Dir: Peter Jackson, UK, 2018, 99 mins
Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) brings us this fascinating documentary honouring the lives of British servicemen during the Great War, using only the voices of the men involved and original footage from the Imperial War Museum’s extensive archive, re-mastered and colorised. An unprecedented and detailed glimpse at life on the battlefields to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Dir: Erik Poppe, Norway, 2018, 97 mins, Norwegian dialogue with subtitles
Andrea Berntzen, Aleksander Holmen, Solveig Koløen Birkeland
An immersive one-take recreation of the 2011 Utøya massacre in Norway, following a teenage girl as she sees the gunshots and hides with other children during the attack. A thought-provoking tribute to the victims and survivors, who showed exceptional courage and camaraderie under very extreme circumstances.
Dir: Damien Chazelle, US, 2018, 141 mins
Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke
Ryan Gosling is perfectly cast as Neil Armstrong in this compelling biopic, portraying the astronaut’s professionalism and drive to achieve the ultimate goal of landing on the moon. Beginning in 1961 with his recruitment to the Apollo space programme, the film depicts Neil Armstrong’s rigorous training and the resulting strain in his personal life. A thrillingly immediate cinematic experience.
James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore
Little introduction is needed for this heartwarming classic film ,that’s become an IFT staple, about a deeply troubled man who is rescued by an angel who shows him that his life has not been a waste after all. A masterpiece of the festive season.
Dir: Charles Garrad, UK, 2017, 92 mins
Colin Morgan, Fanny Ardant, Audrey Bastien
An atmospheric mystery drama in which a grief-stricken young man travels to the South of France to unearth an extraordinary secret that has lain hidden for several decades. A gripping and poetic story told through highly captivating performances.
Dir: Paul Dano, US, 2018, 105 mins
Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould
A poignant and brilliantly acted drama in which a young teenager observes the breakdown of his parents’ marriage in 1960’s Montana. An artful adaptation from a novel by Richard Ford that also subtly explores the disillusionment of post-war America.
Dir: Sebastián Lelio, UK/Ire/US, 2018, 114 mins
Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola
A passionate drama set amongst the Orthodox Jewish community of North London following a woman who, returning to her home-town for her father’s funeral, finds a forbidden love affair rekindled. A timely tale set at the crossroads of tradition and modernity, of personal desires and the demands of faith.
Dir: Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan, 2018, 121 mins, Japanese dialogue with subtitles
Kriin Kiki, Lily Franky, Sosuke Ikematsu
Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda returns to his socially-conscious dramas with this deeply moving story in which an impoverished family adopts a young girl they meet in the street fearing that she is being abused. A powerful meditation on big questions such as living a good life and taking responsibility in an uncaring society.
Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare’s Richard II, broadcast live from the stage of the Almeida Theatre in London to cinemas.
This visceral new production about the limits of power will be directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, whose previous plays include Little Revolution at the Almeida and Absolute Hell at the National Theatre.
Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule.
Simon Russell Beale returns to National Theatre Live screens following broadcasts of Timon of Athens and King Lear, and his recent role in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Lehman Trilogy.
Tickets £14/£10 (25 & under)
Dir: Tim Wardle, US, 2018, 105 mins
Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland and David Kellman were New York triplets separated at birth who grew up oblivious to one another’s existence until they reunited by chance in 1980 at age 19. This remarkable story is merely the opening chapter in this startling documentary full of twists and turns which goes some way to prove that truth really is stranger than fiction.
Dir: Justin Chadwick, UK, 2018, 105 mins
Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Jack O'Connell
Beauty, passion and tulips are the themes of this rich and playful historical romance set in 17th century Amsterdam, where money, lust and the heart are at odds with each other. Based on a novel by Deborah Moggach, the story follows an orphaned girl who, married by arrangement to a rich merchant, falls for an artist who is commissioned to paint her portrait.
Dir: David Lowery, US, 2018, 97 mins
Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek
Robert Redford plays gentleman bank robber Forrest Tucker, who, at nearly 70 years of age, shows no sign of slowing down. Having escaped prison on numerous occasions, he continues to perform small-scale hold-ups with two elderly accomplices. Said by Redford to be his final role, his winning portrayal of an incorrigible charmer serves as a fitting swansong for a living legend.
Dir: Tupaq Felber, UK, 2017, 99 mins
Simon Meacock, Roderick Hill, Amanda Rawnsley
A captivating drama following a group of middle-aged friends who go on a barging holiday on the canals of Southern England, as a way to offer support to one of their grieving members. A unique and sincere study of friendship, loneliness and the acceptance of life’s treacherous undercurrents.
