Monday, 17 December 2018

Showing at the Regal Picturehouse this week:

The Place Beyond The Pines (15)

The Place Beyond The Pines (15)

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper

Luke (Gosling) is an itinerant fairground stunt-rider who quits his job to settle down and provide for the son he begat with a waitress. Trouble is, this involves robbing banks.

The structure and cinematography of director Derek Cianfrance’s hard-hitting film pushes it towards greatness.

Iron Man 3 (12A)

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Gywneth Paltrow, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce

The third outing for Marvel’s action hero finds sardonic billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Downey) undone by a mercilessly ingenious foe known only as the Mandarin (a suitably sinister Kingsley). Naturally, in the guise of his ironclad alter ego, Stark fights to put his world back together again while simultaneously inflicting maximum retribution.

An exhilarating, optically awesome ride. And in the process our hero finally manages to assuage his nagging doubt as to whether the man maketh the suit or the suit maketh the man.


I’m So Excited (15)

Starring:Javier Cámara, Pepa Charro, Lola Dueñas

Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar’s latest is a comedy about a planeful of quirky characters who turn to drink, drugs and sex to help blot out the fact their flight is doomed.

Full of typical Almodovar kooky characters and some wonderful eccentric moments, but in the main, this comedy fails to fulfil its basic premise of making people laugh.

The Look Of Love (18)

Starring: Steve Coogan, Anna Friel

Coogan plays Paul Raymond, the bon viveur who established the infamous Revue Bar in London’s Walker’s Court where champagne and striptease were on steady supply.

Michael Winterbottom’s film looks behind the scenes at Raymond’s complicated private life — but shows that above all this entrepreneur and sexual revolutionary had plenty of fun.

Love Is All You Need (15)

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm and Kim Bodnia

Brosnan leads a Scandinavian cast as a fruit and veg mogul whose son is getting married in Italy. Romance is on the cards when he meets Ida, who’s recovering from cancer, and turns out to be the mother of the bride.

Pierce Brosnan is the weakest — though very lovable — link in this otherwise charming and well-scripted romantic comedy. The characters are superb and the acting brilliant, particularly by leading lady Dyrholm.

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