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The Odyssey
The Odyssey Cinema opened on the London Road in 2015 and is St Albans' only dedicated cinema. 

It was restored to its original glory by a combination of voluntary donation and investment.
 

What's on at the Odyssey


  • Tue 22 May - The Square (Subtitled) (15)

    12:00 PM

    Run time: 151 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h 31m In Swedish, Danish and English. All non-English dialogue is subtitled.Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or winner The Square is a knife-sharp satire on art, culture and communication in the digital age, starring Claes Bang (The Bridge), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale, Mad Men) and Dominic West (The Wire). Christian (Bang) is a divorced but devoted father of two, and the respected curator of a contemporary art museum in Stockholm. He’s gearing up to launch their next show, ‘The Square’, a daring installation examining altruism and our duty to help others. However, Christian’s own views on social responsibility are put to the test when he becomes the victim of a scam, forcing him to question the world around him and his place in it. Meanwhile, a shocking viral stunt cooked up by the museum’s PR agency is met with public outcry, sending Christian – and the museum – into an existential crisis. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Run time: 97 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 37m Ardent skeptic of all that goes bump in the night, Professor Goodman (Andy Nyman) is launched into a spook-filled quest when he receives a letter from beyond the grave. It’s from presumed-dead parapsychologist Charles Cameron (Leonard Byrne), who vanished fifteen years earlier. Now Cameron is asking for rational answers to his horrifying experiences. Goodman’s investigation leads him to a long-forgotten file detailing three haunting cases from three tormented individuals. As he digs deeper into each uncanny incident, all that he once believed – and his sanity – is thrown into question. Co-directed by The League of Gentlemen’s Jeremy Dyson, Ghost Stories is a ghoulish playground for the undead and otherworldly – and there’s no hiding from the bogeyman here. Find out more...

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  • Wed 23 May - Lady Bird (15)

    1:00 PM

    Run time: 94 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 34mA heartfelt coming-of-age story that perfectly captures the bittersweet transition from adolescence to dawning adulthood. Greta Gerwig’s charming and witty solo directorial debut flies high. Excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.   Find out more...

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  • 2:00 PM

    Run time: 107 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 47m A striking psychological thriller set on Jersey with compelling lead performances from Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn. Written and directed by Michael Pearce, Beast sees damaged soul Moll (Jessie Buckley) irresistibly drawn to the equally tortured Pascal (Johnny Flynn) from the moment she first encounters him after wandering away from her own birthday celebrations. A local poacher, Pascal is also a suspect in a string of murders that have been carried out across Jersey. On edge and desperate for someone to pay for the murderous crimes, the island’s inhabitants turn their attentions to the couple and their new-found love. Garnering rave reviews after its recent premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Beast at times recalls the films of Lynne Ramsay, Jane Campion and Andrea Arnold. It is certainly a highly impressive debut that makes for intoxicating viewing and satisfyingly bends the conventions of the thriller. Find out more...

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  • Fri 25 May - Black Panther (12A)

    7:30 PM

    Run time: 134 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h 14mThe Marvel universe continues to expand and, more crucially, to diversify.After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakandan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.Creed and Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler has taken the reins of Black Panther for Marvel, and he’s gathered a fantastic cast of talented actors for the movie. “Black Panther” also stars Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, and Forest Whitaker. Find out more...

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  • 2:00 PM

    Run time: 95 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 35m The beloved children’s classic reaches the screen with state-of-the-art effects bringing the eponymous rabbit and his gang of furry friends colourfully to life. James Corden voices Peter, the pant-less hero who finds it impossible not to pass a day without getting embroiled in some kind of trouble. This time, it’s the arrival of the man (Domhnall Gleeson) whose house Peter and friends have been partying in.With Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail. Find out more...

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  • Sun 27 May - A Wrinkle in Time (PG)

    12:00 PM

    Run time: 109 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 49m Following the incredible adventures of Meg Murry, who sets out on a time and space-bending journey through the cosmos to try and rescue her missing father. With the help of three powerful beings called Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Whatsit, Meg tries to overcome the ancient evil force that’s holding her father prisoner. And the only way to defeat this darkness is to become the light. Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th) brings the classic novel to spectacular life with ‘A Wrinkle In Time’, starring Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon. Find out more...

