What's on at the Curzon, Clevedon this week

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By Carol_Deacon | Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 14:24

The Curzon cinema at Clevedon played to full houses at the weekend when it showned vintage footage to celebrate its 101st birthday.

All on show was its collection of old cinema equipment which incuded more than 300 items telling the story of film technology from the silent era to the digital age.

These include short films about the Clevedon Mercury newspaper in the 1950s, the Waverley paddle steamer off Clevedon and Weston-super-Mare, the Weston, Clevedon and Portishead Railway - known affectionately as the WC&P - and the history of Clevedon Pier.

Showing at the Curzon this week:

  • Last few nights to see The Good Vibrations (15) directed by Lisa Barros D'Sa and starrring Dylan Moran,Jodie Whittaker and Richard Dormer opens. This film is a chronicle of Terri Hooley's life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast's punk-rock scene. It is playing on Friday, Saturday and Monday evenings, April 26, 27 and 29, at 7.45pm.
  • On Saturday, April 27, at 10am Curzon Kids show Brother Bear (U) a Disney animation with the voice of Joaquin Phoenix. It tells the story of a young hunter who when he kills a bear is magically changed into a bear himself as punishment with a talkative cub being his only guide to changing back. This is for children up to the age of 11 and their parents and includes a post-film craft activity. 
  • And on Saturday and Sunday afteroons, April 27-28, its Dr Who and The Daleks (U) directed by Gordon Flemyng and starring Peter Cushing, Roy Castle, Jennie Linden and Roberta Tovey. One of the first Dr Who films his is the 1965 digitally restored version to celebrate the time traveller's 50th anniversary and Peter Cushing's centenary. Doctor Who and his friends are transported in the TARDIS to Skaro, where they must save the peace-loving Thals from the marauding Daleks. The matinees are at 2pm.
  • On Sunday, April 28, at 7.45pm the Curzon film club shows The Silver Linings Playbook (15). Directred by David O Russell and starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert de Niro and Jacki Weaver this is the romantic comedy which won Jennifer Lawrence an Oscar for Best Actress. Pat Solatano (Cooper) has lost his job, and his wife, and is living with his parents after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife. Then he meets Tiffany (Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he'll do something for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.
  • Matinees on Tuesday and Thursday, April 30 and May 2, at 2pm and nightly at 7.45pm from Tuesday to Thursday, April 30-May2, A Late Quartet (15) directed by Yaron Zilberman and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken,Catherine Keener,Imogen Poots and Wallace Shawn this tells the story of when a beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet receives a life changing diagnosis, the group's future suddenly hangs in the balance: suppressed emotions, competing egos, and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years of friendship.
  • The latest Tom Cruise action film opens from Friday, May 3 - Oblivion (12A). Directed by Joseph Kosinski and also starring Morgan Freeman and Andrea Riseborough this is about a court martial sending a veteran soldier to a distant planet, where he is to destroy the remains of an alien race. The arrival of an unexpected traveller causes him to question what he knows about the planet, his mission, and himself.

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