What’s on at the Curzon week beginning Friday 30th October?

As the nights draw in and the days become colder, there’s nothing nicer than snuggling up to a good film at the cinema. This week’s programme from the Curzon has some great choice.

I would also like to say that once inside, having bought pre booked tickets, the Curzon feels very relaxed with big spaces between all seated spaces, hand gel, masks and of course lots more ventilation!

For anyone unsure of the new hours or Box Office availability, the Box Office is open from 6.30pm until 7.30pm prior to both 7.00pm or 7.30pm screenings and from 1.30pm until 2.30pm prior to a 2.30pm matinee.

You can of course book online any time. If you have any problems or queries they are very quick to respond on Facebook or you can email them info@curzon.org.uk

Psycho 60th Anniversary 15

Saturday 31st October 2.30pm

This Halloween, the Curzon are screening the classic Alfred Hitchcock horror thriller. 60 years after its release prompted controversy, the film, now often dubbed as Hitchcock’s best and scariest, makes its way back for a rare big-screen outing. I remember scaring myself half to death the first time around, think I might give it a miss this time! Having said that it is the most brilliant film that I highly recommend.

Phoenix secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), on the lam after stealing $40,000 from her employer in order to run away with her boyfriend, Sam Loomis (John Gavin), is overcome by exhaustion during a heavy rainstorm. Traveling on the back roads to avoid the police, she stops for the night at the ramshackle Bates Motel and meets the polite but highly strung proprietor Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), a young man with an interest in taxidermy and a difficult relationship with his mother.

Infamous for its shower scene, but immortal for its contribution to the horror genre. Because Psycho was filmed with tact, grace, and art, Hitchcock didn’t just create modern horror, he validated it.” Rotten Tomatoes

Timeless classic. Superb performances and the infamous shower scene make this the perfect nightmare. Empire

Coco PG

Saturday 21st October 2.30pm

This beautiful treat from 2017 delighted kids and adults alike with it’s enchanting music and Pixar’s trademark mix of heart, humour and adventure. Now it returns for a one off special showing just for Halloween!

Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

Pixar has raised the animation bar again, with its most musical — and arguably most magical — film yet. If this is the afterlife we’re all headed to, don’t fear the reaper.” Empire

Colorful, beautifully animated, and culturally sensitive, “Coco” is an affecting, multilayered coming-of-age drama. “Common Sense Media

The Secret Garden (PG)

Friday 30th October Sunday 1st November 2.30pm 7.30pm Monday 2nd November 7.30pm Tuesday 3rd November 2.30pm Wednesday 4th November 2.30pm 7.30pm (the 2.30pm is a subtitled screening, for people with impaired hearing but accessible to all) Thursday 5th November 7.30pm

Following last weeks’ sell-out screenings, The Secret Garden is back at the Curzon for another run with some evening screenings added due to popular demand. Starring Julie Walters and Colin Firth, this is the familiar childhood tale of love, loss, magical happenings and hope, that has captivated hearts for generations, given an incredible new lease of life for 2020.

The story follows Mary Lennox, a 10-year-old girl sent to live with her uncle Archibald Craven (Firth), under the watchful eye of Mrs. Medlock (Walters) with only the household maid, Martha for company. Mary begins to uncover many family secrets, particularly after chancing upon her cousin Colin, who has been shut away unwell in a wing of the house.

“It’s as lovely as you remember. This version, featuring Colin Firth as the haunted uncle, hits the same notes as the 1911 novel and previous films, and that’s fine for this uncertain moment.” The New York Times

“This is a fine adaptation of the beloved children’s book.” Common Sense Media

Royal Opera: Manon Lescaut (Encore)

Tuesday 3rd November 7.00pm

Manon Lescaut tells the story of an impulsive young woman who is drawn into a world of male desire. She recklessly chooses luxury over love and, in doing so, pays the ultimate price.

Jonathan Kent – director of The Royal Opera’s Tosca – created this production of Manon Lescaut in 2014, The Royal Opera’s first production of the opera in 30 years. Kent finds contemporary resonance in the story of a woman tempted and misguided into acting against her best interests, and who finally receives retribution far more severe than her actions could ever deserve. Designs by Paul Brown create a harsh environment riven through with societal hypocrisy, in which Manon is trapped by those who will exploit her – and from which the only escape can be death.

“Antonio Pappano is in his element, and inspires the orchestra to some very fine playing, especially in the vibrant overture and the sumptuous Intermezzo. His feeling for the pace of the drama is ideal; propulsive, but with plenty of detail and poise. Excellent communication too between conductor and cast, another plus for this ensemble reading. All round, this is a musical performance characterised by power, focus and nuance …..’” The Arts Desk.com

Kristine Opolais manages Manon’s transformation from good-time girl to tragic victim wonderfully well, using silvery pianissimos to marvellous effect, and while Jonas Kaufmann may not be the most vulnerable or moving Des Grieux – he is a bit too confident and self-contained for that – his singing, which seems to gain in weight and richness every time he appears here, is exceptional. As Lescaut, Christopher Maltman has just the right mix of cunning and charm; Maurizio Muraro is the insidiously predatory Geronte.” The Guardian

Covid-safety measures are in place meaning that tickets for all screenings are greatly reduced due to social distancing, with numbered and allocated seating. Masks are required to be worn throughout the cinema, although they may be removed in seats whilst eating or drinking. Increased cleaning regimes are in place with additional cleaning between screenings. Hand sanitiser will be available throughout the cinema, one-way systems will be evident with signage pointing customers in the right direction. There is also increased ventilation in the auditorium. Customers are encouraged to purchase tickets online if possible, as is contactless payment within the cinema. More details can be found on the website under the ‘About’ section.

Full details and timings of all screenings can be found on the Curzon  website – www.curzon.org.uk.  

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