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

  • Beautiful Thing
  • Centuries of June + Gnir Rednow + The Aviary / Nymphlight / A Fable for Fountains + Joanne, Union Square + What Mozart Saw on Mulberry Street + Angel + Flushing Meadows + Cornell, 1965 + Introduction
  • Dope
  • L'Eclisse (The Eclipse)
  • Love & Mercy
  • Loveable You (Jiushi Liuliu De Ta)
  • Play While You Play (Feng'er Tita Cai)
  • The Look Of Silence
  • The Wool Collage + Rose Hobart + Cotillion + Midnight Party + The Childrens Party + By Night With Torch And Spear + Introduction

Beautiful Thing 4 stars

Exploration of gay sexuality, centred around a tough council estate during a long, hot summer.

  • GenreAdaptation, Comedy, Drama, Gay, Romance
  • CastGlen Berry, Scott Neal, Linda Henry, Tameka Empson.
  • DirectorHettie MacDonald.
  • WriterJonathan Harvey.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration90 mins
  • Official site

Gay love on a Bermondsey council estate in this adaptation of Jonathan Harvey's award-winning stage play, which actually works better in its film form. Suitably fleshed out to disguise the staginess, the cast of unknowns give gritty, realistic performances and the subject of gay teen love is made accessible and moving by Harvey's knowing, sensitive writing. Glen Berry stars.

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Thursday 3rd September 2015

Centuries of June + Gnir Rednow + The Aviary / Nymphlight / A Fable for Fountains + Joanne, Union Square + What Mozart Saw on Mulberry Street + Angel + Flushing Meadows + Cornell, 1965 + Introduction 3 stars

Shorts programme.

  • GenreShorts
  • DirectorVarious.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration74 mins
  • Official site

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Thursday 3rd September 2015

Dope 4 stars

Malcolm Adekanbi shares a love of 1990s hip hop culture with best friends Jib and Diggy. The teenagers are embroiled in a police raid and local drug dealer Dom hides a large stash of MDMA in Malcolm's school backpack shortly before he is arrested. When the student discovers the white powder the next day, he panics. Despite all their best efforts to steer clear of trouble, Malcolm, Diggy and Jib concede that they must become dealers to offload the MDMA.

  • GenreComedy, Drama
  • CastForest Whitaker, Zoe Kravitz, Blake Anderson, Kiersey Clemons, Tony Revolori, Shameik Moore.
  • DirectorRick Famuyiwa.
  • WriterRick Famuyiwa.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration103 mins
  • Official sitewww.youaredope.com
  • Release04/09/2015 (selected cinemas)

Writer-director Rick Famuyiwa's coming-of-age comedy drama is a dope crime caper about a trio of nerdy high school students, who rally against the drug dealers in their rundown California neighbourhood known as "The Bottoms". The unlikely heroes might lack street savvy and a killer instinct, but they have resourcefulness and youthful exuberance in abundance. It's this ability to think outside the box which propels the likable characters on their madcap misadventures and provides Famuyiwa's feature with its wry humour and unabashedly heartfelt sense of optimism. Snappy camerawork and Lee Haugen's terrific editing invest the visuals with vibrancy and kinetic energy, while the soundtrack is a feast of old and new, including original songs penned by Pharrell Williams. At the emotional heart of the film is a winning performance from Shameik Moore as a straight-A student who refuses to accept that he should be denied an ivy league college education simply because of his upbringing. He plays teenage dreamer Malcolm Adekanbi, who shares a love of 1990s hip hop culture with best friends Jib (Tony Revolori) and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons), a tomboy lesbian who attends church so the congregation can attempt "to pray out the gay". Malcolm hopes to earn his place at Harvard, but the school guidance counsellor, Mr Bailey (Bruce Beatty), isn't convinced that the admissions panel will be impressed by his essay entitled A Research Thesis To Discover Ice Cube's Good Day. Unperturbed, Malcolm ploughs his own furrow. One afternoon, as he rides home with his friends, Malcolm encounters one of the local dope dealers, Dom (A$AP Rocky), who invites the three friends to a party. The students are subsequently caught in a police raid, which culminates with Dom hiding a large stash of MDMA in Malcolm's school backpack before he is arrested. When the student discovers the white powder the next day, he panics, knowing that the school conducts random drugs searches. Despite all their best efforts to steer clear of trouble, Malcolm, Diggy and Jib concede that they must become dealers to offload the MDMA and they join forces with a stoner computer expert called Will (Blake Anderson) to set up their illegal operation. "All we got to do is find the white people," smirks Diggy. Dope is smartly written and hugely entertaining, anchored by strong performances from the central trio. Famuyiwa creates a rich menagerie of quirky characters, who behave selfishly, abominably and irrationally, and are all the more believable for their failings and foibles. At key points in the narrative, the writer-director defies convention and gently underlines his message of colour-blind triumph against adversity. As Malcolm defiantly decrees, "You shouldn't settle for what is expected." Dope certainly doesn't.

