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Now showing at Artrix School Drive,Bromsgrove,Worcestershire B60 1PQ 01527 577330

  • Love & Friendship
  • My Neighbour Totoro
  • The Snarling

Love & Friendship 4 stars

Lady Susan Vernon is concerned about the rumours that have begun to circulate about her relationship with smitten suitor Lord Manwaring. She seeks refuge with her late husband's family on their vast estate. Charles Vernon is blind to Lady Susan's capacity for mayhem, but his wife, Catherine, is less trusting, especially when their house guest charms her handsome younger brother, Reginald. Complicating matters, Lady Susan must find a wealthy suitor for her daughter, Frederica, and she resolves to force a love match with Sir James Martin.

  • GenreAdaptation, Comedy, Drama, Historical/Period, Romance
  • CastJames Fleet, Xavier Samuel, Morfydd Clark, Jemma Redgrave, Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny.
  • DirectorWhit Stillman.
  • WriterWhit Stillman.
  • CountryIre/Neth/F
  • Duration92 mins
  • Official sitewww.loveandfriendshipmovie.com
  • Release27/05/2016

Bosoms heave, corsets strain and venomous one-liners land with marksman-like precision in Whit Stillman's delicious period romantic comedy, based on Jane Austen's novella Lady Susan. The acclaimed New York-born writer-director polishes a very British tale of stifled emotions and rigid etiquette to a glorious lustre. Adultery, deception and intrigue abound in the rarefied circles of the late 18th century, spun to perfection by a widow with a gift for scandalous suggestion if it emboldens her social standing or perhaps lands her a rich, old and undemanding husband. The lead character's complete lack of scruples in a world where appearances are everything and rumour can scorch a lady's reputation beyond repair is a delight to behold. She wrecks romances and undermines friendships with nary a flicker of concern for her unsuspecting victims, observing that "facts are horrid things" as she stacks one tiny fib atop another, certain that they will never fall. Stillman gifts this peach of a role to Kate Beckinsale and she savours ever acid-laced bon mot with relish. Lady Susan Vernon (Beckinsale) is concerned about the rumours that have begun to circulate about her relationship with smitten suitor Lord Manwaring (Lochlann O'Mearain). She seeks refuge with her late husband's family on their vast estate. Charles Vernon (Justin Edwards) is blind to Lady Susan's capacity for mayhem, but his wife, Catherine (Emma Greenwell), is less trusting, especially when their house guest charms her handsome younger brother, Reginald (Xavier Samuel). Needless to say, Reginald's parents (James Fleet, Jemma Redgrave) are horrified by the prospect of their son fraternising with a minx. Complicating matters, Lady Susan must find a wealthy suitor for her daughter, Frederica (Morfydd Clark), and she resolves to force a love match with Sir James Martin (Tom Bennett). Lady Susan's trusted confidante in tangled affairs of the heart is the equally unshockable Alicia Johnson (Chloe Sevigny), who has burdened herself with an older husband (Stephen Fry). "He's too old to be governable, too young to die," admonishes Lady Susan. As the scheming socialite's web of lies unravels, she must think quickly on her feet to maintain her standing with her cadre of ardent supporters. Love & Friendship is a rare tonic. Period detail and costumes are impeccable, but it is Stillman's riotous reinvention of Austen's little-known novella that glitters brightest. Beckinsale oozes butter-wouldn't-melt sweetness as she leaves desolation in her bustled wake, running rings around the male of the species by exploiting her sex's bountiful charms. Every back-handed compliment lands like a sharp slap to the chops, eliciting so much laughter in some scenes that a couple of zinging one-liners are lost in our mounting delirium. A perfect excuse to savour a second helping. It would be rude not to.

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Tuesday 26th July 2016

My Neighbour Totoro 4 stars

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Satsuki and her sister Mei move into an old house in 1950s Tokyo with their father, university professor Tatsuo Kusukabe, whose wife Yasuko is recovering from serious illness. The children are delighted to find that tiny dust creatures inhabit their new home, which are visible when the girls move between darkness and light. Mei explores the property and stumbles into a magical briar patch, where she befriends a rabbit-like spirit, which she christens Totoro.

  • GenreAnimation/Cartoon, Classic, Drama, Family, World
  • CastNoriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi, Sumi Shimamoto, Toshiyuki Amagasa, Shigeru Chiba.
  • DirectorHayao Miyazaki.
  • WriterHayao Miyazaki.
  • CountryJpn
  • Duration86 mins
  • Official site
  • Release24/05/2013 (selected cinemas)

A 25th anniversary re-release of the Japanese animated fantasy, which brought Studio Ghibli and director Hayao Miyazaki to worldwide attention. Satsuki (voiced by Noriko Hidaka) and her sister Mei (Chika Sakamoto) move into an old house in 1950s Tokyo with their father, university professor Tatsuo Kusukabe (Shigesato Itoi), whose wife Yasuko (Sumi Shimamoto) is recovering from serious illness. The children are delighted to find that tiny dust creatures inhabit their new home, which are visible when the girls move between darkness and light. Mei explores the property and stumbles into a magical briar patch, where she befriends a rabbit-like spirit, which she christens Totoro (Hitoshi Takagi). When the girl tells her family about her new friend, Tatsuo tells his daughter that Totoro is the enchanted keeper of the forest and he will return to Mei. Sure enough the spirit visits Mei during a torrential downpour and reveals himself also to a delighted Satsuki.

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Wednesday 27th July 2016

The Snarling 3 stars

Comedy, horror.

  • GenreComedy, Horror
  • CastBen Manning, Laurence Saunders, Chris Simmons.
  • DirectorPablo Raybould.
  • WriterPablo Raybould.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration83 mins
  • Official sitewww.thesnarling.com

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Thursday 28th July 2016