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  • 5:00 PM

    Run time: 116 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 56m After witnessing a Mafia murder, slick saxophone player Joe (Tony Curtis) and his long-suffering buddy, Jerry (Jack Lemmon), improvise a quick plan to escape from Chicago with their lives. Disguising themselves as women, they join an all-female jazz band and hop a train bound for sunny Florida. Their cover is perfect… until a love lorn singer (Marilyn Monroe) falls for Josephine, an ancient playboy (Joe E. Brown) falls for Daphne, and a mob boss (George Raft) refuses to fall for their hoax! Some Like It Hot is the quintessential madcap farce and one of the greatest of all film comedies. Both the gangster story and the screwball antics hark back to Hollywood films of the 1930s, but Wilder’s outrageous and subversive play with gender was truly boundary pushing and helped lead to a loosening of censorship after United Arists released the film without certification. “It possesses a quality found in the best comedies – a sense of humanity and an attitude of compassion for the lunatics who play the fool for our sake.” Find out more...

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  • Mon 28 May - Ready Player One (12A)

    5:00 PM

    Run time: 140 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h 20m Steven Spielberg’s future shocker, about people using VR to escape hell on Earth, promises to be everything The Matrix wasn’t. The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger. Find out more...

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  • 12:00 PM

    Run time: 101 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 41m In English and Japanese with some English subtitles.While all barks are translated into English, the humans’ speech in Japanese is largely unsubtitled. It is the Director’s intent that whilst "you don’t understand the words, [but] you understand the emotion" Four long years after The Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs brings another welcome dose of Wes Anderson’s whimsical charm and offbeat direction to capture audiences’ hearts. Set in a dystopian future Japan, the paw-some stop-motion animation follows 12-year-old Atari (Koyu Rankin) on his noble quest to find his adored pet dog, Spots (Liev Schreiber). After a mysterious outbreak of ‘canine flu’, all the hounds of Megasaki City are exiled by the authorities to a colossal rubbish dump known as Trash Island. Atari sets out solo to rescue his beloved pooch, meeting a few new mongrel friends along the way. Together, they end up on a journey that will decide the fate of the entire prefecture. Find out more...

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  • Tue 29 May - The Leisure Seeker (15)

    7:30 PM

    Run time: 112 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 52m A runaway couple go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call ‘The Leisure Seeker’, recapturing their passion for life and their love for each other. Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland star as the runaway couple going on an unforgettable journey from Boston to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West, Florida. They go together like matching furniture, their moods and habits perfectly shaped by each other’s. Even their ailments are complementary, one suffering in body and the other in mind: Mirren’s character, Ella, is facing cancer, while Sutherland’s, John, is losing his memory and his certainty about who he’s speaking to and what year it is. Along their road trip, the couple have a run in with the police, cross beautiful vistas, have a showdown with some thugs, and recapture their love for each other. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Run time: 90 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 30m If they can’t hear you, they can’t hunt you. Emily Blunt and John Krasinski star in, A Quiet Place, a nerve-wracking horror about a family’s desperate struggle to stay safe and silent… In a horrifyingly barren post-apocalyptic future, there has been some sort of ecological disaster or invasion and now all of humanity, lives in fear of giant reptile predators who stalk the land. The ‘reptiles’ are blind but have advanced hearing. So, as long as you can keep silent all the time, in a 24/7 hyper-alert state of anticipation, you’ll be ok!! But making the slightest noise brings these monsters out… Sound is exquisitely designed in this clever and dynamic horror. The vibrating quiet outdoors, where wind and grass whisper; the eerie, slippery on-and-off score by Marco Beltrami; the deafening noise of a waterfall; the sudden, breathless hush, trembling in the air, as a finger is brought to lips… This is a film which demands the full cinema experience to appreciate its craft. Impeccably performed and an exhilarating watch. Shhh! Don’t miss and don’t make a sound! Find out more...

