Bat­tle sta­tions

The Galloway News - - WEEKEND TICKET -

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

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