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Now showing at BFI Southbank Belvedere Road,South Bank,London,London SE1 8XT 020 7928 3232

  • A Bigger Splash
  • Across The Water
  • Amy
  • Cabaret
  • Cartel Land
  • Django Unchained
  • Ed Wood
  • Innocence Of Memories
  • Numero Deux
  • Nuts In May
  • Remember The Night
  • Slow Motion
  • Spring In A Small Town
  • The Great McGinty
  • The Lady Eve
  • The Palm Beach Story

A Bigger Splash 3 stars

Crime drama.

  • GenreDrama
  • CastMatthias Schoenaerts, Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton.
  • DirectorLuca Guadagnino.
  • WriterDavid Kajganich, Alain Page.
  • CountryIta/Fr
  • Duration120 mins
  • Official site

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Thursday 11th February 2016

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Across The Water 3 stars

Drama.

  • GenreDrama, Film
  • CastLiam Neeson.
  • DirectorPaul Seed.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration45 mins
  • Official site

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Thursday 11th February 2016

Amy 3 stars

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Asif Kapadia's controversial documentary about the life and times of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse featuring contributions from her friends and family. The film details Winehouse's battle with drug and alcohol addiction as well as mental health issues, and charts events leading up to her death from alcohol poisoning at the age of just 27.

  • GenreBiography, Documentary, Musical
  • CastAmy Winehouse.
  • DirectorAsif Kapadia.
  • WriterAsif Kapadia.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration127 mins
  • Official site
  • Release03/07/2015

With her distinctive beehive hairdo, thick eyeliner and deep, soulful vocal delivery, Amy Winehouse became a defiantly outspoken icon for a generation. Born and raised in Southgate, north London, she drew inspiration from the music of Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan and Tony Bennett, and exorcised personal demons through her songwriting, encapsulating experiences of heartache, abandonment and despair in her emotionally raw lyrics.

"My destructive side has grown a mile wide/And I question myself again," she laments prophetically in the song What Is It About Men on her debut album, Frank. Scarred by the separation of her parents, Winehouse concealed an eating disorder from those closest to her and repeatedly sought personal oblivion in a heady cocktail of alcohol and drugs.

Her death in July 2011, at the same age as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain, sparked a period of national soul-searching. Asif Kapadia's deeply moving documentary charts the turbulent life of the songbird, including contributions from many of her friends and family, and some of the people who worked with her and were touched by her fragility and candour.

Unfolding largely in chronological order, Amy begins with home video footage of a good friend's 14th birthday and meticulously charts her rise to celebrity, incorporating performances, interviews, rare photographs and reminiscences of the people who knew her well.

"If I really thought I was famous, I'd top myself," Winehouse tells one journalist early in the film, her words casting a shadow over subsequent scenes of triumph as Frank leaves critics reaching for superlatives and she storms America with the follow-up Back To Black, earning five Grammy awards including Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year.

The film doesn't pull punches with its depiction of her battles with drug and alcohol addiction, posing difficult questions about the culpability of the media and some of her inner circle in her tragic downfall.

Through Kapadia's lens, her father Mitchell shoulders some of that blame, firstly by advising Winehouse not to go into rehab - "I felt that's Amy's responsibility to get herself well," he offers by way of an explanation - and then by gatecrashing her recuperation on St Lucia with a reality TV crew in tow to bolster his media profile.

Her husband Blake Fielder-Civil is depicted as a similarly destructive influence, including footage of them together in the flat when she first tries crack cocaine. "I tried to sabotage myself and she tried to sabotage herself. Maybe that was our natures," he confesses.

Relationships with Alex Clare and Reg Traviss, which book-ended her roller coaster marriage, warrant only brief mentions but Kapadia would need considerably longer than 127 minutes to delve into every personal tie.

As it is, his elegantly composed memento mori leaves us with a deep sense of sadness and anger as we watch the singer totter towards oblivion, seemingly with no one to shepherd her away from the edge.

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Tuesday 9th February 2016

Cabaret 4 stars

Multi-Oscar-winning musical set during the Weimar Republic about an aspiring film actress called Sally Bowles, who falls madly in love with a British writer. The soundtrack includes the songs "Tomorrow Belongs To Me", "If You Could See Her", "Maybe This Time" and "Tiller Girls", as well as the title track.

  • GenreClassic, Musical
  • CastLiza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey, Helmut Griem.
  • DirectorBob Fosse.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration123 mins
  • Official site
  • Release21/06/2002 (London NFT only)

The BFI celebrates the 30th anniversary of Fosse's musical spectacular with a limited UK re-release. Cabaret is the movie version of the rousing Kander & Ebb musical, about an aspiring film actress called Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli), who falls madly in love with a British writer (Michael York). The soundtrack includes the songs "Tomorrow Belongs To Me", "If You Could See Her", "Maybe This Time" and "Tiller Girls", as well as the title track. Cabaret was deservedly nominated for 10 Academy Awards in 1973, and eventually went home with eight trophies including Best Actress In A Leading Role (Minnelli), Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Joel Grey), Best Director (Bob Fosse), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Art/Set Decoration, Best Original Song and Best Sound. A classic.

