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  • Hockney
  • Humf
  • Interstellar
  • Leviathan
  • LIAF: Animated Shorts
  • Mr Turner
  • Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey?!
  • Nordic Film Festival 2014: I Am Yours (Jeg Er Din)
  • Nordic Film Festival 2014: Kon-Tiki
  • Nordic Film Festival 2014: My Stuff
  • Nordic Film Festival 2014: Paris Of The North (Paris Nordursins) + Q&A
  • One Rogue Reporter
  • Set Fire To The Stars
  • The Imitation Game
  • The Old Vic's The Crucible

Hockney 3 stars

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A documentary portrait of influential artist David Hockney spanning his entire career including formative years in Bradford, where he took to heart his father's credo - don't care what the neighbours think - and played Scrabble with the rest of the family, the vibrant period when he made his mark on the artistic establishment, and modern times as an irascible national treasure. The mosaic of archive material and interviews is embellished with Hockney's revealing home-movie footage.

  • GenreDocumentary, Indie
  • DirectorRandall Wright.
  • WriterRandall Wright.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration110 mins
  • Official site
  • Release28/11/2014 (selected cinemas)

A documentary portrait of influential artist David Hockney spanning his entire career including formative years in Bradford, where he took to heart his father's credo - don't care what the neighbours think - and played Scrabble with the rest of the family, the vibrant period when he made his mark on the artistic establishment, and modern times as an irascible national treasure. The mosaic of archive material and interviews is embellished with Hockney's revealing home-movie footage.

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Saturday 29th November 2014
Sunday 30th November 2014
Monday 1st December 2014
Tuesday 2nd December 2014
Thursday 4th December 2014

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Humf 3 stars

A compilation of animated episodes narrated by Caroline Quentin featuring the eponymous short, round, purple and furry creature, who lives in a first floor flat with his red furry father and blue furry mother.

  • GenreAnimation/Cartoon, Children, Children's
  • DirectorAndrew Brenner.
  • WriterAndrew Brenner.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration30 mins
  • Official site

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Tuesday 2nd December 2014

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Interstellar 4 stars

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Planet earth is slowly dying. Mankind looks to the stars for a new planet to colonise. When scientists discover a wormhole that should allow a spacecraft to travel beyond the galaxy into the unknown, doting father Cooper bids farewell to his son Tom and daughter Murph to lead an exploratory mission in search of a new home. Accompanied by fellow explorers Brand, Doyle and Romilly, Cooper undertakes the most important mission in human history.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastMatthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, John Lithgow, Topher Grace, Casey Affleck, Sir Michael Caine, Wes Bentley, Ellen Burstyn.
  • DirectorChristopher Nolan.
  • WriterChristopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan.
  • CountryUS/UK
  • Duration164 mins
  • Official sitewww.interstellarmovie.com/index-intl.php
  • Release07/11/2014

Writer-director Christopher Nolan shoots for the stars with a futuristic thriller, co-written with his brother Jonathan, about mankind's search beyond this galaxy for a new home to replace a dying planet earth. Epic in scope and wildly ambitious, Interstellar doesn't quite achieve its bold vision of a love story between a father and daughter set against the vast backdrop of mankind's final roll of the dice to avoid extinction.

However, even when this grand futuristic adventure malfunctions, it's a deeply engrossing meditation on the ties that bind and the endurance of those emotional bonds across space and time.

Nolan and cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema have captured some of the most breathtaking vistas including our first glimpses of a black hole or wormhole on large-format IMAX film.

These sequences pack a mighty visual punch and powerfully convey how tiny and seemingly insignificant we are on our third rock from the sun. Composer Hans Zimmer, who collaborated with the London-born director on The Dark Knight trilogy, provides another bombastic orchestral score to complement the majestic imagery.

