Films

Here's a list of films that will be screening with Flicks in the Sticks over the coming months. 

If you haven't been to one of our screenings before please give us a try, especially if you fancy a different type of experience from the multiplex cinemas (Cineworld for example). 

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45 Years (15)

It's just one week before the 45th anniversary party of devoted couple Kate and Geoff (Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay) when he receives a letter out of the blue. The body of his ex-girlfriend has been found perfectly preserved after falling into a glacier in the Swiss Alps 50 years earlier. The emotional fallout of the discovery puts untold strains on their relationship as Geoff lets his mind wander back to the past and Kate finds herself impotent in the face of his grief. "Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay's powerhouse performances as a couple on the edge will chill you to the bone" Telegraph

A Bunch of Amateurs (15)

A fading LA action star (Burt Reynolds) finds himself caught between a rock and a Bard place after being duped into taking a gig as King Lear in Stratford, England. Problem is, this Stratford is not quite upon-Avon, but firmly placed in wet and muddy Suffolk. One-time Miss Moneypenny Samantha Bond is a firm but sweet director determined the play’s the thing in an undemanding comedy chosen for 2008’s Royal Film Performance. Also starring Imelda Staunton and Derek Jacobi.

A Walk in the Woods (15)

Robert Redford, Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson star in Ken Kwapis' (The US Office and Parks and Recreation) delightfully funny adaptation of Bill Bryson's international bestseller. Deciding to hike the notoriously tough Appalachian trail, Bryson (Redford) invites old pal Katz (Nolte), who turns up wheezing and overweight for a trip involving high altitudes, hardy terrain and... bears. Using their journey as a metaphor for the uncertainty of old age, with majestic footage of rural America, it's a hilarious, touching film with very enjoyable comic turns from Redford, Nolte, Emma Thompson (as Bryson’s wife), Nick Offerman and Kristen Schaal.

Addicted to Sheep (PG)

In the North Pennines, tenant farmers Tom and Kay spend their days looking after their flock of prized sheep, and hoping that this will be the year they breed the perfect one. Director Magali Pettier, herself a farmer’s daughter, follows a year in their lives, capturing both the stark, stunning beauty of the landscape, and the brutally hard graft it takes just to survive. Their three children are growing up close to the land, attending a school entirely comprised of farmers’ children, thoroughly immersed in their remote rural world. As the seasons change the couple help birth, groom, nurture and sell their sheep – even when the odds often seems stacked against them. A treat for the senses, Addicted to Sheep allows us to experience life on a hill farm – without having to get mucked in ourselves.

Amy (15)

A very, very powerful biography indeed from Asif Kapadia, the maker of “Senna”. The formidable talent of Amy Winehouse is laid out for us to see – because in the cool light of retrospect she was a great performer. The film uses a huge amount of footage to tell her story, from the early home video stuff from her difficult childhood through to the glory days. But it is the fragile and self-deprecating personality of the girl that shines through. The final scenes are overwhelming, reducing many of its Cannes premiere audience to tears. And the strength of this great film is to make clear to us the role played in her downfall by a frenzied and ever hungry media which kept on wanting more. This is a tragedy and the film shows us exactly what the world lost when her life ended.

Archive on Wheels (Flicks in the Sticks)

Archive on Wheels will be screening archive films in the places they were filmed, thanks to a grant from the B.F.I., at agricultural shows throughout the area. Look out for us at the: 3 Counties show in Malvern (17/18/19 June) Royal Welsh Show, Builth Wells (18/21 July) Oswestry Show 6/8 Minsterley Show 20/8 Kington Show 10/9 Ellesmere Festival 17/9

As You Like It (12)

Rosalind, the daughter of Duke Senior (the banished duke), is raised at the court of Duke Frederick (who is younger brother to Duke Senior and took over his dukedom), with her cousin Celia (daughter to Duke Frederick). She falls in love with a young man named Orlando, but before she can even think twice about it, she is banished by Duke Frederick, who threatens death if she comes near the court again. Celia, being Rosalind's best friend, goes with Rosalind (who is disguised as a boy, Ganymede) and Touchstone, the court's fool, to the forest of Arden. Upon their arrival in the forest, they happen upon Orlando and his manservant, who are fleeing the wrath of Orlando's eldest brother. What follows is an elaborate scheme devised by the cross-dressing Rosalind to find out the verity of Orlando's supposed passion for her, and to further capture his heart, through the witty and mischievous façade of Ganymede.

