Spring programme 2015

Worried the sparkle of Christmas jollity will fade all too quickly in the New Year? Fear not: we have a cracking line up of films to brighten even the darkest months as winter gives way to spring:

Friday 16 January
NOW YOU SEE ME (2013, 12A)

“Magicians as criminals is a marvellous conceit and Louis Leterrier gets a great deal of entertainment out of it.”
Empire Magazine

We bring a bit of Las Vegas razzle dazzle to the month of January, with Now You See Me, a heist movie with a difference.

The story follows four gifted stage magicians as they steal from the rich and give to the poor, while locked in a thrilling cat and mouse chase with the FBI and Interpol.

The stellar cast includes Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harelson, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg and Isla Fisher.

Friday 13 February
GONE GIRL (2014, 18)

“The spirits of Highsmith and Hitchcock hover over this outrageous pulp suspense-thriller from David Fincher.”
The Guardian

“Stylish, twisted and daring, Gone Girl is a David Fincher date movie: dark, smart and dangerous.”
The Daily Telegraph

“A sharply made, perfectly cast and unfailingly absorbing melodrama.”
Hollywood Reporter

We move from light to dark in February, with this troubling thriller based on Gillian Flynn’s acclaimed novel.

David Fincher directs Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in this tale of marital intrigue. Did Nick Dunne (Affleck) kill his wife? It’s a dark question explored in hard-hitting style.

Friday 13 March
THE IMITATION GAME (2014, 12A) 

“The Imitation Game watchably recreates one of Britain’s finest hours, and one of its most shameful.”
The Guardian

“A finely etched character study, with Cumberbatch on towering form.”
Total Film Magazine

Since de-classification of wartime secrets, the incredible story of the Allied code breakers of Bletchley Park has become widely known, yet Alan Turing, the genius behind the major breakthrough that led Nazi transmissions to be decrypted, has remained enigmatic. This film aims to set the record straight, with Benedict Cumberbatch, as Turing, already tipped as an Oscar hopeful.

 

Friday 17 April
MR TURNER (2014, 12A)

“If there is one film you should see on the largest screen possible this year, it is Mr Turner.”
The Times

“What a glorious film this is, richly and immediately enjoyable, hitting its satisfying stride straight away.”
The Guardian

Speaking of awards recognition, Timothy Spall is sure to be nominated for his powerhouse performance as one of Britain’s best-loved painters, Joseph Mallord William Turner. Director Mike Leigh brings the painter’s extraordinary talents to the big screen alongside his eccentricities and curious relationships. Prepare to be dazzled and enlightened!

Frozen Sing Along: a real heart warmer!

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Last weekend we hosted TWO performances of Disney’s smash hit Frozen, the biggest grossing animated film of all time. Having sold out one event we had no choice but to put on a second the following day to cope with demand.

And what a treat it was. Enthusiastic voices were raised in unison as the story and musical numbers unfolded, and some of the children joined in as well!

Both events were held in aid of the Better Life Appeal, a local charity working to improve the quality of life of people with cystic fibrosis. Thanks to the generosity of our audiences- the largest we’ve ever admitted- the weekend raised £450 for the charity.

On behalf of cinema volunteers and the Better Life Appeal, thanks to everyone who joined in the fun and gave so generously.

Nadolig Llawen – Happy Christmas!

A magical evening/ Noson hudolus

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Photos © Richard Brewis and Ian Fell

Last Thursday saw our first Welsh language film screening: the wonderful Dan y Wenallt. The film is the latest big screen adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ classic ‘play for voices’ Under Milk Wood.

This unconventional interpretation mixes beautiful and evocative imagery with a stirring soundtrack, complimenting Thomas’ dazzling wordplay.

Undoubted highlight of the evening was an introduction and Q&A by two members of the film’s cast, Sharon Morgan (who plays Mary Ann Sailors) and Carwyn Glyn (Mr Pritchard). We couldn’t have asked for more gracious, funny and insightful guests.

Added to that, Kay Brain and Katherine Kemp laid on a marvellous festive spread on behalf of the Llancarfan and District Community Association, including themed craft ales (Milk Wood Ale and Organ Morgan no less!).

Our thanks to everyone who joined us, and if you were unable to attend but fancy catching the film then S4C is televising the Welsh language version on 27 December at 9pm, or you can wait until April 2015 for the English language version.