Planet earth is dying: great dust clouds sweep across agricultural plains, ruining crops and making it impossible to breathe comfortably without face masks. "We used to look up and wonder about our place in the stars. Now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt," laments Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a former test pilot, who toils the parched soil with his 15-year-old son Tom (Timothee Chalamet) and 10-year-old daughter Murph (Mackenzie Foy).

Cooper answers a call from Professor Brand (Michael Caine) to lead a mission to locate a new planet capable of sustaining human life. "We're not meant to save the world. We're meant to leave it," explains Brand, whose scientist daughter Amelia (Anne Hathaway) will be part of the four-strong crew along with astrophysicist Romilly (David Gyasi) and pilot Doyle (Wes Bentley).

Leaving his brood in the care of his father-in-law (John Lithgow), Cooper undertakes the most important mission in human history, knowing that failure would mean certain death for the people he loves.

Interstellar retains a tight focus on the characters without sacrificing the adrenaline-pumping thrills that fans expect from director Nolan. Two talking military machines called TARS (voiced by Bill Irwin) and CASE are a marvel of mechanical puppeteering and inject much needed humour.

"I have a discretion setting," deadpans TARS in response to a request from Cooper to disclose sensitive information. Oscar winners McConaughey and Hathaway add emotional heft to their embattled astronauts, wringing out tears after Amelia sternly warns Cooper: "You might have to choose between seeing your children again and saving the human race."

A couple of dense, wordy philosophical discussions about gravity and love orbit the moon of unintentional hilarity but thankfully, Nolan avoids the crash and burn in the nick of time.

Leviathan 5 stars

Car mechanic Kolia lives on the picturesque waterfront with his second wife Lilya and teenage son Roma. Their home is situated on prime real estate coveted by the mayor Vadim. The corrupt politician uses his power and influence to bully Kolia into selling the land for a pittance or suffer the consequences. The doting family man is unmoved and he joins forces with his old army comrade, Dimitri, who is now a high-flying Moscow lawyer, to uncover incriminating evidence about the mayor and his practises.

  • GenreDrama, World
  • CastAleksei Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov.
  • DirectorAndrei Zvyagintsev.
  • WriterOleg Negin, Andrei Zvyagintsev.
  • CountryRus
  • Duration141 mins
  • Official site
  • Release07/11/2014 (selected cinemas)

Andrey Zvyagintsev and co-writer Oleg Negin collected the coveted Best Screenplay prize at the 2014 Cannes Film festival for this masterful drama charting the personal costs of political corruption in modern Russia. Car mechanic Kolia (Alexei Serebriakov) lives on the picturesque waterfront with his second wife Lilya (Elena Lyadova) and teenage son Roma (Sergey Pokhodaev). Their home is situated on prime real estate coveted by the mayor Vadim (Roman Madyanov). The corrupt politician uses his power and influence to bully Kolia into selling the land for a pittance or suffer the consequences. The doting family man is unmoved and he joins forces with his old army comrade, Dimitri (Vladimir Vdovichenkov), who is now a high-flying Moscow lawyer, to uncover incriminating evidence about the mayor and his practises. The subsequent battle of words and wits escalates out of control and Kolia realises when it is too late that he is a pawn in a bigger game of trial and retribution.

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Sunday 30th November 2014
Tuesday 2nd December 2014

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LIAF: Animated Shorts 3 stars

Short animated films.

  • GenreAnimation/Cartoon, Shorts
  • DirectorVarious.
  • Official site

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Saturday 29th November 2014
Sunday 30th November 2014

Mr Turner 5 stars

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Painter JMW Turner returns to London and the home he shares with his father William and housekeeper Hannah Danby. He channels his energy into his work, which continues to raise eyebrows at the Royal Academy Of Arts. During excursions to Margate, Turner meets Mrs Booth and her husband and rents a room from the couple so he can paint seascapes by the morning light. The burgeoning relationship between the artist and Mrs Booth sweetens the bitter pill of William's passing.

