Gaga proves she has star quality in classic remake
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