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Every Monday morning approaching 11:00, a convoy of prams and buggies piloted by wide-eyed mums, dads Baby vehicleand carers, can be tracked making its way determinedly up the Chamberlayne Road. Gratefully grabbing a rare opportunity for interaction with the outside world, an opportunity to hear the voices and thoughts of OTHER ADULTS, to have a coffee and share suffering, or even just to gawk at some eye candy up on the big screen for a couple of hours (Clooney and Downey Jr seem to cause a dramatic spike in audience size), without having to worry about the little one squealing/feeding/pooing in public.

The volume is lower, the lights slightly higher, there’s plenty of space for buggy-parking and baby changing. Our film is usually that week’s main feature. For precise details, check the programme.  All tickets cost £5 (babies free). Our Bruce Munro light installation is said to have a powerfully calming effect on our little guests, leading some to propose that our “scream screen” shows are the quietest in the country…

Carers & babies: Gone Girl

“Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel has become a feverish thriller that has all the emotional subtlety of a Punch and Judy show – but is all the better for it” Guardian

David Fincher (The Social Network) tackles the best-selling book  of 2012 and makes a great job of it!  It’s hard to live up to the hype on a project such as this, but Gillian Flynn herself has done the script, and Fincher has already earned his chops on teeth-gnashingly nasty thrillers with the likes of Se7en and The Fight Club.

When feckless Nick Dunne finds evidence of a struggle at home and his wife missing, assuming the worst isn’t half bad enough!  Before long press and public have him fitted up for the murder of his adored public figure of a wife, but that would seem a bit premature when there is no sign of a body…

This one has more twists and turns than a triple corkscrew roller coaster – and is just as edge of your seat!  Casting is always important but in this case it’s crucial, and Ben Affleck’s smug machismo is well offset against Rosamund Pike as his Dresden china-pretty wife.   This gleefully tilts at The War of the Roses, Hitchcock’s Suspicion and Fatal Attraction even as it explores Sartre’s Existential maxim:  Hell is others.  Indeed!

Carers & babies: Begin Again

In this uplifting tale from the director of Once, Mark Ruffalo is Dan, a New York record-label boss who is flailing in both his personal and professional life, and Keira Knightley plays Greta, a songwriter whose career has derailed since her partner hit the big time. When Dan hears her performance at an open-mic night, he suspects that she might just be the Real Deal. Resisting predictable plot turns, director John Carney keeps us guessing the trajectory of our two lost souls in this crowd-pleaser.

Carers & Babies: Chef

“A colorful, great-looking film, with an infectious soundtrack.” RichardRoeper.com

Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his culinary integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman).  Left to figure out what’s next, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen — and zest for life and love.  Everybody wants to get into the kitchen:  also with Robert Downey Jr and Scarlet Johanson.

Chef’s charming cast and sharp, funny script add enough spice to make this feel-good comedy a flavourful treat.