Programme 2015-2016

9 September 2015

A Most Wanted Man (80%)

Based on John le Carré’s book: Günther. Bachmann (the late Philip Seymour Hoffman) investigates when a brutally tortured Chechen-Russian man arrives in Hamburg, seeking asylum and his notoriously evil father’s massive fortune. Compelling to the final scene.

UK, 2014, Anton Corbijin. Crime/drama/thriller, 122 mins (15)


23 September 2015

Leviathan (S) (77%)

Kolya and young wife Lilya find out that their family home on the Barents Sea coast is to be purchased by the local mayor in pursuit of his own building development plans. ‘An outstanding tale of the epic and everyday.’ – Mark Kermode..

Russia, 2014, Andrei Zvyagintsev. Drama, 140 mins (15).


7October 2016

45 Years (74%)

A long-married couple’s relationship is put under severe stress by the discovery of the body of the husband’s long lost first love just days before their 45th anniversary party. Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling excel in this moving, absorbing drama.

UK, 2015, Andrew Haigh. Drama/romance, 95 mins (15).


14 October 2015

Whiplash (84%)

A young drummer enrols at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realise a student’s full potential. Superb performances by Miles Teller and J. K. Simmons.

USA, 2014. Damien Chazelle. Drama/music, 107 mins (15).


28 October 2015

Timbuktu (76%)

A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives abruptly changed by Jihadists. A formidable and angry, yet timely, compassionate, even witty film about life under Jihadist rule.Stunningly filmed.

France/Mauritania, 2014. A. Sissako. Drama, 97 mins (12A).


4 November 2015

Northern Soul (54%)

Set in 1974, a life-affirming, feisty and amusing chronicle of a cramped corner of Lancastrian social history. The lives and horizons of two working class friends are opened up by their mutual discovery of the dance music of urban black America.

UK 2014, Elaine Constantine. Drama/music, 102 mins (15).


6 January 2016

Taxi Tehran (75%)

 


27 January 2017

Force Majeure (S) (63%)

Set in a ski resort, where a Swedish family are enjoying a winter break –then a dangerous situation arises, but the husband’s first instinct is to save his iPhone. A very polite gender war ensues. Wickedly funny and well-observed psychodrama.

Sweden, 2014, Ruben Östlund. Black comedy, 120 mins (15).


10 February 2017

Human Capital (S) (83%)

As details emerge of a cycling accident, the lives of the privileged Bernaschi family intertwine with the lives of the struggling Ossolas, in ways neither could have expected. A subtle account of the value of human life in an age of financial manipulation.

Italy, 2013, Paolo Virzi. Drama, 111 mins (15).


24 February 2016

The Lobster (51%)

‘Deadpan surrealism’. In a dystopian near future, single people have to find a mate in 45 days or be transformed into animals and released into the woods. Cannes contender starring Rachel Weisz, Colin Farrell and
Ben Wishaw.

UK, 2015. Yorgos Lanthimos. Comedy/drama/rom 118 mins (15).


16 March 2016

Ashes and Diamonds (S) (61%)

Featured classic.
Richly composed and photographed, this is an often overlooked masterpiece of Eastern European cinema. A taut, political drama that delicately dissects issues and themes rarely visited by war movies.t.

Poland, 1958, Andrzej Wajda. Drama/war, 103 mins (15).


30 March 2016

Knocked for Six
aka Save Your Legs (70%)

Inspired by true events, the film follows an amateur cricket group on
a dream tour in India which becomes a real culture-clash, and many of the men are forced to face the realities of their friendship.
USA, 2015, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, Drama, 105 mins (12).


13 April 2016

The German Doctor (86%)

Patagonia, 1960; a German doctor joins an Argentinian family on their journey to a new home, while Israeli agents are looking to bring him to justice. The story explains why many Nazi war criminals escaped detection after fleeing to South America.

Argentina, 2013, Lucia Puenzo. Thriller, 93 mins (15).


27 April 2016

Slow West (71%)

Members’ choice.


11 May 2016

 

Blade Runner star rating=”68″ type=”percent” numeric=”yes”]

Explores the effect of social conven-tions on forming female identities, and the inequalities of being black and living in the Paris banlieue. Fed up with her lack of prospects, Marieme starts a new life after meeting three free-spirited girls.

France, 2014, Céline Sciamma. Drama, 113 mins (15).


19 May 2016 (additional film in this season!)

Annual General Meeting at 7pm, followed at 8pm by:

Girlhood (S) star rating=”74″ type=”percent” numeric=”yes”]

Explores the effect of social conven-tions on forming female identities, and the inequalities of being black and living in the Paris banlieue. Fed up with her lack of prospects, Marieme starts a new life after meeting three free-spirited girls.

France, 2014, Céline Sciamma. Drama, 113 mins (15).