Here we go again with more fun tunes

The Galloway News - - THE TICKET - Bill Cun­ning­ham

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

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