It’s nearly the end of term already and the Christmas break is just around the corner! So it’s time to wrap up warm and head on over to Union Films to catch some brilliant films whilst you still can! This week we’ve the recent adaptation of the classic (and tragic) Russian love story Anna Karenina on Tuesday, a comical melodrama at the Wednesday Phoenix screening of Where Do We Go Now? and two completely opposite films on Sunday: the 5pm comedy The Campaign followed by action thriller Looper at 8pm. Then it’s time (sadly) for our last film of the term, the classic Christmas feel good film It’s A Wonderful Life, a must watch film to get you in the festive mood.
Leo Tolstoy’s famous tragic love story takes to the silver screen in this 2012 adaptation staring Keira Knightley and Jude Law as the legendary star crossed lovers. Set amongst the 19th century Russian aristocracy the film follows Anna, a bored wife and devoted mother as she meets the man who will turn her life upside down. Count Vronsky is young, dashing and care free, everything Anna believes lacking in her overly serious husband. The two embark on a torrid love affair that is the talk of the town which rapidly spirals out of control. From the director of Pride and Prejudice, Joe Wright, this is a must watch film for those who love drama, romance or just a lot of beautiful scenery.
Wednesday 5th December: 7:30pm: Where Do We Go Now?:
Civil strife engulfs Lebanon, but in a small, isolated village a group of Lebanese women decide to ease religious tensions between the Christian and Muslim men of their village, hiding the truth of the outside situation from them to avoid bloodshed. In French with subtitles, this comical melodrama shows the lengths to which the women of the village go to keep their men in check, hiring dancers to entertain them and mixing hashish into some pastries when the situation escalates. Where Do We Go Now? was shortlisted to represent Lebanon at the 84th Academy Awards for good reason, it’s entertaining and a good mix of the light-hearted and serious.
Sunday 9th December: 5pm: The Campaign:
In order to gain influence over their North Carolina district, two CEOs seize an opportunity to oust long-term congressman Cam Brady by putting up a rival candidate. Their man: naive Marty Huggins, director of the local Tourism Center. 85 minutes of vaguely political comedy and continual one-upmanship this film will perfectly fill a Sunday afternoon of work procrastination.
Sunday 9th December: 8pm: Looper:
There’s action, crime and sci-fi all rolled into one in this blockbuster. In the year 2074 time travel has been invented and when the mob want someone dead they simply send them back in time 30 years where a hired hit-man awaits. Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is one such man, but when he learns that the mob want to ‘close the loop’ by sending back his future self (Bruce Willis) what must he do to survive? Will killing his future self make everything fine, or should he listen to the warnings from his older self that his future is not going to be good?
Finally it’s time to get Christmassy with this all time classic film from 1946. Starring James Stewart as a frustrated and depressed businessman who has lost his will to live and is just about to jump when Clarence, an angel, is sent to show him how wrong he is in thinking that the world would be a better place without him in it. It’s a one of chance to watch this beautifully comic and moving film on the big screen, so whether it’s already a firm favourite of yours or you’ve never heard of it, head on down to the Union Cinema in the last week of term to feel the magic of Christmas!