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Thursday 3rd September 2015

L'Eclisse (The Eclipse) 3 stars

Riccardo attempts in vain to salvage his romance to literary translator Vittoria. He eventually gives up when she makes it clear than there is no chance of a reconciliation. Vittoria seeks refuge with her mother and meets handsome stock broker, Piero. He pursues her with disarming confidence and vigour while attempting to make ambitious trades that could earn his clients a small fortune... or lose them millions of lire.

  • GenreDrama, Romance, World
  • CastAlain Delon, Monica Vitti, Francisco Rabal.
  • DirectorMichelangelo Antonioni.
  • WriterTonino Guerra, Michelangelo Antonioni.
  • CountryIta/Fr
  • Duration123 mins
  • Official site
  • Release17/06/2005 (London National Film Theatre); 28/08/2015 (selected cinemas)

Re-release of Michelangelo Antonioni's 1962 meditation on the fragility of human relationships, the third and final part of his so-called black-and-white trilogy which includes L'Avventura and La Notte. Riccardo (Francisco Rabal) attempts in vain to salvage his romance to literary translator Vittoria (Monica Vitti) but she will not listen to his pleas and tells him that she no longer loves him. He gives chase but soon gives up when she makes it clear than there is no chance of a reconciliation. Some time later, Vittoria visits her mother (Lilla Brignone) and discusses the end of the affair, sharing pertinent details with the matriarch and two neighbours, Anita (Rosanna Rory) and Marta (Mirella Ricciardi). During a subsequent visit to the stock exchange in Rome, Vittoria meets her mother's handsome broker, Piero (Alain Delon). He pursues her with disarming confidence and vigour while attempting to make ambitious trades that could earn his clients a small fortune... or lose them millions of lire.

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Wednesday 2nd September 2015

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Love & Mercy 3 stars

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A biopic exploring a turbulent period in the history of The Beach Boys, juxtaposing Brian Wilson's early battle with mental illness and the love affair, some 20 years later, which provided the creative spark for his award-winning solo album, Smile. Spunky car dealer Melinda Ledbetter stands up to Brian's controlling personal physician, Dr Eugene Landy, and exposes the medic as a madman.

  • GenreBiography, Drama, Musical
  • CastPaul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, Paul Giamatti.
  • DirectorBill Pohlad.
  • WriterMichael Alan Lerner, Oren Moverman.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration121 mins
  • Official sitewww.loveandmercyfilm.com
  • Release10/07/2015 (selected cinemas)

Formed in 1961, The Beach Boys perfectly captured the vitality and exuberance of California's youth culture, surfing to the top of the charts with harmonised feel-good hits including I Get Around and Help Me, Rhonda. The sunny, wholesome dispositions of brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine concealed dark discord.

The Wilson boys cowered in the shadow of their abusive father Murry, who managed the band, and main songwriter Brian was experiencing early manifestations of a mental illness, which combined symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Bill Pohlad's sensitive biopic explores this turbulent period in the band's history, juxtaposing Brian's first battles with his illness and the love affair, some 20 years later, which provided the creative spark for his award-winning solo album, Smile.

Scriptwriters Oren Moverman and Michael A Lerner overcome the daunting prospect of dual timeframes with finesse, while director Pohlad elicits strong performances from Paul Dano and John Cusack as the two incarnations of a song-writing genius.

