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  • Hockney: Live From LA
  • Leviathan
  • Mr Turner
  • Royal Opera Live: L'Elisir D'Amore
  • The Imitation Game
  • You And The Night
  • You And The Night + Live Comedy

Hockney: Live From LA 3 stars

An exploration of the artist's personal archive.

  • GenreSpecial
  • CountryUS
  • Official site

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Tuesday 25th November 2014

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Leviathan 5 stars

Car mechanic Kolia lives on the picturesque waterfront with his second wife Lilya and teenage son Roma. Their home is situated on prime real estate coveted by the mayor Vadim. The corrupt politician uses his power and influence to bully Kolia into selling the land for a pittance or suffer the consequences. The doting family man is unmoved and he joins forces with his old army comrade, Dimitri, who is now a high-flying Moscow lawyer, to uncover incriminating evidence about the mayor and his practises.

  • GenreDrama, World
  • CastAleksei Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov.
  • DirectorAndrei Zvyagintsev.
  • WriterOleg Negin, Andrei Zvyagintsev.
  • CountryRus
  • Duration141 mins
  • Official site
  • Release07/11/2014 (selected cinemas)

Andrey Zvyagintsev and co-writer Oleg Negin collected the coveted Best Screenplay prize at the 2014 Cannes Film festival for this masterful drama charting the personal costs of political corruption in modern Russia. Car mechanic Kolia (Alexei Serebriakov) lives on the picturesque waterfront with his second wife Lilya (Elena Lyadova) and teenage son Roma (Sergey Pokhodaev). Their home is situated on prime real estate coveted by the mayor Vadim (Roman Madyanov). The corrupt politician uses his power and influence to bully Kolia into selling the land for a pittance or suffer the consequences. The doting family man is unmoved and he joins forces with his old army comrade, Dimitri (Vladimir Vdovichenkov), who is now a high-flying Moscow lawyer, to uncover incriminating evidence about the mayor and his practises. The subsequent battle of words and wits escalates out of control and Kolia realises when it is too late that he is a pawn in a bigger game of trial and retribution.

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Tuesday 25th November 2014
Wednesday 26th November 2014
Thursday 27th November 2014

Mr Turner 5 stars

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Painter JMW Turner returns to London and the home he shares with his father William and housekeeper Hannah Danby. He channels his energy into his work, which continues to raise eyebrows at the Royal Academy Of Arts. During excursions to Margate, Turner meets Mrs Booth and her husband and rents a room from the couple so he can paint seascapes by the morning light. The burgeoning relationship between the artist and Mrs Booth sweetens the bitter pill of William's passing.

  • GenreBiography, Drama, Historical/Period, Romance
  • CastDorothy Atkinson, Paul Jesson, Timothy Spall, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville, Marion Bailey.
  • DirectorMike Leigh.
  • WriterMike Leigh.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration150 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/MrTurnerFilm
  • Release31/10/2014 (selected cinemas)

On his death bed, celebrated landscape painter and watercolourist Joseph Mallord William Turner, who was a divisive figure in the 19th-century art world, reportedly lamented, "So I am to become a non-entity." Mike Leigh's impeccably crafted biopic, which concentrates on the final 25 years of the artist's career, ensures the genius of Turner lives on.

Anchored by a magnificent central performance from Timothy Spall, Mr Turner is another glorious ensemble piece from the writer-director of Topsy-Turvy and Vera Drake.

Developed through improvisational workshops, which are the trademark of Leigh's filmmaking process, the script melds historical fact with personal interpretation to burrow deep beneath the surface of the characters and expose the desires and fears which drove some to greatness and others to despair.

When it comes to greatness, Spall's embodiment of an artist with few social graces and a surplus of talent is the stuff that Oscars were made of. The London-born actor spent two years learning how to paint like Turner so he could convincingly hold a brush and palette in front of the camera, allowing Leigh to capture visceral scenes of artistic creativity in full flow.

Mr Turner opens with the breathtaking image of the artist capturing the rising sun over fields in Belgium. He returns to London and the home he shares with his father William (Paul Jesson) and housekeeper Hannah Danby (Dorothy Atkinson).

