Shaun or porn - that’s the choice at Royston Picture Palace so book with care!

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey - Credit: Archant

Sheer sauciness or shear family fun – those are the choices on offer to film fans at Royston’s Picture Palace this week.

For the broad-minded, Friday and Saturday evening screenings are devoted to the movie version of the EL James bonkbuster bestseller Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Publishing industry insiders reckon the million-selling success of this sex games saga is down to the Kindle e-reader and similar devices, which meant fans could savour the sex without anyone else realising what they were reading.

It will be a bit harder to hide your destination if you step over the threshold at the Picture Palace to see what happens when shy student Dakota Johnson goes to interview charismatic entrepreneur Jamie Dornan, and why a B&Q loyalty card would then pay dividends.

Director Sam Taylor-Wood makes the best of the creaky dialogue and flat storyline that somehow captivated readers around the world, Dornan – the psycho counsellor from TV’s The Fall – has obviously been working out and Johnson is wide-eyed as the innocent setting off on an extraordinary erotic journey.


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It’s absolute tosh, but the punters think otherwise – the cinema version has been a big hit, too, and there are further instalments on the way.

With the Easter holidays under way, the afternoon screenings are set aside for the latest romp from those wonderful people who brought you Wallace and Gromit.

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The big-screen debut for the Aardman Animations bit-part player turned TV star Shaun The Sheep is well up to standard – a sweet tale lovingly told, with lots of jokes for adults and children alike.

Check out screening times and book tickets online at www.roystonpicturepalace.org.uk.

On general release this week and revving up at a multiplex near you is Fast & Furious 7 which does exactly what it says on the petrol tank – Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, fast cars, preposterous dialogue, nonsensical story. Enjoy.

Ben Stiller bounces back from his Walter Mitty misfire in While We’re Young, a cute and star-studded comedy drama about a middle-aged couple trying to recapture their youth by hanging out with trendy young things. Naomi Watts and Amanda Seyfried also feature.

And Russell Crowe turns director as well as star in The Water Diviner, a very personal project about an Australian farmer travelling to Gallipoli in the aftermath of the First World War to find out what happened to his three lost sons. Released on the 100th anniversary of that doomed campaign, it’s powerful and moving stuff.

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