- 123 min
- Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov
- Cast: Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, Toby Kebbell, Nazanin Boniadi
Judah Ben-Hur (Huston) is a wronged nobleman who does a lot of stuff but chiefly races in a chariot against adopted brother Messala (Kebbell). Forgettable and largely pointless remake of the 1959 classic, heavy on the action but light on plot, characterisation or entertainment.
Wed 26 Oct
- 127 min
- Directed by: Brad Furman
- Cast: Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger
Robert Mazur (Cranston) is a US Customs official who goes undercover to infiltrate the drug cartels and take down the notorious Pablo Escobar. Every cliché of the genre is present, from the resentful wife (Aubrey) to the impulsive assassinations, but Cranston is consistently sympathetic and Furman delivers the occasional sharp jab.
Thu 27 Oct
- 114 min
- Directed by: Stig Björkman
- Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Roberto Rossellini, Pia Lindström
Respectful but discerning documentary about one of Hollywood's greatest stars, culled from home movies, diaries, letters from friends and contributions from her children (including Isabella Rossellini in delightfully idiosyncratic form). A shrewd and elegant look at a woman who took films more seriously than life.
Tue 25 Oct
- 102 min
- Directed by: Travis Knight
- Cast: Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, Brenda Vaccaro, George Takei
One-eyed origami expert Kubo (Parkinson) joins forces with no-nonsense Monkey (Theron) and goofy human/insect warrior Beetle (McConaughey) on a quest to defeat the Moon King (Fiennes). Breathtakingly beautiful stop-motion animation, maybe too scary for young kids, but with plenty of humour, fine voice performances and a story full of heart.
Tue 25 Oct
- 97 min
- Directed by: Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau
- Written by: Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau
- Cast: Geoffrey Couët, François Nambot, Mario Fanfani
A couple meet in a Parisian sex club and have unprotected sex. One is HIV positive, and the film follows them as they start treatment and begin to fall in love.
Wed 26 Oct
From the popular to the obscure, The Rex's film programme is varied and highlights its uniqueness: in terms of decor (decadent art deco) and temperament (no popcorn, reasonably priced tickets).
Opened in 1938, the first film shown was Shirley Temple's Heidi, and the venue suffered from the peaks and troughs of cinema's popularity, closing in 1988 before reopening in 2004. For a period during the 1970s, the second room was used as a bingo hall and often the calling of the numbers could be heard at the same time as the film being screened.
The cinema now endevours to show a different film each day and sells out regularly. The ambiance is one of relaxation and comfort – with no cliched cinema food (stale popcorn or flaccid hotdogs) – and encourages visitors to dress up in their Sunday best.
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