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  • A Little Chaos
  • Au Revoir Les Enfants
  • Avengers: Age Of Ultron
  • Avengers: Age Of Ultron 3D
  • Blind
  • Cobain: Montage Of Heck
  • Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance
  • Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance (Parent And Baby Screening)
  • Force Majeure
  • NT Live Encore Screening: The Hard Problem
  • The Metropolitan Opera Encore Screening: Cavalleria Rusticana And Pagliacci
  • Woman In Gold

A Little Chaos 3 stars

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King Louis XIV hires renowned landscape gardener Andre Le Notre to transform the grounds of Versailles into a fantasia "of exquisite and matchless beauty". It is a Herculean task, so Le Notre hires fellow landscapers to oversee different sections of the garden. Sabine De Barra catches his eye. She flouts rigid form and prefers a more haphazard approach to her planting. The arrival of Sabine in the court sets tongues wagging and incurs the wrath of Andre's jealous wife, Madame Le Notre.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Historical/Period, Romance
  • CastAlan Rickman, Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci, Helen McCrory, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jennifer Ehle.
  • DirectorAlan Rickman.
  • WriterAlison Deegan, Alan Rickman, Jeremy Brock.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration117 mins
  • Official site
  • Release17/04/2015

Sexual tension and skulduggery blossom in the magnificent gardens of the Palace of Versailles in Alan Rickman's entertaining second directorial feature. A Little Chaos is considerably more formal and predictable than the title suggests, but what this lusty period romp lacks in originality, it compensates with colourful performances and an uplifting bouquet of courtly intrigues.

Rickman sows the seeds of our simple enjoyment with a largely British cast led by Oscar-winner Kate Winslet as a spirited landscape gardener, who refuses to kowtow to expectations or gender stereotypes.

She is nestled between handsome Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts as her green-fingered love interest and Stanley Tucci in a typically scene-stealing comic role as the effete Duc d'Orleans, who is a stranger to restrained sophistication and "speaks from the opposite end of the fashion scale".

Some of Britain's finest stately homes, estates and mansions including Blenheim Palace, Cliveden, Hampton Court Palace and Waddesdon Manor double handsomely for late 17th-century France. Rickman's garden is exceedingly well turned out.

The director makes his mark in front of the camera as King Louis XIV, who has hired renowned landscape gardener Andre Le Notre (Schoenaerts) to transform the grounds of Versailles into a fantasia "of exquisite and matchless beauty".

It is a Herculean task, so Le Notre hires fellow landscapers to oversee different sections of the garden. Sabine De Barra (Winslet) catches his eye. She flouts rigid form and prefers a more haphazard approach to her planting.

The arrival of Sabine in the court sets tongues wagging - "You are no one where everybody is someone," a chaperone tells her - and incurs the wrath of Andre's jealous wife, Madame Le Notre (Helen McCrory).

Fellow labourers including Moulin (Danny Webb) rush to support Sabine in her epic undertaking and the gardener wins the approval of the king's mistress Madame De Montespan (Jennifer Ehle) by challenging the monarch's description of women in his court as faded and overblown roses. "That fate awaits all roses, sire," Sabine responds confidently.

A Little Chaos has the requisite array of heaving bosoms, lingering glances and deceptions, accentuated by swathes of eye-catching costumes and composer Peter Gregson's lively score.

Winslet isn't stretched in the lead role but she brings grit and determination to her trendsetter. On-screen sexual tension with Schoenaerts barely simmers, while McCrory vamps it up to the hilt as the wicked wench who envies Sabine's ability to impress powerful men with her intellect.

Rickman downplays his beleaguered monarch and enjoys one truly delightful scene with Winslet, in which he casts off the king's finery to mourn lost love. The resolution of the entangled plots will surprise no one, but A Little Chaos is a hardy perennial that will weather most criticism and delivers gentle sprays of laughter and romance when it counts.

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Monday 27th April 2015
Tuesday 28th April 2015
Wednesday 29th April 2015
Thursday 30th April 2015

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Au Revoir Les Enfants 3 stars

In occupied France during the bitter winter of 1943, Julien Quentin returns to his boarding school. A new terms heralds the arrival of three students including a socially awkward boy called Jean Bonnet, whom Julien initially detests. A tender friendship blossoms between the boys after Julien learns that Jean Bonnet is Jewish and is being concealed from the Germans at the school by the compassionate headmaster Pere Jean.

