Film Screenings May 25th – June 10th
After a storming return to sell-out shows in the first week back, the Curzon is back with as full and varied a film programme as ever. The Box Office is currently opening 30 minutes before screenings, with tickets and information available online.
Nomadland (12A) *F
Extra screenings have been added due to the popularity of the triple Oscar-winner.
Winner of Best Picture, Best Director for Chloé Zhao and Best Actress for Frances McDormand at the 2021 Academy Awards. Best Picture and Best Director at the 2021 BAFTAs. Best Picture and Best Director at the 2021 Golden Globes and the prestigeous Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. This is a stunner of a film to reopen the Curzon with.
‘Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland is an utterly inspired docu-fictional hybrid. It is a gentle, compassionate, questioning film about the American soul. With artistry and grace, Zhao folds nonprofessionals into an imagined story built around a cheerful, resourceful, middle-aged woman played by Frances McDormand. This quiet, self-effacing performance may be the best of her career so far.’ – The Guardian
Frances McDormand plays a woman in her sixties, who loses everything after the 2008 Great Recession in America and is forced to hit the road and become a modern, van- dwelling, nomad.
Peter Rabbit 2 (U)
A highly anticipated return from Peter Rabbit, with packed screenings in the first week of its release; it’s set to entertain audiences throughout the half-term holidays.
Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated, but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be.
Featuring a star-studded cast including Domhnall Gleeson, James Corden, Margot Robbie, Rose Byrne, David Oyelowo, Elizabeth Debicki, Hayley Atwell, Sam Neill and more.
Tue 25 May 4.30pm, Wed 26 May 4.30pm (subtitled), Thu 27 May 4.30pm, Sat 29 May 10.30am & 2.30pm, Sun 30 May 10.30am & 2.30pm, Mon 31 May 10.30pm & 2.30pm, Tue 1 June 10.30am & 2.30pm, Wed 2 June 10.30am & 2.30pm (2.30pm subtitled), Thu
3 June 10.30am & 2.30pm, Fri 4 June 10.30am & 2.30pm, Sat 5 June 10.30am & 2.30 pm, Sun 6 June 10.30am & 2.30pm
FBI informant William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya). A career thief, O’Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell (Jesse Plemons). Hampton’s political prowess grows just as he’s falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson (Dominique Fishback). Meanwhile, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul. Will he align with the forces of good? Or subdue Hampton and The Panthers by any means, as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover (Martin Sheen) commands?
‘This is a film made with a sense of outrage; although the events occurred so long ago, the ramifications that they led to are clearly still being felt in the US.’ – The Australian
‘The movie is a knockout – a 40-proof tragedy.’ – The Financial Times
Screening: Thu 27 May 8.00pm
Curzon Comedy (15)
There are just a handful of tickets left for the Curzon’s live comedy night. Bringing some much-needed laughter back to town. We have 4 stand-up comedians, of the highest pedigree, lined up and ready to take to the stage.
An accomplished radio presenter with stage and TV acting credentials (‘Absolutely Fabulous’ BBC, ‘Why the Long Faces’ Square Donkey Productions, and TV warm-up for ‘Deal or No Deal’ Channel 4), Sally-Anne’s confident persona and quick wit have rapidly made her a much sought-after comedian. She’s a regular compere at Glastonbury Festival, and a keenly anticipated turn on the UK comedy circuit.
Lou Conran is the winner of Best MC 2020 at the Comics Comic Awards and will be bringing her work in progress show to your ears. It’s stuff and nonsense but it will be funny. “Masterful at owning a room” Edinburgh Guide
Lightning-fast choreography meets uber swift editing in a fantasmagorical collision of quality entertainment. An overload of velvet, sandals and multi-hued wool provides a startling accompaniment, the whole effect being that of a slim man and a fat man putting their bums in your face.
Headlining at venues from the Falklands to Ashby De La Zouch, they’ve circumnavigated the planet, spurting amusement in concentrated bursts. If you like music and let’s face it, who doesn’t, you’ll like it. If you like silliness, middle aged men dancing and unsavoury acts, you’ll probably love it.
Tom Deacon has been an established act on the circuit for 14 years, performing solo shows in Europe, New Zealand and Australia. He’s currently a host on F1 esports for Sky Sports and was the Eurofan on Youtube’s Copa 90 channel. You may have heard him on Radio 1 and Capital FM where he had his own show.
