Film Screening 18th June, 2016

Poster for X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men: Apocalypse 

7:00 PM, 18th June, 2016
No Guests

  • M
  • 144 mins
  • 2016
  • Bryan Singer
  • Simon Kinberg
  • James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac

The world’s first and most powerful mutant, Apocalypse (Isaac), has just awakened from a long slumber that has lasted thousands of years. Finding himself disillusioned with the world (a bit like waking up on a Monday morning right before work, am I right?), he soon recruits four highly powerful mutants – including a low-lying Magneto (Fassbender) – to aid him in his quest to ‘cleanse’ humanity in the most biblical sense and bring about an all-new world order.

The X-Men film series which started in 2000 was onto a good thing, until Bryan Singer was enticed to skip franchises and jump ship to direct Superman Returns instead, leaving Brett Ratner to wrap up the initial trilogy with X-Men: The Last Stand – a film widely regarded as The Godfather: Part III of the series.

Now, after a new prequel series of X-Men films starting with X-Men: First Class, director Bryan Singer has returned to the director’s chair. And fortunately for him, the events that concluded his most recent entry in the series – X-Men: Days of Future Past – has left Singer with carte blanche to reboot the entire X-universe as he sees fit.

Apocalypse is the capper to the prequel trilogy and 15 years of X-films, and much like the eponymous villain itself, sets out to ‘cleanse’ the series by restarting anew. There are exciting, younger actors taking on the key roles of Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm – all leading a mash-up line-up of old and new characters to take the X-Men into the future as the heroes they were always meant to be. Cue the blue and yellow suits already!

Luke McWilliams

Poster for Eddie the Eagle

Eddie the Eagle 

9:34 PM, 18th June, 2016

  • PG
  • 106 mins
  • 2016
  • Dexter Fletcher
  • Sean Macaulay, Simon Kelton
  • Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken, Jo Hartley

The Olympics is a grand celebration of the best physical specimens in the world – of pure sporting excellence. And then sometimes someone slips through the cracks…

Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards (Egerton) was the first man to represent Great Britain at ski-jumping. This wasn't, it should be pointed out, because he was particularly good at it – more that there were no other British competitive ski-jumpers. His extreme far-sightedness (requiring him to wear glasses at all times, which fogged up during every jump), his somewhat ungainly style and a general sense of gormlessness made him an unlikely media sensation at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics – winning the hearts of sports fans around the world.

The geek-movie-loving ‘Butt-Numb-A-Thon’ film festival in the US declared Eddie the Eagle a surprise hit, with a heart as strong as its eccentric sense of humour. The film features a wildly different performance from Egerton to his suave, Bond-ian work in Kingsman: The Secret Service last year, but one that is no less enjoyable. Jackman, too, brings his A-Game as Eddie’s charismatic and disreputable (fictional) trainer.

While Eddie the Eagle tells a story that may be familiar but is still fun to see told again, this is a film that can be enjoyed on a purely visceral level, if only to see a fellow as underdoggy as someone could possibly be manage to achieve things that amaze both himself and everyone else.

Simon Tolhurst