- 2h 19min
- Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
- Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Douglas Rain (voice)
Kubrick's gloriously grand architecture sees prehistoric apes timelined into a space ballet featuring a lunar craft docking to the sound of Strauss. This scene prefigures an extended drama aboard a spacecraft bound for Jupiter involving the murderous AI computer and the giant embryo of a space child signifying … what? The next step in human evolution? An opaque masterpiece, which suggests so much, yet explains so little. Which is why it's a timeless classic.
Fri 23 Sep
'Motor-psycho' guitar action, ethnic drones and throat singing from this cult Japanese psychedelic group.
Wed 12 Oct
- 1h 56min
- Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
- Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma, Mark O'Brien
When 12 granite pod-like spaceships land on Earth, linguistic expert Dr Louise Banks (Adams) is recruited to try to communicate with their owners. Powerful, intelligent and profound sci-fi, with assured direction, impressive but restrained effects and anchored by a mesmerising performance from Adams as the brave, vulnerable and fallible central character.
Thu 3 Nov
- 1h 32min
- Directed by: Tim Burton
- Cast: Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey Jones, Glenn Shadix, Sylvia Sidney
Recently deceased and very charming New England couple have difficulty in adjusting to the afterlife. They eventually call on freelance bio-exorcist Betelgeuse (pronounced 'Beetle-juice') to deal with the problem in his own inimitable fashion. A movie of exuberantly eccentric cartoonish capers, which creates its own comic cosmos where the unexpected is the norm.
Thu 20 Oct
Birds Alfred Hitchcock (USA; 1963; 15) As the movie says: “It’s mankind who insists on making it difficult for life to exist on this planet.” Hitchcock’s avian revenge: a flapping great movie! Socially distanced screening
Sun 18 Sep
Byker Groove brings together Newcastle’s very best Soul, Funk, Psych and Disco DJs.
The Star and Shadow Cinema’s wonderful club space, fantastic sound system and amazing lighting system will be transformed by Byker Groove to create a positive environment for people to party and dance!
This is a not-for-profit event. All proceeds after costs go to the Star and Shadow Cinema, which is a volunteer-run DIY cultural space for Newcastle.
Sun 28 Aug
The feature documentary chronicles the first 12 months in office of the first ever North of Tyne Mayor, Jamie Driscoll.
In the film, Ian McDonald and co-camera person Evripidis Karydis follow Jamie Driscoll as he campaigns on doorsteps and wins the election to become Mayor; as he speaks at anti-racism and youth climate protests and meets with other Metro Mayors in London. It even captures the moment he congratulates Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the birth of his new baby son.
The film is set against the most turbulent year in British politics - Brexit, Trump, Boris Johnson, a General Election defeat for Labour, one protest after another, and then Covid-19.
Award-winning filmmaker Dr McDonald explains: “This is not a documentary about politics per se, but more a human story of what happens when a person takes up political office, not least in dealing with the media. And this kind of a film can be made only through unique access and we had that with Jamie and his team for 12 months.”
Tue 11 Oct
- 1h 30min
- Directed by: Agnes Varda
Les Glaneurs is a peculiar film. On the one hand it's a jolly insight into the lives of an unknown social group in Europe, on the other it's a profoundly depressing document of a medieval method of survival that ought not to exist in 21st century Europe. The titular gleaners are those people who subsist on the leftovers of society. Varda joins her subjects on the glean around France, and paints an affectionate picture of the ingenious methods used to overcome hardship. A cheerful, often witty portrait of an unfortunately common practice.
Sun 25 Sep
An evening of comedy in North Lanarkshire from familiar and new comedians.
Fri 21 Oct
- 1h 49min
- Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
- Cast: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, John McIntire, Janet Leigh
Hitch's misogynistic masterpiece has a young secretary take off to hicksville with a bagful of her boss' money. Unfortunately for her, she chooses to put up at the Bates' Motel, run by that nice Norman boy. The ironic dialogue ('Mother's not quite herself today') make it a joy to catch any time around. We liked it, didn't we mother … mother?
