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Yesterday is a funny, feelgood film that will delight fans of Richard Curtis's very particular brand of film making

When Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle teamed up it seemed such a provocative combination that it was hard to imagine what would emerge. The end result is a lot closer to Love Actually than Trainspotting,… read more
Posted in Comedy, Diss, Film

Rocketman - screening tomorrow - is bold, imaginative and original

Considering that both David Furnish and Elton John were producers of this film, it’s a remarkably frank and unflinching examination of Reg Dwight’s rocky path to fame and its almost disastrous consequences. Even more remarkable… read more
Posted in Film, Review

The Keeper - a watchable, engaging story of hope & humanity triumphing over bitter resentment

Marcus H Rosenmüller’s robust, no nonsense account of Bert Trautmann’s improbable, but true, journey towards a role as Manchester City’s post war goalie is a loving tribute to reconciliation and forgiveness that is a paean… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Cast your prejudices aside, you’ll be cheering over this heart-warming tale with family, East Anglia & wrestling at its heart

If you’re wondering whether a film about wrestling is for you, then wonder no more, and not just because it largely takes place in East Anglia. This heart-warming tale of a close knit, loving family… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Can You Ever Forgive Me? - you will, after seeing next week's hugely enjoyable film

Continuing the current fashion for true tales that are stranger than fiction, Marielle Heller turns Lee Israel’s improbable career as a forger into a jolly, breathless romp that skips from scene to scene. Israel’s wobbly… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Green Book - in spite of its hard hitting subject matter - is an absolute delight from beginning to end

Loosely based on Don Shirley’s tour of the Deep South of America, Peter Farrelly’s film - showing on Wednesday 21st August - is an absolute delight from beginning to end, notwithstanding its hard hitting subject… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie give powerful performances as the rivals in next week's Wednesday film

Mary Queen of Scots The rivalry between Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I has been repeatedly dramatized and documented, but most often from the perspective of the English monarch and the furore surrounding the… read more
Posted in Film, Review

All is True - Branagh & Dench are magnificent in this film which seeks to explain the great mystery of why Shakespeare retired so suddenly

All is True (12A) Kenneth Branagh’s career is so closely associated with Shakespeare, it was perhaps inevitable that he would one day play the man himself. To that extent this is very much Branagh’s film,… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Stan & Ollie - next Wednesday's film - is a warm, affectionate delight

Stan & Ollie Jon S Baird’s gentle, unassuming biopic of the most famous double act the world has ever seen, is a warm, affectionate delight that touches on far broader issues than the pair’s final… read more
Posted in Film, Review

The Favourite - screening next Wednesday - is an eccentric, intriguing delight from beginning to end

The Favourite (15) - a review Set in the court of Queen Anne, the last of the Stuart monarchs, Yorgos Lanthimos’s quirky, profane and shamelessly anachronistic period drama is an eccentric, intriguing delight from beginning… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Ryan Gosling is excellent as Neil Armstrong in next Wednesday's film, First Man

First Man Adapted from James R Hansen’s book by Spotlight screenwriter, First Man is similar in tone to Philip Kaufman’s The Right Stuff. Sombre and respectful, this is a film that is immersed in its… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Wednesday 15 May - your chance to see one of the best films ever made

Ingmar Bergman's dark masterpiece, The Seventh Seal reaches back to scripture to create a nightmarish, episodic journey for Max von Sydow’s world-weary crusader, questioning everything while the long shadow of death chases him all the… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Next Wednesday: Bohemian Rhapsody - with a roster of superb concert recreations - is hugely enjoyable

After the much-publicised troubles that have beset this movie, it comes as a pleasant surprise that Bohemian Rhapsody is such a fun ride, with a roster of superb concert recreations, including Life Aid – where… read more
Posted in Film, Music, Review

Mary Poppins flies into the Corn Hall this Wednesday

Mary Poppins Returns Fans of the original Mary Poppins who approach this belated sequel with some trepidation need not worry. The film has been created with them in mind as much as a family audience… read more
Posted in Family, Film, Review

Lady Gaga CAN act - See her in 'A Star is Born'

A Star is Born Bradley Cooper’s version of this much told story is more a reimagining than a remake, with his fading rock star crossing paths with Lady Gaga’s ascendance as an all singing, all… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Next Wednesday's film - a master class in screen acting that is as enjoyable as it is compelling

When Joe Castleman wins the Nobel Prize for Literature his wife is delighted for him – who wouldn’t be – and yet there is something niggling away at her that isn’t fully explained by his… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Stranger than fiction, Wednesday's film BlacKkKlansman, is probably the best Spike Lee film in 20 years

Probably the best Spike Lee film in 20 years, this stranger than fiction story of a black man infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan mixes absurd comedy with jaw-dropping racism to brilliant effect. Both a social… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Hotel Salvation - anyone who has spent time with an ageing parent will find much that is achingly resonant.

