Silence (2016, Mex/Taiwan/USA), 161 mins, Cert. 15 (partially subtitled)


Screenings at 2.30pm and 7.00pm*

* note early start for the evening screening owing to the length of the film
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson

In 17th century Japan, Christians are hunted down and persecuted unless they renounce their faith.silence-banner-600

Despite this grave danger, two Portuguese Jesuit missionaries (Driver and Garfield) travel to Japan to search for their missing colleague (Neeson).



Depicting the harrowing trials that they witness and experience, “Silence” raises questions of faith, doubt and morality with “passionate ferocity” (Financial Times). 


It is a film that has been a long time in the making, an interview with the director in The New York Times indicating that Scorsese first read Shusake Endo’s (1966) novel in 1989, at a time when his “The Last Temptation of Christ” had been vilified by some reviewers.

After over 25 years of wondering ‘how’ and overcoming studio and financial backer reluctance, here is the result. (In contrast, it only took Otto Preminger 2 years to persuade the movie industry that the Broadway musical “Carmen Jones” could translate to the big screen…)


Here is a Review from The Guardian and links to deeper discussions of the film within: the context of Scorsese’s career – New York Times, cited above; and the genre of faith focused films – The Atlantic


The Guardian review includes a link to a Trailer, the ‘official’ version can be seen below [fvplayer src=”″]


David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Thursday 23rd February 2017

Shows start at 2.30PM or 7.00PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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Life, Animated (2016, USA), 89 mins, Cert. PG

 life-animated-sundance-poster-600Screenings at 2.30pm* and 7.30pm

* The 2.30pm screening will be subtitled for the benefit of those with a hearing loss
Director: Roger Ross Williams
Features: Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind

23 year old Owen has a network of family and friends and is about to graduate from a college for autistic young people – a great achievement after a childhood in which he became totally uncommunicative.




While the unflagging support of a patient, loving family has been vital, Owen also found that Disney cartoons could unlock an understanding of both the real world and his own emotions.




This impressive, heartwarming documentary celebrates both Disney and Owen’s own animated visions, yet does not shy away from their limitations and the challenges he still faces.



ReviewThe Guardian – inevitably includes a link to the ‘official’ trailer, 


While the same Trailer can be seen below

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David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Thursday 9th February 2017

Shows start at 2.30PM or 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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Sully: Miracle On The Hudson (2016, USA), 96 mins, Cert. 12A


Screenings at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

Clint Eastwood’s film is based on the story of Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger (portrayed by Tom Hanks), who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River on January 15, 2009.





As reported around this world, Sully’s “Miracle on the Hudson” saved the lives of 155 passengers.  However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public for his feat of skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and career.



A thrilling and suspenseful portrait of allegedly real events (see the divergent takes of the reviewers linked below), with a wonderfully understated performance by Hanks in the title role.


A selection of Reviews and commentaries from: The TelegraphThe Independent; and The Guardian, the latter questioning whether, in a ‘fact-based’ drama, the script introduces elements that do not seem to have happened.  Appropriate in our post-truth world?


All reviews include a link to a Trailer which can also be seen below [fvplayer src=”]

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Thursday 2nd February 2017

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Embrace of the Serpent (2015, Col/Ven/Arg) cert. 12A, subtitled

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Director: Ciro Guerra
Stars: Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolívar, Brionne Davis

The Amazon, 1909. Shaman Karamakate, perhaps the last of his people, helps an ailing white explorer search for a sacred plant.

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Thirty years later, believing that he has become a ghost of his former self, Karamakate agrees to join another explorer on a similar mission.




Combining adventure with beautiful black-and-white photography, sobering depictions of colonial misdeeds and a fascinating insight upon the worldview of endangered Amazonian civilizations, this Academy Award nominated drama is an unforgettable experience.

Review (Guardian): here, includes a link to the Official ‘International’ Trailer

or you can skip the words and see the same Trailer below:

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David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Tuesday 6th September 2016

Show starts at 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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