The Rider

The Rider

Age:

15

105 min

Runtime:

Release Date:

2018

Country:

USA

Chloé Zhao

From the director of Nomadland, this film also features untrained actors playing themselves and is set in

the world of South Dakota rodeo. Brady must come to terms with the fact he cannot ride again following a

head injury. A moving exploration of where we find identity and meaning in life and relationships. It is

visually stunning, shot by the cinematographer of God’s Own Country. Landscape and action are beautifully

intertwined from the beginning and the wide-open skies and tight close ups are used to dramatic effect.

‘Impressive and very accomplished’. Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

Roma

Roma

Subtitles

Age:

15

135 min

Runtime:

Release Date:

2018

Country:

Mexico

Alfonso Cuaron

An Oscar-winning tribute to the maid who brought the director up, this is both an intimate and affectionate

portrait of family life in the 1970s as well as exploring the political, social and racial complexities of life in

Mexico City. We see the contrasting stories of maid Cleo (played brilliantly by an untrained actress) and the

chaotic, middle-class family who employ her. The film had a very limited cinema release and deserves to be

appreciated on the big screen. A memorable treat, beautifully filmed in black and white.

Richard Jewell

Richard Jewell

Age:

15

131 min

Runtime:

Release Date:

2019

Country:

USA

Clint Eastwood

During the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, security guard Richard Jewell discovers a suspicious backpack under a bench in Centen-nial Park. With little time to spare, he helps to evacuate the area until the incendiary device inside the bag explodes. Hailed as a hero who saved lives, Jewell’s own life starts to unravel when the FBI names him the prime suspect in the bombing. ‘Richard Jewell is a fascinating and gripping account of a real-life hero being persecuted by the corrupt powers he had always respected’. Lewis Knight Daily Mirror

C'est la Vie

C'est la Vie

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Age:

15

117 min

Runtime:

Release Date:

2017

Country:

France

Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache

A hugely enjoyable comedy by the directorial duo behind The Intouchables. A wedding in a 17th-century chateau threatens to erupt into a nightmare for the cantankerous organiser who is working his last event. Max (Jean-Pierre Bacri) is just trying to get through the night but must deal with a cast of offbeat characters and a girlfriend who’s flirting with a young server. This film is a must for lovers of French humour.

Shirley

Shirley

Age:

15

107 min

Runtime:

Release Date:

2020

Country:

UK

Josephine Decker

Author Shirley Jackson, a famous horror writer hampered by anxiety and agoraphobia, is struggling to write a ‘missing student’novel. To help, her cheating husband, Stanley, invites newlyweds Fred and Rose to stay. The two women form an unusual, potentially unhealthy bond. Rose finds herself erotically in thrall to both the house (a character in its own right!) and the writer. Part psychological horror, part erotic thriller, not a conventional biopic, Shirley keeps you enthralled until the very end.

So Long, My Son

So Long, My Son

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Age:

12A

182 min

Runtime:

Release Date:

2019

Country:

China

Wang Xiaoshuai

Epic saga, covering 30 years of modern China’s changes, of the contrasting fortunes of two families, each with a son born on the same day. Twenty years after the international success of his Beijing Bicycle, Wang’s flashback-structured film won both male and female acting awards at the Berlin Festival and richly rewards close attention. A complete immersion experience, ranging over the Cultural Revolution, the one-child policy and China’s economic transformation, the three hours fly by. ‘A gorgeous, melancholy masterpiece’. The Guardian

Woman at War

Woman at War

Subtitles

Age:

12A

114 min

Runtime:

Release Date:

2018

Country:

Iceland

Benedikt Erlingsson

Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman but behind the scenes of quiet routine she is a passionate environmental activist secretly waging a one-woman war on the local aluminium industry. Halla’s actions grow bolder from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage but, just as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives a letter that could change everything… A quirky and inspirational film

Burning

Burning

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Age:

15

148 min

Runtime:

Release Date:

2018

Country:

South Korea

Chang-dong Lee

A mystery thriller about obsessive love based on a short story by Haruki Murakami and set in consumerist South Korea. Country boy Jong-su finds himself in an unlikely relationship with Hae-mi, who takes off for a trip to Africa, returning with the sophisticated Ben, her new best friend. A languorous, twisting, unsettling psychological drama emerges as the triangular relationships develop and the sociopathic Ben reveals his secret hobby, leaving the bewildered and resentful Jong-su struggling to understand what is happening in his new ‘friendship’. ‘A brilliantly made one-off; puzzling, intelligent and ultimately mesmerising’. Ian Freer Empire

Permission

Permission

Subtitles

Age:

12

88 min

Runtime:

Release Date:

2018

Country:

Iran

Soheil Beiraghi

Futsal is a modified version of indoor five-a-side football as played in many countries worldwide. Afrooz is the captain of the Iranian women’s national futsal team. After 11 years of hard work, Iran is in the final of the Asian Nations Cup. But as Afrooz is about to embark for Malaysia, she learns that her estranged husband has forbidden her to leave the country. ‘Permission brims with an anger that goes beyond that of Afrooz. It’s less interested in tragedy than in making demands, less in pity than in emphasising how much potential is squandered when women are treated in this way. It’s full of hunger for justice’. Jennie Kermode Eye for Film

The Personal History of David Copperfield

The Personal History of David Copperfield

Age:

PG

119 min

Runtime:

Release Date:

2019

Country:

UK

Armando Iannucci

A modern take on Charles Dickens’ classic tale of a young orphan who eventually triumphs over many obstacles. With an extraordinary slate of actors and ostentatiously colour- blind casting, this is a radical and rollicking adaptation from Iannucci with the excellent Dev Patel in the lead. We race through the events (some inserted from Dickens’ life) with our unreliable, energetic and engaging narrator. Mark Kermode described it as ‘wonderfully entertaining, managing to both respect and reinvent the novel’.