  • GenreDrama, War, World
  • CastGaspard Manesse, Francine Racette, Raphael Fejto, Philippe Morier-Genoud.
  • DirectorLouis Malle.
  • WriterLouis Malle.
  • CountryFr/W Ger/I
  • Duration100 mins
  • Official site
  • Release30/01/2015 (selected cinemas)

A re-release of Louis Malle's award-winning autobiographical 1987 drama set in occupied France during the bitter winter of 1943. Julien Quentin (Gaspard Manesse) returns to his boarding school, still harbouring resentment towards an institution that takes him away from his home comforts and a pampering mother. A new terms heralds the arrival of three students including a socially awkward boy called Jean Bonnet (Raphael Fejto), whom Julien initially detests. A tender friendship blossoms between the boys after Julien learns that Jean Bonnet is Jewish and is being concealed from the Germans at the school by the compassionate headmaster Pere Jean (Philippe Morier-Genoud). Julien agrees to keep Jean's secret from classmates and his own family but when the Gestapo raids the school, the bond between the youngsters is tested to breaking point.

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Thursday 30th April 2015

Avengers: Age Of Ultron 3 stars

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Tony Stark hopes to jumpstart world peace using a dormant artificial intelligence program but he unwittingly unleashes the villainous Ultron. Nick Fury marshals superhero team of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye to protect mankind from annihilation, testing the bonds of trust between the team members in the process. Uneasy alliances are forged and the Avengers cross paths with mysterious and powerful siblings Wanda and Pietro Maximoff.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction
  • CastChris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, James Spader, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
  • DirectorJoss Whedon.
  • WriterJoss Whedon.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration141 mins
  • Official sitewww.marvel.com/avengers
  • Release23/04/2015

As the roaring success of last year's Guardians Of The Galaxy confirmed, our appetite for films set in the Marvel Comics universe is voracious. This eagerly anticipated sequel to the 2012 action adventure Avengers Assemble is poised to smash box office records with the same unstoppable clobber of a rampaging Incredible Hulk. Director Joss Whedon is back at the helm to lay the narrative groundwork for the 2016 blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War, which will tear the eponymous team apart as governments worldwide prepare to pass an act regulating superhuman activity. In many respects, Avengers: Age Of Ultron is business as usual. Whedon's film fleshes out the back stories of existing characters, introduces new friends and foes to the fray, and continues the relentless cross-pollination of this menagerie of mighty misfits. Marvel Comics chairman Stan Lee makes his traditional cameo and Whedon's script glisters with polished one-liners, including one gem to pithily illustrate how quickly an evil artificial intelligence can infect the World Wide Web: "He's spreading faster than a Catholic rabbit." While the sequel delivers exactly what we expect, it lacks some of the pizazz of the first film and pacing noticeably sags in the middle, plus overly enthusiastic editing of set pieces reduces some skirmishes to an incomprehensible blur, which strain the eyes in 3D. In the breathless action sequence which opens the film, the Avengers storm a Hydra stronghold in the central European city of Sokovia under the control of Baron von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) in order to reclaim Loki's magical staff, the Chitauri Scepter. During the melee, emotionally scarred siblings Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Pietro Maximoff (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), who have been subjected to secret Hydra experiments, are unleashed. Wanda infects the mind of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr), using her dark sorcery to convince the billionaire that he will bring about the deaths of the entire team. Tormented by his nightmarish vision, Stark secretly plans to harness the power of the Chitauri Scepter to awaken a dormant artificial intelligence program to protect mankind. "I don't want to hear that 'man wasn't meant to meddle' medley," Stark tells scientist Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) as justification for his covert operation. Instead, Stark unwittingly unleashes the villainous Ultron (voiced by James Spader). Steve Evans aka Captain America (Chris Evans) clashes with Stark for control of the Avengers comprising Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Natasha Romanov aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Banner aka The Incredible Hulk and Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Rivalries intensify and fragile bonds of trust fray as mankind's survival hangs in the balance. Thankfully, the Avengers have a new, yet familiar, ally: an android called Vision (Paul Bettany). By introducing a hulking automaton arch-nemesis, Avengers: Age Of Ultron duplicates some of the large-scale digital destruction of the Transformers franchise. Spader's vocal performance lends gravitas to his mechanised megalomaniac while Downey Jr predictably snaffles the majority of the droll quips. Seeds of romance between Ruffalo and Johansson, sown in the first film, are heavily watered as a diversion from the bone-crunching. Running jokes about Captain America's aversion to swearing and the size of Thor's hammer don't run out of puff before the 141 frenetic minutes come to a suitably bombastic close. Marvel films have a habit of sneaking a teaser into the end credits. Age Of Ultron doesn't disappoint the ardent fan boys and girls on this front either.

