Next Wednesday, October 21st 2015, is the date Marty McFly finds himself travelling forward to in Back to the Future II, and so the Lighthouse are screening the ’80s classic in celebration. It’s one of those rare sequels that manages to do so something clever with the original premise while expanding on its concept. Brilliant stuff.
Also at the Lighthouse on Saturday you can catch Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi satire Starship Troopers, a brilliant pastiche of war movies, and war itself.
Speaking of satire, the excellent The Lobster opens this week. Set in a dystopian future where being single has been outlawed, newly dumped Colin Farrell is sent to a remote hotel and given 45 days to find a mate or he will be transformed into an animal. Farrell is brilliant, piling on the pounds for the role, and it’s a hilarious send-up of societal attitudes to relationships.
Guillermo del Toro’s latest slice of fantasy horror is Crimson Peak. As an old school gothic melodrama it’s fine, with great set design and costumes, but it’s weighed down by an unnecessary supernatural subplot and a knife-wielding finale that would be more at home in a Scream movie.
The Program tells the story of cyclist Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace. Ben Foster is brilliant as Armstrong, but the movie never really grips you and there isn’t enough of journalist David Walsh’s investigation portrayed.
Pan is a terrible and unnecessary origin story for JM Barrie’s famous creation, Peter Pan. A series of Pan movies were planned but the movie has proved a massive flop in the States.
By Eric Hillis