Bridge of Spies (12a)

During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

Brooklyn (12a)

Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson star in this romantic drama adapted from the novel by Colm Tóibín. Set in the 1950s, the story follows young Irish woman Ellis Lacey (Ronan) as she travels to New York City, hoping to find a better life. Initially homesick, she begins to adjust to her new surroundings with the help of Italian-American Tony Fiorello (Emory Cohen), who she becomes romantically involved with. After news of a family crisis, Ellis returns to Ireland where she enjoys spending time back in her home town and becomes acquainted with a young man, Jim Farrell (Gleeson), finding herself torn between two very different paths. The cast also includes Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters.

Cadillac Records (15)

In this tale of sex, violence, race, and rock and roll in 1950s Chicago, "Cadillac Records" follows the exciting but turbulent lives of some of America's musical legends, including Muddy Waters, Leonard Chess, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James and Chuck Berry.

Carol (15)

In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's seminal novel The Price of Salt, CAROL follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet, is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol, an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband begins to question her competence as a mother as her involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby come to light.

Dad's Army (PG)

The film is set during 1944, when World War II was about to reach its end. In Walmington-on-Sea, Captain Mainwaring's Home Guard suffers from low morale. This is until a glamorous journalist arrives, to report on the platoon's exploits. Meanwhile, MI5 have discovered a radio signal transmitted from Walmington-on-Sea towards Berlin, apparently the work of a spy, giving the Home Guard a chance to make a real difference in the war.

Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance (PG)

This is a terrifically enjoyable true story about a group of friends from a workingmen's club in the Valleys who decide to breed themselves a racehorse. Amazingly the horse they raised on the allotments in Cefn Forest takes them on a roller coaster journey to the top of the racing world. Following their dream the bar maid, ex-miners and pensioners mix with Countesses and Sheikhs in the owners enclosure at Aintree. They’re a hugely likeable crew who tell their story with broad smiles on their faces, still barely able to believe how a horse gave hope to their whole village. "Funny, inspiring - with a round of applause at the end." Flicks Promoter

Eddie the Eagle (PG)

Eddie the Eagle follows the realisation of the childhood dream of Michael Edwards (a.k.a Eddie), and his unflinching determination to become Great Britain’s first Olympic ski-jumper. Reluctantly aided by former ski-jumper Bronson Peary as his coach, Eddie is unwavering in his quest to reach the 1988 Calgary Winter Games. Eddie the Eagle is an uplifting, inspirational story that celebrates human spirit, passion, and one man’s refusal to accept defeat.

Force Majeure (15)

A Swedish family travels to the French Alps to enjoy a few days of skiing. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With diners fleeing in all directions, mother Ebba calls for her husband Tomas as she tries to protect their children. Tomas, meanwhile, is running for his life... The anticipated disaster failed to occur, and yet the family's world has been shaken to its core, a question mark hanging over their father in particular. Tomas and Ebba's marriage now hangs in the balance as Tomas struggles desperately to reclaim his role as family patriarch.

Four Rooms (18)

It’s New Year’s Eve at a former grand old Hollywood hotel and things are awry. On his first night on the job, the bellhop is asked to help out a coven of witches, agrees to watch a gangster’s kids for him and referees a ghastly wager. Four interlocking tales in segments, in its entirety loosely based on many of Dahl’s adult short fiction writings.

Hail, Caesar! (12a)

Four-time Oscar (R)-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Fargo) write and direct Hail, Caesar!, an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood's Golden Age. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum, Hail, Caesar! follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.

Henry V (1944) (U)

Based on of the most popular historical plays by Shakespeare and made in order to boost moral of British troops during WW2. An excellent beginning to the series of Olivier's Shakespearean films

Lad: A Yorkshire Story (12a)

When Tom Proctor's dad dies his world falls apart; his brother joins the army, his mum is threatened with eviction and Tom gets into trouble with the police. Tom's life is turned around however when he's paired up with park ranger Al Thorpe in this enchanting coming-of-age story set in the stunning Yorkshire Dales. (This film has won many 'Best Film' awards at International Film Festivals).

Macbeth (2016) (15)

Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard star in this adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy. After three witches foretell that Scottish nobleman Macbeth (Fassbender) will be king he becomes obssessed by the idea. Encouraged by his wife Lady Macbeth (Cotillard), his ambition becomes all-consuming and he kills the reigning monarch, King Duncan (David Thewlis). But Macbeth becomes a tyrannical ruler, filled with anxiety over who he can trust... The cast also includes Elizabeth Debicki, Sean Harris, Paddy Considine and David Hayman.

