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Tired of watching Netflix alone at home? Join us for a night of great cinema and make new friends!Enjoy blockbusters as well as smaller budget and foreign language films in great company!

With our top quality digital projection, huge screen and state of the art Dolby surround sound, it is a great cinematic experience.And the best part - head to the bar nearby after the film for a friendly discussion or just general chat.

RFT (Reading Film Theatre) was established nearly 50 years ago as an independent cinema bringing the very best in world films to you. Our programme includes the latest blockbusters as well as a wide range of smaller budget and foreign language films. We also screen beautifully made films which raise important and challenging issues you won’t find on the multiplex circuit.

We are proud of our top quality digital projection, huge screen and state-of-the art Dolby surround sound, providing a great immersive cinematic experience. Our 300 seated auditorium is located in the Palmer building, at Reading University.

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Mary Queen of Scots

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Mary Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18. To a new husband Mary prefers to return to Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies imperil both thrones – and change the course of history. The cinematic is so impressive that one feels like framing each scene, the dialogues are so intelligent that one would like to remember the words and the two women are as good and as bad as men. Saoirse Ronan is Mary Stuart, even her face is like Mary’s portrait by Clouet. UK 2018 – English, French and Scottish Gaelic with subtitles – Directed by Josie Rourke with Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden – 124 min The conviction of Ronan and Robbie, and a strong supporting cast make this a compelling clash of personalities – EMPIRE Ronan dominates the screen from the start – THE TIMES Website: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2328900/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 Tickets can be bought in advance with a discount at: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/reading/reading-film-theatre-palmer-building/mary-queen-of-scots-15


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Syrian refugees Zain and his family live out their lives in the shattered chaos (‘capernaüm’) of Beirut. A tortuous drug smuggling project brings in a little money. A few chickens serve as a dowry when Zain’s beloved sister is tragically given away as a child bride to the landlord’s son. Outraged, Zain leaves home. Befriending a young cleaner, Rahil, and her infant Yonas, his attempts at child-care shine as a dark ray of hope, celebrating his fierce resourcefulness amid shifting, pressing danger. (It’s salutary to be told that the cast was recruited on the streets of Beirut, where 520 hours of film was shot on location). Lebanon 2018 – Arabic and Amharic with subtitles – Directed by Nadine Labaki with Ghida Majzoub, Kawthar Al Haddad, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole – 121 min This film is about the link between poverty and anger. It’s a much angrier, tougher – and sometimes funnier – film than you might imagine – THE GUARDIAN Nadine Labaki’s sensational new film…turns the plight of Zain growing up in the slums and streets of Beirut into a social-realist blockbuster – fired by furious compassion and teeming with sorrow, yet strewn with diamond-shards of beauty, wit and hope – TELEGRAPH Website: http://www.capernaum.film/ Tickets can be bought in advance with a discount at: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/reading/reading-film-theatre-palmer-building/capernaum-15-s-t


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Christian Bale, in a transformative role, portrays Dick Cheney as a wraith-like, enigmatic figure, operating in the shadows to wield more power than any vice president in modern American history. From early mediocrity as a hard-drinking Yale drop-out, McKay’s unsparing biopic charts Cheney’s rise after his girlfriend Lynne (Amy Adams) reads him the riot act. Chastened, but galvanised, Cheney then ascends the ranks of the GOP like a ghost to become the power behind the presidency in the administration of George W Bush (Sam Rockwell). Adam McKays’s blistering satire is a bravura depiction of a ruthless, but ultimately unknowable, political insider. US 2018 – Directed by Adam McKay with Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Sam Rockwell – 132 min Bale brilliantly captures the former vice-president’s bland magnificence in Adam McKay’s entertainingly nihilist biopic – THE GUARDIAN An unyielding and necessary search party on a mission to excavate Cheney’s soul – TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE Website: https://www.vice.movie/ Tickets can be bought in advance with a discount at: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/reading/reading-film-theatre-palmer-building/vice-15

Swiss Army Man

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With pre-screening introduction Organised in partnership with the MA – Film Festivals and Film Programming Course Hank (Paul Dano) is stranded on a deserted island. About to kill himself, he notices a corpse washed up on the beach that he calls Manny (Daniel Radcliffe). An unusual friendship develops between the two, as Hank discovers that his friend can not only speak, but has a series of abilities that can help him get back home. This tender and funny fairy tale, winner of the Sundance ‘Directing Award’ to Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, is a poignant look at the relationships that can happen unexpectedly. USA 2016 – Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert with Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe – 97 min Weird and wonderful, disgusting and demented, Swiss Army Man is about how one man’s dead body nudges another man back to life – THE NY TIMES This is the kind of bizarre, original, risk-taking independent movie that’s increasingly rare to find in an era of superhero and action movie franchise – COMMON SENSE MEDIA Website: http://swissarmyman.com/ Tickets can be bought in advance with a discount at: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/reading/reading-film-theatre-minghella-building/swiss-army-man-15

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