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 11th September 2017

Lion (2016)    
PG    UK    118 mins      Biography/Drama    IMDb rating 8.1/10
Director – Garth Davis
Cast – Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara

 
Five year old Saroo (Sunny Pawar) gets lost, falls asleep on a train and finds himself on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometres from home.  He survives many challenges before being adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman & David Wenham).  25 years later as an adult Saroo (Dev Patel) sets out to find his lost family in India.

Trivia:- The first scene Dev Patel filmed was the last scene of the film.
Based on Savoo Brierley’s book ‘A Long Way Home’

Showing Monday 25th September 2017

Hidden Figures  (2017)
PG    USA 127mins    Biography/Drama/History  IMDb rating 7.8/10
Director – Theodor Melfi
Cast – Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janella Monae

 
Based on the true story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space programme.  An inspirational film, do not miss.

Trivia:- In reality John Glen was 41 years old not the age of the actor Glen Powell who’s 27.  At 98 Katherine Johnson (Taraji P Henson) was the only survivor to see her achievements on film.  President Obama awarded her a Presidential Medal of Freedom. She  wondered why anybody would want to make a film about her life.
 

Showing Monday 9th October 2017

Arrival (2016)
12    USA      116min      Drama/Mystery/Sci-fi     IMDb rating 8.3/10
Director - Denis Villeneve
Cast – Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker


Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is called on to lead a team with theoretical physicist Dr Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) to try and communicate with extraterrestrial visitors.  12 gigantic spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the world.  One lands in Montana.  Her job is to try and learn the aliens’ language to enable communication with them. Are they friend or foe?  It’s a race against time as others start to view them as a threat, war could erupt at any moment.

Not your usual ‘Sci-fi’ a more intelligent look at what may happen if aliens landed

Showing Monday 30th October 2017

Manchester by the Sea (2016)
 15    USA    137 mins    Drama        IMDb rating 7.9/10
Director – Kenneth Lonergan
Cast – Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler


After the sudden death of his older brother, Lee (Casey Affleck) is made legal guardian to his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). He then returns to his hometown and is forced to deal with a tragic past that separated him from his family and the community he was born and raised in.

A strong performance by Casey Affleck in this emotional film of trauma, guilt, redemption and familial bonds.
 
Trivia:- Manchester by the Sea is a real town on the North Shore of Massachusetts. It was called Manchester until 1989 when a campaign led to a change of name.
 

Showing Monday 6th November 2017

Moonlight    (2016)
15    USA    111 mins    Drama        IMDb rating 7.5/10
Director – Barry Jenkins
Cast – Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson

Three time periods – young adolescence, mid-teen and young adult – in the life of black-American Chiron (Ashton Sanders) are presented.  Chiron is a young, gay man growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami during the “War on Drugs” era.

OSCAR WINNER 2017

Trivia:- When Juan teaches Little how to swim (Mahershala Ali) he is really teaching (Alex R Hibbert) to swim, as when production started Hibbert did not know how to swim.
 

Showing Monday 13th November 2017

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
15    USA      139 mins Bio/War/Drama/History  IMDb rating 8.2/10
Director –Mel Gibson
Cast – Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Teresa Palmer

The true story of Desmond T Doss (Andrew Garfield) the conscientious objector who, at the Battle of Okinawa, won the Medal of Honor for his incredible bravery and regard for his follow soldiers.  We see his upbringing and how this shaped his views, especially his religious view and anti-killing stance.  We see Doss’s trials and tribulations after enlisting in the US Army and trying to become a medic.  Finally, we see the hell on earth that was Hacksaw Ridge.


Trivia:- Dramatic battle scenes took 19 days to film.  With the exception of Vince Vaughan, rest of cast (16) were born or raised in England or Australia.
 

Showing Monday 27th November 2017

I Daniel Blake (2016)
15    UK    100 mins      Drama    IMDb rating 7.9/10
Director –  Ken Loach
Cast –  Dave Johns, Hayley Squire, Sharon Percy

Ken Loach’s BAFTA winning film set in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.   A middle age widower Daniel Blake a carpenter, is recuperating from a heart attack.   We follow his nightmare journey fighting the bureaucratic  forces of the system in order to receive Employment and Support Allowance.  Daniel a modern working-class hero stands up for himself and others in need against the faceless bureaucratic system.

Palme D’Or Winner (2016 Cannes)
BAFTA – Outstanding British Film (2017) winner

Trivia:- Film was shot in chronological order.

