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Manglehorn 3 stars
AJ Manglehorn is an eccentric locksmith in small-town Texas, who barely engages with community life. He is stuck in the past, consumed with regret for letting his soulmate Clara Massey get away. He continues to write her letters, 20 years after they parted. During one of his regular visits to the bank, Manglehorn allows perky teller Dawn to persuade him to go on a date. This awkward romance helps Manglehorn to come to terms with some of his past failures.
- GenreDrama, Romance
- CastChris Messina, Holly Hunter, Al Pacino, Harmony Korine.
- DirectorDavid Gordon Green.
- WriterPaul Logan.
- Duration97 mins
- Official site
- Release07/08/2015 (selected cinemas)
Al Pacino delivers a tour-de-force performance as a recluse, who is haunted by the ghosts of the past, in David Gordon Green's melancholic character study. AJ Manglehorn (Pacino) is an eccentric locksmith in small-town Texas, who barely engages with community life. He is stuck in the past, consumed with regret for letting his soulmate Clara Massey get away. He continues to write her letters, 20 years after they parted, while rebuffing the efforts of his estranged son Jacob (Chris Messina) to rebuild bridges. The only person that Manglehorn lavishes with affection is his pet cat. During one of his regular visits to the bank, Manglehorn allows perky teller Dawn (Holly Hunter) to persuade him to go on a date. This awkward romance helps Manglehorn to come to terms with some of his past failures and successes, and address his strained relationship with Jacob and his mentorship of a brash local called Gary (Harmony Korine).
NT Live: The Beaux' Stratagem 3 stars
Two penniless bounders hope to marry for money in this revival of George Farquhar's biting restoration comedy, which is broadcast live to cinemas from the stage of the National Theatre in London. Aimwell and Archer have fallen on hard times in London. So they travel around the country posing as master and servant respectively in the hopes of wooing rich ladies to secure their financial future.
- GenreComedy, Romance, Special
- CastSamuel Barnett, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Esh Alladi, Susannah Fielding, Geoffrey Streatfeild.
- DirectorSimon Godwin.
- WriterGeorge Farquhar.
- Duration180 mins
- Official sitentlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk
- Release03/09/2015 (selected cinemas)
Two penniless bounders hope to marry for money in this revival of George Farquhar's biting restoration comedy, which is broadcast live to cinemas from the stage of the National Theatre in London. Aimwell (Samuel Barnett) and Archer (Geoffrey Streatfeild) have fallen on hard times in London. So they travel around the country posing as master and servant respectively in the hopes of wooing rich ladies to secure their financial future. The chancers take lodgings at an inn, run by shady landlord Will Boniface (Lloyd Hutchinson) and quickly learn that their primary target should be wealthy widow Lady Bountiful (Jane Booker), who has a beautiful daughter called Dorinda (Pippa Bennett-Warner). The widow also has a son Mr Sullen (Richard Henders), whose wife (Susannah Fielding) clearly yearns for more excitement than the town of Lichfield can offer. So Aimwell and Archer resolve to seduce Dorinda and Mrs Sullen but the two women are more than a match for the penny-grabbing paramours. Directed by Simon Godwin.
Showtimes (Click time to book tickets)
- Thursday 3rd September 2015
Southpaw 3 stars
Billy Hope is a giant of the boxing ring, who relishes the adoration of the crowd. His adoring wife Maureen pleads with him to hang up his boxing gloves for good so he can spend more time with his young daughter, Leila. Billy accedes but then tragedy strikes and Leila is taken away by the courts from Billy, who sinks into a mire of alcohol-sodden self-pity and despair.
- GenreAction, Drama, Romance, Thriller
- CastRachel McAdams, Jake Gyllenhaal, 50 Cent, Forest Whitaker, Oona Laurence.
- DirectorAntoine Fuqua.
- WriterKurt Sutter.
- Duration124 mins
- Official sitewww.facebook.com/SouthpawMovie
Feted by some sports commentators as the greatest boxer of all time, Sugar Ray Robinson possessed one unshakable quality that gave him an edge over his opponents. "To be a champ you have to believe in yourself when no one else will," he insisted.
Director Antoine Fuqua, screenwriter Kurt Sutter and leading man Jake Gyllenhaal clearly believe in their hard-slugging sports drama about a one-time boxing legend, who hits the comeback trail in order to win back the custody of his young daughter.
Fuqua orchestrates testosterone-fuelled skirmishes inside the ring with brio, Sutter trades verbal blows with his snappy dialogue and Gyllenhaal trained intensively for six months with fight choreographer Terry Claybon to replicate the muscular physicality and snarling mentality of a light heavyweight.
Ironically, for a film that packs a wallop during briskly edited bouts, Southpaw delivers only a few light jabs to our heart strings, almost all of which are landed by 12-year-old actress Oona Laurence. At 124 minutes, Fuqua's cliche-riddled contender expects us to go 12 rounds with training montages and a euphoric Eminem soundtrack before the obligatory final showdown of brawn over brains.
Billy Hope (Gyllenhaal) is a giant of the boxing ring, who celebrates retaining his championship belt with his wife Maureen (Rachel McAdams) and precocious daughter Leila (Laurence). The girl begs to be allowed to watch her father's fights. "I see stuff like that on the TV all the time," she pleads. "I watch The Walking Dead."
Maureen becomes concerned about the toll on her husband's body and pleads with him to hang up his boxing gloves for good, which doesn't impress Billy's lifelong manager, Jordan Mains (Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson).
Tragedy strikes and Leila is wrested away from Billy by the courts after he sinks into a mire of alcohol-sodden despair. In order to reunite his fractured family, Billy must prove to child services officer Angela Rivera (Naomie Harris) that he can be a responsible parent.
To earn enough money to provide a home for Leila, Billy heads back into the boxing ring to fight his nemesis, Miguel "Magic" Escobar (Miguel Gomez). Thus the underdog begins the slow and painful journey back to peak physical fitness with the help of old school trainer Tick Willis (Forest Whitaker).
Southpaw is a rousing parable of triumph over adversity that won't knock out any fans of The Champ, Rocky and other displays of pugilistic big screen machismo. Gyllenhaal looks in peak physical shape, but mumbles his lines, some of which are incomprehensible.
McAdams illuminates her limited scenes while Laurence proves she can cry on cue like a leaky tap. Jackson plays his role with swagger, echoing the capitalist interests of modern sport when his bling-laden promoter grins, "If it makes money, it makes sense." Money talks, if only Gyllenhaal did more clearly.
Showtimes (Click time to book tickets)
- Wednesday 2nd September 2015