THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
2014, Focus Features, 123 min, USA, Dir: James Marsh

Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones) met while students at the University of Cambridge shortly before Hawking was given a devastating diagnosis of motor neurone disease. Based on Jane’s 2008 memoir, this affecting biopic charts their 25-year marriage, as Stephen’s health problems mount along with his fame as one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists. Both Redmayne and Jones are extraordinary here, and they receive strong support from Charlie Cox, Emily Watson and David Thewlis.


THE PROPOSITION
2005, Millennium Entertainment, 104 min, Australia/UK, Dir: John Hillcoat

Nick Cave penned the screenplay and provided the evocative score to this Australia-set Western, a pitiless drama that is as beautiful as it is violent. The Burns gang is the scourge of the outback until Charlie Burns (Guy Pearce) and his simple-minded younger sibling are captured after a family is massacred. Facing execution, he is offered a deal – the two can go free if Charlie kills his older, more vicious brother, Arthur (Danny Huston). With Ray Winstone, Emily Watson and John Hurt. “A near-masterpiece of mood and menace, and one that deserves to be seen on the largest screen possible.” - Ty Burr, The Boston Globe.


CORPSE BRIDE
2005, Warner Bros., 77 min, USA, Dir: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson

Inspired by a Jewish folktale, this gothic animated fantasy stars Johnny Depp as Victor Van Dort, a shy young man engaged to Victoria Everglot (Emily Watson). After flubbing his lines at the wedding rehearsal, he goes to the forest to practice them - and accidentally marries a woman buried there (Helena Bonham Carter). Tim Burton’s third stop-motion feature and first as a director also features the voices of Tracey Ullman, Albert Finney and Christopher Lee, and the music of Danny Elfman (who plays Bonejangles in the film).


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