The relationship between the two men is sketched in exquisite, heart-warming detail in these early scenes, with Turner warmly embracing his "daddy". Turner channels his energy into his work, which continues to raise eyebrows at the Royal Academy Of Arts.

"The universe is chaotic and you make us see it," observes Turner's good friend Mary Somerville (Lesley Manville). During excursions to Margate, Turner meets Mrs Booth (Marion Bailey) and her husband (Karl Johnson) and rents a room from the couple so he can paint seascapes by the morning light.

The burgeoning relationship between the artist and Mrs Booth sweetens the bitter pill of William's passing and Turner continues to clash with the artistic establishment, represented here by Sir John Soane (Nicholas Jones) and his coterie.

Mr Turner is a glorious period piece that offers us a glimpse behind the canvasses of a misunderstood maverick, who notes at one point, "When I peruse myself in a looking glass, I see a gargoyle."

Spall is imperious and Leigh surrounds his lead star with an impeccable supporting cast of familiar faces including Jesson as an honest, hard-working man of the world who believed "the rain falls, the sun shines and the onions grow" and Atkinson as the housekeeper who allows Turner to use her to sate his sexual desires.

The 150-minute running time passes too quickly, holding our attention with ravishing costumes and period detail as well as a haunting orchestral score from composer Gary Yershon. Very nearly a masterpiece.

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Tuesday 25th November 2014
Wednesday 26th November 2014
Thursday 27th November 2014

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Royal Opera Live: L'Elisir D'Amore 3 stars

A live broadcast from the Royal Opera House in London of Laurent Pelly's production of Donizetti's comic opera in two acts charting the love affair of lowly peasant Nemorino and beautiful landowner Adina. Vittorio Grigolo and Lucy Crowe play the lovers across the social divide with Bryn Terfel as quack doctor Dulcamara.

  • GenreSpecial
  • CastLucy Crowe, Vittorio Grigolo, Bryn Terfel.
  • DirectorLaurent Pelly.
  • WriterDonizetti.
  • CountryUK
  • Official sitewww.roh.org.uk/cinemas
  • Release26/11/2014 (selected cinemas)

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Wednesday 26th November 2014

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The Imitation Game 4 stars

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Socially awkward mathematician Alan Turing arrives at Bletchley Park where Commander Denniston presides over a group of the country's keenest minds in the hope that one of them can break the Enigma code. Turing ploughs his own furrow and raises eyebrows by recruiting Joan Clarke to the team. She is a beautiful mind like Turing, inspiring him to greatness by observing, "Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of that do the things people never imagine."

  • GenreAdaptation, Biography, Drama, Gay, Thriller, War
  • CastKeira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard.
  • DirectorMorten Tyldum.
  • WriterGraham Moore.
  • CountryUK/US
  • Duration114 mins
  • Official sitewww.theimitationgamemovie.com
  • Release14/11/2014

In December 2013, The Queen granted a posthumous royal pardon to Alan Turing. The London-born mathematician had been prosecuted for homosexuality in 1952 - a criminal act at the time - and he undertook a treatment of chemical castration with oestrogen injections rather than serve time behind bars.

It was an undeservedly inglorious end for a brilliant man, who was instrumental in breaking the Enigma code and should have been feted by our battle-scarred nation as a hero. Based on a biography by Andrew Hodges, The Imitation Game relives that race against time to decipher German communications and bring the Second World War to a swift conclusion.

Morten Tyldum's masterful drama neither shies away from Turing's homosexuality nor lingers on it, framing nail-biting events at Bletchley Park with the mathematician's 1951 arrest in Manchester. "If you're not paying attention, you'll miss things," Turing teases us in voiceover.

Indeed, you'll miss impeccable production design, an unconventional yet touching romance, subterfuge and sterling performances including an Oscar-worthy portrayal of the socially awkward genius from Benedict Cumberbatch.

Alan Turing (Cumberbatch) sits in a police interrogation room with Detective Nock (Rory Kinnear), facing a charge of indecency with a 19-year-old unemployed man called Arnold Murray. "I think Turing's hiding something," Nick informs his Superintendent (Steven Waddington), who is keen to wrap up the conviction.

In flashback, we witness Alan's arrival at Bletchley Park where Commander Denniston (Charles Dance) and Major General Stewart Menzies (Mark Strong) preside over a group of the country's keenest minds in the hope that one of them can break Enigma.

