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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


  • Sun 20 Jan - Fantastic Beasts 2: Crimes of G. (12A)

    1:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2hr 14m Film no.2 in the Fantastic Beasts series, and no.10 from J.K Rowling’s Wizarding World franchise. The world faces a grave threat from dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald — are Newt Scamander and a young Albus Dumbledore equal to the task? Scamander’s role is reprised by the always-enjoyable Eddie Redmayne, and taking up the Dumbledore-mantle is Jude Law. Law is a wonderful addition to the Beasts cast, as the film gives valuable insight into the master-wizard’s earlier years, and his personal issues with Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). The dark wizard is on a singular mission, believing that the wizard’s superpowers grant them superiority over the muggles, and that peace between them is impossible. Still set in the roaring 20s, Grindelwald is keen to prove his point by showing his fellow wizards the war and terror that will come in the next 15 years via a vision. He professes his desire to establish tyrannical rule over the humans is a pure intention; Scamander and Dumbledore know this to be false. With a combination of reprisals and new appearances from Katherine Waterston, Zoë Kravitz and Ezra Miller, this film will not disappoint Potterheads, or anyone seeking some magic this Winter. Find out more...

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  • 6:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2hr 10mDirector Rob Marshall gathers a remarkable cast for the longest-awaited sequel in cinematic history, coming, as it does, fifty-four years after the original. Decades have passed since Jane Banks (Emily Mortimer) and her brother Michael (Ben Whishaw) last saw their magical nanny, Mary Poppins. Michael now has three children (Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson) and is struggling to stay afloat in Depression-era London. When a personal tragedy threatens to overwhelm them, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) miraculously reappears, declaring that it’s high time the Banks family rehire her. With the help of her trusty companion Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda) and her eccentric cousin Topsy (Meryl Streep), she embarks on a quest to re-enchant their drab lives and remind them of the joys of whimsy and magic. Marshall deftly balances old and new, delivering a sequel that boasts the best features of the original and many unique moments of its own. With its catchy musical numbers, arresting animated sequences and a heart-warming cameo, Mary Poppins Returns is the perfect antidote to post-Christmas blues. On top of that, Blunt’s charming performance rivals Julie Andrews’ take on the quintessentially British nanny, introducing a whole new generation to the much-beloved character. Find out more...

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  • Mon 21 Jan - Disobedience (15)

    2:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 54m The English language debut from Sebastián Lelio, director of Academy Award winning A Fantastic Woman, is a not-so-textbook tale of forbidden love within the strict boundaries of religion. Following the death of her estranged father, Ronit (Rachel Weisz) returns to the same orthodox Jewish community that had shunned her decades earlier. Abandoning her fashionable, bohemian lifestyle— and the freedom that came with it— she is immediately plunged into various ceremonies which are the epitome of religious obedience she so wanted to get away from. Her untenable teenage love affair with the devout Esti (Rachel McAdams) is secretly revived, hidden from Esti’s husband Dovid (Alessandro Nivola), a respected rabbi, and the rest of the community as a whole. The scandal is turbulent, breathing a new independence into Esti but also creating a rift between not only her and her spouse but also her religious convictions. Lelio’s portrayal is deeply empathetic to the ways in which repressive societies put women in impossible binds— a running theme throughout his work. Danny Cohen’s cinematography is muted and the drama is expertly controlled. “Richly satisfying and powerfully acted work” (The Guardian) — not to be missed. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 37mBAFTA-nominated director, Tim Wardle, documents a case so bizarre it defies belief. When Bobby Shafran starts university, total strangers keep calling him Eddy and chatting to him in oddly familiar tones. Confused, he investigates and soon discovers another student who looks so similar to him they must be twins. A local paper runs an article about the coincidence, leading another young man, David, to realise that he is the third triplet in the trio, separated at birth for reasons unknown. The story is a global sensation. The brothers become celebrities and even open a restaurant together. But as they dig deeper into their past and uncover the circumstances of their separation, this innocently quirky tale takes an unsettling turn. Wardle brilliantly captures the triplets’ bafflement with tasteful reconstructions of the lead-up to their reunion. The subjects’ own contributions then aid the transition from feel-good interest piece to dark investigative filmmaking, as they reveal the reality behind their smiling TV personas. The first half of the film alone would make for an engrossing watch. But taken as a whole, it leaves you pondering the nature-nurture debate, its impact on our morality and our power to determine who we are. Find out more...

