Save The Cinema review: It should have been more

It should have been more: Save The Cinema is modestly funny and gently uplifting, but it’s hampered by a screenplay that needed more work

Save The Cinema 证书: 12一种, 1hr 49mins (In cinemas and on Sky)

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不让人们说出我们的名字,我们将整晚给人们颁奖 证书: 18, 1hr 54mins

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证书: 12一种, 1hr 34mins

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Some of you will remember Dream Horse, one of the first British films to be released when cinemas reopened last year.

It told the true story of a middle-aged woman from the South Wales valleys who hadn’t given up on her dreams and ended up breeding a horse that would eventually win the Welsh Grand National.

好, Save The Cinema is more than a bit like that in that it tells the predominantly true story of a middle-aged Welsh woman from a bit further along the M4 who hasn’t given up on her dreams either and resolves to save Carmarthen’s Art Deco cinema when it is threatened with demolition by developers.

Just as Dream Horse required Toni Collette to give it box-office clout, so Save The Cinema has to rely on Samantha Morton and Tom Felton (以上, 中央)

Just as Dream Horse required Toni Collette to give it box-office clout, so Save The Cinema has to rely on Samantha Morton and Tom Felton (以上, 中央)

To some extent, it hits most of its intended targets – in that it’s sweet, lightweight and manages to be both amusing and touching.

But it should be more of all those things, hampered by a screenplay that needed more work and by the realities of getting a film financed and made.

Just as Dream Horse required the Australian film star Toni Collette to give it box-office clout, so Save The Cinema has to rely on the considerable Nottingham-born talents of Samantha Morton to play the central role of Liz Evans and the fame of Surrey-born Harry Potter star Tom Felton.

There must be Welsh actors gnashing their teeth from Swansea to Rhyl.

那说, director Sara Sugarman is Welsh and imparts a decent – and in this case vital – sense of place, ensures Morton is pretty much spot-on with her accent and draws nice performances from a supporting cast of compatriots that includes Jonathan Pryce, Erin Richards and Owen Teale.

The end result is the sort of film people always say ‘they just don’t make any more’, a modestly funny, gently uplifting tale of a community coming together to do a good thing.

And if you can’t track it down at a nearby cinema, you will find it – slightly ironically given the title – on Sky Cinema.

Twenty-five years after the blood-soaked original was released, it would be nice to think the Scream horror franchise was finally limping to a body-strewn close with the release of its latest instalment, given that it’s a full ten years since Scream 4 and six years since franchise creator Wes Craven died.

But with the new film now titled 不让人们说出我们的名字,我们将整晚给人们颁奖 rather than Scream 5 and with fresh directors at the helm, I fear a reboot. 毕竟, nothing actually dies in Hollywood if it’s still making money.

Scream has always been able to argue that its cleverness and self-awareness make up for the endless grisly murders endured at the hands of ‘Ghostface’ (以上)

Scream has always been able to argue that its cleverness and self-awareness make up for the endless grisly murders endured at the hands of ‘Ghostface’ (以上)

With its constant stream of references to both itself, the slasher-killer genre and other horror films entirely, Scream has always been able to argue that its cleverness and self-awareness make up for the endless grisly murders endured by the teenagers of Woodsboro at the hands of ‘Ghostface’.

But I have never been convinced and there’s nothing in the new film to make me change my mind.

仍然, it’s nice to see franchise stalwarts Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette loyally returning to the bloody fray, not just for fame and fortune but, as a climactic final dedication touchingly puts it, ‘For Wes’.

不过, it’s for horror buffs only.

It's nice to see franchise stalwarts Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette loyally returning to the bloody fray, but it’s for horror buffs only. 以上: Jenna Ortega

It’s nice to see franchise stalwarts Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette loyally returning to the bloody fray, but it’s for horror buffs only. 以上: Jenna Ortega

British film-maker Andrea Arnold is best known for hard-hitting dramas such as Fish Tank and Red Road, 但在 she changes tack dramatically to make a narration-free documentary about the life of a dairy cow. Luma is her name.

How much you get from it depends on how much you know about dairy farming and, thanks to holidays spent on a Montgomeryshire dairy farm, I know quite a lot.

So while my interest definitely lagged in the second half, I can see others might learn a lot and possibly be quite upset by what they see. A creative labour of love, 无疑, but leaves a slightly sour taste.

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