Moviola in April

FROM two of the great stars of the early silver screen to a dark drama about a superficially perfect marriage, the Moviola programme for April has some great films on offer.

The most popular film in the region is Stan and Ollie, starring an almost unrecognisable Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel and John C Reilly as Oliver Hardy. The film finds the legendary comedy duo facing an uncertain future with their golden era of Hollywood films long behind them. Diminished by age, the pair set out to reconnect with their fans by touring variety halls in Britain in 1953. The shows become an instant hit, but Stan and Ollie can’t quite shake off the past as long-buried tension and Hardy’s failing health start to threaten their partnership.

Stan and Ollie is being shown by Moviola at Kingsbury Episcopi, Mere, Royal Wootton Bassett, Leigh, Chard, Rode, South Petherton, Westbury sub Mendip, Clayhidon, Winsford, Boscombe (Shelley Theatre), Marnhull, Bickenhall, Dunster, Norton St Philip, Tatworth, West Camel, Halstock and Martock.

Glenn Close turns in a five-star performance in the title role of The Wife, playing opposite a grizzled Jonathan Pryce as her Nobel Laureate husband. They are the perfect couple – he is a great writer, she is the perfect wife. But there are secrets bubbling beneath her elegant, sophisticated exterior, as the glitz and glamour of the Nobel presentations begins to turn to ash. Catch this brilliant film at Codford St Peter, Bourton, Sherborne, Brockenhurst, Tisbury, Hinton St George, Somerton, Motcombe, Ditcheat, Bothenhampton, Holwell (near Sherborne) and Watchet.

Other popular Moviola choices for the month are:

First Man stars Ryan Gosling, reunited with six-time Academy Award-winning La La Land director Damien Chazelle to tell the story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. it explores the sacrifices and the cost—for Armstrong and the nation—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.  First Man is at Bradford-on-Avon, Shrewton, Frogham, Nether Wallop, Bishopstone (near Salisbury) and Colyton.

Widows begins with a police shootout that leaves four thieves dead in an armed robbery attempt in Chicago. Their widows, Veronica, Linda, Alice and Belle, have nothing in common except a debt left behind by their spouses’ criminal activities. Hoping to forge a future on their own terms, Veronica joins forces with the other three women to pull off a heist that her husband was planning. Starring Viola Davis, Elizabeth Devicki, Liam Neeson and Colin Farrell, Widows is at Churchinford, Dunster, Hanging Langford, Charmouth, Nether Stowey, Warminster, Bishopstone (near Swindon) and Crowcombe.

King of Thieves, the story of the notorious Hatton Gardens heist, is at Kilmington (Devon), Bransgore, Fontmell Magna, Watchet, Membury and Cerne Abbas.

Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic, with Oscar-winning Rami Malek as the charismatic lead singer, is at HIghcliffe, Kingston St Mary, Stogumber, Beaminster, Edington, Hythe and Downton.

A Star is Born is at Colerne, Nunney, Fordingbridge, Winterslow and Castle Cary; Peterloo is at Ringwood (Greyfriars) and Milborne Port; The More You Ignore Me is at Hardington Mandeville and East Knoyle; Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again at Cheddon & West Monkton; Apostasy at Wookey Hole; Leave No Trace at Hawkchurch; Papillon at Boscombe (Shelley Theatre); Madame at Crowcombe; Cold War at Beer; The Children Act at Pewsey; and The Little Stranger at Steeple Ashton.

For full details of weekly Moviola screenings,  see the Fine Times Recorder arts diary, and for more details of the films and the venues, visit www.moviola.org

Pictured: Stan and Ollie, The Wife, First Man and Widows.