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Mainstream Feature – The Fabelmans

10 October 2023: 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

2022 – Certificate 12

– The Fabelmans –


Steven Spielberg’s 33rd film is by far his most personal, and casts new light on the 76-year-old’s catalogue while also adding to it.  This semi-fictionalised chronicle of his own early years begins with young Sammy Fabelman (Gabriel LaBelle) and his family living a seemingly idyllic life in New Jersey, before dad Burt’s (Paul Dano) work takes them across America.

While overcoming prejudice and the breakdown of his parents’ marriage, Sammy begins an obsession with filmmaking and learns from an early age that a camera can be used not merely to tell stories and make pretty pictures, but win friends, placate or manipulate enemies, woo prospective romantic partners, glamourise and humiliate. smooth out or obstruct the truth, and blatantly lie.

This gentle and uplifting family drama promotes positive messages of love and forgiveness.

Running Time 150 mins

Rating 4 Stars

Director(s) Steven Spielberg

Cast includes Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen

Nominations & Awards 29 wins from 300 nominations.


This is a hugely empathetic, and sympathetic, tribute to his parents, and the film is Spielberg making peace with what went on, with the events that turned a boy into a man.

Despite the film’s often upsetting episodes, an impish playfulness is never far away…………… But that’s just love. It’s charming and it’s funny, a sunny disposition offsetting the sorrow. It’s one big broken heart, but throughout there is vibrancy. Life.

It’s a glowing, transcendent tribute to his mum and dad. It finishes joyfully, and your heart is fed.

Roger Ebert

That the movie leaves deep questions unresolved and presents all the related philosophical and aesthetic issues in a playful way (the final shot is a sight gag!) makes the experience quintessential Spielberg.  You think he’s giving you everything and that it’s all right there on the surface. But the longer you sit with it, the more you realize how many gifts it contains.

The Radio Times

A dazzling and bittersweet movie memoir

The new film from Steven Spielberg is by far the most personal of his career.

Like the best of Spielberg’s sentimental blockbusters, this story is told with irresistible brio and next to frequent cinematographer Janusz Kamiński, the director dazzles by making what could be mundane wondrous.

Spielberg does not shy away from showing both the profits and perils of seeing life through a camera lens, ………… the film has a thorniness and melancholy that hides barely beneath the cheerful surface.

The Guardian

The director goes back to his childhood for an endearing, if overlong, film……….. Michelle Williams and Paul Dano are spot on as the budding film-maker’s parents………….the most indulgent thing about Spielberg’s nostalgic revisit is the runtime, an overlong trip down memory lane that could have done with some stops removed. But it’s a sweet, at times incredibly endearing, journey back.

How to book

Advance booking and payment to reserve places is politely requested. Tickets are £7.

Online booking and payment can be made by clicking below.


    Cash payment can be made by depositing cash at 6 Teeton Road, Ravensthorpe, NN6 8EJ in an envelope marked with your name and the film. To confirm that you will be paying by cash please:

    • email cinema@rvhall.online  
    • or telephone Mike & Mo Cobbe on 01604 328822


    10 October 2023
    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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