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The Odyssey
The Odyssey Cinema opened on the London Road in 2015 and is St Albans' only dedicated cinema. 

It was restored to its original glory by a combination of voluntary donation and investment.
 

What's on at the Odyssey


  • Thu 17 Oct - Downton Abbey (PG)

    11:00 AM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h 2minDestined to be one of the biggest (and politest) film events this year, the immensely popular period drama Downton Abbey gets its inevitable big screen adaption. On our screens between 2010 and 2015, ITV’s Downton Abbey follows the fictional aristocratic family, the Crawley’s, and their many servants, as they lived through events such as the sinking of the Titanic, the First World War, and the Irish War of Independence. The film is written by Julian Fellowes (full title: Julian Alexander Kitchener-Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford), the creator of Downton Abbey, and the writer of Gosford Park. There’s plenty of recurring faces, including Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael and Jim Carter. Andrew Parker exclaims “blimey!” as he receives a note containing the news that the King and Queen intend on visiting Downton Abbey. This causes a big stir among the Crawley’s and their servants. And when the Royals bring their own host of waiting staff, much drama ensues. It’s a return to form, and its all-encompassing storyline plays much like a shinier, more magnificent Christmas special. Find out more...

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  • 1:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h 29minWarning – no babies for 15 Cert.John Crowley (Brooklyn) brings Donna Tartt’s bestselling epic of loss, recovery, and art to vivid cinematic life. Theo Decker’s life freezes when he is caught in a terrorist bombing at a New York art gallery, losing his mother and taking a treasured Dutch painting in the chaos. Alienated from his father and with few friends, Theo is steered into criminal activities, including hard drugs and art fraud, while remaining obsessed with both the painting, which he continues to hoard, and Pippa, a fellow survivor of the bombing. As the years pass, Theo’s guilt over hoarding the painting builds, and the crimes of his friends drag him into a worldwide quest to restore the painting and recover from the traumas of the past. Crowley and screenwriter Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) match Tartt’s sweeping, emotionally charged story with similarly broad, but stirring conviction and energy, transposing the novel through a skilled cast, typically luminous cinematography from Roger Deakins, and skilled plotting that streamlines the novel without sacrificing emotional weight. On film, Tartt’s richly melodramatic thrills and warmly intimate musings on grief and art’s ability to soften it do not lose their power. Find out more...

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  • Sat 19 Oct - The Lion King (2019) (PG)

    1:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 58minThe king has returned! Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book) brings us his photorealistic take on The Lion King, and it looks wonderfully majestic. This is the tale of young lion Simba, who hopes to follow in the footsteps of his mighty father and King Mufasa. However, the nefarious influence of his uncle Scar sees him exiled from Pride Rock. Can he return and live up to his kingly duties? The pride of voice talent is headed up by Donald Glover as Simba and Beyoncé as Nala. Joining them is Chiwetel Ejiofor as menacing uncle Scar, and the comedic chops of Billy Eichner and Seth Rogan as Timon and Pumba, respectively. James Earl Jones, reprises his role in the bassy tones of Mufasa. But that’s not the only crew reprisal; composer Hans Zimmer has reunited with Lebo M, who sang the iconic ‘nants ingonyama bagithi baba’ over the original film’s opening, revisiting their Lion King score. Elton John, also signed on to work on new versions of the original songs with Beyoncé. Utilising pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way. Find out more...

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  • 7:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h 3min Brad Pitt has played a mysterious soap salesman, a Nazi-hunter, and a mythological Greek hero, but never an astronaut. Until now. Ad Astra sees him travelling to the outer reaches of the solar system in search of his missing father, along the way uncovering secrets about the true nature of human existence. Ad Astra is written and directed by James Gray, the man behind We Own the Night (2007) and The Immigrant (2013), and has likened the story of his new film to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. He also stated his intention for the film was to have "the most realistic depiction of space travel that’s been put in a movie.” Joining Pitt is Tommy Lee Jones, Liv Tyler, Ruth Negga and Donald Sutherland in a stellar cast. Expect some stirring and intricate music from Max Richter, also. Astronaut Roy McBride (Pitt) travels across cold and unforgiving space in search of his father (Tommy Lee Jones), a renegade scientist whose doomed expedition threatens the entire solar system. Premiering at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, here is a space odyssey that you’ll definitely want to see on our big screen. Find out more...

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  • Tue 22 Oct - Pavarotti (12A)

