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.
Extra screening Mon 21 Jan due to demand.
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.
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.
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.