- 116 min
- Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
- Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma, Mark O'Brien
When 12 granite pod-like spaceships land on Earth, linguistic expert Dr Louise Banks (Adams) is recruited to try to communicate with their owners. Powerful, intelligent and profound sci-fi, with assured direction, impressive but restrained effects and anchored by a mesmerising performance from Adams as the brave, vulnerable and fallible central character.
Thu 19 Jan
- France / Poland
- 115 min
- Directed by: Anne Fontaine
- Cast: Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza
Mathilde (de Laâge) is a French Red Cross medic in Poland in 1945, who has to care for a group of nuns and novices who have become pregnant after being raped by Russian soldiers. An appalling plight is presented with sensitivity and restraint, and Buzek is poignant as the compassionate and relatively wordly Sister Maria.
Tue 24 Jan
Thu 26 Jan
- US/Australia/UK/New Zealand
- 132 min
- Directed by: Derek Cianfrance
- Cast: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz, Bryan Brown, Jack Thompson
Tom (Fassbender) is a repressed former soldier working as a lighthouse keeper in post-WWI Australia; one day he and his wife Isabel (Vikander) find a live baby and dead man in a rowboat. Weighty stuff, but the laboriously worthy screenplay and overwrought direction make it disappointingly conventional and mawkish where it should be moving.
Thu 19 Jan
- US / UK / Czech Republic
- 111 min
- Directed by: Amma Asante
- Cast: Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael
In post-war London, Ruth (Pike) and black law student Seretse (Oyelowo) fall in love; the thing is, he's first in line to the throne of Bechuanaland (today's Botswana). Based on a true story; Pike and Oyelowo bring a warm human touch to this sentimental but well-crafted history lesson.
Thu 19 Jan
This cinema replaces the original Ritz cinema which closed in 1991 after 72 years. Now a small indie venture with a mixed programming.
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