    12:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 54mHe brought classical singing out of the snobby confines of the opera houses and into the hearts of ordinary people. Along the way Pavarotti became the highest earning tenor of all time and at one point was arguably the most recognisable singer on the planet. In this warm and loving documentary, director Ron Howard (Apollo 13, Splash, A Beautiful Mind) has used his considerable clout as an Oscar winning director to amass a comprehensive line-up of interviewees to elucidate Pavarotti’s often troubled life: co-tenors José Carreras and Plácido Domingo, his three daughters, first wife Adua Veroni, second wife Nicoletta Mantovani, lover Madelyn Renee (he really loved women, and not always sequentially), managers and promoters all reminisce on their experiences with the larger than life singer (he loved his Italian food so much he would regularly pack a dozen suitcases with ingredients whenever travelling abroad). He sold over 100 million records, and The Three Tenors became the best-selling classical album of all time. Pavarotti was also an avid fundraiser for charitable causes, such as the Red Cross and refugee charities.   Have you ever wondered what the significance was of Pavarotti’s white hanky? Well, this film reveals all. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 29minCornwall native and industrious filmmaker Mark Jenkin, takes a swipe at holidaymakers and traditionalists alike in his original and stylistically bold tale of a community’s struggle with change. Martin Ward has lived and worked as a cove fisherman in Cornwall his entire life, however, he is currently without a boat. Martin’s brother Steven has repurposed their father’s fishing vessel as a tourist tripper, tearing the pair apart. After Martin is displaced from his childhood home to make way for a tourist getaway, he is finally forced to make a decision that impacts the community he so dearly loves. Despite being set in the present, Bait was crafted using filmmaking techniques that hark back to the earliest days of cinema. Shot on a clockwork Bolex camera utilising black and white 16mm film stock, each reel of celluloid was then processed by hand to create a uniquely vintage aesthetic: no two rolls came out the same. The entire soundtrack for the film, including dialogue and sound effects, was dubbed in post-production in keeping with the antiquated filmmaking process. Bait is a remarkable and unique piece of modern cinema – do it justice by seeing it on the biggest screen possible. Find out more...

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  • Fri 25 Oct - The Lost Boys (1987) (15)

    7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 37minThe first half of our fang-tastic Halloween double-bill of 1980s vampire movies (coupled with Fright Night on October 31st) comes to the Odyssey this Halloween weekend. When Mike (Jason Patric) and his brother Sam (Corey Haim) move to the beach town of Santa Carla, they soon discover that beyond the lights and music of the amusement park and the endless beach parties, the town holds a sinister secret. It’s a haven for a gang of teenage vampires. As Mike becomes seduced into the lifestyle of the gang, and its leader David (Kiefer Sutherland), it’s up to his younger brother to save him from becoming one of them himself. So, after enlisting the help of the infamous Frog Brothers (Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander), they arm themselves with stakes, garlic and holy water filled squirt guns to destroy the unholy brood once and for all. Well deserving of its classic status Director Joel Schumacher’s teen horror effortlessly combines the scares with the laughs, and along with its unforgettable rocking soundtrack, it’s the perfect slay ride to start the Halloween season. Find out more...

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  • 1:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 45m Ghosts: they’re real, and they’re here… at the Odyssey! Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Ernie Hudson and Harold Ramis star as Manhattan-based paranormal investigators whose research is currently being undermined. When dozens of ghouls start popping up all over the city, the quartet team up to form the Ghostbusters, successfully handling any ghostly threats that dare to materialise. However, what initially appear to be minor domestic disturbances quickly escalate into widespread pandemonium gripping the entire city. With no one else to turn to, the Ghostbusters are hired to rid New York of an army of mischievous poltergeists brought forth by an ancient Babylonian demon, channelled through the stunning Sigourney Weaver and nerdish Rick Moranis. Combining elements of action, comedy and horror, Ghostbusters is simultaneously one of the most successful and most expensive comedy films of all time that has entertained audiences with its deadpan humour, its unforgettable theme song and by turning a delicious childhood mascot into a malevolently cheery 300ft monstrosity. If you’re looking for tickets to a rip-roaring good time, who ya gonna call? Find out more...

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  • Sat 26 Oct - The Fly (1986) (18)

    7:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 32min“There was an old lady who swallowed a fly…” David Cronenberg’s 1980’s update of Kurt Neumann’s classic 1958 monster movie is buzzing your way this Halloween season. Journalist Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis) is sent on an assignment to write an article on Dr Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum), an eccentric genius who is creating a device that can instantly transport matter from one location to another. As they grow closer over the next few weeks, she assists with his experiment. But late one night – without her knowledge – he offers himself as a guinea pig to test the system, he enters the telepod, preparing to transmit himself through the ether – but he doesn’t know that he is sharing the telepod with a tiny housefly… With amazingly gooey (and Oscar-winning!) special effects and a sweeping soundtrack by Howard Shore, The Fly was Cronenberg’s biggest commercial success to date and cemented his reputation as a master of the genre. Transport yourself to The Odyssey this October… just check for unwelcome visitors before you close the hatch. Find out more...

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  • 11:00 AM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 40min***This film is dubbed into English and suitable for all ages***There’s room on the broom for everyone to enjoy this heart-warming tale of a young witch discovering her place in the world! Veteran Studio Ghibli animator Hayao Miyazaki tells the story of Kiki, a 13-year-old witch whose time has come to fly the nest and learn the ways of the world. She settles down in the stunning seaside town of Koriko, a blend of the French provincial and San Franciscan coastline. However, Kiki’s aerial skylarking is frowned upon by the local hotels and she is turned away because of their strict “no witches” policy. Luckily, she is saved by a motherly baker’s wife who offers her a roof over her head in exchange for her unique style of courier service. What follows is a fulfilling trail of self-discovery as Kiki befriends a whole host of lovable characters, accompanied along the way by her wisecracking black cat – Jiji. Enjoyed by audiences of all ages, Kiki’s Delivery Service will have you soaring high above cloud nine in a magical adventure that offers a rewarding and thoroughly enjoyable animated experience. Find out more...