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  • Thu 31 May - Love, Simon (12A)

    2:00 PM

    Run time: 109 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 49m Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing. Directed by Greg Berlanti (Dawson’s Creek, Brothers & Sisters), written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (This is Us), and based on Becky Albertalli’s acclaimed novel, Love, Simon is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Run time: 134 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h 14m To mark its 50th anniversary, Warner Bros. is opening its archives’ pod bay doors to present a theatrical re-release of this sci-fi masterpiece; it’s fitting that we should give homage to the film that inspired our cinema’s name. Tonight’s performance will be introduced by a very special guest. 2001 is an epic film in every sense, from the lush visuals to the ground-breaking effects and makeup (famously 2001 missed out on the Oscar for Best Makeup, largely because the academy voters failed to realise the apes in the first scenes were actors in costume) to the scope of the story. Kubrick made a film about nothing less than the evolution of humankind. We start with the dawning of human intelligence as our ancestors first learn to use tools, before leaping forward to our tentative first forays into space, and end with another evolutionary step into the unknown. A parallel story runs through the film with the burgeoning consciousness of artificial intelligence in the form of HAL 9000, the ship’s computer. With his self-awareness comes a desire for self-preservation. The film is at times languorous, dreamy and psychedelic. There are decidedly two meanings to the film’s tagline: “The ultimate trip.” P.S. One of the chairs in this cinema has a plaque bearing Stanley Kubrick’s name. Have you found it yet?Please note:First Half 1 hour 30 minutes *15mins intermission* Second Half: 1 hour Find out more...

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  • Sat 02 Jun - Duck Duck Goose (PG)

    2:00 PM

    Run time: 91 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 31mFlock to the cinema to have a gander at the feather-brained exploits of Peng (voiced by comedian Jim Gaffigan), a free-wheeling goose whose idiosyncratic lifestyle is disturbed after he crash lands into the path of two young orphan ducklings Chi and Chao. Reluctantly, Peng agrees to take the siblings under his wing on the migration south, all the time being pursued by a predatory cat named Banzou. Along the way a bond begins to form between the trio and Peng begins to understand the rewards of paternal responsibility. A decent supporting cast with the likes of Greg Proops, Carl Reiner and Stephen Fry help make this a fun family flick that flies along with a feather-light touch. The film is an American-Chinese co-production, and the Eastern influences can be seen in the Bamboo forests and marble caves the trio pass through, giving the film a unique visual style. The director (Welshman Christopher Jenkins) has a long history as an animator working on such films as The Lion King, Surfs Up and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Find out more...

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  • 12:00 PM

    Run time: 105 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 45m Hugh Jackman displays the true meaning of a triple threat in this bombastic re-imagination of P.T Barnum’s “Greatest Show on Earth.” The Greatest Showman follows the triumphs and tribulations of Jackman’s Phineas Taylor Barnum as he, in fabulously energetic fashion, sings and dances his way towards a dream of high society life. Through solid hustle and irresistibly catchy musical numbers Barnum enlists a motley of society’s outcasts and undesirables as he creates the signature ‘Greatest Show.’ Jackman’s Barnum is aided in his endeavour by yet another triple threat in Zac Efron’s, Phillip Carlyle, a member of the upper class who comes to ‘The Other Side’ to aid Barnum is his quest for legitimacy. Although stunning, show-stopping performances are elicited at every step of the way, particular note must be made of the truly anthemic ‘This is Me’. A life-affirming and engrossing take on a complex historical figure, The Greatest Showman perfectly captures the wonder of a truly grand show with fantastic visuals and stunning performances which will leave you humming, if not singing out loud, for hours afterwards. **Non-Singalong version for May/June screenings** Find out more...

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  • Sun 03 Jun - Mary and the Witch’s Flower (U)

    5:00 PM

    Run time: 103 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 40mIn April 2015 one of Studio Ghibli’s lead animators, Yoshiaki Nishimura, left the company and formed Studio Ponoc. Having gained support from several other Ghibli animators, as well as director Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Studio Ponoc has been able to release its first feature film, based upon the classic children’s tale, The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart. Mary is an ordinary young girl stuck in the country with her Great-Aunt Charlotte and seemingly no adventures or friends in sight. One night she follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest, where she discovers an old broomstick and the strange Witch’s flower. Together the flower and the broomstick whisk Mary above the clouds, and far away to Endor College, a truly magical school for young witches to learn their tricks. Filled with beautiful jaw-dropping imaginative worlds and colourful characters, it is everything you love and expect from your favourite Ghibli films, however with the birth of Studio Ponoc – as the translation of Ponoc says – this is “the beginning of a new day”. The screening on Sunday 3rd @ 2pm will be in the original Japanese language, with subtitles.The screening on Saturday 9th @ 5pm will be the dubbed version of the film featuring the voices of Ruby Barnhill, Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent. Find out more...

