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Thursday 9th February In the Mood for Love (2000) Cert PG/ 98 mins Dir Wong Kar-Wai Starring:Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung Two couples move into the same apartment block on the same day. After picking up various clues, Chow Mo-Wan (Tony Leung) and Su Li-Zhen (Maggie Cheung) begin to suspect that their spouses are having an affair and develop their own bond, hurt by the betrayal and unsure of their feelings about each other. Wong Kar-Wai’s 60s period piece is a regular feature in lists of the best films of the 21st century. Beautifully shot and with an exquisite soundtrack, the film creates an enigmatic mood which charmed critics around Europe and won it a Palme d’Or nomination at Cannes.
Thursday 23 February Animal Kingdom (2010) Cert 18/ 113 mins Dir David Michôd Starring: James Frecheville, Guy Pearce and Jackie Weaver After the death of his mother from a drugs overdose, 17-year old J (James Frecheville) moves in with his grandmother, Smurf (Jackie Weaver), the head of a Melbourn crime family. When Smurf’s eldest son Pope turns up the family becomes embroiled in a bitter turf war. Writer/ director David Michôd’s modern gangster film has won high praise and armfuls of awards the world over, including a well deserved Academy Award nomination for Jackie Weaver for her turn as a modern day Lady Macbeth.
Thursday 8 March A Scanner Darkly (2006) Cert 15/ 100 mins Dir Richard Linklater Starring:Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and Robert Downey Jr. Anaheim,California, the near future. Bob Arctor, an addict to the drug Substance D, is actually an undercover cop out to bust the D network. Bob’s bosses, who don’t know his cover story, order him to spy on himself, causing his grip on reality to be shaken by his schizoid way of life. A dystopian paranoid thriller, A Scanner Darkly tracks addiction in all its highs and lows, and offers a dignified elegy for its misguided casualties. Add to this the mindbendingly intricate plotting, inventively funny stoner dialogue, and a career-topping performance by Robert Downey Jr and you have a film which, like all classics will leave viewers wanting to experience it over and over again.
Thursday 22 March Singin’ in the Rain (1952) Cert U/ 112 mins Dir Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly Starring: Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Cyd Charisse Made in 1952 “Singin’ in the Rain” was a big hit with film goers on its initial release, but not accorded its legendary status by contemporary critics and only later was universally acclaimed as, not only one of the best movie musicals ever made, but is also ranked 5th in the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 greatest ever films. Donald O’Connor co-stars in the best role of his life, while Debbie Reynolds and Cyd Charisse perform the breakthrough roles of their careers. Set in 1927, the witty, sardonic screenplay spoofs Hollywood when it was learning how to talk. Kelly not only directs and takes the male lead, but also choreographs the stunning dance routines make Singin’ in the Rain into an undoubted masterpiece.
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