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• Friday 1 June for two weeks
PROMETHEUS 3D (15)
(US 2012) dir. Ridley Scott. 124m. Digital.
Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Charlise Theron.
In late 8th Century BC Greek mythology Prometheus was the god entrusted with the task of moulding mankind out of clay. His attempts to better the lives of his creation brought him into direct conflict with Zeus, King of the Gods, who punished his misdeeds by ordering the creation of Pandora, the first woman, as a means of delivering misfortune to mankind. In the second decade of the 21st Century AD, Ridley Scott, director of ALIEN and BLADE RUNNER, creates a modern mythology that tells of the crew of the spaceship Prometheus, their journey to the darkest corners of the universe wherein lie the origins of mankind on Earth, and the desperate battle to ensure the future of the human race. Actually filmed in 3D, rather than re-processed subsequently, PROMETHEUS could well be the cinema event of the year. Certainly no other movie will be featuring Noomi Rapace as a space archaeologist and Michael Fassbender as an advanced android designed to be indistinguishable from humans. Dream on.
N.B. The film will be shown in 2D at the Parents & Babies screenings on Thur 7 Jun at 10am and Tue 12 Jun at 1.00. Anyone preferring to watch the film in 2D may also attend these screenings and watch the film from the Circle.
• Friday 15 June for two weeks
(Canada 2012) dir. David Cronenberg. 108m. Digital.
Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Mathieu Almaric, Samantha Morton.
David Cronenberg and Don DeLillo's much praised novel were seemingly made for each other. New York City in the not-too-distant-future: Eric Packer, 28 year-old golden boy billionaire of the financial world is chauffeured across midtown Manhattan to get a haircut. He dreams of living in an advanced future civilization but as threats from both the real world - jams, encounters and accidents - and images conjured up by his ever-growing paranoia - presidents, assassins, ex-wives and rioters, Eric begins to piece together clues that lead him to a conclusion even more terrifying than any impending financial meltdown. The director of CRASH and NAKED LUNCH is clearly revisiting subjects that have always fascinated him: things organic and psychological that are inextricably intertwined, society's anxieties and phobias, and the consequences of repressed impulses and paranoia let free to run wild. With some inspired casting, not least Robert Pattinson as Eric, and much brilliant photography and design COSMOPOLIS is a controversial but hauntingly prophetic fable from a master film maker.
• Friday 29 June for one week
KILLER JOE (18)
(US 2011) dir.William Friedkin. 103m. Digital.
Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Gina Gershon, Thomas Haden Church.
The director of THE FRENCH CONNECTION and THE EXORCIST is back with an intoxicating pulp thriller that's a brazen and bloody blend of gallows humour and classic film noir. Emil Hirsch is the desperate young man who finds himself in debt to a drug baron and hires creepy, crazy Dallas cop (and part-time contract killer) Matthew McConaughey to carry out an an ill-conceived insurance scam involving his stepmother and sister. The twists and turns play out as a sort of contemporary fairy tale, albeit a very perverse one, and it all ends with a very satisfying (if controversial) bang. Full-frontal in every sense, KILLER JOE is an unabashed pulp romp of a movie with a collection of terrific performances of the blood-freezing kind that perfectly match William Friedkin's brilliant telling of writer Tracy Letts' horribly funny and twisted tale.
• Friday 6 July for one week
7 DAYS IN HAVANA (15)
(Spain-France 2012) dirs. Benicio del Toro, Pablo Trapero, Julio Medem, Elia Suleiman, Gaspar Noe, Juan Carlos Tabio & Laurent Cantet 128m. Subtitles. Digital.
Josh Hutcherson, Daniel Brühl, Emir Kusturica, Melissa Rivera, Elia Suleiman, Jorge Perugorría, Vladimir Cruz, Mirta Ibarra.
