advertise here

The Odyssey

X
Is this your organisation?
Claim it today for free.
The Odyssey
The Odyssey Cinema opened on the London Road in 2015 and is St Albans' only dedicated cinema. 

It was restored to its original glory by a combination of voluntary donation and investment.
 

What's on at the Odyssey


  • Mon 25 Mar - Green Book (12A)

    2:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2hr 07mMahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen bring lyrical chemistry to this untold story about an unlikely real-life friendship. Bafta-winning Ali plays the world-class African-American pianist Dr. Don Shirley, who is about to embark on a tour from Manhattan to the Deep South in the early 1960s. Dr. Shirley needs a driver (and protector) and is recommended the tough-talking, Italian-American bouncer, Tony Lip (Mortensen). Shirley must rely upon the ‘Green Book’, the real guidebook on which the film is named, to find motels and restaurants that will accept African-American travellers. The further south they go, the more they are confronted not only by racism and danger, but also their own differences. For the role, Mortensen put on 20 pounds by eating a diet of pasta and pizza, and never refusing more than one dessert, and it seems to have paid off with his performance gaining plenty of Best Actor noms. But it’s Mahershala’s virtuoso performance which elevates this charming buddy-movie. Nominated for five Oscars, and winning several more accolades at the recent Baftas and Golden Globes, Green Book is at once hilarious and deeply moving. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2hr Part of the ‘A Cinematic Odyssey: Postcards from Europe’ strand. French critics have suggested that with Le grand bain, actor/director Gilles Lellouche is giving us his version of The Full Monty. Where the British film gave us unemployment, social critique and redemption through rehearsals for an all-male striptease routine, the French film gives us something similar but this time in the form of a synchronised swimming contest. Both films present us with emasculated forty-something men who seek meaning in their lives through participation in public events that require a commitment to literal, as well as emotional and creative, exposure. Lellouche’s funny, yet tender and at times pensive third film benefits from a cast of heavyweight actors. These include the ever-excellent Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Guillaume Canet (The Beach), Jean-Hugues Anglade (Betty Blue) and the veteran comic Benoit Poelvoorde (The Brand New Testament), with the friendships in the film reflecting the real-life camaraderie of the stars. The film will be introduced by Dr Paul Sutton, who will stay for the end of the film for a post-screening discussion in the front-tier of the downstairs seating area. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • Wed 27 Mar - All Is True (12A)

    1:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 41mAfter decades of mastering Shakespeare’s work and reanimating it for millions, Kenneth Branagh takes his ascent of the great writer one step further by finally playing and directing the man himself. Rather than recount the playwright and actor’s more familiar and productive years in London, Branagh and screenwriter Ben Elton (of Blackadder fame) focus on his twilight and return to his Stratford home, with his theatre burnt down and his great works behind him. Abandoning writing to manage his estates, Shakespeare strives to reconnect with the family he left behind for theatrical glory, including his stoic, hardened wife Anne (Judi Dench), his bitter, unfulfilled daughter Judith, his faded former muse Henry Wriothesley (Ian McKellen), and the void left by the death of his only son, Hamnet. Branagh and Elton hardly leave doubt for Shakespeare’s genius and stature as a writer, but strive to pierce his almost impenetrable aura by showing his more ordinary concerns, as a man who must also come to terms with family, society, and age like any other. In approaching him in this way, they succeed in making him even more accessible and sympathetic. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • 2:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 59mBarry Jenkins returns after his Academy Award-winning picture Moonlight, further strengthening his visual and narrative craft with this timeless and moving work of cinematic poetry. The heavily nominated film is an adaptation of a James Baldwin novel of the same name. Seen through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish Rivers (KiKi Layne), it follows her as she recalls the passion and trust that connected her to Alonzo “Fonny” Hunt (Stephan James), her fiancé and father to her unborn child. The devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. With the unfaltering support of her family, Tish tries to clear his name before the birth of their child. As with Moonlight, Jenkins is able to find beauty in the most unlikely places, while also portraying the rich contrasting layers of joy and anger from the original novel. The film is graced by a rich atmosphere thanks to the amazing work of cinematographer James Laxton, and the lush award-nominated score from Nicholas Britell, channelling the sounds of 1970s Harlem. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • Fri 29 Mar - On The Basis Of Sex (12A)

    5:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2hr 0mFollowing on from our January screening of the brilliant doc RBG, On The Basis of Sex delves into the history of the now notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In 1956, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was very much outnumbered in a 500-strong male-dominated class at Harvard Law School; 37 years later, she became the second ever woman appointed to the Supreme Court. Mimi Leder’s biopic follows Ginsburg (portrayed by Felicity Jones) as she rises up the ranks of the legal profession and fights against discrimination on the basis of sex— starting with a ground-breaking tax case that she and her husband, Martin Ginsburg (Armie Hammer), knew could change the direction of her career and the way the courts view gender discrimination. This masterful portrayal pays homage to a woman who found her voice challenging deeply established male colleagues and brought about seismic change to the US legal system. Doing justice to a legendary figure is no easy feat, but Leder definitely succeeds, impeccably casting Jones to tell the story of an unwavering will. An inspiring and spirited true story which arrives just in time for Justice Ginsburg’s 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court. Don’t miss. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • 9:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 51mJoin us in celebrating a cult classic 40 years after its groundbreaking release. On the way home from a mission, the Nostromo space craft’s crew are awakened from their cryo-sleep capsules by an unknown distress call from a nearby planet. Landing on the source moon, they discover a bizarre pod field, from which a mysterious life form erupts and attacks Kane (John Hurt), attaching itself to him. Against the objections of Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), he is allowed back on to the ship… bringing it with him. What unfolds next as the crew are plagued with this malevolent alien force includes one of the most iconic and terrifying scenes in film history. Director Ridley Scott is a master at work, using H.R. Giger’s visionary designs they seamlessly blended horror and sci-fi to take us on a voyage through deep space that promises chills up your spine. The visual effects are stunningly gory, bagging Alien an Oscar following its original 1979 release. And they have not aged badly either— prepare to be just as scared 40 years on. Remember, "In space, no one can hear you scream.” This performance will have a very special introduction from film academic Dr Darren Elliott-Smith. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • Sat 30 Mar - The Kid Who Would Be King (PG)

