Stars: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken, Jo Hartley
Michael “Eddie” Edwards is a legend of British winter sports, competing as a ski jumper in the Calgary Winter Olympics of 1988, despite little experience of this terrifying and demanding event. Fletcher adapts his life story into an engaging and uplifting comedy-drama, as the underdog (Egerton) finds a coach (Jackman) with a similar outsider spirit, to together prove the doubters wrong and fulfil Eddie’s Olympic dream. “A solid gold winner” (Empire Magazine).
Surprisingly hard to find a link to a review that will not demand that you click here or sign up to that or bring your system to a halt with unwanted ads, so lets cut to the chase with this Telegraph link to the trailer which also reviews the film (sort-of): http://www.telegraph.co.uk/film/eddie-the-eagle/trailer/
David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Thursday 28 April 2016 Starts at 2:30PM and 7:30PMClick on times to book relevant tickets. Ticket Price: £6.50 – £8.00
The 2:30PM screening is subtitled for people with a hearing loss.
New England, 1630. On a humble, isolated farm by a dense forest, a devout Puritan family strives to achieve self-sufficiency. The mysterious disappearance of their youngest child causes despair and escalating hysteria, as fears that dark forces are at work take hold.
Shot in Canada, a talented British cast and “an exquisite sense of historical detail” cast “a highly atmospheric spell” (Variety). Eggers displays exceptional promise, and his visionary and unsettling film has received Sundance (Directing) and London Film Festival (First Feature) awards.
Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt
As the millennial boom rolled on, the housing market seemed like the best one-way bet in town – anyone could own a home (or five) and the banks made vast profits packaging and selling on mortgage debt. A few small-timers, lone wolves and oddballs – Carell’s splenetic trader and Bale’s death-metal-drumming fund manager among them – realised the foundations were rotten, and set out to profit… McKay is brilliant, telling most of this potentially complex story in outrageously entertaining style, while mindful of the human cost of the crash and furious at the amoral decadence which led to it.
Review: watch this space
Trailer:watch this space
David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Saturday 23 April 2016 From 2:30PM to 4:45PM Click on time to book relevant tickets. Ticket Price: £6.50 – £8.00
Stars: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving
Gummi and Kiddi are brothers, neighbours and rivals, farming sheep in a remote Icelandic valley. They haven’t spoken in 40 years, communicating only through a sheepdog messenger, but must cope with radically changed times when scrapie is found in Gummi’s flock. With its “intensity and deadpan humour”, this tragicomedy, set on the very edge of human civilisation, is a “wonderfully idiosyncratic and moving Cain and Abel-style saga”” (The Independent).
Stars: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan
Motivational speaker Michael (voiced by Thewlis) struggles so much to connect with other people that they’ve all started to sound the same (Noonan), until he meets Lisa (Leigh) and forges a connection. Can these two insecure souls form a lasting relationship? And how do you tell a story like this through the medium of stop-motion animation?
Expertly, it seems, as this is another innovative gem from Kaufman, writer of Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine…,
“Anomalisa has more heart, soul and pathos than 99.9 per cent of live-action movies” (Empire Magazine).
Stars: Alec Guinness, Robert Newton, Kay Walsh, John Howard Davies
Presented on 35mm.
Marking 25 years since David Lean’s death, his biographer Kevin Brownlow joins us to introduce a favourite Lean film. This adaptation expertly retells Dickens’ enormous novel in little under two hours, and gave Lean another box office hit after the huge success of Great Expectations. In Lean’s hands, the tale of a young boy’s progress from the workhouse to London’s criminal underworld is, “A superb piece of motion picture art… One of the finest screen translations of a literary classic ever made” (New York Times).
Strange to say, internet links to contemporary reviews of a film which premiered 68 years ago are hard to come by…..
Stars: Annette Benson, Brian Aherne, Donald Calthrop, Wally Patch
Winsome damsel-in-distress on screen and diva off screen, Mae (Benson) has tired of square-jawed co-star and husband Julian (Aherne), preferring debonair Andy (Calthrop), known to the public as a Chaplinesque clown. At first a hilarious, biting movie industry satire, Shooting Stars takes a darker turn when Mae schemes to escape her personal and professional crisis.
This recently restored gem is surely one of the best-directed films in early British cinema – Asquith crafted wonderful visual humour, lush romance, urgent action and a truly poignant final scene with exquisite framing and lighting.
Not so much a Review, more a discussion of late 20s film at the London Film Festival:‘review’
While there is (no longer) an official Trailer, BFI has put this clip on YouTube: ‘extract’
David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Tuesday 24 May 2016 Starts at 7:30PM Ticket Price: £6.50 – £8.00
Saul is a sonderkommando in Auschwitz, forced to assist in the disposal of the exterminated. When he recognises a boy who he takes to be his son, he tries to find a rabbi to give the body a proper Jewish burial.
The fluid camerawork truly portrays the horror and despair of the death camps. This brilliant debut feature from Hungarian director Nemes won the Grand Prix at Cannes and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
More a discussion than a Review from the Guardian (the video link is to the Trailer for ‘Night Will Fall, last year’s HMD presentation at the David Lean): review
Stars: Helena Bereen, Richard Buick, Felicity McKee, Shane McCaffrey
Belfast is not just a place, but also reimagined as a 10,000-year-old woman in a psycho-geographical journey that challenges our perceptions about this complex city. Cousins – born in the city himself – challenges us to see beauty in the unexpected as we follow the motherly Belfast, who surveys the history, streets and people with compassion but not judgement.
This uplifting and thought-provoking study is set to a beautiful score by another Belfast native, David Holmes.
Three sisters live together in an old house in a beautiful coastal town. When their long-absent father dies, their teenage, orphaned half-sister comes to live with them. Different in personalities, but sharing a strong bond, they begin a new life of joyful discovery, despite the shadows of their family history.
Boasting four superb performances and an abundance of traditional Japanese cuisine, this sensitive, poetic and heartening tale of love and family ties is an utterly absorbing pleasure from start to finish.
Highly recommended to anyone who was moved by Brooklyn’s gentle, thoughtful drama.