Gifted (2017 USA) 101 mins, Cert. 12A

Screenings at 2.30 & 7.30

Director: Marc Webb
Stars: Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan 

At first glance the courtroom battle between a mother and her son for custody of his niece – his late sister’s daughter – who appears to be a child prodigy, seems a heavy subject.  However, Gifted is actually a well-handled, sometimes humorous and often uplifting pleasure – “the most surprising thing about “Gifted” is that it’s any good at all” (Roger Ebert).

 

Seven-year-old Mary (Mckenna Grace) is happy being home-educated by Uncle Frank (Chris Evans) but gets packed off to school against her will.  And there she is found to be a mathematical genius.

 

 

Grandmother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) wants to remove the talented child from the care of happy-go-lucky Frank and there the problems begin.

Grace “delivers an exceptional performance” in this “funny and moving comedy-drama” (Hollywood Reporter) – while Mary’s pet, a one-eyed ginger cat named Fred, plays an unexpected and very crucial role!


This link is to an analytical Review from Roger Ebert

 

The ‘official’ (US) Trailer can be seen below

 

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Wednesday 26th July 2017

Shows start at 2.30PM and 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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News Update 23 July 2017

We had a very enjoyable party for our volunteers in the Braithwaite Hall on Friday night. These dedicated people are the mainstay of the Campaign, and it was good to be able to acknowledge the work they do ensuring that our screenings run smoothly. We are always on the lookout for more help, so if you are interested please see the volunteers page.

Last week’s films proved very popular. In the case of My Cousin Rachel, this was hardly surprising – both screenings sold out. A well-made version of a classic English novel, this was always likely to please. It was interesting to hear that Rachel Weisz had decided before filming whether her character was ‘guilty’ or not, and played the role with this decision in mind, without telling the director. With Destiny (Der müde Tod), programming a silent film is always a risk, but this paid off, with a good audience enjoying this wonderful tale of a woman’s attempts to cheat the Grim Reaper. Weary Death himself was portrayed as not really enjoying his job, although finally there was no way of escaping him! Read more….