    2:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2hrAt an inner-city London primary school, The Goonies and The Lord of the Rings collide in Joe Cornish’s retelling of the Arthurian legend. Since appearing as himself on much-loved comedy vehicle The Adam and Joe Show back in 1996, Cornish now has a firm-footing in the film industry following a very strong directorial debut with Attack the Block and writing credits for The Adventures of Tintin and Ant-Man. When bullies chase Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) on to a construction site, the hapless schoolboy stumbles upon Excalibur, which takes him and his friends on a quest he could never imagine. After many years looking longingly at his pals Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and Michael Gambon (Dumbledore), Patrick Stewart finally gets his turn to cast a wizard’s spell as Merlin the Magician. However, to blend into this modern day setting he often disguises himself as a teenager (Angus Imrie) working in a chicken shop. Rebecca Ferguson (The Greatest Showman) is Morgana — the wicked sorceress, whose army of supernatural warriors threatens the entire United Kingdom. Another noteworthy mention goes to Damon Albarn’s music collective, Electric Wave Bureau, who provide the spellbinding score to this enchanting tale. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • 6:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 57mThis heart-warming tale of love, loss and friendship is back on our big screen for its 30th anniversary and here for Mother’s Day. Annelle (Daryl Hannah), a young beautician, finds work at the local salon in a small Louisiana town. She is welcomed into a tight-knit group of women, at the centre of which is newly married and glowingly pregnant Shelby Eatenton (Julia Roberts). Terrified at the thought of her daughter’s diabetes making childbirth potentially life-threatening, M’Lynn Eatenton (Sally Field) seeks comfort in her closest friends. Together, they use laughter to find the strength to battle their deepest fears of death and join Shelby in celebrating new life, growing ever closer as they encounter tragedy and good fortune along the way. Complete with Southern drawls a-plenty (mostly thanks to Dolly Parton as Truvy), Steel Magnolias is at heart a complex portrayal of female friendships that is sure to make you laugh and cry. The main ensemble are as profound as they are hilarious, coming out with brilliant off-the-cuff salon philosophy. A real triumph from director Herbert Ross that deserves to be revisited again and again. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • Mon 01 Apr - The Favourite (15)

    2:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 59mWarning – no babies for 15 Cert.If you liked Lanthimos’ absurdly brilliant The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, you’ll be glad to come for another helping of just the same… And more. Winning Olivia Coleman a Golden Globe, it is already looking to be a favourite for 2019 – and for good reason, too. She perfectly captures the tragicomic core of Queen Anne, the barmy ruler of England at the end of the Stuart Era. Her Royal Highness leaves the business of ruling the country to Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) who seems pretty comfortable in this role until Abigail (Emma Stone) clumsily stumbles into the picture and threatens to displace her from her almost-throne. Both women fiercely competing for the Queen’s favour ends them up in a hilarious love triangle, sharp with sabotage and top-drawer hi-jinx. The delicious power struggle is shot through with playfulness that promises to deliver absurd laughs. The three performances are pitch-perfect, elevated by gorgeous costume design and wide shots that makes this not only a story-telling marvel but also a visual masterpiece. Fiercely funny, the period misadventure is a mischievous romp that really deserves all the fuss. Don’t miss. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • 12:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 37mSteve Coogan and John C. Reilly encompass comedy greats Stanley ‘Stan’ Laurel and Oliver ‘Ollie’ Hardy beautifully, giving their all from the first frame to the last. Set in the early 1950s, the glitzy Hollywood era is far behind them, and Laurel and Hardy struggle to keep an audience. They set off on a tour of Britain, performing ‘a greatest hits’ show, however, buried ghosts start to reappear and the future begins to look uncertain. Director Jon S. Baird (Filth) and writer Jeff Pope (Philomena, Little Boy Blue) fully immerse us in the world on the comedy kings, creating a film that is endearingly modest and gentle, that also delves deep into the strange world of being funny, and the burden of aging in showbiz. It is incredible how much they look like the real deal, with Reilly spending 4 hours in the makeup chair each day being placed into his prosthetics designed by two time Oscar winner, and St Albans local, Mark Coulier, who is best known for his work on the Harry Potter series, aging Tilda Swinton in The Grand Budapest Hotel and transforming Meryl Streep into The Iron Lady. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • Wed 03 Apr - Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)

