5:00 PM, 16th December, 2023
When the beloved founder (Amy Sedaris) of a New York theatre camp suffers a seizure and falls into a coma, her hapless son Troy (Jimmy Tatro) takes over, only to discover that the entire operation is on the brink of being shut down. With the latest cohort of budding thespians about to arrive, Troy tasks the few staff members he hasn’t yet fired to keep the camp afloat by staging its big summer production. This includes Rebecca-Diane (Molly Gordon) and her best friend, Amos (Ben Platt), who she first met at the camp years ago.
Charmingly unfolding in a mockumentary style, this charming comedy is a funny feel-good delight that packs a lot of very funny jokes into its zippy 90-minute runtime. And as befitting a film about a place for people who don’t fit in anywhere else, the film’s diverse cast of kids and adults are all absolutely fantastic.
7:30 PM, 16th December, 2023
It’s 1947. Famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) is now living in Venice having retired from sleuthing, much to the disappointment of many would-be clients who camp outside his door nightly. That is, until his old friend and crime writer, Ariadne Oliver (Tina Fey), arrives with an unusual request. She wants him to debunk the work of charismatic psychic Joyce Reynolds (Michelle Yeoh) by attending a séance taking place that Halloween night in the palazzo of a grieving opera diva (Kelly Reilly), whose daughter has just committed suicide. Poirot reluctantly agrees, but when one of the guests is murdered (as they do), the detective finds himself forced to confront the possibility of paranormal events being responsible.
Resurrecting one of Agatha Christie’s more obscure novels with a reliably starry cast, Kenneth Branagh’s third time directing and starring as the moustachioed detective continues his successful streak – with a delightfully gothic twist.