Let’s go to the movies!

Films showing from Friday, May 19, at Rye Kino

Miss Sloane [15] 132 mins
In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in Washington DC. Known equally for her cunning and her track record of success, she has always done whatever is required to win. But when she takes on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds that winning may come at too high a price. Directed by John Madden (The BFG, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Shakespeare In Love) and starring Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Alien: Covenant [15] 122 mins
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created. The Covenant crew, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover an threat beyond imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape. Starring Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Katherine Waterson, Guy Pearce, Billy Crudup, Demien Birhir and Danny McBride.

Frantz [12A] 114 mins
One of world cinema’s most prolific directors and screenwriters, François Ozon (Swimming Pool, In the House) returns with the moving and poetic period drama Frantz. In a small German town in 1919, Anna mourns every day at the grave of her fiancé, Frantz, who was killed during the First World War. One day she spies a mysterious young Frenchman, Adrien, also laying flowers at the grave. Together they begin to bond over their shared grief but as the pair become increasingly close, long-buried secrets are revealed that will change the fabric of their lives and take them across a wearied and battle-scarred Europe. Starring Paula Beer, Pierre Niney and Pierre Johann von Bülow.

Whisky Galore [PG] 98 mins
Introducing new audiences and reminding existing fans to the wonderful story of the SS Politician. On February 5, 1941, during gale force winds, she runs aground off the Island of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides with a cargo including 28,000 cases of malt whisky, giving islanders the opportunity to get their hands on the “water of life”. There are two problems: the local minister will not allow work on a Sunday and Captain Waggett, the Home Guard officer, refuses to allow any looting. Great fun starring Gregor Fisher, Kevin Guthrie, Tim Pigott-Smith, James Cosmo, Eddie Izzard, Sean Biggerstaff, John Sessions and Fenella Woolgar.

Letters from Baghdad [PG] 93 mins
Narrated by Tilda Swinton, this fascinating documentary tells the extraordinary story of Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day and responsible for the destiny of Iraq after the First World War. Using never-seen-before footage of the region, the film chronicles Bell’s extraordinary journey into both the uncharted Arabian desert and the inner sanctum of British male colonial power. It is a unique look at the tangled history of Iraq, taking us into a past that is eerily current.

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.

The Boss Baby (2D) [PG] 130 mins
The Boss Baby is a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin. This is the story about how a new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative seven-year-old named Tim. From DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar.


Kids’ Club

The Lego Batman Movie 2D [U] 105 mins
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The Lego Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble stars in his own big-screen adventure. There are big changes brewing in Gotham and, if Batman wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing and learn to lighten up.

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, [15], 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 Encore: Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (12A) 210mins. From the Harold Pinter Theatre, London, on Sunday, May 21 at 7:15pm.
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.


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

For further information and booking visit Kino Rye or check the quick-view listings page.

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