- 1h 34min
- Directed by: Alma Har'el
- Written by: Shia LaBeouf
- Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe
Otis (Jupe, later Hedges) is the son of a difficult father, James (LaBeouf, playing a character based on his own father), in a story that goes back and forth between the 90s and 00s. Obviously a cathartic tale for actor turned screenwriter LaBeouf, it’s indulgent, irritating and emotional but has impressive performances and memorable imagery.
Thu 23 Jan
- 1h 59min
- Directed by: Scott Z. Burns
- Cast: Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm
Daniel Jones (Driver), a former US Senate investigator, writes a report on the CIA’s torture programme which reveals that torture produces no actionable intelligence. A damning if flat indictment of CIA practices with some insulting creative decisions (such as gratuitous scenes of staged torture); full of facts, but devoid of tension, drama and emotion.
Fri 24 Jan
Sat 25 Jan
- UK / Italy / Argentina / USA
- 2h 5min
- Directed by: Fernando Meirelles
- Cast: Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins, Juan Minujín
Pope Benedict XVI (Hopkins) hangs out with the man who will become his successor, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pryce). Set against the backdrop of the church’s sex abuse scandals, the story is more about the difficulty of being Pope. A buoyant film with Hopkins and Pryce on award-worthy form.
Tue 21 Jan
Developed in the 1970s with the aim of broadening the film programming in Stoke-on-Trent, the Film Theatre continues to champion independents and foreign films. Volunteer-run and, despite its location on the university campus, open to all.
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