    1:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2hr 14m A foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and arguably the greatest and most captivating frontman in the history of music – Freddie Mercury. Defying stereotypes and shattering convention, this biopic traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. Named after Queen’s own progressive rock odyssey. It’s a film that’s had its fair share of problems — Sacha Baron Cohen was originally to be Mercury, but left the project due to creative differences. Director Bryan Singer abruptly left the film when he stopped turning up for shoots, amid frequent clashes with the cast. Another one bites the dust, but the good news is this film is a champion. That’s largely thanks to the man who eventually won the role of Queen’s mercurial singer, Rami Malek, best known for starring in streaming series Mr Robot — expect an Oscar nod for this performance. The film charts the band’s climb to success, culminating with the career-defining performance at Live Aid ‘85. Bolstering the cast are Lucy Boynton as Mary Austin, Mike Myers as EMI executive Ray Foster, and Aidan Gillen as one of the ever-changing Queen managers. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • 5:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2hr 4m Shooting pure energy from her fists, possessing superhuman strength and able to travel at the speed of light, Captain Marvel is the first female superhero to front a Marvel film – which was released worldwide on International Women’s Day. Vers – an elite member of the Kree race’s Starforce – experiences visions that come to her like memories, in which she is growing up on Earth. As she and  Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) undertake a Starforce mission against the shapeshifting Skrull (their leader portrayed by Ben Mendelsohn), things go awry and Vers escapes to Earth. Her crash landing attracts the attention of a younger Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). As Vers pieces together her identity, she discovers the full extent of her powers and transforms into the mighty Captain Marvel. Talks for a female-led film have been at Marvel Studios since 2013, with Black Widow and Peggy Carter among those under consideration. They went for a new character – the most powerful hero the MCU has ever seen. The Oscar-winning Brie Larson meets this challenge head on.   Accompanied by a glorious 90s soundtrack from No Doubt, Nirvana, Garbage, R.E.M. and more, this explosive flick heralds the approaching final chapter – Avengers: Endgame. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • Sat 06 Apr - The Lego Movie 2 (U)

    2:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 47mFive years have passed since everything was awesome, and Bricksburg – now renamed Apocalypseburg – is in a time of war, and facing a bleak future thanks to a massive new threat. In order to restore harmony and save the Lego universe, heroes Emmet (Chris Pratt), Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett), and some new friends, must travel to faraway worlds to defeat the Duplo invaders destroying their home. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller return to write and produce after scoring another huge hit with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and, yet again, they have not scrimped on pop culture references. They bring in most of the DC Universe, introduce Rex Dangervest – a mashup of all Chris Pratt’s best roles – and parody everything from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Toy Story. Lord and Miller admit they didn’t have a sequel in mind during the first movie, and even friends told them it was a bad idea after it wrapped up so perfectly! However, both have since said that although they had bricked themselves into a corner, it ended up being a great way for their two different styles of storytelling to come together. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • 6:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h 4mWarning – no babies for 15 Cert.Saoirse Ronan continues her sharp ascendancy with this star turn as one of the most fascinating figures in history. The film tells the story of the infamous relationship between Mary Stuart and her cousin Queen Elizabeth I (the nearly unrecognisable Margot Robbie), and the resulting conflict between England and Scotland. Conducting two fiery female leads; this is the directorial debut from British theatre director Josie Rourke, making an impressive transition from stage to screen. Handling writing duties is Beau Willimon, known best as showrunner for the Netflix adaption of House of Cards — clearly relishing, bringing his brand of behind closed doors scheming from the White House to Elizabethan England and Scotland. It really is all about Ronan’s performance though, who uncannily matches several of the historical paintings of Mary herself. She’s starkly juxtaposed with Elizabeth, the smallpox-suffering Queen with her white-painted face and bold red wigs. Alexandra Byrne’s costume design deserves all the plaudits, as does a brilliantly baroque score from composer Max Richter. Not to mention a sensational performance from David Tennant as sinister minister, John Knox. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • Mon 08 Apr - HTTYD 3: The Hidden World (PG)

    2:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25mins Film run time: 1hr 44mDirector Dean DeBlois’s decade-spanning saga soars to an explosive finale in this animated tale of courage and companionship. Having succeeded his father as chief Viking, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless, his fire-breathing companion, oversee the construction of a bustling utopia where dragons and humans live in harmony. After years of adventure, the pair enjoy some hard-earned peace. But when Toothless – once thought to be the last of his breed – stumbles across a mate, the seemingly chance encounter unravels into a malicious plot hatched by dragon hunter Grimmel the Grisly (F. Murray Abraham). With his chiefdom in disarray and his scaly friends in danger, Hiccup teams up with fellow Viking Astrid (America Ferrera) to seek out the Hidden World, a mythical land where dragons are said to enjoy total freedom. This trilogy has gone from strength to strength, with its final part boasting spectacular, almost photorealistic effects and breath-taking aerial sequences. Abraham also makes for a delightfully despicable villain, while the jokes will land with children and parents alike. After charming a generation, this is a poignant farewell to one of cinema’s greatest friendships. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 16mPart of the ‘A Cinematic Odyssey: Postcards from Europe’ strand. Nanni Moretti is perhaps the most influential of Italy’s contemporary filmmakers and has achieved an international reputation over many decades. In this warm, witty and gently comic semi-autobiographical film, Moretti celebrates a longed-for left-wing victory which coincides with the springtime birth of his son Pietro. This intelligent, reflective film is a political satire, and a meditation on masculinity and fatherhood in both personal and national terms. Incensed by the corruption of the Italian right—personified by Silvio Berlusconi, subject of Paolo Sorrentino’s Loro (coming in May)—and dejected by the lassitude of the left, Moretti’s creative independence empowers his cinema, enabling him to communicate to a broad public. An inheritor of the filmmaking tradition of neorealism, Moretti continues to work as an actor, producer, writer and director, in addition to running his own production and distribution companies (and a cinema in Rome.) Come and ring in the Spring with this aptly titled Moretti comedy! The film will be introduced by Dr Paul Sutton, who will stay for the end of the film for a post-screening discussion in the front-tier of the downstairs seating area. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • Tue 09 Apr - The Aftermath (15)