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  • Wed 23 Jan - The Old Man & the Gun (12A)

    1:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 32 m Robert Redford concludes his acting career with a low-key but dynamic semi-true-to-life crime saga about an aging gentleman bank robber. Having spent his entire adult life shuttling between prisons for petty crime and making inventive escapes from every single one of them, 70-year-old Forrest Tucker (Redford) drifts from state to state walking into banks and taking their money in a calm, courteous fashion. Two people separately cross paths with Tucker and conspire to bring him to Earth: Jewel (Sissy Spacek), a widowed cowgirl who strikes up a romance with him and offers a calmer and less criminal life, and John Hunt (Casey Affleck), a beleaguered low-level detective and family man who draws links between his robberies and makes it his quest to reel him in. Written and directed by critically championed David Lowery, the film uses 16mm film stock and a rhythmic jazz score to evoke a crisp, smooth picture of mid-to-late 20th century American crime. Without slotting into a straightforwardly good or bad moral category, Tucker is embodied by Redford with unfaded charisma, seducing the audience and robbing banks with the same natural and compelling ease. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 51mBoots Riley takes a break from rap and music production to deliver this daringly surreal work of science-fiction satire. Set in an uncanny yet familiar version of the United States, Riley’s debut tells the story of Cash (Lakeith Stanfield), an African-American telemarketer who, sick of living out of his uncle’s garage, decides to heed the advice of co-worker Langston (Danny Glover) by affecting a white voice to charm his customers. As if by magic, Cash is catapulted through the ranks of the company, finally landing at the feet of CEO Steve Lift (Armie Hammer), who, impressed by Cash’s work, attempts to lure him into a world of obscene decadence. With unimaginable wealth inches from his grasp, the young telemarketer must decide whether to sell his soul or join girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson) and union leader Squeeze (Stephen Yeun) on the picket line. Riley’s technicolour dystopia mixes bold visuals and biting satire in a heady concoction that is at once frightening, provocative and comical. Stanfield is hilarious as the everyman trying to navigate a world dominated by predatory corporations. However, behind the humour lies a serious and incendiary critique of our own society and its absurdities. Find out more...

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  • Thu 24 Jan - Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)

    2:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2hr 14m A foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and arguably the greatest and most captivating frontman in the history of music – Freddie Mercury. Defying stereotypes and shattering convention, this biopic traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. Named after Queen’s own progressive rock odyssey. It’s a film that’s had its fair share of problems — Sacha Baron Cohen was originally to be Mercury, but left the project due to creative differences. Director Bryan Singer abruptly left the film when he stopped turning up for shoots, amid frequent clashes with the cast. Another one bites the dust, but the good news is this film is a champion. That’s largely thanks to the man who eventually won the role of Queen’s mercurial singer, Rami Malek, best known for starring in streaming series Mr Robot — expect an Oscar nod for this performance. The film charts the band’s climb to success, culminating with the career-defining performance at Live Aid ‘85. Bolstering the cast are Lucy Boynton as Mary Austin, Mike Myers as EMI executive Ray Foster, and Aidan Gillen as one of the ever-changing Queen managers. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 39mThe 3,000 foot vertical granite rock face of El Capitan is commonly regarded as one of the most visually stunning natural cliff faces in the world. Free Solo follows the story of Alex Honnold, a renowned yet somewhat controversial rock climber, as he attempts to climb El Capitan…without any ropes. Honnold will rely on his years of climbing experience, physical strength and unprecedented mental endurance to help him pull off one of the most audacious ascents in climbing history. Directed by Jimmy Chin and his wife Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, both distinguished mountaineers and filmmakers, allows the grandeur and scale of Honnold’s achievements to be gloriously captured for cinematic release. The challenges facing Honnold seem equalled by the production team and their efforts to capture the ascent whilst relentlessly questioning their own morals on filming such an event. Expect nail-biting visuals combined with an incredible story of human might and endurance, all wrapped up in a complex web of morality to make for a truly ground-breaking documentary. With such a limited theatrical release, this is certainly not one to be missed on the big screen! Find out more...

