Wolverhampton Light House film screenings

Wolverhampton's Light House Cinema has unveiled its programme of films for February and March, including the Oscar-nominated silent film The Artist, as well as Meryl Streep's Oscar-baiting turn in The Iron Lady and Michael Fassbender in the controversial Shame.

Shame, The Artist and The Iron Lady

Wolverhampton's Light House Cinema has unveiled its programme of films for February and March, including the Oscar-nominated silent film The Artist, as well as Meryl Streep's Oscar-baiting turn in The Iron Lady and Michael Fassbender in the controversial Shame.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first film in Columbia Pictures’ three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s literary blockbuster The Millennium Trilogy. Directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, the film is based on the first novel in the trilogy, which altogether have sold 50 million copies in 46 countries and have become a worldwide phenomenon.

Fri 27 Jan - Tue 31 Jan 7.30pm, Wed 1 Feb 2pm & 7.30pm, Thu 2 Feb 7.30pm

Cert 18, 2hr40 Dir. David Fincher, USA, 2011

We Have A Pope

(Italian with English subtitles) The newly elected Pope suffers a panic attack just as he is due to appear on St Peter’s balcony to greet the faithful, who have been patiently awaiting the conclave’s decision. His advisors, unable to convince him he is the right man for the job, seek help from a renowned psychoanalyst (and atheist). But his fear of the responsibility suddenly thrust upon him is one that he must face on his own.

Fri 27 Jan - Tue 31 Jan 6pm & 8.30pm, Wed 1 Feb 2.15pm, 6pm & 8.30pm, Thu 2 Feb 6pm & 8.30pm

Cert PG, 1hr45. Dir. Nanni Moretti, Italy, 2011

Eleanor Andrews, Lecturer in Italian and Film Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, will introduce the screening of We Have a Pope on Thu 2 Feb, 6pm and discuss its director Moretti.

The Iron Lady

The Iron Lady tells the compelling story of Margaret Thatcher, a woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The story concerns power and the price that is paid for power, and is a surprising and intimate portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman.  The film stars Academy Award-winners Meryl Streep as Lady Thatcher and Jim Broadbent as her husband Denis.

Fri 3 - Tue 7 Feb 5.55pm & 8.20pm, Wed 8 Feb 2.15pm, 5.55pm & 8.20pm, Thu 9 Feb 4pm

Cert 12A, 1hr45. Dir. Phyllida Lloyd, UK, 2011

Shame

Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a 30-something man living comfortably in New York balancing a busy job and active social life. When the wayward Sissy (Carey Mulligan), turns up at his apartment unannounced, Brandon's carefully managed lifestyle spirals out of control. From award winning director Steve McQueen (Hunger), shame is a compelling and timely examination of the nature of need, how we live our lives and the experiences that shape us.

Fri 3 - Sun 5 Feb 6pm & 8.30pm, Mon 6 Feb 6pm, Tue 7 Feb 6pm & 8.30pm, Wed 8 Feb 2pm, 6pm & 8.30pm, Thu 9 Feb 6pm & 8.30pm

Cert 18, 1hr41. Dir. Steve McQueen, UK, 2011

The Descendants

From Alexander Payne, the creator of the Oscar-winning Sideways, set in Hawaii, The Descendants is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a reconciliation with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family's land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.

Fri 10  - Mon 13 Feb 5.40pm & 8.15pm, Tue 14 Feb 5.40pm, Wed 15 Feb 2.15pm, 5.40pm & 8.15pm, Thu 16 Feb 5.40pm & 8.15pm

Cert 15, 1hr55. Dir. Alexander Payne, USA, 2011

Coriolanus

Caius Martius 'Coriolanus' (Ralph Fiennes), a revered and feared Roman General is at odds with the city of Rome and his fellow citizens. Pushed by his controlling mother Volumnia (Vanessa Redgrave) to seek the powerful position of Consul, he is loath to ingratiate himself with the masses whose votes he needs in order to secure the office. When the public refuses to support him, Coriolanus’s anger prompts a riot that culminates in his expulsion from Rome. The banished hero then allies himself with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler) to take his revenge on the city.

Fri 10 - Tue 14 Feb 5.25pm & 8.20pm, Wed 15 Feb 2pm, 5.25pm & 8.20pm, Thu 16 Feb 5.25pm & 8.20pm

Cert 15, 2hr3. Dir. Ralph Fiennes, UK, 2011

The Artist

Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo), it seems the sky’s the limit major movie stardom awaits. The Artist tells the story of their interlinked destinies. Tipped for Oscar and Golden Globe glory, the film also features John Goodman.