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  • Mon 28 Oct - Dora and the Lost City of Gold (PG)

    1:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 42mDora, most famous for exploring, has spent most of her life adventuring around the jungle with her parents and her best friend Boots (a monkey). But it turns out the biggest jungle out there is high school. Dora the Explorer (played here by Isabela Moner, Instant Family) is all set to accompany her parents (Michael Peña and Eva Longoria) to discover the Lost City of Gold, until they announce that she’s actually starting school, in the hopes that she might become a more normal teenager – which of course doesn’t work out. Teacher: “Where did you transfer from?” Dora: “The jungle!”. But fear not! When her parents get into big trouble, she puts together a team of hapless classmates to venture into the Inca jungles. This live-action adaptation of the 143 episode-spanning Dora The Explorer is directed by the comedic chops of James Bobin, who co-created both Flight Of The Conchords and many of the Da Ali G Show characters. Listen out for some Danny Trejo and Benicio Del Toro voiceovers. Go for gold this September. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: TBCA new documentary discovers the rich and eloquent legacy of an unassuming but well-travelled and thoughtful man. Only recently discovered by his surviving family – his granddaughter is one of the film’s producers – the film charts the extensive films, diaries and albums of a Scottish WWII soldier who fought in Asia. The film does not lack in exotic locations and vivid period detail: London is seen in all its pre-war splendour, and Birrell walked over great regions of India, Burma, and Tibet. What makes the film even more unique and riveting, however, is Birrell’s eye for detail: the films show his loving attention to mundane, yet touchingly ephemeral events, while his diaries (movingly voiced by Richard Madden) show his thoughtful concern for the people and events around him, painfully aware of how fleeting they and his memories of them are. Largely in colour and carefully restored, his amateur yet expert eye ably involves the audience in seaside holidays and military exercises alike, giving them a fuller idea than ever of both the vanished world he lived in and his deeply felt commitment to preserving it. (Research Dominic Bannister) We are very pleased to invite you to join us after the screening for a Q&A with the filmmakers. Find out more...

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  • Tue 29 Oct - Toy Story 4 (U)

    11:00 AM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 40mIt’s been a few years since Andy gave his favourite playmates away to his young neighbour Bonnie, now Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toys are faced with a new problem… Bonnie has made herself a new toy named Forky (voiced by Arrested Development’s Tony Hale) in Arts & Crafts and he’s more than a little confused about his new role in toy life. Along with having to deal with Forky’s existential crisis and teaching him how to embrace being a toy, a road trip gives Forky the ideal opportunity to escape and it’s up to the gang to rescue him, as well as finding out a little about themselves along the way. With all your favourite characters returning – including Jessie (Joan Cusak), Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles) and Bo Peep (Annie Potts), Keanu Reeves joins the cast as Duke Caboom – ‘Canada’s greatest stuntman’. Toy Story 4 is a perfect blend of action and humour (with just a small pinch of sweet nostalgia thrown in). So bring your favourite toy and join us as we hit the road with Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang! Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 51minThis docu-drama follows the incredible untold story of the WWII War Hero, lawyer, BBC producer and diplomat whose involvement was vital in helping Caribbean and African nations gain Independence. Nikolai Salcedo excels as Ulric Cross; a man who did it all, defying the odds. After being tragically orphaned aged 13, alongside his eight siblings, the Trinidad and Tobago native became an RAF pilot, rightfully recognised as the most decorated West Indian of World War II. Director Frances Anne Solomon celebrates Cross’ life on screen through a reconstruction style, mixed with real-life footage from the time. In London, Cross trained as a lawyer and later a Broadcaster, mixing with intellectuals such as CLR James (Joseph Marcell, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air), and George Padmore, (Fraser James, Yardie) , both of whom were key figures in the Pan-African movement. This road-movie/docu-drama then takes us to Ghana showing Cross’ role in the quest to liberate Africa from colonialism. Aptly screened during Black History Month you’ll be left feeling exactly as the title suggests – inspired, wishing you were taught about this extraordinary man in your history lessons at school. Find out more...

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  • Wed 30 Oct - Le Quai des Brumes (S)+intro (PG)

    7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 32minPart of the ‘A Cinematic Odyssey: Postcards from Europe’ strand. Marcel Carné’s moody, dreamlike, and pioneering French noir makes a richly deserved return, 80 years since it was first released. Fleeing from his military past and hoping to begin anew, solitary drifter Jean (Jean Gabin) finds himself uprooted when he begins a romance with runaway teenager Nelly (Michèle Morgan). Initially finding happiness in each other, the couple are dragged back to Earth by Nelly’s guardian Zabel (Michel Simon), whose dubious attachment to her has already had deadly consequences and brought the attention of nearby gangsters. Determined to protect his beloved, Jean responds furiously – but this very devotion may prove to be his undoing. Carne creates a style of filmmaking that still seems unlike any other, combining raw, unpredictable realism with a poetic, sensuous mood. Gabin and Simon, two of the greatest French actors, ground the surreal yet captivating dialogue and machoistic posturing, while a tempestuous Le Havre is cloaked with a sordid yet luminous atmosphere. For all its age, the film unselfconsciously brims with passionate energy and romantic conviction, which radiate from every shadowy corner of the film right up to its explosive conclusion. The film will be introduced by Dr Paul Sutton, who will stay for the end of the film for a post- screening discussion in the auditorium. Find out more...

