Monday, 9 February 2015
BAFTA Winner for Outstanding British Film, Adapted Screenplay and Leading Actor for Eddie Redmayne - The life-affirming, superbly acted true story of Stephen Hawking's first marriage. At a Cambridge University party in 1963, brilliant yet socially awkward physics postgraduate Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) meets literature student Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). The attraction between them is immediate, and Jane more than holds her own against his fierce intellect. Stephen's advanced ideas about theoretical physics and cosmology also impress his tutor, Dennis Sciama (David Thewlis). But then he's given a devastating diagnosis of motor neurone disease and told he has just two years to live. Jane draws on her inner strength to stand by the man she loves as they face the future together. Oscar-winning 'Man on Wire' director James Marsh has a flair for telling incredible true stories. Adapted from Jane Hawking's memoir, this is a deeply moving, nuanced drama that doesn't shy away from the Hawkings' marital difficulties. It also benefits from a revelatory performance by Eddie Redmayne.
Sunday, 8 February 2015
Colin Firth stars as a suave super-spy in this gadget-packed action adventure from the creators of 'Kick-Ass'. Petty criminal Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is bright but troubled. Luckily, his father once saved the life of impeccably dressed secret agent Harry Hart (Colin Firth). Hart decides to repay the debt by recruiting Eggsy to his elite independent international intelligence organisation known as the Kingsmen. The uncouth young protege is entranced by all the amazing weapons and gadgets he'll get to play with, which even include a killer umbrella! But first he has to undergo a rigorous training regime. And now a sinister new global foe has emerged in the form of unspeakably evil Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson). Like the hit 'Kick-Ass', this hyper-real, stunt-filled espionage yarn is adapted by Jane Goldman from a comic book by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar. Completing the reunited creative team is director Matthew Vaughn, whose credits also include 'X-Men: First Class'.