Gaga proves she has star qual­ity in clas­sic re­make

The Galloway News - - WEEKENDTIC­KET -

The Fri­day film at the Birch­vale in Dal­beat­tie to­mor­row night is the re­cent new ver­sion of A Star is Born (15) with Lady Gaga giv­ing a re­mark­ably as­sured per­for­mance as an as­pir­ing singer dis­cov­ered and men­tored by a fad­ing coun­try and western star, played by Bradley Cooper, who also di­rects the film.

Show­ing at New­ton Ste­wart Cin­ema from to­mor­row is the new film of Mary Queen of Scots (15). This is the story of the two queens bat­tling it out for supremacy with an out­stand­ing per­for­mance by Saoirse Ro­nan as Mary, the doomed queen. She gets the best scenes in this 16th cen­tury power strug­gle be­tween the Royal cousins, in­clud­ing the dra­matic one of her ex­e­cu­tion in that fa­mous red dress.

The young, wid­owed Mary ar­rives in Scot­land hav­ing spent most of her life in France. She claims the Scot­tish throne as her birthright and lays claim to the English throne oc­cu­pied by her cousin El­iz­a­beth I. Faced with po­lit­i­cal treach­ery and re­li­gious con­dem­na­tion by the fiery John Knox (David Ten­nant), she makes un­wise mar­i­tal choices but bears a son who will be­come the uni­fier of the two crowns. El­iz­a­beth, played with equal strength by Mar­got Rob­bie, is both fear­ful and fas­ci­nated by her cousin but is even­tu­ally per­suaded by the de­vi­ous Lord Ce­cil (Guy Pearce), that Mary must go. Hand­somely filmed, this brings his­tory vividly to life and the pow­er­ful per­for­mance by Ro­nan makes it a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence.

There are no films at the Fullar­ton in Cas­tle Dou­glas this week­end but next Tues­day there is an Event Cin­ema visit to the Royal Opera House in Lon­don for the Royal Bal­let per­for­mance of Don Quixote. This story of love, friend­ship and ad­ven­ture brings the colour and warmth of Spain to the screen in a spec­tac­u­lar pro­duc­tion with in­cred­i­ble en­er­getic danc­ing to the lively mu­sic score by Lud­wig Minkus that you may recog­nise from many ice-skat­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

At the Robert Burns Cen­tre Film The­atre in Dum­fries, the out­stand­ing Stan and Ol­lie (PG) screens from to­mor­row un­til next Thurs­day. This af­fec­tion­ate por­trait of the clas­sic com­edy duo fo­cuses on their last tour of Bri­tain at a time when chang­ing fash­ions in com­edy and new ris­ing stars caused their ca­reers to fal­ter. Open­ing in sec­ond rate the­atres with lit­tle pub­lic­ity, au­di­ences were poor but with word of mouth and a re­newed burst of pub­lic­ity they en­joyed the ac­co­lades they de­served. But a mem­ory of an old dis­agree­ment and the on­set of ill­ness cast a shadow over their suc­cess. With ter­rific per­for­mances from Steve Coogan as Stan and John C. Reilly as Ol­lie this is a warm, very funny and touch­ing re­mem­brance of two com­edy ge­niuses.

Also show­ing for later shows on Fri­day, Satur­day and Mon­day is Wel­come to Mar­wen (12A), the true story of Mark Ho­gan­camp, a WWII il­lus­tra­tor who suf­fers se­ri­ous phys­i­cal and men­tal in­juries. With no mem­ory he cre­ates a minia­ture world pop­u­lated by Bar­bie style dolls who be­come the story tell­ers of his life al­low­ing him to live and re­mem­ber through the dolls and achieve re­cov­ery. Steve Carell gives a re­mark­able per­for­mance and the spe­cial ef­fects of live ac­tors dig­i­tally re­duced as the dolls is amaz­ing in this in­spir­ing story.

The Royal Bal­let Don Quixote is also show­ing here on Tues­day. The Thurs­day doc­u­men­tary is Is­land of the Hun­gry Ghosts(12A), the story of the Aus­tralian asy­lum seeker de­ten­tion camps on Christ­mas Is­land. De­tained in­def­i­nitely un­der high-se­cu­rity, a trauma coun­cil­lor tries to sup­port the de­tainees and ex­plore the con­trast with the lush na­ture of the is­land’s ter­rain.

Saoirse Ro­nan As Mary Queen of Scots

A Star is Born Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

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