    1:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 49m Keira Knightley brings life and warmth to a sombre post-war romance about shared loss and potential healing through love. Still aching from the death of her son, Rachael Morgan (Knightley) travels to a Hamburg—only just liberated from the crushing weight of Nazism—to join her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke), a kind but overburdened colonel struggling to reconstruct the city. Thanks to Lewis’s dogged decency, the couple’s home in the city is shared with its former owner, architect Stefan Lubert (Alexander Skarsgård), along with rebellious daughter Freda. As Rachael is further distanced from her husband by his impossible responsibilities and Stefan is unjustly brought under fire for his suspected links to the Party, the pair find solace in each other’s company, and, through the resulting affair, a chance to properly mend their shattered inner lives. Adapted from best-selling novel by the director of Testament of Youth, the film does not hide the melodrama that drives its story, but roots it in an interesting point in history – where both buildings and people need to be rebuilt from the ground up – and enlivens it through sensitive and intelligent performances from the leads. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2hr 13m The multi-talented Bradley Cooper (undertaking both the role of director and lead actor) and Lady Gaga take on the fourth remake of a classic story, producing a film that is positively buzzing with electricity. Jackson Maine (Cooper), a seasoned, rough-around-the-edges musician drunkenly stumbles into a drag bar in search of more booze and comes across something a lot more special— Ally (Gaga). He is enchanted by her voice and stage presence, and the pair quickly fall in love. He becomes both her lover and her mentor, coaxing her into the spotlight just as she’s about to give up on her dream. But, it’s not all glitz and glamour—as her career takes off he breaks down, fighting an ongoing battle with alcoholism and escalating tinnitus. Despite being based on familiar premises, the pair inject a sense of freshness into A Star is Born that makes it seem never-before-done. Gaga has a tough act to follow, filling the shoes of Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, but she glitters as a wonderfully down-to-earth character. The whole thing is incredibly heartfelt, and definitely sure to leave you star-struck. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • Thu 11 Apr - Alita: Battle Angel (12A)

    5:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2hr 2mJames Cameron and Robert Rodriguez bring their visionary minds together for a cyberpunk adventure filled with hope, empowerment and cutting-edge CGI. Set in the year 2563, Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found abandoned in a scrapyard by Dr. Ido (Christoph Waltz). The compassionate doctor realises that in this abandoned cyborg shell is a brave young woman with an extraordinary past. However, when she wakes up, she has no memory of who she is, or the world she is in, and she must learn to navigate her new life on the treacherous streets. Joining Waltz are fellow Oscar-winners, Jennifer Connelly and Mahershala Ali, as the villainous Chiren and Vector, lending the cast clout as they pursue Alita through the dystopian Iron City. Based on the nine-volume Japanese manga series Gunnm, the project had been a dream of Cameron’s since 1995. Desperate to bring Yukito Kishiro’s iconic art style to the big screen, the feature was delayed while filming began on his epic Titanic. Two decades on, Cameron and Rodriguez have finally succeeded in creating the visually stunning, science-fiction extravaganza that the popular original manga deserves. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • 9:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2hr 8mStep into the lovingly crafted and beautifully hand drawn world of Studio Ghibli’s 9th feature film. A world of gods and monsters, spirits and demons, folklore and history. When his village is threatened by a giant rampaging boar, young Ashitaka takes on the monster single-handed and, though successful, pays a high price for his bravery. An infection in his arm will spread to the rest of his body if he doesn’t seek out a cure. And so starts an adventure that pulls Ashitaka into the battle between humans and the mythical creatures of the forest. Director Hayao Miyazaki sets his story during the Muromachi period of Japanese history (14th – 16th century), a time of industrial and cultural growth which permanently altered the country’s formerly harmonious cohabitation with nature, and Princess Mononoke is both his most mature and political film. Nature is portrayed as both beautiful and dangerous, ethereal but vengeful. This is also one of Studio Ghibli’s finest looking films with intricately drawn scenes of stunning landscapes, of shadows and light playing on objects, of wind in the grass and translucent beings. A film with visuals as rich and complex as the subject matter, darkness and beauty in equal measure. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • Fri 12 Apr - Fighting With My Family (12A)

    5:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 48mDirector and writer Stephen Merchant, co-creator of The Office and former wrestler turned Hollywood superstar Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson make the perfect tag team, bringing us this smash hit comedy-drama. It tells the story of Saraya (Florence Pugh) and her sometimes (read: often) dysfunctional family of wrestlers who run an independent wrestling promotion in East Anglia. When Saraya and her brother Zak (Jack Lowden) get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to try out for World Wrestling Entertainment in America, the pair suddenly enter the big time. But Saraya, newly renamed ‘Paige’, soon finds out that success is not all it’s cracked up to be. Fighting With My Family is a hilarious and heartfelt account of one girl’s dream to make it to the top and her discovery that what keeps their family together can also threaten to tear them apart. Merchant has made the film with a true affection for the subject material and employs a strong supporting cast including Nick Frost, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn and of course, Dwayne Johnson playing who else but himself. Can you think of a better man for the role? The Rock says… “IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK!!” Find out more...

