Moonlight Flicks – Gremlins (12A) #chesterculture

12A | Dir: Joe Dante | 1984 | 106 mins | USA |
Cast: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates

A rare opportunity to see this 1984 cult classic on a big screen!

‘The Gremlins# was Dahl’s first children’s book about small creatures called Gremlins sabotaging British aircraft as revenge for the destruction of their forest home, which was razed to make way for an aircraft factory. It was written for Walt Disney as a feature-length animated film that was never made.

The 1984 film, Gremlins, produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Joe Dante, is loosely inspired by Dahl’s characters, featuring evil and destructive monsters which mutate from small furry creatures.

img_0932The rules:
do not expose to bright lights or sunlight
do not let it get wet
and remember, no matter how it crys or begs, never feed it after midnight.

Roald Dahl on Film – Film Hub Wales and Chapter as Film Hub Lead Organisation, have put together a major, UK-wide programme designed to celebrate the most magnificent Welsh storyteller, Roald Dahl.  The programme will see an extraordinary array of film screenings and supporting activity delivered across the UK from the release of The BFG in July 2016, through to the centenary of his birth on the 13 September.

2016 is the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth. Storyhouse join the celebrations with a series of films based on and inspired by his writing: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate FactoryMatilda and Gremlins

gremlins-movie-image1Roman Gardens, Chester
Thursday 25th August at 19.30
The Measure: cinema ticket

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Moonlight Flicks – Matilda (PG) #chesterculture

PG | Dir: Danny Devito | 1996 | 98 mins | USA |
Cast: Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito, Pam Ferris, Embeth Davidtz

Danny DeVito brings the Roald Dahl classic to the screen in this 1996 adaption which sees our heroine’s story moved from the UK to the US.

Matilda, a bright young genius ignored and mistreated by  her parents, escapes into books. As a result of her genius Matilda develops telekinetic powers. When Matilda starts school at Crunchem Hall, she befriends several children and learns of Trunchbull’s,  the school’s tyrannical principal, violent nature and overtly harsh punishments of the students. Miss Honey is a kind woman who adores her class and takes an immediate liking to Matilda.

With Miss Honey, can Matilda teach the evil grown-ups a lesson and find a happiness?

Roald Dahl on Film – Film Hub Wales and Chapter as Film Hub Lead Organisation, have put together a major, UK-wide programme designed to celebrate the most magnificent Welsh storyteller, Roald Dahl.  The programme will see an extraordinary array of film screenings and supporting activity delivered across the UK from the release of The BFG in July 2016, through to the centenary of his birth on the 13 September.

2016 is the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth. Storyhouse join the celebrations with a series of films based on and inspired by his writing: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate FactoryMatilda and Gremlins

Roman Gardens, Chester
Tuesday 16th August at 19.45
The Measure: cinema ticket

Moonlight Flicks – The Artist (PG) #chesterculture

PG | Dir: Michel Hazanavicius | 2011 | 98 mins | France / USA |
Cast: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman

A glorious tribute to the early years of Hollywood, The Artist is truly a film that will make you laugh and cry in the best of the golden age tradition.

Peppy Miller is a rising star but can she save the career of her former mentor, silent film star George Valentin?

The film undoubtedly features the best performance by a dog in the form of George’s loyal and highly trained Jack Russell terrier who just about steals the show.

Roman Gardens, Chester
Saturday 6th August at 20.15, Tuesday 9th August at 20.00 and Wednesday 24th August at 19.30
Ashton Park, West Kirby
Friday 5th August at 20.15

Moonlight Flicks -Jurassic World (12)

12 | Dir: Colin Trevorrow | 2015 | 124 mins | USA|
Cast: Chris Platt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins

This blockbuster action moive starring Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreations, Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Lego Movie) is set 22 years after the events in the original 1993 classic, Jurassic Park.

Jurassic World takes place on the same fictional island of Isla Nublar, off the Pacific coast of Central America , where a theme park populated with cloned dinosaurs has operated for ten years. The park plunges into chaos when a genetically created dinosaur breaks loose and goes on a rampage across the island.

Fingers crossed for no such problems with the dinosaurs coming to Chester this summer

Roman Gardens, Chester
Friday 29th July – 20.30, Saturday 13th August – 20.00, Thursday 18th August – 19.45, Friday 26th August – 19.30
Castle Park, Frodsham
Tuesday 26th July – 20.30
Ashton Park, West Kirby
Saturday 6th August – 20.15
The Measure: cinema ticket

Moonlight Flicks – Mad Max: Fury Road (15) #chesterculture

15 | Dir: George Miller | 2015 | 120 mins | Australia / USA |
Cast: Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult

Re-booting the Mad Max franchise in spectacular style, Mad Max: Fury Road proved both a critical and commercial hit nominated for and winning a string of Oscars. Tom Hardy plays drifter Max who stands alongside rebel Furiosa (Charlize Theron) as she leads an uprising against the tyrannical ruler of the post-apocalyptic world.

A pulsating, adrenaline-fuelled road movie.

