Hugh Jackman leads an all-star cast in this bold and original musical filled with infectious show stopping performances that will bring you to your feet time and time again. Inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum (Jackman) and celebrating the birth of show business, the film follows the visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerising spectacle. It isn’t hard to see how the film’s feelgood factor can give audiences a much-needed sense of escape or respite…the film offers a genuine rush of spectacle and wonder, which still counts for something on a big screen, perhaps more so in an era of standardised CGI. To quote the film, “it’s fire, it’s freedom, it’s flooding open”. Feel free to dress-up and the Fisher will offer some fitting food and drink.
Directed By: Wash Westmoreland, Starring: Keira Knightley, Dominic West & Denise Gough, Run time: 111 minutes
After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as "Willy" (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendour of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghost-write for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette's fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression.
BlacKkKlansman is based on the extraordinary but true story of Ron Stallworth, the first African-American to serve as a detective in the Colorado Police Department. In the early 70s, Stallworth undertook an implausible mission: to infiltrate and expose the Klu Klux Klan. BlacKkKlansman blends comic irony and brutal fact, but still works very effectively as a crime drama. It’s funny, fast-paced and never loses its dramatic tension.
It’s the early 18th Century, England is at war with the French. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah Churchill governs the country, while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. New servant, Abigail Masham, steps into the breach as the Queen’s companion while Sarah is consumed by the politics of war. Her burgeoning friendship with the Queen gives Abigail a chance to regain her social status. Starring: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz. Director: Yorgos Lanthimos. Runtime: 119mins. 2018
In this beloved musical, pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. His subject is the lovely Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn), who agrees to speech lessons to improve her job prospects. Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond that is threatened by an aristocratic suitor (Jeremy Brett). Won 8 Academy Awards. Director: George Cukor, Writer: A J Lerner. Runtime:170 mins.1964.
Japan 2018. 121 minutes. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. Starring: Lily Franky and Mayu Matsuoka.
A warm and understated Japanese drama about a family who take in a small child they find left outside in the freezing cold. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets and tests the bonds that unite them. In the hands of a different director, a plot like this could be the basis of a thriller, but the story feels more like that of a contemporary Dickens.
A jewel thief is at large on the Riviera, and all evidence points to retired cat burglar Cary Grant. Escaping the law, Grant heads to the Cote D'Azur where he is greeted with hostility by his old partners in crime. One such person is heavily bejewelled Jessie Royce Landis, who is as brash and outspoken as her daughter Grace Kelly is quiet and demure. But "still waters run deep”, and soon Kelly is amorously pursuing the far-from-resistant Grant. Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Runtime: 106 mins. 1955
This hysterical comedy finds Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon masquerading as women in order to elude irate Chicago mobsters while befriending a beautiful singer (Marilyn Monroe). Expect wisecracking banter, breakneck pace, vulgarity, wit and sensational performances - hysterically funny no matter how many times you see it. Mixing roaring 20s crime picture elements of bootleggers, Tommy guns and chorus girls doing the Charleston, with the screwball staples of false identities, naughty repartee and madcap pursuits. Starring: Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe. Director: Billy Wilder. Runtime: 117 mins. 1959
A beguiling French documentary created by veteran New Wave director Agnes Varda in collaboration with JR, a young photographer. The two set off on a road trip across rural France, exploring villages and small towns and creating portraits of the people they meet. ‘Faces, Places’ is a charming and life-affirming exploration of both the power of community and the inspiration that comes from the most cross-generational of friendships. Director: Agnes Varda and JR. Runtime: 89 mins. In French with English subtitles 2017
A charmingly whimsical Ealing Studios comedy. When an unexploded WWII bomb is accidentally detonated in Pimlico, London, it reveals a treasure trove and documents proving that the region is, in fact part of Burgundy, France and thus foreign territory. The British Government attempts to regain control by setting up border controls and cutting off services to the area. The film was nominated for both an Oscar and a BAFTA. Starring: Hermione Baddeley and Basil Radford. Director: Henry Cornelius. Runtime: 87 mins. 1949
Willem Defoe shines in this biopic, which focuses on the last years of Van Gogh’s troubled life, highlighting his friendship with Gauguin. It succeeds in capturing the essence of ‘now’, immersing the viewer in the physicality of Van Gogh’s painting. It does justice to the fiercely painful love between Gauguin and Van Gogh, but some of the best scenes are of Van Gogh confronting other human beings. His passion and frenzied inspiration overwhelm and astonish people, resulting in derision, suspicion and fear. Starring: Willem Defoe. Director: Julian Schnabel. Runtime: 111mins. 201
A young New York writer sponsored by a wealthy woman falls in love with the charming, impulsive and eccentric call girl that lives next door. Based on a story by Truman Capote. The winner of 2 Academy Awards including Best Song. Starring: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Mickey Rooney. Director: Blake Edwards. Runtime: 110 mins. 1961
This version of the story is not just a remake of the previous two films and, in being faithful to the book, it makes for a great movie. Robert Powell as Hannay is full of charisma and the action scenes have a touch of James Bond. The stalwart British cast give sterling support, the pace is deliciously fast and relentless, and both the mood and tone are exactly right. Starring: Robert Powell, David Warner, Eric Porter. Director: Don Sharp. Runtime: 1h 42 mins.1978
A classic British drama by Harold Pinter, based on the LP Hartley novel of the same name. Norfolk 1900. Leo is spending the summer at his friend Marcus’ wealthy family estate. He develops a crush on Marcus’ sister Marian, a beauty soon to be engaged to Hugh, a viscount and jolly good sort. Marian makes a favourite of Leo, asking him to carry messages for her. Starring: Julie Christie, Alan Bates and Michael Redgrave. Director: Joseph Losey. Runtime: 111 minutes. In English with hard of hearing subtitles. UK. 1971
Set in America in 1962. Green Book tells the heartwarming true story of Tony Lip, a working-class ItalianAmerican bouncer who takes on a job as a chauffeur for Dr. Don Shirley, a highly-educated African-American classical pianist. Starring: Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini and Viggo Mortensen. Director: Peter Farrelly. Runtime: 130mins. 2019
A terrific telling of Charles Dickens’ classic tale featuring an allstar cast! The film follows the trials and tribulations of the title character beginning as a boy (Freddie Bartholomew) whose father dies and mother (Elizabeth Allan) remarries the strict Mr. Murdstone (Basil Rathbone). Starring: Freddie Bartholomew, Frank Lawton and Edna May Oliver. Director: George Cukor. Adaptation: Hugh Walpole. Runtime: 130 mins.1935
Winner of five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. In 1930's Austria, a young woman named Maria is failing miserably in her attempts to become a nun. When the Navy captain Georg Von Trapp writes to the convent asking for a governess that can handle his seven mischievous children, Maria is given the job. An all-time favourite for you to sing-along to, dress-up for and relive. Starring: Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Director: Robert Wise. Runtime: 174 mins.1965
As the young man, Tom, prepares to leave the Suffolk village of his birth, voices and experiences from his family's past crowd in on his mind, weaving a poetic tapestry of the love of home and the longing to get away from it. Director: Peter Hall. Writer: Ronald Blythe. Runtime: 1h 38 mins.1974