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Thursday
Mar092017

United Kingdom (12A)

United Kingdom (12A)

Thursday, March 2


 

Directed by the talented Amma Asante, in 1948 Seretse Khama, heir to Botswana, marries Ruth Williams a white office worker from London. This film merges the personal & geo politics of the era.

 

"A United Kingdom is one of those true-life stories so poignant, you'll wonder why it took so long to become a movie. African tribal leader Seretse Khama and a British clerk called Ruth Williams fall in love in late 1940s London, but have to resist the British Empire at its nastiest to see things through. It’s the stuff of which great power ballads are made". Phil De Semlyen for Empire Magazine

 

 

Run time 1hr 51 mins


 

 

Monday
Feb062017

Captain Fantastic (15)

Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) is raising his six children off the grid in rural Washington. The alternative lifestyle is threatened when Ben has to take his family to visit his wife’s parents and everything starts to unravel as the children experience the outside world for the first time.

 

With its thrillingly life-affirming performances, it’s a shame that Captain Fantastic’s “strong language” has earned it a 15 certificate; there’s more here for adolescent audiences to enjoy and appreciate than in much 12-rated blockbuster fare. He may not be a superhero, but in terms of imagination, this captain really can fly. Mark Kermode of The Guardian

 

 

Run time 1hr 58mins


 

Saturday
Dec032016

Love & Friendship (U)


A colourful period drama with amusing twists and great locations.

Set in the 1790s, Love and Friendship centres on beautiful widow Lady Susan Vernon , who has come to the estate of her in-laws to wait out colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and her rather reluctant debutante daughter, Frederica. Starring Kate Beckinsale, Xavier Samuel and Stephen Fry. ......eye-catching costumes and cinematographer Richard Van Oosterhout’s well-chosen Irish locations lend visual heft, but it’s the sound of the wicked laughter that Love & Friendship provokes that I will remember longest. What a treat. Well played, Mr Stillman! Mark Kermode for The Guardian

Runtime: 92 minutes

 


Wednesday
Nov092016

Race (PG13)

Race is based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy. Race is an enthralling film about courage, determination, tolerance, and friendship, and an inspiring drama about one man's fight to become an Olympic legend.

Race is at its best when it fills in the corners of a story we only thought we knew. We expect Hitler to resist personal contact with Owens. But FDR offers a greater shock back home when Owens is not even invited to meet the president. Without diminishing the accomplishments of Owens, the film reminds us of our blinkered history with race and the hurdles still ahead. (Rolling Stone Magazine)

 

Runtime: 90 minutes

 


 

 

Tuesday
Oct112016

Florence Foster Jenkins (cert PG)

This film is based on the true story of a New York heiress and socialite who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. In 1944 Florence hired Carnegie Hall to perform as a soprano soloist. With no musical ability whatsoever but a large inheritance to enable her to indulge her love of performing, she becomes an unwitting musical clown which sustains the comedy throughout the film. The character is played with gentle comic affection by Meryl Streep.

 

“a delicious, finger-tingling comedy about the creative instinct that makes your heart want to squawk with joy”

Robbie Collin for The Telegraph

 

Runtime 110 mins