Thursday 6th June
Quartet 12A 98 min TRAILER
At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.
The summary above comes from IMDB, who also point out that people who like Quartet also enjoyed Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - definitely one for the Radio 4/Classic FM generation. Indeed, anyone listening to the wireless (sic) before Christmas will have been hard pressed not to hear Dustin Hoffman promoting his first directorial effort.
People who saw the original play will be intrigued to see how opening out the action to include much more than the central cast of four affects the story. With a cast like this, it would be hard to go wrong and we expect it to be very popular.
Thursday 4th July
Lincoln 12A 150 min TRAILER
As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.
With a Best Actor award at the Oscars for Daniel Day-Lewis and very high audience -satisfaction scores on Rotten Tomatoes this will be a real treat for Independence Day.
Review and Trailer from the Guardian. You can also read about how seriously he prepares for his roles as a method actor.
Thursday 1st August
Arbitrage 15 107 min TRAILER
In economics and finance, arbitrage is the practice of taking advantage of a price difference between two or more markets: striking a combination of matching deals that capitalize upon the imbalance, the profit being the difference between the market prices (Wikipedia). Hedge funds make extensive use of this approach, which would seem to involve a high degree of opportunism and gambling - and a certain type of person.
This powerful thriller is set in the world of high finance and stars Richard Gere as a hedge-fund manager up to no good who attempts to cover up the death of his mistress in a car accident. Gere has received widespread praise for his performance, with a strong supporting cast including Susan Sarandon and Tim Roth.
I couldnâ€™t find a review in the Wall Street Journal (who must know about these things) but here is one from Rolling Stone magazine and you can see clips and trailer at the filmâ€™s Official Site and read an interview with Gere about the film.