All perfomances at Linlithgow Academy Theatre, curtain up 7.30pm.

Please note that Guest Tickets are available for all performances at the door;  Adults: £5.00, Concessions £4.00, Under 16 Concessions £3.00

Showing Monday 10th September 2018
Paddington 2 (2017)    
PG    UK    103 mins      Comedy    IMDb rating 7.9/10
Director – Paul King
Cast – Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins

This sequel is much better than the original.  We see Paddington trying numerous odd jobs hoping to earn enough to buy Aunt Lucy a special book for her 100th birthday.  The valuable book is stolen and Paddington is framed and sent to prison, what happens next is a hilarious series of adventure, prison break and chases to find the real thief.  The villain of the piece Hugh Grant is excellent as are all the supporting cast.  Laugh aloud funny, don’t miss the after credits musical number with Hugh Grant and inmates – brilliant!

Showing Monday 24th September 2018
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (2018)
15    UK/USA 127mins    Crime/Drama  
IMDb rating 8.2/10
Director – Martin McDonagh
Cast – Francis McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell

A very dark comedy/drama.  After months have passed without a culprit found in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) makes a bold move painting three signs leading into the town with a controversial message directed at the town’s chief of police (Woody Harrelson).  It’s when his deputy Dixon (Sam Rockwell) a violent, troubled mummy’s boy gets involved the battle between Mildred and the law gets out of control.  Excellent performances especially Sam Rockwell (bad language and violent throughout)
Trivia: Don’t try and find Ebbing Missouri on a map its fictional. Filmed in Sylva, North Carolina

Showing Monday 8th October 2018
Darkest Hour (2017)
PG    UK      125min      Biography/History/Drama    
IMDb rating 7.4/10
Director – Joe Wright
Cast – Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kirsten Scott Thomas

Within days of becoming Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Oscar wining Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials, exploring a negotiated peace with Nazi Germany or continuing the war.  With an unprepared public, a sceptical King and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally the nation and attempt to change the course of history.   Spoiler – we all know the ending!
An excellent supporting cast to back Gary Oldman
Trivia – Gary Oldman smoked £30,000 worth of cigars (about 12 a day) and developed nicotine poisoning and had to have a colonoscopy during the Christmas filming break.

Showing Monday 29th October 2018
Hostiles (2017)
15     USA    134 mins    Western/Drama        
IMDb rating 7.2/10
Director – Scott Cooper
Cast – Christian Bale, Wes Studi, Rosamund Pike

Westerns are out of fashion, only a few make it to the big screen. Hostiles is a film about forgiveness, it’s a journey across the vast space of the US.
Captain Joseph Baker (Christian Bale) is assigned the task of transporting a dying North American Chief, Yellow Hawk, (majestically played by Wes Studi) to his homeland in Montana to die.  The film opens with an Indian attack on a settler’s home from which Rosalie Quaid (Rosamund Pike) survives. Found by the Captain she attaches herself to the group.
The film is slow but never drags, interposed with short brutal action scenes.  Super cast especially Bale & Studi.  A haunting and emotional western.

Showing Monday 5th November 2018
A Man Called Ove  (2015)
15   Swedish    116 mins    Comedy/Drama/Romance       
IMDb rating 7.7/10
Director – Hannes Holm
Cast – Rolf Lassgard, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg

This is a Swedish film based on a best selling book.  59 year old Ove is the kind of obstinate oaf who dislikes strangers and enforces the strict bylaws of the residential block. Widowed a year ago, Ove has just been made redundant from his job on the railway, his parting gift a spade. When new neighbours move in from Iran his life changes.   Using flashbacks we see where Ove is coming from. Ove is played by 6’4” Rolf Lassgard who played Wallander in the original Swedish TV series.  Entertaining moving feel good film.

Monday 12th November 2018
The Shape of Water (2017)
15   USA      123 mins Adventure/Drama/Fantasy  
IMDb rating 7.4/10
Director –Guillermo del Toro
Cast – Sally Harkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones, Richard Jenkins

This film is difficult to catergorise, drama, fantasy, sci-fi.  Set in Baltimore in 1962 during the cold war in a high security military facility where a human/amphibious creature from the Amazon is being studied.  Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins) a mute but bright woman and friend Zelda Fuller (Octavia Spencer) are night staff cleaners. Elisa meets the creature and finds a way of communicating and bonds with him.  Helping the creature escape to set him free puts her and friend in danger.   Sally Hawkins never speaks but manages to communicate all the emotions, no wonder she was nominated for the best actress Oscar.

Showing Monday 26th November 2018
A Quiet Place (2018)
15    USA    90 mins      Drama/Horror/Sci-Fi    
IMDb rating 7.8/10
Director –  John Krasinski
Cast –  Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds

Whatever you do, don’t make a sound!  This is the film that stopped American filmgoers eating their popcorn during the film.  This film exudes tension as we follow a family living in their isolated house after an invasion of creatures who attack if you make a sound.  Sign language (sub-titled) is the means of communication the oldest daughter being deaf, but make one sound and your dead!  Millicent Simmonds the daughter is actual deaf so no problem learning to sign.  Wish all sci-fi films could be as good as this.

