Listings: Cinema

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April 25 - May 2 2013



BERNIE: Jack Black re-unites with School of Rock director Richard Linklater’ for s dark comedy based on a true story of a small town’s beloved mortician who befriends its most unpopular citizen: a wealthy and cantankerous widow (Shirley MacLaine), managing her business affairs, and when months go by without her being seen no one missing her at first (Cert 12A, Cineworld).

Iron Man 3: picking up the story directly after last year’s Avengers Assemble, which has left Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark suffering panic attacks as he takes onf two new super-villains, The Mandarin, crazed global terrorist played by Ben Kingsley and Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), a geneticist who has developed a destructive virus (Cert 12A, Odeon, Cineworld, Vue).

The Look of Love: Michael Winterbottom’s comedy drama based on the life of King of Soho Paul Raymond, played by Steve Coogan, who started out as a mind reader in a cabaret act and went on to become Britain’s richest man after crafting an empire of gentleman’s clubs, porn magazines and nude theatre, with a supporting cast including Anna Friel, Chris Addison, Matt Lucas, Tamsin Egerton and Imogen Poots (Cert 18, Showroom, Cineworld)

White Elephant: maverick Catholic priests Ricardo Darín and Jérémie Renier confront drug lords, corrupt cops and their own demons as they seek to care for the residents of a Buenos Aires slum in drama from Carancho director Pablo Trapero (Cert 15, Showroom).


Rebel Without A Cause: the 1955 James Dean classic directed by Nicholas Ray which follows 24 hours in the life of a lonely desperate teenager in an LA suburb who finds soulmates in fellow misunderstood teenagers Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo while striving to gain respect through knife fights and car chicken runs (Cert PG, Showroom, Teens on Screen, Thursday, April 25, 6.15pm).

Flying Blind: erotic thriller by young Polish director Katarzyna Klimkiewicz is set in Bristol with Helen McCrory as a fortysomething aerospace designer working on surveillance drones for the military who embarks on a passionate affair with, a young French/Algerian student ( Najib Oudghir) whose motives begin to be questioned by the security service (Cert 15, Showroom, Friday, followed by Q&A with the director).

Big Trouble in Little China: John Carpenter’s stylish 1986 adventure sending trucker Kurt Russell on a quest deep in San Francisco’s Chinatown for encounters with devil women and kung fu warlords (Cert 15, Lantern Theatre, Nether Edge, Friday, 8pm).

Toy Story: the first Pixar animated outing for Woody and Buzz (Cert PG, Showroom SaturdayClub).

Teens on Screen Study Day: day of speakers, discussions and screenings of A Room for Romeo Brass and Water Lilies , Showroom Cinema, Saturdayl, 10.30am-5pm ( £15/ £13, students - £10).

Viridiana: Luis Buñuel’s 1961 tale of a disorientated, corrupted and disillusioned nun was banned by Franco in Spain on its release but won the Palme D’Or at Cannes, Magic Lantern Film Club, Heeley Institute, Gleadless Road, Saturday, doors 3.30pm (£6 members / £8 non-members – includes tapas and a glass of wine).

How to Survive a Plague: American documentary about the early years of the AIDS epidemic and the improbable group of young people, many of them HIV-positive young men, who became radical warriors taking on the medical establishment (Showroom, Monday, followed by Skype Q&A with director David France).

Reign of Assassins: Chinese wuxia film co-directed by Su Chao-pin with John Woo set during the Ming Dynasty and starring Michelle Yeoh as an assassin who tries to return to a normal life after being counselled by a monk but cannot escape the clutches of her former gang.(Cert 15, Showroom, Cult Tuesday).

Live Relays

Giulio Cesare: Handel’s opera (Julius Caesar) relayed live from the New York Metropolitan in a revival staging of a much-acclaimed David McVicar production, originally unveiled at Glyndebourne in 2005 before it crossed the Atlantic, with a formidable cast: David Daniels (Caesar), Natalie Dessay (Cleopatra), Alice Coote (Sesto), Patricia Bardon (Cornelia) and Christophe Dumaux (Tolomeo). Cineworld Sheffield, Saturday, 5pm.