    Read more...
  • 1:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 52mCome ‘bobbing along’ to The Odyssey this April to see one of Disney’s most endearing classics on the big screen. Screen icon Angela Lansbury plays Eglantine Price, an apprentice witch who takes in three children evacuated from London during WWII. When the children find out about her unusual hobby, she places a magical travelling spell upon a bed knob, enabling them to begin a series of fabulous adventures. They visit Professor Emelius Browne (David Tomlinson) of the College of Witchcraft and Wizardry and when he discovers that Miss Price is able to perform real magic, they embark on a quest to find the missing half of an ancient book which will enable them to complete the ‘substitutiary locomotion’ spell which brings inanimate objects to life. With Academy Award-winning special effects, Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a magical blend of live action and animation with a first-rate supporting cast including Sam Jaffe, Roddy McDowall and none other than the legendary Bruce Forsyth. Combined with Oscar nominated songs by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, it is a treat for all the family and a perfect companion to the recent Mary Poppins Returns. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • Sat 13 Apr - Instant Family (12A)

    5:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 57m This humble heart-warmer has the power to both break your heart and put it back together in a better order within the space of two hours. As with Sean Anders’ previous films, Daddy’s Home and its sequel (Daddy’s Home 2), the director has taken a more family-friendly tack, focussing on relationships between parents and children within non-nuclear families. Instant Family, also co-written by Anders, is partly based upon his own experiences in the American foster care system. The film follows Pete and Ellie Wagner (Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne), a married couple who believe they will never have children. The pair enrol in a foster parenting course and, after becoming attached to boisterous teen, Lizzy (Isabela Moner – soon to appear as Dora the Explorer in the upcoming feature!), decide to adopt her. The catch? Lizzy has two younger siblings, Juan and Lita, and they only come as a trio. The ensuing film is a sweet, but never saccharine, take on a traditional family comedy involving all the tantrums, break-ups and make-ups that you’d expect, but with an infectious charm that is sure to win you over. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • 6:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2hrHirokazu Kore-eda, master of the family drama, attains new heights with this Palme d’Or-winning, and Best Foreign Language Oscar nominated tale of compassion and understanding. Osamu (Lily Franky) plays the father-figure to a motley group of impoverished outcasts. His wife Noboyu (Sakura Ando), the teenage Aki (Mayu Matsuoka) and elderly widow Hatsue (Kirin Kiki) have meagre incomes that barely sustain their makeshift family. To make ends meet, Osamu takes Shota (Kairi Jō), his son, on regular shoplifting excursions. Returning one night, they find Yuri (Miyu Sasaki), a child, trapped outside her apartment and, in a fit of compassion, abduct her from her abusive parents. After initial reluctance, the others agree to adopt Yuri. Osamu inducts her into the secrets of shoplifting and the group comes to resemble a happy family. But with Yuri’s face plastered over the news and unspoken secrets lurking, disaster threatens to destroy their domestic idyll. Kore-eda’s work recalls that of Ken Loach and Yasujirō Ozu, director of the celebrated Toyko Story. With his naturalistic style, he lays bare the lives of his world-weary characters. But with understated tenderness, he also affords them the sympathy they deserve, serving up a new Tokyo Story for the modern age. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • Mon 15 Apr - Can You Ever Forgive Me? (15)

    7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 46m Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant electrify a fascinating and blackly comic true story of literary fraud and desperate partners-in-crime. In early 90s New York, Lee Israel is a struggling writer whose obscure biographical tastes and acidic lack of diplomacy have left her with few readers, and fewer friends. Struggling to keep her apartment clean and her cat alive, Lee slowly establishes a way of making money while still satisfying her creative urge: forging the letters of famous authors and selling them to bookshops. Assisting her is Jack Hock (Grant), her mercurial, flamboyant and unscrupulous drinking partner who takes her place in selling the letters when her own image slowly becomes tarnished and the law starts to catch on to the scheme. Neither the director nor the lead actors are afraid of revealing the characters as lonely, self-seeking con artists, but still endear them to audiences through both daring wit and bleak pathos, as they barely keep each other from sinking under their own weaknesses and the indifference of others. Without hiding the sad desperation of their lives, McCarthy and Grant make them complex and riveting. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2hr 6mDirector Nadine Labaki deploys improvised scenes and first-time actors to heartbreaking effect in this searing, Oscar-nominated work of social realism. Twelve-year old Zain (Zain Al Rafeea) despises his parents Souad and Selim (Kawsar Al Haddad and Fadi Yousef) for marrying his younger sister off in a venal attempt to make money. Incensed, he runs away to try his chances on the streets of Beirut, where he befriends Ethiopian refugee Rahil (Yordanos Shiferaw) and her infant son Yonas. Rahil’s kindly nature provides the perfect contrast to his apathetic parents. But as Zain and his friends are caught in the machinations of shady businessman Aspro (Alaa Chouchnieh), his fury increases in the face of relentless, systematic cruelty. When he winds up in prison, Zain plots revenge by suing his parents for having him. Labaki is unflinching in her depiction of deprivation, while her ingenious use of novice actors lends the work an air of authenticity. Al Rafeea—a refugee and illiterate at the time of production—delivers an unbelievable debut performance as the downtrodden lead. Despite moments of tenderness and humour, his righteous anger haunts the viewer long after the credits roll. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • Wed 17 Apr - Everybody Knows (S) (15)

    7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2hr 13mSecrets surrounding a mother’s old romance resurface, as her daughter disappears in the middle of a family wedding, in the small Spanish village where she grew up. Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, celebrated for The Salesman and A Separation, brings spouses Pénelope Cruz and Javier Bardem together for a tense performance in this Spanish-language thriller. Laura (Cruz) returns from Buenos Aires, her adopted city to her hometown in rural Spain, for her sister’s wedding. Coming with her is her son Diego and teenage daughter Irene, who is quickly attracted to a local boy, Felipe. Felipe shares with Irene a much-gossiped tale of how her mother broke the heart of a local man, Paco (Bardem), when she left town. During the festivities, Irene disappears. If Laura is to get her daughter back, she must overcome her aching despair and unthread the web of secrets which keep her from the truth. A community rife with secrets falls apart as suspicion deepens the cracks in relationships. The breath-taking countryside and intriguing plot perfectly complement each other, but it is the two veteran lead performances that complete this original mystery. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • 12:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2hr 10mDirector Rob Marshall gathers a remarkable cast for the longest-awaited sequel in cinematic history, coming, as it does, fifty-four years after the original. Decades have passed since Jane Banks (Emily Mortimer) and her brother Michael (Ben Whishaw) last saw their magical nanny, Mary Poppins. Michael now has three children (Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson) and is struggling to stay afloat in Depression-era London. When a personal tragedy threatens to overwhelm them, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) miraculously reappears, declaring that it’s high time the Banks family rehire her. With the help of her trusty companion Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda) and her eccentric cousin Topsy (Meryl Streep), she embarks on a quest to re-enchant their drab lives and remind them of the joys of whimsy and magic. Marshall deftly balances old and new, delivering a sequel that boasts the best features of the original and many unique moments of its own. With its catchy musical numbers, arresting animated sequences and a heart-warming cameo, Mary Poppins Returns is the perfect antidote to post-Christmas blues. On top of that, Blunt’s charming performance rivals Julie Andrews’ take on the quintessentially British nanny, introducing a whole new generation to the much-beloved character. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • Thu 18 Apr - Five Feet Apart (12A)

