Here we go again with more fun tunes
The weekend film at The Fullarton in Castle Douglas is the sing-along version of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (PG).
You don’t have to sing at the Saturday and Sunday evening shows, of course, but the words for the Abba songs will be up there on the screen and you may well be tempted.
The live event tonight is a performance of Shakespeare’s mix of romance and comedy, The Winter’s Tale, from the Globe Theatre in London.
On Tuesday the year-long Oscar Wilde season ends with a new production of his most famous comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, from the Vaudeville Theatre in London.
Widely praised for being hilariously innovative, this has a superb cast.
If you are into sci-fi alien films, then The Predator (The Hunt Has Evolved) (15) next Friday is just the ticket. This is the fourth in the series for the masked alien who looks even worse when he takes off the mask.
When a Predator ship crashes on earth, army ranger McKenna captures one of the aliens and somewhat improbably removes its armour and sends it by mail to his autistic son by mistake.
The other Predators track the boy down on Hallowe’en and the film takes off on chase sequences of Man v Predators. The film may not live up to the original but it does pack in a lot of thrills and a high body count. This starts a five-night run at The Cinema, in Newton Stewart, tomorrow night.
At the Burns Centre, in Dumfries, the challenging documentary Bikes v Cars tomorrow night is part of Climate Week Scotland.
By examining the world-wide conflict between two-wheel enthusiasts and the four-wheel motorist, the challenge is whether our cities will move away from car-centric models. A discussion will follow.
On Saturday and Monday, BlacKKKlansman (15) is Spike Lee’s riveting film on how a black African-American policeman ingratiates himself with the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan by phoning him up and asking to join.
If that seems a bit unlikely, the reality is that this did happen. The cop was Ron Stallworth, the first black recruit in the Colorado Springs Police Department, played superbly by John David Washington.
He persuades his white colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), to play him in person at meetings with their plan to discover the Klan’s plans. Lee underlines his film with reality footage of recent atrocities.
On Tuesday and Wednesday the comedy Madame (15) is set in Paris with the emphasis on the glamour and infidelities of the elite.
Tony Collette and Harvey Keitel are wealthy ex-pats. She is obsessively superstitious and when her son arrives unexpectedly for a sumptuous dinner the guests add up to 13. To get round that unlucky number, the maid, Maria, is pressed into service.
She becomes a star guest and the target of a millionaire but can the social divide be crossed so easily?
There is a very different world on show in French film The Guardians (15), on Thursday. Set in France in 1915, this is the world of the women who must work on the farms to replace their men at the front.
Inevitably they felt emancipated by their new-found independence and the prospect of the return of the men after the conflict is a challenge. Encompassing love, loss and courage, this is a superbly filmed and finely played drama.
The monthly Friday film at The Birchvale Theatre, Dalbeattie, is the popular, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (12A), in which a writer discovers a lost mystery linked to life under the Nazi occupation of Guernsey.
On song Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. Below, BlackKKKlansman