Film Screening 25th June, 2016

Poster for Bastille Day

Bastille Day 

7:00 PM, 25th June, 2016

  • M
  • 92 mins
  • 2016
  • James Watkins
  • Andrew Baldwin
  • Idris Elba, Richard Madden, Charlotte Le Bon, Kelly Reilly

Michael Mason (Richard Madden, TV's Game of Thrones) is an American pickpocket living in Paris who finds himself in the hands of the CIA when he steals a bag that contains more than just a wallet. Sean Briar (Idris Elba), the field agent on the case, soon realizes that Michael is just a pawn in a much bigger game and is also his best asset to uncover a large-scale criminal conspiracy.

Going against commands, Briar recruits Michael to use his expert pickpocketing skills to help quickly track down the source of the corruption. As a 24-hour thrill ride ensues, the unlikely duo discovers they are both now targets and must rely upon each other in order to take down a common enemy.

Poster for Rock the Kasbah

Rock the Kasbah 

8:42 PM, 25th June, 2016

  • M
  • 106 mins
  • 2015
  • Barry Levinson
  • Mitch Glazer
  • Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel

Richie Lanz (Murray) from Van Nuys, California used to be a big deal manager in the music industry. But now he’s stuck on an entertain-the-troops tour of Afghanistan with his last remaining client (Deschanel).

After circumstances trap him in Kabul without any money and without a passport, an opportunity arrives with a young girl: Salima Khan (Leem Lubany), a Pashtun teenager who has a spectacular voice and dreams of becoming the first woman to compete on national television in Afghanistan’s version of “American Idol”. Will they succeed in making her dreams come true? Will her traditional background and his sleazy opportunism threaten everything? Well, is there a movie here if it doesn’t?

The mix of shallow hucksterism and sincerity shouldn’t work – except that this is exactly what Murray’s stock-in-trade has been for most of his career. And director Barry Levinson has a fine history in this kind of work with films like Wag the Dog and Good Morning, Vietnam deconstructing the thin line between doing the right thing and easy glibness. Both bring along with them a game cast that includes Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Scott Caan and Danny McBride. A combination of wit and heart, Rock the Kasbah should tickle your funny bone and your social conscience in about equal measure.

Simon Tolhurst