- 2h 4min
- Directed by: Roger Michell
- Cast: Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Richard McCabe
In a now prohibitively expensive part of London, Grant's lowly bookseller literally bumps into Roberts' film star. Thereafter, they engage in romantic pursuits and eventually put class and culture clashes aside to live happily ever after. The leads don't strain themselves, but Richard Curtis' script is filled with witty jokes, particularly about national stereotypes.
Thu 27 Sep
- 1h 43min
- Directed by: Paul King
- Cast: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Imelda Staunton
Paddington (Whishaw) falls foul of a dastardly scheme to steal the key to a hidden fortune. The sequel to the wildly successful first film is implausibly even better, with spiffing action pieces, seemingly throwaway gags paying rich dividends later, and splendid performances from all, with Grant brilliant as the has-been thespian villain. Joyful stuff.
Sat 29 Sep
- 1h 59min
- Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
- Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Lauren Lee Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer
In 1962 Baltimore, Eliza (Hawkins) is a mute who works as a cleaner in a secret government facility alongside the chatty Zelda (Spencer); there she makes a connection with a mysterious monster (Jones). A wondrous tale of underwater love, with an apt and refreshing approach to female sexuality; from screenplay through casting, score and production, it all gels superbly.
Wed 26 Sep
- 2h 23min
- Directed by: Frank Darabont
- Cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman
Banged up for a crime he didn't commit (ain't they all?) quiet man Robbins plans a slow but effective revenge on the unnecessarily harsh prison regime. Freeman excels as the fellow con with an uncanny knack for procuring desired items. The film is certainly overlong, but the apocryphal feel to the storytelling and the period detail are well handled in what is, ultimately, a very fine movie indeed.
Fri 28 Sep
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