Barton Arts- Monday Night at the Movies at Ropery Hall

June 29, 2015
12:00 am

A throwback to an earlier age of cinema.  Pianist Kieran White will play his original piano score written to accompany Buster Keaton’s silent classic, Steamboat Jnr.  The score contains a vast array of references – from Wagner to Pachelbel to instantly recognizable popular melodies.

Price: £8.

Time: 7:30 pm.

The Imitation Game (12a) (2014) at Ropery Hall

March 19, 2015
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

The Imitation Game is a gripping, acclaimed thriller that tells the incredible true story of unsung war hero Alan Turing, the British mathematician responsible for cracking the German Enigma code during World War II.  During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of ‘gross indecency’, an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality – little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany’s World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, The Imitation Game follows a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives.



Belle (12a) at Ropery Hall

Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Captain who is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife.   Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.


The 100-Year-Old Man ….. (15) at Ropery Hall

February 5, 2015
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

Based on the internationally best-selling novel by Jonas Jonasson, the unlikely story of a 100-year-old man who decides it’s not too late to start over. For most people it would be the adventure of a lifetime, but Allan Karlsson’s unexpected journey is not his first. For a century he’s made the world uncertain, and now he is on the loose again.


Tracks (12a) at Ropery Hall

A young woman goes on a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her faithful dog.


How To Train Your Dragon 2 (PG) at Ropery Hall

February 19, 2015
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.

£4 adults / £2 children

The Riot Club (15) at Ropery Hall

February 26, 2015
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

Alistair and Miles, both with aristocratic connections, start their first year at Oxford University though they are very different, Miles is down to earth and happy to have a girlfriend from a lower background, Lauren, whilst Alistair is a snob with aspirations to follow his uncle, a Tory MP. The common bond is that both become members of the Riot Club, a long established elite drinking club priding itself on hedonism and the belief that money can buy anything.


Northern Soul (15)

March 5, 2015
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

Northern Soul’ is the story of a youth culture in the 1970s which changed a generation.It tells the tale of a nightclub based movement which developed in Northern England . The film is an authentic and uplifting account of two young boys whose horizons are opened up by the discovery of black American soul music. No longer satisfied with the prospect of a small town life and a factory production line , they dream of going to America to discover super rare records which will help them become the best DJs on the Northern Soul scene. The difficult journey forces the two best friends to confront rivalry, violence and drug abuse as their friendship and loyalties are tested to the limit.


Animal Crackers (U) at Ropery Hall

March 12, 2015
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

Mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing during a party in honour of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding in this Marx Brothers classic. A relatively straightforward film version of their Broadway hit of the same name, this has the boys helping to recover a valuable painting stolen from a gala party. It was the last Marx Brothers film to be shot in New York before they moved to Hollywood.


Drifters: with live score by Jason Singh at Ropery Hall

November 14, 2014
8:00 pm

Originally commissioned by Manchester’s Cornerhouse, this special event features vocal sculpture, beatboxer and sound artist Jason Singh performing a live score to John Grierson’s acclaimed 1929 silent film Drifters.

Using techniques of pre-recorded vocal sequences, live vocal processing and sampling, Jason will create a sonic backdrop of ambient textures, experimental atmospheres and rhythms created solely by the use of the voice to accompany the film.

Born in London and now based in Manchester, Jason has worked with organisations and performed at events across the world, ranging from Glastonbury Festival to the V&A and The Rajasthan Folk Festival to BBC’s Springwatch.

John Grierson was an influential Scottish documentary filmmaker, often considered the father of British documentary. Premiering in London alongside Battleship Potemkin in 1929,Drifters follows North Sea herring fisherman through their dramatic daily routines.

“If you can tell me a story with a better crescendo in energies, images, atmospherics and all that make up the sum and substance of cinema, I promise you I shall make my next film of forthwith.”- John Grierson

Tickets £8/£10otd 01652 660380

Film – Only God Forgives (18)

February 27, 2014
7:30 pm

Ten years ago Julian killed a man and went on the run. Now he manages a Thai boxing club as a front for a drugs operation. Respected in the criminal underworld, deep inside, he feels empty. When Julian’s brother murders an underage prostitute, the police call on retired cop Chang – the Angel of Vengeance. Chang allows the father to kill his daughter’s murderer, then ‘restores order’ by chopping off the man’s right hand. Julian’s mother Crystal – the head of a powerful criminal organization – arrives in Bangkok to collect her son’s body. She dispatches Julian to find his killers and ‘raise hell’.

Stars Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm

Director Nicolas Winding Refn

Screen Play Nicolas Winding Refn

Running time 90 min

Country of origin France Denmark

Genre Crime Drama Thriller

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Film – Blue Jasmine

February 20, 2014
7:30 pm

Woody Allen trades New York City for San Francisco with his comedy-drama Blue Jasmine, starring Cate Blanchett as a troubled former Manhattanite who moves to the City by the Bay to live with her sister after her wealthy husband divorces her. Forced to put her life back together piece by piece while under the effect of powerful anti-depressants, she dates a series of men, attempts to build a career, and slowly learns how to count on herself to survive.

Woody Allen’s new drama Blue Jasmine is about the dire consequences that can result when people avert their eyes from reality and the truth they don’t want to see.

Cate Blanchett has already won the Golden Globe 2013 for Best Actress for her role in the film and has been nominated in the same category in the Oscar nominations.

Stars Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard

Director Woody Allen

Screen Play Woody Allen

Running time 98 min

Country of origin US

Genre Comedy

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Film – About Time

February 13, 2014
7:30 pm

At the age of 21, Tim Lake discovers he can travel in time… The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim’s father tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life-so he decides to make his world a better place…by getting a girlfriend.

Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think. Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary. They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he’s never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again-and again-but finally, after a lot of cunning time-travelling, he wins her heart.

Tim then uses his power to create the perfect romantic proposal, to save his wedding from the worst best-man speeches, to save his best friend from professional disaster and to get his pregnant wife to the hospital in time for the birth of their daughter, despite a nasty traffic jam outside Abbey Road.

But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can’t save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere. There are great limits to what time travel can achieve, and it can be dangerous too. About Time is a comedy about love and time travel, which discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all.

Stars Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy

Director Richard Curtis

Screen Play Richard Curtis

Running time 123 min

Country of origin UK

Genre Drama, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Comedy

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