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Who's in it?Cate Blanchett (she won several awards), Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins (she also won awards,), Peter Sarsgaard. Directed by Woody Allen.
Jasmine French used to be on the top of the heap as a New York socialite, but now is returning to her estranged sister in San Francisco : and she's utterly ruined.
As she tries to recover herself in the much-changed present, Jasmine struggles with her haunting memories of a privileged past, burdened by dark realities she'd ignored.
Unfortunately, it all turns out to be a bit of a losing battle, as her narcissistic hangups and their consequences begin to overwhelm her. In doing so, her old pretensions and her new deceits begin to foul up everyone's lives: especially her own.
But why an Oscar and 28 other wins ?"Here it is: the real deal, an actual Woody Allen film, the kind we once looked forward to, took for granted, then despaired of ever seeing again. After all those false dawns, non-comebacks and semi-successful Euro jeux d'esprit, Allen has produced an outstanding movie, immensely satisfying and absorbing, and set squarely on American turf: that is, partly in San Francisco and partly in New York. (The Guardian - *****)
Turn it into a mini night out.
Bring your friends - and sit at the same table !!
Cabaret layout as usual, with our Ace bar-services bod (Roy Childs)
serving good wines, and good beer (or bubbly water).
film starts at 7:45
First, our A.G.M.
Who’s in itRobert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy, Diane Lane. Directed by Peter Caetano.
What’s it about?Six guys with nothing left to lose try losing their clothing for fun and profit in this international hit comedy.
Gaz Robert Carlyle) and Dave (Mark Addy) are two former steelworkers in Sheffield who have been devastated by the economic downturn. Taking their “inspiration” from the American male exotic dance troupe, the Chippendales, they form their own group of male strippers, Hard Steel.
While Hard Steel's performances are more amusing then enticing, for the first time since they lost their jobs the men have a reason to get up in the morning. Joining the group has given them a circle of friendship, and a renewed sense of purpose. Combines broad comedy with believable and well-drawn characters.
run time 1.5 hours
Won twenty awards !!
Who's in it ?Judi Dench, Steve Coogan (who also wrote the screenplay), and Sophie Kennedy Clark. Directed by Stephen Frears.
When former journalist Martin Sixsmith is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what do.
That changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her mother, Philomena, who had her son taken away when she was a teenage inmate of a Catholic convent. Martin arranges a magazine assignment about her search for her son that eventually leads to America.
Along the way, Martin and Philomena discover as much about each other as about her son's fate. Furthermore, both find their basic beliefs challenged.
Why does it work so well?"In part, it's the Dench effect. At 78, she skips through scenes, hitting a dozen bases a minute, raising laughs here, tears there, never breaking sweat. This might be the sort of thing she can do in her sleep, but Dench never gives anything less than full welly.
Philomena is one of those unusual movies it's hard to imagine anyone not enjoying. It doesn't preach or patronise. It's bright and neat on the ethics of storytelling, but it never gets too meta." (The Guardian)
And time to chat with like minds afterwards.
film starts at 7:45
Who's in it ?Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, and Stellan Skarsgård.
What's it about ?Eric Lomax was one of thousands of Allied prisoners of war who were forced to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway during WW2. His experiences after the discovery of the radio he'd secretly built to bring news and hope to his colleagues left him traumatised, and shut off from the world.
Years later, on a train, he met Patti, a beautiful woman with whom he fell in love.
Patti was determined to rid Eric of his demons. Discovering that the young Japanese officer who haunted her husband was still alive, she faced a terrible decision. Should Eric be given a chance to confront his tormentor?
Would she stand by him, whatever he did?