Bright eyed and bushy-tailed like the Easter Bunny, Dunlop Community Cinema's Spring programme is chock full of great films for your delectation.
March begins with our tribute to one of Scotland's greatest authors, Muriel Spark. In what would have been her 1OOth year, we commemorate her work; and celebrate International Women's day, with the film of one of her most famous novels 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie'. Maggie Smith's Oscar-winning portrayal of Miss Jean Brodie is magnificent, so why not come along and see the 'creme de la creme' on the big screen and, as the film is a PG, bring your daughters (and sons) along too.
From a charismatic teacher to the quintessential angry old man next door ... the literary connections continue with our March Film Club film 'A Man Called Ove'. Based on a best-selling novel, this feel-good black comedy from Sweden tells the story of an isolated and grieving retiree whose life is turned upside down by his boisterous new neighbours.
'Paddington 2', our March family film, serves up a deliciously gleeful slice of adventure, drama and comedy which will leave you with a warm glow (and a new respect for Hugh Grant). Perfect for the whole family, this film will captivate and charm even the hardest of hearts and is one of those rare sequels which is even better than the original film.
From the sublime to the ridiculous, the April Film Club film is a vicious political satire - 'The Death of Stalin'. Armando lannucci's absurdly bleak comedy follows the Soviet dictator's last days and depicts the chaos after his death as his old cronies jostle for survival. Filled with crackling dialogue and the type of high calibre insults we have come to expect from the man behind 'The Thick of It', the 'Death of Stalin' is a fantastically witty ensemble piece where farce and satire combine to create a pitch black comedy.
The following week we are showing another film loosely based on historical events but only this one is rather more genteel. 'Victoria and Abdul' reunites the inimitable Dame Judi Dench with one of her greatest roles, Queen Victoria, and tells the story of the remarkable friendship between the Queen and a young Indian servant, Abdul Karim, which blossomed in the twilight of her years ... much to the dismay of the Royal household.
May's Film club film is 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri', another black comedy about vengeance, violence and the acceptance of death - perfect viewing for a Spring evening. Funny, violent and moving ... this film combines drama and bleak humour to great effect and wrings remarkable performances from each of its 3 leads, most notably Frances McDormand, powerful and compelling as the grieving mother who is past caring what people think of her and demands retribution for the death of her daughter.
We then have a chance to see another remarkable female actress in all her glory with a screening of the National Theatre production of 'The Audience' with Dame Helen Mirren. The play imagines a series of pivotal meetings between 8 different British Prime Ministers over the years and their Queen. Helen Mirren again is faultless as the Queen and this is a performance not to be missed.
Finally, we end our Spring season with a bang. On the eve of Gala Day we will be showing 'The Greatest Showman'. Hugh Jackman's musical Tour de Force as P.T. Barnum, the showman who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Currently wowing audiences across the world this is a rousing musical fantasy filled with a stellar cast and lots of pizzazz, so come along and start the Gala weekend on the right note.
All our films, including Film Club, are open to all. For evening performances, doors open at 7, and the films begin at 7.30. Our Sunday movie, 'Paddington 2', begins at 3pm with doors open from 2.30. Come along and enjoy the films with some delicious ice cream, sweet or salted popcorn and maybe a cheeky wee glass of wine. Hope to see you there.