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  • 2:00 PM

    Run time: 124 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h 4m In the days following World War II a young, free thinking writer, Juliet Ashton (Lily James), receives a letter from Guernsey pig farmer Dawsey Adams (Michiel Huisman), a member of the titular Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society. Learning of the Society’s unorthodox founding as a cover for inhabitants of Guernsey breaking curfew during the Nazi occupation, Juliet takes leave of her life in London, including her new American fiancé Mark Reynolds (Glen Powell), and heads to the Channel Islands to research the group for a new book. Upon arrival Juliet meets Dawsey, and as their relationship deepens, she also finds herself drawn into the mystery of the disappearance of Elizabeth, a founding member of the society. This adaptation of the 2008 novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows is a veritable Downton Abbey reunion, with Lily James being joined by fellow alums Penelope Wilton, Matthew Goode, and Jessica Brown Findlay. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel society is splendidly period film, with Director Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral) weaving a delightful tale that is simultaneously historical romance and detective story. Find out more...

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  • Tue 05 Jun - The Shape of Water (15)

    12:00 PM

    Run time: 123 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h 3m The latest addition to Guillermo Del Toro’s catalogue of fantastical films comes this 2018 Academy Award Best Picture-Winner. Del Toro casts us away in another episode of his enchanting fantasies; this time set in 1960 we follow the story of Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a mute janitor in a top secret government facility. Normality starts spiralling out of control when Elisa forms an unorthodox romance with the facilities latest “asset”, an amphibious creature. But when the head of the facility Colonel Strickland (Michael Shannon) notices something fishy going on, Elisa must take it into her own hands to save the creature. With Sally Hawkins managing to convey an ocean of emotions without uttering a word and with red herrings around every corner, The Shape of Water makes for a real treat and is fully deserving of its best picture accolade. The cinematography, production design and rollercoaster-like storyline leaves you on the edge of your seat in exhilaration. Tipping its hat to previous films such as Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954); The Shape of Water is a testament to contemporary film whilst entwining the nostalgia old-school filmmaking! Find out more...

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  • 2:00 PM

    Run time: 100 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 40m Set against the backdrop of working men’s clubs and the stand-up comedy circuit of the north of England, Funny Cow features a star turn from Maxine Peake, as a young woman taking on the unenviable task of winning over some particularly misogynistic audiences with her comedy. As the name suggests, this film will certainly make you laugh, but it has plenty to say about the poverty of the 1970s north. Peake’s character, who we only ever hear called by her stage name, grows up in Rotherham, where she finds life is “too much and never enough at the same time.” We see her successful adulthood juxtaposed with her painful childhood — raised by an abusive father, leading to an abusive partner. She finds solace in a distinctly more middle class lover in Angus (Paddy Considine) as her increasing confidence in comedy takes her further away from her old life. Peake’s stand-up routine is decidedly non-PC, and director Adrian Shergold takes us on a fascinating journey as she goes from hostile working men’s clubs, to sold out shows in a sparkling dress. A wonderful and unique bit of British cinema. Find out more...

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  • Fri 08 Jun - Deadpool 2 (15)

    7:30 PM

    Run time: 119 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 59m Ryan Reynolds returns for his second outing as the ‘Merc with a Mouth’ (as it is widely agreed that 2009’s Wolverine Origins doesn’t count), blasting forth with Deadpool’s signature action, humour, fourth wall breaks, and complete and utter irreverence. Delivering on the promise from the first movie’s Ferris Bueller homage, Deadpool 2 sees the introduction of fan favourite character Cable (Josh Brolin) a time-travelling, cybernetic, mutant soldier; who has travelled from the future to hunt down a young mutant called Russell (Julian Dennison, best known from Hunt for the Wilderpeople). In order to protect the young mutant Deadpool puts together his own team of superheroes, the not at all derivatively named X-Force, including (among others): Zazie Beetz as the luck manipulating Domino, Terry Crews as the obscure, even for Deadpool, character Bedlam, and some guy called Peter (Rob Delaney). For a movie self-aware enough to acknowledge the difficulty of a sequel living up to the hype, Deadpool 2 seems to be taking the challenge in its stride; “It lives up to the hype, plus plus” to quote Wade Wilson himself. Find out more...

