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  • '71
  • All This Mayhem
  • Effie Gray
  • Fury
  • Gone Girl
  • Half Of A Yellow Sun
  • La Grande Illusion
  • NT Live Encore Screening: A Streetcar Named Desire
  • The Judge
  • The Metropolitan Opera Live Encore Screening: Le Nozze Di Figaro
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Withnail & I

'71 4 stars

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Gary Hook finishes his training with other squaddies and is immediately dispatched to 1971 Belfast to facilitate a fragile peace in the city. On his first day on the streets, Gary becomes embroiled in a riot and he is separated from the other British soldiers. Chased down alleyways by an army gang of militia who want him dead, Gary is trapped in an alien environment far from the safety of his barracks, unable to distinguish between allies and foes.

  • GenreAction, Drama, Thriller, War
  • CastSam Reid, Jack O'Connell, Sean Harris, Sam Hazeldine.
  • DirectorYann Demange.
  • WriterGregory Burke.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration99 mins
  • Official site
  • Release10/10/2014 (selected cinemas)

A teenage soldier becomes separated from his platoon in the cauldron of violence of 1971 Belfast in Yann Demange's nail-biting survival thriller. Punctuated by kinetic action sequences that relentlessly tighten the knot of tension in our stomachs, '71 is a dazzling debut from the TV director, who made the acclaimed Channel 4 series Top Boy.

Demange puts leading man Jack O'Connell through the physical wringer as he explores the sectarian divide through the eyes of a wet-behind-the-ears recruit, who is marked for death by the provisional IRA and supposed allies.

Juddering handheld camerawork during chase sequences and a nerve-racking game of hide and seek keep us uncomfortably close to the carnage, and only a few hours after the stricken soldier has foolishly assured his kid brother that this first tour of duty will be a breeze: "I'm not leaving the country so you've got nothing to worry about." Home is where the heartbreak is.

Squaddie Gary Hook (O'Connell) completes his gruelling training and is immediately dispatched to the Northern Irish capital to facilitate the fragile peace. Under the command of platoon leader Lieutenant Armitage (Sam Reid), Gary and fellow recruits head to the Catholic west.

At first, hostility amounts to little more than potty-mouthed children throwing water bombs full of urine. However, a house-to-house search spirals out of control and during the subsequent riot, Gary and pal Thommo (Jack Lowden) are left behind.

A small gang of provisional IRA comprising ruthless leader Quinn (Killian Scott), sidekick Haggerty (Martin McCann) and newbie Sean (Barry Keoghan) shoot Thommo at close range but Gary escapes, sprinting down alleyways with the gun-toting assailants in pursuit. Thankfully, Gary finds sanctuary and as night falls, he traces a path back to the barracks under cover of darkness.

A boy called Billy (Corey McKinley) offers assistance but when the tyke's makeshift plan goes horribly wrong, Gary turns to Brigid (Charlie Murphy) and her father, Eamon (Richard Dormer), a former army medic, who has had his fill of the uniform. "You're just a piece of meat to them," Eamon warns Gary.

'71 masterfully sustains tension without getting bogged down in the thorny politics of the era. Nerves are shredded to tatters in the opening half hour and screenwriter Gregory Burke wrings every drop of suspense from his neat set-up.

A detour to a loyalist pub is orchestrated and edited with brio. O'Connell follows up his bruising portrayal of a young offender in Starred Up with another emotionally charged performance, holding his character's fears at bay until that particular dam bursts and sobs rack his aching body.

Lines between allies and adversaries are repeatedly blurred, stacking the odds heavily against Gary as he ducks for cover, and we hunker down with him, brows beaded with sweat and knuckles white with fear.

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Tuesday 21st October 2014
Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Thursday 23rd October 2014

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All This Mayhem 3 stars

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Australian skateboarding brothers Tas and Ben Pappas were propelled to the top of their sport, where they battled valiantly against the dominance of Tony Hawk and his vast marketing machine. Ranked number one and two in the world at their peak, Tas and Ben succumbed to the allure of drugs and began their heartbreaking fall from grace, culminating in tragedy. This documentary offers a cautionary tale of the perils of fame, interspersed with home videos of the era and interviews with key protagonists.

