DARKEST HOUR
2017, Focus Features, 125 min, USA/UK, Dir: Joe Wright

Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation and attempt to change the course of world history. With Kristin Scott Thomas. “Hidden behind fake jowls and a receding hairline, Gary Oldman delivers one of the great performances of his career as Winston Churchill.” - Peter Debruge, Variety


ONLY GOD FORGIVES
2013, RADiUS-TWC, 90 min, Denmark, Sweden, Thailand, USA, France, Dir: Nicolas Winding Refn

Director Nicolas Winding Refn reunites with his DRIVE star Ryan Gosling, who plays amoral Bangkok drug smuggler Julian in this stylish - and bloody - crime thriller. After Julian’s brother is murdered in retaliation for a killing, his controlling, mob-boss mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) sets him on a path of vengeance. “It is ultraviolent, creepy and scary, an enriched-uranium cake of pulp, with a neon sheen... Every scene, every frame, is executed with pure formal brilliance.” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.


RICHARD III
1995, Park Circus, 104 min, UK, Dir: Richard Loncraine

Shakespeare’s most villainous monarch is right at home in pre-WWII England in this boldly reimagined tale of Richard III’s murderous rise to power. Ian McKellen brings his acclaimed Royal National Theatre performance to the big screen, with stellar support from Annette Bening, Robert Downey Jr., Kristin Scott Thomas, Jim Broadbent and Maggie Smith. Some of Britain’s most iconic buildings are inventively repurposed here; the film’s audacious visual style earned Oscar nominations for art direction and costume design.


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