Turning cinema’s back pages with thriller

Night Of The Hunter  (12A)
Night Of The Hunter (12A)

Cinemagoers can start their week at Hebden Bridge Picture House with the “elevensies” screening of Mandela: The Long Walk To Freedom today, when the doors open at 10.30am.

Also today, for one night only at 7.45pm, is a real classic from the black and white era - Robert Mitchum taking the lead in The Night Of The Hunter.

Directed by Charles Laughton, self-styled “preacher” Harry Powell (Mitchum) goes searching for the stolen money of his former cellmate, the whereabouts of which is known only to thye cellmate’s young children.

Sensing he is not all he seems, the children flee and a deadly game of “cat and mouse” to survive ensues.

On Friday night at 7.45pm, and again on Saturday and Sunday at the same time, the attention switches to a more modern form of conman in American Hustle.

Christian Bale stars as brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld, who along with his partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), in a world of Jersey pawnbrokers that is as dangerous as it is enchanting.

For youngsters (or young at heart) this week’s Saturday and Sunday screening at 1.30pm is Disney’s cartoon classic Pinocchio, and on Monday and Tuesday night (7.45pm) the Picture House screens Ben Stiller’s new adaption of The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty.

On Wednesday, at 6.45pm (doors open 5.45pm), live performance screenings return with the Royal Opera House’s production of Don Giovani.