Adaline is ageless, Danny is growing old disgracefully at Royston’s Picture Palace this weekend

The Age of Adaline

The Age of Adaline - Credit: Archant

It’s a catch-up weekend with overtones of arthouse at Royston’s Picture Palace.

Both films on offer had ‘blink and you missed it’ release slots on the multiplex circuits as the summer blockbusters really started to kick in, so here’s your chance to see what you missed out on.

On Friday night there’s The Age Of Adaline, a 12A feature from director Lee Toland Krieger about a woman who never grows older.

The Adaline of the title finds her natural ageing process frozen after a car accident, and lives the next eight decades without developing another wrinkle.

She never allows herself to get close to anyone who might discover her secret until she hooks up with a handsome philanthropist. Can she find happiness, or will it all fall to dust?

Blake Lively takes the title role and this unusual romantic drama also features Michiel Huisman as the hunky man she falls for and the ever-excellent Ellen Burstyn and Harrison Ford as his suspicious parents.

On Saturday night there’s a chance to see Danny Collins, a comedy drama with Al Pacino on typical bravura form and the likes of Annette Bening and Christopher Plummer in support.

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The Danny of the rather dull title is a wrinkly rock star who is failing to grow old gracefully.

And when he determines to change his ways and get back in touch with his estranged son, find true love and generally turn over a new leaf, you wouldn’t expect things to go smoothly.

Behind the camera is Dan Fogelman, better known as a screenwriter with credits including 2011’s Crazy Stupid Love and 2013’s Last Vegas.

Apparently it was inspired by the true story of Liverpool-born folk singer Steve Tilston. No, me neither.

Both performances start at 7.30pm, click here to book tickets.

We have to take the box office evidence into account and conclude that there were quite a lot of people who found Ted funny. The whole potty-mouthed talking teddy bear thing, hilarious, right?

This time round Ted wants to start a family and turns to his best pal for a little help to get him kick-started in the artificial insemination department. Oh, my aching sides.

Family Guy main man Seth MacFarlane returns for another stint writing, directing and providing the voice for Mark Wahlberg’s furry friend, and there are cameos galore so even if you find the whole schtick about as funny as a case of particularly painful piles you can play spot the star.

Everyone looks like they’re having a whale of a time, which sadly is no guarantee that it’s funny.