Stal­lone re­turns to the fight in Creed II

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - THE TICKET -

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

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