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  • 2:00 PM

    Run time: 84 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 24m Four of our country’s most lauded and beloved actresses (Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith, Judy Dench and Aileen Atkins) got together over a weekend for a few cuppas and a bit of a natter. Such is the simple set up of this documentary film, but, with a collective 337 years of life experience, these ‘Dames’ have a rich treasure trove of saucy stories and showbiz anecdotes with which to entertain us. “The laughter and pure hysteria are infectious in this wildly enjoyable film.” The Guardian. The director Roger Mitchell (Notting Hill, Enduring Love) was allowed to sit in on what is, apparently, a regular meet up of the old group of best friends who have known and worked with each other for decades, as they discuss shared histories, amusing tales of both stage and screen, the annoyances of getting old and those occasional times when the job hardly seemed worth the reward. Not that there isn’t a joy in airing one’s grievances; as Maggie Smith put it succinctly in an interview with Mark Lawson: “You’re not alone when you moan.” Find out more...

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  • Tue 12 Jun - Lean on Pete (15)

    12:00 PM

    Run time: 122 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h 02m Director Andrew Haigh surprised audiences in 2015 when he released 45 Years, the story of a couple celebrating their 45th Wedding Anniversary, a departure from his previous films, Weekend and Greek Pete, both ground-breaking intimate accounts of gay men in Britain. Now, heading in a new direction, the Yorkshire-born director has gone to rural America to tell the coming-of-age tale of 15-year-old Charley as he and his often-absent father move to Portland. As Charley spends much of his time alone, he finds acceptance and friendship in an aging horse named Lean On Pete. The star of the film is newcomer Charlie Plummer, who you may remember from recent thriller, All the Money in the World, gives a remarkable performance filled with depth, candour and vulnerability. He truly makes you believe in the relationship between a young boy and a horse. But this relationship is by no means clichéd, with Haigh himself saying, “It’s not about trying to create a fake connection between the two of them. Charley needs that horse for his own purposes, but the horse is always just a horse. This isn’t Black Beauty”. Find out more...

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  • 1:00 PM

    Run time: 92 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 32m Adapted from N J Crisp’s stage play, “That Good Night” grapples gamely with several difficult themes. Overhanging the whole production, is the poignancy of John Hurt playing the main character Ralph; a declining screenwriter diagnosed with a terminal illness, even as Hurt himself was dying of pancreatic cancer. Ralph’s final two ambitions are to patch things up with his son – a tall order given a lifetime of largely adversarial parenting – and to protect his wife from the painful trauma of his own death. These admirable aims won’t be easy however, given Ralph’s resolutely grouchy nature – at his first meeting with his son’s fiancée he insults her for no discernible reason. Determinedly spikey hair, determinedly spikey character. This is the kind of role at which Hurt excels – winning our sympathy for an essentially troubled character. Here he is effortlessly supported by Charles Dance as The Visitor, bringing his own easy intelligence to the familial mix. Although sometimes a little stagey, the production looks sumptuous, the cast is strong and the storyline thought-provoking. Predominantly though, come and remind yourself how much we will miss Hurt. Find out more...

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  • Thu 14 Jun - The Nile Hilton Incident (15)

    2:00 PM

    Run time: 111 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 51m Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at last year’s Sundance Festival, The Nile Hilton Incident takes the real life events of the Arab Spring, and places them in a story and style that wouldn’t seem out of place in a classic LA film noir. Weeks before the 2011 Egyptian revolution, Noredin (Fares Fares), a police officer in Cairo’s corrupt system, investigates the murder of a famous club singer at the Nile Hilton Hotel. What initially seems to be a crime of passion turns into something that concerns the very power elite of Egypt. The film is filled with textures, drawing parallels between the city’s rising tensions and the anti-hero’s crumbling personal prospects, managing to remain a moody and atmospheric private eye-style mystery, while offering more insight into the final days of Mubarak’s presidency than any documentary could ever manage. Fares is an absolutly compelling screen presence, while Swedish/Egyptian writer and director Tarik Saleh’s gritty style and thought-provoking script will leave you engaged and tense throughout. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Run time: 149 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h 29mThe culmination of eighteen films over a decade, Infinity War is undoubtedly one of the biggest movie events of this century! Ever since the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked off with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) ten years ago, the exploits of Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the wealth of other characters has been leading to this. We’ve seen the infinity stones in the disparate parts of this universe, and now the seemingly unstoppable warlord Thanos has come to claim them for himself. Thanos believes he must use the united infinity stones to wipe out half of all life in the universe — for the sake of balance, and life itself. Thanos is hell-bent in his mission, and The Avengers are fully-charged on theirs; Thanos must be stopped. With the usual Marvel witticisms at their very best, this is the darkest chapter of the MCU so far as all these easy-to-love characters (literally) bounce off each other: Spider-Man, Hulk, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Vision, The Scarlet Witch, The Guardians of the Galaxy and their many other friends and allies reform in this epic extravaganza which will not leave you disappointed. Odyssey, assemble! Find out more...

