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From conscientious objectors to #MeToo era activists, the new releases at the Showroom Cinema this week feature ripped from the headlines stories about people who risked everything to stand up for what they believed in.

Monday, 13th January 2020, 12:12 pm
Updated Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 12:49 pm
A Hidden Life

Legendary filmmaker Terrence Malick’s latest, A Hidden Life, tells the true story of the Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector who refused to swear allegiance to Hitler and fight for the Nazis in World War II.

The film sees a return to the sweeping, poetic and epic style that saw Malick awarded the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival for The Tree of Life in 2011.

The film delves sensitively into the personal and private lives of Jägerstätter and his family, while tackling universal issues of faith, religion and the corrupting influence of power.

For long-time admirers of the filmmaker’s work, A Hidden Life represents a welcome return to form. And if this is your first time watching a Malick film, prepare for an utterly engrossing experience.

You’re sure to find yourself seeking out the rest of his impressive body of work afterwards (including undisputed classics like Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line).

Then, with an all-star cast featuring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, John Lithgow and Margot Robbie, Bombshell takes a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time, Fox News.

The film tells the explosive true story of the women who brought down Roger Ailes, the network’s founding CEO, with claims of sexual harassment.

With a screenplay from the co-writer of The Big Short, Bombshell is a lively, sharp and bitingly funny docudrama.

It chronicles how one of Fox News’ star anchors, Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron in another extraordinary, transformative performance), and “Fox & Friends” host Gretchen Carlson (Kidman) came to reveal the deeply

ingrained culture of sexual harassment that the lecherous right-wing media mogul Ailes (Lithgow) used to run his network.

Ailes’ downfall was a key moment in the #MeToo movement, and Bombshell is the first major drama to bring to life this central piece of one of the defining stories of our time.

Also opening this weekend is the fantastic Japanese anime Weathering with You.

From the studio that created the award winning Your Name, Weathering with You tells the story of a boy who runs away to Tokyo.

Whilst there he meets an unusual and wild girl who seems to possess an impossible gift: the power to control the weather…

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