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Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool [15] Sun. 18th Feb 5:35pm

Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame finds romance and happiness with a younger man, but her life changes forever when she is diagnosed with breast cancer in the 1970s.

It’s a classy weepy with some killer dialogue, but Bening is the big sell here. Given one of the juiciest roles of her career, she makes every moment count. Full review Olly Richards, Empire.
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The Party [15], Sun. 21st Jan, 2018

Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) has just been appointed to a key ministerial position in the shadow cabinet – the crowning achievement of her political career. She and her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) plan to celebrate this with a few close friends. As the guests arrive at their home in London the party takes an unexpected turn when Bill suddenly makes some explosive revelations that take everyone present by surprise. Love, friendships and political convictions are soon called into question in this hilarious comedy of tragic proportions. From acclaimed British filmmaker Sally Potter and featuring a star studded cast that includes Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Timothy Spall, this witty, sharp and very funny new comedy will be a unmissable date for everyone’s diary.

A sharp-edged, claustrophobic parlour piece that puts the boot into middle-class mores.

Phil De Semlyen, Empire

 

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The Other Side of Hope [15], Sun, 17, Dec. 2017

A poke-playing restauranteur and former travelling salesman befriends a group of refugees newly arrived to Finland.  Sunday 17th December, 2017.  Film begins showing at 6.00pm prompt.

Finland’s master of deadpan comedy, Aki Kaurismäki (Lights in the Dusk, Le Havre), returns with The Other Side of Hope, the story of an unlikely friendship between a Syrian asylum seeker and an elderly Finnish restaurant owner. Worthy winner of the 2017 Berlin Silver Bear for Best Director, it’s a beautiful, timely film from one of the world’s leading auteurs. Curzon Artifical Eye

Maverick as ever but fully engaged with the modern world, Kaurismäki dials back his trademark absurdism with a wry allegory of human struggle, empathy and connection. Phil de Semiyen, Empire

Gods Own Country [15]

Spring. Yorkshire. Young farmer johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.  Locations in and round Keighley.  Sunday 19th October 2017, screening begins at 6:00pm prompt.

Francis Lee’s tender, impressive debut. Wendy Ide, The Guardian