October at 8.45pm
Now a BFI Neighbourhood Cinema

Bridge of Spies - Movie Poster

Bridge of Spies (2015) PG-13 | 2h 22min

This film event is free – recommended donation to Mountain Rescue £2

Director: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda

Drama, History, Thriller

During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

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In the cold war, a lawyer, James B. Donovan is recruited by the CIA and involved in an intense negotiation mission to release and exchange a CIA U-2 spy-plane pilot, Francis G. Powers. The pilot was arrested alive after his plane was shot down by the Soviet Union during a mission and stays in the company of a KGB intelligence officer, Rudolf Abel, who was arrested for espionage in the US.

Guardian Review – 5 stars

Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance red hot in Steven Spielberg’s magnificent cold war thriller. The tense negotiations over the recovery of U2 pilot Gary Powers in 1960s Berlin are the real-life backdrop to this wonderfully uncynical thriller scripted by the Coen brothers

RottenTomatoes Review – 91%

Critics Consensus: Bridge of Spies finds new life in Hollywood’s classic Cold War espionage thriller formula, thanks to reliably outstanding work from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.

Film starts 8.45pm – free admission – recommended donation to Mountain Rescue £2
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More film information here – Bridge of Spies (2015) -IDMB

12 Year's a Slave - This Week's Film

29 May 2014 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 31st May at 8.30pm

12 Years a Slave (2013) 134 min – [R – 15]

Director: Steve McQueen
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender
Biography | Drama | History

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

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Note: This is the last of our weekend film slots until after the summer! Our special Summer programme of Japanses films screened in conjunction with the Wordsworth Trust will be announced shortly.

12 Year's a Slave - Film Poster

Based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life.

97% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes ‘It’s far from comfortable viewing, but 12 Years a Slave’s unflinchingly brutal look at American slavery is also brilliant — and quite possibly essential — cinema.’

Mark Kermode – The Observer, Sunday 12 January 2014
‘Steve McQueen deserves every gong going for his unflinching portrayal of slavery.’

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
Joining us for food – we have BBQ’d Cumberland Sauasages from 6.30pm £3.95 plus other main evening menu options available from £10.50 – please book ahead.

More information here – 12 Years a Slave (2013) IDMB

The Impossible - This Week's Film

16 December 2013 / Events / Film

Film Screening Saturday 21st December
The Impossible (2012) – 114 min PG-13
Director: J.A. Bayona
Stars: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland
Genres – Drama | History | Thriller
The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

The Impossible - Film Poster

A regular family – Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three kids – travel to Thailand to spend Christmas. They get an upgrade to a villa on the coastline. After settling in and exchanging gifts, they go to the pool, like so many other tourists. A perfect paradise vacation until a distant noise becomes a roar. There is no time to escape from the tsunami; Maria and her eldest are swept one way, Henry and the youngest another. Who will survive, and what will become of them?

81% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes
‘The screenplay isn’t quite as powerful as the direction or the acting, but with such an astonishing real-life story at its center, The Impossible is never less than compelling.’

Review by Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian, Thursday 27 December 2012

‘Ewan McGregor produces a sledgehammer performance as a father floundering in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami in an intelligent drama by the makers of The Orphanage’

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
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More information here – The Impossible IDMB