    5:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time:  1h 56mRachael Lippincott’s popular novel receives a big-screen adaptation in this poignant romantic drama about two teenagers suffering from chronic illnesses. Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) has spent most of her seventeen years in and out of hospital with cystic fibrosis. Rules and routines dominate her life to such an extent that even touching someone could jeopardise her long-awaited lung transplant. Unfortunately for her, fellow patient Will (Cole Sprouse) couldn’t care less about the various restrictions placed on him. He just wants to leave and take control of his future. When Stella and Will start to fall for each other, the situation becomes even worse. They must stay six feet apart at all times. But as they begin questioning the things that matter in life, they take the risk and begin to close the gap. Justin Baldoni’s adaptation captures the isolation that thousands of cystic fibrosis sufferers endure. Those with the disorder must be kept apart and so are robbed of support from the only people they can relate to. With sensitive performances and involving on-screen chemistry, Sprouse and Richardson capture the tragic irony of this situation, alongside the hope that develops from shared hardship and understanding. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • 5:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 39mThe 3,000 foot vertical granite rock face of El Capitan is commonly regarded as one of the most visually stunning natural cliff faces in the world. Free Solo follows the story of Alex Honnold, a renowned yet somewhat controversial rock climber, as he attempts to climb El Capitan…without any ropes. Honnold will rely on his years of climbing experience, physical strength and unprecedented mental endurance to help him pull off one of the most audacious ascents in climbing history. Directed by Jimmy Chin and his wife Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, both distinguished mountaineers and filmmakers, allows the grandeur and scale of Honnold’s achievements to be gloriously captured for cinematic release. The challenges facing Honnold seem equalled by the production team and their efforts to capture the ascent whilst relentlessly questioning their own morals on filming such an event. Expect nail-biting visuals combined with an incredible story of human might and endurance, all wrapped up in a complex web of morality to make for a truly ground-breaking documentary. With such a limited theatrical release, this is certainly not one to be missed on the big screen! Find out more...

    Read more...
  • Fri 19 Apr - Ring (1998) (S) (15)

    9:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 31mIn 1998, director Hideo Nakata unleashed his tale of technological terror on unsuspecting audiences. It went on to become Japan’s most enduring and influential horror film. When journalist Reiko’s (Nanako Matsushima) niece dies from sudden heart failure in mysterious circumstances, she travels to the countryside to investigate. As she pursues the case further, Reiko enlists her ex-husband Ryuji (Hiroyuki Sanada). They soon uncover a sinister urban legend that tells of a cursed videotape. Nakata composed the film with an arthouse sentiment resulting in a minimalist approach that forgoes gore in favour of eerie visuals and haunting imagery, which, along with its understated score, creates a foreboding atmosphere so rarely achieved in modern genre cinema. The film has made an indelible mark on popular culture, spawning a slew of remakes, reimaginations and imitators, but none come close to the power of Nakata’s original masterpiece, which melded traditional Japanese folklore with contemporary anxieties about the spread of technology. Come and see where it all began with this chilling classic back on the big screen at last. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • 2:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 57mPhil Lord and Christopher Miller, creators of 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie, bring together both sides of their unique filmography to open up the Spider-Verse, a world where more than one can wear the mask. When Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales is bitten by a radioactive spider on the subway, he suddenly develops mysterious powers that transform him into the one and only Spider-Man. When he meets Peter Parker, he soon realizes that there are many others who share his special, high-flying talents, including the free-spirited Spider-Woman, the 1930’s Spider-Noir, and the talking pig Spider-Ham. The animation style of the film is unlike anything seen on this scale before. Much like they wanted The Lego Movie to feel like you could build all the blocks, Lord and Miller wanted this to feel like you walked inside a comic book, combining CGI animation with line work, painting, dots and all sorts of comic book techniques to make it look like it was created by hand. The film is an exciting, wild adventure, filled with heart, humour, and plenty of superhero action, some early reviews are even calling it the best Spider-Man movie ever made. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • Sun 21 Apr - Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) (U)

