List Film

1917

1917
  • 2019
  • UK / US
  • 1h 57min
  • Directed by: Sam Mendes
  • Cast: George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch

Lance Corporals Schofield (MacKay) and Blake (Chapman) are given the job of hand-delivering a message to another unit, across the mud and misery of the trenches. It suffers from simplistic dialogue and flat characterisation, but it’s visually impressive and a respectable, heartfelt tribute to the sacrifice of WWI.

Thu 23 Jan
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Thu 30 Jan

Bombshell

Bombshell
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 49min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jay Roach
  • Cast: Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman, John Lithgow

The story of the Roger Ailes sexual harassment scandal at Fox News. It favours snappiness rather than a serious examination of the crimes, but Theron is excellent as Megyn Kelly and Kidman and Robbie are also compelling. Slick, glossy and entertaining, but it could have used more sensitivity and anger.

Thu 23 Jan
Fri 24 Jan
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Mon 27 Jan
Tue 28 Jan
Wed 29 Jan
Thu 30 Jan

Braveheart

Braveheart
  • 1995
  • US
  • 2h 57min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Mel Gibson
  • Written by: Randall Wallace
  • Cast: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Angus Macfadyen, Brendan Gleeson, Catherine McCormack

Mel Gibson's long and bloody account of the life of Scottish warrior hero William Wallace boasts some remarkable battle scenes and great performances. Aiming to entertain on a wider scale than the more literate Rob Roy, Braveheart's Scottish passion is tempered by a few Hollywood moments – touches of sentimentality and 'dramatic' historical inaccuracy.

Sat 25 Jan

Explore Film Course

Course exploring film.

Thu 23 Jan
Thu 30 Apr

A Hidden Life

A Hidden Life
  • 2019
  • US / Germany
  • 2h 53min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Terence Malick
  • Cast: August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Michael Nyqvist

A World War II drama directed by Terence Malick following a man who refuses to fight for the Nazis.

Thu 23 Jan
Fri 24 Jan
Tue 28 Jan

Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 48min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Taika Waititi
  • Cast: Roman Griffin Davis, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi, Rebel Wilson, Thomasin McKenzie, Sam Rockwell, Stephen Merchant

Jojo (Davis) is a ten-year-old, obedient Nazi boy in WWII Germany whose mother (Johansson) is in the Resistance; Jojo reinvents Hitler (Waititi) as his oddball imaginary friend. Waititi ridicules Nazi ideology with aplomb, and as Jojo journeys towards enlightenment and reconnects with his humanity, it’s even rather beautiful.

Thu 23 Jan
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Wed 29 Jan
Thu 30 Jan

La Boheme

La Boheme
  • 2008
  • Austria / Germany
  • 1h 54min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Robert Dornheim
  • Cast: Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazon, George Von Bergen

Decent film version of classic opera.

Wed 29 Jan
Tue 4 Feb

Life Is Beautiful

Life Is Beautiful
  • 1998
  • Italy
  • 1h 56min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Roberto Benigni
  • Written by: Roberto Benigni, Vincenzo Cerami
  • Cast: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano, Sergio Bini Bustric

A comedy about the Holocaust? Surely not. Well, that's what Italian writer-director-star Benigni has done in fashioning a poignant comic fable about the resilience of the human spirit and the power of the imagination. A humane and moving film.

Sun 26 Jan

Little Women

Little Women
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 15min
  • U
  • Directed by: Greta Gerwig
  • Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, James Norton, Louis Garrel, Chris Cooper

Adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel about a group of sisters growing up after the American Civil War. Gerwig’s affection and respect for the book is obvious but she boldly captures the transition from childhood to womanhood by playing with structure; an outstanding cast and skilful filmmaking make it a beautifully crafted tale of sisterhood, memory and authorship.

Thu 23 Jan

The Personal History of David Copperfield

The Personal History of David Copperfield
  • 2019
  • UK
  • 1h 59min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Armando Iannucci
  • Cast: Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Aneurin Barnard, Ben Whishaw, Morfydd Clark, Peter Capaldi, Gwendoline Christie, Benedict Wong, Paul Whitehouse, Daisy May Cooper

David (Patel) is an ever-optimistic orphan who’s given shelter by poor but worthy Mr Micawber (Capaldi). Iannucci brings out the lighter side of Dickens, and the result is a sprightly, breezy and colourful crack at a classic, with a fabulous supporting cast and a perfect turn by Patel as the likeable hero.

Fri 24 Jan
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Thu 30 Jan

The Rib

  • 2018
  • China
  • 1h 25min
  • Directed by: Wei Zhang
  • Cast: Marlo Bernier

Wei Zhang's dramatic take on Adam and Eve.

Wed 29 Jan

A Serial Killer's Guide To Life

  • 2019
  • 1h 21min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Staten Cousins Roe
  • Cast: Katie Brayben, Poppy Roe, Ben Lloyd-Hughes

An addict goes on a killing spree with her life coach.

Mon 27 Jan

Spies in Disguise

Spies in Disguise
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 41min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Nick Bruno, Troy Quane
  • Cast: Will Smith, Tom Holland, Rashida Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Reba McEntire, Rachel Brosnahan, Karen Gillan, DJ Khaled, Masi Oka, Carla Jimenez

Lance Sterling (Smith) is a super spy who has to team up with inventor Walter (Holland) to clear his name, but is turned into a pigeon. It’s all very derivative but good fun, with a cute message about embracing your weirdness, and Smith and Holland’s terrific double act should earn them their own live-action buddy comedy.

Sat 25 Jan
Sun 26 Jan

Uncut Gems

Uncut Gems
  • US
  • Directed by: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
  • Written by: 2019
  • Cast: Adam Sandler, Eric Bogosian, LaKeith Stanfield

Howard Ratner (Sandler) is a jeweller and compulsive gambler who finds himself pursued by collection men. A surging, sometimes very funny 80s-infused thriller; Sandler is sensational as the disreputable Howard and the film captures the anxiety and pace of the big city. Stressful but engrossing.

Thu 23 Jan
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An independent community cinema and cafe-restaurant run as a charity, Lewes Community Screen. It takes its name from the site, which used to be a depot for Royal Mail and later for Harvey’s Brewery.

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