DUSTIN Hoffman made his directorial debut at the age of 75 to bring Quartet to the screen, and with a cast that included Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, and Michael Gambon, who could blame him.
Set in a retirement home for musicians, a group of the residents are planning to stage a concert to raise funds. But when a former diva (and former wife to one of them) arrives to live in the home, tensions mount and old jealousies come to the surface.
Quartet will be on Screen at the Regent Centre today, Friday, and from Sunday to next Thursday, in the afternoon and evening.
The new film in at the Rex Cinema in Wareham today, Friday, for seven days, is the highly praised Tarantino western Django Unchained. Gripping, funny and very violent, it stars Jamie Foxx, Christopher Waltz and Leonardo di Caprio.
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New in at Poole's Lighthouse Cinema today is Midnight's Children, on until next Thursday. Directed by Deepa Mehta, it brings Salman Rushdie's huge and sprawling novel to the screen. The high caste Shiva and the beggar's son Saleem are swapped in a maternity hospital by a nurse with a political agenda. When they grow up, Saleem has telepathic powers. Charles Dance plays a British governor.
On Saturday 2nd and Wednesday 6th February, the Lighthouse Cinema shows Safety Not Guaranteed, a Sundance winner described as the antithesis to the conventional rom-com. The eccentric story follows the adventures of a magazine intern set to discover who is behind an advertisement for time travellers.
The Movie at Athelhampton this Sunday 3rd February is Shadow Dancer, on at 2.30pm. Set in 1990s Belfast, it is an adaptation of Tom Bradby's novel, and stars Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, Gillian Anderson. An active member of the IRA becomes an informant for MI5 to protect her son's welfare.
Moviola will be showing Hope Springs at the village halls in Burley on Monday and Brockenhurst next Friday 8th February. Hope Springs is the name of a remote New England town where people go to consult a marriage counsellor. Kay and Arnold (Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones) have been married forever, and by now taking for granted has become a way of life for the moaning, crotchety Arnold. Kay wants more.
The Moviola film at the Barrington Theatre in Ferndown next Tuesday afternoon is The Wedding Video, a fly-on-the-wall mockumentary in which the brother of the groom decides to film the lead up to the wedding. Set in the money-belt of Cheshire, it's excruciatingly funny, and manages to take the excesses of modern wedding planning to a new level of ghastliness. Harriet Walter and Miriam Margolyes are having a wonderful time as the mother and grandmother of the bride.
The films at Salisbury Odeon this week, from today to next Thursday, are Django Unchained, Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away, Flight, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Monsters Inc, Quartet and Zero Dark Thirty
The Senior Screen film, showing at 11am next Wednesday, is Trouble with the Curve and the Odeon Kids film is Paranorman, on screen at 11am on Saturday and Sunday.