Film reviewers: Half-price tickets

Always have a startlingly passionate opinion on film? Could you give Mark Kermode a run for his money?

We’re enthusiastic about audience feedback, your opinions on film – what you love and what gets you riled! So send us your film reviews, short or long and we’ll get them posted up here on our blog.

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Getting your review to us and your half-price ticket couldn’t be easier. Wherever you see this logo we’re looking for your thoughts.

1. Call up Box Office on 01432 340555 and let them know you’re booking a reviewer’s half-price ticket for one of the films below.

2. Come along and enjoy your film – the first screening of the selected film is the only applicable one for this offer.

3. Write your quick-fire review and email it to us within 18 hours of the film to subject titled with the name of the film.

Films in the offer this season:


Robot and Frank |  Sat 4 May 6pm

Compliance | Sat 18 May 5.30pm

Caesar Must Die | Tue 21 May 6pm

Jack The Giant Slayer | Tue 28 May 2.30pm

Much Ado About Nothing | Mon 24 June 6pm

The Reluctant Fundamentalist | Sat 29 June 2.30pm

The Courtyard reserves the write to publish or not publish reviews. Any questions send us an email or tweet us @CourtyardArts


Dave’s Faves: Three directors’ visions in Cloud Atlas

Find out how star-studded film Cloud Atlas surprised our programmer’s preconceptions….

Think you’re up to reviewing it too? Check out the blog post below to see how your review could win you three of David Mitchell’s novels. Perfect reading material…

James D'Arcy and Ben Whishaw in Cloud Atlas

James D’Arcy and Ben Whishaw in Cloud Atlas

Great film deals, whatever you fancy…

We love film here at The Courtyard, swashbuckling blockbuster film and alternative, striking foreign film, and family fun too.

Oz The Great and Powerful

Oz The Great and Powerful

We’re bringing you some of the best deals this month so you can see the best of the pictures for a reasonable price, and be in with a chance of winning some pretty tasty prizes…

Just call the Box Office on 01432 340555 to claim any of these offers. We’ll ask you for your contact information and enter you into any competitions automatically.


2 for 1 on tickets this Easter to OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL and THE CROODS
You can’t say fairer than that.




Buy two tickets to QUARTET and then two tickets to A LATE QUARTET and we’ll enter you into a competition to win afternoon tea for two at the Castle House Hotel in Hereford. Treat yourself and a loved one to a 4* experience… plus enjoy two brilliant films celebrating the power of classical music and some exceptional acting talent.

Plus all A LATE QUARTET pre-bookers will be entered into a competition to win a collection of Beethoven String Quartet CDs!



If you love having access to the best critical insight into current and upcoming film, then you need to be reading the BFI’s magazine Sight & Sound. Delivering sterling reviews and features every month, a year’s subscription could be yours when you enter our competition by purchasing a ticket for you and friend to both LORE and IN THE HOUSE

In The House

In The House

If you reckon your writing skills deserve a good read, then you can also book one of our half-price reviewer tickets to the first screenings of these films, but we need to see your review in our inbox at within 18 hours of the screening… If it’s a good read, we’ll post it online and get The Courtyard audience reading your opinion. Please note if you participate in both foreign film competitions your friend is not eligible for a reviewer half-price ticket.


Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas

Review CLOUD ATLAS on the first screening, submit it to us before the second screening (deadline 7 April), and be in with a chance of winning the original book, Cloud Atlas, and writer David Mitchell’s previous two novels, Ghostwritten and Number9dream. Send your review to with the subject ‘Cloud Atlas review’.

Plus bring a friend along and you’ll get ‘buy 1 get 1 free’ on a drink from the Café Bar. [applicable on house wine, draught beers and ciders and soft drinks]


And Courtyard Card holders can review selected screenings and get in free, plus enter a competition to win another seminal film criticism title, Little White Lies.


The House

The House

If you book tickets for you and a friend to see both Czech Film Tour specials, ALOIS NEBEL and THE HOUSE at The Courtyard this March, then we’ll enter you into a prize draw to win Peter Hames’ book, Czech and Slovak Cinema: Theme and Tradition, five-star rated by Sight & Sound’s reviewer Michael Brooke.

Don’t forget we’re also offering both films for only £8 a person, so if you bring a friend on the same deal you get double the chance of winning the competition! Make sure you book the tickets in your name.

Dave’s Fave: Fire in the Blood (film screening and discussion)

Our programmer David Gillam gives a bit of thought to this eye-opening documentary. Hear his thoughts:

And come along to the screening this Friday and join in the short discussion afterward with Concern Universal:
Fire in the Blood, 22 March, The Courtyard

Jen’s Lens – Get ready to be #Courtlaughing!

Beer & jokes - a perfect partnership for #Courtlaughing!

Beer & jokes – a perfect partnership for #Courtlaughing!

Well, you are very lucky this week, as there are now 2 Jen’s Lens posts!  And this one is by no means less exciting, because if you follow us on Facebook, keep an eagle eye on our tweets, or indeed know someone at The Courtyard, then you will know we have been revealing the big names involved in our 2013 #Courtlaughing festival, our comedy event that is being held over the weekend of the 7 – 9 June this summer.