Dir: Tim Curtis, UK, 2018, 54 mins
Stanley's War dramatises stories of love, loss and sacrifice, following the lives of Suffolk people during WW1. The film recounts the true life-changing experiences at the Western Front of Stanley Banyard, a farm hand from Ramsholt and how he saved the lives of his comrades lost in no-man’s-land by using skills he learnt as a boy from a Suffolk gamekeeper.
The film also follows the Pretty family, factory owners from Ipswich and the forbidden romance between Major Frank Pretty and Edith Dempster (later Edith Pretty of Sutton Hoo fame).
Based on true events this drama-documentary is presented by author and broadcaster John McCarthy with a screenplay written by Jonathan Ruffle, writer and creator of BBC ‘Tommies'.
Dir: Craig William Macneill, US, 2018, 103 mins
Chloë Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, Fiona Shaw
An eerie psychological thriller based on the true story of Lizzie Borden, who was accused and acquitted of murdering her father and stepmother with an axe in Massachusetts, in 1892. Interpreted as a woman trapped under her domineering father’s control, this is a portrayal of feminine ferocity and ingenuity in the face of injustice.
Dir: Laurent Tirard, Fr, 2018, 88 mins, French dialogue with subtitles
Jean Dujardin, Mélanie Laurent, Noémie Merlant
Charming comedy drama set in 1809 France where Captain Neuville, set to marry the naive Pauline, is forced to depart for the battlefield. While time passes by with no news from the captain, Pauline's sister Elizabeth writes fake letters on the Captain’s behalf to cheer her up. When he returns home unexpectedly, Elizabeth and Neuville engage in a ruthless fight using every trick in the book to expose one another.
By David Hare
Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.
What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your piece of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?
Dir: Harald Zwart, Norway, 2017, 130 mins, English, Norwegian, German & Saami dialogue
Thomas Gullestad, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Marie Blokhus
Set during World War II this stirring historical thriller follows Resistance hero Jan Baalsrud, the sole survivor of a thwarted Allied sabotage mission against the Nazis in occupied Norway, as he evades capture in an epic cross-country flight despite having been shot in the foot. A thrilling tale of survival that also magnifies the quiet but crucial bravery of helping civilians.
Dir: Yorgos Lanthimos, US, 2018, 119 mins
Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz
A sparkling period drama starring Olivia Colman (a delightful tragi-comic performance) as Queen Anne and the rivalry between two women to be her confidant and favourite. A deliciously entertaining period piece with ribaldry and intelligence to burn.
Dir: Wash Westmoreland, UK/US, 2018, 112 mins
Keira Knightley, Eleanor Tomlinson, Dominic West
Keira Knightley shines as French writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette in this empowering biopic following her struggle for independence after she agrees to ghostwrite a semi-autobiographical novel for her husband. The success of her story "Claudine at School" inspires her to fight for creative ownership and overcome the societal constraints of the early 20th century.
Dir: Marcus Lindeen, Swe/Den/US, 2018, 97 mins
A superb documentary about a bizarre social experiment run by an anthropologist Santiago Genoves in 1973 who wanted to prove that violence underlay all human relations. He recruited 11 men and women from all over the world, and planned to sail them in a raft from Europe to Mexico. They set sail and he was sure conflict would soon arise, the problem is that the crew didn't conform to his prejudices. A fascinating study in the dynamics of power and control featuring archive footage of the voyage alongside interviews with the surviving crew.
Dir: Jon S. Baird, US, 2018, 97 mins
John C. Reilly, Steve Coogan, Shirley Henderson
Set in 1953 this engaging drama follows Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy as they are about to embark on a tour of Britain with the aim of reigniting their fading career, which instead turned to be their last performances. A lovingly-crafted portrait of the comedy duo with strong performances from John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan, exploring their off-stage relationship tainted by exhaustion, age and illness.
Dir: Robert Guediguian, Fr, 2018, 107 mins, French dialogue with subtitles
Ariane Ascaride, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Gérard Meylan
When Maurice suffers a stroke, his middle-aged children come back to the family’s seaside villa near Marseille. While tending to their ailing father the siblings talk about their childhood and their mistakes later in life, slowly renewing the bond they once shared. A hopeful, touching drama about accepting past regrets and facing the future with a renewed outlook, told with great humanity and a good dose of French charm.
Broadcast live from The Old Vic in London, Academy Award-winner Sally Field (Steel Magnolias, Brothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner, Independence Day) star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama All My Sons.
America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business.
But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.
Jeremy Herrin (NT Live: This House, People, Places & Things) directs a cast including Jenna Coleman (Victoria), and Colin Morgan (Merlin).
All My Sons is an Old Vic co-production with Headlong
Tickets: £14/£10 (25 & under)