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  • '71
  • 20,000 Days On Earth
  • A Field In England
  • A Spot Of Bother + Dora + Introduction
  • Abschied
  • Alexander Nevsky
  • Alexander Nevsky + Introduction
  • Anguish
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival: 54
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival: Broken Gardenias + MyMy
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival: Dark Rivers Of The Heart
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival: Dear White People + The Gender Song
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival: Do I Sound Gay?
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival: Drunktowns Finest
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival: Everlasting Love
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival: Fragile Things
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival: Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival: Girltrash: All Night Long
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival: Hidden Away
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival: In The Turn
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival: In The Turn + Discussion
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival: Make Or Break
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival: Match
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival: Out To Win
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival: Pride
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival: Regarding Susan Sontag
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival: Shock Treatment
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival: Stories Of Our Lives
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival: Strangers On A Train
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival: Summer (Zomer)
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival: The Anamnesis Scale
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival: The Duke Of Burgundy
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival: The Last One: Unfolding The Aids Memorial Quilt
  • Coraline 3D
  • Days Of Heaven
  • Exhibition
  • Jauja
  • Muppets Most Wanted
  • My Name Is Salt
  • People On Sunday (Menschen Am Sonntag)
  • Selma
  • The Double
  • Thunderbirds Are Go Episode 1: Ring Of Fire + Q&A
  • Weekend
  • When Animals Dream
  • While We're Young
  • Women In TV: The Legacy Of Verity Lambert

'71 4 stars

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Gary Hook finishes his training with other squaddies and is immediately dispatched to 1971 Belfast to facilitate a fragile peace in the city. On his first day on the streets, Gary becomes embroiled in a riot and he is separated from the other British soldiers. Chased down alleyways by an army gang of militia who want him dead, Gary is trapped in an alien environment far from the safety of his barracks, unable to distinguish between allies and foes.

  • GenreAction, Drama, Thriller, War
  • CastSam Reid, Jack O'Connell, Sean Harris, Sam Hazeldine.
  • DirectorYann Demange.
  • WriterGregory Burke.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration99 mins
  • Official site
  • Release10/10/2014 (selected cinemas)

A teenage soldier becomes separated from his platoon in the cauldron of violence of 1971 Belfast in Yann Demange's nail-biting survival thriller. Punctuated by kinetic action sequences that relentlessly tighten the knot of tension in our stomachs, '71 is a dazzling debut from the TV director, who made the acclaimed Channel 4 series Top Boy.

Demange puts leading man Jack O'Connell through the physical wringer as he explores the sectarian divide through the eyes of a wet-behind-the-ears recruit, who is marked for death by the provisional IRA and supposed allies.

Juddering handheld camerawork during chase sequences and a nerve-racking game of hide and seek keep us uncomfortably close to the carnage, and only a few hours after the stricken soldier has foolishly assured his kid brother that this first tour of duty will be a breeze: "I'm not leaving the country so you've got nothing to worry about." Home is where the heartbreak is.

Squaddie Gary Hook (O'Connell) completes his gruelling training and is immediately dispatched to the Northern Irish capital to facilitate the fragile peace. Under the command of platoon leader Lieutenant Armitage (Sam Reid), Gary and fellow recruits head to the Catholic west.

At first, hostility amounts to little more than potty-mouthed children throwing water bombs full of urine. However, a house-to-house search spirals out of control and during the subsequent riot, Gary and pal Thommo (Jack Lowden) are left behind.

A small gang of provisional IRA comprising ruthless leader Quinn (Killian Scott), sidekick Haggerty (Martin McCann) and newbie Sean (Barry Keoghan) shoot Thommo at close range but Gary escapes, sprinting down alleyways with the gun-toting assailants in pursuit. Thankfully, Gary finds sanctuary and as night falls, he traces a path back to the barracks under cover of darkness.

A boy called Billy (Corey McKinley) offers assistance but when the tyke's makeshift plan goes horribly wrong, Gary turns to Brigid (Charlie Murphy) and her father, Eamon (Richard Dormer), a former army medic, who has had his fill of the uniform. "You're just a piece of meat to them," Eamon warns Gary.

'71 masterfully sustains tension without getting bogged down in the thorny politics of the era. Nerves are shredded to tatters in the opening half hour and screenwriter Gregory Burke wrings every drop of suspense from his neat set-up.

A detour to a loyalist pub is orchestrated and edited with brio. O'Connell follows up his bruising portrayal of a young offender in Starred Up with another emotionally charged performance, holding his character's fears at bay until that particular dam bursts and sobs rack his aching body.

Lines between allies and adversaries are repeatedly blurred, stacking the odds heavily against Gary as he ducks for cover, and we hunker down with him, brows beaded with sweat and knuckles white with fear.

