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Coton Cinema at the Village Hall

BFI_Neighbourhood_Logo_MONO_POSPerformances take place in Coton Village Hall. Tickets cost £5 on the door, including refreshments.  Evening performances start at 8pm, doors open for refreshments at 7.30pm.

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Coton Cinema at the Village Hall

2019 Spring Programme


Wednesday 23 January: The Children Act
Wednesday 27 February: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Wednesday 27 March: The Guardian

Wednesday 24 April: First Man

Wednesday 23 January: The Children Act (12A) 1hr 45mins

Emma Thompson gives a wonderful performance as High Court judge Fiona Maye, whose personal life collapses at the beginning of the film. It’s directed by Richard Eyre, who may have Notes On A Scandal and Iris among his film-making credits, but he is best known as a theatre director. And there’s a theatricality, a staginess to what unfolds here as experienced High Court judge Fiona Maye (Thompson) discovers that her long, childless marriage has fallen apart without her noticing, so her personal and professional worlds are plunged into crisis, albeit the sort of uptight, put-on-a-brave-face crisis that the professional classes specialise in.

Often an actress inclined to big performances, here Emma Thompson is the epitome of buttoned-down, emotional restraint, conveying more in a reproachful glance of those unhappy eyes than McEwan could in a page of dialogue. This is a woman finally realising the price of her dedication to her high-flying legal career – no children and now no husband either. Thompson, looking authentically 59 for once, is nomination-grabbingly good. – Matthew Bond for Event Magazine

Wednesday 27 February: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (PG) 114 mins
Get ready to sing and dance, laugh and love all over again!

Past and present intertwine as a pregnant Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is busy re-launching her mother’s taverna while husband Sky is away in New York.  Flashbacks transport us back in time to learn how the Dynamos came into being and how Donna (Lily James) met Sophie’s three putative fathers.

“It’s down to cannily cast diva Cher, playing Sophie’s maternal grandmother Ruby Sheridan, to really raise the roof as she does singing Fernando in duet with her lost love (played by Andy Garcia). The moment white-wigged Cher steps out of her helicopter on the jetty in that sparkling, sun-drenched bay, she owns the movie hook, line and sinker and virtually nothing else exists. Or at least until Meryl Streep appears singing My Love, My Life in that famous cliff-top church and instantly reduces the audience to floods of tears. In a replica of The Winner Takes It All showstopper in Mamma Mia!, it’s a stunningly bravura moment that will live long in the memory.”  Radio Times

“To sum it up in one easy sentence: if you loved the first film, you’ll certainly adore this one.”  The Upcoming

Wednesday 27 March: The Guardians (Les Guardiennes) (15) 138 mins

An affecting human drama of love, loss, and resilience unfolds against the backdrop of World War I. The women of the Paridier farm, under the deft hand of Hortense, the family’s matriarch (Nathalie Baye,) must grapple with the workload while the men, including two sons, are off at the front. Hortense reluctantly brings in an outsider, the hard-scrabble teenage orphan, Francine (Iris Bry), to help her daughter Solange (Laura Smet). New tools allow the women to triumph over the land, newfound independence is acquired, yet emotions are stirred especially when the men return from the front on short leaves.  Music Box Films

Directed by Xavier Beauvois (Of Gods and Men).

In French with English subtitles

“From its slow-burning beginning, The Guardians develops into an epic melodrama. It’s a wartime story in which, for a change, the men are relegated to supporting roles. It follows in a tradition of French rural family sagas like Jean de Florette or Manon des Sources. The landscapes and the changing seasons play as much of a part in the story as the main characters.”  The Independent

The Guardians is a rewarding and rich film, which offers a delicately considered and often troubling insight into the lives of those left behind by history: those who, in the priest’s words, “still drain the bitter cup of life” while others march to their death.”  Sight and Sound

Wednesday 24 April: First Man (12A) 141 mins

The riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight.  A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, the film explores the triumphs and the cost – on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself – of one of the most dangerous missions in history.  Directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling.  From the official website

“Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. It’s such a commonplace piece of knowledge now that the terrifying wonder, the global ramifications of that moment, have been lost. Space travel has become the property of billionaire technocrat dude-bros. What director Damien Chazelle and actor Ryan Gosling as Armstrong have undertaken in this tale of the early days of space exploration is a rescue mission: to reclaim as heroes these fragile men, strapping themselves into ramshackle machines and hurling themselves into the wondrous void to give us a new horizon.”  Austin Chronicle

“Ryan Gosling plays Neil Armstrong as a hero of relatively few words but Claire Foy provides the emotional heft (and the Oscar buzz) as the steadfast spouse of the lunar legend.”  Radio Times

“This is at once cracking, deep-cutting, free-flowing in a defined range, fast and compelling.”  Eye for Film

Performances take place at Coton Village Hall. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.
Tickets are £5 at the door (including refreshments), or pre-book with Emma Marks (tel: 212982, email:

The Coton Cinema Team

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