Gone Girl (2014, 18)

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FRIDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2015

“A delicious exercise in audience-baiting, unnerving, shocking and provoking…the plot is essentially unchanged, but every screw has been tightened. Brilliantly played by Ben Affleck…the best thing Rosamund Pike has ever done.”
The Telegraph

“Rosamund Pike delivers a fascinatingly poised performance. With her sculpted beauty, Arctic blonde sexiness and wide, almost lidless stare, Pike is Tippi Hedren 2.0, expressing a desperate unhappiness beneath her flawless perfection.”
The Guardian

Our next screening is a decidedly adult re-telling of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel Gone Girl, directed by David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network). On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behaviour have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

The film had audiences and critics abuzz on its original release, and Rosamund Pike is hotly tipped for Oscar and BAFTA success.

A word of warning, though: the film carries an 18 certificate for “strong bloody violence, very strong language”. Although the violence is confined to a handful of scenes, it is unflinching in its detail so viewers wary of stronger material should consult the BBFC web site before deciding whether to attend.

That said, unless you have a real aversion to fictionalised violence please don’t let it put you off: the film is a stunning thriller that deserves to be seen on the big screen with an audience.

Tickets are available by emailing llancarfancine@gmail.com or call 01446 781 144.

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Teens takeover

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In three years of operation we’ve learned many things about putting on a film show, but there’s always something else to discover. One thing we’ve never properly cracked is how to encourage teenagers and younger adults into the cinema. It’s a common challenge for community exhibitors and this month we decided to tackle the issue head on.

So last Friday we handed running of the event over to four local teenagers in hope they would help us to better understand what their age group wants from a village hall event. They chose to screen Now You See Me (2013, 12A), a title we’d never have picked ordinarily (so that was one lesson learned!). They designed the poster; chose The Cerys Potter Foundation as the good cause for receipt of the event’s profits; set up the equipment; ran the box office; sold refreshments; did the welcome and introductory speech; ran the projection; and tidied up afterwards.

That’s quite a responsibility, and they did brilliantly. A good sized audience came out in support, making this our best January screening event to date. The atmosphere was just how we like it: friendly, welcoming and professional. And best of all, the teen volunteers seemed to be having fun!

So well done to Amy Williams, Helen Jenkins, Lowri Williams and Mali Ford. And thanks to everyone who attended, helping to raise £100 for the teens’ chosen charity.