February brings some insightful films to the Chelmsford Picture House’s state-of-the-art screen.
‘The Death of Stalin’ (15) is a dark comedy drama by the Oscar-nominated writer/director Armando Iannucci, who has been responsible for classic comedies The Day Today, Alan Partridge, The Thick of It and Veep, to name but a few. Armando has now turned his attention to the last days of Stalin and the power struggle after his death. The films stars Simon Russell Beale, Michael Palin and Paul Whitehouse and will be screened on Friday 2 February.
‘The Florida Project’ (15) follows a six-year-old girl called Moonee and her rag-tag group of friends, who spend their lives in a budget motel occupied by welfare claimers. The children engage in mischief whilst the adults struggle with their own lives in the shadows of Disney World. The film will be shown on Thursday 8 February and stars Willem Dafoe and Brooklynn Prince.
‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ (PG) is a look into the life of Winnie The Pooh author A.A. Milne and his family, and especially the relationship with his son Christopher Robin. The family get swept up by the international success of the books, as the stories bring hope and comfort to the world post World War I. However, World War II is on the horizon. Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and starring Domhnall Gleeson and Kelly Macdonald. The film will be screened on Monday 12 February at 8pm and on Tuesday 20 February at 11am as part of the Baby Cinema sessions.
Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman star in ‘The Killing Of A Sacred Deer’ (15) on Tuesday 20 February. A psychological horror about a surgeon and his family who befriend a teenage boy who, unknown to the family, wants to extract revenge on the family. The film is based on the ancient Greek play Iphigenia at Aulis by Euripides.
Documentary ‘Human Flow’ (12A) captures the massive and shocking breadth of the global migration crisis, which is the biggest human displacement since World War II. Over the course of a year renowned artist Ai Weiwei follows some of the stories and examines the scale of the crisis, from refugee camps to dangerous ocean crossings to barbed wire borders. The film is set in 23 different countries and follows the search for safety and shelter. This powerful documentary will be shown on Friday 23 February.
‘Logan Lucky’ (12A) is a comedy heist starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Daniel Craig. Two brothers who are cursed with bad luck decide to change their lives by stealing $14 million from the big Coca-Cola 600 race at the local speedway where one of them use to be employed. Will the curse be reversed? Find out on Tuesday 27 February.
All of the Chelmsford Picture House films, apart from Baby Cinema screenings, start at 8pm.
Live and pre-recorded cinema events in February include ballets, opera, drama and a documentary. Ballet lovers will be treated to ‘The Lady of the Camellias’ pre-recorded at the Bolshoi, Moscow, on Sunday 4 February at 4pm, whilst ‘The Winter’s Tale’ will be live from The Royal Opera House, London, on Wednesday 28 February at 7.15pm. Opera is provided in the shape of ‘Tosca’ Puccini’s evergreen work, pre-recorded at The Royal Opera House and screened on Sunday 11 February at 7.15pm. Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ is directed by Christopher Luscombe at The Royal Shakespeare Company, will be live on Wednesday 14 February at 7pm. Documentary ‘David Hockney at The Royal Academy of Arts’ features intimate and in-depth interviews with one of Britain’s most popular artists and will be shown on Wednesday 21 February at 8pm.
For full details and to book tickets visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatresor call the Box Office - Tel No: 01245 606505.