Beau Cinema: June 2015 Picks

Beau Cinema’s June screenings are up and the full list can be found at but here are my picks;

From 8 – 13 June they are holding a bit of a sci-fest (sorry about that) with 3D screenings of Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Gravity (2013), Pacific Rim (2013), Prometheus (2012), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Godzilla (2014).  If you can only go to one I would suggest Gravity, it’s a great opportunity to see it on a larger screen and the use of 3D’s weird miniaturizing effect is devastating.  I’m also duty bound to recommend Pacific Rim because a giant robot hits a giant monster with a giant boat.

About Time (2013) Richard Curtis’ time-travel romance (screening on 25th June) is also a touching film about fathers and sons.  It deserves to be wider seen and you can find a short review here –

The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Jaws (1975) speak for themselves and are screening on 28th and 30th June respectively.

…but Film of the Month for June is undoubtedly Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015).  It’s a genuine pleasure of a movie and one that parents and children can enjoy together.  85 mins of bliss.

Tickets can be booked online at or from Beau Sejour.

Film: About Time (2013)

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Along with The Time Traveller’s Wife (2009) and The Butterfly Effect (2004), Richard Curtis’ film About Time forms part of a trio of intriguing biological time travel movies.   It’s too long by about 30 minutes but buried in there is a small, in the good sense, loving story about boys and their dads.  It works well because it does the whole sentimental family story thing whilst using the dramatic device of time travel to foreground the idea that growing up means taking the place of your parents.

The scenes between the father (Bill Nighy doing Bill Nighy) and son (Domhnall Gleeson doing young Hugh Grant / idealised Richard Curtis) are priceless, with the final one utterly sublime, and all scenes with Tom Hollander are, as usual, just utterly watchable.


Of the three films mentioned above, I think that The Butterfly Effect is the better one because it’s pure pulp and that covers it’s sins.  The tragedy of The Time Traveller’s Wife, which is otherwise a good film, is that it’s about the time-traveller rather than his wife.