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  • Sun 17 Jun - A Fistful of Dollars (15)

    6:00 PM

    Run time: 96 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 36m The first instalment in Sergio Leone’s ground-breaking trilogy, which popularised the Spaghetti Western and sculpted Clint Eastwood into an icon. Taking its plot from both the classic Akira Kurosawa samurai film Yojimbo and the Dashiell Hammet crime novel Red Harvest, the film sees Eastwood’s taciturn and enigmatic "Man With No Name" (or, as he is credited in this film, "Joe") ride into a dishevelled Mexican town sought by two rival families. Seeing a way to profit from the chaos, Joe pretends to side with both families, tipping the situation into outright warfare with explosive consequences. Despite being the shortest and the cheapest of the trilogy, Leone enlivens his shabby Spanish locations and limited resources with a tense, economical style. Blunt, unpolished character exchanges alternate with extended, electric standoffs, which are given an operatic grandeur by Ennio Morricone’s score. Like its legendary hero, the film remains austere and stoic, but sharp and devastating. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Run time: 75 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 15m Don’t look down! The multi award-winning documentary “Psycho Vertical” brings us a close up (and high up) look at the life of British writer/climber Andy Kirkpatrick. Based on his autobiography; Psycho Vertical looks at Kirkpatrick’s upbringing and previous climbing escapades and draws attention to his 18-day solo ascent of the notorious climb “El Capitan” in the Yosemite National Park. With 2,300 meters of sheer granite rock to ascend; Kirkpatrick will have to rely only on strength, the gear on his back, and the knowledge in his head to fulfil his dreams. Getting up close and personal with Kirkpatrick gives us an intimate look at the emotional toll cast on him and his family from leading such an audacious lifestyle. Psycho Vertical does well in portraying the spectacular scale of El Capitan with climbers looking like mere specks on its face. Masterfully presented and skilfully written, Psycho Vertical makes for a gripping (no pun intended) insight to the world of climbing. Expect vertigo inducing heights and breath-taking landscapes as we transport you to the great outdoors from the comfort of The Odyssey! If you enjoyed Mountain back in January, you’ll love this!As an added bonus, Psycho Vertical (64mins) is accompanied by the short film THE BOTHY PROJECT (11 mins), also from Jen Randall. Find out more...

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  • Tue 19 Jun - On Chesil Beach (15)

    12:00 PM

    Run time: 110 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 50m Eleven years have passed since Ian McEwan adapted his hugely popular novel Atonement, which introduced audiences to an incredibly talented thirteen year old named, Saoirse Ronan. Now, in the adaptation of his bestselling 2007 novel, On Chesil Beach, Saoirse plays Florence, who during the Summer of 1962 marries Edward (Billy Howle). The film jumps around in time, taking us through their idyllic courtship, where we start to fall in love with them as a couple. They’re entrancingly specific people, and what surprises us is how alike they are, in spirit and temperament, and also how different their upbringings have been. She is a talented and ambitious classical musician from a well-to-do family, and he is a clever young historian from humbler origins whose mother suffered a horrific life changing accident. The film is a directorial debut for Dominic Cooke, best known for his stage work and as the artistic director of the Royal Court, however it feels like he’s been doing this for years, fashioning the material into a visually captivating romantic puzzle that reverberates with hope and tenderness and wistful loss. Find out more...

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  • 2:00 PM

    Run time: 83 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 39m Please note this is a HOH screening. (HOH – Hard of Hearing) The same format applies but with closed captioned subtitles along the bottom of the screen. All are welcome! Four of our country’s most lauded and beloved actresses (Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith, Judy Dench and Aileen Atkins) got together over a weekend for a few cuppas and a bit of a natter. Such is the simple set up of this documentary film, but, with a collective 337 years of life experience, these ‘Dames’ have a rich treasure trove of saucy stories and showbiz anecdotes with which to entertain us. “The laughter and pure hysteria are infectious in this wildly enjoyable film.” The Guardian. The director Roger Mitchell (Notting Hill, Enduring Love) was allowed to sit in on what is, apparently, a regular meet up of the old group of best friends who have known and worked with each other for decades, as they discuss shared histories, amusing tales of both stage and screen, the annoyances of getting old and those occasional times when the job hardly seemed worth the reward. Not that there isn’t a joy in airing one’s grievances; as Maggie Smith put it succinctly in an interview with Mark Lawson: “You’re not alone when you moan.” Find out more...

