Kings­man heads State­side

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - THE WEEKENDTICKET -

Kings­man is still in ac­tion but the new Blade Run­ner is on the way. Ge­of­frey Rush aban­dons the pi­rates for a paint brush and the story of the real Christo­pher Robin is co-scripted by a lo­cal writer.

Odeon, Dum­fries/Lons­dale, An­nan

The com­edy ac­tion thriller Kings­man: The Golden Cir­cle (15) con­tin­ues with Colin Firth back as Harry Hart, spe­cial agent not quite killed off in the first film but now sport­ing an eye patch.

His pro­tege, Gary “Eg­gsy” Un­win and the rem­nants of the Kings­man agency are now part of the Amer­i­can or­gan­i­sa­tion af­ter the ter­ror­ist syn­di­cate, The Golden Cir­cle. None of it makes sense but the ac­tion is spec­tac­u­lar and some of the rough edges of the orig­i­nal have been lost.

Pre­view­ing next Thursday is Blade Run­ner 2049 (15), the long-awaited se­quel to the 1982 orig­i­nal by Ridley Scott with Har­ri­son Ford as the cop track­ing rogue repli­cants. Scott is not in the di­rec­tor’s chair for this one leav­ing that to De­nis Vil­leneuve of Ar­rival fame.

Ryan Gosling is the LAPD cop/blade run­ner who stum­bles across an an­cient se­cret that threat­ens hu­man­ity. This leads him to find for­mer agent Rick Deckard (Har­ri­son Ford) who has been miss­ing for 30 years. This prom­ises to be the sci-fi film of the year.

Robert Burns Cen­tre Film Theatre

From his pan­tomime per­for­mances in the Pi­rates films, to a small scale in­ti­mate por­trait of an artist, is a feat that Ge­of­frey Rush ac­com­plishes with ease in Stan­ley Tucci’s Fi­nal Por­trait (15).

He plays the artist Al­berto Gi­a­cometti who per­suades the Amer­i­can writer and art lover (Arnie Ham­mer) to sit for him. Know­ing that his friend has to catch a plane in a few days he says it will not take long. But as we see the artist pro­cras­ti­nate with frus­tra­tion at his ef­forts, the film su­perbly re­veals the agony of the artist and his cre­ativ­ity.

The Mon­day al­ter­na­tive is the Ja­panese an­ime fea­ture In This Cor­ner of The World (12A), the story of a young girl caught up in the vi­o­lence of war when her town is bombed.

The Fullar­ton Theatre, Cas­tle Dou­glas

Tonight, The Lime­house Golem (15) is a Gothic murder mys­tery set in the foggy streets of Lon­don in 1880.

Tom Cruise is back in ac­tion for Amer­i­can Made (15) tomorrow. He plays real life Barry Seal, a TWA pi­lot re­cruited by the CIA to spy on the grow­ing com­mu­nist threat in Cen­tral Amer­ica.

The Sun­day film is God’s Own Coun­try (15), a gen­tle but in­ten­sive story of a dis­af­fected young farmer aim­lessly work­ing his par­ents farm on the Pen­nines.

The Birch­vale Theatre, Dal­beat­tie

The monthly film tonight is the ex­cel­lent war time ro­man­tic drama, Their Finest Hour (12A) in which Gemma Arter­ton, a mar­ried woman seek­ing work in Lon­don in 1940, is at­tracted to screen­writer Sam Claflin while they work on a pro­pa­ganda film. Ten­der, funny, but never far from the tragedy of war.

Lons­dale, An­nan

There is a lo­cal con­nec­tion to the new film, Good­bye Christo­pher Robin (PG), that opens tonight. This true story of how AA Milne came to write the fa­mous sto­ries of Win­nie the Pooh was co-scripted by chil­dren’s au­thor Frank Cot­trell who lives in Cum­mertrees and is a reg­u­lar visi­tor to the An­nan cinema.

The film gives a rare glimpse into the re­la­tion­ship of Milne with his son Christo­pher Robin and how writ­ing the sto­ries had a cathar­tic in­flu­ence on Milne’s post WW1 trau­matic stress.

On Tues­day, from Covent Gar­den, there is a live per­for­mance of Puc­cini’s peren­nial favourite, La Bo­heme in a widely ac­claimed new pro­duc­tion by Richard Jones and on Thursday there is a re­peat of the world wide record breaking 2015 pro­duc­tion of Shake­speare’s Ham­let with Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch.

The ex­cel­lent Vic­to­ria and Ab­dul (PG) can still be seen at mati­nees and for the young in heart there are week­end shows of the new Thomas and Friends - Jour­ney Be­yond Sodor (U) and the colour­ful new an­i­mated fea­ture The Jun­gle Bunch (U).

Lond­sale screen­ing Domh­nall Glee­son and Margot Robe in Good­bye Christo­pher Robin

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