Stallone returns to the fight in Creed II
Sylvester Stallone dons the gloves once more, director Mike Leigh turns to epic cinema for a little known Manchester massacre, Simon Callow is Dickens in his event cinema A Christmas Carol and there is a new super hero on the way.
Lonsdale, Annan/ Vue, Carlisle
There are multiple choices at both cinemas this week. is a case of sons taking on dad’s gloves as Sylvester Stallone returns for another round of the boxing saga when the sons of Apollo Creed and his killer Ivan Drago face meeting in the ring for revenge and closure.
Disney’s sequel, and the annual are fine family films plus the very colourful animated version of and the on-going saga of
The Lonsdale has the excellent crime thriller
for matinees on Tuesday and Wednesday and on Thursday the brilliant stage production of the King and I from the London Palladium.
Previewing next Wednesday and Thursday is yet another super hero moving up to solo film status with based on the DC Comics character. Jason Momoa is Arthur Currie, half human and half-Atlantean, who is also the reluctant ruler of Atlantis and King of the Seven Seas, so he is trapped between two worlds. Nicol Kidman is Queen Atlanna, his mother from a relationship with a lighthouse keeper. Faced with a challenge from his halfbrother Orm (Patrick Wilson), he is forced to use his super powers to save humans. Directed by James Wan of this could be the film that rescues the DC films from the doldrums.
Robert Burns Centre, Dumfries
Top choice in a busy run of films is Mike Leigh’s masterly the story of the 1819 massacre of peaceful democracy protestors gathered in St Peter’s Field in central Manchester. Faced with only two per cent of the population having the vote and famine plus unemployment following the Napoleonic Wars, the movement for greater democracy and the vote grew but the government decided to confront the protesters that numbered some 60,000 and ordered the yeomanry to silence them. Mike Leigh’s penetrating style of improvised acting and scrupulous attention to period detail add to the authenticity of ordinary folk being crushed by the establishment. This screens on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The screening of Juliet Naked tonight has been cancelled and replaced with another showing of That continues tomorrow night plus a baby friendly one next Thursday morning.
On Sunday afternoon there is the Royal Ballet in a cinema live performance of The Nutcracker from the Royal Opera House in London. This is their annual lavish traditional production that captures the magic and mystery of Christmas in Russia. Ticket availability is now limited. For more of the Christmas magic, Dickensian style, there is another cinema live event on Tuesday with,
performed by Simon Callow in Dickens’ own performance adaptation that becomes a one-man theatrical extravaganza of festive storytelling.
Fullarton Theatre, Castle Douglas
Mike Leigh’s is the Friday film tonight. Tomorrow there are two screenings of the new animated version of
but both are nearly sold out at the time of writing. In the evening,
is the big screen version of the 1980s TV series in which three widows of deceased crooks decide to ‘honour’ their memory by carrying out their menfolk’s $5 million heist. With a great cast this is a thrilling action caper.
The Birchvale Theatre, Dalbeattie
The monthly Friday film tonight is the quintessentially British comedy with Rob Bryden as a man with a mid-life crisis who joins an all-male synchronised swimming group after a drunken night out. Based on a true story this is in swimming trunks.
Return Sylvester Stallone and Michael B Jordan star in Creed II
Peterloo Rory Kinnear stars