- 1h 59min
- Directed by: Michael Showalter
- Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano
Culture clash comedy written by real life couple Emily V Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani. It plays out with charming, sometimes toe-curling honesty and an acknowledgement of how complicated life can get when expectations weigh heavy and tradition unceremoniously intervenes.
Fri 23 Mar
Known in the US as Elevator to the Gallows, few debuts come punchier, cooler, and more influential than Louis Malles 1958 thriller about a Parisian murder plan unravelling, scene by fateful scene; the ingenuity of the plot evokes Hitchcock. Jeanne Moreau is captivating as the woman unhappily married to a wealthy arms dealer, who hatches the perfect plan with her lover to eliminate him. And as if the gorgeous photography, ingeniously twisty plot and performances were not enough, the film has the coolest of cool jazz scores, brilliantly improvised by Miles Davis with a group of French musicians. Absolutely brilliant.
Thu 8 Mar
- 1h 58min
- Directed by: Garth Davis
- Written by: Saroo Brierley, Luke Davies
- Cast: Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman
The true story of Saroo Brierley, who aged five is separated from his mother and family in India, declared lost and adopted by an Australian couple, only to track his family down years later using Google Earth. Hugely emotional, remarkably assured debut from Davis, with fine performances.
Sun 25 Feb
- Directed by: Nicholas Hytner
- Cast: Ben Whishaw, Michelle Fairley
Ben Whishaw and Michelle Fairley play Brutus and Cassius in Nicholas Hytner’s production of Shakespeare's political drama.
Thu 22 Mar
In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college,Shakespeares most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.
Thu 10 May
A comedy about the Syrian refugee crisis? Yes, this is a very funny, straight-faced comedy directed by a master of deadpan humour. A Syrian asylum seeker escapes from a Finnish detention centre and forms an unlikely friendship with an elderly restaurant owner. Movingly, the wry humour sits alongside a persuasive vision of what it might mean to be a Syrian refugee in Finland, complete with racist bullying and threats of violence. Its a deeply humane film, as well as a quietly hilarious one.
Thu 3 May
Janet hosts an intimate gathering of friends in her London home to celebrate her high profile political appointment. After her acerbic best friend and others arrive, some with dramatic news to share, an announcement by Janets husband provokes a series of revelations. As the sophisticated soiree starts to unravel, a night that began with champagne soon ends up with arguments, shouting and fights. Starring Kristin Scott-Thomas Patricia Clarkson and Cillian Murphy. Brilliant.
Fri 25 May
Annette Bening stars in this endearing retelling of the stranger-than-fiction, but true, love story between a struggling young actor and the Oscar-winning film star, Gloria Grahame. They met in London, where, looking for stage work at the end of her career, she was staying in the same North London boarding house as him and they had a short romance. Some time later he receives a phone call - she had collapsed in her dressing room while on tour and wanted to stay with Peter and his family in Liverpool to recuperate. Beguiling.
Sun 20 May
Here is a lyrical, profoundly moving, yet gently humorous film by Hirokazu Kore-eda, director of Our Little Sister. His most personal work to date, the film depicts one day in the life of the Yokoyama family, who are gathered together for a commemorative ritual whose nature only gradually becomes clear. Rather than focus on big dramatic moments, Kore-eda relies on simple gestures and domestic routines to evoke a familys entire life, its deep regrets and its daily joys. Absolutely pitch-perfect and featuring vivid, heartrending and heartwarming performances with a gentle naturalism, Still Walking is an extraordinary portrayal of the ties that bind us.
Thu 26 Apr
The year is 1940, London. With the nation bowed down by war, the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home. Realising their films could use a womans touch, the ministry hires Catrin Cole as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue. Gemma Arterton stands out in an all star cast as the woman who transforms the films they are trying to make, while being looked down on and paid less as she is a woman. This film is charming, witty, moving, kind of handsome, rousing, rigorous entertainment you cant help but love.
Sun 25 Mar
A United Kingdom tells the inspiring true story of Seretse Khama, the King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth defied family, Apartheid and empire - their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they transformed their nation and inspired the world. Filmmaker Amma Asante brings us this remarkable true story told with terrific warmth and idealism, style and wit - and irresistible storytelling relish.
Sun 22 Apr
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