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Wednesday 1st April 2015

20,000 Days On Earth 3 stars

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A cinematic tribute to Nick Cave, imagining a highly stylised day in the life of the charismatic singer-songwriter as he begins work on a new composition that will develop into a full-scale performance by Bad Seeds at Sydney Opera House. Cave also discusses his childhood with psychoanalyst Darian Leader while familiar faces from Cave's creative past including Warren Ellis, Kylie Minogue and Ray Winstone share their fond memories of the iconic figure.

  • GenreBiography, Documentary, Musical
  • DirectorIain Forsyth, Jane Pollard.
  • WriterIain Forsyth, Jane Pollard, Nick Cave.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration97 mins
  • Official sitewww.20000daysonearth.com
  • Release19/09/2014 (selected cinemas)

Directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard pay tribute to charismatic singer-songwriter Nick Cave with this film that melds documentary and fiction, imagining a highly stylised day in the life of Cave as he begins work on a new song that will develop, by the end of the 97 minutes, into a full-scale performance by Bad Seeds at Sydney Opera House. En route, Cave drives through his adopted hometown of Brighton and discusses his childhood and influences with psychoanalyst Darian Leader. Familiar faces from Cave's creative past including multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis, singer Kylie Minogue and actor Ray Winstone also share their fond memories of the iconic figure. Amidst this mosaic of reminiscence and meditations, Forsyth and Pollard hope to discover what makes Cave tick and better understand his insatiable thirst for pushing musical boundaries and defying convention.

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Thursday 2nd April 2015

A Field In England 3 stars

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A mysterious alchemist called O'Neil captures a small group of English Civil War deserters and forces the soldiers to help him locate a fabled treasure, which is believed to be buried in a nearby field. The soldiers feed off the land, eating mushrooms in the English countryside, which cause paranoid delusions in some of the men and convince many of the deserters that the treasure they seek is something altogether more sinister.

  • GenreFilm, Historical/Period, Horror, Indie
  • CastReece Shearsmith, Julian Barratt, Michael Smiley.
  • DirectorBen Wheatley.
  • WriterAmy Jump, Ben Wheatley.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration90 mins
  • Official site
  • Release05/07/2013 (selected cinemas)

Writer-director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers) steps back in time to the English Civil War for this latest foray into psychological horror. A mysterious alchemist called O'Neil (Michael Smiley) captures a small group of deserters and forces the soldiers to help him locate a fabled treasure, which is believed to be buried in a nearby field. The soldiers feed off the land, eating mushrooms in the English countryside, which cause paranoid delusions in some of the men and convince many of the deserters that the treasure they seek is something altogether more sinister.

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Wednesday 1st April 2015

A Spot Of Bother + Dora + Introduction 3 stars

Comedy.

  • GenreComedy, Shorts
  • CastMoore Marriott, Sandra Storme, Sydney Fairbrother, Robertson Hare, Alfred Drayton, Dodo Watts.
  • DirectorSt John Legh Clowes, David MacDonald.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration110 mins
  • Official site

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Monday 30th March 2015

Abschied 3 stars

Comedy, drama.

  • GenreComedy, Drama
  • CastAribert Mog, Emilia Unda, Brigitte Horney.
  • DirectorRobert Siodmak.
  • WriterEmeric Pressburger, Irma Von Cube.
  • CountryGer
  • Duration80 mins
  • Official site

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Wednesday 1st April 2015

Alexander Nevsky 3 stars

Drama.

  • GenreDrama
  • DirectorSergei Eisenstein.
  • CountryUSSR
  • Duration112 mins
  • Official site

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Tuesday 31st March 2015

Alexander Nevsky + Introduction 3 stars

Drama.

  • GenreDrama
  • DirectorSergei Eisenstein.
  • CountryUSSR
  • Duration112 mins
  • Official site

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Monday 30th March 2015

Anguish 3 stars

Horror.

  • GenreHorror
  • CastMichael Lerner, Talia Paul, Zelda Rubinstein.
  • DirectorBigas Luna.
  • WriterMichael Berlin, Bigas Luna.
  • CountrySp
  • Duration86 mins
  • Official site

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Thursday 2nd April 2015

54 1 stars

Nostalgic chronicle of Studio 54, one of New York's most notorious nightclubs in the 70s, as seen through the eyes of a naive bartender.

  • GenreDrama, Historical/Period
  • CastRyan Phillippe, Breckin Meyer, Salma Hayek, Neve Campbell.
  • DirectorMark Christopher.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration93 mins
  • Official site

Whit Stillman's hugely disappointing Last Days Of Disco looks like a veritable masterpiece next to the miserable excuse for a film that is 54. Exploring similar themes to Stillman's film (sexual liberation and experimentation during the discofied 70s and 80s), Mark Christopher's feature chooses to focus on one particular club - New York's notorious Studio 54 nightspot - and the people who worked there. So far so good except all the debauchery which the club was famous for hasn't made it onto the big screen: in truth, the club scenes look like some trashy, over the top sixth form disco. Ryan Phillippe is laughably bad as ambitious bartender Shane who gets sucked in by all the glitz and glam and ends up as one point of a deeply unconvincing love triangle featuring his best friends Salma Hayek and Breckin Meyer. The famed gay kiss between Phillippe and Meyer, which so angered American preview audiences, is now on the cutting room floor along with (I suspect) anything that would have made the film interesting. The soundtrack is, as you'd expect, pretty solid although there is the noticeable absence of Donna Summer. A really bad trip.

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Saturday 28th March 2015

Broken Gardenias + MyMy 3 stars

Comedy drama.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Romance, Shorts
  • CastAlma S. Grey, A. Jack Morocco, Caroline Heinle.
  • DirectorKai Alexander, Anna Helme.
  • WriterAlma S. Grey.
  • CountryUS/Austral
  • Duration103 mins
  • Official sitewww.brokengardenias.com

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Saturday 28th March 2015
Sunday 29th March 2015

Dark Rivers Of The Heart 3 stars

Shorts.

  • GenreGay, Shorts
  • DirectorVarious.
  • CountryGer/UK/Can
  • Duration83 mins
  • Official site

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Saturday 28th March 2015

Dear White People + The Gender Song 3 stars

Comedy.

  • GenreComedy, Drama
  • CastTyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris.
  • DirectorJustin Simien, Evan Ifekoya.
  • WriterJustin Simien.
  • CountryUS/UK
  • Duration102 mins
  • Official site

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Saturday 28th March 2015

Do I Sound Gay? 3 stars

Documentary.

  • GenreDocumentary
  • CastTim Gunn, Margaret Cho, Dan Savage.
  • DirectorDavid Thorpe.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration77 mins
  • Official sitewww.doisoundgay.com

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Saturday 28th March 2015

Drunktowns Finest 3 stars

Drama.

  • GenreDrama, Family, Family
  • CastTailinh Agoyo, Shauna Baker, Loren Anthony.
  • DirectorSydney Freeland.
  • WriterSydney Freeland.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration95 mins
  • Official site

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Sunday 29th March 2015

Everlasting Love 3 stars

Drama.

  • GenreDrama
  • CastJoan Bentalle, Aimar Vega, Sonny Smith.
  • DirectorMarcal Fores.
  • CountrySp
  • Duration69 mins
  • Official site

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Saturday 28th March 2015
Sunday 29th March 2015

Fragile Things 3 stars

Shorts exploring infatuation and desire.

  • GenreShorts
  • DirectorVarious.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration76 mins
  • Official site

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Sunday 29th March 2015

Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe 3 stars

Drama, comedy.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Film
  • CastKathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary-Louise Parker.
  • DirectorJon Avnet.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration130 mins
  • Official site

Jon Avnet directs Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates in a celluloid translation of Fanny Flagg's novel, set both in the past and present around the Whistle Stop Cafe, Alabama.

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Sunday 29th March 2015

Girltrash: All Night Long 3 stars

Drama.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Thriller
  • CastMichelle Lombardo, Gabrielle Christian, Lisa Rieffel, Mandy Musgrave, Kate French.
  • DirectorAlexandra Kondracke.
  • WriterAngela Robinson.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration86 mins
  • Official sitewww.powerupfilms.org/GIRLTRASH

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Saturday 28th March 2015
Sunday 29th March 2015

Hidden Away 3 stars

Romantic drama.

  • GenreDrama, Romance
  • CastRamon Agirre, Alex Angulo, German Alcarazu.
  • DirectorMikel Rueda.
  • WriterMikel Rueda.
  • CountrySp
  • Duration96 mins
  • Official site

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Saturday 28th March 2015
Sunday 29th March 2015

In The Turn 3 stars

Documentary.

  • GenreBiography, Documentary, Historical/Period
  • DirectorErica Tremblay.
  • WriterErica Tremblay.
  • CountryUS/Can
  • Duration113 mins
  • Official site

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Saturday 28th March 2015

In The Turn + Discussion 3 stars

Documentary.

  • GenreBiography, Documentary, Historical/Period
  • DirectorErica Tremblay.
  • WriterErica Tremblay.
  • CountryUS/Can
  • Duration113 mins
  • Official site

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Sunday 29th March 2015

Make Or Break 3 stars

Themed shorts.

  • GenreShorts
  • DirectorVarious.
  • CountryMex/Pol/Sp
  • Duration80 mins
  • Official site

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Saturday 28th March 2015
Sunday 29th March 2015

Match 3 stars

Comedy drama.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Musical
  • CastMatthew Lillard, Sir Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino.
  • DirectorStephen Belber.
  • WriterStephen Belber.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration90 mins
  • Official site

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Saturday 28th March 2015
Sunday 29th March 2015

Out To Win 3 stars

Documentary.

  • GenreDocumentary
  • CastJason Collins, John Amaechi, Billy Bean.
  • DirectorMalcolm Ingram.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration99 mins
  • Official site

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Sunday 29th March 2015

Pride 5 stars

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Mark Ashton is the charismatic and outspoken leader of impassioned campaigners, who operate out of the Gay's The Word bookshop in London. Reading news stories about the miner's strike, Mark recognises a cause to champion. "Mining communities are being bullied just like we are," he tells his coterie and they form LGSM - Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners - with the intention of raising funds for a randomly selected Welsh community.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Historical/Period
  • CastBill Nighy, Andrew Scott, Dominic West, Ben Schnetzer, George MacKay, Jessica Gunning, Paddy Considine, Imelda Staunton, Joseph Gilgun.
  • DirectorMatthew Warchus.
  • WriterStephen Beresford.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration120 mins
  • Official sitewww.pridemovie.co.uk
  • Release12/09/2014

Theatre director Matthew Warchus, who succeeds Kevin Spacey as artistic director of the Old Vic in London next year, will need to de-clutter his awards-laden mantelpiece. His second feature film is a barnstorming culture-clash comedy drama based on the inspirational true story of a group of gays and lesbians, who supported the miners during the 1984 strike and raised thousands of pounds for beleaguered communities, which dared to stand up to the Thatcher government.

This uplifting story of solidarity in the face of adversity and police intimidation is an absolute joy; an unabashed, irresistible crowd-pleaser in the magnificent mould of The Full Monty and Billy Elliot that rouses the audience to bellowing laughter while choking back a deluge of hot, salty tears.

Pride embraces and subverts stereotypes, deftly weaving together stories of personal triumph and anguish as the spectre of Aids casts a long shadow over the gay community.

Mark Ashton (Ben Schnetzer) is the charismatic and outspoken leader of young, impassioned campaigners, who operate out of the Gay's The Word bookshop in London run by Gethin (Andrew Scott). Reading news stories about the miner's strike, Mark recognises a cause to champion.

"Mining communities are being bullied just like we are," he tells his coterie comprising Mike (Joseph Gilgun), Jonathan (Dominic West), Jeff (Freddie Fox), Steph (Faye Marsay) and closeted new boy, Joe (George MacKay). They form LGSM - Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners - and rattle tins for a randomly selected Welsh community.

Mining representative Dai (Paddy Considine) invites Mark and co to the Dulais Valley where committee members Hefina (Imelda Staunton), Cliff (Bill Nighy) and Sian (Jessica Gunning) embrace the fund-raisers with open arms. However, some of the locals are repulsed.

"We're being backed up by perverts," sneers homophobic mother Maureen (Lisa Palfrey), kindling conflict between some of the neighbours and the LGSM.

Pride is a life-affirming ode to tolerance, acceptance and self-belief that defiantly lives up to its title, waving a flag for stellar home-grown filmmaking.

Performances are exemplary, ignoring a few wobbles with the Welsh accents, including a fiery turn from Schnetzer as a fresh-faced trailblazer and sobs aplenty from Mackay as the catering student, who cannot conceal his sexuality forever.

Scriptwriter Stephen Beresford strikes a perfect balance between hilarity and heartbreak, sharing polished one-liners among the ensemble cast including Menna Trussler as a clucky old dear, who labours under the illusion that all lesbians are vegetarians.

Warchus' film builds to a rousing crescendo that delivers a knock-out emotional wallop and opens the floodgates. As Frankie Goes To Hollywood professed during that turbulent summer of 1984: "When two tribes go to war/A point is all you can score." The characters in Pride score their points with unbridled passion and wit.

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Saturday 28th March 2015

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Regarding Susan Sontag 3 stars

Documentary.

  • GenreDocumentary
  • CastPatricia Clarkson.
  • DirectorNancy Kates.
  • WriterJohn Haptas, Nancy Kates.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration100 mins
  • Official site

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Saturday 28th March 2015
Sunday 29th March 2015

Shock Treatment 3 stars

Comedy.

  • GenreComedy, Musical
  • CastJessica Harper, Cliff De Young, Richard O'Brien.
  • DirectorJim Sharman.
  • WriterRichard O'Brien, Jim Sharman.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration94 mins
  • Official site

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Saturday 28th March 2015

Stories Of Our Lives 3 stars

Drama.

  • GenreDrama
  • CastKelly Gichohi, Allan Bryan Weku, Louis Brooke.
  • DirectorJim Chuchu.
  • WriterJim Chuchu.
  • CountryKen/S Afri
  • Duration60 mins
  • Official sitewww.thisisthenest.com/sool

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Saturday 28th March 2015
Sunday 29th March 2015

Strangers On A Train 4 stars

Re-release of Hitchcock's classic about two men on the same train who plot to the perfect double murder.

  • GenreAdaptation, Classic, Drama, Thriller
  • CastFarley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman, Leo G Carroll.
  • DirectorAlfred Hitchcock.
  • WriterRaymond Chandler, Czenzi Ormonde.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration101 mins
  • Official site

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Saturday 28th March 2015

Summer (Zomer) 3 stars

Drama.

  • GenreDrama
  • CastPieter Dictus, Steef Cuijpers, Martijn Lakemeier.
  • DirectorColette Bothof.
  • WriterMarjolein Bierens.
  • CountryNeth
  • Official site

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Saturday 28th March 2015

The Anamnesis Scale 3 stars

Shorts.

  • GenreGay, Shorts
  • DirectorVarious.
  • CountryCan/US/UK/
  • Duration86 mins
  • Official site

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Saturday 28th March 2015

The Duke Of Burgundy 4 stars

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Imperious butterfly collector Cynthia lectures at a local institute, where she is held in high esteem. Behind the closed doors of her modest home, Cynthia terrorises her pretty maid Evelyn, forcing the skivvy to wash her underwear by hand, pick up discarded sweet wrappers and other indignities. It transpires that this kinky relationship of domination and submission is masterminded by Evelyn, who stokes her lesbian lover's fantasies and constantly pushes the boundaries of their mutual desire.

  • GenreDrama, Romance
  • CastChiara D'Anna, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Monica Swinn, Eugenia Caruso.
  • DirectorPeter Strickland.
  • WriterPeter Strickland.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration104 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/TheDukeOfBurgundy
  • Release20/02/2015 (selected cinemas)

A twisted romance, far more intense and kinky that the softcore histrionics in Fifty Shades Of Grey, underpins this stylish drama from British writer-director Peter Strickland. Imperious butterfly and moth collector Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) lectures at a local institute, where she is held in high esteem. Behind the closed doors of her modest home, Cynthia terrorises her pretty maid Evelyn (Chiara D'Anna), forcing her skivvy to wash her underwear by hand, pick up her discarded sweet wrappers and other indignities. It transpires that this kinky relationship of domination and submission is masterminded by Evelyn, who stokes her lesbian lover's fantasies and constantly pushes the boundaries of their mutual depravity. With each passing day, emotions churn and intensify, forcing the two women to find new ways to achieve mutual satisfaction.

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The Last One: Unfolding The Aids Memorial Quilt 3 stars

Documentary.

  • GenreDocumentary
  • DirectorNadine C Licostie.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration70 mins
  • Official site

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Sunday 29th March 2015

Coraline 3D 4 stars

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Coraline Jones moves into the Pink Palace Apartments with her writer mother Mel and father Charlie. The girl explores her creaky, new home and meets the neighbours: downstairs, she is enthralled by fading British musical hall divas Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, while upstairs, eight-feet tall Russian giant Mr Bobinsky cracks a whip over his circus of jumping mice. One night, Coraline uncovers a secret door leading from the living room to a parallel reality called Other World where her Other Mother and Other Father provide her with all of the love, support and attention she craves. The plucky heroine feels like she has stumbled into a living dream but all is not what it seems.

  • GenreAdaptation, Children's, Comedy, Drama, Family, Family
  • CastDakota Fanning, Ian McShane, Teri Hatcher, Keith David, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French.
  • DirectorHenry Selick.
  • WriterHenry Selick.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration100 mins
  • Official sitewww.coralinemovie.co.uk
  • Release08/05/2009

There's no place like home in Coraline, the first ever stop-motion animated feature created in stereoscopic 3D. Adapted from Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel by writer-director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas), this colourful, yet thematically dark, fairy-tale has echoes of The Wizard Of Oz and Alice In Wonderland as an 11-year-old girl confronts the evil that threatens her fractured family. Many cinemas will be screening the film in 2D, but it's well worth making the effort to catch Selick's imaginative creation as he intended.

The eye-popping effects are used sparingly, but there are some neat flourishes like tunnels appearing to suck us in as it stretches back into the distance, or a giant needle poking out of the screen, causing us to duck for cover. Fans of the director's work will appreciate the odd in-joke like the yolk of a cracked egg taking on the appearance of Jack Skellington's face from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

The story revolves around young Coraline Jones (voiced by Dakota Fanning), who moves into the Pink Palace Apartments with her writer mother Mel (Teri Hatcher) and father Charlie (John Hodgman). The apartment seems cold and the only child in the vicinity is a curious boy called Wybie Lovat (Robert Bailey Jr), who trundles around on a self-constructed, electric bicycle.

To stave off boredom, Coraline explores her creaky, new home and meets the neighbours. Downstairs, she is enthralled by fading British musical hall divas Miss Spink (Jennifer Saunders) and Miss Forcible (Dawn French), while upstairs, eight-feet tall Russian giant Mr Bobinsky (Ian McShane) cracks a whip over his circus of jumping mice. One night, Coraline uncovers a secret door leading from the living room to a parallel reality called Other World, where her Other Mother and Other Father provide her with all of the love, support and attention she craves.

The plucky heroine feels like she has stumbled into a living dream and considers staying in Other World for good. "You think this other world is a dream come true but you're wrong," warns the black cat (Keith David), who knows that there are myriad dangers in this fantastical realm, which Coraline would do well to avoid.

Coraline falls some way short of the genius of The Nightmare Before Christmas, but is still a hugely enjoyable escapade, enlivened by energetic vocal performances and Selick's directorial brio. A fantasy musical hall sequence is particularly impressive with hundreds of Scottie dogs running amok as Spink and Forcible fly through the air on a trapeze. It's easy to forget that the gorgeous visuals are the result of seven year's of pain-staking handiwork, rather than digital trickery.

Fanning captures the vulnerability and sadness of her heroine, complimented by energetic vocals from the supporting cast including three markedly different roles for Hatcher. The plot is wafer thin - there are noticeable longueurs - but those gorgeous visuals ensure there is always something to catch the eye.

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Wednesday 1st April 2015

Days Of Heaven 4 stars

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Bill works in a 1916 steel mill where he kills his boss then flees the scene with girlfriend Abby and younger sister Linda. For the sake of appearances, Bill and Abby pretend to be brother and sister and the fugitives find work with a kind and gentle farmer. When it transpires that the landowner is dying and has taken a shine to Abby, Bill concocts a scheme to marry off his sweetheart to the farmer so they can inherit the land.

  • GenreClassic, Drama
  • CastRichard Gere, Sam Shepard, Brooke Adams, Linda Manz.
  • DirectorTerrence Malick.
  • WriterTerrence Malick.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration94 mins
  • Official site
  • Release02/09/2011 (selected cinemas)

Following the release of Terrence Malick's most recent film The Tree Of Life, we are treated to a re-release of his 1978 classic. Bill (Richard Gere) works in a 1916 steel mill where he kills his boss then flees the scene with girlfriend Abby (Brooke Adams) and younger sister Linda (Linda Manz). For the sake of appearances, Bill and Abby pretend to be brother and sister and the fugitives find work with a kind and gentle farmer (Sam Shepard). When it transpires that the landowner is dying and has taken a shine to Abby, Bill concocts a scheme to marry off his sweetheart to the farmer so they can inherit the land. However, the foreman scents foul play and sets about exposing the skulduggery. Meanwhile, Abby sparks real feelings for her husband to be, creating friction with Bill.

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Exhibition 3 stars

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Performance artist D and her husband H have shared their modernist home in London for two decades. They adore the property but reluctantly have to sell it and call in a local estate agent to oversee the sale. D and H begin the agonising process of packing up their memories and bidding farewell to a retreat that has played a pivotal role in their relationship. Dreams and fears bubble to the surface, creating tensions between D and H.

  • GenreDrama, Indie, Romance
  • CastViv Albertine, Tom Hiddleston, Liam Gillick.
  • DirectorJoanna Hogg.
  • WriterJoanna Hogg.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration105 mins
  • Official site
  • Release25/04/2014 (selected cinemas)

Tom Hiddleston co-stars in the latest feature from acclaimed British writer-director Joanna Hogg (Unrelated, Archipelago). The film centres on performance artist D (Viv Albertine) and her husband H (Liam Gillick), who have shared their modernist home in London for two decades. They adore the property but reluctantly have to sell it and call in a local estate agent (Harry Kershaw) to oversee the sale. D and H begin the agonising process of packing up their memories and bidding farewell to a retreat that has played a pivotal role in their relationship. Dreams and fears bubble to the surface, creating tensions between D and H that have a profoundly negative impact on their ability to communicate with each other.

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Thursday 2nd April 2015

Jauja 3 stars

Drama.

  • GenreDrama
  • CastDiego Roman, Viggo Mortensen, Ghita Norby.
  • DirectorLisandro Alonso.
  • WriterFabian Casas, Lisandro Alonso.
  • CountryVarious
  • Duration108 mins
  • Official site

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Thursday 2nd April 2015

Muppets Most Wanted 4 stars

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The world's most deadly criminal, Constantine, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Kermit except for a facial mole and strong eastern European accent, escapes from a Siberian gulag overseen by Nadya and her men. They give chase and mistakenly apprehend Kermit, believing him to be the devious mastermind. While Kermit languishes behind bars, Constantine poses as The Muppets' leader to orchestrate a series of daring robberies with the help of his second in command, Dominic Badguy.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Family, Musical, Romance
  • CastSalma Hayek, Tina Fey, Tom Hiddleston, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Dave Goelz, David Rudman, Eric Jacobson, Steve Whitmire, Bill Barretta.
  • DirectorJames Bobin.
  • WriterNicholas Stoller, James Bobin.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration113 mins
  • Official sitemuppets.disney.com/muppets-most-wanted
  • Release28/03/2014

Created almost 60 years ago by Jim Henson, Kermit The Frog and his hand-operated chums gained a new lease of life in 2011 with the release of the seventh feature film, snappily entitled The Muppets. Combining an irreverent script, tongue-in-cheek cameos and uproarious song and dance numbers, James Bobin's film was a treat for fans of all ages.

Muppets Most Wanted is the inevitable sequel and harnesses some of the same charm and zany energy including original compositions by Bret McKenzie from Flight Of The Conchords, who garnered an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the first film.

The New Zealand-born comedian and musician delights with his pithy worksmithery including a rousing opening number featuring Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga that declares, "We're doing a sequel, the studio wants more/While they wait for Tom Hanks to do Toy Story 4!"

The ramshackle plot bounces along at breakneck speed, providing a hook for hare-brained set pieces replete with Celine Dion as Miss Piggy's Fairy Godmother.

The world's most deadly criminal, Constantine (voiced by Matt Vogel), who bears an uncanny resemblance to Kermit (Steve Whitmire) except for a facial mole and strong eastern European accent, escapes from Gulag 38B in Siberia.

Commander Nadya (Tina Fey) and her men give chase and mistakenly apprehend Kermit, believing him to be the amphibian mastermind. While Kermit languishes behind bars, Constantine poses as The Muppets' leader to orchestrate a series of daring robberies with the help of his second in command, Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais).

French Interpol inspector Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell) is hot on their heels and hooves. Miss Piggy (Eric Jacobson), Gonzo (Dave Goelz), Fozzie Bear (Jacobson again) and the gang don't notice that their beloved green ringmaster has been replaced by an impostor.

They embark on a world tour that takes them from Berlin to Madrid, Dublin and London - "home of the Crown Jewels... and good manners". Thankfully, Kermit has a daring plan to escape and expose the diabolical doppelganger.

Muppets Most Wanted doesn't quite scale the dizzy comedic heights of the first film but the sequel is peppered with belly laughs and droll in-jokes. Thus when the newest member of the Muppet fold, Walter (Peter Linz), abandons the world tour, Rowlf is incredulous. "We just spent a whole movie watching him join The Muppets!" he laments.

Bobin doesn't tarry on holes in the narrative or flimsy sub-plots like Miss Piggy's desire to make an honest frog out of Kermit, and hopes we'll do the same with grins on our faces.

The sequel is preceded by a delightful computer-animated short, Party Central, which revisits Monsters University favourites Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) and the misfits from Oozma Kappa fraternity as they attempt to outwit the bully boys from Roar Omega Roar once more.

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Thursday 2nd April 2015

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My Name Is Salt 3 stars

Every year just after the monsoon season, Sanabhai and his family - wife Devuben, 11-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter - join 40,000 other villagers, who migrate from their communities to the Little Rann of Kutch to mine salt from beneath the cracked surface of this seemingly endless desert. This documentary follows the family over eight months, witnessing an exhausting and laborious tradition stretching back generations.

  • GenreDocumentary, World
  • DirectorFarida Pacha.
  • WriterFarida Pacha.
  • CountrySwitz/Indi
  • Duration92 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/mynameissalt
  • Release13/03/2015 (selected cinemas)

Every year just after the monsoon season, Sanabhai and his family - wife Devuben, 11-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter - join 40,000 other villagers, who migrate from their communities to the Little Rann of Kutch. Beneath the cracked surface of this seemingly endless desert is an abundance of salt and from September to April, Sanabhai and his kin live in the desert without electricity or amenities in order to pump the saline water from 70 feet below ground to the surface, where it will gradually crystallise into salt under the hot glare of the sun. During these fraught eight months, documentary filmmaker Farida Pacha is granted access to Sanabhai and his family, witnessing an exhausting and laborious tradition stretching back generations, which is accomplished using back-breaking manual techniques.

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People On Sunday (Menschen Am Sonntag) 3 stars

Documentary drama.

  • GenreDocumentary, Drama
  • DirectorVarious.
  • CountryGer
  • Duration73 mins
  • Official site

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Selma 4 stars

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In 1960s America, political bureaucracy and prejudice deny the African-American electorate the chance to vote. Martin Luther King entreats the President to right this democratic wrong but Lyndon Johnson and his adviser Lee C White don't consider voting rights to be high on their list of priorities. So King and his team head to the community of Selma, Alabama to lead a peaceful protest march with their friends from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

  • GenreDrama, Historical/Period
  • CastCarmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey, Giovanni Ribisi.
  • DirectorAva DuVernay.
  • WriterPaul Webb.
  • CountryUK/US
  • Duration128 mins
  • Official sitewww.selmamovie.com
  • Release06/02/2015

More than 45 years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, director Ava DuVernay honours the memory of the leader of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement with this impassioned biopic. While there are lingering doubts about the historical accuracy of Selma, the emotional wallop the film delivers is beyond question.

In particular, the recreation of the iconic march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge chills the blood. Oxford-born actor David Oyelowo delivers a breakout performance replete with Georgia accent as the activist. He is mesmerising and would surely have been in Oscar contention as Best Actor later this month had Paul Webb's script gifted him a few more barnstorming speeches.

DuVernay opens with a chilling act of violence that exemplifies racial tensions of the era. In 1960s America, political bureaucracy and prejudice deny the African-American electorate the chance to vote in the forthcoming election in which President Lyndon B Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) hopes to be returned to the White House by the people.

Martin Luther King Jr (Oyelowo) entreats the President to right this democratic wrong but Johnson and his adviser Lee C White (Giovanni Ribisi) don't consider voting rights to be high on their list of priorities.

So King and his team head to the community of Selma, Alabama to lead a peaceful protest march with their friends from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). The President seeks a private audience with J Edgar Hoover (Dylan Baker), the first Director of the FBI, to discuss how to remove this thorn from his side.

"We can weaken the dynamic, dismantle the family," explains Hoover, referring to tensions between King and his wife Coretta Scott King (Carmen Ejogo). In Selma, local police under the jurisdiction of Governor George Wallace (Tim Roth) attack protesters with batons as TV cameras capture the brutality for horrified viewers.

Consequently, pressure grows on Johnson to intervene while King takes temporary leave of his wife and family to spearhead a second march.

Selma skilfully ebbs and flows between events in Alabama and Washington, relentlessly cranking up the tension between figures on both sides of the debate. Oyelowo is supported by a terrific ensemble cast including Ejogo as the dutiful wife, who stands by her man despite his dalliances away from home. "Do you love me?" coolly asks Coretta in one of the film's most memorable scenes. "Do you love the others?"

Roth chews scenery as the Governor who believes resistance should be met with extreme force, while Wilkinson brings a touch of desperation to the most powerful man on Capitol Hill. Luther King Jr had a dream and through the lens of DuVernay's film, we are minded that we must all continue to chase it.

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The Double 3 stars

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Simon is a shy, socially awkward office worker who is overlooked by everyone in his unedifying existence including his boss, his mother and the woman of his dreams, Hannah. He feels powerless and isolated in an indifferent world. New co-worker James upsets the balance - he is the physical double of Simon but personality-wise, his exact opposite: confident, engaging and enviably charming around women. Slowly but surely, James begins to take over Simon's life.

  • GenreAdaptation, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller
  • CastWallace Shawn, Mia Wasikowska, Jesse Eisenberg, Chris O'Dowd, Sally Hawkins.
  • DirectorRichard Ayoade.
  • WriterRichard Ayoade, Avi Korine.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration93 mins
  • Official sitewww.magpictures.com/thedouble/
  • Release04/04/2014 (selected cinemas)

Director Richard Ayoade (Submarine) puts his distinctive spin on Dostoevsky's novella, updating the action from 19th-century Russia to surrealist modern-day America. Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) is a shy, socially awkward office worker who is overlooked by everyone in his unedifying existence including his boss, his mother and the woman of his dreams, Hannah (Mia Wasikowska). He feels powerless and isolated in an indifferent world. New co-worker James (Eisenberg) upsets the balance - he is the physical double of Simon but personality-wise, his exact opposite: confident, engaging and enviably charming around women. Slowly but surely, James begins to take over Simon's life and the timid office worker must find the courage he has kept hidden for so long to fight back.

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Monday 30th March 2015
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Thunderbirds Are Go Episode 1: Ring Of Fire + Q&A 3 stars

Action, adventure.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Animation/Cartoon
  • CastKayvan Novak, David Graham, Rosamund Pike.
  • DirectorDavid Scott.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration60 mins
  • Official site

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Tuesday 31st March 2015

Weekend 5 stars

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Russell celebrates a friend's birthday party and on the way home, he ventures into a club and spots Glen. The two flirt and in the morning, Russell wakes to find Glen in bed beside him. What begins as a drunken one-night stand threatens to become a defining moment for both young men as they wrestle with extraordinary feelings for each other on the very weekend when one of them is poised to make a decision that will change his life possibly forever.

  • GenreDrama, Gay, Indie, Romance
  • CastLaura Freeman, Chris New, Tom Cullen.
  • DirectorAndrew Haigh.
  • WriterAndrew Haigh.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration96 mins
  • Official sitewww.weekend-film.com
  • Release04/11/2011 (selected cinemas)

Writer-director Andrew Haigh comes on leaps and bounds from his debut Greek Pete with his impressive second feature, a haunting romance in the spirit of Brief Encounter and Before Sunrise. Russell (Tom Cullen) celebrates a friend's birthday party and on the way home, he ventures into a club and spots Glen (Chris New). The two flirt and in the morning, Russell wakes to find Glen in bed beside him. What begins as a drunken one-night stand threatens to become a defining moment for both young men as they wrestle with extraordinary feelings for each other on the very weekend when one of them is poised to make a decision that will change his life. Possibly forever.

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Tuesday 31st March 2015

When Animals Dream 3 stars

Drama.

  • GenreDrama, Horror, Thriller
  • CastJakob Oftebro, Lars Mikkelsen, Sonja Richter.
  • DirectorJonas Alexander Arnby.
  • WriterRasmus Birch.
  • CountryDen
  • Duration84 mins
  • Official site

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Wednesday 1st April 2015

While We're Young 3 stars

Comedy, drama

  • GenreComedy, Drama
  • CastNaomi Watts, Adam Driver, Ben Stiller.
  • DirectorNoah Baumbach.
  • WriterNoah Baumbach.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration97 mins
  • Official site

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Women In TV: The Legacy Of Verity Lambert 3 stars

A celebration of the TV producer.

  • GenreSpecial
  • Duration90 mins
  • Official site

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Wednesday 1st April 2015
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