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We're pulling out all of the stops with a season of epic movies. Tune in every Friday at 9:30pm for a dose of grandiose.
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5 Jan 2016 - 12:21 PM  UPDATED 22 Dec 2015 - 4:21 PM

Atonement

Friday 1 January, 9:30pm

MA15+
UK, 2007
Director: Joe Wright
Starring: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Saoirse Ronan
What's it about?
In the English summer of 1935, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan, the star of the upcoming Oscar contender Brooklyn) lives with her family a life of wealth and privilege in their Victorian Gothic mansion. But through a series of catastrophic misunderstandings, she irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses Robbie Turner (James McAvoy), the housekeeper’s son and lover of her sister Cecilia (Keira Knightley), of a crime he did not commit. A stunning, moving film that is sure to bring a few tears to your eyes. (And who could forget Keira Knightley's magnificent green dress?)

Watch/Read the original Movie Show ★ ★ ★ ★ review

 

Cold Mountain

Friday 8 January, 9:30pm

MA15+
USA, 2004
Director: Anthony Minghella
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger, Jude Law
What's it about?
In this epic war drama, Ada (Nicole Kidman), the daughter and of a minister, and Inman (Jude Law), a Confederate soldier, pine for one another while he's off taking part in the Civil War. Meanwhile, the death of Ada's father leaves her destitute and she it takes the intervention of a pragmatic young woman named Ruby (Renee Zellweger, who won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Support Role) to give her the strength to go on. The stellar cast also includes Natalie Portman, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Donald Sutherland.

Watch/Read the original Movie Show  ★ ★ ★ ★ review
Watch interview with Anthony Minghella and Nicole Kidman

 

Apocalypto

Friday 15 January, 9:30pm

MA15+
USA, 2006
Director: Mel Gibson
Starring: Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernández, Jonathan Brewer
What's it about?
A fascinating story set against the turbulent end of the Mayan civilisation. When his idyllic existence is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force, young Jaguar Paw is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression, where a harrowing end as human sacrifice awaits him. Through a twist of fate and spurred on by the power of his love for his family, he makes a desperate break to return home and fulfill his destiny.

 

Kingdom of Heaven

Friday 22 January, 9:30pm

MA15+
UK, 2005
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson, Eva Green
What's it about?
From the director of Gladiator comes this spectacular production, with superb costumes, sets and battle scenes. Orlando Bloom is humble French blacksmith, Balian, whose faith in God is shaken after the death of his family. A revelation from Knight Godfrey (Liam Neeson) changes Balian's outlook, and the two travel together to Jerusalem, to seek redemption in a heroic fight against overwhelming forces, and fulfill his destiny as a knight. 

Kingdom of Heaven Review

 

Apocalypse Now Redux

Friday 29 January, 9:30pm

MA15+
USA, 2001
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Martin Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Robert Duvall, Marlon Brando
What's it about?
Redux adds to the arrative of Coppola's definitive story of war. Vietnam, the '70s. U.S. Army intelligence officer Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) is sent to Cambodia to eliminate the deranged US Colonel Walter E Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who is conducting unauthorised operations from a remote jungle compound guarded by local tribesmen and fellow U.S. soldiers who have also deserted. 

Apocalypse Now Redux: Watch/Read the original Movie Show ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Review

 

 

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