In this story of an ex-schoolteacher who decides to spend his final days in Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges, Shubhashish Bhutiani’s directorial debut presents a world that will be alien to European viewers,… read more
Posted in Film, Uncategorised

East Anglian film premiere brought to life George Butterworth - a man who might have become one of Britain’s foremost composers

The Corn’s Hall’s presentation of Stewart Hajdukiewicz’s biography of composer George Butterworth may not have been quite the world premiere, but it was only the third public outing for the film, and was attended by… read more
Posted in Film, Heritage, Music

A stellar cast makes The King of Thieves by far the best and most poignant cinema version of the Hatton Garden heist

The Hatton Garden heist in 2015 has already been repeatedly dramatized, but this is by far the best, and most poignant, with a stellar cast of British heavyweight actors who, much like the characters they… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Cold War - A sweeping, yet oddly intimate love story

Winner of the Best Director award at last year’s Cannes Festival, Paweł Pawlikowski has created a sweeping, yet oddly intimate love story about two people brought together, and then torn apart, by circumstances way beyond… read more
Posted in Film

Fire your imagination at ARCADIA!

This arresting collage of archive footage is notionally a movie that explores our changing relationship with the land, and opens with scenes of a bucolic and idealised countryside that will have the viewer settling in… read more
Posted in Film, Heritage, Review

Next Wednesday's film, The Happy Prince, has a message which is ultimately positive

The Happy Prince Rupert Everett has written, directed and starred in this film, a project he has toiled for years to get off the ground, and his commitment and belief in the endeavour is evident… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Journey's End - the Wednesday film - is a quietly magnificent - and hugely respectful - testament to those we must not forget.

Journey’s End (12A) While watching Saul Dibb’s superb adaption of R C Sherriff's masterpiece, I found myself being continually astonished that the play on which it was based was written only 10 years after the… read more
Posted in Film, Review, WWI

Wednesday film - part comedy, part travelogue, part mystery, part romance - will delight fans of Downton Abbey

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Wednesday 26 Sept, 10.30am & 7.30pm Part comedy, part travelogue, part mystery, part romance, Mike Newell’s adaptation of Annie Barrows’s post-war epistolary novel is a film… read more
Posted in Film, Review

The Corn Hall Presents Diss in WWI

The Corn Hall presents Diss in WWI. Commemorating the centenary of the end of WWI in 2018 we are pleased to be able to bring to the Corn Hall a series of events and activities… read more
Posted in Diss, Exhibitions, Family, Film, Music, Norfolk, Word

Lady Bird - next Wednesday's film - features superb performances

Depending through which end of the telescope you view Lady Bird (nominated for three Academy Awards), teenager Christine McPherson is either a bright young thing struggling against the suffocation of suburbia, or a brattish malcontent,… read more
Posted in Film, Review

I, Tonya - An absorbing tale that is both tragic and hilarious

While not exactly America’s answer to the tribulations of Eddie the Eagle (Tonya Harding was a world class athlete) this shaggy dog story is similarly fantastical and contradictory. Director Craig Gillespie busts the fourth wall… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Next Wednesday's film - literate, profane and very clever.

What do you do, screenwriter and director Martin McDonagh seems to be asking, when there is nothing to be done? When a mother’s grief, following her daughter’s murder, turns to impotent rage she hits out… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Next Wednesday’s film - The Shape of Water – is a modern fairy tale that is both startling and uplifting

The cinema of Guillermo del Toro is notoriously dark and troubling and, although his latest film is notionally set in the US of the 1960s, it is a typically fantastical alternative version of those troubled… read more
Posted in Diss, Film, Review

Authentic and truthful, A Fantastic Woman holds a mirror up to society

If there was any doubt where director Sebastián Lelio’s was going with the Oscar Award-winning A Fantastic Woman, there’s a big clue in the film’s ironic title.  While some might find transgender Marina Vidal, played… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Christopher Plummer - a brilliant performance as cantankerous Getty in next Wednesday's film

