What's on at Arts Picturehouse Cambridge - After Dark
The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.
Seventeen-year-old Christine ‘Lady Bird’ McPherson (Ronan) is a bright and restless high-school teen embarking on the bittersweet transition from adolescence to womanhood. Dreaming of a life beyond the bounds of sleepy Sacramento, she desperately distances herself from the expectations of her critical mother, Marion (Metcalf). But both parent and daughter seem to miss the fact that they’re exactly alike: wildly loving, strong-willed and deeply opinionated. As we follow Lady Bird through the rowing, the romance and the heartbreak, we’re left charmed by first-time director Greta Gerwig’s tender and funny take on the familiar coming-of-age narrative. Smart, warm and touchingly real, Lady Bird is not your average awkward-teen movie – it’s in a class of its own.
Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson are at their best in this blistering pitch-black comedy from Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). McDormand stars as the foul-mouthed, tough-as-nails Mildred Hayes, a grieving mother whose frustration boils over when the local police allow her daughter’s murder case to go cold. She publicly shames the town’s revered sheriff, William Willoughby (Harrelson), with three disused billboards, a sequence of bright red reminders that justice has not been served. The move stokes the ire of Willoughby’s thuggish, bigoted deputy (Rockwell), and so begins a violent, vicious circle of anger and revenge. From there, Three Billboards hurtles along an unpredictable but hugely rewarding narrative arc, veering between riotous laughter and sobering drama throughout. Sharply scripted and wonderfully acted, it’s one of the most accomplished contenders in this year’s awards race.