  • GenreBiography, Drama, Historical/Period, Romance
  • CastDorothy Atkinson, Paul Jesson, Timothy Spall, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville, Marion Bailey.
  • DirectorMike Leigh.
  • WriterMike Leigh.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration150 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/MrTurnerFilm
  • Release31/10/2014 (selected cinemas)

On his death bed, celebrated landscape painter and watercolourist Joseph Mallord William Turner, who was a divisive figure in the 19th-century art world, reportedly lamented, "So I am to become a non-entity." Mike Leigh's impeccably crafted biopic, which concentrates on the final 25 years of the artist's career, ensures the genius of Turner lives on.

Anchored by a magnificent central performance from Timothy Spall, Mr Turner is another glorious ensemble piece from the writer-director of Topsy-Turvy and Vera Drake.

Developed through improvisational workshops, which are the trademark of Leigh's filmmaking process, the script melds historical fact with personal interpretation to burrow deep beneath the surface of the characters and expose the desires and fears which drove some to greatness and others to despair.

When it comes to greatness, Spall's embodiment of an artist with few social graces and a surplus of talent is the stuff that Oscars were made of. The London-born actor spent two years learning how to paint like Turner so he could convincingly hold a brush and palette in front of the camera, allowing Leigh to capture visceral scenes of artistic creativity in full flow.

Mr Turner opens with the breathtaking image of the artist capturing the rising sun over fields in Belgium. He returns to London and the home he shares with his father William (Paul Jesson) and housekeeper Hannah Danby (Dorothy Atkinson).

The relationship between the two men is sketched in exquisite, heart-warming detail in these early scenes, with Turner warmly embracing his "daddy". Turner channels his energy into his work, which continues to raise eyebrows at the Royal Academy Of Arts.

"The universe is chaotic and you make us see it," observes Turner's good friend Mary Somerville (Lesley Manville). During excursions to Margate, Turner meets Mrs Booth (Marion Bailey) and her husband (Karl Johnson) and rents a room from the couple so he can paint seascapes by the morning light.

The burgeoning relationship between the artist and Mrs Booth sweetens the bitter pill of William's passing and Turner continues to clash with the artistic establishment, represented here by Sir John Soane (Nicholas Jones) and his coterie.

Mr Turner is a glorious period piece that offers us a glimpse behind the canvasses of a misunderstood maverick, who notes at one point, "When I peruse myself in a looking glass, I see a gargoyle."

Spall is imperious and Leigh surrounds his lead star with an impeccable supporting cast of familiar faces including Jesson as an honest, hard-working man of the world who believed "the rain falls, the sun shines and the onions grow" and Atkinson as the housekeeper who allows Turner to use her to sate his sexual desires.

The 150-minute running time passes too quickly, holding our attention with ravishing costumes and period detail as well as a haunting orchestral score from composer Gary Yershon. Very nearly a masterpiece.

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Saturday 29th November 2014
Sunday 30th November 2014
Tuesday 2nd December 2014
Wednesday 3rd December 2014
Thursday 4th December 2014

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Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey?! 1 stars

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Mrs Keen, the new headmistress of St Bernadette's Primary School in Coventry, welcomes superteacher Mr Shepherd to the fold. On his first day, Mr Shepherd sustains a swift kick to the head from the school donkey. When he regains consciousness, Shepherd doesn't recall his daughter Lauren or his impending New York nuptials to sweetheart Sophie. Buffoonish teaching assistant Mr Poppy joins forces with Lauren to restore her father's memory.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Family, Musical, Romance
  • CastCatherine Tate, Adam Garcia, Celia Imrie, Marc Wootton, Lauren Hobbs, Martin Clunes.
  • DirectorDebbie Isitt.
  • WriterDebbie Isitt.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration110 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/NativityFilm
  • Release14/11/2014

A couple of years ago, my inquisitive nephew - then six years old - asked what happens to children who are consigned to Father Christmas' naughty list. I told him that children who misbehave don't get any presents on Christmas Day and must spend the following 12 months being extra good. I know now that I was wrong.