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Monday 27th April 2015
Tuesday 28th April 2015
Wednesday 29th April 2015
Thursday 30th April 2015

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron 3D 3 stars

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Tony Stark hopes to jumpstart world peace using a dormant artificial intelligence program but he unwittingly unleashes the villainous Ultron. Nick Fury marshals superhero team of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye to protect mankind from annihilation, testing the bonds of trust between the team members in the process. Uneasy alliances are forged and the Avengers cross paths with mysterious and powerful siblings Wanda and Pietro Maximoff.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction
  • CastChris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, James Spader, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
  • DirectorJoss Whedon.
  • WriterJoss Whedon.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration141 mins
  • Official sitewww.marvel.com/avengers
  • Release23/04/2015

As the roaring success of last year's Guardians Of The Galaxy confirmed, our appetite for films set in the Marvel Comics universe is voracious. This eagerly anticipated sequel to the 2012 action adventure Avengers Assemble is poised to smash box office records with the same unstoppable clobber of a rampaging Incredible Hulk.

Director Joss Whedon is back at the helm to lay the narrative groundwork for the 2016 blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War, which will tear the eponymous team apart as governments worldwide prepare to pass an act regulating superhuman activity.

In many respects, Avengers: Age Of Ultron is business as usual. Whedon's film fleshes out the back stories of existing characters, introduces new friends and foes to the fray, and continues the relentless cross-pollination of this menagerie of mighty misfits.

Marvel Comics chairman Stan Lee makes his traditional cameo and Whedon's script glisters with polished one-liners, including one gem to pithily illustrate how quickly an evil artificial intelligence can infect the World Wide Web: "He's spreading faster than a Catholic rabbit."

While the sequel delivers exactly what we expect, it lacks some of the pizazz of the first film and pacing noticeably sags in the middle, plus overly enthusiastic editing of set pieces reduces some skirmishes to an incomprehensible blur, which strain the eyes in 3D.

In the breathless action sequence which opens the film, the Avengers storm a Hydra stronghold in the central European city of Sokovia under the control of Baron von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) in order to reclaim Loki's magical staff, the Chitauri Scepter.

During the melee, emotionally scarred siblings Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Pietro Maximoff (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), who have been subjected to secret Hydra experiments, are unleashed. Wanda infects the mind of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr), using her dark sorcery to convince the billionaire that he will bring about the deaths of the entire team.

Tormented by his nightmarish vision, Stark secretly plans to harness the power of the Chitauri Scepter to awaken a dormant artificial intelligence program to protect mankind. "I don't want to hear that 'man wasn't meant to meddle' medley," Stark tells scientist Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) as justification for his covert operation.

Instead, Stark unwittingly unleashes the villainous Ultron (voiced by James Spader). Steve Evans aka Captain America (Chris Evans) clashes with Stark for control of the Avengers comprising Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Natasha Romanov aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Banner aka The Incredible Hulk and Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).

Rivalries intensify and fragile bonds of trust fray as mankind's survival hangs in the balance. Thankfully, the Avengers have a new, yet familiar, ally: an android called Vision (Paul Bettany).

By introducing a hulking automaton arch-nemesis, Avengers: Age Of Ultron duplicates some of the large-scale digital destruction of the Transformers franchise. Spader's vocal performance lends gravitas to his mechanised megalomaniac while Downey Jr predictably snaffles the majority of the droll quips.

