What‘s on in the cinema

24th November, 2019

Them That Follow (nationwide, 15A)

Set in the Appalachian backwoods, among a religious community of snake handlers, a forbidden relationship forces a preacher’s daughter (Alice Englert) to confront her father (Walton Goggins) about his control over the town and the deadly traditional practices he perpetuates.

La Belle Epoque (selected, 15A)

Writer and director Nicolas Bedos’s drama stars Daniel Auteuil as a middle-aged man facing the end of his long marriage. He meets an actor whose theatre company offers a kind of “time travel”, staging detailed historical re-enactments of people’s lives, and decides that revisiting the moment he first met his wife (Fanny Ardant) might rekindle their love.

21 Bridges (nationwide, 15A)

Chadwick Boseman takes the lead in Irish director Brian Kirk’s New York-set thriller, which unfolds over a single night. A police detective joins a city-wide manhunt for two young gunmen, but as the authorities close every bridge on the island of Manhattan, he becomes a target himself.

The Irishman (nationwide, 16)

A mafia gun-for-hire blasts his way through 50 years of American history in this masterpiece from Martin Scorsese. With outstanding performances from Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, it’s a darkly funny, entirely engrossing meditation on power, corruption and regret.

Marriage Story (selected, 15A)

Noah Baumbach’s wry, intimate story deftly differentiates between enduring love and fragile relationships. A husband and wife (Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson), parents to an eight-year-old boy, are helped and hindered in the dissolution of their collapsing marriage by their lawyers (Ray Liotta and Laura Dern).

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