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Cold War [15] Sun, Feb 17, 17:35

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)

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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