The Fullarton Theatre in Castle Douglas is showing the Stephen King inspired The Dark Tower (12A), a spectacular sci-fi action thriller with Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey locked in battle to save the mysterious Dark Tower that has power over parallel universes.
The Saturday matinee is the animated fun package The Nut Job 2 (U) and in the evening, The Final Portrait (15), directed by Stanley Tucci, is a welcome light hearted view of the artist at work and the frustration his artistic gift causes. An American writer and art lover agrees to sit for the famous Italian-Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti. He is assured that this will only take a few hours as he has a flight to New York booked in two days time. But the meticulous Giacometti played superbly by Geoffrey Rush procrastinates endlessly.
On Sunday the American champion of the fight against climate change Al Gore is back with An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (PG), a follow up to his very successful An Inconvenient Truth.
Live events next week are on Wednesday a trip to the Royal Opera for Mozart’s The Magic Flute in a revival of David McVicar’s classic production and next Thursday it’s off to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London for King Lear with Kevin McNally in the lead role as the King with three warring daughters.
Romance through a glass wall and the internet is the unusual concept in the romantic drama Everything, Everything (12A) at Newton Stewart Cinema from tomorrow. Based on the 2015 best-selling novel by Nicola Yoon, it tells of the story of a teenager Maddy (Amanda Stenberg) who has spent her whole life in an environment controlled room to protect her from the risk of infection since she has the immune-deficiency disease SCID. If she was to leave this environment and make contact with the outside world she could die.
Cared for by her mother and her nurse she can only observe what goes on outside and the arrival of new neighbours including their attractive teenage son Olly (Nick Robinson), changes all that. Through messages on her glass wall and texting the relationship between Olly and Maddy grows until a break for freedom to experience everything for just one day puts her at risk. As teenage romances go this is a sensitive and absorbing story to challenge your tear ducts.
At the Dumfries Odeon, Pennywise the dancing clown who eats children continues to terrify audiences in Stephen King’s IT (15).
Bill Skarsgard, makes a truly scary monster as the shape shifting apparition who appears every 27 years to terrorise the children of the town of Derry in Maine. But a band of young misfits with all sorts of physical and emotional problems band together as ‘The Losers’ to seek out and defeat the monstrous clown. The combination of terror, revulsion and fun makes this a white knuckle ride.
For something totally different and altogether more pleasant, Victoria and Abdul (U) brings back Judy Dench in her classic portrayal of the ageing widow queen. Still grieving for the loss of her beloved Albert she encounters a young Indian clerk representing India at her golden Jubilee.
As happened with the late John Brown 24 years earlier she is much taken by him and warms to his companionship in the face of hostility from her household and the government. The story of this episode in her long reign was brutally excised from history but Stephen Frear’s sumptuous film puts the record straight.
At the Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre in Dumfries, The Big Sick (15) tomorrow, Saturday and next Wednesday is a romantic comedy based on a true story about the interracial relationship between a Pakistan born comedian and a young American student. But his family ties divide the couple until she contracts a sudden illness and has to put in an induced coma. This begins a bonding with her family but the bonds of tradition still threaten a reconciliation.
The Monday alternative is the emotional drama A Ghost Story (12A), an extraordinary, emotional exploration of love, loss, legacy and existence. A recently deceased man, played by Casey Affleck, reappears as a white sheeted ghost observing the grief of his wife (Rooney Mara) and trying to reconnect with both her and his past.
Next Tuesday and Thursday Land of Mine (15) is a war drama based on true events. In Denmark when the war ends, a group of German prisoners, mainly young late war conscripts, are forced to defuse some 45,000 mines from the beaches of the Jutland coast. They are brutally treated and forced to undertake this highly dangerous task in contravention of the Geneva Convention. The film is being screened in association with the HALO Trust.
The Dark Tower Idris Elba and Tom Taylor in the sci-fi action thriller