Screenings are on the first Thursday of each month, apart from January when the village pantomime takes over the hall.
Thursday 1st February
Victoria and Abdul (PG) 107 min. Biography/History. TRAILER REVIEW
In this unofficial sequel to the 1997 film Mrs Brown starring Judi Dench and Billy Connolly, an Indian clerk named Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) travels to London to present Queen Victoria (Dench again) with a ceremonial coin for her Golden Jubilee. The pair form an unexpected bond upon meeting, but the lifelong friendship that develops is threatened by the disapproval of Victoria's inner circle. As the Queen contemplates what her life of service has meant and the restrictions it has placed on her, Abdul brings her joy as he indulges her fascination with the country she rules over from half a world away.
The film is sumptuously shot and Dench’s performance has won praise though some critics were unhappy with the white-washing of the British Raj and the "offensive two-dimensionality" of Abdul's character.
You can read more about the real Abdul Karim on Wikipedia here . There was also a recent Channel 4 documentary on the relationship, introduced by Lucy Worsley (for once, resisting the temptation to dress up). You can watch it here and make up your own mind about exactly who is whitewashed by the film.
Thursday 1st March
My Cousin Rachel (12A) 106 min. Mystery/Romance. TRAILER REVIEW
The stars are two actors playing very different characters to the roles in which we saw them in films last year (Sam Claflin in Their Finest and Rachel Weisz in Denial).
A young Englishman (Claflin) in the late 1800s believes the wife of his cousin (Weisz) murdered his guardian but his feelings for her begin to change as he falls for her unavoidable charms. This dark romantic film is based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier and was filmed in Cornwall and Italy.
Trivia: The white horse Rachel Weisz rides in the film had been trained for the TV series Game of Thrones and was taught to 'play dead' when its rider tugged hard on the left rein. Being unaware of this, at one point Rachel got partially trapped under the horse's left flank for a brief period after it rolled over onto its left side.
Thursday 5th April
Dunkirk (12A) 106 min. History/Action TRAILER REVIEW
In 1940, the British army has been forced by the Nazis to retreat to the French coast. But with the enemy advancing and the route home obstructed, it looks like only a miracle will prevent calamity. A technically brilliant film with powerful ensemble acting, Dunkirk portrays the evacuation from three perspectives: land, sea, and air. It has little dialogue, as director Christopher Nolan structured the film from the point of view of the characters, intending to use visuals rather than dialogue and back-story and creating suspense from cinematography and music.
Dunkirk has extensive practical effects (rather than computer-generate imagery), and employed thousands of extras as well as historic boats from the evacuation, and period aeroplanes.
Dunkirk is the highest-grossing World War II film of all time.