  • GenreDocumentary, Indie
  • CastBen Pappas, Danny Minnick, Tas Pappas.
  • DirectorEddie Martin.
  • WriterEddie Martin.
  • CountryUK/Austral
  • Duration104 mins
  • Official site
  • Release08/08/2014 (selected cinemas)

During his youth, filmmaker Eddie Martin frequented the same skate park in a western suburb of Melbourne as skateboarding brothers Tas and Ben Pappas. The siblings were propelled to the top of their sport, where they battled valiantly against the dominance of Tony Hawk and his vast marketing machine. Ranked number one and two in the world at their peak, Tas and Ben succumbed to the allure of drugs and began their heartbreaking fall from grace, culminating in tragedy. Director Martin uses his personal connection to the family to offer a cautionary tale of the perils of fame, interspersed with home videos of the era and interviews with some of the key protagonists.

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Tuesday 21st October 2014
Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Thursday 23rd October 2014

Effie Gray 3 stars

Victorian art critic John Ruskin takes wide-eyed innocent Euphemia Gray as his teenage bride. A formal visit to Ruskin's parents opens Effie's eyes to the solitude and loneliness that she will have to bear for the rest of her married life. Ruskin spirits Effie up to Scotland with Everett Millais, who has been commissioned to paint a portrait of the eminent critic. A spark of attraction between Millais and Effie threatens to spark a full-blown affair but lowly wives do not divorce wealthy husbands.

  • GenreDrama, Historical/Period, Romance
  • CastEmma Thompson, Russell Tovey, Julie Walters, Claudia Cardinale, Greg Wise, Dakota Fanning, Robbie Coltrane, Tom Sturridge, James Fox, David Suchet.
  • DirectorRichard Laxton.
  • WriterEmma Thompson.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration108 mins
  • Official sitewww.effiegraymovie.com
  • Release10/10/2014 (selected cinemas)

Oscar-winning actor and screenwriter Emma Thompson returns to the stifled emotions and rigorous social etiquette of 19th-century English society for her script based on the real-life marital woes of Victorian art critic John Ruskin and his teenage bride, Euphemia Gray.

A love triangle comprising the unhappily married couple and charming artist John Everett Millais only really comes to the fore in the film's overwrought final act. Before then, Thompson builds our sympathy for the eponymous heroine as she weathers a barrage of callousness from her husband and his spiky parents.

Dialogue is well crafted - "If imperfection is your ideal, you must think me very beautiful," simpers Effie - but for all its prosaic wonder, Richard Laxton's film lacks the emotional sucker punch that seems to be coming from the dreamy opening frames.

Indeed, the closing scenes in which Effie ponders risking her reputation and social standing to follow her heart should have our tears flowing with a fury. But the saltwater deluge never comes.

Ruskin (Greg Wise) falls under the spell of 19-year-old Effie Gray (Dakota Fanning) and they marry. "What shall we do?" Effie politely asks her new husband, "What do married people do?" "I have as little idea as you, dearest," he replies. A formal visit to Ruskin's parents (David Suchet, Julie Walters) opens Effie's eyes to the solitude and loneliness that she will have to bear for the rest of her married life.

Ruskin immerses himself in his work while Mrs Ruskin, in particular, makes evident her disdain for her boy's choice of bride by constantly undermining Effie and forcing her gravely ill daughter-in-law to attend a soiree with Sir Charles Eastlake (James Fox) and Lady Eastlake (Emma Thompson) when she should be tucked up in bed.

The Ruskins travel to Venice where John once again abandons Effie to her own devices in the company of Rafael (Riccardo Scamarcio), who clearly has amorous designs on the worldly unwise wife.

Back on home soil, Ruskin spirits Effie up to Scotland with Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge), who has been commissioned to paint a portrait of the eminent critic. A spark of attraction between Millais and Effie threatens to spark a full-blown affair but lowly wives do not divorce wealthy husbands and Effie must continue to suffer in silence.

Effie Gray has the right ingredients for a swoonsome, bosom-heaving period romance but something doesn't quite gel in Laxton's picture. Fanning is a touching heroine, mustering courage in her hour of need with encouragement from Thompson in an eye-catching supporting role as the catalyst for female empowerment.

Wise has little to do besides the occasional sneer. Walters, Suchet make their mark in limited screen time, adding daubs of colour to the film's palette.

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Tuesday 21st October 2014
Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Thursday 23rd October 2014

Fury 3 stars

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Norman Ellison is a new recruit, who is assigned the role of driving an M4 Sherman tank called Fury under the command of Sergeant Don Collier. This battle-weary veteran began the war in Africa and moved to Europe, killing numerous Germans along the way in the name of freedom. Aided by the rest of his crew, Boyd Swan, Trini Garcia and Grady Travis, Collier gives Norman an initiation he will never forget.

