- 1h 46min
- Directed by: Marielle Heller
- Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells
Lee Israel (McCarthy) is a writer facing financial difficulties who starts forging letters from famous writers as a way to earn money. McCarthy gives one of her best performances as the stubborn Lee, and Grant is excellent as her buddy Jack. Deviously funny and deeply moving.
Tue 25 Jan
- 2h 32min
- Directed by: Steven Spielberg
- Cast: Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers
Adaptation of JG Ballad's memoirs of his time as a young boy in Japan during WWII.
Fri 12 Nov
- 1h 36min
- Directed by: Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts
An intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war.
Sun 14 Nov
- 2h 15min
- 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.
Tue 23 Nov
- 1h 31min
- Directed by: Adrian Noble
- Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Spall, Wendy Morgan
LS Lowry (Spall) is a meek Salford rent collector dominated by his bedridden mother Elizabeth (Redgrave), but his secret passion for painting is about to bring him success. Hesford’s clichéd script feels more like a stage or radio play but Spall and Redgrave manage to bring substance to the bickering; still, it’s glum, downcast and lacking insight.
Fri 10 Dec
- UK / US
- 1h 52min
- Directed by: Gavin Hood
- Cast: Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Ralph Fiennes
The story of Katharine Gun (Knightley), the GCHQ whistleblower who in 2003 leaked an email containing details of a US eavesdropping operation targeting UN Security Council members concerning the invasion of Iraq. Knightley gives a tightly-wound performance and Hood tells the story with sensationalising it. Possibly one of the most important films of the year.
Fri 14 Jan
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