Books, Film & TV Wednesday, November 1st

Movies This Month: films to see in December

Books, Film & TV Wednesday, November 1st

Movies This Month: films to see in December

December's a great month for movies. And not just napping through The Snowman as the turkey hits you. So get your scarf on, round up the little ones or your loved one and go see a Xmas film this month. 

Here's what to watch, when to watch it, and where to watch it in Herefordshire over the next twenty-something days.


Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Rey's back. So's the black storm-trooper from East London. And presumably so is Luke Skywalker, who judging by his cameo in the final scene of the last film, has jacked in the glitz and glamour of being the most revered warrior in the galaxy to work out his daddy issues on the kind of commune where you have to grow your own broccoli.

But he might be back back. As is the Star Wars franchise, after JJ Abrams gave it an almost universally-lauded reboot about this time of year two years ago.

 And you can catch both films in a rare double header at the Hereford Odeon on the 13th, with The Force Awakens screening at 9pm, followed by a midnight premier of The Last Jedi. If you don't fancy cosying up next to grown men in Wookie costumes, don't worry, the Odeon are showing it, a lot, throughout December.

It\'s showing in 2D and 3D at The Odeon, Hereford from the 14th.

Tickets here.


Outdoor Christmas movie screening

Not that we're one to blow our own trumpet, but hosting hundreds of blanket-wrapped Elf fans for an outdoor screening by the river was one of Herefordshire Live's highlights of 2016. 

Unfortunately we're not able to do it again this year - but the good news for al fresco movie fans is that there will be a mystery outdoor screening this year, outside the Maylord Shopping Centre.

It's being organised by Open Air Film and Chill, and last week they announced that the film they will be screening is.....

The Polar Express. (Yup, we had to google it too).

Info on the screening here.


Paddington 2

Quirky, quintessentially British, and with a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, everyone's favourite marmalade sandwich-munching bear may just be the pick of the flicks to take the kids to this Christmas.

It's showing now at the Odeon, and later in the month at Richard Booth's cinema in Hay-on-Wye, click for tix.



Screen Unseen

In the office we get disgustingly excited when Odeon drop a new Screen Unseen date. Party poppers, Kardashian group hugs, the lot. And we just found out there\'s a new one booked in for Nov 20.

If you’ve never been to one of the secret premieres, dig out a fiver and read about them here.

Search #OdeonScreenUnseen to follow the clues as they are released. 

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Tickets here, £5 each.


The Florida Project

One of the standout, heartwarming films of the year The Florida Project looks at life, and one little girl's life in particular, growing up in and around a motel in the shadows of Disneyland. You're going to love it, but if you enjoyed director Sean Baker's last film Tangerine, you're going to double-love it.

It's on at the Courtyard on Dec 17, 18 and 19.

Tickets here, £7 adults, £5 under-16s.


Film stars don't die in Liverpool

Definitely one to cuddle up to, Jamie Bell and Annette Bening's new  period fim is about a couple's fierce young love and what happens after. It's got rave reviews so far, but prepare yourself for some heartstring-pulling. Or at least have a drink first.

You can do that in the comfortable settings of the Courtyard's bar (Dec 23 - 27) or Richard Booth Cinema's adjacent restaurant (Dec 8 - 10). Or just sneak a bottle a wine in with you.

Tickets here for Richard Booth's.

Tickets here for the Courtyard.



There\'s always those films you wished you'd seen at the cinema, but missed out. Thanks to Flicks in the Sticks' delayed programming here's your chance to catch up on a few good ones.

Head across to the Arts Alive page to see where and when and what is airing at various pop-up cinemas this month.

But our Top Three this month would be Sunshine on Leith, screening in a Pembridge pub, new-ish Disney animation Moana in the Golden Valley, and quirky cop comedy, and previous Screen Unseen selection, Mindhorn in Colwall.

Flicks in the Sticks listings and tickets here.


Pitch Perfect 3

Seeing as carol-singing is basically just old-school a capella, it makes sense that Anna Kendrick and the hilarious Rebel Wilson would choose December to conclude their massively-successful comedy trilogy. The Bellas are in deed back, but, post-graduation, are dealing with the fact that being a world-renowned a capella group won't get you a mortgage.

Head to the Odeon from Dec 20 to catch the inevitable Bieber/Wu Tang mash-up.

Tickets here


Royal Opera House's Nutcracker

Sure if you're going for classic Christmas films, you're likely going to pick Home Alone, Elf or Die Hard depending on your age. But before there were even films the archetypal nativity performance was The Nutcracker, telling Clara's enchanting  adventure through a festive wonderland set to Tchaikovsky's score.

You can watch a screening of this year's Royal Ballet performance at the Conquest Theatre in Bromyard on Dec 10.

Tickets here. 

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