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Thursday 11th February 2016

Cartel Land 3 stars

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In the Mexican state of Michoacan, the Knights Templar drug cartel holds sway. On the Mexican side of the border, small-town physician Dr Jose Mireles leads an uprising of concerned citizens called the Autodefensas. Meanwhile, a small paramilitary group called Arizona Border Recon led by veteran Tim "Nailer" Foley patrols the 52-mile desert corridor known as Cocaine Alley. This documentary follows these two vigilante groups as they dare to oppose the cartel.

  • GenreAction, Documentary, Drama, War
  • DirectorMatthew Heineman.
  • WriterMatthew Heineman.
  • CountryMex/US
  • Duration100 mins
  • Official site
  • Release04/09/2015 (selected cinemas)

Kathryn Bigelow, Oscar-winning director of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, is an executive producer of this feted documentary by Matthew Heineman, which journeys into the heart of darkness in the Mexican state of Michoacan, where the Knights Templar drug cartel holds sway. The dealers control the region with violence and intimidation, running narcotics across the border into America. However, the Knights Templar face unlikely threats to expansion. On the Mexican side of the border, small-town physician Dr Jose Mireles leads an uprising of concerned citizens called the Autodefensas, who wants to drive the cartel out of their neighbourhood. Meanwhile, a small paramilitary group called Arizona Border Recon led by veteran Tim "Nailer" Foley patrols the 52-mile desert corridor known as Cocaine Alley in order to stop the Knights Templar from conveying drugs onto American soil. Heineman's film is granted unprecedented access to these two vigilante groups as they dare to oppose the cartel.

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Tuesday 9th February 2016

Django Unchained 4 stars

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German bounty hunter Dr King Schultz releases a slave called Django from his shackles. Django is valuable because he the only man who can identify the murderous Brittle brothers. Having been granted his freedom, Django agrees to help Schultz kill the siblings. The slave subsequently learns that his beloved wife Broomhilda has fallen into the clutches of a slippery plantation owner, Calvin Candie, and Schultz pledges his allegiance for a daredevil rescue mission.

  • GenreAction, Drama, Historical/Period, Romance, Western
  • CastLeonardo DiCaprio, Don Johnson, Jonah Hill, James Russo, Robert Carradine, Bruce Dern, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Samuel L Jackson, Amber Tamblyn, Zoe Bell, Christoph Waltz.
  • DirectorQuentin Tarantino.
  • WriterQuentin Tarantino.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration165 mins
  • Official sitewww.unchainedmovie.com
  • Release18/01/2013

Revenge is a dish best served cold and Quentin Tarantino turns the temperature gauge to subzero in this blood-soaked western inspired by Sergio Corbucci's 1966 thriller Django starring Franco Nero. Set in 1858, Django Unchained energises a simple tale of redemption with the writer-director's characteristic flair behind the lens and on the page.

A superfluous interlude with poorly prepared Ku Klux Klan members, who can barely see out of hoods made by one of their wives, is hysterical. "If all I had to do was cut a hole in a bag, I coulda cut it better than this!" sneers one of the posse. Tarantino guns down political correctness at every turn, not least with the creation of a black slave, played with fire and brimstone-spouting fury by Samuel L Jackson, who is even more racist than his white masters.

It's little wonder that fellow film-maker Spike Lee, who has taken Tarantino to task for his love of the n-word in the past, has courted controversy by publicly stating his intention to boycott Django Unchained because it is disrespectful to his ancestors. How Lee intends to accurately judge a piece of art without actually viewing remains a mystery.

The bullets start flying "somewhere in Texas" when two slave merchants, the Speck brothers, meet a German dentist called Dr King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) on the road one night. It turns out that the flamboyant European is also a bounty hunter and Schultz kills the Specks in order to release slave Django (Jamie Foxx) from his shackles.

Django is valuable because he the only man who can identify the murderous Brittle brothers. Having been granted his freedom, Django agrees to help Schultz kill the siblings. "Kill white folks and get paid for it, what's not to like?" he quips. Django subsequently learns that his beloved wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) has fallen into the clutches of a slippery plantation owner, Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), and Schultz pledges his allegiance on a suicidal rescue mission.

Django Unchained boasts some bravura sequences including slow-motion gun fights and snappy flashbacks. However, you can have too much of a good thing. Tarantino's vision runs to a buttock-numbing 165 minutes and hollers - unheard - for a judicious editor to prune the extraneous guff.

He could happily lose swathes of the final act, including scenes when the director plies a laughable accent as a bumbling Australian slave driver. Foxx is tightly wound as a vengeful husband, playing the straight man to larger-than-life performances from Waltz, DiCaprio and Jackson.