Fri 17 - Sun 19 Feb 6.10pm & 8.30pm, Mon 20 Feb 4.10pm, Tue 21 Feb 6.10pm & 8.30pm, Wed 22 Feb 2.15, 6.10pm & 8.30pm, Thu 23 Feb 4pm, Fri 24 Feb - Tue 28 Feb 6.05pm & 8.25pm, Wed 29 Feb 2.15, 6.05pm & 8.25pm, Thu 1 Mar 4pm

Cert PG, 1hr40. Dir. Michel Hazanavicius, France, 2011

J. Edgar

During his lifetime, J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) would rise to be the most powerful man in America. As head of the FBI for nearly 50 years, he would stop at nothing to protect his country. Through eight presidents and three wars, Hoover waged battle against threats both real and perceived. His methods were at once ruthless and heroic, with the admiration of the world his most coveted, if ever elusive, prize. As seen through the eyes of Hoover himself, J. Edgar explores the personal and public life of a man who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it.

Fri 17 - Tue 21 Feb 5.10pm & 8.20pm, Wed 22 Feb 2pm, 5.10pm & 8.20pm, Thu 23 Feb 5.10pm & 8.20pm

Cert 15, 2hr17. Dir. Clint Eastwood, USA, 2011

Martha Marcy May Marlene

Martha Marcy May Marlene is a powerful psychological thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as Martha, a young woman who has fled from a cult and its charismatic leader. Seeking help from her estranged older sister and brother-in-law, Martha is unable and unwilling to reveal the truth about her disappearance. When her memories trigger a chilling paranoia that her former cult could still be pursuing her, the line between Martha's reality and delusion begins to blur.

Fri 24 - Tue 28 Feb 5.55pm & 8.30pm, Wed 29 Feb 2pm, 5.55pm & 8.30pm, Thu 1 Mar 5.55pm & 8.30pm

Cert 15, 1hr42. Dir. Sean Durkin, USA, 2011

Carnage

Alan (Christoph Waltz) and Nancy (Kate Winslet) are the parents of young Zachary, whose recent fight with classmate Ethan resulted in two of Ethan's teeth being broken. Convinced that they can find an amiable solution to the problem, Ethan's parents Penelope (Jodie Foster) and Michael (John C. Reilly) invite Alan and Nancy to their home to discuss the matter. At first the conversation is cordial, with both sets of parents stating their own perspectives over coffee and dessert. But once the booze starts to flow and the guards come down, things begin to turn combative.

Fri 2 - Mon 5 Mar 6.15pm & 8.20pm, Tue 6 Mar 8.20pm, Wed 7 Mar 2.15pm, 6.15pm & 8.20pm, Thu 8 Mar 6.15pm & 8.20pm

Cert 15, 1hr20. Dir. Roman Polanski, France/Germany, 2011

A Dangerous Method

The year is 1904. Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), a disciple of Sigmund Freud (Viggi Mortensen), is using Freudian techniques to treat Russian-Jewish psychiatric patient Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) at Burghölzli Mental Hospital. But the deeper Jung's relationship with Spielrein grows, the further the burgeoning psychiatrist and his highly respected mentor drift apart. As Jung struggles to help his patient overcome some pressing paternal issues, disturbed patient Otto Gross (Vincent Cassell) sets out to test the boundaries of the doctor's professional resolve.

Fri 2 - Tue 6 Mar 6pm & 8.30pm, Wed 7 Mar 2pm, 6pm & 8.30pm, Thu 8 Mar 8.30pm

Cert 15, 1hr40. Dir. David Cronenberg, UK, 2011

The Woman In Black

Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is a lawyer who is forced to leave his young son and travel to a remote village to attend to the affairs of the recently deceased owner of Eel Marsh House. Working alone in the old mansion, Kipps begins to uncover the town's tragic and tortured secrets. His fears escalate when he discovers that local children have been dying under mysterious circumstances. When those closest to him become threatened by the vengeful woman in black, Kipps must find a way to break the cycle of terror.

Fri 9 & Sat 10 Mar 6.05pm & 8.20pm, Sun 11 Mar 8.20pm, Mon 12 & Tue 13 Mar 6.05pm & 8.20pm, Wed 14 Mar 2.15pm, 6.05pm & 8.20pm, Thu 15 Mar 6.05pm & 8.20pm

Cert TBC, 1hr35. Dir. James Watkins, UK, 2012

Young Adult

Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) is a successful writer of teen literature who returns to her hometown with a dual mission: to relive her glory days and steal away her now-married high-school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). However, her mission does not go  exactly to plan, and she finds her homecoming more problematic than she expected. Instead, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt), who has also found it difficult to move past high school.