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  • Fri 25 Jan - Spider-Man: Into The SpiderVerse (PG)

    9:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 57mPhil Lord and Christopher Miller, creators of 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie, bring together both sides of their unique filmography to open up the Spider-Verse, a world where more than one can wear the mask. When Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales is bitten by a radioactive spider on the subway, he suddenly develops mysterious powers that transform him into the one and only Spider-Man. When he meets Peter Parker, he soon realizes that there are many others who share his special, high-flying talents, including the free-spirited Spider-Woman, the 1930’s Spider-Noir, and the talking pig Spider-Ham. The animation style of the film is unlike anything seen on this scale before. Much like they wanted The Lego Movie to feel like you could build all the blocks, Lord and Miller wanted this to feel like you walked inside a comic book, combining CGI animation with line work, painting, dots and all sorts of comic book techniques to make it look like it was created by hand. The film is an exciting, wild adventure, filled with heart, humour, and plenty of superhero action, some early reviews are even calling it the best Spider-Man movie ever made.The screening on Friday 25th at 9pm will be introduced by James Nichols, Lecturer in New Media Publishing at University of Hertfordshire’s School of Humanities. Find out more...

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  • 6:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 56mPart of the ‘A Cinematic Odyssey: Postcards from Europe’ strand. Roberto Benigni’s daring decision to set a comedy-drama against the backdrop of fascism pays off in this ingenuous Italian classic, now widely regarded as a masterpiece. Jewish Italian Guido Orefice (Benigni) lives a blameless life as a waiter in the Kingdom of Italy. After winning over Dora (Nicoletta Braschi) with his good-hearted nature, the pair marry and have a son, Joshua (Giorgio Cantarini), and for many years live an idyllic life running a bookshop together. But then, on Joshua’s birthday, armed thugs burst in and take them to a concentration camp. With Dora in a separate compound, it falls to the irreverent Guido to protect his son. By repurposing his gift for jokes and high jinks, he sets up an elaborate world of make-belief for Joshua in a heroic attempt to insulate him from the horrors all around them. The Italian public adored Benigni’s work so much they came to regard him as a national hero, while Pope Jean Paul II famously placed the movie in his top five. It is easy to understand why. Life Is Beautiful is deeply humane, somehow recovering decency and innocence from history’s most nightmarish catastrophe. The film will be introduced by Dr Paul Sutton, who will stay for the end of the film for a post-screening discussion in the front-tier of the downstairs seating area. Find out more...

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  • Mon 28 Jan - Evelyn (12A)

    7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 39mOrlando von Einsiedel, director of the Oscar-winning White Helmets, turns the lens on his own family in this powerful documentary about coping with bereavement. Eleven years ago, Orlando’s younger brother, Evelyn, took his own life after battling schizophrenia and depression. Despite making a career of facing down poachers and insurgents, Orlando cannot bring himself, a decade on, to discuss what happened, committing instead to a conspiracy of silence that has fractured his family and ended his parents’ marriage. Hoping to overcome his fears, he convinces his family and two of Evelyn’s closest friends to join him on a trek from one end of the UK to the other. What follows is a moving but often painful meditation on loss, as he documents their attempts to revive Evelyn’s memory, tackle their grief and re-establish their bonds with each other. While von Einsiedel’s project is shot through with sadness, his most personal documentary is ultimately a tale of hope and – as the dramatic images of the countryside suggest – triumph. Perhaps more importantly, von Einsiedel combats the stigma around suicide, which, even today, remains the leading cause of death for young men in this country. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 38m A wonderfully spirited documentary celebrating an icon of female empowerment. At age 85, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breath-taking legacy in a male-dominated world. From being one of only a handful of women in a class of hundreds of men at Harvard Law School, to her ground-breaking wins against gender inequality and becoming only the second ever woman appointed to the Supreme Court, she has truly rattled history. The portrayal is pieced together from interviews, public appearances and archival material which together illuminate her accomplishments as well as her temperament. Her phenomenal work is wonderfully juxtaposed to her soft-spoken character, and more candid scenes shed light on the personal aspects of her life. It provides insight on the role of her late husband, one of her biggest supporters, and even her workout routine. With not one but two female directors (Betsy West and Julie Cohen), the documentary is perfectly timed with the current world wide discussion around the importance of female empowerment, as well as the upcoming Ginsburg biopic, coming out in early 2019, On the Basis of Sex starring Felicity Jones as RBG. Find out more...