I, however, had to keep the exciting news to myself as we launched the event last

Local comedienne Vikki Stone gets us giggling

Local comedienne Vikki Stone gets us giggling

Thursday at Wye Valley Brewery to invited press, VIP’s and staff.  This was in fact, the very first moment we could share with others in the county who would be making us laugh out loud this June.  The launch event was held at Wye Valley Brewery in Stoke Lacy and we enjoyed curry, fine ale and joke props as the headliners were revealed, and also enjoyed live comedy from last year’s Wye Valley Brewery Open Mic winner Phil Pearcy, and newly local comedienne Vikki Stone.  Vikki had everyone in stitches as she sang break up songs based on Jurassic Park and declared her love for Professor Brian Cox; songs which were also extremely catchy and resulted in strange looks from my folks as I forgot my place and sang them making the tea.  The evening was a triumph, as everyone socialised, ate, drank, and a few were even papped on camera #Courtlaughing!

So, without further adieu, let me introduce you to our comedy class of 2013.

Phill JupitusOpening up for the festival and kicking off the trio of comedy talent is comedy veteran and star of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Phill Jupitus.  He will be bringing his new show You’re Probably Wondering Why I Asked You Here… fresh from last summer’s Edinburgh circuit to have you all chuckling.

Saturday night’s entertainment comes in the form of dry witted American ironist Rich Hall,

Rich Hall

Rich Hall

who is known for his observational comedy on people both sides of the pond, and is star of such TV shows as QI and his own TV programmes such as How the West Was Lost.

Rounding up the big named comedians and bringing the festival to a close is emerging talent Josh Widdicombe.  Known for appearances on shows such as Mock the Week and 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Josh moves away from supporting the likes of Alan Carr and brings his debut solo stand up to our #Courtlaughing festival.

Tickets for all of these comedians are currently on sale and available to book now – so, what are you waiting for?  Get in fast and be sure to be #Courtlaughing this summer. 01432 340555 or

Josh Widdicombe

Josh Widdicombe

Other events taking place over the festival period is a Sunday evening screening of Monty Python’s jewel the ‘Life of Brian’.  A film which caused much controversy at its time of release but now is widely accepted and has us all singing ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’ when faced with crucifixion.  Children’s comedian James Campbell and ventriloquist for the younger ones, Kieran Powell will bring some pre-watershed laughs, and there will also be two of The Courtyard’s renowned #Courtlaughing comedy clubs if you fancied having a beer and scouting some emerging talent.

Returning after its success last year is the Wye Valley Brewery Open Mic competition, introducing local budding comedy talents to have a go in front of our Courtyard panel in a bid to be crowned the local King (or Queen) of comedy!

Live music will also be taking place over the three nights, and we are currently on the scout for musicians and performers to put themselves forward to play on the Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights.  If you are a musician and fancy showing us what you are musically made of then send us your facebook pages, soundcloud, myspace or youtube links to or alternatively drop in your demo’s and CD’s to Box Office or post them to Jennifer Booton, The Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR by Monday 15th April.

Phew!  I think that’s it.  So, like I said, what are you waiting for?!  See you #Courtlaughing.

Great Borderlines billing: Reviewers, get your notepads out

Some great reviewing opportunities for budding writers at Borderlines

Some great reviewing opportunities for budding writers at Borderlines

Find out how you can win a subscription to film mag Little White Lies, with our young person’s reviewer offer and The Courtyard Card (14-25)

Budding writers: Courtyard Card film review competition

Do you love film? And always have an opinion? Well, as part of The Courtyard’s initiative to get students into film, we’re offering our Courtyard Card Review Deal to any aspiring writers with a way with words and a keen eye for quality cinema.

It’s simple…

1.Sign up for the free Courtyard Card and you can currently get two free tickets per film guide (every 2 months) and then reduced film and live event tickets for selected shows from thereon in. The deal is due to change quite soon, so get in quick while you can still get your free tickets (subject to availability).
Here’s the info:
And you can sign up by calling the Box Office: 01432 340555

The Courtyard Card

2. Book in to a first screening of one of our selected films, go along and soak up the escapism with your critical head on, then send us your review within 18 hours to to be entered into a competition to win a year’s subscription to cult film mag, Little White Lies. Jam-packed with brilliant and insightful studies on film and always with a pin-up worthy front cover, Little White Lies is a must-read for the modern critic.

This offer is applicable to selected screenings from The Courtyard’s own film programme and Borderlines Film Festival screenings at The Courtyard. If you have used up your free Courtyard Card film tickets you can still get into screenings at the reduced rate of £3 – don’t forget to book in advance.

Applicable First Film Screenings:
Wed 20 Feb, 18.00 – Pitch Perfect
Fri 1 Mar, 18.00 – Sightseers
Sun 3 Mar, 20.45 – Holy Motors
Mon 4 Mar, 18.00 – My Brother The Devil
Mon 4 Mar, 15.00 – Seven Psychopaths
Mon 8 Mar, 16.15 – What Richard Did
Sun 10 Mar, 20.45 – Love Is The Devil
Mon 11 Mar, 15.45 – Bullhead
Tue 12 Mar, 18.00 – Byzantium
Fri 22 Mar, 18.00 – Reality
Fri 22 Mar, 20.00 – Fire in the Blood (includes discussion)
Fri 29 Mar, 11.00 – Oz, The Great & Powerful
Fri 12 Apr, 18.00 – The House (Czech Film Tour)
Wed 17 Apr, 18.00 – Alois Nebel (Czech Film Tour)
Sat 13 Apr, 20.30 – Lore
Fri 26 Apr, 20.30 – In The House

The winner will be announced at the end of April. The more reviews you send, the better your chances!

Find out what else is in The Courtyard Film programme here:
And at Borderlines here: