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Lies We tell [15] Sun. Oct 21, 17:35

Donald (Gabriel Byrne) has one last task: to kill his late bosses mistress, Amber (Sibylla Deen).  He finds himself conflicted and embroiled in a sinister world.  Set in Bradford and written and directed by Mitu Misra who grew up in the City, this is a gripping drama with an all star cast.

 

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Funny Cow [15] Sun. Sept 16, 17.35

A comedian uses her own troubled past as material in her stand-up comedy routine, as she tries to break into the comedy circuit by playing Northern England’s working men’s clubs.

Cast includes: Maxine Peake, Paddy Considine, Tony Pitts, Stephen Graham, Kevin Eldon, Vic Reeves, Graham Fellows, Kevin Rowland,Corinne Bailey Rae, Richard Hawley, Alun Armstrong, Christine Bottomley,Hebe Beardsall, John Bishop, Diane Morgan, Hannah Walters.

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Call Me By Your Name [15] Sun. July 15 17:35

It’s the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who’s working as an intern for Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendour of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

Even as he beguiles us with mystery, Guadagnino recreates Elio’s life-changing summer with such intensity that we might as well be experiencing it first-hand. Full review

Peter Debruge
Variety
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Journey’s End [12a] Sun. June 17, 17:35

Journey’s End is a British film adaptation of the play Journey’s End by R. C. Sherriff. Written by Simon Reade and directed by Saul Dibb, it is the fifth film adaptation of the play, following Journey’s End (1930), The Other Side (1931), Aces High (1976), and a 1988 BBC TV film. The film was screened in the Special Presentations section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

An outstanding cast savours performing a play that has stood the test of time. Avoiding sentimentality, this is a valuable rejoinder to those who would sugar-coat mass slaughter. Full review

Andrew Lowry
Empire
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Loving Vincent [12a] Sun. May 20, 5:35pm

Loving Vincent is an experimental animated biographical drama about the life of painter Vincent van Gogh, and in particular, the circumstances of his death.  It is the first fully painted animated feature film.

Every one of the nearly 65,000 frames in this near-lunatic labor of love was rendered by hand with oil paints, following a style intended to mimic that of the master. Full review

Peter Debruge
Variety
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Breathe [12A] Sun. April 15, 5:35pm

After contracting polio at the age of 28, Robin Cavendish is confined to a bed and given only months to live. With help from his wife Diana and her twin brothers, and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall, Cavendish emerges from the hospital ward and devotes the rest of his life to helping… 

In his directorial debut, Serkis keeps the focus tightly on the characters — and reaps the rewards, especially from Foy’s superb performance as Diana. Full review Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media

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Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool [15] Sun. 18th Feb 5:35pm

Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame finds romance and happiness with a younger man, but her life changes forever when she is diagnosed with breast cancer in the 1970s.

It’s a classy weepy with some killer dialogue, but Bening is the big sell here. Given one of the juiciest roles of her career, she makes every moment count. Full review Olly Richards, Empire.
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The Party [15], Sun. 21st Jan, 2018

Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) has just been appointed to a key ministerial position in the shadow cabinet – the crowning achievement of her political career. She and her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) plan to celebrate this with a few close friends. As the guests arrive at their home in London the party takes an unexpected turn when Bill suddenly makes some explosive revelations that take everyone present by surprise. Love, friendships and political convictions are soon called into question in this hilarious comedy of tragic proportions. From acclaimed British filmmaker Sally Potter and featuring a star studded cast that includes Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Timothy Spall, this witty, sharp and very funny new comedy will be a unmissable date for everyone’s diary.

A sharp-edged, claustrophobic parlour piece that puts the boot into middle-class mores.

Phil De Semlyen, Empire

 

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The Other Side of Hope [15], Sun, 17, Dec. 2017

A poke-playing restauranteur and former travelling salesman befriends a group of refugees newly arrived to Finland.  Sunday 17th December, 2017.  Film begins showing at 6.00pm prompt.

Finland’s master of deadpan comedy, Aki Kaurismäki (Lights in the Dusk, Le Havre), returns with The Other Side of Hope, the story of an unlikely friendship between a Syrian asylum seeker and an elderly Finnish restaurant owner. Worthy winner of the 2017 Berlin Silver Bear for Best Director, it’s a beautiful, timely film from one of the world’s leading auteurs. Curzon Artifical Eye

Maverick as ever but fully engaged with the modern world, Kaurismäki dials back his trademark absurdism with a wry allegory of human struggle, empathy and connection. Phil de Semiyen, Empire