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  • Sat 02 Feb - A Star Is Born (15)

    7:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2hr 16m The multi-talented Bradley Cooper (undertaking both the role of director and lead actor) and Lady Gaga take on the fourth remake of a classic story, producing a film that is positively buzzing with electricity. Jackson Maine (Cooper), a seasoned, rough-around-the-edges musician drunkenly stumbles into a drag bar in search of more booze and comes across something a lot more special— Ally (Gaga). He is enchanted by her voice and stage presence, and the pair quickly fall in love. He becomes both her lover and her mentor, coaxing her into the spotlight just as she’s about to give up on her dream. But, it’s not all glitz and glamour—as her career takes off he breaks down, fighting an ongoing battle with alcoholism and escalating tinnitus. Despite being based on familiar premises, the pair inject a sense of freshness into A Star is Born that makes it seem never-before-done. Gaga has a tough act to follow, filling the shoes of Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, but she glitters as a wonderfully down-to-earth character. The whole thing is incredibly heartfelt, and definitely sure to leave you star-struck. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 45mA much-anticipated period drama set at the height of Tulipmania in 17th Century Amsterdam. We follow orphaned Sophia (Alicia Vikander) from her life in a convent to her loveless marriage to the peppercorn magnate Cornelis (Christoph Waltz). Cornelis is desperate for an heir, and she is desperate to give him one to ensure her siblings’ passage to New Amsterdam (soon to be modern New York). Unable to conceive, he commissions a portrait of his wife so that at least some legacy remains. Naturally, she and the artist (Dane DeHaan) embark on a passionate affair. Sophia has to come up with a more cunning plan to satisfy her nobleman spouse, and an unexpected scandal between her maid (Holliday Grainger) and the fishmonger (Jack O’Connell) appears to provide a solution. ‘Fever’ is definitely the right word— both to describe the rapidly escalating economic bubble of Tulip speculators and the deliciously unfolding events in their lives. Director Justin Chadwick is no stranger to a corseted drama, having directed the equally enthralling The Other Boleyn Girl, and this one is definitely up to the mark. Wrought with passion and twists that make it feel fresh despite its historical setting— come see it in bloom. Find out more...

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  • Fri 08 Feb - The Favourite (15)

    7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 59mIf you liked Lanthimos’ absurdly brilliant The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, you’ll be glad to come for another helping of just the same… And more. Winning Olivia Coleman a Golden Globe, it is already looking to be a favourite for 2019 – and for good reason, too. She perfectly captures the tragicomic core of Queen Anne, the barmy ruler of England at the end of the Stuart Era. Her Royal Highness leaves the business of ruling the country to Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) who seems pretty comfortable in this role until Abigail (Emma Stone) clumsily stumbles into the picture and threatens to displace her from her almost-throne. Both women fiercely competing for the Queen’s favour ends them up in a hilarious love triangle, sharp with sabotage and top-drawer hi-jinx. The delicious power struggle is shot through with playfulness that promises to deliver absurd laughs. The three performances are pitch-perfect, elevated by gorgeous costume design and wide shots that makes this not only a story-telling marvel but also a visual masterpiece. Fiercely funny, the period misadventure is a mischievous romp that really deserves all the fuss. Don’t miss. Find out more...

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  • 6:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 52m Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, known by most as just “Colette,” had one of the most profoundly impactful literary careers of any woman in French history. This Keira Knightley-led period piece does fair justice to the French proto-feminist author. Placed against Dominic West’s portrayal of her husband, a playboy and struggling writer Henry Gauthier-Villars (pen-named “Willy”) – encourages Colette to write. Resulting in her series of acclaimed Claudine novels, inspired by her childhood in the countryside. But they were infamously released under his name, with Henry happy to take both the credit and most of the financial reward. Colette’s friends warn her along the way, murmuring “he’s made you one of his ghosts already?”. Colette eventually asks that they list themselves as co-writers, a notion firmly shut down by Henry. The manipulation worsens, with Colette being locked in a room until she writes enough to satisfy a quote set by him. Knightley and West have a tremendous chemistry: two very smart and worldly performances that suggest that Colette and Willy did enjoy something like a real love affair, and that Colette is never simply a victim, nor Willy simply an exploiter. Colette is still so extremely relevant, it’s high time this story was told on the big screen. Find out more...

