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March 2020

Waves (15)

12th March 2020 2:00 pm

  Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, Waves from indie wunderkind Trey Edward Shults traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family. Tyler is an 18-year-old who is approaching the end of high school. Son of a well-intentional but domineering father, the pressure to excel in both academic and sporting fields is intense, and because his shoulder hurts, he begins to pop prescription pills, with unforeseen consequences. Unbearably tense, this is a film of two halves,…

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La Dolce Vita (12A)

12th March 2020 3:45 pm

  Celebrating the centenary of perhaps the most famous of Italian directors, Federico Fellini’s exquisite tale of celebrity casts an adoring yet critical eye towards ’60s Rome. The film marked the beginning of Fellini’s long association with actor Marcello Mastroianni, who plays a philandering journalist protagonist on a decadent seven-day quest for happiness that’s always just out of reach. Stylish and fantastical, the scenes from the film like the splash of Anita Ekberg as American superstar Sylvia into the Trevi…

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  One of the key films of German Expressionist cinema, this diabolical tale has been incalculably influential on horror, film noir and gothic cinema. At a local carnival in a small German town, hypnotist Dr. Caligari presents the somnambulist named Cesare who can purportedly predict the future. But at night, the doctor wakes Cesare from his sleep to enact his evil bidding… one which would change the lives of many in the town forever. The film’s nightmarishly jagged sets, sinister…

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Greed (15)

13th March 2020 - 15th March 2020

  Steve Coogan gleams, teeth and all, in his role as Sir Richard ‘Greedy’ McCreadie, the king of the high street. Many of the seven deadly sins show up in this fast-paced mockumentary from prolific Winterbottom (The Trip). Set back by fraud investigations, McCreadie is determined to prove he is still top of the heap by throwing the ultimate celeb-filled, Roman-themed 60th birthday party on a Greek island, complete with fake amphitheatre, gladiators and real lions. What could go wrong?…

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Mr Jones (15)

13th March 2020 - 14th March 2020

  Inspired by her Eastern Ukrainian grandfather, Andrea Chalupa’s first script, made into a fine, bold film by Agnieszka Holland, reveals the extent of Stalin’s genocidal famine. Gareth Jones, an ambitious and idealistic Welsh journalist, a former government adviser to Lloyd George, decides to travel to Moscow in the 1930s in an attempt to get an interview with Stalin himself. Hearing murmurs of government-induced famine, he travels clandestinely to Ukraine, where he witnesses the atrocities of man-made starvation first-hand. It’s…

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire (15)

13th March 2020 - 15th March 2020

  New from French filmmaker Céline Sciamma (Water Lilies, Tomboy, Girlhood) comes an enigmatic historical romance. At the end of the 18th century, artist Marianne is commissioned to paint a betrothal portrait of a young woman, Lady Héloïse. Knowing that Héloïse resists marriage, Marianne disguises herself as a lady’s companion in order to gain her subject’s trust; only to find herself inadvertently falling in love with her. A subversively seductive love story, Portrait... sees Sciamma explore the qualities of female-only…

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Dark Waters (12A)

13th March 2020 - 15th March 2020

  A tense one-man crusade against big business interests is the latest film from the director of Carol. Robert Billott, an Ohio lawyer works for a big company that represents the interests of major corporations like DuPont, the global chemical manufacturer. Against the advice of his firm, he takes on the cause of a West Virginian cattle farmer who is convinced that his cows are dying because of water supply contamination from the DuPont factories. Mild-mannered and solid, Billott absorbs…

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Balloon (12A)

13th March 2020 4:15 pm

  PREVIEW PRIOR TO GENERAL RELEASE The tranquil family life of a sheep farmer in the Tibetan grasslands is overshadowed by China’s rigid birth control policy. In the early 1980s, Dargye and his wife Drolkar lead a serene but ordinary life with their three sons and Dargye’s elderly father. The balloon of the title, actually a condom inflated by the couple’s mischievous sons, triggers a whole series of predicaments that bring life and death, spirituality and hard facts, politics and…

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The Truth (PG)

13th March 2020 7:45 pm

  PREVIEW PRIOR TO GENERAL RELEASE Following his 2018 Palme d’Or win with Shoplifters, festival favourite Hirokazu Kore-eda delivers his first eagerly-awaited feature set outside Japan. Fabienne is a star; a star of French cinema. She reigns amongst men who love and admire her. When she publishes her memoirs, her daughter Lumir returns from New York to Paris with her husband and young child. The reunion between mother and daughter will quickly turn to confrontation: truths will be told, accounts…

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The County (15)

14th March 2020 5:00 pm

  PREVIEW PRIOR TO GENERAL RELEASE Time to reach for the Icelandic knits for this earthy comedy from the director of Rams about a widowed farmer who squares up to local corruption. Inga ekes out a bleak, careworn existence on an remote farm with her husband Reynir. Mired in debt and exhausted by harsh, physical labour, her isolation becomes absolute when she finds herself suddenly on her own. Uncovering shady dealings by the neighbourhood co-operative that push her further into…

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