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NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire

Tennessee Williams’ steamy masterpiece about violence, desire and destruction, A Streetcar Named Desire, will be shown in the NT Live season.   Gillian Anderson (The X-FilesThe Fall) is vulnerable elder sister Blanche, Ben Foster (Lone SurvivorKill Your Darlings) is Stanley, and Vanessa Kirby (BBC’s Great ExpectationsThree Sisters at the Young Vic) is Stella.

Blanche DuBois:  a role actresses would kill for!  Gillian Anderson follows in the footsteps of Jessica Tandy, Vivian Leigh, Rachel Weisz, Cate Blanchett and more in the fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history.  As Blanche’s fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace – but her downward spiral brings her face to face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski. Visionary director Benedict Andrews returns to the Young Vic following his Critics’ Circle Award-winning Three Sisters.  And he has a few new tricks up his sleeve for this production of Streetcar, his second time of staging it.

 

 

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!

 

 

 

Cinema Gems: Finding Vivian Maier

Screen Gems:  a chance to view, discuss and enjoy good film in good company, with guided discussion after.  Tickets £5

“More connect-the-dots detective thriller than traditional doc, John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s revelatory riddle of a film unmasks a brilliant photographer who hid in plain sight for decades” Entertainment Weekly

This documentary is a tribute to Vivian Maier, an unsung genius of urban photography. The accidental discovery of her work by real-estate agent John Maloof resulted in her posthumous recognition as one of the finest street photographers of the 20th century.

Paying homage to her work as well as exploring the strange twists and turns of her segmented life, this film is dense with stunning images, interviews and revelations, painting a fitting and moving portrait of the artist. See it for the surprising story of this quixotic talent; see it for the skills of the film makers in presenting it so entertainingly; but most of all see it for the sublime photography.  Unmissable!

Greene Sunday: Begin Again

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Greene Sundays, the best films for only £2.50, courtesy of Greene & Co estate agents.

In this uplifting tale from the director of Once, Mark Ruffalo is Dan, a New York record-label boss who is flailing in both his personal and professional life, and Keira Knightley plays Greta, a songwriter whose career has derailed since her partner hit the big time. When Dan hears her performance at an open-mic night, he suspects that she might just be the Real Deal. Resisting predictable plot turns, director John Carney keeps us guessing the trajectory of our two lost souls in this sophisticated crowd-pleaser.

Sponsored by estate agents Greene & Co, tickets for this screening can be purchased here or in person from Greene & Co’s office, 72-74 Chamberlayne Rd NW10 3JJ

Spirited Away

Spirited AwayA fantasy adventure film unlike any other, Spirited Away tells the story of Chihiro, a capricious ten-year-old girl who believes the entire world should submit to her every whim.

While en route to a new home, Chihiro and her parents stumble upon a mysterious tunnel, which leads them to a ghostly town. There, the parents greedily devour the buffet in an abandoned restaurant, and unceremoniously turn into pigs as Chihiro looks on. They have unwittingly strayed into the Land of the Spirits, a world inhabited by ancient gods and magical beings who holiday at a giant bathhouse run by the demonic sorceress, Yubaba.

Chihiro finds an ally in the enigmatic Haku, who explains that in order to survive this strange and perilous world, she must make herself useful by working hard at the bathhouse. Chihiro renounces her laziness, her reason, her memories, even her name…

This visionary work from Studio Ghibli and director Miyazaki is a dreamlike fable and an enchanting fairy tale.  Classic fare!

Aladdin

Aladdin is one of the most loved of recent Disney animated features, bringing the classic story of Prince Ali Baba to the screen with state of the art animation, memorable Oscar-winning songs, a barrage of gags courtesy of Robin Williams, who plays the Blue Genie, and an infectious sense of fun throughout.

 

Carers & babies: Begin Again

In this uplifting tale from the director of Once, Mark Ruffalo is Dan, a New York record-label boss who is flailing in both his personal and professional life, and Keira Knightley plays Greta, a songwriter whose career has derailed since her partner hit the big time. When Dan hears her performance at an open-mic night, he suspects that she might just be the Real Deal. Resisting predictable plot turns, director John Carney keeps us guessing the trajectory of our two lost souls in this crowd-pleaser.

Believe

Set in 1984 Manchester, Believe is a funny and touching fictional tale about the legendary Manchester United football manager, Sir Matt Busby. An act of petty crime by 11 year old Georgie becomes a collision of fate as Sir Matt tracks him down, only to discover that the boy is an extraordinarily gifted footballer and captain of a team of unruly talents.

Having lived with football all his life and survived the tragic 1958 Munich Air Disaster, in which eight of his players were killed, Sir Matt is still committed to continue his work of “training lads for life” and so begins a thrilling adventure as he comes out of retirement to transform a young group of scallywags into a dream team.

 

How to Train Your Dragon 2

“Not only does this second movie match the charm, wit, animation skill and intelligent storytelling of the original, I think it even exceeds it.” Chicago Sun Times

DreamWorks returns to the world of dragons and Vikings in this sequel. The original film followed the exploits of a Viking chief’s son, who must capture a dragon in order to mark his passage into manhood and prove his worthiness to the tribe.  Exciting, emotionally resonant, and beautifully animated, How to Train Your Dragon 2 builds on its predecessor’s successes just the way a sequel should.

Chef

It’s FOOD ‘N DRINK WEEK at the Lexi as we welcome Rise newcomers Borough Wines* and Shish Mangal*.  Starting Fri 4 July, Shish Mangal – sizzling Turkish bbq – are offering Lexi customers a 10% discount, and Borough Wines will be bring up samples of their house wines on Wed 9 Jul before the 20:00 screening.

“A colorful, great-looking film, with an infectious soundtrack.” RichardRoeper.com

Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his culinary integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman).  Left to figure out what’s next, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen — and zest for life and love.  Everybody wants to get into the kitchen:  also with Robert Downey Jr and Scarlet Johanson.

Chef’s charming cast and sharp, funny script add enough spice to make this feel-good comedy a flavourful treat.

* Borough Wines have a very attractive refillable bottle scheme for their house wines – with 75 cl of carefully sourced wine costing only £5.50 per refill – while Shish Mangal works only with the freshest of ingredients.  Their produce is prepared daily, and their premium meat is without MSG.