Showing Monday 11th December 2017

La La Land (2016)
12A USA 128 mins  Music/Comedy/Drama/Rom IMDb rating 8.2/10
Director –  Damien Chazelle
Cast –  Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend

The story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, struggling to make ends meet in Los Angeles.  This musical about their struggle and relationship explores what is more important; a once-in-a-lifetime love or the spotlight and fame. Entertaining musical, good performances, the opening musical number on the freeway is worth the admission alone.

Emma Stone – OSCAR WINNER 2017

Trivia:- John Legend, singer, pianist, had to learn to play the guitar for his role.

Showing Monday 15th January 2018
 
Split (2016)
 15    USA    117mins     Thriller/Horror    IMDb rating 7.3/10
Director –M. Night Shyamadan
Cast –  James McAvoy, Anna Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson

James McAvoy plays Kevin a man diagnosed with 23 distinct personalities (we only see 8), he is being treated by psychiatrist Dr Karen Fletcher (Betty Buckley) but unknown to her he has kidnapped 3 girls.   Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) one of the girls tries to influence one of the personalities to help them escape, not knowing that deep down the 24th personality “the beast” is about to emerge.
 
Trivia:- M Night Shyamalan originally wrote the Kevin character for “Unbreakable” (2000), but decided to use him in a separate film 15 years later.
 

Showing Monday 22nd January 2018
 
T2 Trainspotting  (2017)
18     UK    117mins         Drama       IMDb rating 7.4/10
Director – Danny Boyle
Cast – Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Roberrt Carlyle
 

After 20 years abroad, Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to Scotland and reunites with his old friend Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), Spud (Ewen Bremner) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle).  Much has changed but much remains the same, as Renton tries to renew relationships, with mixed results, psychotically intense Begbie is in jail and planning to escape with revenge in mind.

An emotional, funny, moving return complete with a full set of swear words!

Trivia:- Robert Carlyle kept away from his family in Glasgow while filming because he became so much like Begbie.
 

Showing Monday 5th February 2018

Elle (2016)        Subtitled
15     French   130mins   Crime/Drama/Thriller   IMDb rating 7.2/10
Director – Paul Verhoeven
Cast – Isabelle Huppert, Lavant Laffite, Charlse Berling

Wealthy entrepreneur Michele (Isabelle Huppert) is the owner of a video-game company that she runs with her friend Anna (Anna Consigny). She is brutally assaulted and raped by a stranger in a ski mask in her home, trying to rebuild her life she is contacted by her attacker. This starts a cat and mouse game as she tracks down her assailant.

Won Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film

Trivia:- This is Paul Verhoeren’s first French language film,  he went to a Dutch language institute to learn French and used an all French crew.
 

Showing Monday 19th February 2018

Son of Saul (2015)        Subtitled
15    Hungarian    107mins         Drama/War            IMDb rating 7.5/10
Director – Laszlo Nemes
Cast - Geza Rofrig, Levente Molnar, Urs Rechn

In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz Saul Auslander, a Hungarian prisoner working as a member of the Sonderkommando at the crematorium finds a boy who he takes for his illegitimate son.  He tries to carry out an impossible deed; salvage the body and find a Rabbi to bury it. All around him hell on earth and many of his fellow workers planning an uprising against their captors, he has to try and keep the body safe until he can find a Rabbi.

This a unique, hard-hitting movie experience, not to be taken lightly as an audience member.

Won Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Showing Monday 5th March 2018
 
The Accountant (2016)
15    USA    128mins       Action/Crime        IMDb rating 7.4/10
Director – Gavin O’Connor
Cast – Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J K Simmons

Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a maths savant with more affinity for numbers than people. He works as a freelance accountant for some of the worlds most dangerous criminal organisations. The Treasury Dept. Crime Enforcement Division starts to close in.  Christian takes on a legitimate client; a state of the art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars.  Uncooking the books and getting closer to the truth bring danger.   That's when his other skills come to the fore and the body count rises.
 
Entertaining, action thriller, just a normal day in the life of an accountant!

Showing Monday 19th March 2017
 
AGM of Linlithgow Film Society followed by: -
 
Hunt for the Wilder People (2016)
12   New Zealand  101mins Adv/Comedy/Drama   IMDb rating 7.9/10
Director – Taika Waititi
Cast – Sam Neil, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata

Set in New Zealand’s great outdoors this film tells the story of a young overweight kid Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) who is left by the welfare services in the countryside with a new set of foster parents.  Uncle Hec (Sam Neill) and Aunty Bella (Rima Te Wiata) attempt to win him over but there’s only one way out, to runaway.  Uncle Hec is not impressed with him but ends up on a whirlwind adventure, running away from tyrannical welfare servces.
 
This is a funny, heartwarming, immensely entertaining film set within New Zealand’s stunning landscape.
 
Trivia:- 1st local feature film to gross more than NZ $1 million in its opening weekend at NZ box office.