Roman Gardens, Chester
Saturday 9th July – 20.45, Wednesday 13th July – 20.45, Friday 22nd July – 8.30, Wednesday 3rd August – 20.15, Thursday 11th August – 20.00
Castle Park, Frodsham
Saturday 23rd July – 20.30
Ashton Park, West Kirby
Saturday 13th August – 20.00
The Measure: cinema ticket

Moonlight Flicks – Dirty Dancing (12) #chesterculture

12 | Dir: Emile Ardolino | 1987 | 96 mins | USA |
Cast: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey

Do you really need telling what this film is?!?

The enduring 1980s’ classic makes perfect big screen summer viewing. Set in the 1960s, rich girl Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey), falls in love with wrong-side-of-the-tracks dance instructor, Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), whilst holidaying with her parents.

Love/lust, a botched back alley abortion and dancing to a classic 60s soundtrack plus the immortal lines ‘Nobody puts Baby in a corner’ and ‘I carried a watermelon’. This film has it all.

Roman Gardens, Chester
Friday 8th July – 20.45 – SOLD OUT, Thursday 14h July – 20.45 – SOLD OUT, Tuesday 19th July – 20.30, Friday 19th August – 19.45, Saturday 27th August – 19.30
Castle Park, Frodsham
Thursday 28th July – 20.30
Ashton Park, West Kirby
Friday 12th August – 19.30
The Measure: cinema ticket

Moonlight Flicks – The Philadelphia Story (U) #chesterculture

U | Dir: George Cukor | 1940 | 110 mins | USA |
Cast: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart

One of the best loved romantic comedy films of all time. Katharine Hepburn shines in the role of Tracy Lord, spoilt society girl, whose ‘wedding of the year’ is thrown off the rails when her ex-husband, CK Dexter Haven (Cary Grant) shows up with a pair of tabloid journalists looking for a scoop.

The Philadelphia Story is the quintessential high society comedy with sparkling dialogue and perfect performances.

Roman Gardens, Chester
Thursday 7th July – 20.45, Tuesday 12th July – 20.45, Wednesday 20th July – 20.45, Wednesday 27th July – 20.30, Friday 12th August – 20.00
Castle Park, Frodsham
Wednesday 27th July – 20.30
Ashton Park, West Kirby
Thursday 11th August – 20.00
The Measure: cinema ticket

Moonlight Flicks – Birdman (15) #chesterculture

15 | Dir: Alejandro González Iñárritu | 2014 | 116 mins | USA |
Cast: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts

The cult hit of 2015. Michael Keaton plays film star Riggan Thompson who is desperate to resurrect his career and reputation as a serious actor by staging a play. However, the popularity of his former role as a comic book super hero Birdman proves a little more difficult to put behind him than he had hoped.

Featuring great performances from its ensemble cast, Birdman won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director at the 2015 Academy Awards, as well as Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography for its dizzying ‘single-shot’ filming.

Roman Gardens, Chester
Wednesday 6th July – 20.45, Saturday 16th July – 20.45, Thursday 21st July – 20.30, Friday 5th August – 20.15,
Castle Park, Frodsham
Friday 22nd July – 20.30
The Measure: cinema ticket

Moonlight Flicks – Brooklyn (12A) #chesterculture

12A | Dir: John Crowley | 2015 | 109 mins | UK |
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent

Adapted by Nick Hornby from Colm Toibin’s acclaimed novel, Brooklyn is the story of Ellis (Saoirse Ronan) who leaves 1950s’ Ireland to build a life in New York.

There she meets and falls in love with a local boy but a trip home to Ireland reveals another possible love and life. Ellis is faced with the choice of two very different prospects.

Full of drama and romance, with beautifully captured period detail, Brooklyn is perfect viewing for a warm summer night under the stars.

Roman Gardens, Chester
Tuesday 5th July – 20:45, Friday 15th July – 20:45, Saturday 23rd July – 20.30, Thursday 28th July – 20.30
Castle Park, Frodsham
Saturday 30th July – 20.30
Ashton Park, West Kirby
Sunday 7th August – 20.15
The Measure: cinema ticket

 

The Somme 100 – Saturday 9th July 2016 – Queen’s Park High School – #chesterculture

In commemoration of the Battle of the Somme which took place 100 years ago the Chester Philharmonic Orchestra in collaboration with the Queen’s Park High School are taking part in the Somme 100 project.

img_0949The film ‘Battle of the Somme’ made in 1916 by Geoffrey Mallins and J.B. McDowell, has been re-mastered by the Imperial War Museum and an orchestral score has been written by Laura Rossi to accompany it.

The Somme 100 project aims to show the film internationally with Laura’s music at 100 different venues.

There will be two opportunities to view this moving historic film in Chester at 2.00pm and 7.30pm on Saturday 9th July 2016.

The Somme 100 Commemorative Concert
Saturday July 9th 2016
The Main Hall in Queen’s Park High School
Tickets priced at £12 and £10 for adults
Student tickets are £5
Tickets are available from Queen’s Park High School – Student Services on 01244 981506 or on the door.