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Film

Monday 30th May - Tuesday 31st May

Eye in the Sky

Dir: Gavin Hood – USA – 102mins (15)

Helen Mirren and the late, great Alan Rickman star in this searing thriller which investigates an urgent and thorny issue: the widespread use of drone warfare by western governments during conflict.

Focussing on one particular locale, a shanty town in Kenya where jihadi suicide bombers from terrorist group al-Shabaab are reportedly ensconced following the Nairobi shopping mall attack.

Mirren plays a colonel stationed at an army base, Aaron Paul, a drone pilot in Nevada, Rickman, a lieutenant in the midst of warring politicians and Barkhad Abdi, an agent on the ground in Kenya. These four main characters are caught in the web of a much larger political game and tasked with making abstract decisions with potentially horrifying real life implications.

As taut as it is timely, this is a nifty little thriller which offers a tense, tough, biting commentary on the way wars are fought today.

Superb!

Wednesday 1st June 7:30pm

The Big Short

The next in our MAYBE YOU MISSED programme

Dir: Adam McKay – USA – 130mins (15)

Winning the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay this story focusses on a serious, complicated subject with an impressive attention to detail and manages to deliver a well-acted, scathingly funny indictment of its real-life villains into the bargain.  With a stellar cast, including Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Steve Carrell, this classy drama exposes the vast degree of lies and manipulation of the financial world in an extremely entertaining manner.

Saturday 4th June 11:00am

Grave of the Fireflies

The next in our STUDIO GHIBLI season.

Dir: Isao Takhata – JAPAN – 89mins (12A) (1988)

A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister’s struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

Tickets: Adults £4 & Children £3 (+ £1 Poly Fund)

Monday 6th June - Wednesday 8th June

Mustang

Dir: Deniz Gamze Ergüven – TURKEY – 97mins (15) S/T

This Turkish film delivers a bracing and thoroughly timely message whose power is further bolstered by a wonderful cast.

Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey. Five free-spirited teenage sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbour passes by and reports what she considers to be illicit behavior to the girls’ family. The family overreacts, removing all “instruments of corruption,” like cell phones and computers, and essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides.  As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate. The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives.

A powerful portrait of female empowerment which will get your heart racing in this very special, beautiful film.

 

Monday 6th June 7:45pm

Film Club: The Misfits (PG)

The final film of stars Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe is an elegy for the death of the Old West from writer Arthur Miller and director John Huston.

Club Membership £15:  Ticket Prices £2.50 for Members & £5 for Non-Members + £1 Poly Fund on all tickets

Book early – only 35 seats available.

Poly Film Club in the Bar at 7:45pm.

Monday 13th June - Tuesday 14th June

High Rise

Dir: Ben Wheatley – UK – 112mins (15)

Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller and Jeremy Irons star in this much-anticipated adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s savagely brilliant novel, a satire of Thatcherite excess and consumerist values.

Hiddleston (lately seen in The Night Manager) moves into a luxurious new apartment block and is quickly seduced by its social scene, going to glamorous cocktail parties where the conversation always lead back to the block’s enigmatic architect. Flaws being to emerge and cracks in the regimented social strata also start to show.  Eventually nihilism, in the form of drugs, alcohol, extreme sex, violence and acts of depravity and destructiveness prevail, as Ballard’s dystopian parable reaches its climax.

It’s both a homage to Ballard’s anarchic vision and an entirely singular piece of film-making, made by some of the best contemporary British talents working today.

Visionary film-making, wildly ambitious, very caustic which hits the bull’s eye of almost every target in its sights.  It has cult classic written all over it.

Wednesday 15th June 7:30pm

Dad’s Army

The next in our MAYBE YOU MISSED programme

Dir: Oliver Parker – UK – 100mins (PG)

It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then – to patrol the Dover army base – is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits, setting the pulses racing and putting the local women on red alert. MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea. There’s a spy on the loose! The outcome of the war is suddenly at stake, and it falls to our unlikely heroes to stand up and be counted.

With an all star including Tony Jones, Bill Nighy & Tom Courtney, this is a fond homage to the original much-loved TV series.

Monday 20th June - Wednesday 22nd June

Sing Street

Dir: John Carney – IRELAND – 106mins (12A)

A new musical comedy from the director of “Once” – it’s a funny, boisterous and joyously uplifting treat.  Set in Dublin in 1985, it’s a loving homage to the ’80s, full of in-joke cultural references to the period, its music and fashion.

Conor is a new kid in an inner-city school who gradually musters the courage to talk to beautiful Raphina, a model preparing to move to London.  He asks her to be in his music video and she agrees – only problem is, he’s not yet in a band …

Full of infectious musical set-pieces and tremendously likeabl;e performance, this is a lovely rousing film that’s certain to send you home with a big smile on your face.

“Sing Street is the most romantic movie you’ll find anywhere these days, brimming over with music, fun and the thrill of first love.” Rolling Stone

“John Carney’s coming-of-age musical is a synth-drenched joy: a tuneful, deeply personal ode to the impulse that forges a high school rock band.”  Time Out

Monday 20th June 7:45pm

Film Club: Taxi Driver (18)

A must-see film for movie lovers, this Martin Scorsese masterpiece is as hard-hitting as it is compelling, with Robert De Niro at his best.  An alienated, battle-scarred loner embarks on a mission of misguided revenge in the seedy underbelly of nighttime Manhattan.  Unbelievably this film is 40 years old this year but is still as relevant today.

Club Membership £15:  Ticket Prices £2.50 for Members & £5 for Non-Members + £1 Poly Fund on all tickets

Book early – only 35 seats available.

Poly Film Club in the Bar at 7:45pm.

Monday 27th June - Tuesday 28th June

Love & Friendship

Dir: Whit Stillman – USA – 92mins (U)

A deliciously sharp comedy, based on the Jane Austen novella ‘Lady Susan’ and set in the 1790s.  A tale of matchmaking and heartbreaking, centred around beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale).

The scheming Lady Susan pays a visit to Churchill, her in-laws’ estate, while waiting for social chatter about a personal indiscretion to pass. Whilst there, aided and abetted by her loyal friend Alicia (Chloë Sevigny), who’s married to upright killjoy Mr Johnson (Stephen Fry), she decides to secure husbands for herself and her long-suffering daughter Frederica.

But the arrival of two men at Churchill, handsome and eligible Reginald DeCourcy and wealthy Sir James Martin severely complicates their plans.

Stillman is on top form here with a gloriously witty and acerbic tale of romance and realism.

“Jane Austen has never been funnier” The Telegraph