Books, Film & TV Tuesday, August 1st

Movies This Month: what to watch in August

Books, Film & TV Tuesday, August 1st

Movies This Month: what to watch in August

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

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The Graduate

Whether it's the seminal soundtrack that lured you in, or it's cult place in film history, The Graduate is a sexy, (very) funny classic. Now it's back in cinemas for summer 2017, you really ought to make the effort.

A young Dustin Hoffman is the bored and jaded Ben, sublimely seduced by Anne Bancroft's Mrs Robinson. Katherine Ross is her daughter, Elllaaaaaaaaaine.

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It's showing on the big screen at The Courtyard, Hereford at 7.15pm on August 4, and 4.30pm on August 5.

Tickets here, £7 each.

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6 Days

Maybe my intel gathering isn't up to scratch or maybe this Iranian embassy siege drama simply isn't getting much love, but multiple searches suggest cinema screenings of this SAS-inspired flick will be scant.

The film, directed by Toa Fraser (who also gave us, from the other end of the movie spectrum, the whimsical comedy Dean Spanley) is set in 1980; the day six armed men stormed a diplomatic building in south Kensington and took 26 people hostage. The following SAS rescue was broadcast live on British TV, and remains one of the Herefordshire-based regiment's most famed exploits.

Jamie Bell is the on-screen version of SAS assault team leader Rusty Firmin, Mark Strong is hostage negotiatior Max Vernon and Abbie Cornish is BBC news reporter Kate Adie (who, coincidently, will be in Hereford this month to talk about her new book).

The official release date is August 4 and while it doesn't look like 6 Days will be screened in Herefordshire, you should be able to watch it at the Showcase Cinema Du Lux in Bristol. 

Tickets here.

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A Man Called Ove

'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.

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The film is based on Swedish author Fredrik Backman's bestselling novel, and starts Rolf Lassgård as Ove.

Watch it at the Courtyard, Hereford, at 11am, Friday, August 4, or 7pm on Saturday, August 5.

Tickets here, £7 each.

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RSC Live: Titus Andronicus (live cinema screening)

The Royal Shakespeare Company's latest live screening is a seriously bloody one. As the decay of Rome reaches violent depths, exhausted ruler Titus relinquishes power. And as the body count piles up, Big Will's play poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society.

Titus Andronicus. Helen Maybanks for the RSC.

Titus Andronicus. Helen Maybanks for the RSC.

"Rape, cannibalism, mutilation and murder are the gruesome tools in Shakespeare’s bloodiest play," said the RSC. Which pretty much sets the scene.

Directed by Blanche McIntyre and starring David Troughton in the title role, the play will be broadcast live from Stratford-upon-Avon to cinemas across the region, including the Courtyard in Hereford, Richard Booth's Bookshop Cinema in Hay-on-Wye, Playhouse Cinema in Leominster, and the Conquest in Bromyard.

The broadcast is at 7pm on Wednesday, August 9.

We recommend watching it at the Playhouse, Leominster, Richard Booth's Bookshop Cinema, Hay, or The Conquest, Bromyard.

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Song to Song

The Independent declared Terrance Malik's experimental ode to romance a "masterpiece". Others were less impressed. Steve Rose for the Guardian politely suggested it was time for polarizing auteur Malik to take a break, and someone less polite said it "plumbs new boreholes of cringe".

We're suggesting you suck it and see. 

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Starring the frankly disgustingly attractive quartet Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender and Rooney Mara, Song to Song is kind of about music, kind of about Austin in Texas, and kind of about how we humans treat each other terribly. Especially when we're in love.

It's being screened at Richard Booth's Bookshop Cinema, Hay-on-Wye, at 7.30pm on Friday, August 11.

Tickets here, £9 each.

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In This Corner on the World

August brings a new animated film from Sunao Katabuchi, an affecting story of an 18-year-old living her life in Hiroshima during the second world war. No prizes for guessing where the story takes us.

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"Through beautifully rendered animation, we see Suzu’s life – from the tender interactions with her husband Shusaku, her inventive cookery during a time of stringent rationing, domestic chores and civic duties."

It was a Japanese Academy Award winner and has been described as "less of a war film than a period drama about female forbearance".

It's showing at The Courtyard in Hereford (a venue that continues to screen alternative new releases as well as re-releases) on August 15 and 17. It's a certificate 15.

Tickets here, £7 each.

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The Dark Tower

It's the The Gunslinger vs the Man in Black in this summer blockbuster taking its lead from Stephen King's The Dark Tower books. A movie sequel to the novels rather than a straight up adaptation, apparently. 

Idris Elba is the aforementioned slinger of guns, and Matthew McConaughey is his nemesis. All you really need to know is that it's set in a post-apocalyptic 'other' world, there's a kid, and Wikipedia describes as a "science fantasy western action horror film".

The trailer makes almost no sense. 

Watch it at Hereford Odeon, from August 15. Tickets here.

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