Time for a spooky tale for Hallowe’en
With Halloween coming up next week the cinemas get into the spooky mood with Newton Stewart Cinema opting for a mix of magical mystery and a dash of witchcraft in The House With A Clock in Its Walls (12A). This is based on a 1973 illustrated book by John Bellairs and the title gives the plot away.
In 1955, young orphan Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) goes to live with his somewhat weird uncle Jonathon (Jack Black) in his run down, creepy Victorian house that seems to have a ticking sound coming from the walls.
Jonathan’s companion is the eccentric Florence (Cate Blanchett) and it is soon revealed that they are both magicians and that the ticking is from a clock embedded in the walls by the former owner, the warlock Isaac Izard (Kyle MacLachlan).
As Lewis investigates the house and learns magic, weird and dangerous secrets are revealed in this journey of magical thrills and world peri l .
Spooky at times but with comedy to b re a k the spell. Fullarton Theatre, Castle Douglas
There are no films this weekend but on Sunday there is the Royal Opera live event, Wagner’s opera Die Walkure, the second opera in his monumental work, The Ring Cycle based on Nordic legends. Antonio Papano conducts an international cast including Nina Stemme as the Valkyrie Brunhilde and John Lundgren as the God Wotan.
Famous for The Ride of the Valkyries and the Magic Fire music, this is an overwhelming musical and dramatic experience.
The performance begins at 5pm and lasts for nearly five hours.
Next Thursday there is the NT live performance of Alan Bennet’s play Allelujah! That has had rave reviews.
Set in a nursing home about to be closed as part of a cost cutting exercise this follows a documentary film crew filming the day to day activities and the antics of the old people’s choir.
It is an hilarious life affirming experience shot through with the Bennet verbal mastery. Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre
The ROH Die Walkure is also at the Robert Burns Centre Film Theat re in Dumfries on Sunday.
On Friday morning and Saturday afternoon the family film is the latest from the happy vampire family, Hotel Transylvania 3 (U) in which Drac takes the family on a vacation that leads to a wild adventure in the lost city of Atlantis.
Showing on Friday evening and again next Thursday is the story of The Little Stranger ( 12A), a Gothic mystery set in an 18th century mansion.
In 1947 a country doctor is called to the house where his mother used to work as a maid.
He discovers that the family seem to be haunted by something from the past and strange events develop as he becomes more involved with them.
Domhnall Gleeson, Cha r l o t t e Rampling and Will Poulter lead a fine cast in this absorbing ghost story.
The Monday film is The Rider ( 15), the story of a rodeo star who suffers a head injury that ends his career.
Faced with his loss of identity he undertakes a personal journey to find a new identity. The Tuesday screening of this film has been cancelled and replaced by yet another screening of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again - the sing-a-long version (PG).
On Hallowe’en next Wednesday there is an advance screening of the new zombie musical Anna and the Apocalypse (15), produced by local man, Naysun Alae-Carew and based on Ryan McHenry’s short film Zombie
Musical that was filmed in Dumfries in 2010. A zombie apocalypse threatens the Scottish town of Little Haven and teenager Anna and her friends sing, dance and slash their way to face the undead and save their loved ones. This screening is already sold out but the film will be released on November 30 and will be showing on Saturday, November 3, and Monday, December 17.
Third instalment Hotel Transylvania
Spooky Jack Black, Cate Blanchett and Owen Vaccaro star in The House With a Clock in its Walls.