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  • Mon 11 Feb - An Impossible Love (Subtitled) (15)

    7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2hr 15mA sensitively observed study of the impossibilities in romantic and familial love. Rachel (intelligently captured by Virgine Efira) is a sweet country girl; unassuming and beautiful. The slick Parisian Philippe (Niels Schneider) is smoothly handsome, educated and narcissistic. They meet in her home town of Chateauroux, where Philippe is sent to work as an army translator. He completely dazzles her with his knowledge of literature and the arts, and they are drawn to each other in a way that appears inevitable. Yet, when she falls pregnant, he refuses to marry her on the premise that he cannot be tied down because she is not of worthy class status. Thus begins a cat-and-mouse act that stretches out for years, with him intermittently sauntering into and disappearing out of the lives of the single mother and her daughter Chantal. More unresolved than traditional, Catherine Corsini’s beautiful film is deeply sympathetic to the often struggling but ever resourceful Rachel as she attempts to build a life for her and her daughter alone. What begins as a sweet love story morphs into a poignant look at a mother-daughter relationship as it grows over 30 turbulent years. Find out more...

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  • 12:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 53m Jason Reitman, director of Juno, tackles the scandalous true story of Gary Hart, who, after almost winning the White House, faced a career dogged by gossip and missed opportunities. Four years after losing the race for Democratic Presidential Nominee, Senator Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman) emerges as the clear front runner for his party. With his unassuming demeanour and bipartisan reputation for honesty, Hart promises a new politics that favours integrity over photo opportunities and buzzwords. But when he invites the press to follow him off the campaign trail–against his manager Bill Dixon’s (J.K. Simmons) better judgement–the public begin to question his fidelity. A series of incriminating photos leave his wife Oletha (Vera Farmiga) reeling, and he soon finds himself fighting to repair both his private life and his public image. Jackman delivers an astonishing performance as Hart, capturing the senator’s appeal while hinting at the secrets that haunted him. Farmiga is also impressive, poignantly portraying a woman forced to sacrifice her own interests to her husband’s ambition. Reitman handles this sensitive topic with tact, presenting the facts with clarity and forcing us to ponder the pressure we place on our public figures. Find out more...

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  • Thu 14 Feb - Casablanca (1942) (U)

    5:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 38mOf all the cinemas, in all the towns, in all the world, walk into The Odyssey this Valentine’s Day for a genuine cinematic masterpiece. Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) is a cynical expatriate who runs a nightclub (simply named “Rick’s”) in the city of Casablanca, Morocco. As World War II breaks out, Rick’s becomes a haven for refugees hoping to obtain safe passage to America. But when his ex-lover Isla (Ingrid Bergman) arrives at the club with her fugitive resistance leader husband Victor (Paul Henreid), a love triangle forms, forcing Rick to make one of the most important decisions of his life. Exquisitely shot with a perfect atmospheric score by Max Steiner, Casablanca was nominated for eight Academy Awards in the 1944 Oscars and won three of them for Best Picture, Best Director (Michael Curtiz) and Best Screenplay (Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch) Almost 75 years since it was originally released, Casablanca retains it’s well deserved status as one of the greatest films ever made. Find out more...

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  • 8:45 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 50mFast approaching its 60th Anniversary, the 1961 classic remains as fabulous as ever as it makes a return on The Odyssey’s big screen. Paul, a lonely struggling writer (George Peppard) becomes enchanted with his neighbour Holly Golighty (Audrey Hepburn); an independent young woman with a latent romantic streak and a charming free spirit. He becomes drawn into her world, which is mostly made up of elaborate cover stories to maintain dignity and cover up some less-than-moral goings on. He sees through her penchant for high fashion and socialite aspirations to the hidden vulnerability she hones at heart. It is not difficult to see why this film remains a firm favourite to many; the costumes are iconic— who could forget that little black dress? It’s hard to imagine anybody other than Hepburn, who brings Golighty to life in a bat of her doe eyes, filling those Chanel shoes. Add in the soft croon of Moon River and you have a recipe for a timeless classic. Definitely glamorous and perhaps a little bizarre, the love story is ditsy and delightful in a way that is as captivating now as it was during its original release. Find out more...

