New in Cinema… 23rd June, 2017

Diane Keaton & Brendan Gleeson in HAMPSTEAD

Star-crossed lovers Diane Keaton & Brendan Gleeson arrive at a cinema screen near you this week in ‘Hampstead’; Michael Bay’s ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ redefines what it means to be a hero, and things aren’t always what they seem in suburbia in the drama-thriller ‘The Book of Henry’.  Plus, here’s to you Mrs Robinson as ‘The Graduate’ celebrates it’s a 50 year anniversary with a big screen re-release.

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Transformers: The Last Knight (3D) (12A)

Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

Dir. Michael Bay, US, 2017, 149 mins

Cast: Laura Haddock, Mark Wahlberg, Gemma Chan

The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero.

Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.

Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).

There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.

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The Book of Henry (12A)

Drama | Thriller

Dir. Colin Trevorrow, US, 2017, 105 Mins

Cast: Lee Pace, Naomi Watts, Jacob Tremblay

Sometimes things are not always what they seem, especially in the small suburban town where the Carpenter family lives.

Single suburban mother Susan Carpenter works as a waitress at a diner, alongside feisty family friend Sheila. Her younger son Peter is a playful 8-year-old. Taking care of everyone and everything in his own unique way is Susan’s older son Henry, age 11.

Protector to his adoring younger brother and tireless supporter of his often self-doubting mother – and, through investments, of the family as a whole – Henry blazes through the days like a comet. Susan discovers that the family next door, which includes Henry’s kind classmate Christina, has a dangerous secret – and that Henry has devised a surprising plan to help.

As his brainstormed rescue plan for Christina takes shape in thrilling ways, Susan finds herself at the centre of it.

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Edith Walks (PG)

Documentary

Dir. Andrew Kotting, UK, 2017, 61 Mins

Cast: David Aylward, Claurdia Barton, Anonymous Bosch

Edith Walks is a 60 minute 66 second feature film inspired by a walk from Waltham Abbey in Essex via Battle Abbey to St Leonards-on-Sea in East Sussex. The film documents a pilgrimage in memory of Edith

The film documents a pilgrimage in memory of Edith Swan Neck. Bits of King Harold’s body were brought to Waltham for burial near the High Altar after the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and his hand fast wife Edith Swan Neck is seen cradling him in a remarkable sculpture at Grosvenor Gardens on the sea front in St Leonards. The film re-connects the lovers after 950 years of separation. The

The film re-connects the lovers after 950 years of separation. The 108 mile journey, as the crow flies, allows the audience to reflect upon all things Edith. A conversation in Northampton between Alan Moore, Iain Sinclair and Edith Swan Neck is also a key element to the unfolding ‘story’. With images shot using digital super 8 iPhone’s and sound recorded using a specially constructed music box with a boom microphone the film unfolds chronologically but in a completely unpredictable way.

With images shot using digital super 8 iPhone’s and sound recorded using a specially constructed music box with a boom microphone the film unfolds chronologically but in a completely unpredictable way.

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The Graduate – 50th Anniversary (15)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. Mike Nichols, UK, 2017, 102 Mins

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross

One of the most beloved American films of all time. Ben has recently graduated from college, with his parents now expecting great things from him. At his “Homecoming” party, Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father’s business partner, has Ben drive her home, which leads to an affair between the two. The affair eventually ends, but comes back to haunt him when he finds himself falling for Elaine, Mrs. Robinson’s daughter.

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Hampstead (12A)

Hampstead film posterDrama

Dir. Joel Hopkins, UK, 2017, 102 Mins

Cast: Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson, James Norton

An American widow finds unexpected love with a man living wild on Hampstead Heath when they take on the developers who want to destroy his home.

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Seasons In Quincy: The Four Portraits Of John Berger (12A)

Documentary | Biography

Dirs. Bartek Dziadosz, Colin MacCabe, UK, 2016, 90 Mins

Cast: John Berger, Tilda Swinton

The Seasons in Quincy is the result of a five-year project by Tilda Swinton, Colin MacCabe and Christopher Roth to produce a portrait of the intellectual and storyteller John Berger. It was produced by the Derek Jarman Lab, an audio-visual hub for graduate filmmaking based at Birkbeck, University of London, in collaboration with the composer Simon Fisher Turner.   In 1973 Berger abandoned the metropolis to live in the tiny Alpine village of Quincy. He realized that subsistence peasant farming, which had sustained humanity for millennia, was drawing to an historical close. He determined to spend the rest of his life bearing witness to this vanishing existence, not least by participating in it. Berger’s trilogy Into their Labours chronicles the peasant life of this Alpine village and its surrounding countryside. Our portrait places Berger in the rhythm of the seasons in Quincy.

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Souvenir

Drama | Music | Romance

Dir. Bavo Defurne, Belgium/Luxembourg/France, 2016, 90 Mins, Subtitles

Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Kévin Azaïs, Johan Leysen

Liliane works at a meat factory, adding bay leaves to liver patties. Once known as ‘Laura’, she was a rising star in the music industry and even took part in the European Song Contest. Now she leads a secluded life in an apartment stuffed with relics from her bygone days of glory. But then 22-year-old Jean walks into her life.

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Tubelight (12A)

Adventure | Drama | War

Dir. Kabir Khan, India, 2017, 154 Mins, Subtitles

Cast: Salman Khan, Zhu Zhu, Sohail Khan

In a small picturesque town in North India, Laxman (Salman Khan) lives with his younger brother Bharat (Sohail Khan).

The two have no other family and are inseparable. Laxman’s world comes crashing down, when war breaks out and Bharat gets drafted into the Army.

A helpless Bharat leaves a devastated Laxman behind. News from the border only worsens, as the tension continues to escalate. Seeing the carnage around him and worried for his brother, Laxman decides he must stop this conflict and get his brother back.

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