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Now showing at Bussey Building/The CLF Art Cafe 133,Rye Lane,Peckham,London,London SE15 4ST 020 7732 5275

  • GoodFellas
  • The Shining
  • V For Vendetta

GoodFellas 5 stars

Classic gangster thriller about three men who live and die by violence.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Thriller
  • CastRobert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci.
  • DirectorMartin Scorsese.
  • WriterNicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration146 mins
  • Official site

Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta star in a true story of an Italian-Irish youth who was adopted and raised by a family of gangsters. Won Best Director prize for Scorsese at Venice.

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Friday 29th July 2016

The Shining 4 stars

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Jack Torrance takes up a position as winter caretaker of the Overlook Hotel in order to concentrate on writing a book. He brings along his wife Wendy and his gifted son Danny. As snow falls and the temperature plummets, Jack experiences strange visions in Room 237, which slowly drive him to the brink of insanity.

  • GenreAdaptation, Classic, Drama, Horror, Thriller
  • CastJack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd.
  • DirectorStanley Kubrick.
  • WriterStanley Kubrick, Diane Johnson.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration119 mins
  • Official site
  • Release02/11/2012 (selected cinemas)

Repeatedly voted one of the greatest horror films of all time, Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling novel was originally released in 1980 on this side of the Atlantic. The notoriously perfectionist director then took this original 119-minute cut and created a longer 144-minute version, which he felt was closer to King's chilling, hallucinogenic source text. For the first time, this extended cut plays for a limited time in UK and Irish cinemas for a limited time as the perfect Halloween treat. Jack Nicholson plays Jack Torrance, who takes up a position as winter caretaker of the Overlook Hotel in order to concentrate on writing a book. He brings along his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and his gifted son Danny (Danny Lloyd). As snow falls and the temperature plummets, Jack experiences strange visions in Room 237, which slowly drive him to the brink of insanity.

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Saturday 30th July 2016

V For Vendetta 2 stars

In a bleak and foreboding future, Britain is ruled by an all-powerful totalitarian regime, which manipulates every facet of its citizens' thoughts and lives. A masked vigilante known only as "V" single-handedly attempts to wake the population from its slumber, blowing up two London landmarks and seizing control of the government-sanctioned airwaves to sound his mutinous cry. A mild-mannered young woman called Evey, whom "V" rescues from certain death, becomes an unlikely ally in the battle against tyranny and oppression.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastNatalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, John Hurt.
  • DirectorJames McTeigue.
  • WriterAndy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration132 mins
  • Official sitewww.vforvendettamovie.co.uk
  • Release17/03/2006

V For Verbose, V For Vague or V For Vapid would be equally fitting titles for James McTeigue's futuristic yarn, based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, originally published in the '80s as a scathing response to Thatcherism. Adapted for the screen by Andy and Larry Wachowski, the creators of The Matrix and its pretentious sequels, V For Vendetta suffers from a surfeit of muddled ideas, unwieldy dialogue and lack lustre performances.

Behind the scenes trials and tribulations certainly can't have helped. The film was originally due for release in November but was understandably delayed in the wake of the London bombings. Leading man James Purefoy left the production for undisclosed reasons and was swiftly replaced by Hugo Weaving, and author Moore requested his name be removed from the credits.

For its many faults, V For Vendetta possesses striking visuals and some well-crafted set pieces, including explosive action sequences. Natalie Portman brings sensitivity and emotion to her beleaguered heroine but she loses a valiant battle with her character's wavering English accent.

"Remember, remember, the fifth of November, gunpowder treason and plot..." More than 400 years after Guy Fawkes failed to blow up Parliament, 21st century Britain is ruled by a neo-fascist regime fronted by Chancellor Adam Sutler (John Hurt). Television is an outlet for government propaganda, cloaking the truth in a shroud of spin and misinformation.

A masked vigilante known as "V" (Weaving) single-handedly attempts to wake the population from its slumber, blowing up the Old Bailey criminal court and seizing control of the government-sanctioned airwaves to sound his mutinous cry.

In a stirring address to the people, V promises to succeed where Guy Fawkes failed by lighting a powder keg underneath Parliament one year hence. He embroils a mild-mannered young woman called Evey (Portman) in his plan; she becomes an unlikely ally in the battle against tyranny and oppression.

Consequently, Evey is also a prime target for police officers Finch (Stephen Rea) and Dominic (Rupert Graves), who must prevent V from enacting his terrorist plan by any means possible. Striving to restore justice to a society riddled with corruption and cruelty, V and Evey face government forces with only their wits and the avenger's honed skills of combat and deception.

Overlong and badly paced, V For Vendetta fails to draw blood in its depiction of a rapacious and uncaring British political system. It's difficult to forge emotion bonds with V when he wears a mask for the entire film: eyes are windows to an actor's soul, after all. In the final showdown between V and Creedy (Tim Pigott-Smith), head of the secret police, the masked avenger declares: "Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. There is an idea... and ideas are bulletproof." I beg to differ.

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Sunday 31st July 2016