Inspired by an extraordinary true story, Pride takes place in a small Welsh community, circa 1984. Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Tough-as-nails miners and LGBT protestors don’t seem like the likeliest of partnerships, but as the two minority communities join forces, they realise they have more in common than first thought… With an all-star cast including Bill Nighy (Love Actually), Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter), Paddy Considine (The World’s End), Andrew Scott (Sherlock) and Dominic West (The Wire), this heart-warming Brit-flick – in the style of Made in Dagenham and The Full Monty – is a rousing story about the underdog vs. the fat cats.
Pride is out now
The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet:
The latest magical creation from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amélie, The City of Lost Children) will mark his first 3D film. His trademark mix of madcap characters, rich visuals and surreal stories is also a good match for the source material, Reif Larsen’s book The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet. Our hero (played by Kyle Catlett), is a precocious 10-year-old with a vivid, scientific imagination. He lives in a big red house on the prairie, with his mother (Helena Bonham Carter in Mrs Bucket-esque form), an insect specialist; his cowboy father (Callum Keith Rennie) and teenage sister (Niamh Wilson). At odds with his family, T.S. takes himself across the US to the Smithsonian Museum, where he meets an unscrupulous administrator (Judy Davis). This magical story of spontaneous childhood adventure is told with charm, wit and an inventive eye.
The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet is out exclusive to cinema Nova
For No Good Reason:
Johnny Depp pays a call on his friend and hero Ralph Steadman, the British cartoonist famous for his movie posters for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (which starred Depp) and the British cult-classic Withnail and I featuring Richard E. Grant (Bram Stoker’s Dracula), Paul McGann (Doctor Who) and the late, great Richard Griffiths (Harry Potter). This high-spirited, lyrical, raging and soulful journey explores the life and works of one of the most important radical British artists of modern times. Featuring appearances from Steadman’s old collaborators, including Terry Gilliam and Tim Robbins, and music from Slash, All American Rejects, Jason Mraz, James Blake, Ed Harcourt and Crystal Castlesalong, along with with fascinating archival footage of William S. Burroughs and Hunter Thompson, this is a biopic worthy of the artist – playful, anarchic and jarringly beautiful.
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Kill The Messenger:
In the mid-1990s, Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), was a journalist working on a small newspaper, the San Jose Mercury News, when he stumbled on a story involving funding by the CIA of Nicaraguan anti-Communist Contras with money earned from drugs sold in black ghettos. As he probes deeper Webb, who has a wife (Rosemarie DeWitt), and three children, feels increasingly threatened, but after a trip to Nicaragua where he interviews Norwin Meneses, Andy Garcia, in prison, he gets the support of his editors at the paper, (Oliver Platt and Mary Elizabeth Winstead), to run a three-part story, “Dark Alliance”. Michael Cuesta’s gripping film provides vivid insights into the way this kind of journalism works, or should work, in a democracy even though the government authorities being exposed will do almost anything to stop the story being published.
Kill The Messenger is out now