What's on at East Dulwich Picturehouse - Silver Screen
Director: David Lowery.
Starring: Casey Affleck. Rooney Mara. USA 2017. 92 mins.
The latest film from acclaimed director David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pete’s Dragon) is a singular exploration of legacy, loss, and the essential human longing for meaning and connection. A white-sheeted ghost (Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. An audacious, unforgettable meditation on the passage of time, A Ghost Story emerges ecstatic and surreal – a wholly unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll.
Contains infrequent strong language, images of dead bodies.
Director: David Leitch.
Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella. USA 2017. 115 mins.
Charlize Theron kicks serious ass wearing suspenders and stilettos in this slick, action-packed espionage thriller. She plays Lorraine Broughton, a top MI6 operative dispatched to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and retrieve a top-secret dossier. Here she meets station chief David Percival (McAvoy) and they form an uneasy partnership. “God, I think I love you,” Percival tells her admiringly. Who wouldn’t? Theron is cooler than ice as she stalks Berlin’s chilly streets and steamy nightclubs, pausing only to kiss a girl or knock back a vodka on the rocks. Adapted from Antony Johnston’s graphic novel The Coldest City, the movie is directed by David Leitch (John Wick and the upcoming Deadpool 2), who also happens to be Brad Pitt’s former stunt double. It’s fair to say action fans won’t leave disappointed.
Director: Cal Brunker.
Voices: Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph. Canada/USA/South Korea 2017. 91 mins.
Will Arnett gives his throat a break from LEGO’s rasping Batman to voice a sprightly purple squirrel in this 3D animated sequel. We are back in Oakton City where the dastardly Mayor (Bobby Moynihan) plans to demolish the animals’ home and develop the land into a giant amusement park. So it’s up to our reluctant squirrel hero, Surly (Arnett), to rally his animal chums and save the day – and their home. The original The Nut Job set a new record for the biggest opening weekend for an independent animated movie, making a sequel a no-brainer. This time round Jackie Chan joins the cast as Mr Feng, the leader of a street mouse gang. One to pop the kids in front of over the long summer holidays.
A beautifully realised biopic of Canadian artist Maud Lewis. Impoverished and disabled with chronic arthritis, watercolourist Maud (Hawkins) lives with her mean-spirited spinster aunt in Nova Scotia. When she accepts a job as a housekeeper for Everett (Hawke), a gruff fishmonger whose home is a tiny, one-room shack, she seems to escape one set of fetters for another. However, despite Everett’s surly selfishness, Maud perversely finds him attractive and inspiring, and he allows her to do her own painting when she’s through with the housework. With echoes of My Left Foot’s triumph over impairment and her role in Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky, Hawkins brings perky optimism to a character who eventually blossoms after one of her almost child-like paintings is bought by a Manhattan socialite (Matchett) and her relationship with Everett becomes infused with a strange tendresse.
Director: David Soren.
Voices: Ed Helms, Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch. USA 2017. 89 mins.
Noted Dreamworks animator David Soren (Shrek, Turbo) directs the first film of a potential franchise based on author Dav Pilkey’s weirdly wonderful children’s adventures featuring elementary-school troublemakers George (Hart) and Harold (Middleditch). Rather than studying in the classroom, George and Harold prefer sitting in their tree house chronicling the exploits of their unlikely superhero, Captain Underpants, in their homemade comic books. However, when their stern headmaster Mr Krupp (Helms) finally catches them out, they accidentally hypnotise him into thinking that he is the caped tighty-whitey crusader. The faux Captain is then tormented by a new history teacher, Prof. Poopypants (Nick Kroll), prompting a slew of fast-paced misadventures that Soren and his team energise with an array of animation formats.
Director: Michael Showalter.
Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher. USA 2017. 119 mins.
Based on the true story of the film’s writers (and real-life couple), Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, this modern culture clash shows how Pakistan-born Kumail and his American girlfriend, Emily, have to overcome the expectations of his family and their 1,400-year-old traditions. As his parents relentlessly set him up with potential brides for an arranged marriage, Kumail navigates treacherous waters in the worlds of both dating and stand-up comedy.
Produced by Judd Apatow, The Big Sick features a sterling collection of comedy talent in front of and behind the camera, with Michael Showalter directing the hilariously insightful film that shrewdly puts the spotlight on its writer/star Kumail Nanjiani (HBO’s Silicon Valley). A revered comedian, Nanjiani shines in the lead role, bringing his singular voice to center stage. Mining his personal stories for comedy gold, he shares his experiences that are uniquely Pakistani but will resonate for everyone who has ever fallen in love.
“The Big Sick is scoring points on familiar rom-com territory, so when it suddenly morphs into a completely different film — a bracingly sophisticated one — you’ll want to cry with happiness.” - Time Out ★★★★★
Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, these animals live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame – and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could.