Much Ado About Nothing (1993) (PG)

Young lovers Hero and Claudio are to be married in one week. To pass the time, they conspire with Don Pedro to set a "lover's trap" for Benedick, an arrogant confirmed bachelor, and Beatrice, his favorite sparring partner. Meanwhile, the evil Don Jon conspires to break up the wedding by accusing Hero of infidelity. In the end, though, it all turns out to be "much ado about nothing."

Rams (15)

In a secluded valley in Iceland, Gummi and Kiddi live side by side, tending to their sheep. Their ancestral sheep-stock is considered one of the country’s best, and the two brothers are repeatedly awarded for their prized rams who carry an ancient lineage. Although they share the land and a way of life, Gummi and Kiddi have not spoken to each other in four decades. When a lethal disease suddenly infects Kiddi’s sheep, the entire valley comes under threat. The authorities decide to cull all the animals in the area to contain the outbreak. This is a near death sentence for the farmers, whose sheep are their main source of income, and many abandon their land. But Gummi and Kiddi don’t give up so easily - and each brother tries to stave off the disaster in his own fashion: Kiddie by using his rifle and Gummi by using his wits. As the authorities close in the brothers will need to come together to save the special breed passed down for generations, and themselves, from extinction.

Ricki and the Flash (12a)

Watch Meryl Streep rock out in Jonathan Demme’s (Rachel Getting Married, Philadelphia) rambunctious, fantastically enjoyable and unexpectedly moving comedy-drama, scripted by Diablo Cody (Juno). She’s Ricki, the star of a bar-blues covers band whose peripatetic existence ended her marriage and estranged her from her children. Then: her ex-husband (Kevin Kline) calls to let her know their daughter Julie (played by Streep’s daughter Mamie Gummer) is in trouble; and, reunited with Julie and her other wary children, she starts to mend fences. In another director’s hands it could be formulaic – in Demme’s it’s an emotive, insightful, musical treat - and Streep is a joy.

Shakespeare in Love (15)

Will Shakespeare is a known but struggling poet, playwright and actor who has not only sold his next play to both Philip Henslow and Richard Burbidge but now faces a far more difficult problem: he is bereft of ideas and has yet to begin writing. He is in search of his muse, the woman who will inspire him but all attempts fail him until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps. She would like nothing more than to take to the stage but is forbidden from doing so as only men can be actors. Dressing as a man, she auditions and is ideal for a part in his next play. Shakespeare soon see through her disguise and they begin a love affair, one they know cannot end happily for them as he is already married and she has been promised to another man.

Song of the Sea (PG)

From Tomm Moore, director of The Secret of Kells, comes this enchanting, breathtakingly gorgeous Oscar-nominated animation. Based on the Irish legend of the Selkies, it tells the story of Saoirse, the last seal-child who goes on an epic journey with her brother Ben to save the world of magic and discover the secrets of their past. Pursued by owl witch Macha and ancient, mythical creatures, Saoirse and Ben race against time to awaken Saoirse's powers and stop the spirit world from disappearing forever. Song of the Sea is a wonder of magical storytelling and visual splendour and destined to become a classic

Spectre (12a)

A cryptic message from the past leads James Bond to Mexico City and Rome, where he meets the beautiful widow of an infamous criminal. After infiltrating a secret meeting, 007 uncovers the existence of the sinister organization SPECTRE. Needing the help of the daughter of an old nemesis, he embarks on a mission to find her. As Bond ventures toward the heart of SPECTRE, he discovers a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks.

Spotlight (15)

When the Boston Globe's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (12a)

Visionary director J.J. Abrams brings to life the motion picture event of a generation. As Kylo Ren and the sinister First Order rise from the ashes of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is missing when the galaxy needs him most. It’s up to Rey, a desert scavenger, and Finn, a defecting stormtrooper, to join forces with Han Solo and Chewbacca in a desperate search for the one hope of restoring peace to the galaxy.

Suffragette (12a)

A drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality - their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. Maud was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational.

Sunset Song (15)

Ravishing, tremulous and deeply felt, Sunset Song is the latest film from British screenwriter, novelist and director Terence Davies (Of Time and the City, The Deep Blue Sea). Adapted from Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s classic novel, it’s set in coastal Aberdeenshire on the eve of World War I. Agyness Deyn (Electricity) gives an excellent performance as Chris Guthrie, the teenage daughter in a farming family ruled by an oppressive, violent father (Peter Mullan); and when tragedy strikes, she finds a curious liberty in the dissolution of their dysfunctionally tight-knit family. Beautifully, dreamily filmed by cinematographer Michael McDonagh, it has plenty of Davies’ usual nostalgia and impressionistic grace, but also depicts the grim realities of life and nature in this historical rural world with clarity; making this a uniquely powerful picture that's already garnering strong festival press after its Toronto screenings.

