Films showing from Friday, May 12, at Rye Kino
Mindhorn  89 mins
Comedy whose main character Richard Thorncroft – played by The Mighty Boosh’s Julian Barratt – is a has-been British TV actor, famous in the late 1980s for being the charismatic lead role in the Isle of Man detective show Mindhorn, about a policeman with a robotic eye that can “see the truth”. Unfortunately, after becoming pompous and arrogant, Richard’s career nosedives, but now he has an unexpected opportunity to reignite it when a serial killer being hunted on the island says he’ll speak only to Detective Mindhorn, unaware that he isn’t real. Starring Julian Barrett, Essie Davis, Simon Farnham, Steve Coogan, Andrea Riseborough, Kenneth Branagh, Harriet Walter, Simon Callow and Russell Tovey.
The Zookeeper’s Wife [12A] 127 mins
The real-life story of a working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during the Second World War. In 1939 Poland, zoo-keepers Jan and Antonina are stunned when their country is invaded by the Germans. Forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance – and put into action plans to save lives from what has become the Warsaw Ghetto. Starring Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh and Daniel Brühl.
The Promise [12A] 133 mins
Empires fall, love survives. When Michael, a brilliant medical student, meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between Michael and Ana’s boyfriend Chris, a famous American photojournalist dedicated to exposing political truth. As the Ottoman Empire crumbles, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to get their people to safety and survive themselves. Starring Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, Charlotte Le Bon and Tom Hollander.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (2D) and (3D) [12A] 126 mins
Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot are back in a new adventure to try and track down Peter Quill’s mysterious father. Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. Written and directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell.
Their Finest [12A] 117 mins
With London emptied of men now fighting at the Front, Catrin Cole lands herself a job writing copy for propaganda films that need “a woman’s touch”. Her natural flair quickly gets her noticed by dashing movie producer Buckley whose path would never have crossed hers in peacetime. As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin discovers there is as much drama, comedy and passion behind the camera as there is on screen. Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston and Richard E Grant.
Beauty and the Beast (2D) [PG] 130 mins
Back by popular demand, Disney’s live-action retelling of the studio’s animated classic Beauty And The Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realise the kind heart and soul of the true prince within. Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson
Kino Arthouse: The Handmaiden  156 mins. Thursday May 18, 8.10pm. All tickets £10 which includes a regular glass of wine, coffee or soft drink
From visionary director Park Chan-wook, The Handmaiden is a sumptuous and exhilarating period thriller inspired by Sarah Waters’ best-selling novel Fingersmith. Set during the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1930s, with breathtaking visuals, grandiose set design and frenzied humour, it is an opulent and labyrinthine tale of deception, romance and triple-crossing.
Kino Classics: Casablanca (1942) [U], Friday, May 12, 7pm, Sunday May 14, 2pm.
World Food and Film: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000) [12A] 117mins, Wednesday May 17, 7pm.
Enjoy a Chinese supper prepared by the Kino kitchen followed by the film at 7:30pm. All tickets £15, which includes food and a regular drink from the bar.
Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience [U] 73 mins
A new collection of animated adventures and songs presented by Peppa and friends.
This runs for the first film at weekends. Great children’s films for just £6.75 and for every child ticket bought an adult goes free. Grab a Kids’ Club loyalty card, have it stamped five times and get your sixth ticket free.
Forthcoming special events at Rye Kino include
The Hippopotamus, , 89 mins. Plus Satellite Q And A with Stephen Fry direct from The Literary Festival, Hay on Wye on Sunday May 28 at 7:30pm.
A country manor mystery that’s actually a deliciously wicked comedy of manners, The Hippopotamus is a rollicking adaptation of the best-selling novel by Stephen Fry. It centers on a lapsed poet, failed drama critic, redundant husband and hard-working drunk, Ted Wallace (the mellifluously voiced Roger Allam in a rare starring role). Fired from his newspaper job, Ted leaps at the chance to drown his sorrows at his old friend’s country estate, Swafford Hall.
A series of spiritual healings have recently put the household in a tizzy. The purported miracle worker is his hosts’ teenage son, Ted’s godson, David (Tommy Knight). Lord and Lady Logan are set on sharing their boy’s “gift” with the world, blissfully unaware that his “laying on of hands” trick involves, well, an emphasis on “laying.” At odds with a colorful party of fellow guests only too ready to swallow anything they’re told, Ted sets out to prove the miracles are a hoax and save the young man from a lifetime of embarrassment.
National Theatre Live: Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (12A) 210mins. Screening live from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London, on Thursday, May 18 at 7pm.
Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill, Luke Treadaway and Imogen Poots in James Macdonald’s new production of Edward Albee’s landmark play. In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.