    1:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 59mThis screening will be the English dubbed version. From master-creator Hayao Miyazaki comes the charming animated adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones’s novel. Sophie (voiced by Emily Mortimer) – a pretty but shy 18-year-old – works hard in her parents’ hat shop. She leads an uneventful life until one day a spiteful witch curses her with a spell which ages her prematurely. The only way to break the spell is to enlist the help of her friend Howl (voiced by Christian Bale), a strange but flamboyant young wizard who lives in a colossal, moving castle. They are joined by powerful demons Calcifer and Markl (Billy Crystal and Josh Hutcherson), the protectors of a magical four-way-door that can take visitors to other lands and dimensions. This lusciously illustrated fairytale was a big hit upon its original release in 2005 and plays at The Odyssey this Easter for its glorious first outing. With its loveable cast of misfits, you’ll struggle to pick a favourite! Miyazaki’s classic combines incredible visuals with a sense of childlike wonder to produce an uplifting story that will enchant the whole family. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • 6:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 42mSING-ALONG VERSIONThe same format applies for these screenings but with singalong subtitles along the bottom of the screen during the songs. This perennially popular musical returns for another outing. P. T Barnum (Jackman) strives to find an outlet for his ferocious imagination, pursuing a string of ill-fated ventures before finally setting up a circus show with never-before-seen acts to amaze his audience. His show proves controversial, but, after teaming up with playwright Philip Carlyle (Zac Efron) and acrobat Anne Wheeler (Zendaya), his popularity skyrockets. Soon, the father of the modern circus is rubbing shoulders with big names abroad, including Queen Victoria and opera singer Jenny Lind (Rebecca Ferguson). But as Barnum vaults from triumph to triump, Charity (Michelle Williams), his wife, grows increasingly distant and he struggles to strike a balance between reality and spectacle. Popular demand has kept us bringing this barn-storming crowd-pleaser back month after month. Its catchy musical numbers and dazzlingly choreographed sequences–replete with tumblers, dancers and elephants–are impossible to forget. While showcasing his boundless gifts as singer, actor and all-round entertainer, Jackman effortlessly steers this epic extravaganza with a performance that unsurprisingly earned him a Golden Globe nomination. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • Mon 22 Apr - Laurel & Hardy’s Way Out West (U)

    7:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins LAUREL & HARDY’S WAY OUT WEST (65mins) + SHORT (29mins) Film run time: 1h 34m You’ve seen the biopic, now catch the real thing – Stan & Ollie doing what they do best in their classic 1937 comedy. Arguably the duo’s most famous outing, Way Out West. follows Laurel & Hardy as they attempt to deliver the deed for a gold mine to its heir. However, when a conniving bar owner and his wife hear of the lucrative deed, plans are set in motion to dupe the boys and make off with the property. The film features the unforgettable dance sequence to ‘At the Ball, That’s All’ (perfectly re-enacted by Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly in the recent Stan & Ollie). The influence of this film and indeed their entire career can be seen in countless works of film and television: Hardy’s exasperated glances to camera wouldn’t look out of place in The Office; and the teams behind Monty Python and The Simpsons owe a great deal to the slapstick humour and pratfalls of the twosome. Pay a visit to The Odyssey this Easter Monday to honour their legacy, and if you don’t enjoy yourself – in the immortal words of Stan Laurel – “I’ll eat your hat!” Find out more...

    Read more...
  • 12:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 51mShot with a painter’s eye, Oscar-nominee Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell & the Butterfly and Basquiat) does wonderful justice to the great Vincent van Gogh. One of the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art, he produced thousands of paintings and drawings in just over a decade. At Eternity’s Gate focuses on the prolific painter’s agonising final years living in Arles, France. Dafoe delivers a stunning portrayal, immersing himself in the life of the artist: learning to paint, reading his letters and placing himself within the frame of several of van Gogh’s most recognisable locations. Vincent’s younger brother Theo (Rupert Friend), an art dealer who sends a monthly allowance, shows up whenever his brother finds himself in hospital. His unfailing emotional and financial support provides a stark contrast to his turbulent relationship with fellow artist Paul Gaugin (Oscar Isaac), simultaneously a close friend and rival. The minimalist piano score from composer Tatiana Lisovskaya blends with Benoît Delhomme’s gorgeous cinematography to great effect. Dafoe’s performance, which rightly earned him his Best Actor Oscar nomination, demands to be seen. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • Tue 23 Apr - Girl (S) (15)

    7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 45mYoung Belgian director Lukas Dhont has raised conversations, as well as goosebumps, in his feature debut which follows the physical and emotional turmoil of an adolescent girl pursuing professional ballet, in the midst of gender-confirmation surgery. Moving with her younger brother Milo and supportive father Mathias allows 15 year-old Lara (Victor Polster) – a gifted and determined transgender girl – to enrol in a prestigious Dutch dance academy. Whilst undergoing hormone therapy, Lara soars through the ‘en pointe’ girls classes, but her sex-reassignment surgery is delayed. Though uncredited, Dhont’s protagonist is crafted closely around Nora Monsecour – a trans dancer he met when they were both teenagers – whose bravery helped him come to terms with his own identity. Monsecour helped with casting, giving her blessing to Polster, who delivers an elegant and sensitive performance. Dhont broaches the notions of girlhood and self-acceptance with integrity, earning him the Camera d’Or at Cannes and a standing ovation at its première. This film provides an insightful perspective which doesn’t simply centre on its multi-faceted protagonist’s external relationships, but also the unseen struggles as Lara confronts her inner demons. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • 1:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2hr 7mRalph Fiennes and David Hare unite to illuminate the electric life of Rudolf Nureyev, perhaps the greatest male ballet dancer of the last century, exploring his rapid rise to stardom and legendary escape from his Soviet handlers. Born in obscurity on a Siberian train, Nureyev (flawlessly imitated in look and movement by Oleg Ivenko) became the pride of the USSR through the supervision of Alexander Pushkin (Fiennes), but nursed an irrepressible talent and ego that would not be confined by Communist discipline and austerity. His growing fame soon leads to a trip to Paris in the early 60s, where he is enraptured by the greater opportunity and freedom. Though shadowed by Soviet watchmen, he begins to form deeper connections with socialite Clara (Adèle Exarchopoulos), raising the suspicion of the KGB further. Soon, he is forced to make a difficult decision about where his home should be. Though still indulging in amazing balletic pyrotechnics and vividly evoking the period, Fiennes and Hare employ a more opaque and shifting narrative than the standard biopic. This subtlety, however, is never at the expense of an undeniably riveting true story about a magnetic, irrepressible figure. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • Thu 25 Apr - H Is For Harry +Q&A (12A)

