Books, Film & TV Thursday, June 1st

Movies This Month: films to see in Herefordshire this June

Books, Film & TV Thursday, June 1st

Movies This Month: films to see in Herefordshire this June

Here’s our pick of the best movies hitting Herefordshire screens this month. Watch out for invisible jets.

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Wonder Woman (12A)

From June 1 (midnight premiere) | Hereford Odeon | buy tickets here

Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman gets her own headline-act after being asked to hang around in the back of a few Batman vs Superman scenes while Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill mumbled about their mum’s having the same name or something.

Don’t let that trainwreck of a film put you off though. WW’s story of her Amazonian origins has smashed it with the critics, with Monster’s Patty Jenkins sitting in the director’s chair.

Check out the midnight premiere at the Odeon. 

Screen Unseen

June 19 | Hereford Odeon | £5 | buy tickets here

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In the office we get disgustingly excited when Odeon drop a new Screen Unseen date. Party poppers, Kardashian group hugs, the lot.

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. 

Moana Sing-Along (PG)

June 2 and 3 | The Courtyard, Hereford, HR4 9YJ | under 16s £5, £7 adults | buy tickets here

The most recent classic to roll off the Disney production line, Moana sees a young girl explore the Pacific with the help of a Polynesian demi-God (voiced by real-life Polynesian demi-God, The Rock).

And you don’t even have to worry about shushing your little ones throughout the movie – as singing/hula dancing is encouraged at these Courtyard screenings.

Things to Come (12)

June 2 | Market THeatre, Ledbury, HR8 2AQ | £6 | buy tickets here

Mia Hansen-Love’s Eden was one of the best things to happen in France since a Bordeaux farmer accidentally stepped on a bunch of grapes and drank the spillage. She’s back with Things to Come, “something wonderful and somewhat unexpected – a film about cats” (Little White Lies).

Go for the cats, stay for the Isabelle Huppert.

This screening comes from Flicks in the Sticks, the Arts Alive charity bringing critically applauded films and professional theatre to rural communities across Herefordshire and Shropshire. You can show some love for the cause by taking part in this sumer's Tour d'Arts Alive. Details here.

Indian Films With Indian Food

June 10, 17, 30 | various venues | see below for tickets 

As part of Flicks in the Sticks’/BFI World Series + India @ 70 season, Herefordshire venues are screening a handful of top Indian movies, from full-on Bollywood to gritty street dramas – accompanied with curries, or Indian snacks and drinks. Here are three of the best:

June 10: Lion (PG-13) @ Cawley Hall, near Leominster

This "incredible postmodern odyssey" was hotly tipped ahead of awards season, and rightly so. It's the story of an Indian boy (Dev Patel), estranged from family by a cruel blow of fate, who turned to Google Maps to find his mother. 

tickets and info here

June 17: Devdas (PG) @ Escleyside Hall, Golden Valley 

Classic, joyful Bollywood. A swooningly romantic saga of timeless love that made Shah Rukh Khan a global superstar. "A riot of colour, glorious costumes, fabulous sets, the sumptuous song and dance numbers alone are worth the price of entry".

tickets and info here

June 30: Salaam Bombay (15) @ the Marlet Theatre, Ledbury

Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return home when he can afford 500 rupees to pay for the bicycle of his brother that he had trashed. Not the easiest watch perhaps, but a classic of Indian cinema and an incredible window in to the street kids of India.

tickets and info here

The Handmaiden (18)

June 9, 12 | The Courtyard, Hereford, HR4 9YJ | £7 | buy tickets here

We featured this one last month, but now it’s getting a run at the Courtyard we’re filing it in to the ICYMI section.

As we said last month: Maybe not one to take your grandma to. With a two hour-plus running time and some graphic lesbian sex scenes - which have garned quite a bit curtain-twitchingy buzz - this is an erotic thriller shot with all the sumptious style you would expect from the director of Oldboy. Come for the canoodling if you will, but stay for some great cinema.

Tomorrow + post-film panel discussion (PG)

June 14 | The Courtyard, Hereford, HR4 9YJ | £7 | buy tickets here

A lot of eco documentaries give you broad-stroke painting of some apocalyptic future we are doomed to unless we stop forgetting to take our Bags For Life to Sainsbury’s. Tomorrow, however, focusses on real-life stories of people who have already pioneered reinventions of everything from agriculture to education to help save the planet.

It scooped the French BAFTA for docos, and the screening be followed by panel-led discussion by local ecologists.

David Gillam will lead the discussion between Christine Hope (Hopes of Longtown & Herefordshire Rural Hub) and Chris Evans (Applewood Permaculture Centre).

NT Live: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (15)

June 4 | Richard Booth's Cinema, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5AA | £18 | buy tickets here

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Beamed into the gorgeous boutique cinema from London, the National Theatre’s live screening sees and all-star cast take on Edward Albee’s 1962 classic.

A tense and escalating insight in to a teetering middle-aged marriage, this may not be one for a first date...

Doctor Strange - relaxed screening (12a)

June 15 | The Courtyard, Hereford, HR4 9YJ | £7 | buy tickets here

Last year’s trippy Marvel flick starring Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton gets the relaxed screening treatment – a format designed for those with an Autistic Spectrum condition, sensory or communication disorder.

Carers go free. 

Click here to download a Social Story for this screening.

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