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  • 11:00 AM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 27minA suburban home becomes physically animated by a vengeful soul looking to stir up trouble from the underworld. It’s up to three adventurous kids from the neighbourhood to do battle with the structural golem in this comically frightful tale. In this, his directorial debut, Gil Kenan brings us a perfect family horror. Still working on the frights since Monster House’s release in 2006, Kenan is currently working alongside Jason Reitman, writing the new Ghostbusters 2020. Monster House has some A-list vocal (and physical performance for the motion capture technology) from the likes of Steve Buscemi and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The characters are animated using live-action motion capture animation, which was previously used in The Polar Express (2004). After his parents leave town on Halloween, 12-year-old DJ, and chum Chowder become increasingly fascinated by the imposing house across the street owned by Mr. Nebbercracker (Buscemi). When Chowder’s basketball goes AWOL on Nebbercracker’s premise, the boys, along with fast friend Jenny (Spencer Locke), have no choice but to investigate. Hooked into a universally recognisable premise (who didn’t have a scary, no-go house around the corner?), Monster House is rich enough to transport you instantly back to your childhood curiosity. Find out more...

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  • Thu 31 Oct - Hocus Pocus (1993) (PG)

    3:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 32minBette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy star as the Sanderson Sisters, three witches from the 17th century, bringing life and laughs to Disney’s dark cult fantasy. After being forced by their parents to move from sunny Los Angeles to Salem, Max Dennison (Omri Katz) a skeptical 16 year old, and his 8 year old sister Dani (Thora Birch) find themselves exploring the old Sanderson’s house, along with the town’s leading teen queen and Halloween enthusiast Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat called Thackery Binx (Jason Marsden), the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal. Allow this unforgettable trio of enchantresses to put a spell on you this Halloween, and fight your hardest not to repeat their incantations! Still a skeptic? It’s time to get superstitious. Find out more...

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  • 8:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 44minRising from the crypt this Halloween comes director Tom Holland’s love letter to the golden age of classic horror movies, Fright Night. 17 year old Charlie Brewster (William Ragsdale) has started noticing strange behaviour from his new neighbour Jerry Dandrige (Chris Sarandon)… He is only ever seen after sunset, late night visitors have been reported missing, and why are coffins being delivered to the house? Could Charlie be living next door to a vampire? When the police and his mother don’t believe him, he enlists the help of washed-up actor and TV horror host Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall) to slay the undead bloodsucker before he sinks his teeth into his girlfriend Amy (Amanda Bearse) and his best friend “Evil” Ed Thomson (Stephen Geoffreys). Skilfully embracing the mythologies of the Universal and Hammer horror movies of yesteryear and blending them with a modern (well… 80s) dynamic, Fright Night remains one of the most highly regarded and fondly remembered horror films of the decade. So, if you love being scared… it’ll be the night of your life! Find out more...

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  • Fri 01 Nov - Judy (12A)

    11:30 AM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 58min Renee Zellweger gives a career-best performance in her portrayal of fallen Hollywood icon Judy Garland, in Rupert Goold’s biopic, focusing on the last months of her life. By the time Judy arrived in London for a concert run in the West End in 1969 she was a broken woman. Decades living on a diet of barbiturates to help her sleep, amphetamines to get her up, drink to dull the pain and smoking to ease the nerves had finally caught up with her. Financially she was borderline penniless, the result of her former managers’ mismanagement and embezzlement. Add to this an eating disorder, anxiety and critical drubbings in America and it’s fair to say Judy was a physical wreck. Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones’ Diary) perfectly captures the tics and mannerisms of Judy’s frail form but also the searing talent that had, and still occasionally did, mesmerise audiences with her unparalleled singing voice and stage presence. Director Goold intercuts scenes from early in Judy’s life, as her innate talent is equally nurtured and exploited, with her last stage show, where we see the result of the normal life she was denied. When she died, she was only 47 years old. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 57mLuton might not be a place you’d immediately link with the New Jersey-born rockstar Bruce Springsteen. But the marvellous Blinded By The Light shows us why the Bedfordshire town has that Streets of Philadelphia spirit. Directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham), the script is based on Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N’ Roll by Sarfraz Manzoor. Taking place amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the Thatcherite 80s, Blinded By The Light sees newcomer Viveik Kalra in the starring role, with Hayley Atwell and Rob Brydon in supporting roles. Javed (Kalra) is a teenager who writes poetry as a means of escapism from the racism he faces in daily life, and from the hardline traditionalism of his Pakistani father. When a classmate introduces him to the music of Springsteen, the parallels he sees in the singer’s lyrics with his own working class life gives him a new lease of life and source of inspiration for his writing — much to the behest of his family. Find out more...

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  • Sun 03 Nov - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (18)

    6:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h 41mWarning – no babies for 18 Cert. ***Please note this film is rated 18 – ID may be required***Tarantino’s highly anticipated new film is a nostalgic and bittersweet love letter to 60’s L.A, with an all-star cast portraying the hopeful Golden Age of Hollywood until the tragic and infamous Tate/LaBianca murders that marked the end of an Era. Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained) stars as faded TV actor Rick Dalton, a man striving for success with his long-time friend and stunt double Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt (Inglorious Basterds). Their struggle for fame is elevated by the rapid social changes that counterculture brought to America, overlapping with the rise of the Manson Family. In a film with multiple storylines, Margot Robbie (I, Tonya) steals the scene as ill-fated actress Sharon Tate while she was just getting her career launched. This half a century tribute mixes comedy and tragedy in unexpected peaks, finding Quentin Tarantino reaching an all time high. Watch as he masters everything that made Hollywood the powerhouse that it is today, while paying respect for the pointless brutality and violence that ended innocent lives – as well as the 60’s as we know it. Find out more...