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  • Fri 15 Feb - True Romance (1993) (18)

    9:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 56m“Stealing, Cheating, Killing. Who said romance is dead?” From screenwriter Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained) and director Tony Scott (Top Gun) comes this explosive alternative Valentine’s Day treat. Clarence (Christian Slater) is a solitary comic book geek who meets and falls in love with call girl Alabama (Patricia Arquette). But whilst confronting her dangerous pimp Drexel (Gary Oldman), Clarence accidentally picks up a suitcase containing $5 million of cocaine. The young lovers race off to LA, hoping to sell it using some of Clarence’s Hollywood connections, but both the Mafia and the police are hot on their tail resulting in a bloody and brilliant finale. With a memorable score by Hans Zimmer and an amazing ensemble cast including Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper (watch out for a show stealing tête-à-tête between these two) and co-starring James Gandolfini, Brad Pitt, Samuel L. Jackson and Val Kilmer as Elvis, True Romance is the very definition of a modern day cult classic. Find out more...

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  • 2:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 42mSING-ALONG VERSIONThe same format applies for these screenings but with singalong subtitles along the bottom of the screen during the songs. The perennially popular musical returns for a singalong matinée ahead of our evening screening of The Front Runner, on a day celebrating the versatile talents of Hugh Jackman. P. T Barnum (Jackman) strives to find an outlet for his ferocious imagination, pursuing a string of ill-fated ventures before finally setting up a circus show with never-before-seen acts to amaze his audience. His show proves controversial, but, after teaming up with playwright Philip Carlyle (Zac Efron) and acrobat Anne Wheeler (Zendaya), his popularity skyrockets. Soon, the father of the modern circus is rubbing shoulders with big names abroad, including Queen Victoria and opera singer Jenny Lind (Rebecca Ferguson). But as Barnum vaults from triumph to triump, Charity (Michelle Williams), his wife, grows increasingly distant and he struggles to strike a balance between reality and spectacle. Popular demand has kept us bringing this barn-storming crowd-pleaser back month after month. Its catchy musical numbers and dazzlingly choreographed sequences–replete with tumblers, dancers and elephants–are impossible to forget. While showcasing his boundless gifts as singer, actor and all-round entertainer, Jackman effortlessly steers this epic extravaganza with a performance that unsurprisingly earned him a Golden Globe nomination. Find out more...

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  • Sun 17 Feb - Stan & Ollie (PG)

    1:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 37mSteve Coogan and John C. Reilly encompass comedy greats Stanley ‘Stan’ Laurel and Oliver ‘Ollie’ Hardy beautifully, giving their all from the first frame to the last. Set in the early 1950s, the glitzy Hollywood era is far behind them, and Laurel and Hardy struggle to keep an audience. They set off on a tour of Britain, performing ‘a greatest hits’ show, however, buried ghosts start to reappear and the future begins to look uncertain. Director Jon S. Baird (Filth) and writer Jeff Pope (Philomena, Little Boy Blue) fully immerse us in the world on the comedy kings, creating a film that is endearingly modest and gentle, that also delves deep into the strange world of being funny, and the burden of aging in showbiz. It is incredible how much they look like the real deal, with Reilly spending 4 hours in the makeup chair each day being placed into his prosthetics designed by two time Oscar winner, and St Albans local, Mark Coulier, who is best known for his work on the Harry Potter series, aging Tilda Swinton in The Grand Budapest Hotel and transforming Meryl Streep into The Iron Lady. Find out more...

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  • 6:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 31mThis cult romantic comedy classic from the New Hollywood era makes for the perfect alternative Valentine’s Day movie. A box-office failure at the time of its release, but enamoured as an iconic comedy since (currently voted 45th funniest film of all time by the AFI), Harold and Maude follows the blossoming romance between death-obsessed young 20-year old Harold (Bud Cort) and the older Maude (Academy Award winner Ruth Gordon) who is about to turn 80. In an attempt to distance himself from his oppressive mother’s (Vivian Pickles) attempts to marry him off into society, Harold fakes his own death time and time again – for kicks. After meeting the free-spirited Maude at a funeral service – she begins to teach him a new appreciation for love and living life to its fullest. Director Hal Ashby’s (Shampoo (1975)) film is born from the New Hollywood-style of direction, and is filled with an independent aesthetic, dead-pan humour and the fresh, often darkly surreal, spirit of the age. Featuring a wistful soundtrack by Cat Stevens (‘If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out’) and a warm, hilarious performance from Gordon (who previous won an Oscar for her portrayal of the interfering Satan-worshipping neighbour in Rosemary’s Baby (1968)) this is a black comedy romance with an existential edge for those that are too sour for Valentine’s schmaltz. This screening will include a very short (but sweet) introduction on alternative Valentine’s films by Dr Darren Elliott-Smith. Find out more...