  • GenreAction, Drama, Historical/Period, War
  • CastLogan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Brad Pitt, Jon Bernthal, Michael Pena.
  • DirectorDavid Ayer.
  • WriterDavid Ayer.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration134 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/OfficialFuryMovie
  • Release22/10/2014

War is hell in David Ayer's sweeping opus about the final weeks of the Second World War, as seen through the gun sights of an M4 Sherman tank crew, who are pushing towards Berlin with the Allies on a collision course with Hitler's troops. Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman) is a new recruit, who is assigned the role of driving a tank called Fury under the command of Sergeant Don Collier (Brad Pitt). This battle-weary veteran began the war in Africa and moved to Europe, killing numerous Germans along the way in the name of freedom. Aided by the rest of his crew, Boyd Swan (Shia LaBeouf), Trini Garcia (Michael Pena) and Grady Travis (Jon Bernthal), Collier gives Norman an initiation he will never forget.

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Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Thursday 23rd October 2014

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Gone Girl 4 stars

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On her fifth wedding anniversary, Amy Dunne vanishes without trace. Her husband Nick works with the police to front a high-profile media campaign to secure the safe return of his "amazing Amy". In the glare of the spotlight, fractures appear in the Dunnes' marriage and police and public both question Nick's innocence. With Amy's creepy ex-boyfriend Desi Collings as another suspect, Detectives Rhonda Boney and Jim Gilpin search for answers.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Romance, Thriller
  • CastNeil Patrick Harris, Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Boyd Holbrook, Scoot McNairy, Missi Pyle, Patrick Fugit, Kim Dickens.
  • DirectorDavid Fincher.
  • WriterGillian Flynn.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration149 mins
  • Official sitewww.gonegirlmovie.cok
  • Release02/10/2014

Ignorance is bliss when it comes to Gone Girl. If, like me, you haven't read Gillian Flynn's 2012 psychological thriller and you know nothing of the serpentine twists that propelled the novel to the top of the bestsellers list then jealously guard your cluelessness.

There's an undeniable delight watching Flynn wrong-foot us with this spiky satire on media manipulation and the glossy facade of celebrity marriages. When the central characters promise to love, honour and obey, till death do them part, one of them takes that vow very seriously.

Admittedly, you have to dig deep beneath the surface of David Fincher's polished film to find the jet black humour but it's there, walking hand-in-hand with sadism and torture that propel the narrative towards its unconventional denouement.

The film version of Gone Girl is distinguished by a career-best performance from Rosamund Pike as the pretty wife, who vanishes without trace on her fifth wedding anniversary and is presumed dead at the hands of her handsome husband (Ben Affleck).

Pike has to plumb the depths of human emotion in a demanding and complex role, by turns brittle and steely, terrified and driven. She's almost certain to earn her first Oscar nomination.

In stark contrast, Affleck is solid but little more as the spouse who pleads his ignorance but hides secrets from the people he adores. As battles of the sexes go, it's a resolutely one-sided skirmish.

On the morning of his anniversary, Nick Dunne (Affleck) calls detectives Rhonda Boney (Kim Dickens) and Jim Gilpin (Patrick Fugit) to his home. There are signs of a struggle and his wife Amy (Pike) is missing.

Nick's sister Margo (Carrie Coon), who has never liked Amy, assures her sibling that everything will be fine. "Whoever took her's bound to bring her back," she quips cattily.

Nick and Amy's distraught parents (David Clennon, Lisa Beth) front a high-profile media campaign to secure the safe return of "amazing Amy". In the glare of the spotlight, fractures appear in the Dunnes' marriage and police and public question Nick's innocence.

Gone Girl holds our attention for the majority of the bloated 149-minute running time, with a couple of lulls and a disjointed final act. Pike's mesmerising theatrics light up the screen and there is strong support from Neil Patrick Harris as Amy's creepy old flame.

Fincher's direction is lean, complemented by snappy editing and a discordant score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who won the Oscar for their music to The Social Network.

Once you regain your balance from Flynn pulling the rug from under your feet, this is a slick yet slightly underwhelming whodunit that doesn't quite scale the dizzy heights of shock and suspense previously achieved by Jagged Edge, The Usual Suspects or indeed, Fincher's 2005 film, Se7en.