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  • Fri 22 Jun - I Feel Pretty (12A)

    7:30 PM

    Run time: 110 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 50m From the same writers that brought you “Never Been Kissed” and “He’s Just Not That Into You” comes their latest film, I Feel Pretty! We follow the story of an insecure woman, Renee Bennet (Amy Schumer), who awakes after a head injury convinced she is the most beautiful woman in the world! And with no remnant of her insecure past; nothing gets in her way of pursuing her wildest of dreams.   Along with her troupe of girlfriends at her side, Bennet goes about her life fearlessly but what will happen when she comes to the realisation that she hasn’t changed at all? I Feel Pretty is an outcry to modern media, querying contemporary issues like body image and body shaming with a comical spin, making for a thought provoking yet light-hearted watch. Expect Schumer in full force alongside the rest of the star-studded cast including Michelle Williams and Emily Ratajkowski. This empowering and whimsical film is a must for a girls’ night at the cinema which is destined to bring about fits of laughter! Find out more...

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  • 2:00 PM

    Run time: 86 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 26m The sequel to 2011’s ‘Gnomeo & Juliet’ that the world may or may not have cried out for. James McAvoy and Emily Blunt return, and are joined by Johnny Depp as the titular garden ornament version of Baker Street’s most famous detective. We open with a stand-off in a museum, as Sherlock Gnomes and his assistant (Gnome Watson) confront a pie-mascot version of Moriarty, who is holding gnomes hostage. The pair defeat him, or so they think. Meanwhile, Gnomeo (McAvoy), Juliet (Blunt) and their friends move to a new garden in London, where all the gnomes but Gnomeo & Juliet disappear. Gnomes & Watson arrive on the scene to investigate, and the four team up to get to the bottom of the mystery. Also among the voicing cast are Mary J. Blige, Michael Caine, Julie Walters and Stephen Merchant. There’s new songs from Elton John, and it’s all directed by the capable hands of John Stevenson, one of the directors behind Kung Fu Panda. Perhaps not for fans of the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle literature, but if you’re after fun, there’s an abundance of that here. Find out more...

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  • Sun 24 Jun - Pandora’s Box (1929) (PG)

    5:00 PM

    Run time: 109 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 49mAlmost ninety years after its release, few other silent German melodramas can claim to have endured as well as this one by, while remaining so charged and penetrating. Adapted by G W Pabst from two ground-breakingly sordid plays by Frank Wedekind, the film follows Lulu (Louise Brooks), a beautiful and amoral dancer of uncertain origin who seduces her way around 19th century Germany, following no specific plan and disregarding the consequences. Ruining a high society doctor, attracting a lesbian countess, and encountering Jack the Ripper count among her most notable accomplishments, as her unorthodox lifestyle comes to destroy everyone in the immediate vicinity, herself included. Only 23 at the time of filming, Brooks shines among a grotesquerie of German sets and character actors, combining strikingly otherworldly beauty with a recognisably human impulsiveness and sexual hunger. "She regards us from the screen as if the screen were not there; she casts away the artifice of film and invites us to play with her" (Roger Ebert). Its cynical view of society and its sexuality continues to enthral. Find out more...

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  • 2:00 PM

    Run time: 101 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 41m In a welcome contrast to the current glut of CGI-rich mayhem comes a realistic never-too-late adventure, with its director Simon Hunter nominated for an Audience Award at 2017’s Edinburgh Film Festival. Released from a tedious marriage to a domineering husband, Edie (Sheila Hancock) fends off her daughter’s efforts to confine her to a nursing home by determining to walk one of Scotland’s most demanding treks Mt. Suilvan and so, teamed with a pre-“Dunkirk” Kevin Guthrie as walk-mate Johnny, she sets out on her multi-faceted journey. Hancock may be unfairly thought of as “only” a small-screen actress but her portrayal of stoic humour in the face of emotional and physical duress shows why she’s been in constant demand in both film and TV for over 50 years; she links effortlessly with Guthrie in engaging the audience, never allowing the film to slip into self-indulgent saccharine and cliché. In addition, wonderful cinematography and tracking shots combine with an expressive soundtrack to display the beauty and sheer majesty of the Scottish countryside. No stunning surprises perhaps but a positive life-affirming story excellently – and beautifully – depicted. Find out more...