Thu 27 Oct
- France / Belgium
- 1h 39min
- Directed by: Julia Ducournau
- Written by: Julia Ducournau
- Cast: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella
During a hazing ritual at veterinary school Justine (Marillier) eats meat for the first time and develops an unbidden appetite for it. Ducournau’s first feature film has received much attention for its horrific depiction of cannibalism, with reports of dry-heaving and fainting audience members when it was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival. Its subversion of classic tropes and surreal and vivid style of filming contributes to its overall effectiveness as both a coming-of-age horror and a gruesome dark comedy.
Sun 30 Oct
- 1h 52min
- Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
- Cast: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr
Laid up with a broken leg, Slim Jim takes to neighbour-spotting with binoculars and camera at the ready. Before long, he's getting hot under the collar about the dirty deeds done across the yard. Is it murder? Or just naked voyeurism? One of Hitch's darkest movies, with an intense, unrelenting claustrophobia derived from confining the lens to the apartment set.
Thu 24 Nov
- 1h 43min
- Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
- Written by: Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner
- Cast: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer
Slick and stomach-churningly violent futuristic thriller blending elements of Dirty Harry, Frankenstein and The Six Million Dollar Man. When diligent policeman Weller is shot to pieces by vicious hoods, his remains are mechanically reconstructed into a hi-tech law enforcement officer, but the human desire for revenge still beats beneath his mechanical exterior.
Thu 13 Oct
- 1h 37min
- Directed by: Richard Fleischer
- Cast: Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, Edward G Robinson
Film adaptation of Harry Harrison's highly-regarded novel 'Make Room! Make Room!' sets up a plausible vision of a future world teeming with hungry millions. Heston is a tough cop trying to discover exactly what the ingredients of Soylent Green are, a synthetic foodstuff that's been cooked up to help feed the planet. The final revelation might be obvious from a long way off, but it's very logical in a Swiftian sort of way.
Sun 13 Nov
Abbas Kairostami (Iran; 1998, PG) Probing the idea of suicide, Kairostami like a magician making great play out of revealing the nature of his tricks, promptly undermines expectation by performing the stunt in contradiction to the explanation. Seeing is not believing. Socially distanced screening.
Sun 23 Oct
- 1h 48min
- Directed by: Orson Welles
- Written by: Novel:, Whit Masterson, Screenplay:, Orson Welles, Uncredited on screenplay:, Paul Monash, Franklin Coen
- Cast: Orson Welles, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Marlene Dietrich
In a sleazy border town, the murder of a Mexican bigwig causes friction between corrupt local detective Hank Quinlan (Welles himself) and upright Mexican narcotics agent Vargas (Heston). Amidst a gallery of Wellesian grotesques and expressionist camerawork the dialogue between truth and justice becomes progressively more garbled.
Sun 20 Nov
‘You can’t be having anything but a good time if you are listening to the Tyne Valley Big Band’ Bepop Spoken Here Blog
The Star & Shadow is proud to present an evening of music from Hexham's Tyne Valley Big Band. The band originally formed in 2011 under the leadsership of local trumpet legend Dave Hignett and has a repertoire which includes swing, latin, soul and funk.
Thu 20 Oct
- 1h 17min
- Directed by: Jaromil Jireš
- Written by: Vitezslav Nezval (novel), Jaromil Jireš (screenplay), Ester Krumbachová (screenplay), Jirí Musil (dialogue)
- Cast: Jaroslava Schallerová, Helena Anýžová, Karel Engel, Jan Klusák, Petr Kopriva
Spectacular Czechoslovakian surrealism as 13-year-old Valerie's fairytale dreams evoke bizarre religious and sexual images, and involve her in vampirism and witchcraft. Striking visual triumph, but a bit of a narrative shambles.
Thu 6 Oct
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