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Hunger Games: Catching Fire - This week's film

27 March 2014 / Events / Arts / Film

Please note there will be two film screenings this coming week:

Film Screening Saturday 29th March
Film Screening Thursday 3rd April

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) – 146 min [PG-13]

Language: English
Director: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Jack Quaid
Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller

This time Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

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Hunger Games: Catching Fire - film poster

A year after winning the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and her partner, Peeta Mellark must go on what is known as the Victor’s Tour wherein they visit all the districts. But before leaving, Katniss is visited by President Snow who fears that Katniss defied him a year ago during the games when she chose to die with Peta. With both Katniss and Peeta declared the winners, it is fueling a possible uprising. He tells Katniss that while on tour she better try to make sure that she puts out the flames or else everyone she cares about will be in danger. But unfortunately she fails to do that. So Snow decides to enact what is known as the Quarter Quell, the right to make a change to the Hunger Games, which he is allowed to do every 25 years. He decides to hold an edition of the Hunger Games wherein previous winners will compete again. Their mentor Haymitch thinks their best chance to survive is form an alliance with some of the others. They decide to align themselves with Finnick and his…

89% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes
‘Smart, smoothly directed, and enriched with a deeper exploration of the franchise’s thought-provoking themes, Catching Fire proves a thoroughly compelling second installment in the Hunger Games series.’

Review by Mark Kermode – The Observer, Sunday 24 November 2013

‘Jennifer Lawrence is impressive as the warrior whose public support disturbs the powers that be….Like Katniss, Lawrence has become bigger than the Games themselves, something that makes her very powerful, very dangerous and rather inspirational.’

Details for both Saturday and Thursday screenings are the same!
Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
Joining us for food – please book ahead

More information here – Hunger Games: Catching Fire IDMB

Thor: The Dark World - This week's film

20 March 2014 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 22nd March
Thor: The Dark World (2013) – 112 min PG-13
Language: English
Director: Alan Taylor
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
Genres – Action | Adventure | Fantasy
When Jane Foster is possessed by a great power, Thor must protect her from a new threat of old times: the Dark Elves.

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Thousands of years ago, a race of beings known as Dark Elves tried to send the universe into darkness by using a weapon known as the Aether. Warriors from Asgard stop them but their leader Malekith escapes to wait for another opportunity. The warriors find the Aether and since it cannot be destroyed, they try to hide it. In the present day, Jane Foster awaits the return of Thor although it has been two years since they last saw once another. In the meantime, Thor has been trying to bring peace to the nine realms. Jane discovers an anomaly similar to the one that brought Thor to Earth. She goes to investigate, finds a wormhole, and is sucked into it. Back on Asgard, Thor wishes to return to Earth but his father, Odin refuses to let him. Thor learns from Heimdall, who can see into all of the realms, that Jane disappeared. Thor then returns to Earth just as Jane reappears. However, when some policemen try to arrest her, an unknown energy repulses them. Thor then brings Jane to Asgard to …

65% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes
‘It may not be the finest film to come from the Marvel Universe, but Thor: The Dark World still offers plenty of the humor and high-stakes action that fans have come to expect.’

Review by Ben Child – The Guardian, Wednesday 23 October 2013

‘Hiddleston and Hemsworth’s impressive collective charisma rescues this followup to Thor, but the film is missing Kenneth Branagh’s directorial delicacy of touch.’

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

Headhunters - This week's film

5 March 2014 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 8th March
Headhunters (2011) – 100 min 15
Language: Norwegian
Director: Morten Tyldum
Starring: Aksel Hennie, Synnøve Macody Lund, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Genres – Crime | Thriller | International
An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.

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Headhunters stars the talented Aksel Hennie (Max Manus) as Roger, a charming scoundrel and Norway’s most accomplished headhunter. Roger is living a life of luxury well beyond his means, and stealing art to subsidize his expensive lifestyle. When his beautiful gallery owner wife introduces him to a former mercenary in the possession of an extremely valuable painting, he decides to risk it all to get his hands on it, and in doing so discovers something which makes him a hunted man. Headhunters is based on Jo Nesbø‘s best-selling thriller from 2008. — © Magnolia

92% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes
‘Grisly, twisty, and darkly comic, Headhunters is an exhilaratingly oddball take on familiar thriller elements.’

Review by Philip French, The Observer, Sunday 8 April 2012

‘Jo Nesbø‘s novel has been expertly transformed into a cool, brutal, deeply Scandinavian thriller. Although inevitably indebted to American models, Headhunters is firmly rooted in the Scandinavian experience, and it moves with the speed of a demented lemming heading for the cliff-edge of a fjord. ’

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
Foreign language film with subtitles
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More information here – Headhunters (2011) IDMB