Seeds of romance between Ruffalo and Johansson, sown in the first film, are heavily watered as a diversion from the bone-crunching. Running jokes about Captain America's aversion to swearing and the size of Thor's hammer don't run out of puff before the 141 frenetic minutes come to a suitably bombastic close.

Marvel films have a habit of sneaking a teaser into the end credits. Age Of Ultron doesn't disappoint the ardent fan boys and girls on this front either.

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Wednesday 29th April 2015
Thursday 30th April 2015

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Blind 3 stars

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Doting wife Ingrid has recently lost her sight and she fears that she will gradually lose all memory of her surroundings. She becomes a willing prisoner of her own home, where she relies on her husband Morten to help her overcome the uncertainties that lie ahead. Their marriage suffers as a result and Morten eventually seeks sexual gratification in the arms of another woman, Elin.

  • GenreDrama, Romance, World
  • CastHenrik Rafaelsen, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Vera Vitali.
  • DirectorEskil Vogt.
  • WriterEskil Vogt.
  • CountryNor
  • Duration91 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/Blindfilmen
  • Release27/03/2015 (selected cinemas)

Writer-director Eskil Vogt's drama premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the coveted Screenwriting Award. Doting wife Ingrid (Ellen Dorrit Petersen) has recently lost her sight and she fears that she will gradually lose all memory of her surroundings. She becomes a willing prisoner of her own home, where she relies on her husband Morten (Henrik Rafaelsen) to help her overcome the uncertainties that lie ahead. Their marriage suffers as a result and Morten eventually seeks sexual gratification in the arms of another woman, Elin (Vera Vitali). Fantasy and reality become muddled for Ingrid as her perception of the world around her becomes increasingly distorted.

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Tuesday 28th April 2015

Cobain: Montage Of Heck 3 stars

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On April 8, 1994, Kurt Cobain - charismatic lead singer of grunge band Nirvana - was found dead at his home in Seattle aged 27. The official verdict was suicide by self-inflicted shotgun wound. This fully authorised film intercuts emotionally raw testimonies from family and close friends with a dizzying array of never-seen-before home movies and music. These vivid snapshots from Cobain's personal archive, spliced with animation, paint a wildly imaginative portrait of a musical icon.

  • GenreBiography, Documentary, Musical
  • CastCourtney Love, David Grohl, Kurt Cobain.
  • DirectorBrett Morgen.
  • WriterBrett Morgen.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration132 mins
  • Official site
  • Release10/04/2015 (selected cinemas)

On April 8, 1994, Kurt Cobain - charismatic lead singer of grunge band Nirvana - was found dead at his home in Seattle aged 27. An official verdict of suicide by self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head has been vociferously challenged by fans and conspiracy theorists ever since, and Cobain remains an enduring musical icon. Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Brett Morgen directs this first fully authorised film about the singer-songwriter, intercutting emotionally raw testimonies from family and close friends with a dizzying array of never-seen-before home movies and music. These vivid snapshots from Cobain's personal archive, spliced with animation, paint a wildly imaginative portrait of an artist, who battled hard against depression and drug addiction, and seemed to be at odds with his surroundings.

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Monday 27th April 2015

Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance 3 stars

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A life-affirming documentary about a group of friends and neighbours from a Welsh mining village, who came together to buy a racehorse and subsequently defied the odds. Jan Vokes is a barmaid in a working men's club in Cefn Fforest, who overhears local tax adviser, Howard Davies, talking about his disastrous efforts to breed a prize-winning horse. Without any experience but bundles of enthusiasm, Jan persuades Howard and his long-suffering wife Daisy to help her break into the horse racing elite.