Mischievous scamps on the naughty list will be punished by spending 110 minutes in the company of Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey?!. There are elements of this shambolic third instalment of writer-director Debbie Isitt's improvised festive fables that my little nephew might enjoy: flatulence, dollops of donkey dung and a gurning man-child dressed in an oversized animal costume.

However, no amount of wrapping can disguise an early Christmas turkey, overstuffed with sickly sentiment, mawkish musical sequences and gargantuan leaps of logic. It's a crying, snivelling shame: the original Nativity!, released in 2009, was an unabashed delight that has become an annual treat in my tinsel-laden household.

This third and hopefully final chapter is a nightmare before Christmas. Mrs Keen (Celia Imrie), the new headmistress of St Bernadette's Primary School in Coventry, welcomes superteacher Mr Shepherd (Martin Clunes) to the fold to whip the pupils into shape ahead of an Ofsted inspection.

On his first day, Mr Shepherd sustains a swift kick to the head from the school donkey. When he regains consciousness, Shepherd doesn't recall his daughter Lauren (Lauren Hobbs) or his impending New York nuptials to sweetheart Sophie (Catherine Tate).

Buffoonish teaching assistant Mr Poppy (Marc Wootton) joins forces with Lauren to restore her father's memory by visiting favourite haunts from his childhood and participating in a flash mob competition in London.

Meanwhile, in the Big Apple, Sophie's old flame, arrogant flash mob guru Bradley Finch (Adam Garcia), worms his way back into her brittle affections with help from her parents (Duncan Preston, Susie Blake), brother (Ralf Little) and bridesmaid (Niky Wardley).

Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey?! is possibly the worst film I've seen this year. The script's definition of a flash mob is extremely loose, some of the children at St Bernadette's look too old to attend primary school, several New York scenes have clearly been shot closer to home with British actors at odds with the accent and Mr Poppy is a major irritation rather than a joyous source of giggles.

Performances are as wooden as a Norwegian spruce and the song and dance numbers are unevenly lip-synced. Characters behave without melodic rhyme or reason. Sophie's brother inexplicably vows to help slimeball Bradley win back Sophie, then sabotages the nefarious plan in the next breath.

To answer the over-punctuated question in the film's title: with regret, dude, he's at the knacker's yard dragging the entire cast and crew with him.

I Am Yours (Jeg Er Din) 3 stars

Drama.

  • GenreDrama
  • CastAmrita Acharia, Prince Singh, Ola Rapace.
  • DirectorIram Haq.
  • WriterIram Haq.
  • CountryNor
  • Duration96 mins
  • Official site

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Tuesday 2nd December 2014

Kon-Tiki 3 stars

A film about the real-life adventurer Thor Heyerdahl and his plan to cross the Pacific on a balsa wood raft to support his theory that Polynesia was populated by settlers from South America, rather than Asia.

  • GenreAdventure, Historical/Period
  • CastPal Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Tobias Santelmann.
  • DirectorJoachim Ronning, Espen Sandberg.
  • WriterPetter Skavlan.
  • CountryUK/Nor
  • Duration111 mins
  • Official site

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Wednesday 3rd December 2014

My Stuff 3 stars

Following a break-up, filmmaker Petri Luukkainen experiences an existential crisis and decides to embark on experiment in creative living. He locks away all of his belongings and every day for the next 12 months, he permits himself to remove just one item. Through this bizarre process, Luukkainen re-evaluates his personal possessions and their worth.

  • GenreDocumentary, Indie
  • DirectorPetri Luukkainen.
  • WriterPetri Luukkainen.
  • CountryFin
  • Duration81 mins
  • Official sitewww.day-for-night.org/my-stuff
  • Release28/03/2014 (selected cinemas)

Following a break-up, filmmaker Petri Luukkainen experiences an existential crisis and decides to embark on experiment in creative living. He locks away all of his belongings and every day for the next 12 months, he permits himself to remove just one item. Through this bizarre process, Luukkainen re-evaluates his personal possessions and their worth.

