Pierre is an aimless child at an austere boarding school in France. The students and faculty are constantly at odds with one another, until a music teacher, Clément Mathieu (Gérard Jugnot), arrives and starts a choir. Clément — who has troubles of his own — tries to change the reactionary policies of the school, choosing instead to encourage his students. His efforts have a particular impact on Pierre, who shows great musical promise. English subtitles.
Set in America in 1962, Green Book tells the heart-warming story of Tony Lip (Viggo Mortenson) a working class Italian-American bouncer who takes on a job as a chauffeur for Dr Don Shirley (Maharishala Ali), a highly educated African-American classical pianist
John C Reilly, Steve Coogan; UK; 2018; 1 hour 38 minutes; Cert PG.
Laurel & Hardy, one of the world’s great comedy teams, set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As the charm and beauty of their performances shines through, they re-connect with their adoring fans. The tour becomes a hit, but Stan & Ollie can’t quite shake the specter of Laurel and Hardy’s past; the long-buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver’s failing health, start to threaten their precious partnership.
Will Ferrell; US; 2003; 1 hour 37 minutes; Cert PG.
Will Ferrell’s take on a North Pole elf trying to figure out Manhattan just might be the funniest he’s ever been, and this is certainly one of the best Christmas movies from the last twenty years. Elf follows the fish-out-of-water story of Buddy (Ferrell); an oversized elf who leaves the North Pole for Manhattan in search of his real family, after realising he is in fact a human inadvertently raised as an elf.
Under the watchful eye of writer/director Jon Favreau, Will Ferrell’s performance as loveable man-child Buddy is played with supreme comedic skill. With a tongue-in-cheek story and accessible humour for children and adults alike, Elf is a true modern Christmas classic.
Simple-minded Chance (Peter Sellers), a gardener who has resided in the Washington, D.C., townhouse of his wealthy employer for his entire life and been educated only by television, is forced to vacate his home when his boss dies. While wandering the streets, he encounters business mogul Ben Rand (Melvyn Douglas), who assumes Chance to be a fellow upper-class gentleman. Soon Chance is ushered into high society, and his unaffected gardening wisdom makes him the talk of the town.
Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutantes and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. With his latest film, Paul Thomas Anderson paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey, and the women who keep his world running. Phantom Thread is Paul Thomas Anderson’s eighth movie, and his second collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis.
March 21st; Film Club Annual Dinner starting at 6.00 pm followed by the musical Hairspray.
John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Nikki Blonsky and many more; US; 2007; 1 hour 56 minutes; Cert PG.
In 1960s Baltimore, dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) auditions for a spot on “The Corny Collins Show” and wins. She becomes an overnight celebrity, a trendsetter in dance, fun and fashion. Perhaps her new status as a teen sensation is enough to topple Corny’s reigning dance queen and bring racial integration to the show.
Mellisa McCarthy, Richard C Grant; US; 2018; 1hour 47 minutes; Cert 15.
Lee Israel is a frustrated, hard-drinking author who can barely afford to pay her rent or bills in 1990s New York. Desperate for money, Israel soon hatches a scheme to forge letters by famous writers and sell them to bookstores and collectors. When the dealers start to catch on, Lee recruits a dubious friend to help her continue her self-destructive cycle of trickery and deceit.
Rami Malek plus many more; UK/US; 2018; 2 hour 13 minutes; Cert 12A
Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day
As always, this seasons films have been selected, usually over a glass or two, by our hard-working committee members: Olwyn Mason, Sylvia Oldcorn, Barbara Kemp, Andrea Kearey, Karin Andre, Christine Gerrard, Jane Moore, Jeff Kearey and John Moore.
We hope that our selection will appeal to you and that you will be able to join us for some enjoyable Saturday evenings over the winter months.
Films are shown in Kirtlington village hall (1 South Green, Kirtlington, Kidlington OX5 6HJ). We have a very large screen, which is clearly visible from all seats in the hall, with high quality projection and sound. Bring your own wine and snacks. The adult ticket price is £5 and films start at 7.30 pm unless otherwise indicated.
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