The love story with Washington has some surprisingly tender moments but whenever it seems Tarantino might be going soft, his characters unleash a blitzkrieg of expletives and cock their pistols. The body count, like the running time, is unapologetically excessive.

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    Tuesday 9th February 2016

    Ed Wood 4 stars

    Drama.

    • GenreAdaptation, Biography, Drama, Horror
    • CastJohnny Depp, Martin Landau, Patricia Arquette, Sarah Jessica Parker.
    • DirectorTim Burton.
    • WriterScott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski.
    • CountryUS
    • Duration124 mins
    • Official site

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    Monday 8th February 2016

    Innocence Of Memories 3 stars

    In 2008, Turkish Nobel Prize-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk published the tragic love story The Museum Of Innocence, which chronicles the passionate affair of wealthy man Kemal and pretty shop assistant Fusus. Four years later, he opened a real museum with the same name, filled with artefacts that trace the same fictional love affair. This documentary travels to Istanbul to meet Pamuk and tour the museum, exploring the life of the author and the history of the bustling city.

    • GenreDocumentary, Indie
    • CastPandora Colin, Mehmet Ergen.
    • DirectorGrant Gee.
    • WriterOrhan Pamuk, Grant Gee.
    • CountryUK
    • Duration97 mins
    • Official site
    • Release29/01/2016 (selected cinemas)

    In 2008, Turkish Nobel Prize-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk published the tragic love story The Museum Of Innocence, which chronicles the passionate affair of wealthy man Kemal and pretty shop assistant Fusus. Four years later, he opened a real museum with the same name, filled with artefacts that trace the same fictional love affair. Documentary filmmaker Grant Gee travels to Istanbul to meet Pamuk and tour the museum, exploring the life of the author and the history of the bustling city from a new perspective.

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    Numero Deux 3 stars

    Drama.

    • GenreDrama, Film
    • DirectorJean-Luc Goddard.
    • CountryFr
    • Duration88 mins
    • Official site

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    Wednesday 10th February 2016

    Nuts In May stars

    Drama.

    • GenreDrama, Film
    • CastAlison Steadman, Roger Sloman, Anthony O'Donnell.
    • DirectorMike Leigh.
    • CountryUK
    • Duration210 mins
    • Official site

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    Monday 8th February 2016

    Remember The Night 3 stars

    An unlikely romance forms between a District Attorney and a shop lifter, when he takes her home to meet his family on Christmas, after taking pity on her.

    • GenreComedy, Drama, Romance
    • CastBarbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi.
    • DirectorMitchell Leisen.
    • CountryUS
    • Duration94 mins
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    Wednesday 10th February 2016

    Slow Motion 3 stars

    Drama.

    • GenreDrama
    • CastIsabelle Huppert.
    • DirectorJean-Luc Godard.
    • CountrySwitz/Fr
    • Duration87 mins
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    Thursday 11th February 2016

    Spring In A Small Town 4 stars

    During the Chinese depression of 1946, Liyan and his loyal wife Yuwen retire to what remains of their decimated community. He is confined to the house and she dutifully tends to his every need, as well as looking after his energetic young sister Xiu. Springtime arrives early in the village when Liyan's childhood pal Zhang Zhichen comes for a visit. Now a doctor, Zhichen helps Liyan to rediscover his spark and brings happiness back into Yuwen's menial existence.

    • GenreClassic, Drama, World
    • CastWei Wei, Cui Chaoming, Li Wei, Shi Yu.
    • DirectorFu Mei.
    • WriterLi Tianji.
    • CountryChi
    • Duration98 mins
    • Official site
    • Release20/06/2014 (selected cinemas)

    A welcome release of Fei Mu's celebrated 1948 drama. During the Chinese depression of 1946, Liyan (Shi Yu) and his loyal wife Yuwen (Wei Wei) retire to what remains of their decimated community. He is confined to the house and she dutifully tends to his every need, as well as looking after his energetic young sister Xiu (Zhang Hongmei). Springtime arrives early in the village when Liyan's childhood pal Zhang Zhichen (Li Wei) comes for a visit. Now a doctor, Zhichen helps Liyan to rediscover his spark and brings happiness back into Yuwen's menial existence.

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    Monday 8th February 2016

    The Great McGinty 3 stars

    Comedy.

    • GenreComedy, Film
    • DirectorPreston Sturges.
    • CountryUS
    • Official site

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    Tuesday 9th February 2016

    The Lady Eve 4 stars

    Comedy.

    • GenreClassic, Comedy, Drama
    • CastHenry Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck.
    • DirectorPreston Sturges.
    • CountryUS
    • Duration94 mins
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    The Palm Beach Story 3 stars

    Comedy.

    • GenreComedy
    • CastClaudette Colbert Rudy Vallee.
    • DirectorPreston Sturges.
    • CountryUS
    • Duration88 mins
    • Official site

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