First Mini Season – March – July 2008

28 02 2008

FREE PREVIEW EVENING

Casino Royale – 27th March 2008 7:30 pm

Certificate 12A

Casino Royale introduces James Bond before he holds his licence to kill. But Bond is no less dangerous, and with two professional assassinations in quick succession, he is elevated to ’00’ status. ‘M’ (Judi Dench), head of the British Secret Service, sends the newly promoted 007 on his first mission that takes him to Madagascar, the Bahamas and eventually leads him to Montenegro to face Le Chiffre, a ruthless financier under threat from his terrorist clientele, who is attempting to restore his funds in a high stakes poker game at the Casino Royale. ‘M’ places Bond under the watchful eye of the Treasury official Vesper Lynd. At first sceptical of what value Vesper can provide, Bond’s interest in her deepens as they brave danger together. Le Chiffre’s cunning and cruelty come to bear on them both in a way Bond could never imagine, and he learns his most important lesson. Trust no one.

Running time: 138 mins

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Little Miss Sunshine – 17th April 2008 7:30pm

Certificate 15

Take a hilarious ride with the Hoovers, one of the most endearingly fractured families in comedy history. Father Richard is desperately trying to sell his motivational success programme…with no success. Meanwhile, ‘pro-honesty’ mom Sheryl lends support to her eccentric family, including her depressed brother, fresh out of the hospital after being jilted by his lover. Then there are the younger Hoovers – the seven-year-old, would-be-beauty queen Olive and Dwayne, a Nietzsche-reading teen who has taken a vow of silence. Topping off the family is the foul-mouthed grandfather, whose outrageous behaviour recently got him evicted from his retirement home. When Olive is invited to compete in the ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ pageant in far-off California, the family piles into their rusted-out VW bus to rally behind her – with riotously funny results.

Running time: 98 mins

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Atonement – 8th May 2008 7:30 pm

Certificate 15

The film opens in England in 1935, on the hottest day of the year. In the looming shadow of World War II Briony Tallis and her family live a life of wealth and privilege in their enormous Victorian Gothic mansion.

As the family gathers for the weekend the combination of the oppressive heat and long suppressed emotions coming to the surface create an ominous sense of threat and danger.

Briony, a fledgling writer, is a girl with a vivid imagination. Through a series of catastrophic misunderstandings she accuses Robbie Turner, the housekeeper’s son and lover of her sister Cecilia, of a crime he did not commit.

This accusation destroys Robbie and Cecilia’s new found love and dramatically alters the course of all their lives.

Running time: 130 mins

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The Last King of Scotland – 5th June 2008 7:30 pm

Certificate 15

As the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, Forest Whitaker gives “one of the great performances of modern movie history”. This is Amin’s incredible story as seen through the eyes of Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy), a young Scotsman who becomes the volatile leader’s personal physician, due in part to Amin’s unexpected passion for Scottish Culture – Amin even proclaims himself “The Last King of Scotland”

Running time: 117 mins

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The Good German – 3rd July 2008 7:30 pm

Certificate 15

Who knows what American journalist Jake Geismer (George Clooney) expected to find in postwar Berlin? Peace, maybe. Or at least a story. But certainly not Lena (Cate Blanchett) his beautiful, embittered one-time love. And not the trail of secrecy and deception that leads from Lena to the scheming young corporal (Toby McGuire) who’s her new lover… and to a murder no one seems interested in solving.

Running time: 105 mins

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