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CYRANO (2022)
Starring Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Brian Tyree Henry, Ben Mendelsohn and Kelvin Harrison Jr. Directed by Joe Wright.

A re-imagining the timeless tale of a heartbreaking love triangle. A man ahead of his time, Cyrano de Bergerac dazzles whether with ferocious wordplay at a verbal joust or with brilliant swordplay in a duel. But, convinced that his appearance renders him unworthy of the love of a devoted friend, the luminous Roxanne, Cyrano has yet to declare his feelings for her — and Roxanne has fallen in love, at first sight, with Christian.
DARKEST HOUR (2018)
Starring Gary Oldman, Stephen Dillane, John Hurt, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Kristin Scott Thomas, Richard Lumsden, Charley Palmer Rothwell, Hannah Steele and Nicholas Jones. Directed by Joe Wright.

Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (BAFTA Award winner Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

REVIEWS Darkest Hour - Third time's the charm for Churchill biopic

PAN (2015)
Starring Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hudlund, Rooney Mara, Levi Miller and Garrett Hedlund. Directed by Joe Wright.

Peter is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland. There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and his rightful place in this magical land. Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily and a new friend named James Hook, Peter must defeat the ruthless pirate Blackbeard to save Neverland and discover his true destiny—to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan.

REVIEWS Pan - A surprisingly enjoyable flight of fancy

ANNA KARENINA (2013)
Starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Alicia Vikander, Olivia Williams and Emily Watson. Directed by Joe Wright.

The timeless story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart, while illuminating the lavish society that was imperial Russia. The time is 1874. Vibrant and beautiful, Anna Karenina has what any of her contemporaries would aspire to; she is the wife of Karenin, a high-ranking government official to whom she has bourne a son, and her social standing in St. Petersburg could scarcely be higher. En route to Moscow Anna makes the acquaintance of Countess Vronsky, who is then met at the train station by her son, the dashing cavalry officer Vronsky. When Anna is introduced to Vronsky, there is a mutual spark of instant attraction that cannot – and will not – be ignored.

REVIEWS Anna Karenina - A Russian classic reinvented

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW
Starring Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Anthony Mackie, Jeanine Serralles, Liza Colón-Zayas, Fred Hechinger and Mariah Bozeman. Directed by Joe Wright.

Dr Anna Fox is a recluse, living alone in her New York City brownstone, as she spends her days drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies... and spying on her neighbours. When the Russell family moves into the house across the way, they appear to be the perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn1t, her world begins to crumble and shocking secrets are laid bare. Forced to prove what she saw actually happened, everyone begins to question if what occurred was real or imagined. Is it paranoia or did it happen? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one and nothing is what it seems.
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