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2016 Autumn Programme
Wed 28 Sept The Man Who Knew Infinity (12A) 105 mins
Biographical drama filmed in Cambridge.
Growing up poor in the Madras of colonial India in the early 1900s, self-taught maths genius, Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar (Dev Patel of Slumdog Milionnaire fame) earns admittance to Cambridge University during WWI, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his eccentric professor, G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons). Patel is a brilliant choice, especially playing opposite Jeremy Irons as his mentor at Cambridge, a man his total opposite emotionally and spiritually. Where Ramanujan is deeply religious and believes his remarkable solutions to mathematical mysteries come from his god, Hardy is an atheist. Where Ramanujan is quite an emotional and impulsive character, Hardy is measured, reticent and meticulous. Yet they grow to be the closest of friends. It is in the development of this friendship that the film excels and makes us care for them both, giving the biography depth and textur. We are moved. These central performances (together with contributions from Toby Jones, Jeremy Northam and Stephen Fry) elevate the film to something of lasting value – Andrew Urban.
Wed 26 Oct Our Little Sister (PG) [Japanese film, light drama – 124 mins]
A gentle, fascinating story from Japan of three grown up sisters who go to their father’s funeral (he having deserted them years before) and meet their ‘little’ sister by his second marriage – who turns out to be a delight and who moves in with them. A lovely film, beautifully acted and photographed which gives us a taste of living in Japan. “This movie is 128 minutes long and at the end I was hoping it could go on for two more hours. For me it is the essence of what cinema should be and how bad most Hollywood blockbusters really are… like comparing a Michelin star cook to Mc Donald’s…. One you eat because you’re hungry (bored) and one because it tastes great. This movie is art because it touches you in a special way … not you ego but your humanity “ (Audience member Germany)
Wed 23 Nov Money Monster (15) [thriller – 96 mins]
Big name thriller directed by Jodie Foster with George Clooney as a TV financial show host whose programme is hijacked by a gunman protesting about the corruption of the financial markets. Julia Roberts plays the producer whose job is to keep everyone calm and prevent catastrophe. An action thriller which attempts to make some serious points about the money markets. “Jodie Foster’s direction is faultless, squeezing the most out of the solid story as well as all the characters, not just the leads. She understands the importance of detail without making the film fussy. The studio scenes are riveting and the final sequence that delivers the climax is filled with tension and a satisfying payoff.” (Andrew Urban)
Wed 14 Dec Love & Friendship (U) [period comedy – 90 mins]
Skilfully adapted by American Whit Stillman from Jane Austen’s novella “Lady Susan”, the film is dominated by a mesmerising performance from Kate Beckinsale as the notorious Lady Susan Vernon. Recently widowed and leaving a trail of scandal behind her, “diabolical genius” and legendary flirt Lady Susan Vernon arrives to stay with her estranged in-laws in the country, where she torments a young admirer (Xavier Samuel) and plots to marry off her meek daughter (Morfydd Clark) to a wealthy fool (a hilarious, scene-snatching Tom Bennett). Excellent cast, delicious, witty – simply great fun. “Channelling and embellishing the source material’s subversion, Stillman toys with the traditional trappings of period drama, throwing out the stuffiness in favour of something terrifically fresh and oh-so wonderfully wicked.” (Emma Simmonds)
Wed 25 January Café Society (12A tbc) [Woody Allen light comedy/drama – 94 mins]
Woody Allen’s latest which was selected to open this year’s Cannes Film Festival. A gentle and thoughtful examination of love. Jesse Eisenberg, best known for his portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, plays Bobby, a young New Yorker who heads out to Hollywood in search of an exciting future. He falls for Vonnie (Kristin Stewart of Twilight fame), the secretary of his Uncle Phil (Steve Carell), a successful producer, and is soon confronted with the fact that she has a mysterious lover. The resulting confusion is worthy of Allen’s mentor, Anton Chekhov. Set in the 1930s, with much excellent period detail, the film is being hailed as Allen’s most enjoyable for years.
The Coton Cinema Team