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  • 7:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 3h05min Part of the ‘A Cinematic Odyssey: Postcards from Europe’ strand. It’s 55 years since the Rome premiere of Luchino Visconti’s sweeping epic The Leopard, a film classic that proved a key influence on The Godfather. For if The Godfather has a cinematic godparent, its Visconti’s elegiac story of an ageing aristocrat, Prince Fabrizio, who is powerless to prevent the decline of his family’s fortunes in the face of the sweeping forces of Garibaldi, whose army has landed on the shores of 1860s Sicily. Stars Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale are stunningly cast; in competition with the magnificent period set designs. Lancaster’s wearied patriarch, and his relation with his cocksure nephew Tancredi (Delon), anticipates the grave father-son dynamics of the Corleone family, just as the visual opulence, focus on family occasions and rituals, and the valedictory sense of one era being replaced by another all point forward to Coppola’s trilogy. Coppola even borrowed Visconti’s composer, Nino Rota, whose work for The Leopard proved him a master of grand-romantic pathos. The film will be introduced by Dr Paul Sutton, who will stay for the end of the film for a post- screening discussion in the auditorium. Find out more...

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  • Fri 08 Nov - Joker (15)

    7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h 2min Warning – no babies for 15 Cert. After receiving an eight-minute standing ovation at the Venice film festival (where it scooped the top prize), Joker brings us the dark origin story of Arthur Fleck, Batman’s nemesis, with another unforgettable performance from Joaquin Phoenix. It’s an unusual choice for Director and co-writer Todd Phillips (best known for directing The Hangover trilogy) both Phillips and Phoenix have been offered work on Marvel films, which they ultimately declined due to lack of interest. For Phoenix, however, this standalone psychological thriller was an attractive prospect – and his work here has the early possibility of an Oscar nod. The cast is rounded out by Robert De Niro as TV host Murray Franklin, Frances Conroy plays Penny Fleck – Arthur’s meek and sickly mother, and Zazie Beetz is Sophie Dumond, a cynical single mother and neighbour to the Fleck’s. Wannabe comedian Arthur Fleck has to literally put on a happy face in his day job as a clown for hire; mostly spinning sale signs outside shops and providing comic relief at a children’s hospital. Phoenix’s portrayal of a social reject who is chewed up and spat out by Gotham City is all too real. A dark evolution for comics-inspired cinema. Find out more...

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  • 1:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 54m A cinematic fairytale of young boy Elliott and his best friend E.T., remains Spielberg’s most personal and touching film. You could argue that E.T. is primarily a wish-fulfilment fantasy – who wouldn’t want a best friend who’s not only an alien but has magical telekinetic powers! However, this tear-jerking tale is rooted in Spielberg’s own childhood feelings of isolation and anxiety following his parents’ divorce. Elliott is similarly from a broken home and the symbiotic relationship between him and E.T. grows throughout the film until E.T.’s very survival depends on the boy’s love and empathy. Spielberg draws incredible naturalistic performances from his child cast, especially Henry Thomas (Elliott) and Drew Barrymore as sister Gertie. A wonderful script by Melissa Mathison and a surging score by John Williams pack a mighty emotional punch, but the unsung hero is Carlo Rambaldi, who created E.T (from Spielberg’s initial concept of Einstein’s eyes on a baby’s face). It’s impossible to keep in mind that the small creature isn’t real. He expresses puzzlement, anxiety, mischief, humour, affection and loneliness with eloquent ease. Find out more...

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  • Sat 09 Nov - NT: Fleabag Encore (15)

    5:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 50mWarning – no babies for 15 Cert. See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End, and beaming onto our auditorium as a very special encore screening. Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life. Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose. Playing to sold-out audiences in New York and London, don’t miss your chance to see this ‘legitimately hilarious show’ (New Yorker). Please note: Special Event ticket prices apply for these screenings. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h04min Part of the ‘A Cinematic Odyssey: Postcards from Europe’ strand. Jacques Tati’s immense, dreamlike masterpiece on modern life arrives on the screen it deserves – and demands. In the mid-1960s, the man internationally famous as French comedy icon Monsieur Hulot used his reputation to sink 17 million francs, and several years, into the world of this film: an airport-sized city of grey and white colours, structured with only straight lines, and awesomely inhuman in its scale, cleanliness, and uniformity. A large cast of people either operate its incomprehensible systems or, like Hulot, blunder through it like hamsters in a maze, running afoul of its byzantine logic. Tati views this on a huge (70mm) scale, showing them all from a distance, weaving an intricate web of farces and breakdowns, often playing out several in one shot. Setting people against such a huge, faceless modern background makes an obvious point about the dehumanising effects of modern living. It also, however, makes their humanity shine by comparison, as the system slowly unravels, and the natural order of chaos reasserts itself. Tati portrays people with satire, sympathy, and scope that few films match, and its gigantic size and depth of detail can only be thoroughly appreciated in a cinema. (Research Dominic Bannister) The film will be introduced by Dr Paul Sutton, who will stay for the end of the film for a post- screening discussion in the auditorium. Find out more...

