With only a month or so left of the summer holidays, we continue to bring you news of all the latest films, special screenings, and student-friendly deals that Harbour Lights has to offer. This week, firm favourites and interesting new discoveries lie in waiting of an audience…
The Shallows (15)
This week’s leading film is Jaume Collet-Serra’s survival thriller, The Shallows. Starring Blake Lively, the film follows a troubled young surfer who soon finds herself in hot (and bloody) water, when a vicious great white shark attacks her. Injured and stranded 200 yards from shore, she must use all her wits and determination to escape alive.
Finding Dory (U)
Pixar’s long-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo is still available to watch this week. Featuring Ellen Degeneres’ lovable but forgetful blue tang – this time in the much-deserved starring role – the film follows Dory and her friends as they embark on an eventful adventure to finally find her family. Also featuring the vocal talents of Ed O’Neill, Albert Brooks, Ty Burrell and Idris Elba, Finding Dory is a film you simply must remember to watch!
Jason Bourne (12A)
The latest instalment of Paul Greengrass’ action thriller franchise is still available to watch this week. Starring Matt Damon as the titular spy, the film is set seven years after The Bourne Ultimatum and sees Bourne resurface – only to find himself in the crosshairs of a new program, designed to hunt him down before he can search for more answers about his past. The film also stars the likes of Alicia Vikander and Tommy Lee Jones.
The BFG (PG)
Similarly, The BFG is still available to watch on the big screen, if you’ve yet to experience it’s charm. Steven Spielberg’s latest fantasy adventure follows a young orphan girl as she is whisked away to a magical realm, where dreams and giants dwell. Based on the much-loved children’s novel of the same name by Roald Dahl, the film stars the likes of Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill and Penelope Wilton.
Up For Love (12A)
Up For Love is a Franco-Belgian romantic comedy, starring Jean Dujardin (of The Artist fame) and Virginie Efira. Based on the the 2013 Argentine-Brazilian film, Corazón de León, the film follows a recently divorced lawyer whose prospects for romance improve when a funny and charming man finds her lost phone. After arranging a date, she has great expectations for this mystery man until she discovers he is a man of diminutive stature.
The Idol (PG)
This week’s Discover Tuesday is the Palestinian drama, The Idol. The film regales a fictional account of the life of Mohammed Assaf, a wedding singer from a refugee camp in Gaza who went on to win 2013’s Arab Idol singing competition. Directed and co-written by Hany Abu-Assad, the film was shown in the special presentations section of last year’s Toronto Film Festival.
Barry Lyndon (12A)
This week’s Vintage Sunday is Stanley Kubrick’s 1975 period drama, Barry Lyndon. Based on the novel The Luck of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray, the film recounts the exploits of a fictional 18th century Irish adventurer. Starring Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Berenson and Patrick McGee, the film won four Oscars and has been widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made.
An encore screening of Kenneth Branagh’s latest stage version of Romeo and Juliet will also be shown at Harbour Lights on Sunday. Based on Shakespeare’s time honoured tragedy, the play stars Lily James and Richard Madden as the two star-crossed lovers. This modern, passionate production also stars Sir Derek Jacobi as Mercutio.
Student tickets range from £7.00 -£9.50. For more information, visit the Harbour Lights website or call the Box Office on 0871 902 5733.