  • GenreDocumentary, Drama, Indie
  • DirectorLouise Osmond.
  • WriterLouise Osmond.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration86 mins
  • Official sitewww.darkhorsefilm.co.uk
  • Release17/04/2015 (selected cinemas)

Not to be confused with James Napier Robertson's New Zealand drama The Dark Horse, Louise Osmond's life-affirming documentary reveals the true story of a group of friends and neighbours from a Welsh mining village, who came together to buy a racehorse and subsequently defied the odds. Jan Vokes is a barmaid in a working men's club in Cefn Fforest, who overhears local tax adviser, Howard Davies, talking about his disastrous efforts to breed a prize-winning horse. Without any experience but bundles of enthusiasm, Jan persuades Howard and his long-suffering wife Daisy to help her break into the horse racing elite. She establishes a syndicate of 30 locals, who pay 10 each per month towards the animal's care. They choose a foal with dubious racing pedigree and pay 7,000 pounds for the animal, christening the horse Dream Alliance, which they stable down on the allotments. With guidance from a top-class trainer, Dream Alliance becomes a beacon of hope for Cefn Fforest and stuns pundits when it wins a series of high-profile races against seasoned opposition.

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Monday 27th April 2015
Tuesday 28th April 2015
Wednesday 29th April 2015
Thursday 30th April 2015

Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance (Parent And Baby Screening) 3 stars

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A life-affirming documentary about a group of friends and neighbours from a Welsh mining village, who came together to buy a racehorse and subsequently defied the odds. Jan Vokes is a barmaid in a working men's club in Cefn Fforest, who overhears local tax adviser, Howard Davies, talking about his disastrous efforts to breed a prize-winning horse. Without any experience but bundles of enthusiasm, Jan persuades Howard and his long-suffering wife Daisy to help her break into the horse racing elite.

  • GenreDocumentary, Drama, Indie
  • DirectorLouise Osmond.
  • WriterLouise Osmond.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration86 mins
  • Official sitewww.darkhorsefilm.co.uk
  • Release17/04/2015 (selected cinemas)

Not to be confused with James Napier Robertson's New Zealand drama The Dark Horse, Louise Osmond's life-affirming documentary reveals the true story of a group of friends and neighbours from a Welsh mining village, who came together to buy a racehorse and subsequently defied the odds. Jan Vokes is a barmaid in a working men's club in Cefn Fforest, who overhears local tax adviser, Howard Davies, talking about his disastrous efforts to breed a prize-winning horse. Without any experience but bundles of enthusiasm, Jan persuades Howard and his long-suffering wife Daisy to help her break into the horse racing elite. She establishes a syndicate of 30 locals, who pay 10 each per month towards the animal's care. They choose a foal with dubious racing pedigree and pay 7,000 pounds for the animal, christening the horse Dream Alliance, which they stable down on the allotments. With guidance from a top-class trainer, Dream Alliance becomes a beacon of hope for Cefn Fforest and stuns pundits when it wins a series of high-profile races against seasoned opposition.

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Wednesday 29th April 2015

Force Majeure 4 stars

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Businessman Tomas, his wife Ebba and their two children, Vera and Harry, head for a luxury resort in the French Alps. On the second day, there is a controlled avalanche and a deluge of fast-moving snow heads straight for the resort while Tomas, Ebba and the kids are enjoying lunch. As the avalanche hits, Ebba instinctively protects Vera and Harry while Tomas panics and runs for cover. This moment of selfishness and cowardice has a profound effect on the family.

  • GenreDrama, Romance, World
  • CastClara Wettergren, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Johannes Kuhnke, Vincent Wettergren.
  • DirectorRuben Ostlund.
  • WriterRuben Ostlund.
  • CountrySwe/Fr/Nor
  • Duration119 mins
  • Official sitewww.magpictures.com/forcemajeure/
  • Release10/04/2015 (selected cinemas)

Ruben Ostlund's compelling drama was selected as Sweden's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film prize at this year's Academy Awards. Businessman Tomas (Johannes Bah Kuhnke), his wife Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli) and their two children, Vera (Clara Wettergren) and Harry (Vincent Wettergren), head for a luxury resort in the French Alps. The family's skiing holiday starts calmly with leisurely trips up and down the mountainside. On the second day, there is a controlled avalanche and a deluge of fast-moving snow heads straight for the resort while Tomas, Ebba and the kids are enjoying lunch on a balcony. As the avalanche hits, Ebba instinctively protects Vera and Harry while Tomas panics and runs for cover rather than staying with his family. This moment of selfishness and cowardice has a profound effect on the family and Tomas refuses to accept that he abandoned his brood in their moment of need. When old friend Mats (Kristofer Hivju) and his girlfriend Fanni (Fanni Metelius) arrive at the resort, tensions between Tomas and Ebba boil over as husband and wife hold firm to their contradictory versions of events.

