Sam Mendes, the Oscar-winning director of Skyfall, Spectre and American Beauty, brings his singular vision to his World War I epic 1917. At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay, Captain Fantastic) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman, “Game of Thrones”) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them. 1917 is directed by Sam Mendes, who wrote the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (“Penny Dreadful”).
Runtime 1hR 59 mins; Rated R
Visionary writer/director Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, The New World, The Thin Red Line, Days of Heaven) makes a triumphant return with A Hidden Life. Based on real events, the deeply-felt biographical drama is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl, Inglourious Basterds), who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. An ordinary Austrian farmer in a remote, idyllic mountain village, Franz lives happily with his wife and children, seemingly far from the fray, amid breathtaking vistas of natural splendor. But when he is required to take an oath of allegiance to Hitler, Franz refuses, holding fast to what he believes is right, when all around him comply. Faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fani (Valerie Pachner, The Ground Beneath My Feet) and children that keeps his spirit alive.
Runtime 2hrs 54 mins; Rated PG13
Martin Simmonds (Tim Roth) has been haunted throughout his life by the mysterious disappearance of his “brother” and extraordinary best friend, a Polish Jewish virtuoso violinist, Dovidl Rapaport, who vanished shortly before the 1951 London debut concert that would have launched his brilliant career. Thirty-five years later, Martin discovers that Dovidl (Clive Owen) may still be alive, and sets out on an obsessive intercontinental search to find him and learn why he left. Music by Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy). Directed by François Girard (The Red Violin, Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould).
Runtime 1hr 53 mins; Rated PG 13