Hebden Bridge Picture House | WHAT'S ON

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WHAT'S ON

Fri 17th to Thurs 23rd August
Join your favourite monster family as they embark on a holiday on a luxury monster cruise ship so Count Drac (Adam Sandler) can take a break. At first it’s smooth sailing, with shipboard fun including monster volleyball and exotic excursions. But then Mavis (Selena Gomez) realises Drac is falling for the mysterious captain, Ericka (Kathryn Hahn), who’s hiding a secret that could destroy all of monsterkind.

Fri 17th, Sat 18th & Mon 20th August
With over 200 million album sales worldwide, Whitney Houston was the only artist to chart seven consecutive U.S. No. 1s before her soaring career gave way to addiction, scandal and eventually her tragic death. Using exclusive footage, performances, audio archives and interviews, Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald’s documentary takes an intimate, unflinching look at Houston and the astonishing trajectory of her life.

Sat 18th August
Long undervalued, James Ivory’s tender, graceful adaptation of E. M. Forster’s autobiographical novel returns to screens in a 4K digital restoration. In 1909 repressed, bourgeois Maurice (James Wilby) befriends wealthy Clive (Hugh Grant) at Cambridge, a meeting that begins their longstanding attraction. A profound depiction of emotional and sexual awakening, it’s as important as any film in the history of gay cinema; a positive, enriching portrait of first love.

Sun 19th, Tues 21st & Thurs 23rd August
Scripted by (and starring) Jo Brand from her novel of the same name, The More You Ignore Me is a funny, evocative story about a dysfunctional family in 1980s rural England. Gina (Sheridan Smith) wants to be a good mother, but her volatile mental health means her daughter Alice (Ella Hunt) struggles to relate to her. Featuring an all-star British cast and set to the music of The Smiths, it’s a memorably poignant dark comedy.

Sun 19th & Weds 22nd August
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) gives a terrific performance in Paul Schrader’s (Taxi Driver) fierce and thrilling drama; both a study of religion in America and an individual portrait of a profoundly flawed man. Ernst Toller (Hawke) is the solitary pastor of a Dutch Reform church in upstate New York who, when a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) requests his help, is plunged into his tormented past.

Thurs 23rd August
Boredom, bikinis and a blistering critique of the beauty myth: from its first seconds, Vera Chytilova’s ever-fresh Daisies kicks wickedly against the pricks. An innovative, brilliantly absurd masterpiece of the ’60s Czech New Wave, the film was made three years before the Prague Spring but dissent is clearly in the air as we witness the misadventures of two young women (Jitka Cerhová, Ivana Karbanová), who rebelliously scam rich dates, cut off their own heads and wreck an official feast. The film’s anarchic attitude saw it banned by the Czech authorities and it stayed under wraps for years. If you haven’t caught up with this genuine feminist classic, see why it’s as thrilling now as it was 50 years ago.

Fri 24th to Thurs 30th August
Paul Rudd’s effortless charisma powers Peyton Reed’s bright, engaging Ant-Man sequel. In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang (Rudd) is grappling with his responsibilities as Ant-Man when he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) with an urgent new mission for which he must shrink, suit up and fight alongside The Wasp.

Fri 24th to Sun 26th August
Tom Cruise returns alongside an all-star cast as IMF agent Ethan Hunt in the latest in the kinetic action-packed franchise, this time directed by Christopher McQuarrie and produced by Cruise and J. J. Abrams. When an IMF mission ends badly, the world is faced with dire consequences and as Hunt tries to fulfill his original brief, the CIA begins to question his motives.

Sat 25th August

Now considered Hitchcock’s masterpiece and regularly hailed one of the greatest films of all time, Vertigo is an astonishing and haunting examination of male desire set against a shining San Francisco. Scottie Ferguson (brilliantly played by James Stewart) is the ex-police officer, terrified of heights, who’s hired to follow an old friend’s alluring wife (Kim Novak); but finds all is not as it seems.

Sun 26th & Mon 27th August
Written and directed by Daniel Kokotajlo, a former Jehovah’s Witness, Apostasy is a remarkably accomplished and authentic British debut that provides rare insight into the difficulties of intertwining faith with family. As devout Jehovah’s Witnesses, sisters Alex and Luisa and their mother, Ivanna, are united in The Truth – but when Luisa starts to question her faith, a life-altering transgression threatens to expel her from the congregation.

Tues 28th & Thurs 30th August
Based on the chilling real-life Mafia abduction of 12-year-old Giuseppe Di Matteo in 1993, Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia’s Sicilian Ghost Story is a dark fairy tale of teenage romance set in a small Sicilian village at the edge of a forest. Luna has a crush on her classmate Giuseppe, the son of a man with Mafia connections and when Giuseppe mysteriously vanishes, she refuses to sweep his disappearance under the rug.

Fri 31st August & Sat 1st, Sun 2nd September
From the creators of the Academy Award-nominated Ernest & Celestine comes another hilarious, heartwarming tale of animal misfits destined to become a classic. The countryside isn’t always as calm and peaceful as you’d think; and the animals on this farm are particularly agitated: a fox who mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit who plays the stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus.