Thursday May 7
The Theory of Everything (12A) 119 mins TRAILER REVIEW
Eddie Redmayne won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking and Felicity Jones deserved one too for her role. A moving, compelling film based on the memoir by the first Mrs Hawking, which focuses on the human story of the challenges they face rather than on the science.
Read about how Redmayne prepared himself for the role here
Thursday June 4
Selma (12A) 125 mins TRAILER REVIEW
Nominated for Oscars and Golden Globes and winner of the Oscar for Best Song, this is the story of Martin Luther King’s campaign for black voting rights in Alabama in 1965. David Oweloyo delivers a triumphant performance. ,
“a powerhouse that carries this film with a startlingly accurate representation of the reverend; one that is filled to the brim with passion and poise, while also breaking down the larger than life illusion that surrounds the man, and bringing him down to earth as the very real and very flawed human being he actually was. His controversial decisions are touched upon in the film, as well as his infidelities which truly bring him to the human level.”
A terrific film about a seminal moment of history.
There has been controversy over the portrayal of President Johnson in film. You can read more about it here
Thursday July 2
Kingsman - Secret Service (15) 124 mins TRAILER REVIEW
Based upon the comic book Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training programme just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. That should sound familiar to anyone who has seen a James Bond film but this spoof is enlivened by some excellent action-film direction and very camp but fun performances from Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Caine.
Actually, the Colin Firth character is rather more like Steed in The Avengers than James Bond, though those hoping for the appearance of an Emma Peel equivalent will be disappointed. You can see a video of the cast discussing why English toffs are so often found in roles like these.
If you fancy yourself in the part, you can buy the clothes here.
Thursday August 6
The Second Best Marigold Hotel (PG) 119 mins TRAILER REVIEW
Completely silly and with a story line that gets bogged down with sub-plots – it felt like watching some TV soap about an Abbey - but of course nearly all the old actors and characters from the first film are there and it is nice to be in their company for another two hours. India looks ravishing: the colour and music are lovely. Whether any of it bears any relationship to reality is another matter altogether.