How To Train Your Dragon 3 – The Hidden World (PG)

From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown…and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives.

Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destines are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together—to the very ends of the Earth—to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure. 

The film starts at 6:00 pm with doors opening at 5:30 pm
Adults £4 and under 12s £3. Advance tickets are on sale at Tarvin Post Office

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Stan & Ollie

STAN & OLLIE (PG)  Friday 15th February 8:30pm 
£5  Tickets on sale Tarvin PO

Based on the later years of the lives of the comedy double act Laurel and Hardy, the film stars Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

Laurel and Hardy — the world’s greatest comedy team — face an uncertain future as their golden era of Hollywood films remain long behind them. Diminished by age, the duo set out to reconnect with their adoring fans by touring variety halls in Britain in 1953. The shows become an instant hit, but Stan and Ollie can’t quite shake the past as long-buried tension and Hardy’s failing health start to threaten their precious partnership.

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Special Nanny Returns

MARY POPPINS RETURNS (U) – Friday 15th February 6:00pm
£4 and £3 Tickets from Tarvin PO

That wonderful nanny we all wish we had as a child is back.

Based on the book series Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers, the film is a sequel to the 1964 film Mary Poppins, and stars Emily Blunt as the eponymous character with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep in supporting roles. Set in 1930s London, twenty-five years after the events of the original film.
Now an adult with three children, bank teller Michael Banks learns that his house will be repossessed in five days unless he can pay back a loan. His only hope is to find a missing certificate that shows proof of valuable shares that his father left him years earlier. Just as all seems lost, Michael and his sister receive the surprise of a lifetime when Mary Poppins — the beloved nanny from their childhood — arrives to save the day and take the Banks family on a magical, fun-filled adventure.

The film has received generally positive reviews from critics,  and it also received four Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score, Best Original Song (“The Place Where Lost Things Go”), Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design at the 91st Academy Awards.

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The Favourite

THE FAVOURITE (15) – Friday 22nd March 8:00 pm
£5

Set in the early 18th century, the story examines the relationship between two cousins vying to be court favourites of Queen Anne. It stars Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, James Smith and Mark Gatiss. Filming took place at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, and at Hampton Court Palace in Hampton Court, Surrey, between March and May 2017.

In the early 18th century, England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne, and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead, while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing, and Abigail sees a chance to return to her aristocratic roots.

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Friday 25th January sees Bohemian Rhapsody (12A) as our film for ‘grown-ups’ at 8:00pm £5

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 band-mates 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.

Yes there are some historic inaccuracies but given the involvement of the remaining Queen members, I don’t think it matters too much. Follow this link for comparison details and check-out the images of the actors and the real people. Some are uncannily very alike!
Bohemian Rhapsody vs real life


The film follows the rise of Queen up to their performance at Live Aid. I’ve always been a fan of Queen and whilst I generally knew Freddie’s story, I still enjoyed this film – I even surprised myself and shed a tear or two.

Actor Rami Malek, star of new film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, is said to have watched Freddie Mercury’s 1985 Live Aid Performance over 1,500 times on YouTube to nail his version of it. When you see the film and performance side-by-side, it shows those hours were definitely not put to waste. Malek didn’t sing and could not play the guitar or piano when he got the part of Freddie!

 

 

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