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Monday 20th October 2014
Tuesday 21st October 2014
Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Thursday 23rd October 2014

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Half Of A Yellow Sun 3 stars

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Twin sisters Olanna and Kainene are educated in England and return to Nigeria. Kainene shocks her friends and neighbours by becoming a businesswoman and pursuing a romance with an English writer called Richard. Meanwhile, Olanna's heart beats for professor Odenigbo and she moves in with him. Relationships are tested to the limit by a shocking act of betrayal during the Nigerian Civil War, which threatens to destroy not only the country but also the sisters and everyone they hold dear.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Historical/Period, Romance
  • CastAnika Noni Rose, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Boyega, Joseph Mawle.
  • DirectorBiyi Bandele.
  • WriterBiyi Bandele.
  • CountryNig/UK
  • Duration111 mins
  • Official sitewww.halfofayellowsunmovie.com
  • Release11/04/2014 (selected cinemas)

Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, who played the lead role in 12 Years A Slave, returns to the big screen in this heartbreaking drama based on the novel of the same name by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Set in the mid 1960s, the story centres on twin sisters Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose), who are educated in England and return to their homeland. Kainene shocks her friends and neighbours by becoming a businesswoman and pursuing a romance with an English writer called Richard (Joseph Mawle). Meanwhile, Olanna's heart beats for professor Odenigbo (Ejiofor) and she moves in with him. Relationships are tested to the limit by a shocking act of betrayal during the Nigerian Civil War, which threatens to destroy not only the country but also the sisters and everyone they hold dear.

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Monday 20th October 2014
Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Thursday 23rd October 2014

La Grande Illusion 4 stars

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French pilots Captain de Boeldieu and Lieutenant Marechal are held as German prisoners of war during the First World War. They quickly bond with their fellow prisoners and help to dig an escape tunnel. Moved from one camp to the next, the French aviators eventually end up at Wintersborn, where they are reunited with old friend Rosenthal under the watchful eye Captain von Rauffenstein - the very same man who shot them down. A daring escape bid has dramatic repercussions.

  • GenreClassic, Drama, War
  • CastPierre Fresnay, Jean Gabin, Erich von Stroheim, Dita Parlo.
  • DirectorJean Renoir.
  • WriterCharles Spaak, Jean Renoir.
  • CountryFr
  • Duration113 mins
  • Official site
  • Release24/07/1998 (selected cinemas); 06/04/2012 (selected cinemas)

Jean Renoir's classic 1937 wartime drama traces the delicate relationships of two French pilots, Captain de Boeldieu (Pierre Fresnay) and Lieutenant Marechal (Jean Gabin), who are held as German prisoners of war during the First World War. They quickly bond with their fellow prisoners and help to dig an escape tunnel. Moved from one camp to the next, the French aviators eventually end up at Wintersborn, where they are reunited with old friend Rosenthal (Marcel Dalio) under the watchful eye Captain von Rauffenstein (Erich von Stroheim) - the very same man who shot them down. A daring escape bid has dramatic repercussions for all the men and a German farmer called Elsa (Dita Parlo), who offers the fugitives safe refuge during their perilous flight to freedom. Stylishly directed and beautifully acted, La Grande Illusion is a masterpiece of its time.

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Tuesday 21st October 2014

NT Live Encore Screening: A Streetcar Named Desire 3 stars

Recorded live at the Young Vic in London, Benedict Andrews's critically acclaimed staging casts Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby in Tennessee Williams's New Orleans-set drama about the fading Southern belle Blanche DuBois and her torment at the hands of her brutish brother-in-law Stanley.

Recorded live at the Young Vic in London, Benedict Andrews's critically acclaimed staging casts Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby in Tennessee Williams's New Orleans-set drama about the fading Southern belle Blanche DuBois and her torment at the hands of her brutish brother-in-law Stanley.

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Monday 20th October 2014
Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Thursday 23rd October 2014

The Judge 3 stars

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In the midst of a trial, big city lawyer Hank Palmer learns that his mother has passed away. He ventures back to his hometown, which he abandoned 20 years ago, and tentatively rebuilds bridges with his two brothers, Glen and Dale, and father Joseph, who has been the community's venerable judge for 42 years. As Hank prepares to fly back to Chicago, Joseph is arrested for killing a scoundrel who passed through his court.

  • GenreDrama, Romance, Thriller
  • CastRobert Downey Jr, Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Leighton Meester, Billy Bob Thornton, Dax Shepard.
  • DirectorDavid Dobkin.
  • WriterNick Schenk, Bill Dubuque.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration141 mins
  • Official sitewww.thejudgemovie.com
  • Release17/10/2014

The law is an ass and the people who administer it bigger asses in David Dobkin's courtroom drama about an estranged family reunited under the testing conditions of a murder trial. The Judge takes its sweet time going through the legal motions, grafting on a superfluous romantic subplot to the revelations in the dock.

