- 139 min
- Directed by: Denzel Washington
- Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson
Troy ( Washington) is a proud, tight-fisted, ageing working stiff in 50s Pittsburgh, full of bitterness that God, poverty and segregation ruined his youthful dreams of sporting success. Beautifully shot family drama, superbly acted (especially by Washington and Davis), but it suffers a bit from heavy self-importance and a long running time.
Tue 4 Apr
- Canada, France
- Directed by: Xavier Dolan
- Cast: Gaspard Ulliel, Nathalie Baye, Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel
After 12 years away from his family, Louis (Ulliel) heads home to tell them that he's terminally ill, but his family is highly argumentative. Claustrophobic, laboured and uncomfortable to the point of unbearable; director Dolan describes it as his 'first film as a man' but it's not nearly as good as 2014's masterful Mommy.
Thu 6 Apr
- 100 min
- Directed by: Pablo Larrain
- Cast: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, John Hurt
Impressionistic, non-linear portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy, with an agonising, in-depth performance by Portman, who is gripping either while giving a shy television tour of the White House, or going to pieces in a bathroom. A mesmerising, technically virtuosic and remarkable reflection on celebrity, memory and the determined individual crafting history.
Mon 3 Apr
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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