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  • Thu 14 Nov - Pain & Glory (15)

    7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 53mWarning – no babies for 15 Cert.***Please note: The screening on SUNDAY 22nd at 5pm will have a short intro from Dr Paul Sutton as part of our A Cinematic Odyssey: Postcards from Europe strand***For his new film, Pedro Almodóvar turns his camera inward for a typically stylish, comic and personal journey. Physically and creatively declining, aged director Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas) reconnects with former friend and leading man Alberto Crespo (Asier Etxeandía). In his company once more a torrent of memories and unresolved issues surface. Chief among these are his once radiant, neglected mother (Penélope Cruz), his slow discovery of his homosexuality (including a similarly discarded lover, and his tense relationship with religion, all conveyed in vivid flashbacks. Armed with new revelations, Salvador sets out to make amends with the loose ends of his life, gearing himself to work again as he does so. Almodóvar succeeds in taking the long, rich tradition of the autobiopic and harnessing it to his own ends and moods: rich in stylistic flourishes as ever, the film retains an emotional realism and honesty anchored by thoughtful writing and a deeply felt, untheatrical performance from Banderas. The film’s depth of insight and generosity of spirit are so great that it does not seem like navel-gazing, but more like a spiritual confession, though not a dry or tortured one. Find out more...

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  • 11:00 AM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h59min To be released on the 60th anniversary of the original Sleeping Beauty, Mistress of Evil is the sequel to 2014’s Maleficent, portraying the Sleeping Beauty story from the perspective of the eponymous antagonist, with Angelina Jolie in the central performance. Angelina Jolie had long been attached to the project since March 2010, when Tim Burton, who had tentatively planned to direct, chose not to pursue it. Jolie confirmed shortly after the first film that a sequel would be made. It’s helmed by Joachim Rønning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), and Disney have put together another excellent cast, with Elle Fanning returning as Aurora, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ed Skrein putting on the show. Maleficent’s peaceful life as the protector of the Moors takes an unexpected turn when Prince Phillip (rising star, Harris Dickinson) proposes to Aurora and she accepts. Unbeknownst to all, Phillip’s mother, Queen Ingrith, plans to use the wedding to divide humans and fairies forever. With Maleficent and Aurora finding themselves on opposite sides of an impending war, the two question whether they can truly be a family. Find out more...

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  • Sun 17 Nov - Official Secrets (15)

    3:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 52minWarning – no babies for 15 Cert. Keira Knightley and the director of Eye in the Sky bring a true, timely, and thrilling true story of national corruption and the dangers of exposing it. In 2003, government translator Katharine Gunn (Knightley) is frustrated at Britain’s slide towards war with Iraq, clearly seeing that it cannot be justified. A chance to act arrives when she receives an email from American espionage, asking for help from the UK in blackmailing diplomats into agreeing to the invasion. Furious at this international breach of ethics, she leaks the document to the press, leading to a mass outcry. Potential reprisals against her colleagues oblige Katharine to reveal her role in the whistleblowing, even as its cost to herself and her loved ones becomes clear. Knightley excels as a government pawn put under immense pressure for an act of defiance, displaying both the necessary courage and vulnerability without ever upending the film’s realism through grandstanding. Likewise, director Gavin Hood does not distort the facts with melodrama but allows the power of the real story to shine through: one that is exciting as any vintage political thriller, but, in a time of deception on a mass scale, also immensely relevant. Find out more...

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  • 7:00 PM

    Please note: For this special event we will not be running adverts + trailers. The evening’s schedule will start from 7pm. Film run time: 2h Unless Home is the Mouth of a Shark is a multimedia event with talks, think pieces, spoken word poems and music, to shine a light on the growing refugee crisis across Europe. There are approximately 25.9 million refugees in the world at present – shockingly half of whom are under 18. Every day over 37,000 people are forced to flee their homes as a result of conflict and persecution – this is an issue which is growing, but who is talking about it? This evening will explore the politics behind the crisis and the experiences of those living through it, with local volunteers from St Albans, organisations and asylum law professionals sharing their experiences and insight into the work they do and how conversation can be converted into meaningful action. There’ll also be the chance to discuss ways in which you can support the cause and get involved. Join us for an evening of music, film, story-telling and spoken word, which guarantees to be as thought provoking as it is entertaining. Hosting the evening will be local advocates and volunteers Anshula Bain and Louise Taylor. Proceeds from tickets sales will be going to The Mobile Refugee Support in Northern France who help refugees in locations that have been neglected by governments and larger charities. Upstairs seating £10 Downstairs seating £12 Find out more...

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  • Fri 22 Nov - First Blood (1982) (15)

    7:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h32min***Matinée prices***Matinée prices***Matinée prices*** To prepare you for the latest instalment of the Rambo saga, The Odyssey Cinema takes you back to where it all began with Ted Kotcheff’s classic, First Blood. Sylvester Stallone stars as John J. Rambo, a decorated former Green Beret who won the Congressional Medal of Honor but is haunted by his experiences in Vietnam. He travels to Hope, Washington to visit an old friend but is arrested for vagrancy by the local Sheriff Teasle (Brian Dennehy). After succumbing to escalating abuse in jail from Teasle and his deputies, Rambo snaps and escapes into the surrounding forest, using his combat and survival skills to evade and later hunt down the local police who are now at the mercy of an expert, in his adopted natural habitat. Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 500 greatest movies of all-time, First Blood is a landmark action thriller, combining edge of your seat tension with emotional depth and a vastly underrated performance by Stallone as the unstable veteran. Combined with an iconic score by Jerry Goldsmith it’s a cinematic experience you can’t afford to miss and a war you won’t believe. Find out more...

