Seven years after his sci-fi sensation Attack The Block, director Joe Cornish returns with a hugely enjoyable mash-up of old-school magic and the modern world.
Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) thinks he’s just an ordinary boy, living an ordinary life... until he stumbles upon the mythical sword of King Arthur and frees it from its stone. (In a building site, no less.) But can this kid be king? With the help of legendary wizard Merlin (Patrick Stewart), Alex must unite friends and enemies alike and defeat the wicked enchantress Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson) in the battle of a lifetime.
Beat an army, slay a demon and save the world? No pressure, kid.
Not content to stop at his legendary Shakespeare roles and acclaimed productions of the bard’s plays, Kenneth Branagh now directs a film about the playwright’s last years, in which he stars as the man himself.
The year is 1613. Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. Disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and a devastated Shakespeare returns to Stratford to face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war.
Featuring turns from British acting legends Judi Dench and Ian McKellen, All Is True is a beguiling mix of fact and fiction about England’s greatest poet.
Contains infrequent strong language, moderate sex references.
Adapted from James Baldwin’s powerful novel by Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk is a lyrical celebration of love, both familial and romantic, told through the prism of a young African-American couple’s struggle for justice in 1970s Harlem. At the centre of the story is Tish, a newly engaged woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first-born child to term.
Jenkins’ elegant third feature sings with soulful performances from a largely unknown cast, and paints a wonderful portrait of New York against a backdrop of social change and injustice. It’s a dreamy, sometimes heartbreaking tale of love against impossible odds, and a timely reminder that compassion can be a force of nature.
15.30HOH Subtitled: This screening has subtitles for people with hearing loss
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