Film

TUESDAY 9TH OCTOBER

A Royal Affair (En Kongelig Affaere) (15)
Reading Film Theatre
Palmer Building, Whiteknights, Reading. RG6 2AH
7.15pm £8.00

The most dramatic love story in Denmark's history. A scandalous affair between Queen Caroline and the King's physician, Johann Struensee in the 1770s will not be known to many. W hen Johann is called upon to settle the King's demons, he wants to use his new position to manipulate the King into ruffling a few grey feathers in the royal court. But just as things start to go his way he commits the ultimate betrayal and seduces the Queen, derailing his clandestine scheme. A Royal Affair is a sensuous period romp that arrives on a crest of high regard from the festival circuit, having picked up two Silver Bear awards. A timeless and universal film.

Denmark/Czech Republic/Sweden/Germany 2012 in Danish with subtitles Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, with Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, Mikkel Boe Folsgaard, Trine Dyrholm. 138mins
http://www.aroyalaffairthemovie.com/uk

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WEDNESDAY 10TH OCTOBER

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes(PG) History Film Season
Reading Film Theatre - Minghella Cinema
Palmer Building, Whiteknights, Reading. RG6 2AH
7.00pm £8.00

With an introduction and Q&A led by Prof Dan Healey

Two showgirls from Little Rock, Arkansas, sail from America to Paris with a detective in hot pursuit. Lorelei Lee (Marilyn Monroe) and Dorothy Shaw (Jane Russell) are on an innocent holiday, but Lorelei's future father-in-law doesn't trust her, and he sends a private eye to keep watch. This is a zany musical comedy with plenty of gags based on Monroe's bombshell sex-appeal, and yet Jane Russell gets some of the best lines - and her own number dancing with men of the US Olympic team wearing flesh-coloured swimming trunks!

US 1953 Directed by Howard Hawks with Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell and Charles Coburn. 91mins
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur9GKLl8v4U

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THURSDAY 11TH OCTOBER

Moonrise Kingdom (12A) + Introduction
Reading Film Theatre
Palmer Building, Whiteknights, Reading. RG6 2AH
8.00pm £8.00

To introduce the screening, John Gibbs, Head of the University's Department of Film, Theatre & Television, will talk about the style of some of Wes Anderson's earlier films, especially focussing on The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, drawing out ideas relevant to watching Moonrise Kingdom.

On an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, two 12-year-olds fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away into the wilderness. As various authorities hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore - and the peaceful island community is turned upside down. A beautifully stylised comedy-drama with a heart.

US 2012 Directed by Wes Anderson, with Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward. 94mins

http://focusfeatures.com/moonrise_kingdom

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TUESDAY 16TH OCTOBER

The Source (La source des femmes) (15)
Reading Film Theatre
Palmer Building, Whiteknights, Reading. RG6 2AH
7.45pm £8.00

Radu Mihaileaunu's (The Concert)'s latest film is a comedy drama based on a real incident in Turkey. The film, which was shown at Cannes last year, is set in a village in northern Africa, where for many years the women have had to carry water along a dangerous route from a local spring while their men enjoy an easier life - that is until the local women organise a 'love strike'.

'A beguiling, big-hearted tale of the struggle for female emancipation in an African village.' SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

France/Morocco/Belgium/Italy 2010 in Arabic with subtitles Directed by Radu Mihaileanu, with Leila Bekhti, Hafsia Herzi, Biyouna, Hiam Abbass, Saleh Bakri, Sabrina Ouazani, Mohamed Majd. 125mins

http://www.picturehouseentertainment.co.uk/the-source.html

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THURSDAY 18TH OCTOBER

Shadow Dancer (15)
Reading Film Theatre
Palmer Building, Whiteknights, Reading. RG6 2AH
8.00pm £8.00

This taut psychological thriller set during the peace process in the 1990s portrays the inherited burden of 'The Troubles' and of terrorism. Collette (Andrea Riseborough), a Belfast mother suspected of carrying a bomb, is arrested on the London Tube and is given an ultimatum which forces her to inform on her IRA-supporting kin to a MI5 counter-agent Mac (Clive Owen). Hence there ensues a tangled web of betrayals.

Ireland/UK/France 2012 Directed by James Marsh, with Andrea Riseborough, Clive Owen, Aidan Gillen, Domnhall Gleeson, Gillian Anderson. 102mins

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1770734/

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FRIDAY 19TH OCTOBER
Stand-Up Cinema presents:
Short films by local artists/filmmakers start at 7:30pm.
Rising Sun Arts Centre - How to get there
Main feature at 8pm.
£4 entry.


