Showroom Cinema January Preview

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Following on from her Academy Award-winning The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow is back with a strong contender to win again. Her new film charts the decade long secret intelligence operation to find the location of Osama Bin Laden. I won’t spoil the ending.

“…a powerhouse thriller… This is movie journalism that snaps and stings, that purifies a decade’s clamor and clutter into narrative clarity, with a salutary kick.” – TIME

“…a hell of a ride… Chastain is a marvel…. Bigelow is a virtuoso at building suspense without compromising truth…. nerve-shattering.” – Rolling Stone

Django Unchained

Quentin is back with his usual mix of action, , gore, snappy dialogue and dark humour. Set before the Civil War, Jamie Foxx is Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christopher Waltz). With his help, he sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

“…an unbridled two hours and 45 minutes, giving history (and your stamina) a serious pounding…. a jolt of pure cinema, dazzling, disreputable and thrillingly alive.” – Rolling Stone

“…an immensely satisfying taste of antebellum empowerment packaged as spaghetti-Western homage… bloody hilarious (and hilariously bloody)…” – Daily Variety


The “grey pound” appears to be a booming area of the film industry, but don’t be put off by any flippant ageism, with films such as the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Amour showing that quality has nothing to do with age. Dustin Hoffman has amassed a great ensemble cast of British talent for his first film including Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connelly, Pauline Collins and many more familiar faces. As a special treat, the Showroom are throwing a special New Year’s Eve Quartet party.

“Hoffman’s film couldn’t offend if it tried. Age, however, has yet to wither its veterans’ undimmed star appeal.” Total Film

Also see:

Les Miserables – How do you follow up The King’s Speech and The Damned United? With an all star singing and dancing cast (Jackman, Hathaway, Crowe???, Seyfried) for an adaptation of Les Misérables, that’s how.

The Sessions – A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest. Hawkes, Hunt and Macey star.

What Richard Did – Richard is a golden-boy athlete among his privileged set of South Dublin teenagers. However, one night Richard does something that shatters the lives of the people closest to him.

McCullin – Documentary about the life and work of acclaimed war photographer Don McCullin, the seminal photo-journalist of the 1970s and 1980s.

Neil Young Journeys – Neil Young returns to his birth place, the Canadian province of Ontario, to revisit his old haunts and to perform in Toronto’s vintage Massey Hall.

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? – In a decaying Hollywood mansion, Jane Hudson, a former child star, and her sister Blanche, a movie queen forced into retirement after a crippling accident, live in virtual isolation. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford doing it for girl power 50 years ago.

American Mary – Mary Mason, is growing increasingly broke and disenchanted by medical school. She is drawn into the messy world of underground surgery and body modification which leaves more marks on Mary’s psyche than her so-called ‘freakish’ clientele.- Q&A with directors and star, Katherine Isabelle of Ginger Snaps fame.

This Sporting Life – Lindsay Anderson , one of this country’s greatest directors, Lindsay Anderson, takes a straightforward story about a washed up rugby league player and weaves it into a masterpiece of existential angst: an oblique, episodic tale full of raw emotion and tangled relationships.

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