Monthly Archives: November 2012

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Winter 2013 Schedule

27 January: Jo Nesbø’s Headhunters (Morten Tyldum, 2011, Norway) 100 min 15 cert.

Adapted from the international best-seller by Jo Nesbø, Headhunters is the nail-biting Nordic Noir about a corporate head-hunter who moonlights as an international art thief and who meets his match in an exceptionally well-trained black ops soldier in a very deadly game of cat-and-mouse. One of the best films of 2012!

 

10 February: Take this Waltz (Sarah Polley, 2011, Canada) 115 min 15 cert.

Canadian writer-director Sarah Polley follows up her 2006 debut film, Away From Her, with this fun romantic comedy starring Seth Rogen and the incomparable Michelle Williams. Filmed entirely in beautiful Toronto, the location footage itself is enough to make you want to cross the Atlantic.

 

17 February: Mother (Joon-ho Bong, 2009, Korea) 128 min 15 cert.

The mother of a developmentally challenged young man accused of murder will stop at nothing to prove her son’s innocence. Although a slightly older film, Bong Joon-ho’s follow up the incredibly successful Korean monster movie, The Host (2006), is one of the greatest films made in the past ten years and more than deserves a Splendid Cinema screening.

 

3 March: Mugabe and the White African (Lucy Bailey & Andrew Thompson, 2009, UK) 90 min. 12 cert.

After a successful screening at the Worcestershire Film Festival, Splendid Cinema is very pleased to screen this very powerful documentary about a white Zimbabwean family’s opposition to Mugabe’s land reform legislation on the grounds of racism and discrimination. The film’s editor, Tim Lovell, will be in attendance to do a Q&A after the film.

 

17 March: Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Stickland, 2012, UK), 92 min. 15 cert.

British horror is alive and well in this thriller about an English sound technician (Toby Jones), working for an Italian film company, who begins losing his grasp on reality. The film is an homage to Italian giallo films of the 1970s.

 

7 April To Rome with Love (Woody Allen, 2012, US) 112 min. 12 cert.

Woody Allen’s latest Euro-Comedy sees several interweaving stories all focusing on the Italian capital. Stars Allen himself, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin and the great Roberto Benigni. Not to be missed!

 

28 April: Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg, 2012, Canada) 105 min. 15 cert

Robert Pattinson stars in the new film by David Cronenberg, and based on the acclaimed novel by Don DeLillo, about a 28 year-old billionaire who is confronted with the lives he has destroyed as he crosses Manhattan in his limo.

All films are screened at the Worcester Arts Workshop (21 Sansome Street, Worcester). Box office opens at 7pm on film nights and the films begin at 7:30.  Café Bliss is also open for a pre-show treat.

For more information on any of our films, please contact Mikel Koven at splendidcinema@live.co.uk, or look for us on Facebook.

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Worcestershire Cinemas Through the Ages

Between January and the beginning of November, I – along with several volunteers – were part of a remarkable oral history project about cinema-going in Worcestershire.

The end-product of that project can now be seen here:

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The Lady (Luc Besson, 2011) 25 November, 2012 12 cert.

Splendid Cinema presents moving & powerful biopic of Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi

Splendid Cinema presents the biopic of Burmese peace activist and Nobel prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, The Lady, on November 25th at 7:30pm at Worcester Arts Workshop.

The Lady follows the Burmese born but London raised peace activist Aung San Suu Kyi in her peaceful opposition to the military junta in Burma/Myanmar, including her house arrest and the strain it puts on her family who both support her politics, but also worry about her safety.

Winner of the 2012 International Human Rights Award, The Lady stars the incomparable Michelle Yeoh in a career defining performance. Known mostly as a martial artist in a number of excellent Hong Kong films opposite Jacky Chan and Jet Li, Yeoh gives a truly remarkable performance as Suu. Her performance alone is worth the effort to see this film. Also starring the great (and much underused) David Thewlis as Suu’s incredibly patient and supportive husband Michael Aris. There is not a bad performance in this film.

The Lady is directed by Luc Besson, the French auteur of such Cinema du Pop classics as La Femme Nikita (1990), The Fifth Element (1997) and Leon (1994), and while the film is much less action-oriented than most of his other films, it is still a beautiful looking film. It also demonstrates a sincere and heart-felt desire to tell this incredible story of bravery.  For possibly the first time ever, Besson restrains his over-the-top visual sensibility and lets the story tell itself.

Here’s the trailer:

 

All films are screened at the Worcester Arts Workshop (21 Sansome Street, Worcester). Box office opens at 7pm on film nights and the films begin at 7:30.  Café Bliss is also open for a pre-show treat.

For more information on any of our films, please contact Mikel Koven at splendidcinema@live.co.uk, or look for us on Facebook.

The Lady (UK & France, 2011, Luc Besson) 127 min. 12a Cert.

25th November 2012

Box office opens at 7pm, film begins at 7:30pm

Tickets £5 on the door

Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH

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Chico &Rita (Cuba, 2011, Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal) on 11 November, 2012

Chico and Rita

Splendid Cinema proudly presents the heart breaking and beautiful Chico & Rita

Splendid Cinema presents the stunningly gorgeous animated film, Chico & Rita, on November 11th at 7:30pm at Worcester Arts Workshop.

Chico & Rita tells the story of two aspiring musical stars in 1940’s Havana, Cuba pursuing their dreams as well as the affections of each other, from Havana to New York, Las Vegas and Paris. The couple have a turbulent love affair, with Rita finding fame and fortune in America and Chico chasing after her. They battle impossible odds to unite in music and love.

Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 84th Academy Awards (the first time that a Spanish full-length animated film was nominated), the film won the 2012 Goya Award (the Spanish equivalent of the Oscars) for best animated film. This stylish animation is a joy to watch and perfect for any hopeless romantics out there.

 

If you need any convincing to come, watch the trailer here:

All films are screened at the Worcester Arts Workshop (21 Sansome Street, Worcester). Box office opens at 7pm on film nights and the films begin at 7:30.  Café Bliss is also open for a pre-show treat.

For more information on any of our films, please contact Mikel Koven at splendidcinema@live.co.uk, or look for us on Facebook.

Chico &Rita (Cuba, 2011, Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal) 94 min. 15 Cert.

11th November 2012

Box office opens at 7pm, film begins at 7:30pm

Tickets £5 on the door

Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH

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