Film Group

The Bookshop

It is 1959 and widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open up a bookshop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough.

When she exposes the narrow-minded townsfolk to the best literature of the day, she gains a kindred spirit and ally in the figure of Mr Brundish (Bill Nighy), who is himself sick of the town’s stale atmosphere, but has to reckon with the hostility of other shopkeepers and of the self-appointed doyenne Mrs Gamart (Patricia Clarkson).

Journey's End

Horror, humour and humanity in the trenches

For the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, here is an excellent new film – expertly cast and really well acted. 

Entebbe

A truly riveting thriller

Rosamund Pike and Daniel Bruhl play pro-Palestinian German leftists involved in the hijacking, in July 1976, of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv to Paris which was forced to land in Entebbe, Uganda.

My cousin Rachel

From the novel by Daphne du Maurier

A young Englishman plots revenge against his late cousin’s mysterious, beautiful widow, believing her to be responsible for his cousin’s death.

A Gothic melodrama with wonderful Cornish scenery and a tremendous lead performance from Rachel Weisz.

 

Victoria and Abdul

The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s rule

Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, and is surprise to find favour with the Queen herself.

The two forge an likely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle attempt to destroy.

A marvellous Judi Dench performance.

The Exception

Riveting World War II thriller filled with espionage and romance

German soldier Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney) is on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer).

As he infiltrates the Kaiser’s life he is drawn into an unexpected and passionate romance with Mieke (Lily James), a Jewish maid, forcing Brandt to make the choice between honouring his country or following his heart…