Although loosely based on John Pearson’s book, Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortune and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J Paul Getty, the antecedence of Ridley Scott’s film has been largely overshadowed by the reshooting of… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Bethany Crow's review of Life on the Deben

During my time at the Diss Corn Hall work experience day I had the pleasure of helping steward the movie Life on the Deben and then watching this interesting documentary. Throughout the documentary you learn… read more
Posted in Diss, Film, Norfolk, Review, Training

Rowan Whittington Reviews Life on the Deben

I am Rowan Whittington, a student from Diss Sixth Form, taking part in the student Takeover Day at The Corn Hall. Whilst doing so, I watched the Wednesday morning showing of Life on the Deben.… read more
Posted in Diss, Film, Norfolk, Review, Training

Gary Oldman’s Oscar winning performance invests the character of Churchill with doubt, humanity and righteous anger - Darkest Hour Preview

Churchill has been so lionised in reason times, that it’s both a surprise and a shock to be reminded how tenuous his authority was at the outset of the Second World War, and how capricious… read more
Posted in Diss, Film, Norfolk, Review

This Wednesday's film - heart-warming and beautifully judged

Breaking Away When movies seem split between brainless big budget blockbusters and narrow gauge art house fodder, it’s tempting to harken back to a golden age of intelligent, offbeat, cinema intended for a mainstream audience.… read more
Posted in Film, Review

In Between - David Vass previews this Wednesday's film

The idea of a dope-smoking, leather-jacketed lawyer and an aspiring DJ, opening up their home to a strait-laced, studious, ultra-conservative Muslim sounds like the setup for a credulity stretching social drama, but in the hands… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Wednesday's film is a gloriously cinematic rollercoaster ride

Murder on the Orient Express Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel is a big budget, gloriously cinematic, giddy rollercoaster ride of a movie. A nostalgic indulgence that is not just for a… read more
Posted in Film, Review

This Wednesday's film will keep you gripped until it's surprising conclusion

Loveless Filmed in the perpetual gloom of a snowy Russian autumn, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s latest movie paints a sombre, melancholy picture of a self-centred and supremely unsympathetic couple in the midst of an acrimonious breakup, oblivious… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Get Out! - an intelligent thriller says reviewer David Vass

It’s a truism that the characters in thrillers frequently act irrationally, leaving their frustrated audience mute with impotent rage. All we want them to do is get out, yet they rarely follow this advice. Jordan… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Oscar & BAFTA winning film is a beautifully photographed love letter to Northern Italy

Call Me By Your Name Set during a hot and seemingly endless summer, this beautifully photographed film is a love letter to Northern Italy, telling the minutely observed story of Elio, a grumpy teenager played… read more
Posted in Film, Review

This Wednesday - Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool is refreshing and authentic, says David Vass

Loosely based on Peter Turner's account of his love affair with faded movie star Gloria Grahame, Paul McGuigan’s unassuming film Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool recounts a quiet romance between a struggling young actor… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Paddington 2 wins over our reviewer, David Vass

Freed from the exposition of the little bear’s arrival in London, the sequel to Paddington gets stuck straight into the action, with a meticulously constructed screenplay that is crammed full of huge laughs, but also… read more
Posted in Film, Review

A preview of The Party, screening this Wednesday

Sally Potter’s first film since 2012 voyeuristically takes a peek at a group of self-satisfied, champagne socialists, as they tear lumps out of each other in an increasingly farcical, middle-class nightmare of social niceties,  acid… read more
Posted in Film, Review

This Wednesday's film - Goodbye Christopher Robin - previewed

Anyone expecting a sugar-coated period drama needs to approach this film with caution. Director Simon Curtis has instead delivered something altogether more substantial and troubling. Based on local author, Ann Thwaite’s biography of A A… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Wednesday film preview - La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast)

La Belle et la Bête was directed by Jean Cocteau, one of the most multi-talented artists of the 20th century. In addition to being a director, he was a poet, novelist, painter, playwright, set designer,… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Churchill - A preview of the Wednesday film

Winston Churchill, consumed with guilt over the tragedy of Gallipoli, remained opposed to the D-day Normandy invasion of 1944 up until the eve of the landing. Famously, it was judged the turning point of the… read more
Posted in Film, Review

A preview of Wednesday film - A Man Called Ove

Hannes Holm’s adaptation of Fredrik Backman’s bestselling novel is that rarest of things, a film that improves on its source material. In place of Backman’s broad brush comedy, Holm presents an altogether more nuanced take… read more
Posted in Film, Review, Screening

