What's on at Arts Picturehouse Cambridge - Big Scream
Director: Janus Metz Pedersen.
Starring: Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård, Tuva Novotny. Sweden 2017. 108 mins. English and Swedish with English subtitles.
Björn Borg (Gudnason) has the tennis world at his feet. Ranked number one and playing at the top of his game, the calm, ascetic Swede is on the verge of a record-breaking fifth consecutive Wimbledon Championship. Only one man stands in his way – John McEnroe (LaBeouf), a young American firebrand with a swagger brazen enough to unsettle even Borg’s icy composure. As the final approaches, both men delve into their formative memories to find the strength and answers they’ll need to triumph on the hallowed turf of SW19. As much a character study as a sports movie, Borg Vs. McEnroe reveals the personalities and inner demons that would shape one of the sporting world’s most riveting dramas – the thrilling high point of a compelling rivalry.
Director: Darren Aronofsky.
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer. USA 2017. 121 mins.
Revisiting the psycho-chiller genre he mined so vividly in his 1998 feature debut Pi and 2010’s Oscar-winning Black Swan, writer-director Darren Aronofsky’s latest, exceedingly dark drama catapults Jennifer Lawrence into wildly different territory to her Hunger Games, X-Men and David Russell-directed roles (Joy, American Hustle). Lawrence plays one half of an apparently happy young couple – Javier Bardem being the slightly sinister other – whose tranquil existence is disrupted in terrifying fashion by some unexpected visitors (a spookily passive-aggressive Ed Harris and, continuing her impressive return to big screen stardom, Michelle Pfeiffer). Unlocking dark secrets is Aronofsky’s speciality, and with regular cinematographer Matthew Libatique and Hunger Games’ brilliant production designer Philip Messina on board, Mother! delivers plenty more of the same.
Director: Simon Curtis.
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald, Will Tilston. UK 2017. 107 mins.
The adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh may have captured the hearts of children for almost a century, but it’s the fascinating, moving story behind this honey-loving bear that steals the spotlight in Goodbye Christopher Robin. After the Great War, a shell-shocked A. A. Milne (Gleeson) is keen to write, and to “do something worthwhile”. His days spent with his young son, Christopher Robin (Tilston), divert him towards children’s literature – and it’s his son’s collection of toys that inspires the magical world of Pooh Bear and friends. C. R. Milne and family, including his mother, Daphne (Robbie), and nanny, Olive (Macdonald), are swept up in the international success of the books, but the fame it brings comes at a price.
Director: Slavko Martinov. New Zealand 2017. 88mins.
Join members of the 148-year-old Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club in this documentary about the lead up to the 2015 New Zealand National Poultry Show. Fierce rivalries, infighting, irregular judging and temperamental birds abound as enthusiastic breeders compete in their quest for the top prize, united only in their passion for chickens. A hilarious, unique and heart-warming slice of Kiwiana which is sure to delight and surprise audiences of all ages.
Director: Denus Villeneuve.
Starring: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Jared Leto. USA 2017. 163 mins.
One of the decade’s most anticipated films, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s seminal 1982 neo-noir, Blade Runner, is finally upon us. Scott himself returns as producer, freeing up the director’s chair for the supremely talented Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario), while Harrison Ford reprises his role as Rick Deckard. In 2049, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Gosling), uncovers a terrible secret that could throw what’s left of an already broken society into terminal chaos. His discovery leads him on a quest to find former replicant hunter Deckard, who has been missing for 30 years. In true Blade Runner style, K wants to ask him some questions – the answers to which may have a lot to do with a chilling creator of ‘disposable workforces’, Niander Wallace (Leto).