Welcome to the Autumn Season 2014. Last season started off well with a classic musical so lets try it again. Some good actors have died and I think that tribute screenings are in order. Here we have Bob Hoskins in The Long Good Friday and Richard Attenborough in Miracle on 34th Street at Christmas.
Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire star in this delightful Gershwin musical. A New York shop girl is discovered by a fashion photographer and gets a fashion shoot in Paris. When it was Paris. S’wonderful. S’marvellous. She really was a delight. And Fred too of course.
Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy captain. With Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson and Miranda Richardson in a 17C tale of class, love and slavery.
Documentary about the nanny who was a secret but brilliant and prolific photographer, discovered by accident by John Maloof. With Tim Roth as himself. The photographs are amazing and could have been lost forever.
Lively comedy with James Corden, Julie Walters and Mackenzie Crook in the true story of Paul Potts, the amateur opera singer who became selected for, and eventually won Britain’s Got Talent.
Ealing classic featuring Alec Guinnesss and Stanley Holloway as the unlikely duo committing the perfect crime. With Alfie Bass and Sid James but watch out for an uncredited Audrey Hepburn.
Romantic drama in which a retired but married lady dentist falls in love with the lecturer at her computer class. With Fanny Ardant, Laurent Lafitte and Patrick Chesnais.
A tribute to the late, and much missed Bob Hoskins as he plays an English gangster trying to seal a lucrative deal when a mysterious syndicate shows up. With Helen Mirren.
Scenic, entertaining true life adventure featuring Mia Wasikowska as Robyn Davidson who takes her four camels and a dog 1700 miles across the deserts of W. Australia.
A sacked chef starts up a food truck. to recover his self-respect and his family. With Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey Jr.. Comedy/drama.
Many superb and memorable sequences in this ultimate anti-war classic featuring a group of German schoolboys persuaded to enlist at the beginning of WW1 and the disillusionment that follows their experiences.
Excellent British film with Jamie Bell and Julie Walters. The inspiring story of a mining town boy, the ballet and the family friction that results. Langauge a bit colourful but we all seem more adjusted to that these days.
Very entertaining Swedish film about an old man, an erstwhile dynamite expert, deciding life is not yet over and disembarking from his care home.
A con man, Viggo Mortensen, his wife, Kirsten Dunst and Acropolis tour guide, Oscar Isaac, in excellent scenic thriller. 2014.
Clint Eastwood directs this musical and entertaining biopic about the Four Seasons, the 1960s singers, including the legendary Frankie Valli, from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey.
Bruce Dern as an aging father, estranged from his son, walking from Montana to Nebraska to collect his “lottery win”. Brilliant film.
Musical comedy with Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Chris O’Dowd, Olivia Colman . Beneath an obese exterior the passionate heart of a salsa king lies dormant.
Set in 1939, a nostalgic tale, centred on a traditional family Christmas. Based on the novel “In God We Trust – Others Pay Cash”. With Peter Billingsley.
We are generally wedded to the Edmund Glenn one but here, as a tribute to Richard Attenborough, is the very good 1994 version, reminding us again that dreams can come true. With Elizabeth Perkins and Mara Wilson.