The Friends of the James will be taking a short break from our new film program while we help out with the Dungog Festival, but we will be back with a great range of new films in mid November.
Saturday, 19 November, 7.30 pm
The Girl on the Train (MA 15+)
Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez, Lisa Kudrow and Laura Prepon star in DreamWorks Pictures’ The Girl on the Train, from director Tate Taylor (The Help, Get on Up) and producer Marc Platt (Bridge of Spies, Into the Woods).
In the thriller, Rachel (Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.
Based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel, The Girl on the Train is adapted for the screen by Erin Cressida Wilson and Taylor.
Sunday, 20 November, 7 pm
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years (M)
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. Ron Howard’s film shows how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to become this extraordinary phenomenon, “The Beatles.” It explores their inner workings – how they made decisions, created their music and built their collective career together – all the while, showcaseing The Beatles’ extraordinary and unique musical gifts and their remarkable, complementary personalities. The film focuses on the time period from the early Beatles’ journey in the days of The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966.
Saturday 26 November, 7.30 pm
The Robert Langdon Series by master storyteller Dan Brown continues with this thriller directed by Ron Howard and written by David Koepp, based on the 2013 novel of the same name. Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes up in a hospital room in Florence, Italy, with no memory of what has happened in the past few days. Suddenly, he finds himself the target of a manhunt. With the help of Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) and his knowledge of symbology, he must foil a deadly global genocide scheme. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman (Ben Foster) from unleashing a virus that could wipe out half of the world’s population.
He follows clues in Dante’s Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy and is taken to Florence and Venice, where he must race across a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science, all while solving the most intricate riddle he’s ever come across.
Saturday 3 December, 7.30
Doctor Strange (M)
Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions.
When traditional medicine fails him, he looks for healing, and hope, in a mysterious enclave. He quickly learns that the enclave is at the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long, Strange is forced to choose between his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.
Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilising a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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