The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new Stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Soon, she is forced to become their servant, disrespected, covered in ashes and spitefully renamed Cinderella. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her, and she continues to remain positive, determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” When Ella meets a dashing stranger in the woods, unaware that he is really the Prince (Richard Madden) and not merely Kit, an apprentice at the palace, she believes she has finally found a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the King (Derek Jacobi) summons all maidens in the kingdom to attend a royal ball at the palace, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit. Alas, her Stepmother forbids her to attend and callously destroys her dress. Meanwhile, the calculating Grand Duke (Stellan Skarsgård) devises a plan to thwart the Prince’s hopes of reuniting with Ella and enlists the support of the devious Stepmother. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand. Soon, a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin, a few mice and a magic wand, changes Cinderella’s life forever.
A Little Chaos..cert 12
Alan Rickman directs and stars in this British period drama alongside Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts. Landscape architect Sabine De Barra (Winslet) is selected to design a garden in the grounds of King Louis XIV’s new Palace of Versailles. As she develops a professional relationship with the king’s principal gardener André Le Nôtre (Schoenaerts), romance gradually blossoms between the two. Meanwhile, Sabine faces challenges in her new position within the palace and must defy the limits of her gender and class. The cast also includes Stanley Tucci, Helen McCrory and Jennifer Ehle.
Dark By Noon..cert 15
Rez (Patrick Buchanan – Belfast Story) lost his wife sometime in the past. Now he is a man abandoned by society and trying to survive and provide for his daughter. He also possesses a gift: the perfect photographic memory. But having perfect recall isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Rez finds himself involved with dangerous people from his past who persuade him into testing their stolen time machine “Titus” that has the ability to send someone hours into the future. When Rez leaps forward in time and witnesses a nuclear explosion, he returns to his own time and has only eight hours to discover the cause and save the city from destruction.