NEW IN CINEMAS THIS WEEK
Cinelatino Film Festival Click on the link at left for all the details.
Roma – family saga set in 1970s Mexico City, directed by Alfonso Cuarón.
The Heiresses/Las Herederas (The Sydney Film Festival Program notes can be found if you click here) – two formerly wealthy Paraguyan women face financial hardships, fraud and an altered life.
El Benny – biopic of Cuban bandleader, Benny Moré.
Peterloo – (right) 1819, Manchester, British troops turn a peaceful rally into a massacre. Stars Maxine Peake; directed by Mike Leigh.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald– more Rowling wizardry, starring Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston.
Widows– four women inherit debt from their husbands, and turn to crime to pay it. Great cast headed by Viola Davis and Michelle Rodriguez. Directed by Steve McQueen.
Spitfire – Doco about the WW2 planes and their pilots.
The Old Man and the Gun – Robert Redford is a septuagenarian San Quentin escapee on a crime spree.
Wheely – fast and furious, animated taxi versus truck adventure.
ON THE TELLY
Monday 12.30pm Fox Classics:Paths of Glory(1957) Corruption and incompetence in the French military high command, in 1917. Stars Kirk Douglas and Adolphe Menjou; directed by Stanley Kubrick.
Tuesday 10am Fox Classics: Strangers on a Train (1951) – based on an excellent Patricia Highsmith novel. Tennis star (Farley Granger) meets a swish psychopath (Robert Walker - brilliantly creepy), who proposes they solve their respective problems by swapping murders. High-class Hitchcock; cinematography by Robert Burks.
Tuesday 10.30pm Fox Classics:The Maltese Falcon (1941) – excellent noir, directed by John Huston. Detective Humphrey Bogart tussles with a fascinating collection of villains (Mary Astor, Sidney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre), who are backstabbing each other over a priceless sculpture. Wordy, but rich in sub-text and character complexity.
Sunday 4.30pm 9Gem:The Coalminer’s Daughter excellent biopic of Loretta Lynn. Sissy Spacek is excellent in the title role, while director Michael Apted and cinematographer, Ralph D. Bode, get the most out of the Kentucky backwoods.