Semester one is chugging along into its second week, but don’t fret! You can still find time to chill and watch a film at Harbour Lights! In this feature, we continue to bring you news of all the latest films, special screenings, and student-friendly deals that the cinema has to offer. This week sees a number of strange new delights that probably need to be seen to be believed…
Tate Taylor’s highly anticipated thriller, The Girl On The Train, is this week’s leading film. Based on Paula Hawkin’s bestselling novel of the same name, the film follows Rachel (Emily Blunt), a woman who daydreams about an imaginary ‘perfect couple’ living in one of the beautiful homes that she sees every day from the train. But one day, as she looks through the window, she sees something shocking in the house – and later wakes up covered in blood and with no memory of why. When the news reports that a local woman has gone missing, Rachel becomes obsessed with finding out what has happened to her and, even more troublingly, where she herself was that night… Read our first look review here.
Bridget Jones’s Baby (15)
Bridget Jones’s Baby is still screening for fans in need of some TLC (Tender Loving Colin). In this latest instalment of the franchise, 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 will have you rolling with laughter. Read our review here.
My Scientology Movie + Q&A (15)
Louis Theroux’s first theatrical feature documentary sees the renowned filmmaker delve into the world of Scientology -one of the worlds most mysterious and powerful religions, in what he regards as ‘the Holy Grail of Stories’. With a lifetime of experience dealing with eccentric, unpalatable and unexpected human behaviour, Theroux doesn’t take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church of Scientology headquarters is turned down. The live broadcast of the Q&A on Monday is sold out, but there are other screenings with recorded versions showing throughout the week.
Exploring our society as it enters a new technological age, Werner Herzog explores the effect of the Internet – as well as its history and future – and the wonders of robotics in his new documentary. Herzog doesn’t use a phone (smart or otherwise) and rarely goes online. Ironically this makes him the perfect choice to examine the impact connected technology is having on our lives. The screening, which takes place on Thursday, will feature a satellite Q&A with Herzog, hosted by Richard Ayoade, live from the London Film Festival.
You’ve heard of sing-a-long screenings, but have you ever been to a cinema knit-a-long? If not, Harbour Lights are giving you the chance this Sunday as they screen a documentary all about the wonders of modern arts and crafts. The film follows artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house and into the world. Reinventing our relationship with this colourful tradition, YARN weaves together wool graffiti artists, circus performers, and structural designers into a visually-striking look at the women who are making a creative stance while building one of modern art’s hottest trends.
Harbour Lights are hosting a special one-night screening of the iconic, game-changing anime feature, Akira on Sunday. 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. The University’s Film Society will also be there if you need some company!
There’s still some 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.
This week’s Discover Tuesday is first-time director Tobias Nölle’s haunting drama, Aloys. The film follows a lonely private investigator who is drawn into a fantasy world after a mysterious young woman steals his surveillance tape recordings. . A hit at the 2016 Berlinale, where it won the FIPRESCI Prize, Aloys has been described as an “utterly unique and exciting filmmaking from an exciting new voice in European art-house cinema”.
The American Friend (15)
This week’s Vintage Sunday is Wim Wenders’ breakthrough film, The American Friend. Starring Dennis Hopper and Bruno Ganz, the film follows a cash-strapped German art who is approached by a mysterious American with the offer of an assignment as a killer for hire.
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.