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  • Mon 18 Feb - Shoplifters (Subtitled) (15)

    7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2hrHirokazu Kore-eda, master of the family drama, attains new heights with this Palme d’Or-winning tale of compassion and understanding. Osamu (Lily Franky) plays the father-figure to a motley group of impoverished outcasts. His wife Noboyu (Sakura Ando), the teenage Aki (Mayu Matsuoka) and elderly widow Hatsue (Kirin Kiki) have meagre incomes that barely sustain their makeshift family. To make ends meet, Osamu takes Shota (Kairi Jō), his son, on regular shoplifting excursions. Returning one night, they find Yuri (Miyu Sasaki), a child, trapped outside her apartment and, in a fit of compassion, abduct her from her abusive parents. After initial reluctance, the others agree to adopt Yuri. Osamu inducts her into the secrets of shoplifting and the group comes to resemble a happy family. But with Yuri’s face plastered over the news and unspoken secrets lurking, disaster threatens to destroy their domestic idyll. Kore-eda’s work recalls that of Ken Loach and Yasujirō Ozu, director of the celebrated Toyko Story. With his naturalistic style, he lays bare the lives of his world-weary characters. But with understated tenderness, he also affords them the sympathy they deserve, serving up a new Tokyo Story for the modern age. Find out more...

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  • 12:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 54m Taking the reins from Michael Bay, Travis Knight departs from his predecessor’s effects-driven style to deliver what critics are calling the best Transformers film yet. Set twenty years before the last instalment, Bumblebee follows Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld), a teenage girl coming to terms with her father’s death. On her eighteenth birthday, Charlie stumbles across a yellow Volkswagen beetle in her uncle’s scrapyard, and, finding herself drawn to the car, drives it home. When she tries to repair it, the seemingly unremarkable vehicle suddenly transforms into a huge robot (voiced by Dylan O’Brien). Dubbing the mighty yet timid machine Bumblebee, the pair become firm friends. But as she unearths more of the robot’s past, alien hunter Colonel Jack Burns (John Cena) closes in and Charlie winds up embroiled in an interstellar conspiracy that endangers the Earth itself. As with previous instalments, Bumblebee boasts impressive visuals and exciting action sequences. But Knight’s new entry is unique. Its titular CGI hero is brimming with personality and the relationship he forges with Steinfeld makes for a compelling story that will win plenty of new converts, alongside the spectacular robot mashups that made the franchise popular. Find out more...

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  • Thu 21 Feb - Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG)

    1:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 52 mThe story of Ralph’s quest to transition to bonafide hero from the villain of ‘Wreck-It-Ralph’ continues, as he and fellow misfit Vanellope decide to take on the World Wide Web in this gloriously animated Disney sequel. Wreck-It-Ralph (2012) established Ralph’s ardent desire to break free from his bad-guy persona, which saw him teaming up with racer/glitch, Vanellope von Schweetz. John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman reprise their roles respectively as Ralph and Vanellope. This time, the mission centres more around Vanellope, who must save her game, Sugar Rush, by travelling into the internet itself to find the vital replacement part. They encounter Yesss (Taraji P. Henson), the algorithm who determines content for ‘BuzzzTube’ (no prize for guessing which websites are being parodied there), and also many Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar characters (Disney fully exploiting their considerable number of properties). There’s also a number of scenes stolen by the Disney Princesses. A film that is equally enjoyable for children and adults – the knowing retro video game references will also please the big kids! Find out more...

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  • 9:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 37mBill Murray stars as Phil a local weatherman with ambitions to break into national news presenting. His good guy act in-front of the camera is all a facade, and instead he thrives on poisonous put-downs. On 2nd February he gets sent to cover a Groundhog Day festival in a small Pennsylvania town along with his producer (Andie MacDowell), something that he deems below him. But a blizzard that he has failed to forecast traps him in the town, and due to some Twilight Zone-ish story riff he becomes stuck in an endless loop to relive the same day over and over. Faced with no tomorrow, Phil can do or be anything he wants; an indulgent child, Superman, God, or even the good guy. Director and screenwriter Harold Ramis (Ghostbusters) brings to the screen an inventive and sharply satirical story about looking outside of your own life and the happiness this can bring. Come and relive the experience of this eternally hilarious comedy on the big screen. The film will be introduced by Dr Paul Sutton, who will stay for the end of the film for a short post-screening discussion in the front-tier of the downstairs seating area. Find out more...

