This Week’s Film Releases From Monday 22nd May 2017

Interlude in Prague (15)

Biography | Drama | History | Music | Romance | Thriller

Dir. John Stephenson, Czech Republic/UK, 2017, 103 mins

Cast:  James Purefoy, Samantha Barks, Morfydd Clark, Aneurin Barnard

1788, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart escapes the frustrating, privileged elite of Vienna to spend a few weeks in Prague. However, his unconventional presence soon unleashes a series of dramatic and tragic events set off by a forbidden affair with young soprano Zuzanna. Overwhelmed by the tangled web of lust, violence and intrigue that surrounds him, Mozart finds inspiration to create the astonishing and dramatic piece of music that will become the operatic masterpiece Don Giovanni. Interlude in Prague is a powerful period thriller set to the music of Mozart and starring James Purefoy (High Rise, The Following), Samantha Barks (Les Miserables) and Aneurin Barnard (SS-GB, War and Peace).

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McLaren (12A)

Documentary | Action | Drama | Sport

Dir. Roger Donaldson, New Zealand, 2016, 89 mins

Cast (as themselves): Bruce McLaren, Sir Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti

The name McLaren is synonymous with motor racing excellence and stands today as a symbol for automotive superiority. Yet what is less known is that the brand was the creation of one young man from New Zealand – a pioneer who followed his dream and who against all odds led a team to greatness and himself to become a motorsport champion and hero.

Despite the tragic end to his life, Bruce’s legacy lives on and his vision, passion and drive to innovate continues to be at the heart of advanced motor engineering to this day. A truly inspirational story of a young boy from humble birth who dared to take on the elite world of motor racing and win.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (PG)

Comedy | Family

Dir. David Bowers, US, 2017, 90 mins

Cast: Jason Ian Drucker, Charlie Wright, Owen Asztalos, Tom Everett Scott, Alicia Silverstone

A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention. This family cross-country adventure turns into an experience the Heffleys will never forget.

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I Am Not Madame Bovary (12A)

Comedy | Drama | World

Dir. Xiaogang Feng, China, 2016, 128 mins, subtitles

Cast: Chengpeng Dong, Bingbing Fan, Wei Fan

A a razor-sharp adaptation of Liu Zheyun’s 2012 novel, starring Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing and telling the tale of a wronged woman fighting for justice against her duplicitous husband and the government itself.

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It Was Fifty Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt Pepper and Beyond (12A)

Documentary | Music

Dir. Alan G. Parker, UK, 2017, 119 mins

Cast (as themselves): Pete Best, Freda Kelly, Simon Napier-Bell, Andy Peebles, Tony Bramwell, Hunter Davies

On 1st June, 1967 The Beatles released their ground-breaking studio album… Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Described by Rolling Stone magazine as “The most important rock & roll album ever made”, it marked a pivotal moment in the 60’s and went on to become one of the biggest selling records of all time.

Combining first-hand accounts of the events with rare and unseen footage forensically unearthed from mainstream archives and private collectors, this new music documentary by acclaimed director Alan G. Parker, picks up on the band as they end their grueling tour schedule in August 1966 (coincidentally following on from Ron Howard’s ‘Eight Days A Week’) to return to the studio to record this landmark album.

This insightful and revealing film journeys through the end of Beatles touring various solo projects to the release of ‘Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane’, touching on Flower Power and The Summer Of Love, LSD, Meditation, the roots of ‘rock’ branching out of pop, the death of Brian Epstein and the rise of Apple.

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Other Side of Hope, The (12A)

Comedy | Drama | World

Dir. Aki Kaurismaki, Finland/Germany, 2017, 100 mins, subtitles

Cast: Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen, Janne Hyytiäinen, Ilkka Koivula, Nuppu Koivu, Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon, Niroz Haji, Kaija Pakarinen

Khaled (Sherwan Haji) arrives at the port of Helsinki concealed in a coal container, fleeing war-torn Syria to seek asylum in Finland. Dazed and frustrated by the monolithic administration he encounters at the detention centre, he makes a break for it and heads out onto the streets. There he meets Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen), a former shirt salesman who has recently left his alcoholic wife for a new life as a bachelor restaurateur. Together, they help each other to navigate the adversities they face in these unfamiliar and often baffling new worlds.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge (3D) (12A)

Action | Adventure | Comedy

Dirs. Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg, US, 2017

Cast: Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Kaya Scodelario, david Wenham, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Javier Bardem

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge” also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs, Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, Stephen Graham as Scrum, David Wenham as Scarfield and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.

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Spark (PG)

Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family

Dir. Aaron Woodley, Canada/South Korea, 2016, 91 mins

Cast (voices): Jessica Biel, Susan Sarandon, Patrick Stewart, Hilary Swank, Jace Norman

Thirteen years ago, the power-mad General Zhong seized control of Planet Bana and tore it to pieces in the process. Now splintered into hundreds of shards, Zhong is Bana’s evil-overlord, ruling with an iron fist. Enter Spark, a teenage monkey and his friends, Vix, a battle-ready fox, and Chunk, a tech-savvy pig. Spark learns of Zhong’s secret plan to take over the universe by capturing a giant space monster known as the Kraken – a beast that has the power to create black holes. If Zhong manages to harness the Kraken’s power, he’ll have history’s deadliest weapon at his fingertips, and it’s up to Spark and his friends to stop him. Spark’s journey takes him to the farthest reaches of the universe, where he encounters great dangers and discovers the secret of his true identity. An action-packed space adventure full of humor and heart, Spark is the story of a boy who takes on great responsibility and in the process discovers his rightful place in the universe.

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