My Cousin Rachel - a preview

Screening this Wednesday 24th January, Corn Hall previewer David Vass praises this new adaptation of du Maurier's classic tale. There must be something about Daphne du Maurier’s lean prose that lends itself to film adaptation,… read more
Posted in Film

Dunkirk - A Preview

The story of the Dunkirk evacuation, which saw a flotilla of small civilian vessels assist in the rescue of stranded troops from France in 1940, has been told many times before, but never with such… read more
Posted in Film, Review, Screening

The Sense of an Ending - A Preview

Notionally based on Julian Barnes’s novel of the same name, Ritesh Batra has refashioned Barnes’s meta-story of intrigue and misdirection into a compact and arresting puzzle that progresses with a pleasingly oblique trajectory. In place… read more
Posted in Film, Review, Screening

Baby Driver - A preview

Edgar Wright is best known for his collaboration with Simon Pegg on the Cornetto trilogy, and though his first solo venture, Scott Pilgrim, was a cult success it was also a commercial disaster. This time… read more
Posted in Film, Music, Review, Screening

Lady Macbeth Review

It is a hundred and fifty years since Russian author Nikolai Leskov published Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District in Dostoevsky’s Epoch magazine, and adaptations of the novella have since been many and varied, but… read more
Posted in Film

I am Not Your Negro (12) - A Preview

Novelist and playwright James Baldwin is perhaps best known for his social essays on the deeply divided US society that surrounded him, not least his unfinished manuscript Remember This House, a personal memoir of Malcolm… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Denial (12A) - A Preview

Directed by Mick Jackson, UK/USA, 2016, 110 mins With Timothy Spall, Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson In an age of alternative facts and fake news, Mick Jackson’s reconstruction of David Irving’s libel claim against Deborah Lipstadt… read more
Posted in Film

Moonlight (15)- A Preview

Inspired by playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney’s postgraduate theatre project “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue”, Barry Jenkins’s second film is a remarkably assured portrait of three key moments in a young man’s life. Laden with… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Their Finest (12A) - A Preview

There was a time when fake news was known as propaganda, and a time before that when propaganda wasn’t a dirty word. Their Finest explores how the ignoble retreat from Dunkirk was recast as an… read more
Posted in Film

The Viceroy's House (12A) - A Preview

Lord Louis Mountbatten was the last Viceroy of India, tasked with dismantling the last vestiges of the Empire. Together with his wife, he would have made a fascinating subject for a film in his own… read more
Posted in Film

THE JUNGLE BOOK (PG) - A Preview

Directed by Jon Favreau With Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley For many, the animated 1967 film is not only Disney’s finest film, but one of the greatest of all time. When news broke the… read more
Posted in Family, Film

BARRY LYNDON (PG) - A Preview

Directed by Stanley Kubrick, UK/USA/Ireland, 1975, 184 mins With Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee Stanley Kubrick’s back catalogue is so august, that it’s perhaps inevitable that Barry Lyndon is less well known than the… read more
Posted in Film

THE SALESMAN (12) - A Preview

Directed by Asghar Farhadi, Iran, 2016, 125 mins, subtitled With Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, Babak Karimi Asghar Farhadi’s seventh feature is the fourth to star Taraneh Alidoosti, who plays a woman attacked in the bathroom… read more
Posted in Film

Hidden Figures (PG) - A Preview

Directed by Theodore Melfi, USA, 2016, 127 mins With Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe & Kevin Costner There is something uniquely satisfying about a film that is both educational and entertaining, and while… read more
Posted in Film

Manchester By The Sea (15) - A Preview

Directed by Kenneth Lonergan, USA, 135 mins With Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler Writer/director Kenneth Lonergan’s earlier features offered little evidence that he was capable of producing work of genuine merit, but in Manchester… read more
Posted in Film

NOTES ON BLINDNESS (U) - A Preview

Directed by Peter Middleton & James Spinney, UK, 2016, 90 mins With Dan Skinner, John Hull, Marilyn Hull When John Hill realised he was going blind, he started recording his thoughts and feelings on tape,… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Toni Erdman (15) - A Preview

Directed by Maren Ade, Germany, 2016, 162 mins, subtitled in parts  With Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek  The prospect of watching a German comedy that runs for a little under three hours would give the most… read more
Posted in Film