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Monday 27th April 2015
Tuesday 28th April 2015
Wednesday 29th April 2015
Thursday 30th April 2015

NT Live Encore Screening: The Hard Problem 3 stars

Nicholas Hytner directs Tom Stoppard's challenging journey through the world of evolutionary science, recorded live at the National Theatre in London. Stoppard's first stage play since Rock 'n' Roll in 2006 centres on a young psychology researcher called Hilary (Olivia Vinall), whose private sorrows and beliefs put her at odds with her mentor and colleagues.

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Monday 27th April 2015

The Metropolitan Opera Encore Screening: Cavalleria Rusticana And Pagliacci 3 stars

Double bill.

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Tuesday 28th April 2015

Woman In Gold 3 stars

Shortly before the Second World War, Nazis confiscate numerous artworks including Gustav Klimt's iconic portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, known as Woman In Gold. Following his death, Adele's niece Maria Altmann launches a protracted and bitter legal battle against the Austrian government to reclaim the painting, flanked by idealistic young lawyer Randol Schoenberg. Together, they take the grievance to the Supreme Court of the United States.

  • GenreBiography, Drama, Film, Historical/Period
  • CastHelen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl, Dame Helen Mirren, Katie Holmes, Max Irons.
  • DirectorSimon Curtis.
  • WriterAlexi Kaye Campbell.
  • CountryUS/UK
  • Duration109 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/WomanInGoldMovie
  • Release10/04/2015

During the Second World War, the Third Reich plundered countless artworks and possessions, some of which were traced back to their rightful owners by the Monuments Men. Today, more than 100,000 precious items are still separated from families.

Some may never be seen again. Woman In Gold is the inspirational true story of one Los Angeles resident, who challenged the legal status quo to reclaim a painting from her native Austria in the face of staunch resistance from bureaucrats in Vienna.

Director Simon Curtis and screenwriter Alexi Kaye Campbell distill this protracted war of words into a solid drama that juxtaposes harrowing events in late 1930s Europe with legal wranglings six decades later on both sides of the Atlantic.

At the turn of the 20th century, industrialist Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer (Henry Goodman) commissions artist Gustav Klimt to paint his wife Adele (Antje Traue), who dies a few years later. The glittering canvas hangs in the family apartment in Vienna until Nazis invade and seize works of art as well as precious trinkets.

Ferdinand leaves the country before the border shutdown, but his brother Gustav (Allan Corduner), his wife Therese (Nina Kunzendorf), their daughter Maria (Tatiana Maslany) and her opera singer husband Fritz (Max Irons) are not so fortunate. Maria and Fritz orchestrate a daring escape, leaving behind loved ones to a grim fate, while the iconic painting hangs in the Belvedere Gallery in the Austrian capital.

In 1998, Maria (now played by Helen Mirren) attempts to reclaim the canvas, aided by idealistic lawyer Randol Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds). "Can't you help me out on the side, like a little hobby?" she pleads. Inspired by Maria's resolve, Randol risks his job at a top California law firm to pursue the case, which everyone, including senior partner Sherman (Charles Dance), tells him is unwinnable.

Austrian investigative reporter Hubertus Czernin (Daniel Bruhl) pledges support but warns Maria and Randol to expect defeat. "She is the Mona Lisa of Austria," explains the reporter. "Do you think they will just let her go?

Woman In Gold deftly moves back and forth between the two timelines to establish Maria's tragic past and her claim on the painting. Mirren teases out the steeliness of her survivor, who gets caught up in the excitement of the case and jokes to Randol, "This is like James Bond film, and you are Sean Connery".

She pickpockets the lion's share of the one-liners while Reynolds has the more difficult task of adding emotional heft to his inexperienced underdog. Screenwriter Campbell simplifies legal arguments so they are easily digestible, while director Curtis maintains a steady pace apart from Maria and Randol's pulse-quickening escape bid that seems destined to end in tragedy. Not for the last time, Maria defies the odds.

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Monday 27th April 2015
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