Seven days, seven stories, seven directors but just one subject: the vibrant and iconic capital of Cuba. A collection of some of cinema's most individual and acclaimed filmmakers combine to capture sights, sounds and lives with very diverse, but never less than fascinating, results. From the wild and crazy nights of visiting young American actor Josh Hutcherson pictured by Benicio del Toro to the Buster Keaton/Jacques Tati world of Elia Suleiman's ironic and humorous exploration of an upmarket hotel, there's never a dull moment and plenty of great music to keep things moving. Needless to say the most edgy contribution comes from ENTER THE VOID director Gaspar Noe with the story of a teenage girl caught in bed with a girlfriend and the exorcism which follows. But whatever the mood or perspective, 7 DAYS IN HAVANA, scripted by Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura, is a unique tour of a very different world.
• Saturday 7 July for six days
DARK HORSE (15)
(US 2011) dir. Todd Solondz. 84m. Digital.
Jordan Gelber, Selma Blair, Mia Farrow, Christopher Walken.
Maverick director Todd Solondz continues his exploration of the darker side of suburban life but the mood here is a touch gentler than usual if certainly no less agonisingly hilarious. It brings together two of life's more dysfunctional thirty-somethings: Abe lives with his parents, works for his father (Christopher Walken) plays backgammon with his mother (Mia Farrow) and collects toys. Life, but not his adolescent fantasy personality, changes when he meets Miranda who has moved back in with her parents to recover from romantic and literary failure. Things develop but soon start to go horribly wrong. With some wonderfully funny and confounding twists along the way, DARK HORSE brilliantly captures the sheer awkwardness of human relationships with eloquence and poignancy.
• Friday 13 July for one week
NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT (12A)
(Chile/Fr/Sp/Ger 2010 ) dir. Patricio Guzmán 90m. Digital.
International award-winning director Patricio Guzmán travels 10,000 feet above sea level to the driest desert on earth for this remarkable documentary. Here, the sky is so translucent that it allows astronomers to see the boundaries of the universe. Yet Chile's Atacama Desert climate also keeps human remains intact: pre-Columbian mummies; explorers and miners; and the remains of disappeared political prisoners. Women sift the desert soil for the bones of their loved ones, while archaeologists uncover traces of ancient civilizations and astronomers examine the most distant and oldest galaxies. Bringing together celestial and earthly quests, NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT is a beautiful, moving, and deeply personal odyssey into astronomy, archeology, geology and human rights.
• Friday 13 July for one week
(US 2011) dir. Tony Kaye 98m. Digital.
Adrien Brody, Marcia Gay Harden, Christina Hendricks, William Petersen, Lucy Liu, James Caan.
Tony Kaye's DETACHMENT is a powerful, passionate and even occasionally surrealistic look at real life with a brilliant performance from Adrien Brody. He's Henry Barthes, a teacher at large in the New York school system with a true talent to connect with his students but it's a gift that Henry has chosen to bury. By spending his days as a substitute teacher, he conveniently avoids any emotional connections by never staying anywhere long enough to form an attachment to either students or colleagues. When a new assignment places him at a school with a frustrated, burned-out administration and an apathetic student body, Henry's life begins to change as he begins to meet the challenges of both students and fellow teachers. With Brody's performance at the eye of the storm, it's an emotional hurricane of a journey that hits hard and, love it or hate it, you certainly won't ignore it.
• Friday 20 July for two weeks
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (12A)
(US 2012) dir. Christopher Nolans 164m. Digital.
Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman.
2012 has been a year of big screen superhero adventures, but the best (and smartest) is finally here. Director Christopher Nolan continues to magnificently transcend the entire genre and complete his Batman trilogy with a story set eight years after the Caped Crusader has retired in disgrace. Now there are two new threats to Gotham City: Catwoman Selina Kyle and terrorist leader, Bane, both classic villains from the Batman comic mythology. And so the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy. Darker and deeper explorations and reinventions, alongside more exhilarating set-pieces are to be expected and treasured.
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