2017 film synopses


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Wednesday

Sing
13:00 Cert U
Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Buster Moon, a dapper koala, presides over a once-grand theatre that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal – some, might even say delusional – optimist, who loves his theatre above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now faced with the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.

Guardians

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
15:15 Cert 12A
Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand. Written by Marvel Studios.

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Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story
18:00 Cert 12A
This is a documentary about the life and work of Michael “Mick” Ronson, the guitarist, songwriter, producer and arranger who, in the early part of his career, performed with David Bowie as one of the ‘Spiders from Mars’.

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Donnie Darko (Directors Cut)
20:00 Cert 15
Donnie Darko doesn’t get along too well with his family, his teachers and his classmates; but he does manage to find a sympathetic friend in Gretchen, who agrees to date him. He has a compassionate psychiatrist, who discovers hypnosis is the means to unlock hidden secrets. His other companion may not be a true ally. Donnie has a friend named Frank – a large bunny which only Donnie can see. When an engine falls off a plane and destroys his bedroom, Donnie is not there. Both the event, and Donnie’s escape, seem to have been caused by supernatural events. Donnie’s mental illness, if such it is, may never allow him to find out for sure.

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Enter The Dragon
22:30 Cert 18
Enter the Dragon revolves around the three main characters. Lee, a man recruited by an agency to investigate a tournament hosted by Han, since they believe he has an Opium trade there. Roper and Williams are former army buddies since Vietnam and they enter the tournament for their own reasons: Roper is on the run from the Mafia due to his gambling debts, while Williams, harassed by racist police officers,  defends himself from them and uses the car for his getaway. It is a deadly tournament that they will enter on an island. Lee’s job is to get the other two out of there alive.

Thursday

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Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) with live electronic musical accompaniments by the Guildhall’s Electronic Music Studio
13:00 Cert PG
Made between 1923 and 1926 by the legendary genius of silhouette animation, Lotte Reiniger, and adapted from “The Arabian Nights.” Adventures of Prince Achmed tells the story of a wicked sorcerer who tricks Prince Achmed into riding a magical flying horse. The heroic prince is able to subdue the magical horse, which he uses to fly off on to many adventures. While travelling, he falls in love with the beautiful Princess Peri Banu, and must defeat an army of demons to win her heart. The entire film is animated using the silhouette technique, which employs movable cardboard and metal cut-outs posed in front of illuminated sheets of glass.

Frozen Sing-A-Long  
14:30 Cert PG
When the newly-crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice, cursing her home into an infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
17:00 Cert 12A
All looks lost for the Rebellion against the Empire as they learn of the existence of a new super weapon, the Death Star. Once a possible weakness in its construction is uncovered, the Rebel Alliance must set out on a desperate mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. The future of the entire galaxy now rests upon its success.

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail
19:30 Cert 12A
History is turned on its comic head when, in 10th century England, King Arthur travels the countryside to find knights who will join him at the Round Table in Camelot. Gathering up the men is a tale in itself but after a bit of a party at Camelot, many decide to leave only to be stopped by God who sends them on a quest: to find the Holy Grail. After a series of individual adventures, the knights are reunited but must face a wizard named Tim, killer rabbits and lessons in the use of holy hand grenades. Their quest comes to an end however when the police intervene – just what you would expect in a Monty Python movie.

Alien Covenant
21:30 Cert15
The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

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The Big Lebowski
00:00  Cert 18
When “The Dude” Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, two thugs urinate on his rug to coerce him into paying a debt he knows nothing about. While attempting to gain recompense for the ruined rug from his wealthy counterpart, he accepts a one-time job with a high pay-off. He enlists the help of his bowling buddy, Walter, a gun-toting Jewish-convert with anger issues. Deception leads to more trouble, and it soon seems that everyone from porn empire tycoons to nihilists want something from The Dude.

