Kingsman heads Stateside
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.
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