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  • 9:15 PM

    Please note: For this film we will not be running adverts + trailers. The evening’s schedule will start from 9.15pm. Film run time: 1h29min***Matinée prices***Matinée prices***Matinée prices*** Almost four decades after he drew first blood, Sylvester Stallone blazes back once more in the latest in the Rambo series. John Rambo seems to have found a peaceful life on an isolated horse ranch in Arizona which he co- manages with his old friend Maria (Adriana Barazza) and her granddaughter Gabriele (Yvette Monreal). When Gabriele is kidnapped by a Mexican cartel as she attempts to visit her estranged father, Rambo must confront his past and hone his combat skills as he crosses the border on a bloody and personal quest to rescue her and regain the quiet family life which he has always craved. Directed by action veteran Adrian Grunberg (Assistant Director on Apocalypto, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and many episodes of Narcos) and featuring an amazing score by Brian Tyler (Bubba Ho Tep, Iron Man 3), Rambo: Last Blood is a tightly woven tour-de-force, which proves that Stallone, at aged 73! Hasn’t lost any of his chops as he battles his way through this spectacular and deadly journey of bloody vengeance. Find out more...

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  • Sat 23 Nov - Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon (U)

    1:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 27min From the multiple award-winning team at Aardman Animation comes the long awaited second big screen outing for the loveable Shaun the Sheep. At Mossy Bottom farm, Shaun the Sheep is up to his usual antics whilst being constantly thwarted by the long suffering sheepdog, Bizter. When strange lights start to appear over the quiet town of Mossingham and an alien named LU-LA crash lands near the farm trouble ensues. Shaun seizes the opportunity to befriend the mischievous visitor and sets out on an adventure to re- unite her with her lost spaceship, unaware that a mysterious alien-hunting agency is hot on their tails. With irrepressible slapstick humour, Frisbees, flying saucers, galactic-sized burps and a wonderful smattering of sci-fi references throughout (which can’t be a baa’d thing), Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon is a ‘shear’ delight. So make sure you flock to The Odyssey for the latest adventure on Mossy Bottom Farm with Shaun & his friends, as they attempt to avoid Farmageddon. It’s one small step for lamb, one giant leap for lamb-kind. Find out more...

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  • 9:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 40min Awkwafina leads a poignant yet hilarious, cross-cultural yet universal ensemble piece on family, tradition, and loss. Billi, a Chinese-born would-be-writer, has spent most of her life drifting through New York, but keeps ties to her home through calls to her aging grandmother Nai Nai. When said grandmother is given a fatal diagnosis, her family plans to gather at her side one more time during a family wedding – without ever telling her that she is dying, in the traditional belief that it will spare her pain. Initially let out of the arrangement to avoid revealing the ruse, Billi rushes home to China, intent on doing just that. This becomes harder than anticipated, as love for her family, respect for her homeland, and the farcical complications of wedding planning all intervene. While belonging to a dubious line of culture-clash comedies, writer-director Lulu Wang transcends obvious punchlines in favour of sympathy for all characters, letting the comedy and pathos arise in natural, all-too-recognisable ways. Though the film is deeply rooted in Chinese culture, it captures widely recognisable moods and situations: of being adrift from family and home, of loving and hating them at once, of struggling to let them go. Find out more...

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  • Sun 24 Nov - Hitsville: The Making of Motown (12A)

    7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 52min The 60 th anniversary of the Motown label, famed for bringing soul music to the mainstream, is celebrated in this affectionate documentary filled with toe-tapping classics. Taking its name from a portmanteau of Detroit’s nickname ‘Motor Town’, Motown was the brainchild of Barry Gordy, himself working on the Ford assembly line when he had a revelation: “I can do this with people.” He envisioned a production line for talented artists, a kid walks in one door, they are trained to sing, to dance, to dress and given the right material, they leave out the other end a star. The formula was unprecedently successful with such giants as The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5 and Stevie Wonder attached to the label. As the documentary notes, the label also played an important role in the racial integration of popular music as an African American-owned label that achieved crossover success. When the artists first started to tour, they would find the venues divided by a rope down the centre of the auditorium separating the whites from the blacks. Previously unseen footage, new interviews and songs a-plenty make this an unmissable evening out. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 37min Zack Gottsagen, a young man with Down’s syndrome leads this this wonderfully stunning, Mark Twain-esque adventure, brought to us by the producers of Little Miss Sunshine. From the confines of his residential care home, Zak (Gottsagen) dreams of becoming a professional wrestler. With a passion for adventure, he makes his escape and sets sail to meet his idol – The Saltwater Redneck (Thomas Haden Church), and the wrestling school where he started out. Along the way, he crosses paths with Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a fugitive outlaw who befriends and mentors him on his long and arduous journey. Keeping their faces always towards the sunshine, the unlikely duo cruise along the banks of North Carolina, convincing Zak’s nurse Eleanor (Dakota Johnson) to join in the trail. With an effortlessly human touch, the film explores the back-story of all three characters with insight and compassion whilst maintaining a light-hearted simplicity. But it’s the stellar performance from newcomer Zack Gottsagen who absolutely steals the show in his portrayal of the hopeful wrestler. Find out more...