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Thursday 4th December 2014

Paris Of The North (Paris Nordursins) + Q&A 3 stars

Comedy drama.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, World
  • CastHelgi Bjornsson, Bjorn Thors, Nanna Kristin Magnusdottir.
  • DirectorHafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson.
  • WriterHuldar Breidfjord.
  • CountryIce/Fr/Den
  • Duration98 mins
  • Official site

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Monday 1st December 2014

One Rogue Reporter 3 stars

Recovering tabloid hack Rich Peppiatt atones for past sins by turning the tables on newspaper bosses in the aftermath of the phone hacking scandal. Using the skills he honed on Fleet Street, the self-confessed red top renegade holds to account the press barons who peddle sex, lies and fear to the masses The film includes interviews from John Bishop, Steve Coogan, Hugh Grant, philosopher AC Grayling and former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

  • GenreDocumentary, Indie
  • CastOwen Jones, John Bishop, Max Mosley.
  • DirectorTom Jenkinson, Rich Peppiatt.
  • WriterRich Peppiatt.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration55 mins
  • Official sitewww.oneroguereporter.com
  • Release07/11/2014 (selected cinemas)

Expanded from Rich Peppiatt's hour-long stage show at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, this satirical documentary co-directed by Tom Jenkinson follows "recovering tabloid hack" Peppiatt as he atones for past sins by turning the tables on newspaper bosses in the aftermath of the phone hacking scandal. Using the skills he honed on Fleet Street, the self-confessed red top renegade holds to account the press barons who peddle sex, lies and fear to the masses, targeting among others former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie and Daily Mail chief Paul Dacre. The film includes interviews with John Bishop, Steve Coogan, Hugh Grant, philosopher AC Grayling and former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

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Wednesday 3rd December 2014

Set Fire To The Stars 3 stars

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A semi-biographical drama set during a week in the 1950s when Dylan Thomas was poised to deliver a series of readings in America. Flanked by Harvard graduate John Malcolm Brinnin, the poet and ardent admirer who wooed Thomas across the Atlantic, the Welsh icon is the perfect hell raiser and poor Brinnin struggles to keep his hero sober to meet the packed schedule of speaking engagements.

  • GenreBiography, Drama, Historical/Period, Indie
  • CastKelly Reilly, Shirley Henderson, Elijah Wood, Steven Mackintosh, Kevin Eldon, Celyn Jones.
  • DirectorAndy Goddard.
  • WriterCelyn Jones, Andy Goddard.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration97 mins
  • Official sitewww.setfiretothestars.com
  • Release07/11/2014 (selected cinemas)

Shot in black and white and accompanied by an original score by Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals, Set Fire To The Stars is a semi-biographical drama set during a week in the 1950s when Dylan Thomas (Celyn Jones) was poised to deliver a series of readings in America. Flanked by Harvard graduate John Malcolm Brinnin (Elijah Wood), the poet and ardent admirer who wooed Thomas across the Atlantic, the Welsh icon is the perfect hell raiser in new surroundings and poor Brinnin struggles to keep his hero sober to meet the packed schedule of speaking engagements.

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Sunday 30th November 2014

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The Imitation Game 4 stars

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Socially awkward mathematician Alan Turing arrives at Bletchley Park where Commander Denniston presides over a group of the country's keenest minds in the hope that one of them can break the Enigma code. Turing ploughs his own furrow and raises eyebrows by recruiting Joan Clarke to the team. She is a beautiful mind like Turing, inspiring him to greatness by observing, "Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of that do the things people never imagine."