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  • Fri 22 Feb - Mary Queen of Scots (15)

    5:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h 4mSaoirse Ronan continues her sharp ascendancy with this star turn as one of the most fascinating figures in history. The film tells the story of the infamous relationship between Mary Stuart and her cousin Queen Elizabeth I (the nearly unrecognisable Margot Robbie), and the resulting conflict between England and Scotland. Conducting two fiery female leads; this is the directorial debut from British theatre director Josie Rourke, making an impressive transition from stage to screen. Handling writing duties is Beau Willimon, known best as showrunner for the Netflix adaption of House of Cards — clearly relishing, bringing his brand of behind closed doors scheming from the White House to Elizabethan England and Scotland. It really is all about Ronan’s performance though, who uncannily matches several of the historical paintings of Mary herself. She’s starkly juxtaposed with Elizabeth, the smallpox-suffering Queen with her white-painted face and bold red wigs. Alexandra Byrne’s costume design deserves all the plaudits, as does a brilliantly baroque score from composer Max Richter. Not to mention a sensational performance from David Tennant as sinister minister, John Knox. Find out more...

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  • 5:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2hr 26mDecember 2018 saw the 50th Anniversary of this classic Children’s musical adventure film, loosely based on Ian Fleming’s novel and written by Roald Dahl. Dick Van Dyke plays Caractacus Potts, an oddball inventor and widowed father to the adorable Jeremy and Jemima, who one day while bunking off school meet Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes), who falls for Potts and his inventions. For his greatest invention, Potts buys an old grand prix car and turns it into a car that can drive, float and fly. Six cars were made for the film, however, only one was fully functional, even hitting 120mph when driven by Graham Hill. The car was bought at auction for $805,000 by director Peter Jackson, who uses it to raise money for charity at air shows. The most memorable part of the film, apart from the car itself, are the musical numbers, written by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, famous for the songs from Mary Poppins. Just thinking about the title song, ‘Truly Scrumptious’, or ‘Me Ol’ Bamboo’ has them stuck in your head for days, but seeing the sequences on the big screen is magical. Find out more...

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  • Sat 23 Feb - Glass (15)

    9:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2hr 9mOne could say the superhero film market is a little oversaturated, so Glass is a most welcome, fresh take on the genre. And with M. Night Shyamalan at the helm, it’s a tale of mass murder and split personalities. Glass is the third film in Shyamalan’s ‘Eastrail 177’ Trilogy, following on from Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016). Returning from the latter film is Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), who has split personality disorder to a very disturbing degree; something that McAvoy clearly relished playing, in a particularly creepy performance. Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn, a security guard with superhuman strength, and the ability to see the crimes people have committed by touching them. And Samuel L. Jackson is the film’s namesake, Mr. Glass — the brittle-boned comic book theorist, who is also a mass murderer with superhuman intelligence. A fantastic addition to the cast is Sarah Paulson, a doctor who attempts to provide therapy to the men, perceiving their problems as delusions of grandeur. But as dark secrets emerge that hold the three of them together, was putting them in a room a grave mistake? Find out more...

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  • 1:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2hrThe story of a father, David Sheff (Steve Carrell) desperate to help his son Nic (Timothée Chalamet), and tortured by the idea that he could be to blame. David had a life that many would envy: a beautiful older teenage son; two young children from his happy second marriage; to artist Karen (Maura Tierney); a house near the north Carolina coast and notable success as a journalist, with major publications like The New York Times and Rolling Stone. Without warning, his son Nic becomes withdrawn from the family. By the time David realises what’s happening, Nic is hooked on crystal meth.Making his English-language debut, Belgian director Felix van Groeningen (2012’s Broken Circle Breakdown) is no stranger to melancholic material. He deftly deals with David struggling with happier memories, and attempting to piece together what went wrong, with Nic in and out of rehab and unravelling fast. The screenplay was developed by the real-life Sheff’s memoir, Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, and also leant on Nic Sheff’s Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines. Chalamet’s portrayal of vulnerability, fear, aggression and desperation is masterful, a tragic young man who is convinced happiness requires intoxication. Find out more...

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  • Town: St Albans
  • County: Hertfordshire
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