T2 Trainspotting - A Preview

When news broke that, after twenty years, Danny Boyle would be making a sequel to Trainspotting, the abiding feeling was more trepidation than anticipation, such is the regard for the original film. Much to everyone’s… read more
Posted in Film

Flying Scotsman (15) - A Preview

Director: Douglas Mackinnon, UK, 2006, 96 mins Jonny Lee Miller, Laura Fraser, Brian Cox With Jonny Lee Miller returning to the formative role of Sick Boy in Trainspointing after twenty years, it’s worth remembering what… read more
Posted in Film

Under the Shadow (15) - A Preview

Directed by Babak Anvari, Iran/Jordan/UK, 2016, 84 mins, subtitles With Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobi Naderi As an Iranian brought up in Britain, director Babak Anvari is well placed to explore the challenges of a… read more
Posted in Film

LA LA LAND (12A) - A PREVIEW

Every time a successful musical comes along - Mamma Mia, Les Miserables, Moulin Rouge - it is heralded as some sort of rebirth. Proving, yet again, that there is still life in this continually reinvented… read more
Posted in Film

Our Kind of Traitor (15) - A Preview

The phenomenal success of the BBC’s super glamorous Night Manager signalled a distinct shift away from the dour John le Carré adaptations of the last century, something Our Kind Of Traitor is happy to capitalize on.… read more
Posted in Film

A United Kingdom (12A) - A Preview

Director: Amma Asante, UK, 2016, 111 mins David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport Although the love affair between Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams is at the centre of Amma Asante’s film, it is selling it… read more
Posted in Film

A Street Cat Named Bob  - A Preview

Based on James Bowen's bestselling autobiographical book, A Street Cat Named Bob is a heart-warming, yet surprisingly unflinching, examination of homelessness and drug dependency.  Bob, a ginger stray, comes into Bowen’s life, and in doing… read more
Posted in Film, Review

ALLIED (15) - A Preview

Wednesday 26 April, 8pm at Diss High School as part of Corn Hall on tour, book tickets here. Robert Zemeckis has made a specialism of exploiting film wizardry to startling effect, from the insertion of… read more
Posted in Film, Review

Julieta (15) - A Preview

Director: Pedro Almodóvar. Starring: Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao 15 cert; 98 mins Although based on three Alice Munro short stories, Almodóvar’s latest movie seamlessly blends Munro’s discreet narratives into a textured and satisfying… read more
Posted in Film

SULLY: MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON (12A) - A PREVIEW

How do you make a film out of an event that took place within the space of two hundred and eight seconds, and ends in a way that everyone is already familiar with? Putting Tom… read more
Posted in Film

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (12A) - A Preview

15 March 7.30pm, Diss High School Directed by David Yates, UK/USA, 2016, 133 mins With Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Morton, Katherine Waterston Harry Potter’s world is so quintessentially British, that reimagining wizardry in a New York setting… read more
Posted in Film, Review

I, Daniel Blake (15) - A Preview

I, DANIEL BLAKE (15) Directed by Ken Loach, UK, 2016, 100 mins With Dave Johns, Haley Squires, Sharon Percy After the whimsy of Angel’s Share and the sentimentality of Jimmy’s Hall there were whispers that… read more
Posted in Film, Review

The Girl with All the Gifts (15) - A Preview

The zombie movie has, over the last 30 years, moved from the scurrilous arena of the video nasty to (almost) mainstream entertainment, and for many the transition has neutered what was an impishly transgressive pleasure.… read more
Posted in Film

The Queen of Katwe (PG) - A Preview

Chess playing in an outlying township of Uganda seems an unlikely topic for a film, not least when it falls to Disney to make the movie, but director Mira Nair has adapted the true story… read more
Posted in Film

Bridget Jones’s Baby (15) - A Preview

It’s twelve years since Renée Zellweger first brought Helen Fielding’s newspaper column to life, and after the wobbly sequel a few years back, this third instalment represents a resounding return to form. The diarised format… read more
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Kubo and the Two Strings (PG) - a preview

Kubo and the Two Strings (PG) Industrial giant, Pixar and plucky Brits, Aardman have of late dominated the animation market, so it’s good to see Laika elbowing their way in between. They combine computer generation… read more
Posted in Film

Departure (15) - A Preview

Writer/director Andrew Stegall’s debut feature is a brittle, delicate window into the stifling relationship between a mother and her son, pregnant with ennui and the unspoken sadness of unfulfilled dreams and broken promises. Many will… read more
Posted in Film