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.


SCHINDLER’S LIST
1993, Universal, 195 min, USA, Dir: Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg’s SCHINDLER’S LIST tells the incredible true story of the enigmatic Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist who risked his career and life to employ and save 1,100 Jews in his factory during the Holocaust. A triumph of the human spirit in the face of devastation and tragedy, the film stars Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley, and took home seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.


CLEOPATRA (1934)
1934, Paramount (Universal), 100 min, USA, Dir: Cecil B. DeMille

Mogul and architect of epics Cecil B. DeMille weaves a historical tapestry poised somewhere between high camp and outlandish spectacle, directing the scintillating Claudette Colbert in her youthful prime as the wily Egyptian queen. A naughty pre-Code product, the film boasts an array of scandalous costumes. With Warren William as Julius Caesar and Henry Wilcoxon as Marc Antony.


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