What's on at Arts Picturehouse Cambridge - Big Scream
Director: James Gunn.
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper. USA 2017. 136 mins.
The coolest ragtag bunch of a-holes in space are back with the fate of the cosmos resting on their shoulders once more. Because anyone can save the galaxy once. As they journey across the far reaches of the universe, the Guardians attempt to solve the mystery of Peter Quill’s (Pratt) parentage. On their travels, they cross paths with old foes, new faces and an enigmatic villain in Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki), but their biggest battle might just be to keep their newfound family together. Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Bradley Cooper reprise their roles as Gamora, Drax and Rocket respectively, while Vin Diesel returns to voice a very naïve and goofy baby Groot. Expect another humdinger of a soundtrack.
Director: William Oldroyd.
Starring: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton. UK 2016. 89 mins.
Acclaimed theatre director William Oldroyd makes a seamless transition to the screen in this brilliant Gothic tale of a young bride trapped in a marriage of convenience on a rural estate who embarks on a passionate affair. Florence Pugh (last seen in Carol Morley’s The Falling) is stunning as Lady Katherine, a woman determined to turn everything upside down in her mission to reclaim control over her life. Based on Lady Macbeth Of The Mtensk District, the 1865 novel by Nikolai Leskov, which inspired Shostakovich’s opera of the same name, this beautiful and highly assured debut, set amid the wild moorland of Northumberland, is a wonderful and strange story of love and betrayal.
Director: Sean Foley.
Starring: Julian Barratt, Andrea Riseborough, Essie Davis, Russell Tovey, Simon Farnaby, Harriet Walter, Simon Callow, Steve Coogan. UK 2016. 89 mins.
Written by The Mighty Boosh’s Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby, this lovingly detailed and very funny off-the-wall comedy features a heavyweight line-up of talent directed by award-winning theatre director Sean Foley (The Play What I Wrote), making his feature debut.
Julian Barratt plays Richard Thorncroft, a washed-up actor who had an ’80s TV hit as Mindhorn, an Isle Of Man detective with a robotic eye that allowed him to literally ‘see the truth’. Decades later he is offered a shot at redemption when a crazed killer is on the loose and is prepared to negotiate only with Mindhorn.
Director: Ridley Scott. Starring: Michael Fassbender, Billy Crudup, Katherine Waterston. USA 2017. 122 mins.
When the crew of the colony ship Covenant touch down on what appears to be an uncharted utopian planet on the far side of the galaxy, they make a harrowing and deadly discovery. With regular cinematographer Dariusz Wolski on board, Scott delivers the goriest chapter in the Alien franchise to date, recapturing the unsettling, claustrophobic horror of his 1976 masterpiece.
Director: Juho Kuosmanen. Starring: Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff. Finland/Sweden/Germany 2016. 93 mins. English and Finnish with English subtitles.
The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title. Immensely talented and equally modest, Olli's small town life is transformed when he is swept into national stardom and suddenly regarded as a symbol of his country. There's only one problem: Olli has just fallen in love.
This charming feature debut from Juho Kuosmanen was awarded the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and was selected as the Finnish entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards this year.
Director: Michaël Dudok De Wit. France/Belgium/Japan 2015. 81 mins.
Renowned Japanese animation giant Studio Ghibli’s first-ever international co-production is a perfect collaboration with Oscar-winning Dutch animator Michaël Dudok De Wit. The Red Turtle, almost a decade in the making, is a dialogue-free fable about a castaway on a desert island, and a touching ode to the cycle of life and the resilience of family. Presented with an elegant simplicity, the sublime visuals pack a real emotional punch. Described by critics as a ‘quiet little masterpiece’ and a ‘wordless wonder’, The Red Turtle won the Special Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section at this year’s Cannes. Michaël Dudok De Wit previously made the Oscar-winning animated short Father And Daughter in 2000.
Director: John Jencks.
Starring: Roger Allam, Fiona Shaw, Matthew Modine. UK 2017. 89 mins.
After he is fired from his job, disgraced poet Ted Wallace (Allam) is summoned to Swafford Hall, the country manor of his friends Lord and Lady Logan (Modine and Shaw), to investigate a series of unexplained miracle healings. Ted tracks down the perpetrator of the phenomena, fifteen-year-old David Logan (Tommy Knight), whose parents believe he has healing hands. Unaware that David is using some unorthodox methods, the Logans are set on sharing their son’s gift with the world. With a poet’s passion for the truth, Ted hurries to debunk the miracles and save a young man from a lifetime of embarrassment. His natural cynicism makes him the ideal candidate to get to the bottom of events – and some good whisky bottles – in this hilarious tale based on Stephen Fry’s seminal novel.