Fri 9 Mar - Tue 13 Mar 6pm & 8.25pm, Wed 14 Mar 2pm, 6pm & 8.25pm, Thu 15 Mar 8.25pm

Cert 15, 1hr34. Dir. Jason Reitman, USA, 2011

The Woman In The Fifth

American writer Tom Ricks comes to Paris desperate to put his life together again and win back the love of his estranged wife and daughter. When things don’t go according to plan, he ends up in a shady hotel in the suburbs, having to work as a night guard to make ends meet. Then Margit, a beautiful, mysterious stranger walks into his life and things start looking up. Their passionate and intense relationship triggers a string of inexplicable events . . . as if an obscure power was taking control of his life.

Fri 16 - Tue 20 Mar 6pm & 8.15pm, Wed 21 Mar 2.15pm, 6pm & 8.15pm, Thu 22 Mar 5pm

Cert 15, 1hr24. Pawell Pawlikowski, UK/France, 2011

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Oskar (Thomas Horn), who lost his father (Tom Hanks) in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, is convinced that his dad left a final message for him somewhere in New York City. Upon finding a mysterious key in his father's closet, Oskar sets out  in search of the lock that it fits. Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother (Sandra Bullock) and driven by a tirelessly active mind, Oskar's journey takes him beyond his own loss and leads to a greater understanding of his world.

Fri 16 - Tue 20 Mar 7.40pm, Wed 21 Mar 2pm & 7.40pm, Thu 22 Mar 7.40pm

Cert 12A. 2hr10. Dir. Stepen Daldry, USA, 2011

We Bought A Zoo

Following his wife's untimely death, Los Angeles journalist Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) decides to make a fresh start by quitting his job and moving his children to an 18-acre property containing the Rosemoor  Wildlife Park. Though closed for years, Rosemoor is still home to many animals, cared for by Kelly Foster (Scarlett Johansson) and her small staff. Mee opens his heart and his checkbook as he, Kelly and the others work to renovate and reopen the zoo.

Fri 23 - Tue 27 Mar 5.30pm & 8.10pm, Wed 28 Mar 2.15pm, 5.30pm & 8.10pm, Thu 29 Mar 3.45pm

Cert PG, 2hr4. Dir. Cameron Crowe, USA, 2011

W.E.

The year is 1998, and Manhattan is abuzz  about the upcoming auction of the estate of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.  But the auction is far more than a diversion for Wally Winthrop who is  trapped in an unhappy and abusive marriage.  Transfixed by the exquisite artifacts of the Windsors' lives, Wally becomes obsessed with the love story of Wallis Simspon, the charismatic American who captured the heart of King Edward VIII.   As she learns more about the sacrifices Wallis made in choosing to be with Edward, Wally finds the courage to follow her own heart and create her own happiness.

Fri 23 - Tue 27 Mar 5.35pm & 8.20pm, Wed 28 Mar 2pm, 5.35pm & 8.20pm, Thu 29 Mar 5.35pm & 8.20pm

Cert 15, 2hr. Dir. Madonna, UK, 2011

Cinema tickets cost:

  • £6.10 full / £4.70 conc.
  • £3.80 Wed matinee with free tea/coffee
  • £5 Sunday full / £4.50 Sunday conc.

Special events:

Meet The BBFC (18)

Lucy Brett, Education Officer at the British Board of Classification, will explain how the Board operates and it’s responses to public concerns. Lucy will give an illustrated talk about the work of the BBFC and its approach to censorship and classification of films. The event will be chaired by Stella Hockenhull, lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. Because of the nature of some material to be shown, this event is only open to those 18 years and over.

Thu 2 Feb, 10am. Cost: £3

The Thing: Cult House double bill (18)

Catch both the original 1982 film and the 2011 prequel of cult horror The Thing in a special Cult House double-bill, with a complimentary themed cocktail for all double-bill ticket holders during the intermission.

Thu 23 Feb, 6.30pm. Cost: £12

The Navigator - with organ accompaniment (U)

City organist, Steve Tovey, returns to Light House to provide the music and sounds for Buster Keaton’s 1924 silent masterpiece, The Navigator. In aid of the Mayor’s charities and in the presence of The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Bert Turner.

Tue 6 Mar, 6pm for 6.30pm start. Cost: £7 Adult / £5 Under 15s

Pray The Devil Back To Hell (E) - Presented by Wolverhampton Amnesty International for International Women’s Day.

This film tells the remarkable story of how Christian, Muslim and other women of Liberia joined together in a peace movement to protest and end the country’s savage civil war. Risking their lives, they brought about a final peace which resulted in the election of the country’s female President. There will be a chance for informal discussion after the film. Tickets are available to book in advance (phone Ann on 01902 423122 or 07931553986).

Thu 8 Mar, 6.30pm. Cost: £5 full /  £2.50 concession – unwaged and NUS members

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