The Bigger Picture - Church Stretton (Exempt)

This project is about connecting communities with Archive films about the area they live in, how things used to be and making comparisons with the way things are now. From local fetes and festivals, visits from royalty and local issues such as the new telegraph poles coming into the village and how ugly they look – direct comparison with today’s issues of mobile telephone masts and new pylons. If you have some archive films in your attic, about local events, let us know and we will see if we can convert them! Thanks to funding from Film Hub North West Central, we have created this archive project to uncover and digitise footage of local community events in and around Church Stretton.

The Bigger Picture - Mid Wales (Exempt)

This project is about connecting communities with Archive films about the area they live in, how things used to be and making comparisons with the way things are now. From local fetes and festivals, visits from royalty and local issues such as the new telegraph poles coming into the village and how ugly they look – direct comparison with today’s issues of mobile telephone masts and new pylons. If you have some archive films in your attic, about local events, let us know and we will see if we can convert them! Thanks to funding from the Film Hub Wales, we have created this archive project to uncover and digitise footage of local community events in and around Mid Wales.

The Danish Girl (15)

A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

The Lady in the Van (12)

Maggie Smith stars in the hilarious and heartwarming ‘The Lady In The Van’. A colourfully complex character, Miss Shepherd “temporarily” parked in the driveway of Alan Bennett’s home – and stayed there for 15 years! After inviting herself in to Bennett’s house to use the bathroom, she proved impossible to budge. Despite her prickly, irascible nature, the neighbourhood quickly warmed to her certain brand of charm, and she eventually became the essential heart and soul of the community.

The Martian (12a)

Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Alien) directs Oscar-winner Matt Damon (The Bourne Identity) in this fantastically enjoyable sci-fi thriller with a star-studded cast including Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Damon is astronaut Mark Watney, presumed dead after a fierce storm on Mars. Alone on a hostile planet, he must use all his ingenuity to survive and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive – while, millions of miles away, NASA is working tirelessly to bring ‘the Martian’ home, and his crewmates plot an incredible rescue mission. Reminiscent of Gravity; it’s thrillingly filmed and epic in scale.

The Program (15)

This latest film from veteran British director Stephen Frears (The Queen) dramatises the war of attrition between Irish Sports Journalist and seven times Tour De France Winner Lance Armstrong. Journalist David Walsh was one of a small group who was prepared to raise awkward questions about Armstrong’s seemingly superhuman feats, after he had fought back from life threatening cancer to win the 1999 Tour de France, and so began a 13-year battle to reveal the truth that finally came to light in October 2012.

The Revenant (15)

Inspired by true events, The Revenant is an epic story of survival and transformation on the American frontier. While on an expedition into the uncharted wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass is brutally mauled by a bear, then abandoned by members of his own hunting team. Alone and near death, Glass refuses to succumb. Driven by sheer will and his love for his Native American wife and son, he undertakes a 200-mile odyssey through the vast and untamed West on the trail of the man who betrayed him: John Fitzgerald. What begins as a relentless quest for revenge becomes a heroic saga against all odds towards home and redemption.

The Taming of the Shrew (U)

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton sparkle and amuse as Katharina and Petruchio in William Shakespeare's comic look at male chauvinism and women's lib in the 16th century. Petruchio, a poverty-stricken gentleman from Verona, journeys to Padua in search of a wealthy wife. There, he encounters the fiery Katharina, a self-willed shrew who leads Petruchio on a merry chase before he successfully circumvents her attempts to avoid marriage. Their honeymoon becomes a humorous battle of wit and insult with Kate as determined to maintain her independence as Petruchio is to "tame" her. When the embattled couple returns to Padua, Kate helps Petruchio win a wager that his is the most obedient of wives.But in reality, the shrewish Kate has found a more effective way to dominate her mate.

West Side Story (PG)

Based on a smash Broadway play updating Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to the 1950s era of juvenile delinquency, West Side Story stars Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as the star-crossed lovers from different neighbourhoods--and ethnicities. The film's real selling points, however, are the highly charged and inventive song-and-dance numbers, the passionate ballads, the moody sets, colourful support from Rita Moreno, and the sheer accomplishment of Hollywood talent and technology producing a film so stirring. Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim wrote the score.

Youth (15)

Fred and Mick, two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children's confused lives, Mick's enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. But someone wants at all costs to hear him conduct again.

Zootropolis (PG)

In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.