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WATCH FILMS. HELP THE COMMUNITY. WIN WIN.

Newcastle’s first pay as you feel cinema, in our beautifully restored first floor venue. Every quarter, we will dedicate all the entrance fees to a local community project or charity.

We know, sounds a bit hipster, but that’s socialism, right?

Movies will be shown Sundays through Wednesday, and will cover films from the 20’s to the present day on our 4k cinescreen. Our full schedule is available at www.punchbowlnewcastle.com/cine.

Food & drinks can be ordered to your table via our Orderella app; download it at our website! Our full menu is available, plus our homemade popcorn and swanky hot dog offerings!

Kids and dogs are more than welcome, depending on the certification of the film. Kid’s are even guests of honour for our Saturday morning slot. Suggestions for showings or future projects can be made on our social media pages or through our website. Or hey, even just across the bar.

2019‘s first quarter will be entirely dedicated to Jesmond Community Forum.

Established in 2004 JCF’s main aim is to celebrate, promote and support the work of community, residents’ and voluntary groups in Jesmond.

Since 2005 the forum has coordinated annual Jesmond Community Festivals, drawing together a huge variety of events organised by member organisations into a single festival programme. Up to and including 2012, each festival has been more successful than its predecessor.

Member organisations include most of the schools and churches in Jesmond, residents’ associations, choirs and music groups, sports organisations, and groups promoting the interests of young people and the elderly.

Tickets are available online or at the venue. It’s also possible to make a donation without visiting, but that’s no fun!

 
 
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ISLE OF DOGS (2018)

PG / 101mins / USA / Directed by Wes Anderson

An animated film with political undertones, a love of Akira Kurosawa and a fetish for all things canine, Isle of Dogs begins when the cat-loving mayor of the fictional dystopia Megasaki City reacts to the spread of a virus, banishing all dogs to a refuse-infested island off the coast of Japan.

Foraging on scraps and fighting with other pups that roam this so-called Trash Island, our hero pooches include baseball mascot Boss (voiced by Anderson’s own mascot Bill Murray), rough ‘n’ ready stray Chief (Bryan Cranston) and trick-turning show dog Nutmeg (Scarlett Johansson).

When Atari (Koyu Rankin), the young ward of the mayor, comes looking for his own dog – the first pet to have been shipped away – this gang decide to journey across the island and escape with him back to Megasaki. Despite the breathless pace of it all, it’s flush with detail, right down to the fleas that weave in and out of the dogs’ fur. Every frame, every reference, has been thought through with loving care.

As is common for Anderson, there is a prologue, chapters and a voice-over, lending the film a storybook quality, but it all coalesces into something utterly unique.

With Harvey Keitel, Jeff Goldblum, Greta Gerwig and Frances McDormand also on vocal duties, Isle of Dogs is as daft as it is deft. Even cat lovers will dig it.

James Mottram - The South China Post

WEDNESDAY 23RD APRIL 20:00

FRIDAY 23RD APRIL 15:00 / 18:00

 
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MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE (2016)

PG / 66mins / Switzerland / Directed by Claude Barras

Here is a little miracle of gentleness, tenderness and intense, traditional Frenchness. It was an Oscar nominee for best animated feature in 2016, losing out, probably unjustly, to Zootopia. The screenwriter Céline Sciamma has adapted the 2002 novel Autobiography of a Courgette by Gilles Paris for this beguiling stop-motion animation; director Claude Barras makes his feature debut.

The characters’ faces are big, almost like Charles M Schulz figures, and very expressive and subtle. It is the story of a little boy fond of kites (voiced by Gaspard Schlatter) who is interestingly named Icare but goes by his nickname: Courgette. A terrible accident means he is taken to a home in the country for orphaned kids, where everyone has a grim, secret story and the children’s growing awareness that no one really wants them manifests itself in all sorts of tough behaviour. But after a rough start, Courgette makes friends with Simon (Paulin Jaccoud) and forms a tendresse for Camille (Sixtine Murat). Meanwhile, the lonely, unhappy cop who dealt with Courgette’s case, Raymond (Michel Vuillermoz), has taken a kindly interest in his continued welfare.

It is a lovely little film, coming in at a novella-size 66 minutes. I loved the home’s emotional wallchart, the Météo des Enfants, showing their mood swings from sunny to cloudy.

Peter Bradshaw ***** - The Guardian

MONDAY 21ST APRIL 15:00 / 20:00

WEDNESDAY 23RD APRIL 15:00

 
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THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971)

18 / 104mins / USA / Directed by William Friedkin

This gritty, fast-paced, and innovative police drama earned five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay , and Best Actor (Gene Hackman). Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle (Hackman) and his partner, Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider), are New York City police detectives on narcotics detail, trying to track down the source of heroin from Europe into the United States. Suave Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey) is the French drug kingpin who provides a large percentage of New York City's dope, and Pierre Nicoli is a hired killer and Charnier's right-hand man. Acting on a hunch, Popeye and Buddy start tailing Sal Boca and his wife, Angie , who live pretty high for a couple whose corner store brings in about 7,000 dollars a year. It turns out Popeye's suspicions are right -- Sal and Angie are the New York agents for Charnier, who will be smuggling 32 million dollars' worth of heroin into the city in a car shipped over from France.

The French Connection broke plenty of new ground for screen thrillers; Popeye Doyle was a highly unusual "hero," an often violent, racist, and mean-spirited cop whose dedication to his job fell just short of dangerous obsession. The film's high point, a high-speed car chase with Popeye tailing an elevated train, was one of the most viscerally exciting screen moments of its day and set the stage for dozens of action sequences to follow. And the film's grimy realism (and downbeat ending) was a big change from the buff-and-shine gloss and good-guys-always-win heroics of most police dramas that preceded it. The French Connection was inspired by a true story, and Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso, Popeye and Buddy's real life counterparts, both have small roles in the film.

TUESDAY 22ND APRIL 15:00 / 20:00

THURSDAY 24TH APRIL 14:00 / 19:00


 
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FRANK & BIRD’s SATURDAY SWOP SHOP!

Every Saturday between 12pm to 5pm

Don’t fancy Eldon Square? Spend your afternoon in the boozer, buy some records, listen to some records and eat some pork pies.