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HARMANS CROSS MOVIE NIGHTS
Our March movie, the splendid Sully – Miracle On The Hudson, attracted 85 people which made this our most popular film since July.
We continue with the highest-grossing New Zealand film in history, the comedy drama Hunt For The Wilderpeople (cert 12A) on Tuesday 11 April, starring Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) and also Julian Dennison (Paper Planes) winning him a nomination for the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Young Actor (result pending).
Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the grumpy Uncle Hec and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must assess their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family. A hilarious, touching crowd-pleaser directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows, Thor: Ragnarok).
Awarding the film 5 stars, the Empire critic says ‘Neill and Dennison form a fractious double act that manages to develop a convincing emotional connection between spiky whippersnapper and cantankerous old-timer without miring itself in heartwarming cliché. There’s a refreshing lack of sentimentality and Waititi allows the drama to hit hard where it needs to...Some scenes will get you swearing there’s just something in your eye; others will make you honk like a goose on nitrous oxide. You’ll be left with a glow that’ll ensure Wilderpeople a place on your best-of-year list.’ The Guardian felt that this is ‘a big-hearted picture full of small, understated moments of magic...and is an off-kilter charmer... the film’s main asset is an unaffected naturalism, both in the film-making and in the unpolished characters that we root for’. ‘A big warm hug of a film’ said Total Film; ‘utterly charming’ added Ali Plumb on Radio 1; ‘a hilarious, heartwarming gem of a film’ said the Daily Mirror’.
Movie Nights are held at Harmans Cross Village Hall on the 2nd Tuesday every month. Tickets are £5 each and are only available at the door on the night. The hall and licensed bar will open at 7pm with the next feature’s trailer preceding the film at 7.30 and, with a 15 minute interval, the evening will end around 9.25pm. Looking ahead we move on to A United Kingdom on 9 May, A Streetcat Named Bob on 13 June and Lion on 11 July. More details in next month’s Dubber.
Our next Movie presentation - Tuesday 11 April
Bar opens 7.00 Films starts 7.30
Tickets £5 on the door
“ Hunt For The Wilderpeople”