Gaga’s star is well and truly on the rise

The Galloway News - - THE WEEKEND TICKET -

The top film na­tion­wide is the new ver­sion of A Star Is Born (15) with Lady Gaga (real name Ste­fani Ger­man­otta) scor­ing a per­sonal suc­cess in her first big screen ap­pear­ance.

Pre­vi­ously trained in drama she sheds her lu­di­crous pop per­sona to give a gen­uine char­ac­ter per­for­mance as a young singer groomed for star­dom by a fail­ing hard-drink­ing mu­si­cian played by Bradley Cooper who also di­rects and pro­duces.

The story is hardly new, this is the fourth ver­sion but the two stars and es­pe­cially Gaga, give this doomed ro­mance new life and for new young au­di­ences com­ing fresh to it this will be­come the de­fin­i­tive ver­sion. This is show­ing at New­ton Stew­art Cin­ema and The Fullar­ton in Cas­tle Dou­glas on Sun­day. It is al­ready sold out but there is a re­peat on Tues­day.

At New­ton Stew­art on Tues­day there is a spe­cial screen­ing of the Peter Jack­son film They Shall Not Grow Old (15), a re­mark­able dig­i­tally re­stored and coloured ar­chive film of ac­tion in the First World War. Con­tain­ing ar­chive films from the Bri­tish War Mu­seum, these grainy black and white im­ages spring to life in this new ver­sion ac­com­pa­nied by the words of vet­er­ans taken from the BBC sound ar­chives. As we com­mem­o­rate 100 years since the end of the war this is a su­perb vis­ual memo­rial.

Back at The Fullar­ton the Fri­day film has Rowan Atkin­son back for more bungling ad­ven­tures in Johnny English Strikes Again (PG). The Satur­day film has a spe­cial lo­cal in­ter­est in that The Wife (15) was partly filmed at the Ar­bigland es­tate at Carsethorn near Dum­fries and at Glas­gow and the Con­cord at East Loth­ian. The Carsethorn lo­ca­tion mir­rored the east coast of Amer­ica and Glas­gow stood in for Stock­holm.

Glen Close is be­ing tipped for an Os­car as the wife of a suc­cess­ful au­thor, played by Jonathan Price, who has sub­ju­gated her own tal­ent and am­bi­tions to sup­port his rise to fame. This is also at The Robert Burns Cen­tre Film Theatre in Dum­fries to­mor­row and Satur­day plus Tues­day to Thurs­day. Ticket avail­abil­ity is now lim­ited so check for de­tails.

On Satur­day there is a late show re­peat of the zom­bie mu­si­cal Anna and the Apoca­lypse (15+), in ad­vance of re­lease at the end of the month. The Mon­day al­ter­na­tive is the heart­warm­ing doc­u­men­tary of the jour­ney through ru­ral France by the vet­eran film maker Agnes Varda and the pho­tog­ra­pher JR.

The Fri­day film at The Birch­vale Theatre in Dal­beat­tie is the story of frus­trated love, On Ch­e­sil Beach (12A) based on the book by Ian McEwan. Two young new­ly­weds find their hon­ey­moon bliss blighted by their in­ex­pe­ri­ence and sex­ual frigid­ity on their hon­ey­moon.

Also mer­it­ing a men­tion is the good work be­ing done by Drift­wood Tour­ing Cin­ema bring­ing the best in clas­sic and cur­rent re­leases to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties in the south west. To­mor­row at Port Lo­gan there is the ex­cel­lent French film, Un­touch­able (15), in which a para­plegic aris­to­crat hires a young com­pan­ion and finds his life trans­formed. Next Wed­nes­day in the Toll Booth Arts Cen­tre in Kirkcud­bright there is the reis­sue of the pe­riod clas­sic The Pi­ano (15) in which a mute woman trav­els to New Zealand in the 1850s with her daugh­ter and her prised pi­ano, for an ar­ranged mar­riage.

The mu­sic score by Michael Ny­man has be­come a clas­sic.

Hap­less spy Rowan Atkin­son in Johnny English Strikes Again

A Star is Born Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga

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