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Two Days, One Night

“The Dardenne brothers may have outdone themselves with this heartwrenching film …” Xan Brooks, Guardian

Brooks writes:  ”Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone, The Dark Knight Rises) gives a rousing performance as Sandra, the depressed mother who faces the axe from her minimum-wage job at the solar panel plant. The management is bent on edging her out. Her cash-strapped colleagues have sold her clean down the river. Sandra’s only hope is to persuade a majority of her co-workers to forgo their €1,000 bonuses ahead of an official vote on Monday morning. “Fight for your job,” her husband urges, and yet Sandra is hardly fit enough to haul herself out of bed, let alone wade into battle. The clock keeps on ticking and the weekend is running out.

“The Dardenne brothers make films about hard times and tough choices, balancing so much human misery against soul-stirring acts of kindness. Their latest, Two Days, One Night, may be their most accomplished work to date; a socialist epic in miniature, heartfelt and humane. It’s a film that finds the brothers shuffling away from the margins and embracing the mainstream. But they do so on their own terms, with their integrity intact.”

Stephen Fry Live: More Fool Me

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the multi-award-winning polymath, comedian, actor, presenter, writer and raconteur on stage in a one-man comic tour de force. This sneak preview of the third volume of autobiography, More Fool Me, is a heady tale of the late Eighties and early Nineties in which Stephen – driven to create, perform and entertain – burned bright, partied hard, and damned the consequences.   To celebrate the book launch the eloquent host will be broadcast live into cinemas from the Royal Festival Hall, reading extracts of his book and pleasing the audience with witty anecdotes, and insightful observations.  And you will hear it all before Fry’s 6 million Twitter followers!

 

 

 

Maps to the Stars

This replaces Magic in the Moonlight in our published programme. We made this late change in response to our duplicating programmes with the Tricycle cinema for 3 weeks out of 4 this month.   In this case we saw the opportunity to offer another strong film – and provide our audience with a wider choice, as it should be.

“David Cronenberg’s satire about ‘making it’ in Hollywood is nightmarishly compelling” Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

Cronenberg is back on top form, and is gleefully biting the hand that feeds him in this corrosive attack on Hollywood values.  With some similarity to both Robert Altman’s The Player and David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, the film is played for both pathos and satire by a stellar cast comprising Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson.

Moore is a fading, minor actress, eternally haunted by the spectre of her mother who died in a fire at the peak of her (successful) acting career.  Wasikowska, the ‘ingenue’, is new to Hollywood but not innocent of it’s guile, and she is befriended by would-be actor/taxi driver Pattinson.  Meanwhile life coach Cusack and his wife are keen to resurrect the career of their 13 year old son who has already enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame (and fortune) before succumbing to drink and drug dependence…

As Collin says in his review:  ”His stars in place, Cronenberg then starts sketching constellations, making connections between his characters until, with a sickened lurch, we realise the exact nature of the join-the-dots pictures that are being revealed.   There’s so much in this seething cauldron of a film, so many film-industry neuroses exposed and horrors nested within horrors, that one viewing is too much, and not nearly enough.  Cronenberg has made a film that you want to unsee – and then see and unsee again.”

 

Postman Pat

Matinee madness – all screenings, all ages, £5

The film finds Pat, everyone’s favourite postman, coming face-to-face with the temptations of money, status and a shiny new suit when he enters a national TV talent show competition that threatens to tear him away from Greendale and his family and friends. What happens when kindness meets selfishness, when local fame meets global notoriety? Will a nice cup of tea be kicked aside by a Frappacapacino?  Pat is set to find out as he falls for the age-old temptation of the grass being greener…

David Tennant is enthusiastic as a stop-motion animation baddie, Simon Cowell makes a guest appearance, and Ronan Keating provides Pat’s gifted singing voice.  Sporting all the old innocent charm and graces, but benefiting from a discrete spruce up!

Gone Girl

“Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel has become a feverish thriller that has all the emotional subtlety of a Punch and Judy show – but is all the better for it” Guardian

Also showing as a Greene Sunday screening on Sun 12 Oct.  Find out more.

David Fincher (The Social Network) tackles the best-selling book  of 2012 and makes a great job of it!  It’s hard to live up to the hype on a project such as this, but Gillian Flynn herself has done the script, and Fincher has already earned his chops on teeth-gnashingly nasty thrillers with the likes of Se7en and The Fight Club.

When feckless Nick Dunne finds evidence of a struggle at home and his wife missing, assuming the worst isn’t half bad enough!  Before long press and public have him fitted up for the murder of his adored public figure of a wife, but that would seem a bit premature when there is no sign of a body…

This one has more twists and turns than a triple corkscrew roller coaster – and is just as edge of your seat!  Casting is always important but in this case it’s crucial, and Ben Affleck’s smug machismo is well offset against Rosamund Pike as his Dresden china-pretty wife.   This gleefully tilts at The War of the Roses, Hitchcock’s Suspicion and Fatal Attraction even as it explores Sartre’s Existential maxim:  Hell is others.  Indeed!