Books, Film & TV Monday, July 11th Words by: Adam Knight

Movies This Month: the films to see in Herefordshire this July

Books, Film & TV Monday, July 11th

Movies This Month: the films to see in Herefordshire this July

Here’s our pick of the best movies hitting Herefordshire screens this month.


Dunkirk (PG-13)

From July 12 | Hereford Odeon | buy tickets here

It may just be clumsy wording on the part of the Warner Bros PR team but we'll assume they are talking about the actual battle and not the film when they said: "Christopher Nolan brings his vision to ‘Dunkirk’, one of the defining events of the 20th Century, starring Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance."

Otherwise that's a pretty heavy burden of expectation to lay on a film, even a film with three of the best actors and one of the best directors in a generation teaming up. Overstatement aside this looks like an unbelievable cinematic experience - maybe the biggest and best of the year - and without doubt one to be seen on a big screen, providing you don't suffer from PTSD.

Screen Unseen

July 17 | 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 jump 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. Some internet-y people are suggesting this one could even be Dunkirk (see above).

Beside Bowie / Whitney: Can I Be Me

July 21 - Aug 1 | The Courtyard, Hereford, HR4 9YJ | buy tickets here and here

The Courtyard is screening two world-class music documentaries over consecutive weeks this month, starting with the Jon Brewer biography of Mick Ronson, the largely unknown guitarist behind Bowie's greatest run of albums and Lou Reed's legendary Transformer, and finishing with revered documentarian Nick Broomfield's look at the truth and tragedy behind one of music's greatest ever talents, Whitney Elizabeth Houston.

A Man Called Ove (15)

July 21-23 |  Richard Booth's Cinema, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5AA | £9 | buy tickets here

'Grumpy old men becoming less grumpy' is well-ploughed turf for modern film-makers, and yet this Swedish comedy-drama still manages both comedy and drama in heart-warming measures. Check it out at Richard Booth's Bookshop Cinema in Hay on July 21-23.

War For The Planet Of The Apes 3D (12A)

July 17-20 | Hereford Odeon | tickets here

Everyone got so excited about 3D, didn't they? Remember Avatar? Then Hollywood started making weird 3D scenes in films that really didn't need 3D and everyone sort of just got over it.

Well, there are still some films which are made to jump out of your screen at you, and any film which features ape armies warring with humans on a strange planet definitely fall in to that category. It's showing in 2D as well, but you won't regret digging out your special glasses and shuffling to the edge of your seat for this one.

Grease (PG)

June 19 | The Courtyard, Hereford, HR4 9YJ | £7 | buy tickets here


The Courtyard's slicking back its hair and dropping out of beauty school for a Grease Day on July 19. Tell me more, tell me more.

"The day starts with a screening of Grease (PG) It’s California 1959 and greaser Danny Zuko and Australian Sandy Olsson are in love. The film is followed by a delicious lunch.

"Then at 1pm Dancefest leads a creative dance workshop inspired by the film."

Dodgy moral messages aside, Grease is a classic. 

NT Live: Angels In America double header (15)

July 20 + 27 | Various locations | £7 | buy tickets here (Hereford) or here (Hay)

When HBO made Tony Kushner's two-part play Angels in America in to a miniseries for tv starring Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson, it was seen as both one of the best and most important things to happen on the small screen.

Now the torch is beng passed to Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough and Russell Tovey as the Angels once again returns to the stage for a National Theatre production this summer - which is being screened in theatres and cinemas across the country through NT Live.

Watch a screening on Part 1 on July 20, and then Part 2 on the 27.

Lion (15)

July 21 | Conquest Theatre, Bromyard, HR7 4LL | £6 | buy tickets here

Just in case you still haven't seen the epic Lion - which sees a now-grown up Dev Patel leave Australia to find the Indian parents he was separated from as an infant - this is your chance to see it on the big screen.

Take it.

Our picks from Flicks in the Sticks 

Denial (12a)

July 11,  St Mary's Church, Ross on Wye, HR9 5HR

A fascinating courtroom drama which sees one of the strangest legal cases in British history - a holocaust denier seeking to sue a woman who criticises for denying the holocaust - Denial is tense, powerful and features a knockout performance from Rachel Weisz.

Eight Days a Week (12a)

July 20, Dorstone Village Hall, Golden Valley, HR3 6AN

Oscar-winning director Ron Howard tells the story of The Beatles. You've heard of them, right? 95% on Rotten Tomatoes means this film is almost as wellloved as the band in it.

Volver (15)

July 27,  St Mary's Church, Ross on Wye, HR9 5HR

If you like your love stories with a bit latin Melodrama and ghost,  yup ghosts, then this classic from genius director Pedro Almodovar is going to be your cup of Sangria. Also, Penelope Cruz.

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