Time for a spooky tale for Hal­lowe’en

The Galloway News - - THE TICKET -

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.

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