Hi Mom (1970, Brian De Palma)
Something of an oddity, this film. A little-known Brian De Palma black comedy starring a not-yet-famous Robert De Niro as Jon Rubin, a would-be porn film-maker. Slowly acquiring cult status, the film incorporates experimental theatre techniques and cinema verite to hilarious effect. Its most famous scene is a gleefully deranged sequence entitled 'Be Black Baby.' Pretty much defies description. Very sharp, this is a film way ahead of its time - or maybe we've just gone backwards...

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TUESDAY 23RD OCTOBER

Monsieur Lazhar (12A)
Reading Film Theatre
Palmer Building, Whiteknights, Reading. RG6 2AH
8.00pm £8.00

A class of 11-year-old pupils at primary school in Montreal are bereft and traumatised after their teacher commits suicide. In steps Monsieur Lazhar, an Algerian refugee with a tragic past who plays a 'ramshackle Mary Poppins' to the bewildered kids. This gently unfolding story abounds in thoughtful, sensitive and diverse observations. Key to this film's success is the mesmerising performances of the Mr Lazhar and the children.
'Only the most obstreperous delinquent could fail to be charmed by Monsieur Lazhar.' Guardian

Canada 2011 in French with subtitles Directed by Philippe Falardeau, with Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nelisse, Emilien Neron, Danielle Proulx, Brigitte Poupart. 95mins

http://www.monsieurlazharmovie.com/

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WEDNESDAY 24TH OCTOBER

We Were Here History Film SeasonWith an introduction and Q&A led by Dr Jonathan Bell
Reading Film Theatre - Minghella Cinema
Palmer Building, Whiteknights, Reading. RG6 2AH
7.00pm £8.00

Weissman's We Were Here documents the devastating impact of AIDS on San Francisco in the 1980s, illustrated through the recollections of men and women who lived through it. Though the focus is on the terrible toll the epidemic inflicted on the gay population of the city, we are also given an insight into the community activism and emotional bonds that were forged as people mobilised to provide care to those suffering from the disease and to obtain resource from state and federal governments often ignorant of the scale and impact of the disaster.

'Bolstered by weary hindsight, what's most effectively communicated is the panic and chaos in the very first months of the epidemic...as a slice of social history, We Were Here takes an invigoratingly positive position on a very gloomy time' Guardian

US 2011 Directed by David Weissman with Ed Wolf, Paul Boneberg and Daniel Goldstein. 90mins

http://wewereherefilm.com/

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THURSDAY 25TH OCTOBER

Lawless
Reading Film Theatre
Palmer Building, Whiteknights, Reading. RG6 2AH
7.45pm £8.00

What do families do when they are threatened? They fight for survival; even, or perhaps more so, when it is the authorities that are closing in. The Prohibition saw a wave of violent crime. The bootlegging Bordurant brothers did not hold back, but loyalty comes with a very high price. A law may be unjust, but it is still the law and the law must be enforced.

US 2012 Directed by John Hillcoat, with Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska, Dane DeHaan. 115mins

http://lawless-film.com/#/videos

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TUESDAY 30TH OCTOBER

Innkeepers (15)
Reading Film Theatre
Palmer Building, Whiteknights, Reading. RG6 2AH
8.00pm £8.00

Start your Halloween here. An old New England Inn is closing down after 100 years. The last two employees, Claire and Luke, are minimum wage amateur 'ghost hunters' and decide to check if the haunted history of the inn is myth or truth. Old and odd customers check in to add to the strange and alarming events that start to occur. A clever film that manages to transcend the teenage, low budget 'hey, let's split up and examine these blood filled rooms' genre.

'Among the current crop of ghost stories, this is an outstanding effort. Ti West is shaping up as an authentic Master Of Horror.' Kim Newman , EMPIRE
US 2011 Directed by Ti W est, with Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis, George Riddle, Alison Bartlett 101mins

http://www.magnetreleasing.com/theinnkeepers/

A ROYAL AFFAIR

A richly satisfying affair which tells an extraordinary true story of political change and royal intrigue...and (with) gorgeous gowns and wigs
Mike Goodridge, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES

Those two faces are incredible in juxtaposition: Russell is worldly, amused, intensely in touch: Monroe is sublimely unfocused and beatific. A joy.
GUARDIAN

MOONRISE KINGDOM

This is a delightful film of innocence lost and regained...Charming, daft, bright and joyful. EMPIRE

SHADOW DANCER

A poetic and unapologetically arthouse story of betrayal and loyalty that, with its terrific score, measured pacing and fierce female performances, is a raw reminder of a sad and painful past Guardian

LAWLESS

A highly entertaining tale set in a vivid milieu, told with style and populated by a terrific ensemble Hollywood Reporter