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  • Tue 26 Nov - For Sama (S) (18)

    7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 40min A moving documentary that provides an exclusive insight into war-torn Syria from the perspective of a woman blessed and burdened with a love for her family and her country. Through raw, diary-style footage, Waad al-Kataeb offers a first-hand account of the horrific reality civilians face in the heart of Aleppo. Spanning across five years, the documentary, which consists of recordings taken from her phone, develops from passive-aggressive protests to streets engulfed by bullets and bombs which make up the battleground of Aleppo in the Syrian Civil war. Al-Kataeb uniquely depicts the transition of how the war has gradually infiltrated and destroyed the daily lives of Syrians. Yet with horror comes hope, and at the forefront is Al- Kataeb’s documentation of her own life, from falling in love with her husband, Dr. Hamza, to the birth of their child Sama. The remarkable Al-Kataeb does not see herself as a filmmaker: her documentation seen as a necessity for evidence of the truth. Al-Kataeb’s collaboration with Emmy award winning film-maker Edward Watts (Escape from ISIS) offers a rare first-hand perspective of the Syrian War and the strength of its civilians. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h23min In Amanda Kramer’s bitingly modern twist on William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, a birthday party quickly dissolves into chaos when a mysterious natural disaster traps eight teenage girls alone in a house. Ladyworld is a bold and intense psychological thriller, featuring an incredible young female ensemble cast including Maya Hawke (Stranger Things, Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood), Annalise Basso (Captain Fantastic), Ariela Barer (Atypical), Ryan Simpkins (A Single Man), Odessa Adlon (Nashville), Tatsumi Romano (Sk8r Grrl), Zora Casebere (Critical Thinking) and Atheena Frizzell (The Old Man & The Gun). Kramer choreographs action through striking tableaus that follow the group’s shifting dynamics and the haunting score; built from percussion and a chorus of girlish hoots, build the tension. What at first seems a predictable story becomes surprising, lively with the energy of fresh talent and a prickly modern style. Tasking its eight-strong cast with overtly performing a part in their fractious new underground realm, each representing a different aspect commonly ascribed to femininity. Ladyworld manages to capture the perfect balance between the moments of tension and uneasiness with moments of teenage life. Find out more...

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  • Fri 29 Nov - Mystify: Michael Hutchence (15)

    7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 42min *Recorded Q&A with director Richard Lowenstein and special guests Journey into the heart and soul of Michael Hutchence, internationally renowned lead- singer of INXS, a complex and shy man who spent much of his life in the public eye. This powerfully intimate and insightful portrait from Richard Lowenstein (the director of the majority of INXS’s music videos) transports us through the looking glass to reveal a multifaceted, intensely sensitive and complex man. With contributions from his past loves, friends and family, the film delves beneath the public persona of the charismatic ‘Rock God’. We see Hutchence’s painful childhood, when he was separated from his little brother, his string of high-profile relationships that brought him into contact with the paparazzi, leading onto the darker moments: a taxi driver robbed him of his sense of smell after punching him. Changing his life forever, fracturing his sense of self and robbing his connection to life. Lowenstein includes tracks by Hutchence contemporary Nick Cave and Warren Ellis from The Bad Seeds provides the elegiac score. In life and death, he carved his own niche, and Mystify is a more than worthy tribute. Find out more...

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  • 2:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 37min The latest release from DreamWorks Animation – the much-loved creators of Shrek and Kung Fu Panda – collaborate with China’s Pearl Studio’s to take audiences on an epic 2,000-mile adventure, from the streets of Shanghai to the breath-taking Himalayan snowscapes. When Yi (Chloe Bennet) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai) name him “Everest”, and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on earth. But the trio of friends will have to outsmart Burnish (Eddie Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson) to help Everest get home. Particularly young viewers will be delighted by the colourful rush, but there’s real value in Yi’s frequent violin solos, which attune the film to a different frequency. This tale perfectly captures the sentimentality we feel for our home; accessible to children young and fully grown up. Find out more...

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  • Sat 30 Nov - After the Wedding (2019) (12A)

    7:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h52min An ex-partners daughter’s wedding? An unlikely and uncomfortable situation for most, and one in which Isabel, played by Michelle Williams (The Greatest Showman, Manchester By The Sea) finds herself in this melodrama. With her orphanage in India struggling to fund itself, the prospect of a donation of $20 million seems too good to be true, yet too beneficial to turn down. The benefactor is played by the Oscar-winning Julianne Moore (Still Alice, Gloria Bell); Theresa is a self-made multi- millionaire with more intentions than meets the eye. Isabel is invited to New York from Kolkata, and subsequently to the wedding. The suspense and drama is as the title suggests, after the wedding, unveiling that the two have more similarities than their economic disparities suggest. A remake of the 2006 Danish drama of the same name, the films screenplay is adapted and directed by Bart Freundlich, Moore’s husband in real life. It is not the first time the duo have collaborated, and in this version, Freundlich changes the protagonists’ genders to create a story which usurps expectations and questions motherhood and morality.  Expect twists, tears and tension.  Find out more...

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