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  • Mon 25 Jun - Let The Sunshine In (15)

    7:30 PM

    Run time: 94 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 34m The world’s most renowned female director, Claire Denis (Beau Travail, White Material), delivers a refreshingly honest tale of a middle-aged woman’s quest for love in her witty and heart-warming new film. Isabelle (Juliette Binoche) is a stylish and accomplished artist living in Paris. Divorced and looking to find true love at last, she meets a handsome, kind and intelligent younger man who she thinks might finally be the one. But when he calls their affair a mistake and returns to his wife, Isabelle must again face the issue of mid-life loneliness. Sifting through former lovers, new admirers, jealous friends and chance encounters, will she find a fulfilling match? Or will she discover a new path to happiness along the way? Led by an outstanding performance by the incomparable Juliette Binoche, and featuring a scene-stealing appearance by Gérard Depardieu, Let the Sunshine In is a truly unique, touching and beautifully relatable piece of cinema. Painting a rich, emotionally complex portrait of a woman who, like Denis herself, will not let herself be boxed in. Find out more...

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  • 12:00 PM

    Run time: 96 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 36m Although billed as a ‘dark comedy’ “Tully” actually carries deeper messages concerning work-life balance, feminism and gender role stereo-typing, not to mention empathy (or lack thereof!). Charlize Theron – a strong screen presence as always – plays Marlo, married to Drew (Ron Livingstone), already mother to 2 small children and with a third on its way. She is grittily trying to live up to the (unrealistic) supermom ideal, juggling the various aspects of her life to impossibly high standards and understandably struggling. Her husband is nice enough but almost wilfully oblivious to the herculean demands draining his wife. Into this domestic quagmire swoops charismatic night-nurse Tully (Mackenzie Davis), allowing Marlo to get some desperately-needed sleep and respite. After a predictably slow start the two women start to bond and Marlo begins to regain her life and vigour. Writer Diablo Cody – she of “Juno” and “Young Adult” fame – says that “Tully” is meant to be ‘uncomfortable’ viewing and this fits well with that ‘dark comedy’ tag. Gender imbalance exacerbated by unfair expectations is not normally hilarious but its portrayal here is riveting. Find out more...

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  • Thu 28 Jun - The French Connection (1971) (18)

    7:30 PM

    Run time: 99 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 39mSpin into summer with The French Connection; come and celebrate the 5th Annual St Albans Film Festival – this year’s theme is Speed! William Friedkin’s 1971 gritty, fast-paced, and innovative thriller earned five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor. Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle (Gene Hackman) and his partner, Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider), are New York City police detectives on narcotics detail, trying to track down the source of heroin from Europe into the United States – The French Connection. But when one of the criminals tries to kill Doyle, the loose cannon detective begins a deadly pursuit that will take him far beyond his jurisdiction and far outside the city limits. Come and see one of the greatest car chase sequences in movie history on a screen big enough to host it! More info about the St Albans Film Festival here: http://www.stalbansfilmfestival.com Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Run time: 135 mins Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h 15mNever tell him the odds. Following the success of Rogue One, here comes the next bi-annual standalone Star Wars story, in the shape of a Hans Solo origin story. One of the most beloved characters throughout film, Harrison’s Ford’s portrayal of the smuggler and Millenium Falcon pilot is among the jewels of the original Star Wars trilogy. Now, the baton is passed to Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Ceaser!) to bring Hans Solo back to the big screen. Solo boasts an exciting ensemble cast with Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Donald Glover (the latter as a young Lando Calirissian). We find the younger and more idealistic Solo as he encounters the mighty Chewbacca for the first time. Through meeting Tobias Beckett (Harrelson), he accepts a mission that will put him at odds with the evil Empire for the rest of his days. Described as a ‘space western’, expect all the feverish excitement that director Ron Howard applied to Apollo 13. Will the film be a blast, or a scruffy nerf-herder? Make the jump to hyperspace down to London Road to find out. Wearing a waistcoat is optional. Find out more...

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