Fight for vote
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