We’re back with a bang this week; a film for anyone and everyone, whatever your preferences! Tuesday sees us showing Gangster Squad, and Wednesday we have French drama The Kid with a Bike in association with the Phoenix society. Saturday we have the return of our Audience Choice with a Sci-Fi screening. Lastly, Sunday has comedy (I Give It A Year) and action (Django Unchained) in equal measure.
Tuesday 23rd April at 7pm: Gangster Squad:
L.A., drug dealers, corrupt cops and beautiful women. This film has all the things you’d expect from a crime movie set in the 1940s. Starring Sean Penn as mob boss Mickey Cohen and with stellar turns from Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin as the cops who try to bring Mickey’s world crashing down, this film follows a small crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (the ‘Gos’) who are adamant they won’t stand for the way their town is being treated by Mickey. They set up a secret, off-duty crew of cops to wreak havoc on Cohen’s empire and turn the tables in the favour of the good guys. If a fast-paced, sexy, crime movie is what your Tuesday evening needs, you know where to be.
Wednesday 24th April at 7.30pm: The Kid with a Bike:
It’s a French film this week from the Phoenix. Abandoned by his father to social services, a young boy is left in the hands of a local hairdresser, a woman whom he shares his tales of abandonment with. With a bright visual and following a fairy tale structure that is symbolic of the Dardenne brothers’ earlier works, this film is visually appealing and was the co-winner of the Cannes Film Festivals Grand Prix in 2011.
We see the return of our Audience Choice Saturday, with Sci-Fi aplenty! You voted and ultimately, Blade Runner won, beating out The Matrix and Sunshine. Dystopian Sci-Fi starring Harrison Ford depicts 2019 as overrun by robots (who are visually indistinguishable from humans) for dangerous work on off-world colonies. If they defy their ban from either they are hunted down by Blade Runners, and Harrison Ford stars as Rick Deckard, retiring Blade Runner, who agrees to take on one more assignment to hunt down a group of escapees in LA.
Sunday 28th April at 5pm: I Give It A Year:
With a classic British cast of comedy, from Stephen Merchant to Minnie Driver, I Give It A Year looks at the trials and tribulations of a pair of newlyweds (Rose Byrne and Rafe Spall) during their first year of marriage as they encounter each other’s families and get used to their beloved’s idiosyncrasies. Its 97 minutes of good-hearted, well-humoured fun.
Sunday 28th April at 8pm: Django Unchained:
We’re seeing out the week, Western-style with Django Unchained. Quentin Tarantino doesn’t disappoint with his take on the spaghetti Western. Slave-turned-bounty hunter, Django (Jamie Foxx) sets out to rescue his wife from the grips of slave trader, plantation owner and all-round bad guy, Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). With help from Dr King Shultz (Christoph Waltz – fast becoming Tarantino’s staple guy) and Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson), Django learns he’s got a few more (very bloody) fights to win before he will come close to being victorious. Winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay, this film is pure Tarantino, if you like him; you know you’re gonna like this one. If we haven’t convinced you enough check out this review from The Edge themselves.
One of those films is sure to get you interested, so hopefully we’ll see you down at the cinema this week!