‘Darkest Hour’ on June 19th 7.30pm at the De Valence, Tenby.

Darkest Hour is a 2017 war drama film directed by Joe Wright and written by Anthony McCarten. It stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, and is an account of his early days as Prime Minister, as Nazi Germany’s Wehrmacht swept across Western Europe, threatening to defeat the United Kingdom during World War II. The German advance leads to friction at the highest levels of government between those who would make a peace treaty with Adolf Hitler, and Churchill, who refused. The film also stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Stephen Dillane, and Ronald Pickup.
The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on 1 September 2017, and also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. It began a limited release in the United States on 22 November 2017, followed by general release on 22 December, and was released on 12 January 2018 in the United Kingdom. The film grossed $149 million worldwide and received positive reviews.
Many critics noted Oldman’s performance as one of the best of his career; he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his work. At the 90th Academy Awards the film earned six nominations, including Best Picture, and won for Best Actor and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. At the 71st British Academy Film Awards it received nine nominations including Best Film and Outstanding British Film.

A review can be found here: Guardian review

Everyone is welcome to the screening at 7.30pm on Tuesday June 19th at the De Valence Pavilion, Tenby. Entrance is £5 or £4 if you are a member of Films4Tenby. Membership is £10 per year from May.

The Fuschia Caffe in Tenby also offers a pre-screening (6pm) 2 course meal for £10 which needs to be booked directly with them on 01834 219224.

The bar will be open at the De Valence before the screening, and popcorn will be available.  Hope to see you there!

 

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The Greatest Showman at the De Valence on June 5th at 7.30pm

The Greatest Showman is a 2017 American musical film directed by Michael Gracey in his directorial debut, written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon and starring Hugh JackmanZac EfronMichelle WilliamsRebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya. The film is inspired by the story of P. T. Barnum‘s creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus and the lives of its star attractions.

Principal photography began in New York City in November 2016. The film premiered on December 8, 2017, aboard the RMS Queen Mary 2. It was released in the United States on December 20, 2017, by 20th Century Foxand has grossed $432 million worldwide, making it the fifth-highest grossing live-action musical of all time.

The Greatest Showman received mixed reviews, with praise for the performances, music, and production values, but criticism for its artistic license, with some reviewers calling it “faux-inspiring and shallow”.[4][5][6] It was, however, acclaimed by audiences. At the 75th Golden Globe Awards, the film received nominations for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Actor – Musical or Comedy for Jackman. For the song “This Is Me“, the film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and was nominated for Best Original Song at the 90th Academy Awards.

There is a review here: Guardian review

Remember you can have a 2 course pre-screening meal at the Fuschia Caffe for £10 by booking directly with them on 01834 219224.

The bar will be open at the De Valence before the screening.

The next film is ‘Final Portrait’ at 7.30pm Tuesday May 22nd at the De Valence.

Final Portrait is a 2017 British-American drama film written and directed by Stanley Tucci. The film stars Geoffrey RushArmie HammerClémence PoésyTony ShalhoubJames Faulkner and Sylvie Testud.

The film had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 11, 2017. It was released in the United Kingdom on August 18, 2017, by Vertigo Releasing. On March 23, 2018, Sony Pictures Classics released the film in the United States.

Paris 1964, famed painter Alberto Giacometti bumps into his old friend James Lord, an American critic, and asks him to be a model for his latest portrait in his studio for a couple of days. Flattered by the request, Lord complies and as the days turn into weeks, he realizes his entire life has been wasted by this erratic genius. Jumping between joy and frustration, Lord finally sees logic in Giacometti’s artistic but chaotic vision and witnesses the genius complete one of his last masterpieces.

There is a review here: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/feb/11/final-portrait-review-geoffrey-rush-shines-in-stanley-tuccis-witty-giacometti-sketch.

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Next screening at the De Valence Pavilion on Tuesday May 1st at 7.30pm: Film Stars don’t die in Liverpool

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is a 2017 biographical romantic drama film directed by Paul McGuigan and starring Annette Beningand Jamie BellVanessa RedgraveJulie WaltersKenneth CranhamStephen GrahamFrances Barber and Leanne Best also star. It is based on the memoir of the same name by Peter Turner, and tells his story of falling for aging Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame in 1970s Liverpool, only to face reality when she is diagnosed with breast cancer.

The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on 1 September 2017. It was released in the United Kingdom on 16 November 2017 by Lionsgate and in the United States on 29 December 2017 by Sony Pictures Classics. At the 71st British Academy Film Awards, the film received three nominations: Best Actress (Bening), Best Actor (Bell) and Best Adapted Screenplay.[4]Film_Stars_Don't_Die_in_Liverpool

Next feature – The Death of Stalin – 8pm, Monday 16th April

The Death of Stalin is a 2017 political satire comedy film directed and co-written by Armando Iannucci. It stars Steve BuscemiSimon Russell BealePaddy ConsidineRupert FriendJason IsaacsMichael PalinAndrea Riseborough and Jeffrey Tambor. Based on the French graphic novel La mort de Staline, the film depicts the Soviet power struggles following the death of dictator Joseph Stalin (Adrian McLoughlin) in 1953. It was released by eOne Films in the United Kingdom on 20 October 2017 and was released in the United States by IFC Films on 9 March 2018.

The Death of Stalin was screened in the Platform section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and received critical acclaim. It caused controversy in Russia and many other former members of the Soviet Union, and was banned in Russia, KyrgyzstanAzerbaijan, and Kazakhstan.

ARMANDO IANNUCCI

Next feature – Gifted – 8pm, Monday 2nd April

Gifted is a 2017 American drama film directed by Marc Webb and written by Tom Flynn. It stars Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate and Octavia Spencer. The plot follows an intellectually gifted 7-year-old who becomes the subject of a custody battle between her uncle and grandmother.

CHRIS EVANS

Next feature – Goodbye Christopher Robin – 8pm, Monday 19th March

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son  Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

This 2017 biographical drama film was directed by Simon Curtis and written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Simon Vaughan.

AA MILNE