The Favourite (2018) is a multi award winning film featuring stellar performances from its 3 leading ladies, all multi award winners, including Olivia Colman scooping an Oscar for Best Actress.
Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving.
A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper.
When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots.
As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen's companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.
"This tragicomedy set in the court of Queen Anne boasts daring performances from its three female stars and lashings of lust, intrigue and deceit" (The Guardian)
Please note : this film contains strong sexual content, nudity and language.
93% Rotten Tomatoes
(1 hours 59 minutes)
Stan And Ollie
Stan And Ollie (2018) Laurel and Hardy, the world's most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song - a grueling theatre tour of post-war Britain.
The true story of Hollywood's greatest comedy double act, Laurel and Hardy, is brought to the big screen for the first time.
Starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the inimitable movie icons, Stan and Ollie is the heart-warming story of what would become the pair's triumphant farewell tour. With their golden era long behind them, the pair embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland in 1953.
The tour becomes a hit, but Stan & Ollie can't quite shake the specter of Laurel and Hardy's past; the long-buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver's failing health, start to threaten their precious partnership.
Stan And Ollie, the film, pays tribute to a pair of beloved entertainers with an affectionate look behind the scenes -- and a moving look at the burdens and blessings of a creative bond. It is a portrait of the most tender and poignant of creative marriages, they are aware that they may be approaching their swan song, trying to rediscover just how much they mean to each other.
93% Rotten Tomatoes
Running time approx: 1 hours 38 minutes
Roma (2018) is an intimate family drama, a wonderful mix of tragedy, comedy and absurdity. Written, directed, shot & produced by Alfonso Cuaron who reaches back into his own upbringing in early 1970's Mexico City to create an intensely personal story inspired by his family’s complex relationship with their beloved live-in maid.
Evocatively shot in black & white, Roma has been widely touted as one of the most beautiful films of the decade, winning over 170 awards, including 3 Oscars one of which was for "Best Foreign Language Film of the Year".
When Sofía decides to take the kids on vacation, she invites Cleo for a much-needed getaway to clear her mind and bond with the family.
Over a span of one long year--from the quadrennial 1970s World Cup to the blood-drenched Corpus Christi Massacre--the unforeseen and sometimes unbearable complications of love; a new life amid death, and an almost stubborn will to find good in evil, pepper Sofía and Cleo's daily routines. And before irrevocable transformations and startling revelations, life always finds a way.
Too good to miss on the big screen!
96% Rotten Tomatoes
Running time approx: 2 hours 15 minutes
The Old Man And The Gun
The Old Man And The Gun (2018) is based on a startling true story of Forrest Tucker, played by Robert Redford, a bank robber and serial prison-escaper who around the turn of this century hit the headlines as a dapper seventysomething by pulling off a series of bank heists.
Tucker was always impeccably courteous and well-dressed, flashing the gun inside his jacket to the astonished bank teller who would be almost hypnotised by his casual aplomb. Often in the company of a couple of other old rascals: they became known to chortling TV newsreaders as the The Over-the-Hill Gang.
The film depicts his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are Detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.
Starring as the pistol-packing grandpa, this is supposedly Robert Redford's swansong (not entirely sure we believe him...) - so do join us to salute him into graceful retirement!
92% Rotten Tomatoes
Running time approx: 1 hour and 33 minutes
A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South
Oscar winning film, Green Book (2018) is set in 1962. Tony "Tony Lip" Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen), a tough bouncer, is looking for work when his nightclub is closed for renovations. The most promising offer turns out to be the driver for the African-American classical pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) for a concert tour into the Deep South states.
Although hardly enthused at working for a black man, Tony accepts the job and they begin their trek armed with The Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide for safe travel through America's racial segregation. Together, the snobbishly erudite pianist and the crudely practical bouncer can barely get along with their clashing attitudes to life and ideals.
However, as the disparate pair witness and endure America's appalling injustices on the road, they find a newfound respect for each other's talents and start to face them together. In doing so, they would nurture a friendship and understanding that would change both their lives.
78% Rotten Tomatoes
Running time approx: 2 hours and 10 minutes
Cold War (2018) is a passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other.
Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.
Paweł Pawlikowski won the best director award at Cannes in May for this sweepingly intimate love story about a star-crossed couple falling together and apart, through the iron curtain of postwar Europe.
Cold War, the film, is inspired by (and dedicated to) his parents, whom Pawlikowski has described as “the most interesting dramatic characters I’ve ever come across … both strong, wonderful people, but as a couple a never-ending disaster”.
92% Rotten Tomatoes
Running time approx: 1 hour and 29 minutes