Sunday nights 7.30pm Hanmer Springs Sport Pavillon

Sunday 8th July
The Artist

Five Academy Awards – including Best Picture, Director, and Actor – went to this magical, mostly silent seriocomedy set in 1927 Hollywood. As screen idol George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) wonders if the imminent arrival of sound will doom his career, a chance encounter entangles his life with that of young would-be actress Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), who becomes a superstar while his own fame starts to fade. With John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller; directed by Michel Hazanavicius.

Year: 2011

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Drama Romance, French Cinema, BAFTA – Best Film, Academy Award – Best Picture, NYFCC Awards – Best Film, Filmmaking, Golden Globe – Comedy or Musical, 2012

Country: Belgium, France

Director: Michel Hazanavicius

Starring: James Cromwell, John Goodman, Penelope Ann Miller, Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo

Duration: 100 Minutes

Rating: M

Sunday 29th July
12 Years a Slave

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Year: 2013

Genre: Drama, True Stories, BAFTA – Best Film, Academy Award – Best Picture, Biography, Golden Globe – Drama, Black Civil Rights, 2014

Location in store: Drama

Country: USA, UK

Director: Steve McQueen

Starring: Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Quvenzhane Wallis, Dwight Henry, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Fassbender

Duration: 134 Minutes

Rating: R16 – Graphic Violence and Sexual Violence

Sunday August 12th 

Filmed over a 12 year period with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents and Lorelei Linklater (the director’s daughter) as his sister Samantha, ‘Boyhood’ charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent in this extraordinary ode to growing up and parenting.

Year: 2014
Genre: Drama, BAFTA – Best Film, NYFCC Awards – Best Film, Golden Globe – Drama, Film Festivals 2014
Location in store: Drama
Country: USA
Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Ethan HawkePatricia ArquetteEllar ColtraneLorelei Linklater
Duration: 159 Minutes
Rating: M – Violence, offensive language and drug use

Sunday August 26th

A Beautiful Mind

Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress, Ron Howard’s compelling, real life drama centers on John Forbes Nash (Russell Crowe), a mathematical genius whose decades long fight with schizophrenia threatened his marriage and academic career, until his redemption came in the form of a Nobel Prize in 1994. Jennifer Connelly co-stars as Nash’s understanding wife Alicia, Ed Harris as a “Government Agent” who contracts him to break Cold War codes and Christopher Plummer is the psychiatrist who tries to help him.

Year: 2001

Genre: Drama, True Stories, Academy Award – Best Picture, Spiritual Cinema, Biography, Disabilities, Golden Globe – Drama

Location in store: Drama

Country: USA

Director: Ron Howard

Starring: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

Duration: 130 Minutes

Rating: M

September 9th

Million Dollar Baby

Boxing trainer Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) has been unwilling to let himself get close to anyone for a very long time – then Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) walks into his gym. In a life of constant struggle, Maggie’s gotten herself this far on raw talent and a tremendous force of will. The two come to discover that they share a common spirit that transcends the pain and loss of their pasts, but this will be sorely tested in their imperfect world. Beautifully crafted and impeccably acted, this is one of director Eastwood’s best. With Morgan Freeman. Adapted from the story by F.X.

Year: 2004

Genre: Drama, Academy Award – Best Picture, Best of Post 2000, Movies (1001 You Must See Before You Die), Sport Films

Country: USA

Director: Clint Eastwood

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman

Duration: 127 Minutes

Rating: M

September 23rd

American Beauty

Five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director and Actor, went to this lacerating, darkly funny look at decay in contemporary suburbia. Kevin Spacey plays a frustrated magazine editor whose mid-life crisis threatens his troubled marriage to real estate agent Annette Bening, and leads him to an infatuation with his teenage daughter’s girlfriend.

Year: 1999

Genre: Alice’s 300 Greatest Films, Comedy, Drama, BAFTA – Best Film, Academy Award – Best Picture, High Times, Kate’s Favourites, Best of the 1990s, Empire Mag’s Greatest 201, Alice Members’ Top 100, Black Humour, Movies (1001 You Must See Before You Die), Golden Globe – Drama, Dysfunctional Families

Location in store: Alice’s 300 Greatest Films

Country: USA

Director: Sam Mendes

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Allison Janney, Peter Gallagher, Mena Suvari, Wes Bentley, Chris Cooper, Scott Bakula

Duration: 117 Minutes

Rating: R16 – Contains violence, offensive language, drug use and sex scenes.

October 14th

The Pianist

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Roman Polanski directs this award-winning testament to the power of the human spirit, based on the true-life story of a celebrated Polish musician during World War II. This powerful, ultimately triumphant film follows Szpilman’s heroic and inspirational journey of survival with the unlikely help from a sympathetic German officer. A truly unforgettable epic, testifying to both the power of hope and the resiliency of the human spirit. Starring Adrien Brody and Thomas Kretschmann.

Year: 2002

Genre: Alice’s 300 Greatest Films, True Stories, Cannes – Palme d’Or, BAFTA – Best Film, Theo’s Favourites

Location in store: Alice’s 300 Greatest Films

Country: France

Director: Roman Polanski

Starring: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman

Duration: 142 Minutes

Rating: R15 – Violence & content that may disturb