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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
  • Farewell Uncle Tom + Discussion
  • High Treason
  • Inherent Vice
  • L'Eclisse (The Eclipse)
  • Love & Mercy
  • Loveable You (Jiushi Liuliu De Ta)
  • Marriage - Italian Style (Matrimonio All'Italiana)
  • My Brother The Devil
  • Passport To Pimlico
  • Play While You Play (Feng'er Tita Cai)
  • Polyester
  • 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 3 stars

Comedy, drama.

  • GenreComedy, Drama
  • CastForest Whitaker, Zoe Kravitz, Blake Anderson.
  • DirectorRick Famuyiwa.
  • WriterRick Famuyiwa.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration115 mins
  • Official sitewww.youaredope.com

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Thursday 3rd September 2015

Farewell Uncle Tom + Discussion 3 stars

Drama.

  • GenreDrama, Film
  • DirectorFranco E Prosperi, Gualtiero Jacopetti.
  • CountryIta
  • Duration105 mins
  • Official site

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Tuesday 1st September 2015

High Treason 3 stars

Crime drama.

  • GenreDrama, Film, Thriller
  • CastLiam Redmond.
  • DirectorRoy Boulting.
  • CountrySwe
  • Duration93 mins
  • Official site

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Tuesday 1st September 2015

Inherent Vice 3 stars

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Larry "Doc" Sportello is a private eye and hippie, who lives in a ramshackle house on Gordita Beach. Alluring old flame Shasta Fay Hepworth returns unexpectedly to beg Doc's help tracking down her new beau, billionaire land developer Michael Z Wolfman. Shasta claims Wolfman has been kidnapped and consigned to a mental institution by his money-grabbing wife. Doc takes on the case and intrigue piles upon deception as unearths the truth about Wolfman's disappearance.

  • GenreAdaptation, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller
  • CastOwen Wilson, Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon.
  • DirectorPaul Thomas Anderson.
  • WriterPaul Thomas Anderson.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration149 mins
  • Official sitewww.inherentvicemovie.com
  • Release30/01/2015

Somewhere in the psychedelic haze of pot fumes that shroud Inherent Vice, there is a groovy slice of California noir spluttering to be seen and heard. Patient audiences, who indulge the whims of writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson will be rewarded with a hallucinogenic crime caper crammed with quirky characters including another eye-catching lead performance from Joaquin Phoenix.

However, Anderson doesn't make it easy to fall in love with his picture. Pacing is deliberately pedestrian and the running time, one puff shy of two-and-a-half hours, is a test of mental and physical endurance.

His script, adapted from Thomas Pynchon's novel of the same name, demands constant attention. Very little happens over the course of the 149 minutes but Anderson presents the narrative as an almighty tangle of convoluted plots threads. Take a toilet break at your peril.

Larry "Doc" Sportello (Phoenix) is a private eye and hippie, who lives in a ramshackle house on Gordita Beach and occasionally drifts into an office he rents, replete with a sassy receptionist (Maya Rudolph).

Alluring old flame Shasta Fay Hepworth (Katherine Waterston) returns unexpectedly to beg Doc's help tracking down her new beau, billionaire land developer Michael Z Wolfman (Eric Roberts). "She was laying some heavy combination of face ingredients on Doc that he couldn't read," explains the rambling voiceover that accompanies this drug-fuelled lunacy.

Shasta claims Wolfman has been kidnapped and consigned to a mental institution by his money-grabbing wife (Serena Scott Thomas). Doc takes on the case and also agrees two further assignments: to help Hope Harlingen (Jena Malone) track down her missing saxophonist husband (Owen Wilson), and reunite Black Guerrilla Family member Tariq Kahlil (Michael K Williams) with a wayward bodyguard (Christopher Allen Nelson), who owes him money.

The trails lead to a massage parlour where Jade (Hong Chau) tells Doc to "beware of the Golden Fang". Intrigue piles upon deception and Doc seeks guidance from sexy Deputy District Attorney Penny Kimball (Reese Witherspoon) and bullying local cop, Lieutenant Detective Christian F "Bigfoot" Bjornsen (Josh Brolin).

Inherent Vice is the first film adaptation of Pynchon's kaleidoscopic oeuvre and it's easy to see why filmmakers have steered well clear. Anderson does an admirable job conveying the freewheeling attitudes and paranoia of the era without tying himself completely in narrative knots.

Phoenix seems to be having a blast throughout and colourful supporting turns, including Martin Short as a drug-snorting dentist with wandering hands, churns the underlying black comedy.

That menagerie of dopers, musicians, hustlers, white supremacists and surfers is bewildering and Anderson regularly introduces new characters to keep our brains as scrambled as his bewildered hero. Inherent Vice is a trip - whether the multiplex masses will want to embark on this journey into the criminal underbelly of neon-lit 1970s L.A. is open to debate.

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Monday 31st August 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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Monday 31st August 2015
Tuesday 1st September 2015
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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Monday 31st August 2015
Tuesday 1st September 2015
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

Marriage - Italian Style (Matrimonio All'Italiana) 3 stars

Comedy drama.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Film, Romance
  • CastSophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni.
  • DirectorVittorio De Sica.
  • CountryIta
  • Duration100 mins
  • Official site

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Monday 31st August 2015

My Brother The Devil 3 stars

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Wayward teenager Mo lives in Hackney with his mother and older brother Rashid, who he idolises. The impressionable young man seems destined to stumble down the same path of low-level criminality as his older sibling until a shocking discovery drives a wedge between Mo and Rashid, igniting a powder keg of raw emotion that drives the two young men to a heart-stopping moment of reckoning.

  • GenreDrama, Indie, Romance
  • CastSaid Taghmaoui, Fady Elsayed, James Floyd, Ashley 'Bashy' Thomas.
  • DirectorSally El Hosaini.
  • WriterSally El Hosaini.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration111 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/mybrotherthedevil
  • Release09/11/2012 (selected cinemas)

Writer-director Sally El Hosaini makes an assured debut with this sensitively handled coming-of-age story, shot on location in Hackney during the riots, which transformed areas of the capital into a flame-scorched battlezone. Fady Elsayed plays wayward teenager Mo, who idolises his older brother Rashid (James Floyd) and seems destined to stumble down the same path of low-level criminality. A shocking discovery drives a wedge between the siblings, igniting a powder keg of raw emotion that drives El Hosaini's film to its grim if somewhat predictable resolution. The intelligent script complements committed performances from the leads, while David Raedecker's cinematography captures both the beauty and squalor of London's concrete jungle of crime-riddled streets and rundown housing estates.

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Monday 31st August 2015

Passport To Pimlico 4 stars

A stray World War II bomb detonates in sleepy Pimlico, uncovering evidence that the area may in fact belong to France. When the local residents fight back, the bumbling British government tries in vain to contain the situation. Part of the Ealing 100 Anniversary Tour.

  • GenreClassic, Comedy
  • CastStanley Holloway, Margaret Rutherford, Basil Radford.
  • DirectorHenry Cornelius.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration84 mins
  • Official site
  • Release09/08/2002 (selected cinemas)

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Monday 31st August 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

Polyester 4 stars

Baltimore housewife Francine Fishpaw struggles to hold together her dysfunctional family comprising her polyester-clad husband Elmer, promiscuous daughter Lu-Lu and glue-sniffing son Dexter. When Francine discovers that Elmer is having an affair with his secretary, she demands a divorce.

  • GenreComedy, Indie
  • CastDivine, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, Tab Hunter.
  • DirectorJohn Waters.
  • WriterJohn Waters.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration86 mins
  • Official site

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Tuesday 1st 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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Tuesday 1st 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