  • GenreAdaptation, Biography, Drama, Gay, Thriller, War
  • CastKeira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard.
  • DirectorMorten Tyldum.
  • WriterGraham Moore.
  • CountryUK/US
  • Duration114 mins
  • Official sitewww.theimitationgamemovie.com
  • Release14/11/2014

In December 2013, The Queen granted a posthumous royal pardon to Alan Turing. The London-born mathematician had been prosecuted for homosexuality in 1952 - a criminal act at the time - and he undertook a treatment of chemical castration with oestrogen injections rather than serve time behind bars.

It was an undeservedly inglorious end for a brilliant man, who was instrumental in breaking the Enigma code and should have been feted by our battle-scarred nation as a hero. Based on a biography by Andrew Hodges, The Imitation Game relives that race against time to decipher German communications and bring the Second World War to a swift conclusion.

Morten Tyldum's masterful drama neither shies away from Turing's homosexuality nor lingers on it, framing nail-biting events at Bletchley Park with the mathematician's 1951 arrest in Manchester. "If you're not paying attention, you'll miss things," Turing teases us in voiceover.

Indeed, you'll miss impeccable production design, an unconventional yet touching romance, subterfuge and sterling performances including an Oscar-worthy portrayal of the socially awkward genius from Benedict Cumberbatch.

Alan Turing (Cumberbatch) sits in a police interrogation room with Detective Nock (Rory Kinnear), facing a charge of indecency with a 19-year-old unemployed man called Arnold Murray. "I think Turing's hiding something," Nick informs his Superintendent (Steven Waddington), who is keen to wrap up the conviction.

In flashback, we witness Alan's arrival at Bletchley Park where Commander Denniston (Charles Dance) and Major General Stewart Menzies (Mark Strong) preside over a group of the country's keenest minds in the hope that one of them can break Enigma.

Hugh Alexander (Matthew Goode), John Cairncross (Allen Leech) and Peter Hilton (Matthew Beard) work alongside Turing, but he ploughs his own furrow and raises eyebrows by recruiting Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley) to the team.

She is a beautiful mind like Turing, inspiring him to greatness by observing, "Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of that do the things people never imagine."

Punctuated by school day scenes of the young Turing (Alex Lawther) and his first love, an older boy called Christopher (Jack Bannon), The Imitation Game is a beautifully crafted tribute to a prodigy, whose invaluable contribution to the war effort was unjustly besmirched by bigotry.

Cumberbatch is mesmerising, trampling over the egos of fellow code breakers without any concern for their feelings as he vows to solve "the most difficult problem in the world". It's a tour-de-force portrayal, complemented by strong supporting performances from Knightley, Goode et al as the close-knit team who note, "God didn't win the war. We did."

The pivotal Eureka moment sets our pulses racing, heightened by Alexandre Desplat's exquisite orchestral score. Director Tyldum navigates the fractured chronology with clarity and flair, ensuring that his heart-rending film doesn't itself become a perplexing puzzle.

The Old Vic's The Crucible 3 stars

Yael Barber's critically acclaimed reimagining of Arthur Miller's classic drama about the Salem witch trials in 17th century Massachusetts, recorded live at The Old Vic in London. Richard Armitage stars as unfaithful husband John Proctor, who faces a stern test to protect his wife from malicious, false accusations of witchcraft in a close-knit community riddled with intolerance and superstition.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama
  • CastJack Ellis, Adrian Schiller, Anna Madeley, Richard Armitage, Samantha Colley, William Gaunt, Michael Thomas.
  • DirectorYael Farber.
  • WriterArthur Miller.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration218 mins
  • Official sitewww.thecrucibleonscreen.com
  • Release04/12/2014 (selected cinemas)

Yael Barber's critically acclaimed reimagining of Arthur Miller's classic drama about the Salem witch trials in 17th century Massachusetts, recorded live at The Old Vic in London. Richard Armitage stars as unfaithful husband John Proctor, who faces a stern test to protect his wife from malicious, false accusations of witchcraft in a close-knit community riddled with intolerance and superstition.

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