- 139 min
- Directed by: Mel Gibson
- Cast: Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Vince Vaughn
Desmond Doss (Garfield) is a Seventh Day Adventist who enrols in the US Army in WWII and then refuses even to pick up a rifle, let alone shoot one. Doss’s real-life bravery and Garfield’s awkward-everyman persona make this rise above Gibson’s rather clichéd reverence, and the battle sequences are superbly realised.
Fri 5 May
Sat 6 May
Tue 9 May
Wed 10 May
THE RETURNJulius Caesar has returned to Rome triumphant from the war against Pompey. The Roman republic is prepared to heap him with new honours, causing concern and dismay among some senators who fear that too much power is held by one man.
THE PLOTCaius Cassius plots a conspiracy to murder Caesar, enlisting the support of the well-respected Marcus Brutus.
Brutus has misgivings but is persuaded that Caesar's death is necessary for the good of the republic.
ASSASSINATIONHowever, he rejects Cassius' proposal that Mark Antony, close friend of Caesar, should also be killed. Brutus, Cassius and their co-conspirators stab Caesar to death at the senate house on the Ides of March.
At Caesar's funeral Brutus addresses the people and successfully explains the conspirators' motives. However, Mark Antony speaks next and turns the mob against the conspirators, who are forced to flee from Rome.
A NEW ROMEMark Antony and Caesar's nephew, Octavius, take command of Rome and lead an army against the conspirators. Brutus and Cassius are defeated at Philippi where they kill themselves rather than be captured.
Wed 3 May
- 152 min
- Directed by: Angus Jackson
- Cast: Andrew Woodall, Alex Waldmann, Jon Tarcy, James Corrigan
Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare’s epic political tragedy, as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control.
Wed 3 May
- UK / India
- 106 min
- Directed by: Gurinder Chadha
- Cast: Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Hugh Bonneville, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi
Lord Louis Mountbatten (Bonneville) is to oversee Britain’s withdrawal from India and the ensuing partition, but he and his wife Edwina (Anderson) witness the violence erupting through the country. A below-stairs romance between Dayal and Qureshi is frustratingly insipid and the Indian characters are all unforgivably poorly drawn. Despite some good acting, timid and inert.
Wed 3 May
- 91 min
- Directed by: Alex Helfrecht, Jörg Tittel
- Cast: Agyness Deyn, Lorenzo Allchurch, Fiona Shaw, Greta Scacchi, Jonathan Pryce
Djata (Allchurch) lives in an isolated totalitarian homeland; when his dad is whisked away, his mother Hannah (Deyn) tries to find a solution. Despite crisp photography and an impressive cast (Allchurch and Deyn are good, as is Scacchi as a sly, sexually exploitative general) which help compensate for a modest budget, the film never quite finds the right tone.
Tue 2 May
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