In the 1980s, Brian (Cusack) meets spunky car dealer Melinda Ledbetter (Elizabeth Banks). A nervous first date exposes Wilson's mental fragility and Melinda learns that the singer-songwriter is under the care of his personal physician, Dr Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti).

Brian's quirks do not deter Melinda and when controlling Dr Landy attempts to terminate the relationship, the plucky car dealer recruits Brian's housekeeper Gloria (Diana Maria Riva) to expose the medic as a madman. Intercut with this pivotal romance, stylised flashbacks usher in the groovy 1960s when Brian (Dano) reacts to the release of The Beatles' Revolver with steely resolve.

"I'm going to write the greatest album ever made," he promises Dennis (Kenny Wormald), Carl (Brett Davern), Mike (Jake Abel) and Al (Graham Rogers). While the quartet tours Japan without Brian, he takes up residence in a studio to craft the progressive and daring LP, Pet Sounds.

Brian plays an early version of God Only Knows to his father Murry (Bill Camp) and the old man curls his lip. "I don't care for it," he tells his crestfallen boy. Brian questions his artistic genius and the sniping voices in his head grow louder...

For a film which confronts the vagaries of the human mind and various forms of abuse, Love & Mercy is too neat in its depictions of characters and their poisonous relationships. Cusack is in rare form, nicely echoing vocal patterns and mannerisms in Dano's portrayal, and Banks is luminous in the line of fire.

Giamatti and Camp err perilously close to pantomime villains, the latter eliciting boos when he sells the rights to The Beach Boys songs for a pittance and coldly tells Brian, "Five years from now, no one is going to remember you or The Beach Boys." As usual, he was wrong and goodness prevailed.

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Wednesday 2nd September 2015

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Loveable You (Jiushi Liuliu De Ta) 3 stars

Drama.

  • GenreDrama
  • CastKenny Bee.
  • DirectorHou Hsiao-Hsien.
  • CountryTaiwan
  • Duration90 mins
  • Official site

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Wednesday 2nd September 2015

Play While You Play (Feng'er Tita Cai) 3 stars

Drama.

  • GenreDrama
  • CastKenny Bee.
  • DirectorHou Hsiao-Hsien.
  • CountryTaiwan
  • Duration90 mins
  • Official site

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Thursday 3rd September 2015

The Look Of Silence 3 stars

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A documentary about the genocide in Indonesia in the 1960s and the repercussions for citizens today. The film focuses on a forty-something ophthalmologist called Adi, whose petty criminal brother Ramli was killed by the militia before Adi was born. Haunted by this tragic past, Adi travels around the country from house to house, fitting strangers for spectacles so they can see clearly in the aftermath of the atrocities.

  • GenreDocumentary, World
  • DirectorJoshua Oppenheimer.
  • WriterJoshua Oppenheimer.
  • CountryDen/Fin/In
  • Duration103 mins
  • Official sitewww.thelookofsilence.co.uk
  • Release12/06/2015 (selected cinemas)

In 2012, Joshua Oppenheimer directed the chilling documentary The Act Of Killing, which invited Anwar Congo, leader of the Indonesian death squads, to re-enact the murder and torture of more than a million suspected Communists, ethnic Chinese and intellectuals during the 1960s in the style of the American movies they love. For his follow-up, Oppenheimer focuses once again on the genocide in Indonesia in the 1960s and the repercussions for citizens today. His subject is a forty-something ophthalmologist called Adi, whose petty criminal brother Ramli was killed by the militia before Adi was born. Haunted by this tragic past, Adi travels around the country from house to house, fitting strangers for spectacles so they can see clearly in the aftermath of the atrocities.

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Wednesday 2nd September 2015
Thursday 3rd September 2015

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The Wool Collage + Rose Hobart + Cotillion + Midnight Party + The Childrens Party + By Night With Torch And Spear + Introduction 3 stars

Shorts programme.

  • GenreShorts
  • DirectorJoseph Cornell.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration70 mins
  • Official site

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Thursday 3rd September 2015