As ever the No. 6 Cinema has some awesome movies on offer this October. If you haven’t yet visited the No. 6 Cinema then I highly recommend it. You will find a mix of thoughtful art house cinema, vintage Hollywood classics and new blockbusters all within the historic blockhouse in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.
Be sure to check their website for information on how you can buy tickets and to find their full listings – www.no6cinema.co.uk.
Love and Mercy (12A) | Saturday 3rd October | 7pm
Long stereotyped as purveyors of mindless pop, The Beach Boys are now hailed as one of the most artistically significant bands. Love & Mercy centres on the fall and rise of visionary songwriter Brian Wilson, juxtaposing his slide into mental illness during the 1960s with his recovery and redemption in the 1980s. Paul Dano plays the younger Brian, overwhelmed by elation and despair while creating the album Pet Sounds; John Cusack is the broken older Brian, rescued from a controlling ‘therapist’ by the love and determination of Melinda Ledbetter. The result is a film that’s heart-breaking and uplifting at once.
How To Change The World (15) | Thursday 8th October | 7pm
In 1971 a brave group of young activists set sail from Vancouver in an old fishing boat. Their mission: to stop Nixon’s atomic bomb tests in Amchitka, a tiny island off the west coast of Alaska. It was from these humble but courageous beginnings that the global organisation that we now know as Greenpeace was born. Chronicling the fascinating untold story, this film tells the story of eco-hero Robert Hunter and how he, alongside a group of like-minded and idealistic young friends, would be instrumental in altering the way we now look at the world and our place within it.
Dope (15) | Friday 16th October | 7pm
A coming of age comedy/drama for the post hip-hop generation. High-school senior Malcolm and his friends Jib and Diggy bond over ’90s hip-hop culture, their studies and playing music in their own punk band. A chance encounter with a drug dealer named Dom lands Malcolm and company at the dealer’s nightclub birthday party; when the scene turns violent, they flee, with the Ecstasy that Dom secretly hid in Malcolm’s backpack. A wild adventure ensues as the youths try to evade armed thugs who want the stash.
The Wild Bunch | Saturday 17th October | 7pm
Beginning and ending with two of the bloodiest battles in screen history, Sam Peckinpah’s classic revisionist Western ruthlessly takes apart the myths of the West After a failed payroll robbery, the outlaw Bunch, led by ageing Pike Bishop and including Dutch, Angel, and Lyle and Tector Gorch, head for Mexico pursued by the gang of Pike’s friend-turned-nemesis Deke Thornton. Ultimately caught between the corruption of railroad fat cat Harrigan and federal general Mapache, and without a frontier for escape, the Bunch opt for a final Pyrrhic victory, striding purposefully to confront Mapache and avenge their friend Angel.
Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (12A) | Friday 23rd October | 7pm
Greg Gaines is an awkward seventeen-year-old who has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends. Greg spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend his sort-of ex-girlfriend Rachel, who has just been diagnosed with leukaemia. Greg and Rachel form a friendship as Greg tries desperately not to get attached to ‘the dying girl’.
The Third Man (PG) | Friday 9th October | 7pm
This classic noir mystery, from the team of Carol Reed and Graham Greene, is generally considered to be the best work of both of these estimable talents. The Third Man features Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins, a pulp novelist who has come to post-World War II Vienna with the promise of work from his friend, Harry Lime. When he finds that Lime has just been killed in a questionable car accident, he decides to remain in the city to investigate his friend’s demise.
Legend (PG) | Friday 30th October | 7pm
Based on the book by John Pearson, Legend deals with the rise and fall of the notorious 1960’s gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray; the relationship that bound them together, and charts their gruesome career to their downfall and imprisonment for life in 1969. Tom Hardy, star of Locke and Mad Max: Fury Road, plays both Ronnie and Reggie in this film which pays loving attention to period 60’s detail in both sound and vision.
The Wickerman (15) | Saturday 31st October | 7pm
Howie, a dour, upright police sergeant, receives an anonymous letter from the remote Western Isles community of Summerisle asking him to investigate the disappearance of a schoolgirl. Upon his arrival he discovers a secretive, tightly knit neo-pagan society and evidence of fertility cults and human sacrifice, presided over by Christopher Lee’s laird of Summerisle. Being a devout Christian, he is shocked by the islanders’ sexual openness and ritualistic devotion to the “old gods”. As the mystery of the missing girl unravels, he begins to suspect that she is a victim of human sacrifice.
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