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Wild (2014) - This Week's Film

22 September 2016 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 24th September at 8.45pm
Now a BFI Neighbourhood Cinema

Wild (2014) R | 1h 55min

This film event is free – recommended donation to Mountain Rescue £2

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann

Adventure, Biography, Drama

A chronicle of one woman’s 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent personal tragedy

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Storyline

With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthen, and ultimately heals her.

90% Rotten Tomatoes

Critics Consensus: Powerfully moving and emotionally resonant, Wild finds director Jean-Marc Vallée and star Reese Witherspoon working at the peak of their respective powers.

Guardian Review

4 / 5 stars

A two-hour hallucinatory montage – Reese Witherspoon shines in Jean-Marc Vallée’s lean, energetic adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir.

Film starts 8.45pm – free admission – recommended donation to Mountain Rescue £2
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Everest - This Week's Film

10 May 2016 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 14th May at 8.30pm
Now a BFI Neighbourhood Cinema

*Everest (2015) PG-13 | 2h 1min *

“Never Let Go.”

This film event is free – recommended donation to Mountain Rescue £2

Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Starring: Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright

Adventure, Biography, Drama

A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm.

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Storyline

On the morning of May 10, 1996, climbers from two commercial expeditions start their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. With little warning, a violent storm strikes the mountain, engulfing the adventurers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered by man. Challenged by the harshest conditions imaginable, the teams must endure blistering winds and freezing temperatures in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible odds.

73% Rotten Tomatoes

Critics Consensus: Everest boasts all the dizzying cinematography a person could hope to get out a movie about mountain climbers, even if it’s content to tread less challenging narrative terrain.

Time Out Review – 4 stars

Baltasar Kormákur’s disaster movie is a physical experience that will leave you breathless – and possibly suffering vertigo.

‘Everest’ is an unrelenting real-life disaster movie that strands you near the top of the world’s tallest mountain and dares you to imagine what it must be like to be part of an expedition to the top going horribly, horribly wrong.

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission – recommended donation to Mountain Rescue £2
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The Theory of Everything - This Week's Film

22 October 2015 / Events / Film

Film Screening Saturday 24th October at 8.30pm

The Theory of Everything (2014) PG-13 | 123 min

This film event is free – recommended donation to Mountain Rescue £2

Director: James Marsh
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prio

Biography, Drama, Romance

A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.

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The Theory of Everything is the story of the most brilliant and celebrated physicist of our time, Stephen Hawking, and Jane Wilde the arts student he fell in love with whilst studying at Cambridge in the 1960s. Little was expected from Stephen Hawking, a bright but shiftless student of cosmology, given just two years to live following the diagnosis of a fatal illness at 21 years of age. He became galvanized, however, by the love of fellow Cambridge student, Jane Wilde, and he went on to be called the successor to Einstein, as well as a husband and father to their three children. Over the course of their marriage as Stephen’s body collapsed and his academic renown soared, fault lines were exposed that tested the lineaments of their relationship and dramatically altered the course of both of their lives.

Guardian review – 4 / 5 stars

Hawking’s story packs powerful punch. Boffin biopic built on towering performances from Eddie Redmayne as the physicist and Felicity Jones as his first wife.

Even the science becomes relatively digestible. Stand by for no fewer than three mealtime scenes in which someone explains Hawking’s theories using, variously, a potato on a fork, the swirl of cream in coffee and beer spilled on a pub table.

Rotten Tomatoes – 80%

Part biopic, part love story, The Theory of Everything rises on James Marsh’s polished direction and the strength of its two leads.

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12 Year's a Slave - This Week's Film

29 May 2014 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 31st May at 8.30pm

12 Years a Slave (2013) 134 min – [R – 15]

Director: Steve McQueen
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender
Biography | Drama | History

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

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Note: This is the last of our weekend film slots until after the summer! Our special Summer programme of Japanses films screened in conjunction with the Wordsworth Trust will be announced shortly.

12 Year's a Slave - Film Poster

Based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life.

97% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes ‘It’s far from comfortable viewing, but 12 Years a Slave’s unflinchingly brutal look at American slavery is also brilliant — and quite possibly essential — cinema.’

Mark Kermode – The Observer, Sunday 12 January 2014
‘Steve McQueen deserves every gong going for his unflinching portrayal of slavery.’

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
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Captain Phillips - THIS WEEK'S FILM

14 March 2014 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 15th March
Captain Phillips (2013) – 134 min PG-13
Language: English
Director: Paul Greengrass
Starring: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Catherine Keener
Genres – Biography | Drama | Thriller
The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

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Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is – through director Paul Greengrass’s distinctive lens – simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

93% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes
‘Smart, powerfully acted, and incredibly intense, Captain Phillips offers filmgoers a Hollywood biopic done right — and offers Tom Hanks a showcase for yet another brilliant performance.’

Review by Mark Kermode, The Observer, Sunday 20 October 2013

‘Tom Hanks is superb as the captain of a hijacked ship in a nail-biter that manages to tell both sides of the story. … I can’t imagine anyone other than Greengrass handling this material, the story seemingly tailormade for his trademark blend of political clout, dramatic punch, thespian wallop and broad audience appeal. Make sure you allow time for a stiff drink afterwards – you’re going to need it.’

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
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More information here – Captain Phillips (2013) IDMB