Film Screening 8th April, 2017

Poster for Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades Darker 

7:00 PM, 8th April, 2017

  • MA
  • 118 mins
  • 2017
  • James Foley
  • Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Kim Basinger, Marcia Gay Harden

Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the handsome, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey (Dornan), Anastasia Steele (Johnson) has broken off their relationship and started a new career with a publishing house. But her desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sexual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades. As their relationship grows, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.

Anyone who has read the books will acknowledge that they are poorly written. Unfortunately E.L. James has been given a lot of creative control over the movies and the screenplays reflect that. Fifty Shades of Grey suffered greatly from this, with the screenplay writer unable to make improvements that didn’t meet with James’s approval. This time around the screenplay has been written by James’s husband so it suffers the same fate. But look past that and you will still appreciate the romance, with a bit of erotica (strictly MA rated) thrown in. Although with a Film Group audience you may appreciate it as more than just a romance.

Jacinta Gould

Poster for Split


9:08 PM, 8th April, 2017

  • M
  • 117 mins
  • 2016
  • M. Night Shyamalan
  • James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Betty Buckley

Kevin (McAvoy) has dissociative identity disorder – the so-called ‘Split Personality’ disease where different identities manifest in the same person. In his case, there are 23 personas inside his head – everything from a 9-year-old child to a sophisticated woman. He’s counselled by Dr Karen Fletcher (Buckley), but this therapy does not appear to be helping, given he’s just kidnapped three teenage girls and is holding them captive. Even worse, a 24th personality, known as ‘The Beast’, is emerging. But one of the girls, Casey (Taylor-Joy), knows a little about hunting and may be able to turn the tables…

M. Night Shyamalan has had an uneven track record of late – particularly his bigger budget films like The Last Airbender and After Earth have been notable artistic and financial flops. But a much lower budget has seen him earn his best reviews since The Sixth Sense with this tense thriller. McAvoy has one of those roles that actors lust for, that gives him full opportunity to explore his range, and he grabs it with abandon. Buckley is a horror veteran, going back to the ’70s with Carrie, while Taylor-Joy follows up her knockout role in The Witch. A tense experience that will keep you on the edge of your seat up until the last minute.

Simon Tolhurst