The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.
One day in 2003, in the lead up to the Iraq War, British intelligence specialist Katharine Gun receives a memo from the NSA with a shocking directive: the United States is enlisting Britain’s help in collecting compromising information on U.N. Security Council members to blackmail them into voting in favor of an invasion of Iraq. Unable to stand by and watch the world be rushed into war, Gun makes the gut-wrenching decision to defy her government and leak the memo to the press.
Official Secrets is a timely, ambitious if broad take on a complex subject, but remains engaging and entertaining. anchored by Keira Knightley on great form. Full Review, Ian Freer, Empire
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a struggling attorney and new mother who faces adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights. When Ruth takes on a groundbreaking tax case with her husband, attorney Martin Ginsburg, she knows it could change the direction of her career and the way the courts view gender discrimination.
a vastly inspiring account of the fight for equality. Helen O’Hare Empire
Poet and novelist Vita (Gemma Arterton) and literary icon Virginia (Elizabeth Debicki) run in different circles in 1920s London. When the two cross paths, the magnetic Vita decides the beguiling, stubborn and gifted Virginia will be her next conquest, no matter the cost. Vita and Virginia forge an unconventional affair, set against the backdrop of their own strikingly contemporary marriages; an affair that inspires one of Virginia’s most iconic novels, Orlando. more.
Directed by Chanya Button.
Halla is a 50-year-old environmental activist who crusades against the local aluminium industry in Iceland. As her actions grow bolder, her life changes in the blink of an eye when she is finally granted permission to adopt a girl from the Ukraine.
?Woman at War? has all the contours of a taut, paranoid thriller, if you can imagine that set within the tidy, brightly-lit environs of Iceland, rather than the shadows of Wall Street or Washington. Full reviewAnn Hornaday
Matt (Richard Gere) and John (William Devane), U.S. soldiers stationed in England during World War II, are both beginning affairs with British women, but they soon find their romances complicated by moral dilemmas and a clash of cultures. Jean (Lisa Eichhorn), a girl from a working class family, has caught Matt’s eye, and John is trying to woo the elegant Helen (Vanessa Redgrave). However, both woman are already involved with local men who have left for the front.
A original UK cinema release poster of Yanks will feature in an exhibition of films with Keighley connections in the Airedale Shopping Centre.
A story of enduring love between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse, Marianne Ihlen. Filmmaker Nick Broomfield chronicles their relationship, from the early days in Greece to how their love evolved when Leonard became a successful musician.
Dutifully covering the rise, fall and final triumph of Cohen’s career, Broomfield relegates Ihlen to the background of her own story, before bringing her back for the film’s touching final act. . Ann Hornaday Washington Post
Celebrated war correspondent Marie Colvin is a woman who is as comfortable downing martinis with high society’s elite as she is brazenly staring down warlords and fleeing from gunfire. Driven by an enduring desire to bear witness and give voice to the voiceless, Colvin charges into danger, constantly testing the limits between bravery and bravado.
he director and screenwriter remind the audience not just of the humanism that drives so many reporters, but also the extreme danger they put themselves in to bring us the truth. Ann Hornaday Washington Post
Charley, a teen living with his single father, finds work caring for an aging racehorse named Lean on Pete. When he learns Pete is bound for slaughter, the two embark on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a place to call home.
A coming-of-age story that unfolds gradually, Lean on Pete takes place in what the writer Michael Harrington called “the invisible land” of the poor, a reality too little seen in American movies. Full review Manohla Dargis, New York Times
Cold War is a passionate love story between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. With vastly different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, it’s the tale of a couple separated by politics, character flaws and unfortunate twists of fate — an impossible love story in impossible times. Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski and starring Joanna Kulig and Tomasz Kot. (88 minutes)
Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left by their dead husbands criminal activities, take fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
In the 1980s, a young mother’s efforts to be a good wife are undermined by her declining mental health. Sheridan Smith, Mark Addy, Ella Hunt, Sally Phillips,ricky Tomlinson, Sheila Hancock, Jo Brand and written by Jo Brand.
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.
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.
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
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 reviewAndrew Lowry
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
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
Three Arab-Israeli women share an apartment in Tel Aviv and try to balance their traditions with the modern world.
Hamoud’s clever, nuanced screenplay offers a critique of traditional, patriarchal Palestinian society, threatened by modernity, feminine power, and the court of public opinion. Full review Alissia Simon Variety
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.
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.
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
Customs officer Tina is known for her extraordinary sense of smell. It’s almost as if she can sniff out the guilt on anyone hiding something. But when Vore, a suspicious-looking man, walks past her, her abilities are challenged for the first time ever.