Fight for vote

The Galloway News - - MOVIES -

The Di­vine Or­der (15) at The Fullar­ton in Cas­tle Dou­glas on Satur­day is a com­edy drama in which women in a Swiss vil­lage rebel against the do­mes­tic tyranny of men and fight for the vote.

In Switzer­land women only won that right in 1971 and un­til 1985 a hus­band had the right to pre­vent his wife from work­ing.

Next Thurs­day there is an en­core screen­ing of the pow­er­ful RSC pro­duc­tion of Mac­beth (12A) with Christo­pher Eccleston and Ni­amh Cu­sack.

The Fri­day film at the Birch­vale in Dal­beat­tie is the pe­riod drama Good­bye Christo­pher Robin (PG), the story of how the writer A A Milne came to cre­ate Win­nie the Pooh and his friends.

At the heart of the movie, how­ever, is the af­ter­math of war, Milne’s re­la­tion­ship with his son, the real Christo­pher Robin, and the price of fame.

In Dumfries the Odeon has been filled with fans of the Mar­vel cin­e­matic uni­verse for their block­buster Avengers: In­fin­ity War (12A).

The gi­ant Titan Thanos is obsessed with solv­ing an im­bal­ance in the galaxy with over-pop­u­la­tion caus­ing star­va­tion. His so­lu­tion is geno­cide and to achieve this he needs the re­main­ing five In­fin­ity Stones hid­den across the uni­verse that will give him ab­so­lute power.

To fight him pretty well all the Mar­vel su­per­heroes unite with a cli­mac­tic bat­tle in the African king­dom of Wakanda de­cid­ing the fate of the galaxy.

The Russo broth­ers clev­erly jug­gle the huge cast and sit­u­a­tions, in­clud­ing a sec­tion filmed in Ed­in­burgh, but at times this long film can feel episodic and fre­quently over the top.

While there are comic mo­ments, the pre­dom­i­nant mood is som­bre. It is a com­pelling watch with a su­perb per­for­mance by Josh Brolin as Thanos.

The end is a cliff-hanger and there is a credit se­quence worth wait­ing for as there will be a fol­low-up next year.

At the Burns Cen­tre in Dumfries the Wes An­der­son stop-mo­tion an­i­mated fea­ture Isle of Dogs (PG) screens to­mor­row and Satur­day plus next Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day.

In a flu-epi­demic Ja­pan, dogs are blamed for spread­ing the ill­ness and ban­ished to an is­land dump. There, a gang of five de­cide to fight to re­turn to the city as well as help­ing a lit­tle boy find his pet pooch. Quirky but great fun with a ter­rific voice cast.

Next Tues­day there is a treat for opera lovers with the reis­sue of the re­stored film of Mozart’s The Magic Flute (PG) filmed in 1975 at the Drot­tningholm Palace Theatre in Stock­holm by Ing­mar Bergman. This is part of a short sea­son cel­e­brat­ing the cen­te­nary of Bergman.

Steven Spiel­berg’s Ready Player One (12A) at New­ton Ste­wart Cin­ema from to­mor­row is an adap­ta­tion of the book by Ernest Cline set in 2045 when the world is in chaotic de­cline.

The pop­u­la­tion es­cape from their dreary re­al­ity into a vir­tu­al­re­al­ity world called Oa­sis where any­one can be who­ever they want in a multi-di­men­sional land­scape of hair-rais­ing races, vir­tual bat­tles and cin­e­matic mon­sters.

Spiel­berg mas­ter­minds the real and vir­tual worlds ex­pertly when the cre­ator of Oa­sis hides an Easter egg as a game to find a win­ner who will take over his vir­tual em­pire.

The vis­ual ef­fects are ter­rific and the char­ac­ters and sto­ry­line keeps you in the ac­tion helped by a foot-tap­ping sound­track.

For the week­end fam­ily choice there is the an­i­mated ad­ven­tures of a goose that fosters two duck­lings in Duck, Duck, Goose (PG).

Strug­gle The Di­vine Or­der tells of women’s fight for the vote in Switzer­land

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