Thankfully, lead actors Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall sink their teeth into their broadly sketched characters and energise the dysfunctional father-son relationship that provides the film with its conflict and heart-tugging emotion.

Both men relish the verbal sparring, galvanised by screen chemistry that convinces us they are chips from the same unmovable block. The lead role of a smarmy big city lawyer, who proudly proclaims, "Innocent people can't afford me", is a snug fit for Downey Jr.

Like Tony Stark in the Iron Man films, this slick operator has arrogance and wise-cracks to spare, yet, beneath the impeccably tailored suits and designer shades, there beats the fragile heart of a man terrified of losing the people he loves. As the lead prosecutor of the murder trial sagely observes, "You're a bully with a big bag of tricks."

The legal eagle in question is Hank Palmer (Downey Jr), who helps his wealthy clients to escape the State of Illinois' prosecutorial clutches. During one trial, Hank learns that his mother has passed away.

He ventures back to his hometown, which he abandoned 20 years ago, and tentatively rebuilds bridges with his two brothers, Glen (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Dale (Jeremy Strong), and father Joseph (Robert Duvall), who has been the community's venerable judge for 42 years.

His mood brightens when he learns that old flame Samantha (Vera Farmiga) owns the local bar. As Hank prepares to fly back to Chicago, Joseph is arrested for killing a scoundrel who passed through his court.

Special prosecutor Dwight Dickham (Billy Bob Thornton) is drafted in to secure a conviction and Joseph chooses local defender CP Kennedy (Dax Shepard) rather than his son to represent him. "Your honour, I'm going to fight like a badger for you," pledges Kennedy, whose inexperience in front of presiding Judge Warren (Ken Howard) convinces Hank that he needs to take charge of the case.

The Judge plays out the gradual role reversal of parents and children as caregivers in the rarefied surroundings of a wood-panelled courtroom. Downey Jr and Duvall are both excellent and D'Onofrio and Strong offer sterling support as siblings in crisis.

Unfortunately, Farmiga is short-changed as the token love interest, who gives Hank a flimsy reason to stay in town. Nick Schenk and Bill Dubuque's script doesn't conceal any narrative aces up its sleeve but does play fair, methodically resolving issues within the Palmer family as the court case reaches a suitably tense resolution.

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Monday 20th October 2014
Tuesday 21st October 2014
Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Thursday 23rd October 2014

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The Metropolitan Opera Live Encore Screening: Le Nozze Di Figaro 3 stars

Director Richard Eyre resets Mozart's domestic comedy to a manor house in 1930s Seville, where Dr Bartolo seeks his revenge against clever servant Figaro for thwarting his plans to marry Rosina. James Levine conducts bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role opposite Marlis Petersen as his bride.

  • GenreMusical, Special
  • CastPeter Mattei, Ildar Abdrazakov, Marlis Petersen, Amanda Majeski.
  • DirectorRichard Eyre.
  • WriterMozart.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration230 mins
  • Official sitewww.metoperafamily.org

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Tuesday 21st October 2014

To Kill A Mockingbird 4 stars

Classic Drama.

  • GenreAdaptation, Classic, Drama
  • CastGregory Peck, Mary Badham, Philip Alford, John Megna.
  • DirectorRobert Mulligan.
  • WriterHorton Foote.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration129 mins
  • Official site

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Monday 20th October 2014

Withnail & I 5 stars

Seminal 1987 comedy about the eponymous failed actors, whose life of squalor is slowly wearing them down. When the lascivious Uncle Monty offers the friends the use of his countryside retreat, they readily accept but are unprepared for the attentions of the crazy locals or of Monty himself.

  • GenreClassic, Comedy, Drama, Gay
  • CastRichard E Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths.
  • DirectorBruce Robinson.
  • WriterBruce Robinson.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration102 mins
  • Official site
  • Release07/09/2007 (selected cinemas); 03/10/2014 (selected cinemas)

Richard E Grant and Paul McGann headline a most welcome reissue of Bruce Robinson's seminal 1987 comedy, playing the eponymous failed actors, whose life of squalor and self-loathing is slowly wearing them down. When the lascivious Uncle Monty (Richard Griffiths) offers the friends the use of his countryside retreat, they readily accept but the friends are unprepared for the attentions of crazy locals and Monty himself, who has an anecdote and a bon mot for every occasion: "I can never touch meat until it's cooked. As a youth I used to weep in butcher's shops."

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Monday 20th October 2014
Tuesday 21st October 2014
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