Thursday 7th September
Their Finest (12A) 117 min. Drama/Romance TRAILER REVIEW
With the nation struggling under the blitz in 1940, the British Ministry of Information turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home and gain American sympathy. Realizing their films could use "a woman's touch," the ministry hires Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue. Although her artist husband looks down on her job, Catrin's natural flair quickly gets her noticed by cynical, witty lead scriptwriter Buckley (Sam Claflin). Catrin and Buckley set out to make an epic feature film based on the Dunkirk rescue starring the gloriously vain former matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy). As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and their colorful cast and crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation.
Click here for more background on WWII film-making.
Thursday 5th October
Going in Style (12A) 96 min. Comedy TRAILER REVIEW
Oscar winners Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.
Thursday 2nd November
Denial (12A) 109 min. Drama/Biography TRAILER REVIEW
When university professor Deborah Lipstadt includes World War II historian David Irving in a book about Holocaust deniers, Irving accuses her of libel and sparks a legal battle for historical truth. With the burden of proof placed on the accused, Lipstadt and her legal team fight to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.
Starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall and based on the book "History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier." More background here.
Thursday 7th December
Beauty and The Beast (PG) 129 min. Musical/Fantasy TRAILER REVIEW
Beauty and the Beast is a live-action re-telling of the studio's animated Disney classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. Read about the differences in the two versions here.
Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast's hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome but shallow villager who woos Belle and also features Ewan McGregor as the candelabra, Ian McKellen as the clock and Emma Thompson as the teapot.
There are many different variations of the Beauty and the Beast fable (including Jane Eyre?) that you can read about here.