Sound the klaxon! We are but a week away from freshers! In the meantime, in our attempt to distract ourselves from the excitement, 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’s cinematic delights include two classic animations celebrating their 25th anniversaries and the return of Bridget Jones!
Bridget Jones’s Baby (15)
This week’s leading film sees the return of one of the most iconic female rom-com characters of all time: Bridget Jones. In Bridget Jones’s Baby, we find Helen Fielding’s classic character (played once again by Renée Zellweger) in yet another hapless and bizarre situation, as she falls pregnant and can’t figure out whether the father is her new American beau Jack (Patrick Dempsey) or her old flame Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). Also starring Emma Thompson and Jim Broadbent, this latest chapter of the diary is sure to have you rolling with laughter.
Captain Fantastic (15)
Matt Ross’ critically acclaimed drama, Captain Fantastic, is still available to watch this week. Starring Viggo Mortensen, the film centres around a family who under tragic circumstances are forced to reintegrate into society after living in self-sufficient isolation for a decade. The film also stars George MacKay, Frank Langella and Kathryn Hahn. Read our ‘One to Watch’ feature on the film here.
Sean Ellis’ historical thriller, Anthropoid is also still screening this week. Starring Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan, the film is set in 1941 and follows two Czechoslovakian agents as they embark on an ambitious mission to assassinate the Third Reich’s third-in-command, SS General Reinhard Heydrich. Based on a true story, the film also stars Toby Jones and Brian Caspe. Read our review here.
Hell or High Water (15)
David McKenzie’s double buddy heist crime film, Hell or High Water, is making its cinematic debut this week. Starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges, the film follows two bank-robbing brothers who are pursued across the blighted Texan badlands by two seasoned Texas Rangers. Written by Sicario‘s Taylor Sheridan, and critically acclaimed across the festival circuit, this is a definite one to watch.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Manga Entertainment, Harbour Lights are hosting a special one-night screening of the iconic, game-changing anime feature, Akira. Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark cyberpunk classic follows two high school drop outs as they stumble across a secret government weapons project involving telekinetic humans. A film that shattered traditional thinking, if you like cerebral, futuristic films, this might be the movie for you.
If you missed the premiere last week, there’s still plenty of time to catch Ron Howard’s new music documentary, The Beatles: Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years. Exploring the effect that touring had on their relationships, as well as their musical evolution, the film features interviews, unheard music and exclusive concert footage from the biggest band of all time. Read our review here.
The Blue Room (15)
This week’s Discover Tuesday is Mathieu Almaric’s tricksy 2014 thriller, The Blue Room. Starring Almaric and Léa Drucker and based on George Simenon’s shocking novel of the same name, this elegant puzzle piece centres on an adulterous man who finds himself accused of a violent crime. As he is questioned by police, the film darts back and forth through time to explore the events leading up to his incarceration, revealing a story of sex and brutality.
This Week’s Vintage Sunday is – you guessed it – another Disney classic. This time around, Harbour Lights are inviting you to ‘be their guest’ at a screening of the ‘tale as old as time’, Beauty and The Beast. With the film celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, as well as the upcoming live action adaptation, there couldn’t be a better time to remind yourself of one of Disney’s most successful and beloved musical animations.
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.