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Robocop: (1987)
02:15  Cert 18
Detroit – in the future – is crime-ridden and run by a massive company. The company has developed a huge crime-fighting robot, which unfortunately develops a rather dangerous glitch. The company sees a way to get back in favor with the public when policeman Alex Murphy is killed by a street gang. Murphy’s body is reconstructed within a steel shell and called RoboCop. RoboCop is very successful against criminals and becomes a target of supervillian Boddicker.

Friday

Laputa: Castle In The Sky (Japanese with English subtitles)
11:00 Cert PG
A young boy stumbles into a mysterious girl who floats down from the sky. The girl, Sheeta, was chased by pirates, the army and government secret agents. In saving her life, they begin a high-flying adventure that goes through all sorts of flying machines, eventually searching for Sheeta’s identity in a floating castle of a lost civilization.

ghostbusters

Ghostbusters (1985)
13:00 Cert 12A
Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz and Egon work at the University where they delve into the paranormal and fiddle with many unethical experiments on the students. As they are kicked out of the University they go into business for themselves. Under the new snazzy business name of ‘Ghostbusters’, and living in the old firehouse building they work out of, they are called to rid New York City of paranormal phenomenon at everyone’s whim…. for a price. Blamed for the city’s increased ghostly appearances, they’re thrown in jail by the EPA, but the mayor takes a chance and calls on them to help save the city.  Who are you gonna call?

Dr Strange

Doctor Strange
15:15 Cert 12A
Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilising a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artefacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Bunch of Kunst
17:30 Cert 18
British punk duo Sleaford Mods have been called “the voice of Britain” by their fans, “Britain’s angriest band,” by the Guardian and “The world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band” by Iggy Pop. “Bunch of Kunst” follows them on their two-year journey from Nottingham bedroom recording sessions to chart success. Plus Q&A with Jason Williamson and the Director Christine Franz.

BBC Live Broadcast of Glastonbury
22:00

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OKJA (Preview Screening)
00:30 Cert 15
For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja – a massive animal and an even bigger friend – at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when a family-owned multinational conglomerate, Mirando Corporation, takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where image-obsessed and self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend. With no particular plan but single-minded intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission, but her already daunting journey quickly becomes more complicated when she crosses paths with disparate groups of capitalists, demonstrators and consumers, each battling to control the fate of Okja while all Mija wants to do is bring her friend home. Deftly blending genres, humor, poignancy and drama, Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host) begins with the gentlest of premises – the bond between man and anima – and ultimately creates a distinct and layered vision.

Saturday

Metropolis with Live Accompaniment by Old Police House Collective
11:00 Cert PG
Sometime in the future, the city of Metropolis is home to an utopian society where its wealthy residents live a carefree life. One of those is Freder Fredersen. One day, he spots a beautiful woman with a group of children, when the woman and they children quickly disappear. Trying to follow her, he is horrified to find an underground world of workers,  who apparently run the machinery which keeps the utopia above ground functioning. One of the few people who know about the world below is Freder’s father, John Fredersen, who is the founder and master of Metropolis. Freder learns that the woman is Maria, one who espouses join the “hands” – the workers – to the “head” – those in power above – by a mediator or the “heart”. And Freder wants to help her. When John learns of what Maria is advocating and that Freder has joined their cause, an old colleague steps up to scupper their plans.

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A Bag of Rice
14:00 Cert U
Jairan comes from a big, busy family where she often feels left out or overlooked. Bored of sitting at home whilst her sisters go to school, she persuades a neighbour to take her across the city to buy rice. Their everyday trip soon turns into an exciting adventure with many twists and turns. This simple story is never boring with natural, funny performances and a lovely message about community.