Live at the Curzon Fri 28 May 7.45pm (doors open at 7pm)
Thelma & Louise 30th Anniversary (15) *F
Directed by action master Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) from an Oscar-winning screenplay by Callie Khouri, Thelma & Louise is an “exhilarating” (The Washington Post), full-throttle adventure hailed as one of the best road movies of all time. Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis star as accidental outlaws on a desperate flight across the Southwest after a tragic incident at a roadside bar. With a determined detective (Harvey Keitel) on their trail, a sweet-talking hitchhiker (Brad Pitt) in their path and a string of crimes in their wake, their journey alternates between hilarious, high-speed thrill ride and empowering personal odyssey… even as the law close in.
Screening: Sat 29 May 7.30pm
The Human Voice + Exclusive Cinema Q&A with Tilda Swinton & Pedro Almodóvar hosted by Mark Kermode (15) *F
The critically-acclaimed 30-minute film will be followed by a 45-minute entertaining and insightful recorded Q&A. Hosted by Mark Kermode, Pedro and Tilda discuss the inspirations they drew on for the film, how The Human Voice fits within the ‘Almodóvar oeuvre’, and what Pedro will be making next – including a great surprise for Tilda. Recorded under lockdown conditions, the discussion features visual references and clips to create a dynamic and interesting companion piece to the short film. The Human Voice was shot over nine days in Madrid in July and recently premiered to critical acclaim at the Venice Film Festival. It is Almodóvar’s first work in the English language. Madness and melancholy intersect to thrilling effect as Almodóvar reimagines Jean Cocteau’s short play The Human Voice for an era in which isolation has become a way of life. Laws of desire become the rules of the game as Tilda Swinton’s unnamed woman paces and panics in a glorious Technicolor apartment where décor offers a window into her state of mind. A short, sharp shot of distilled Almodóvar: passion, emotion, heartbreak, wit, and melodrama exquisitely bound up in a tale for our times.
Screening: Sun 30 May 7.30pm
Sound of Metal + Recorded Q&A with Riz Ahmed (15)
After losing his hearing Ruben, a touring musician, must find stability now that his life has been upended. Riz Ahmed (Oscar nominated for this performance) and Olivia Cooke star in this ground-breaking drama from the producers of The Rider, and directed by Darius Marder, writer of The Place Beyond the Pines. This picture was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for the fantastic performance of Paul Raci. Winner of both Best Editing and Best Sound at the Academy Awards this incredible picture brings the experience of deafness to the cinematic medium with stunning results. Utilising the full extent of the cinema sound system Sound of Metal lets the audience experience Ruben’s growing deafness through fantastic editing and sound design, this is a must see on the big screen. Stick around after the credits for a recorded Q&A with Riz Ahmed, exclusive to cinemas. All screenings of Sound of Metal will contain subtitles.
Screening Times: Mon 31 May 19:30, Wed 2 June 19:30
The true story of Dream Alliance, an unlikely racehorse bred by small-town bartender Jan Vokes. With very little money and no experience, Jan convinces her neighbours to chip in their meagre earnings to help raise Dream and compete with the racing elites. Their investment pays off as Dream rises through the ranks and becomes a beacon of hope for their struggling community.
Starring Toni Colette, Damien Lewis, Joanna Page, Derek Jacobi and Katherine Jenkins.
Screening: Fri 4 June 7.30pm, Sat 5 June 7.30pm, Mon 7 June 7.30pm, Tue 8 June 7.30pm, Wed 9 June 2.30pm (subtitled) & 7.30pm, Thu 10 June 2.30pm & 7.30pm.
In the 1840s, acclaimed self-taught palaeontologist Mary Anning works alone on the wild and brutal Southern English coastline of Lyme Regis. The days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now hunts for common fossils to sell to rich tourists to support herself and her ailing widowed mother. When one such tourist, Roderick Murchison, arrives in Lyme on the first leg of a European tour, he entrusts Mary with the care of his young wife Charlotte, who is recuperating from a personal tragedy. Mary, whose life is a daily struggle on the poverty line, cannot afford to turn him down but, proud and relentlessly passionate about her work, she clashes with her unwanted guest. They are two women from utterly different worlds.
Yet despite the chasm between their social spheres and personalities, Mary and Charlotte discover they can each offer what the other has been searching for: the realisation that they are not alone. It is the beginning of a passionate and all-consuming love affair that will defy all social bounds and alter the course of both lives irrevocably Starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan. Written and directed by Francis Lee.
Screening: Sun 6 June 7.30pm