Books, Film & TV Wednesday, August 29th

Movies This Month: September

Books, Film & TV Wednesday, August 29th

Movies This Month: September

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Our monthly roundup of the best big screen blockbusters, secret screenings and burlesque shows going on around Herefordshire.

BLOCKBUSTERS

The Predator – Hereford Odeon from Sept 12

There’s something waiting out there for us, and it ain’t no remake. Shane Black’s been thrown the keys to Arnie’s second-most famous franchise – a guy that’s shown  nice touch for suspense, violence and humour in a way that the best 80s films did. And he should know, he was in a few of them – including 1987’s Predator.

Black’s probably the biggest name on the credits, but look out for another possible breakout performance (since his last breakout performance in Moonlight) by Trevante Rhodes.

It opens at the Odeon on the Wednesday night in both 2D and 3D – and in this Netflix Era of ours, this is exactly the kind of big budget, extra-terrestrial-warriors-jumping-out-of-the-darkness, action film you’re going to want to go and see at the cinema.

Showtimes and tickets here.

BlacKkKlansman – Hereford Odeon, from Sat 1

Even if his recent cinematic success rate resembles that of a drunken pool player, this is still A Spike Lee Joint, and Spike Lee is still one of the foremost black voices in culture today.

This film says a lot. And in a lot of different voices. Also, it’s got Denzel Jnr in the lead role (who’s old man is still kicking ass and taking names in the Equalizer 2, on at the Odeon on Sat) and all of Adam Driver's weirdness. Plus bellbottoms.

Tickets.

EXPERIENCES

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20th anniversary screening of Cabaret w/burlesque curtain raiser - The Courtyard, Sept 18

Cabaret was the first show performed at the Courtyard back in ’98, and the theatre’s going all Kit Kat Club for this anniversary screening of the 1972 starring Liza Minelli as the bowler-hatted Berlin club singer. There’s a cake-cutting and a burlesque show before the curtain raises, with ragtime music in the bar and the invitation to dust off your 1920s fancy dress.

Tickets here.

Screen Unseen – Odeon, Sept 17

Back after a summer holiday of sorts, Screen Unseen returned to the Odeon on Monday with American Animals – and it’s back again on Sept 17.

If you haven’t been before, the idea is that Odeon hold a special screening of a much-hyped film about a month before it hits the screens, and for only £5 – but you don’t know what the film is until the credits roll, unless you’re able to crack the devilishly-cryptic riddles released by the cinema on Twitter in the lead-up.

Tickets here (and it will likely sell out).

THROWBACKS

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Easy Rider – Ledbury Market Theatre, Sept 28

One of the best films of all time with one the best acid-trip scenes of all time and one of the best soundtracks of all time, this Fonda/Hopper/Nicholson classic deserves to be seen on the big screen. I guarantee you’ll walk out at least considering buying a bike.

Tickets and times.

CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED (COOL, GOOD) FILMS

Hearts Beat Loud (12A) – The Courtyard, from Sept 7

The Courtyard has a month of stellar movie programming this September, just as the nights are drawing in a little. First up is Hearts Beat Loud, which is copped a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. A genuinely warm and funny take on the Cool Single Dad With A Beard indie, with a star turn from Ron Swanson, and Ted Danson Back Behind A Bar. Tickets.

 

Lucky (15) – The Courtyard, from Sept 21

Harry Dean Stanton died last September. That makes Lucky the last, and best, thing he ever put on the screen. It also makes the starring performance of an elderly and eccentric man in poor health in small-town America mean a little more. Stanton, like his director John Carroll Lynch, has been in half of your favourite films and TV shows – but in this one the longtime character actor goes out on centrestage.

The film's funny and the critics love it. You can see it here.

The Rider (15) – The Courtyard, from Sept 28

Frontier life is having some kind of a comeback, with Costner’s Yellowstone on the small screen and the recent Box Office successes of films like Hell Or High Water and Wind River. The Rider is about the many ways in which life Out West is hard on a man, especially a rodeo rider told he can ride no more. This one got the arthouse cinema prize at Cannes, and has the long lingering shots of sparse prairieland to prove it.

Showtimes here.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE (BUT STILL AWESOME)

Cold War (15) – The Courtyard, Sept 14

Talking of Cannes, this one scooped Pawel Pawlikowski the best director prize (priz). Cold War – as you’d expect from the man behind Ida – is shot with an exquisite poise, in black and white, but this time the lens broadens to a bigger story, of politics and life in Eastern vs Western Europe. The story is one of a musician sent out to record folk songs with those still playing them, before his project is corrupted. It’s a quick one as well, running less than an hour and a half.

Billets (tickets).

ICYMI

First Reformed - THe Courtyard, from Sept 10

If you missed this one at the Odeon last month, this is what we said about it:

A more literal crisis of faith, First Reformed sees director Paul Schrader – who himself almost became a priest – question where religion finds itself in the 21st century western world. He’s helped by a career-best performance from Ethan Hawke as an ex-military chaplain running a relic of a congreagtion in upstate New York – but nonetheless it’s incredibly difficult to eek two top scores from Little White Lies reviewers. This did.

Don't miss it a second time.

Greatest Showman (PG) – Fownhope, Staunton-on-Wye, Sept 7

The all-singing, all-dancing Hugh Jackson smash hit gets showings at two smaller screens thanks to Arts Alive’s Flicks In The Sticks scheme.

Call Me By Your Name – Market Theatre, Ledbury, Sept 21

Picking up four nominations at last year’s Oscars, Call Me By Your Name is the third and final part of director Luca Gaudigno’s Italian odyssey. This one features 6’5 Armie Hammer falling in lovev with the artsy one in Ladybird. And riding bicycles together. A lot.

Tickets.

HORROR

The Nun – Odeon, from Sept 6

If Westerns are making a comeback, horror most certainly is back, and likely calling you from outside of the house. Studios are looking for the next ‘It’ and there’s a lot of buzz about The Nun. You can see why, the premise – Nun gets murdered in gothic Romania and priest sent to investigate – is like playing Horror Movie Bingo. It’s out from next week at the Odeon if you’re brave enough to find out for yourself.

KIDS

Christopher Robin  - various

Disney’s take on the kids classic is not the CGI’d Paddington Bear version of Winney the Pooh youh might expect. Rather Euan McGregor plays a now-grown up Christopher Robin, in need of a little help from his childhood friends to make his way in the adult world.

It’s showing across screens at the Courtyard, Odeon and Richard Booth’s cinema in Hay.

THEATRE SCREENINGS

RSC’s Merry Wives of Windsor – Odeon, Sept 12

NT: King Lear with Ian McKellan - Odeon, Sept 27

There are a couple of really good ones coming up at the Odeon this month. Ian McKellen as Lear pairs one of the nation’s most iconic actors with one of its most iconic roles, in a must-see live screening of the National Theatre’s production on September 27.

Before that, however, is the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Merry Wives of Windsor. The trailer for the updated version of one of Old Bill’s most popular comedies looks suitably hilarious – and it’s a story (Falstaff trying pay for his retirement by seducing the wives of two rich men) that seems comically modern.

Tickets here and here.

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