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What About Bob
15:30 Cert PG
Doctor Leo Marvin, an egotistical psychotherapist in New York City, is looking forward to his forthcoming appearance on a “Good Morning America” telecast, during which he plans to brag about “Baby Steps,” his new book about emotional disorder theories in which he details his philosophy of treating patients and their phobias. Meanwhile, Bob Wiley is a recluse who is so afraid to leave his own apartment that he has to talk himself out the door. When Bob is pawned off on Leo by a psychotherapist colleague, Bob becomes attached to Leo. Leo finds Bob extremely annoying. When Leo accompanies his wife Fay, his daughter Anna, and his son Siggy to a peaceful New Hampshire lakeside cottage for a month-long vacation, Leo thinks he’s been freed from Bob. Leo expects to mesmerize his family with his prowess as a brilliant husband and remarkable father who knows all there is to know about instructing his wife and raising his kids. But Bob isn’t going to let Leo enjoy a quiet summer by the lake.

gimme danger

Gimme Danger
17:15 Cert 15
Emerging from Ann Arbor Michigan amidst a countercultural revolution, The Stooges’ powerful and aggressive style of rock-n-roll blew a crater in the musical landscape of the late 1960s. Assaulting audiences with a blend of rock, blues, R&B, and free jazz, the band planted the seeds for what would be called punk and alternative rock in the decades that followed. Jim Jarmusch’s new film “Gimme Danger” chronicles the story of The Stooges, one of the greatest rock-n-roll bands of all time.

BBC Live Broadcast of Glastonbury
22:00

rocky horror

Rocky Horror Picture Show
00:30 Cert 15
A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

Dont look

Don’t Look Now
02:15 Cert 15
A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter
two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.

Sunday

Advanced Preview screening TBA
11:00

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Paterson
13:15 Cert 15
Here is one week in the life of a young man named Paterson, of Paterson, New Jersey. He lives an extremely regimented, mundane and routine-locked life, so much so that he is able to wake up at exactly the same time every day without an alarm. That life includes eating Cheerios for breakfast; walking to work carrying his brown bag lunch, packed in his lunch pail by his wife Laura; having a casual chat with his colleague Donny before he begins his shift driving the #23 Paterson bus for the local public transit company; walking home where he straightens out the exterior mailbox which somehow during the day gets knocked crooked; eating dinner with Laura and listening to her goings-on of the day; taking Laura’s English bulldog Marvin – who he would admit to himself he doesn’t much like – out for a walk to his neighborhood bar where he has one, and only one, beer before walking home with Marvin.

Your Name
15:30 Cert 12A
Mitsuha is the daughter of the mayor of a small mountain town. She’s a straightforward high school girl who lives with her sister and her grandmother and has no qualms about letting it be known that she’s uninterested in Shinto rituals or helping her father’s electoral campaign. Instead, she dreams of leaving the boring town and trying her luck in Tokyo. Taki is a high school boy in Tokyo who works part-time in an Italian restaurant and aspires to become an architect or an artist. Every night he has a strange dream where he becomes… a high school girl in a small mountain town.

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Rushmore
17:30 Cert 15
Max Fischer is a precocious 15-year-old whose reason for living is his attendance at Rushmore; a private school where he’s not doing well in any of his classes, but where he’s the king of extracurricular activities – from being in the beekeeping society to writing and producing plays, there’s very little after school he doesn’t do. His life begins to change, however, when he finds out he’s on academic probation, and when he stumbles into love with Miss Cross, a pretty teacher of the elementary school at Rushmore. Added to the mix is his friendship with Herman Blume, wealthy industrialist and father to boys who attend the school, and who also finds himself attracted to Miss Cross. Max’s fate becomes inextricably tied to this odd love triangle.

OKJA repeat screening 
19:15

BBC Live Broadcast of Glastonbury
22:00

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Hedwig & the Angry Inch
00:30 Cert 15
Hedwig, born male as Hansel in East Berlin, fell in love with an American G.I. and underwent a Gender Confirmation Surgery in order to marry him and flee to the West. Unfortunately, nothing worked out quite as it was supposed to – years later, Hedwig is leading her rock band on a tour of the US, telling her life story through a series of concerts at Bilgewater Inn seafood restaurants. Her tour dates coincide with those of arena-rock star Tommy Gnosis, a wide-eyed boy who once loved Hedwig but then left with all her songs.

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