Monday 10th December 2018
The Greatest Showman (2017)
PG USA 95 mins  Biography/Drama/Musical
IMDb rating 7.7/10
Director –  Michael Gracey
Cast –  Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya

The critics were luke warm about this film the public was not, this film was showing for over 3 month on the screen, only surpassed by Mamma Mia and the album music went platinum.  A mostly fictional story of PT Barnum and his rise to fame as the “Greatest Showman”. Sing along songs, excellent dancing a truly feel good film.
Hugh Jackman back to his musical theatre beginnings.  Romance between Zac Efron and Zendaya is pure Hollywood.  This is not history or a biography, it’s a musical, just sit back, tap your feet and enjoy.

Showing Monday 14th January 2019
The Post (2017)
12A    USA    116mins     Biography/Drama/History   
IMDb rating 7.2/10
Director –Steven Spielberg
Cast –  Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks

Another film based on true story of the Washington Post.  A cover up of the government’s deception about the futility of the Vietnam War that spanned 4 US Presidents is finally exposed. The first female newspaper publisher Kay Graham (Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) join in an unprecedented battle between the press and the Nixon Government. Graham also has to fight the all male board members. This is not just about the newspaper story but the power of women in the workplace.

Trivia – In all the scenes depicting President Nixon on the phone in the White House, Nixon’s actual voice recordings are used.

Showing Monday 21st January 2019
Finding Your Feet (2017)
12A    UK    111mins    Comedy/Drama/Romance       
IMDb rating 6.6/10
Director – Richard Loncraine
Cast – Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley

Another British comedy in a long line of films about growing old and learning to enjoy life.  A superb cast led by Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie and Timothy Spall will have you laughing and crying in this feel good film.  Lady Abbot (Staunton) discovering her husband has been having an affair with her best friend, leaves him and encamps with her free spirited sister (Imrie) living on a North London council estate.
Reluctantly joining the dance group her life changes, she finds her sister again and maybe love? A lovely film of the type only the British can make.
Trivia – Celia Imrie was filming during the day and performing in King Lear on stage in the evening.

Showing Monday 4th February 2019
The Midwife (2017)        Subtitled
12     French/Belgian   117mins   Drama   IMDb rating 6.8/10
Director – Martin Provost
Cast – Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot, Olivier Gourmet

Clair (Frot) is a dedicated midwife struggling with life and work.  Not wanting to leave her old hospital and move to the new modern “baby factory” hospital is a struggle. Her personal life is no better, her son is leaving home with his new girlfriend and on top of that, her dead father’s former mistress Beatrice (Deneuve) turns up. She is the complete opposite of Clair eccentric, sensual, amoral the last person she needs.  But Beatrice soon informs her she is suffering a brain cancer and has no one else to turn to.  What is Clair to do?
Trivia – Catherine Frot actually delivered 5 babies during filming.

Showing Monday 18th February 2019
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)        
12A    UK    114mins  Crime/Drama IMDb rating 6.5/10
Director – Kenneth Branagh
Cast - Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Willem Defoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp

Another all star adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel.  Kenneth Branagh directs and plays Poirot with a magnificent over the top moustache.  Murder on a train so many suspects, who did it? Typical whodunit.  Beautifully filmed, great special effects, super costumes. If you saw the 1974 version you will know who did it but that will not spoil this version.  Filmed on a specially built bridge in the Surrey hills.
Death on the Nile will be the next new adaption coming to the big screen.

Showing Monday 4th March 2019
Breathe (2017)
12A UK     118mins      Biography/Drama/Romance        
IMDb rating 7.1/10
Director – Andy Serkis
Cast – Andrew Garfield, Clair Foy, Hugh Bonneville

This is an inspiring true love story of Robin and Diane Cavendish (Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy) an adventurous couple who refused to give up in the face of a devastating disease.  Robin Cavendish contracted polio in Africa in 1958, paralysed from the neck down the couple refused to give up.  They with a talented inventor friend (Hugh Bonneville) help Robin and enabled him to travel and show other polio patients that there could be life outside the hospital. Played with sensitivity and compassion. Andy Serkis’s directorial debut and produced by the couple’s son Robin Cavendish.

Monday 18th March 2018
AGM of Linlithgow Film Society followed by: -
The Death of Stalin (2017)
15   UK    107mins    Comedy/History   
IMDb rating 7.2/10
Director – Armando Iannucci
Cast – Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beake, Michael Palin, Jason Isaacs

This film is banned in Russia, police raided and stopped the film being shown in Moscow.
Once again Armando Iannucci has produced an extremely funny satirical political comedy. In 1953 Joseph Stalin, collapses unexpectedly and dies, what follows is the scheming of the Council of Ministers as they scramble to maintain order and fight for power.  Although funny we see the vicious violent undertone of Russian politics. My favourite is Field Marshall Zhukov (Jason Issacs with Yorkshire accent) he was the only man Stalin was a little afraid of. Superb cast, lots of fun.