July 24 - July 31 2014
Showroom: Moving, 17th July. Willow and Wind, 20th July. Long Live the Republic, 21st July. White Balloon, 26th July.
Showroom Cinema: Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX. 0114 275 7727.
www.showroomworkstation.org.uk Film screening times Friday 25 – Thursday 31 July.
Joe (15): Nicolas Cage returns to his indie roots in the title role as the hard-living, hot-tempered, ex-con Joe Ransom, who is just trying to dodge his instincts for trouble – until he meets a hard-luck kid, who awakens in him a fierce and tender-hearted protector. The story begins as Joe hires teenage Gary Jones and his destitute father onto his “tree- poisoning” crew for a lumber company. Joe sees something in Gary that gets to him: a determination, a raw decency and a sense of resilience he can barely believe in anymore.
Arthur and Mike (15): Wallace Avery (Colin Firth) hates his job. His ex-wife and son hate him, and he’s blown his one shot at living his dream. Not wanting to face all this, he stages his own death and buys himself a new identity as Arthur Newman. However, Arthur’s road trip towards a new life is interrupted by the arrival of the beautiful but fragile Mike (Emily Blunt), who is also trying to leave her past behind.
Northwest (15): Eighteen-year-old Casper, who lives in the infamous Nordvest suburb of Copenhagen with his family, is a talented housebreaker who makes ends meet committing burglaries for neighbourhood boss Jamal. When a rival gangster makes Caspar an offer of more lucrative terms and the promise of advancement through the ranks, the enraged Jamal is not prepared to tolerate defection - things violently escalate, placing the teenager and his family at the centre of a toxic conflict.
Grand Central (15): Gary is young, agile, a quick learner. After a succession of odd jobs, he’s taken on at a nuclear power plant. There, amongst the reactors and their high doses of radioactivity, he finally finds what he’s been looking for: money, a team, a family. But the team also includes Karole, Toni’s wife, with whom he falls in love. Forbidden love and radiation slowly contaminate Gary.
Boyhood (15): An extraordinary drama made with the same group of actors over a 12-year period - a one-of-a-kind trip, at once epic and intimate, through the exhilaration of childhood, the seismic shifts of a modern family and the very passage of time. The film tracks 6 year-old Mason through a whirl of family moves, family controversies, faltering marriages, re-marriages, new schools, first loves, lost loves, good times, scary times and a constantly unfolding mix of heartbreak and wonder.
MIDNIGHT MARAUDERS: The Silence of the Lambs (18). Friday 25 July, midnight! Young F.B.I. trainee Clarice Starling must confide in a manipulative killer ‘Hannibal Lecter’ to catch another serial killer Buffalo Bill, who is skinning his victims. 23 years on, this film is still a dark and disturbing thriller well deserving of the Oscars it scooped in 1992. Anthony Hopkins gave us one of cinema’s most vicious killers.
The Cinema of Childhood: The White Balloon (U). Saturday 26 July 4pm. A masterpiece about a little girl who won’t take no for an answer. Razieh wants a new goldfish to celebrate the Iranian New Year, even though she’s already got several. But tricking her mum into giving her the money is just the start of her adventure. Utterly real, quietly hilarious, totally brilliant.
Monty Python LIVE (mostly): Sunday 27 July 4pm – RECORDED. For the first time in more than three decades, comedy legends Monty Python will perform live on stage together this year. Broadcast from London’s O2 Arena, Monty Python Live (mostly) will play in cinemas around the globe on Sunday 20 July. At a combined age of just 358, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will once again perform some of their greatest hits, with modern, topical, Pythonesque twists.
National Theatre Live: Skylight. Thursday 31 July 7pm – repeat screening of live show. Bill Nighy (Love Actually, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby) feature in the highly anticipated production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry (The Audience), broadcast live from the West End by National Theatre Live. On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.
Summer Holidays! The House of Magic (U). When an abandoned young cat named Thunder seeks shelter from a storm, he finds himself in the peculiar home of an old magician, filled with delightful gizmos and automatons. Thunder quickly settles in amongst the wacky residents, but some do not take kindly to the addition to their group. When the magician falls ill his scheming nephew plans to sell the beloved home. It is up to Thunder to rally his bizarre friends and defend his new home. An enchanting film brimming with charm and magic.
Summer Holidays! Studio Ghibli Forever - Porco Rosso (PG): Porco Rosso is a fantastical mix of action and adventure above the clouds from Studio Ghibli. In 1930s Balkans, only one pilot rules the skies: Porco Rosso, a talented pilot who, due to a magic spell, has been transformed into a pig.