Royal Shakespeare Company Live: Antony And Cleopatra, 210 mins. Live from Stratford-upon-Avon on Wednesday May 24 at 7pm.
Following Caesar’s assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Torn between love and duty, Antony’s military brilliance deserts him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end. Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct, following his critically acclaimed productions of Othello (2015) and Much Ado About Nothing (2012). Starring Antony Byrne and Josette Simon in the title roles.
Royal Ballet Live: Frederick Ashton Mixed Programme: The Dream/Symphonic Variations/Marguerite and Armand Screening live by satellite on Wednesday June 7 at 7:15pm.
The Royal Ballet brings its celebrations of 70 years at the Royal Opera House to a close with a mixed programme of works by its founder choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton. This gorgeous mixed programme demonstrates Ashton’s great creative vision. The Dream is his adaptation of Shakespeare’s riotous comedy in which a forest sprite plays havoc, armed with a love potion. Symphonic Variations was Ashton’s first work after the Second World War, and one of the company’s first to be performed on the huge main stage of the Royal Opera House, in 1946. Marguerite and Armand is Ashton’s beautiful and emotional retelling of a well-known story, familiar to us through Verdi’s opera La Traviata. Conducted by Emmanuel Plasson and starring Sarah Lamb, Steven McRae, Marianela Nunez, Vadim Muntagirov, Zenaida Yanowsky and Roberto Bolle.
Kino Music Live: Take That: Wonderland Live From The O2, 120mins; Friday, June 9, 8pm
Take That invite you to experience their Wonderland concert LIVE from the O2 for one night only. Britain’s most loved and successful live act are known for their spectacular, colourful and imaginative shows. This year is no exception as Gary, Mark and Howard are performing in the round for the first time ever. Take That are sure to deliver a unique and unforgettable cinematic experience – get ready for it!
National Theatre Live: Peter Pan (PG), Saturday June 10 at 2:30pm
Captured live in front of an audience at the National Theatre, this is a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale. When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues. A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.
Kino Art: Michelangelo – Love And Death plus Q&A with Phil Grabsky, Monday June 19, 8pm
The spectacular sculptures and paintings of Michelangelo seem so familiar to us, but what do we really know about this renaissance genius? Who was this ambitious and passionate man? A virtuoso craftsman, Michelangelo’s artistry is evident in everything he touched. Spanning his 89 years, Michelangelo – Love and Death takes a cinematic journey from the print and drawing rooms of Europe, through the great chapels and museums of Florence, Rome and the Vatican to explore the tempestuous life of Michelangelo. Through expert commentary and Michelangelo’s own words, this film takes a fresh look at an enigmatic man whose life is celebrated in every mark and every stroke he made.
ROH Live Opera: Otello Screening live by satellite on Wednesday June 28 at 7:15pm
World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi’s passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder. Soprano Maria Agresta will be his Desdemona and baritone Ludovic Tézier his nemesis Iago in a new production by Olivier Award-winning director Keith Warner. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts this Italian masterpiece.
GLYNDEBOURNE FESTIVAL 2017
La Traviata, Monday June 12, at 6:15pm
One of the world’s best-loved operas, captured live in 2014 at Glyndebourne returns to cinemas. Verdi’s masterpiece is a tale of love in the face of death. Violetta is played by Bolshoi-star Venera Gimadieva, with American tenor Michael Fabiano as Alfredo and Tassis Christoyannis as his father, Giorgio Germont. The production is directed by Tom Cairns and ‘exquisitely conducted’ (The Daily Telegraph) by Mark Elder who leads the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Hamlet. LIVE from Glyndebourne, Thursday July 6, at 6pm
Be part of a major new operatic work – join us for the world premiere of Brett Dean’s new opera based on Shakespeare’s best-known tragedy. Brett Dean’s colourful, energetic, witty and richly lyrical music expertly captures the modernity of this timeless tale, while Matthew Jocelyn’s libretto is pure Shakespeare. British tenor and Glyndebourne favourite Allan Clayton will play Hamlet, British mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly will play Gertrude and Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan will make her Glyndebourne debut as Ophelia. Legendary British bass John Tomlinson plays The Ghost of Old Hamlet.
La Clemenza Di Tito. LIVE from Glyndebourne, Thursday August 3, at 6pm
Spurned by Tito, Vitellia seeks revenge. Besotted Sesto agrees to avenge her as a token of his love, but all does not go to plan. Mozart’s opera, loosely based on the life of the Roman Emperor Titus, delivers all of the sublime musical beauty and heart-tugging humanity we expect of him. Australian tenor Steve Davislim makes his Glyndebourne debut as Tito, with Alice Coote as Vitellia and Kate Lindsey as Sesto.
Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne ticket prices: Adults £20, members and concessions £18, children 16 and under £12.50