    7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 26mJaime Taylor and Ed Owles shine a light on the British education system in this insightful and essential documentary about one boy’s struggle through secondary school. For Harry, illiteracy is the norm: his dad can’t read or write; his grandfather couldn’t either. When he starts out at Feltham’s Reach Academy in East London, his father has high hopes of breaking the cycle. With its inventive teaching methods and one-on-one tutoring, Reach has a track record of helping children who arrive unable to spell even their own names. But Harry—who already has premonitions of life on the street—feels the weight of his background. His tutor Sophie must pull out all the stops to help him forge a better future. Taylor and Owles capture Harry’s charm and down-to-earth personality, encouraging us to applaud his every success, however minor, even as he expresses boredom and frustration with a system that strikes him as pointless. More than that, they uncover the insurmountable obstacles lying in his path, in a country where one in five children still struggles to read by eleven. Join us for this very special evening with intro and Q&A with Jaime Taylor and Ed Owles, which will be chaired by local entrepreneur Tom Pellereau. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • 5:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 52mWhen Danny, a Universal Records music executive (Daniel Mays), is on a stag do in the remote Cornish village of Port Isaac, he stumbles upon a ten-man a cappella group of grizzled locals singing traditional sea shanties. His boss Troy (Noel Clarke) urges him to sign the band. Despite having no understanding nor appreciation of the folk music Danny endeavours to land a deal with the rightly sceptical singers, unaware that Troy had actually been joking. However, the more time Danny spends with The Fisherman’s Friends the more he falls in love with the music, as well as the simple joys afforded by a tight-knit village community. He also finds his head being turned by comely local hotelier Alwyn (Tuppence Middleton) and love starts to blossom. Against the backdrop of the rise of history’s most unlikely boy band, what starts as a fish-out-of-water story becomes a tale of redemption much in the vein of Local Hero. Based (somewhat loosely) on the real band The Fisherman’s Friends, Director Chris Foggin has created the kind of warm-hearted feel-good film that Britain specialises in. See this if you liked The Full Monty, Calendar Girls, and Brassed Off. Find out more...

    Read more...
  • Sat 27 Apr - Us (+intro) (15)

    7:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 56mAlready being touted as ‘the next Hitchcock’, Jordan Peele (Get Out) is clearly developing a name for himself in the horror genre as a talented auteur with this sophomore film. Us is an initially sun-soaked psychological-horror where husband and wife Gabe and Adelaide Wilson (Winston Duke and Lupita Nyong’o – Black Panther) return with their two children to their family’s beachfront home. Adelaide struggles with traumatic memories of an event from her past growing up in that same home, and becomes increasingly anxious that something bad will happen to her family. One night, four masked strangers turn up at the house and the situation descends into a cat-and-mouse game for survival. Underneath the masks, the strangers are revealed to be doppelgängers of the family members themselves. Seen as a more accessible horror-comedy than its forerunner, Peele’s film is a 21st Century take on Gothic Horror tropes of the Uncanny, Us vs. Them oppositions, and a spine-chilling musing on wealthy middle-class African-American apathy and private guilt, shame and impostor syndrome. This screening will include a short introduction on socio-political horror in the Trump Era by horror film scholar Dr Darren Elliott-Smith (University of Hertfordshire). Find out more...

    Read more...
  • 6:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 47mPart of the ‘A Cinematic Odyssey: Postcards from Europe’ strand. Jean-Luc Godard’s masterpiece isn’t just a beguiling caper story of a couple on the run. He paints a series of tableaux vivants – each frame an aesthetic delight of colour composition, enhancing the passion and song, inquisitive stares, tenderness, frustration and cruelty in this charming portrayal of ‘the last romantic couple’. We see Ferdinand Griffon, played by the instinctively cool Jean-Paul Belmondo, disenchanted with bourgeois Parisian society and his wife and children, take off with their enigmatic baby-sitter, Marianne Renoir (Anna Karina, Godard’s inimitable muse). Penniless but invigorated, they traverse France in pursuit of ‘gun-related money’, by means of her cunning and his stories. But as their relationship intensifies, so does their conflict: “You speak to me with words, I look at you with feelings.” Rejecting the stale formula of contemporary Hollywood, Godard’s camera techniques are as distinct as handwriting. He addresses commercialism and the Vietnam War through farce and satire, whilst capturing ‘all the space, sounds and colours that take place between people’. The film will be introduced by Dr Paul Sutton, who will stay for the end of the film for a post-screening discussion in the front-tier of the downstairs seating area. Find out more...

    Read more...

Overview

  • Business Sector:
  • Entertainment > Cinemas

Address and Contact info

  • Address: 166 London Road
  • Town: St Albans
  • County: Hertfordshire
  • Postcode: AL1 1PG

Add your business

Get your business in front of more customers with allaboutstalbans.com Each year over 330,000 visitors look at pages on this website. That's a lot of potential customers! We can help your business reach more people in a number of different ways. Find out more

Close

Send  an email message

Your First Name:
Your Last Name:
Your Email Address:
Message Subject:
Your Message:

Captcha

Reviews

Be the first to write a review of this venue

%

User Rating: out of 5  ( 0 reviews )

Write your own review of The Odyssey

Star Rating

Captcha

X
Web accelerated by IISpeed - Page Speed optimization by Google for Microsoft IIS and ASP.NET