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EMPIRE Seniors

A selection of some of the best recent and classic films shown every Wednesday morning at selected Empire Cinemas. Come along to meet your friends and enjoy a complementary tea or coffee, served before the screening.

With 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, acclaimed filmmaker Mike Mills (the Academy Award®-winning BEGINNERS) brings us a richly multilayered, funny, heart-stirring celebration of the complexities of women, family, time and the connections we search for our whole lives. It is a film that keeps redefining itself as it goes along, shifting with its characters as they navigate the pivotal summer of 1979.

Set in Santa Barbara, the film follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann, in a breakout performance) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing – via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor.

Mills expertly recreates the warmth and passion of a great memory – but also the urgency and energy of three generations in the throes of momentous transition. Bening gives one of her very best performances as Dorothea, conveying with subtle yet tremendous emotional power both her unconditional love for her son and her increasing bewilderment about the world she is watching him enter. Gerwig, Fanning and Billy Crudup all do outstanding work, creating complex, unique characters who each contribute in crucial ways to Jamie’s upbringing. 20TH CENTURY WOMEN is a poignant love letter to the people who raise us – and the times that form us – as this makeshift family forges fragile connections that will mystify, haunt and inspire them through their lives.

See this film at:

Clydebank  Slough  Sutton Coldfield  Walthamstow 
Directed by:
Mike Mills
Starring:
Elle Fanning; Alia Shawkat; Laura Wiggins; Annette Bening; Billy Crudup; Greta Gerwig
Distributor:
eOne
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Length:
116 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Drama;

Release Date:
10 February 2017

Michael Keaton headlines as the man who made McDonald’s the biggest fast-food chain in the world.

It’s the multi-billion dollar fast food corporation that serves, on average, 68 million customers a day in 119 countries across the world. But how did McDonald’s become the world-conquering force it is today? This gripping drama tells the story of Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a travelling salesman who turned two brothers' humble hamburger stand into the most successful fast-food brand in the world through a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness.
 

Directed by:
John Lee Hancock
Starring:
Michael Keaton; Linda Cardellini; Patrick Wilson; Nick Offerman; Laura Dern; B.J. Novak
Distributor:
StudioCanal
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Length:
115 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Drama;

Release Date:
17 February 2017

Viceroy’s House in Delhi was the home of the British rulers of India. After 300 years, that rule was coming to an end. For 6 months in 1947, Lord Mountbatten, great grandson of Queen Victoria, assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people.

The film’s story unfolds within that great House. Upstairs lived Mountbatten together with his wife and daughter; downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants. As the political elite - Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi - converged on the House to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted. A decision was taken to divide the country and create a new Muslim homeland: Pakistan. It was a decision whose consequences reverberate to this day.

The film examines these events through the prism of a marriage - that of Dickie and Edwina Mountbatten - and a romance - that between a young Hindu servant, Jeet, and his intended Muslim bride, Aalia. The young lovers find themselves caught up in the seismic end of Empire, in conflict with the Mountbattens and with their own communities, but never ever giving up hope.

Directed by:
Gurinder Chadha
Starring:
Gillian Anderson; Michael Gambon; Hugh Bonneville; Manish Dayal; Simon Callow; Om Puri
Distributor:
Twentieth Century Fox Film Co
Country:
United Kingdom, India
Language:
English
Length:
106 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Drama;

Release Date:
3 March 2017