Last week was a very difficult one at the cinema with four films released on the same day, it is difficult enough when we have two films released on the same date but four is unthoughtful from the film distributors.

Just a little reminder that all films advertised at the venue and even mentioned here will not always play at every cinema so please check with your local venue for their schedule.

This week has a big screen musical release to help blast away any January blues, plus the usual quiz to add further cheer to your day.

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New Releases

Mean Girls The Musical

Tina Fey, who was on script duties for the 2004 original movie and also starred as Ms Norbury, reprises her role and also her writing duties in this film version of a stage musical adaptation of the 2004 feature.

New student Cady Heron is welcomed into the top of the social food chain by the elite group of popular girls called “The Plastics,” ruled by the conniving queen bee Regina George and her minions Gretchen and Karen.

However, when Cady makes the major misstep of falling for Regina’s ex-boyfriend Aaron Samuels, she finds herself prey in Regina’s crosshairs.

As Cady sets to take down the group’s apex predator with the help of her outcast friends Janis and Damian, she must learn how to stay true to herself while navigating the most cutthroat jungle of all: high school.

As the title suggests we have a whole host of big set piece musical numbers to enjoy including crowd pleasers Meet the Plastics, Someone gets Hurt and World Burn. It will be interesting to see if the cast from this version achieve such stellar careers as the original Plastics have had (Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfreid).

The Boys on the Boat

A tale inspired by the true life story of the rowing success of unlikely underdogs - the University of Washington rowing team.

They exceeded all expectations and local adversity the country, ultimately leading them on to become the representative team for the USA at the 1936 Olympics, the most infamous of all the games, being held in Nazi Germany.

The film is adapted from a bestselling novel by Daniel James Brown and the film is directed by George Clooney.

Event Cinema

Dear England

National Theatre Live are bringing a new production to the big screen on January 25 and the award winning Dear England.

Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale) plays Gareth Southgate in James Graham’s (Sherwood) gripping examination of nation and game.

The country that gave the world football has since delivered a painful pattern of loss. Why can’t England’s men win at their own game?

With the worst track record for penalties in the world, Gareth Southgate knows he needs to open his mind and face up to the years of hurt, to take team and country back to the promise land. Filmed live on stage at the National Theatre, Rupert Goold (Judy) directs this spectacular new play.

Silver Screen

The Silver Screen returns on February 1. Continuing on Thursday mornings at 11am (excluding half term) with all seats remaining at £4.50 which also includes a hot drink and a biscuit.

First up is Scorsese’s epic Killers of the Flower Moon. When oil is discovered in 1920s Oklahoma under Osage Nation land, the Osage people are murdered one by one - until the FBI steps in to unravel the mystery.

Pat’s Film Club

Starting 2024 with a big bang and a double header at the Plaza on January 28.

Join us with a Paul Verhoeven double bill not be missed!

First up is Total Recall. When a man goes in to have virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars implanted in his mind, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or is he? Arnold Schwarzenegger at his 1980’s peak in this unique and colourful character driven action film.

Then after a short break we have Robocop. In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.

Renowned for its violence and controversy surrounded the film on it’s release, it has become a cult classic and a must watch for 80s action film fans.

Cinema Memories

Last year I was celebrating 20 years of cinema managing and a few extra years working the floor.

Throughout last year I shared my cinema memories and delivered a number of cracking interviews with those people sharing various memories.

I will be continuing the cinema memories interviews but we will have to wait a short period until the next one, basically the person I asked to do this week has not hit his deadline…

I’ll name and shame him next week hopefully. If you fancy taking part in the cinema memories interviews, please get in touch with one of the team at the Voice and they will put you in touch with me.