While there has been plenty of focus on Spike Lees evocation of racism in the 70s, in Blackkklansman, this refreshingly original film, which cover many of the same themes even more deftly and in a contemporary setting, has flown under the radar.Convicted felon Collin is just trying to make it through his final three days of probation, but out one night he witnesses a white cop kill an unarmed black man. You might expect this to then become laboured and polemical, but this film completely wrong foots you.Scenes swerve from hilarity to high tension, but the suspense is in service to a conscientious goal.Blindspotting also weaves poetry into its characters everyday lives, with striking results and fans of the brilliant stage musical Hamilton will find much to admire here.By equal turns tense and witty but with plenty of perceptive social commentary to go around, Blindspotting boasts an embarrassment of visual, narrative and poetic riches and it deserves and demands to be seen
Fri 26 Apr
Heres an edge of the seat, utterly gripping thriller a Good Time indeed.After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine Nikas (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through New York City's underworld in an increasingly desperate-and dangerous-attempt to get his brother out of jail. Over the course of one adrenalized night, Constantine finds himself on a mad descent into mayhem as he races against the clock to save his brother and himself, knowing their lives hang in the balanceA visual treat filled out by consistently stellar work from Robert Pattinson, Good Time is a singularly distinctive crime drama offering far more than the usual genre thrills.
Fri 22 Mar
When police officer Asger Holm is demoted to desk work, he expects a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman who then disconnects abruptly. Asger, confined to the police station, is forced to use others as his eyes and ears as the severity of the crime slowly becomes more clear.The search to find the missing woman and her assailant will take every bit of his intuition and skill, as a ticking clock and his own personal demons conspire against him. This innovative and unrelenting Danish thriller uses a single location to great effect, ratcheting up the tension as twists pile up and secrets are revealed.A consummately riveting Danish thriller, The Guilty puts you on hold, then puts you in a hold. It wont be letting go until its short, sharp and nerve-shredding 80 minutes are up.
Fri 24 May
The National Theatre production of Arthur Miller's great play, starring Sally Field, Bill Pullman and Jenna Coleman.
Tue 14 May
Gillian Anderson and Lily James star in Ivo den Hove's stage version of the classic movie by Joseph Mankiewicz.
Thu 11 Apr
The winner of this years top prize at Cannes, SHOPLIFTERS follows a small band of marginalised misfits struggling to make ends meet on the outskirts of Tokyo. Shoplifting to get by, they decide to secretly adopt a little girl they find foraging for scraps in the freezing cold - before an unforeseen incident begins to test their bondIts a welcome return by the renowned Japanese director, Kore-ada (Still Walking, Our Little Sister) who shines a spotlight on the struggling classes with his usual insight, compassion and humour.A triumph of subtlety over spectacle, Shoplifters is sure to steal your heart.
Thu 9 May
In A Star Is Born, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fuse their considerable talents to depict the raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together, on stage and in life. Theirs is a complex journey through the beauty and the heartbreak of a relationship struggling to survive. In this new take on the iconic love story, four-time Oscar nominee Cooper (American Sniper, American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook), makes his directorial debut, and also stars alongside multiple award-winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Gaga in her first leading role in a major motion picture. Cooper portrays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally. She has given up on her dream to become a successful singer, until she meets Jack, who immediately sees her natural talent.
Sun 19 May
His job is a drag, his wife may be cheating on him, and hes not getting any younger. Accountant Eric (Rob Brydon) is simply treading water when he discovers a newfound sense of purpose thanks to an unexpected source: a group of similarly stuck-in-a-rut guys who have found camaraderie and self-worth through synchronized swimming.Sure, they may be a bit paunchy, but theyre determined to prove they have what it takes to be a whirling, twirling, scissor-kicking aquatic dream team. And theyve set their sights on the ultimate prize: the world championship. Showcasing the sharp wit of The Trip series Rob Brydon, Swimming With Men is a big-hearted, delightfully offbeat ode to answering your calling, no matter where you are in life.
Sun 28 Apr
After nearly forty years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Mans Wife. Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. Joes literary star has blazed since he and Joan first met in the late 1950. The Wife interweaves the story of the couples youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, thirty-plus years later–a lifetimes shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and mutual love.The Wife relies on the strength of Glenn Closes performance to drive home the power of its story – and she proves thoroughly, grippingly up to the task.
Sun 24 Mar
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