NEW on screen at Poole's Lighthouse Cinema from today, Friday, are Judd Apatow's This is 40 (to Tuesday) and Gael Garcia Bernal in No (to Wednesday), and back by popular request is Quartet, showing until next Thursday.
This is 40 is the sequel to Knocked Up, and now Peer and Debbie are married and approaching middle age with two difficult kids in tow.
No is a drama from Chilean Pablo Larrain, exploring the final days of the Pinochet regime through the eyes of two competing television companies, canvassing on behalf of the Yes and No campaigns in the referendum that toppled the dictator.
Quartet is set in a retirement home for singers and musicians, it focusses on the annual Verdi concert, threatened with ruin by the arrival of a new resident, former diva and former wife on one of the established organisers. Strong performances by Maggie Smith, Pauline Collins, Billy Connolly, Tom Courtney and Michael Gambon make Dustin Hoffman's directing debut a treat.
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Les Miserables also comes back by popular demand, from Good Friday 29th March to 4th April
The film at the Rex Cinema in Wareham from today, Friday, is Flight, on screen until next Thursday 29th March. Denzel Washington is the hero of a spectacular air emergency, only to fall foul of the authorities as the story unfolds.
The Rex Cinema is also showing the 1999 film of the town's Lady St Mary Passion Play for Palm Sunday, on 24th March at 4pm, and admission is free.
The Movie at Athelhampton this Sunday 24th March is Sleuth, with Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine in the original 1972 film of Anthony Shaffer's play. Olivier is Andrew Wyke, a pompous eccentric crime fiction author and Caine is Milo, wide boy hairdresser son of immigrants. They meet in Wyke's Wiltshire home and plot an insurance fraud. But can they trust each other? The film was made at Athelhampton, so there's an added frisson for the audience.
Next Monday 25th March, the much heralded Silver Linings Playbook comes to the Tivoli in Wimborne, until Wednesday. This romantic comedy follows the relationship of Pat, recently released from a mental hospital after treatment for bi-polar disorder, his estranged wife, a sex addict who wants to enter a dancing contest.
From Tuesday 26th to Thursday 28th March, audiences at Christchurch Regent Centre can see The Impossible. Naomi Watts was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in this story set around the Boxing Day 2004 tsunami. Based on the experiences of a Spanish family on holiday in Thailand for a Christmas break, it tells how a mother and son are separated from a father and younger son when the wave hits.
Not knowing whether the others have survived or are severely injured, the nightmare unfolds.
Next Friday, 29th March, the Regent is showing Hitchcock, for three days until Easter Sunday.