Hugh Alexander (Matthew Goode), John Cairncross (Allen Leech) and Peter Hilton (Matthew Beard) work alongside Turing, but he ploughs his own furrow and raises eyebrows by recruiting Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley) to the team.

She is a beautiful mind like Turing, inspiring him to greatness by observing, "Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of that do the things people never imagine."

Punctuated by school day scenes of the young Turing (Alex Lawther) and his first love, an older boy called Christopher (Jack Bannon), The Imitation Game is a beautifully crafted tribute to a prodigy, whose invaluable contribution to the war effort was unjustly besmirched by bigotry.

Cumberbatch is mesmerising, trampling over the egos of fellow code breakers without any concern for their feelings as he vows to solve "the most difficult problem in the world". It's a tour-de-force portrayal, complemented by strong supporting performances from Knightley, Goode et al as the close-knit team who note, "God didn't win the war. We did."

The pivotal Eureka moment sets our pulses racing, heightened by Alexandre Desplat's exquisite orchestral score. Director Tyldum navigates the fractured chronology with clarity and flair, ensuring that his heart-rending film doesn't itself become a perplexing puzzle.

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Monday 24th November 2014
Tuesday 25th November 2014
Wednesday 26th November 2014
Thursday 27th November 2014

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You And The Night 3 stars

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Young lovers Ali and Mathias head outside their apartment with their transvestite maid for a breath of fresh air before an orgy with strangers. Back inside the cosy dwelling, the other participants - the Slut, the Stud, the Teen and the Star - arrive in dribs and drabs. Sexual mind games play out as these strangers grapple with desires and insecurities before they bare everything in the dark.

  • GenreDrama, Romance, World
  • CastKate Moran, Nicolas Maury, Fabienne Babe, Alain-Fabien Delon, Niels Schneider, Eric Cantona, Beatrice Dalle, Julie Bremond.
  • DirectorYann Gonzalez.
  • WriterYann Gonzalez.
  • CountryFr
  • Duration89 mins
  • Official site
  • Release03/10/2014 (selected cinemas)

The promise of sex sparks a series of hallucinogenic imaginings in Yann Gonzalez's ambitious and dreamlike fantasy. Young lovers Ali (Kate Moran) and Mathias (Niels Schneider) head outside their apartment with their transvestite maid (Nicolas Maury) for a breath of fresh air before an orgy with strangers. Back inside the cosy dwelling, the other participants - the Slut (Julie Bremond), the Stud (Eric Cantona), the Teen (Alain-Fabien Delon) and the Star (Fabienne Babe) - arrive in dribs and drabs. Sexual mind games play out as these strangers grapple with desires and insecurities before they bare everything in the dark.

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Thursday 27th November 2014

You And The Night + Live Comedy 3 stars

Young lovers Ali and Mathias head outside their apartment with their transvestite maid for a breath of fresh air before an orgy with strangers. Back inside the cosy dwelling, the other participants - the Slut, the Stud, the Teen and the Star - arrive in dribs and drabs. Sexual mind games play out as these strangers grapple with desires and insecurities before they bare everything in the dark.

  • GenreDrama, Romance, World
  • CastFabienne Babe, Kate Moran, Alain-Fabien Delon, Niels Schneider, Eric Cantona, Beatrice Dalle, Nicolas Maury, Julie Bremond.
  • DirectorYann Gonzalez.
  • WriterYann Gonzalez.
  • CountryFr
  • Duration89 mins
  • Official site
  • Release03/10/2014 (selected cinemas)

The promise of sex sparks a series of hallucinogenic imaginings in Yann Gonzalez's ambitious and dreamlike fantasy. Young lovers Ali (Kate Moran) and Mathias (Niels Schneider) head outside their apartment with their transvestite maid (Nicolas Maury) for a breath of fresh air before an orgy with strangers. Back inside the cosy dwelling, the other participants - the Slut (Julie Bremond), the Stud (Eric Cantona), the Teen (Alain-Fabien Delon) and the Star (Fabienne Babe) - arrive in dribs and drabs. Sexual mind games play out as these strangers grapple with desires and insecurities before they bare everything in the dark.

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Thursday 27th November 2014
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