By Brian Hardacre - 24th September 2014 6:00am
Family Film Night is Back
I hope that everyone is enjoying this unexpected Indian Summer. At present it seems to be going on for ever but we all know that just round the corner is Autumn and then Winter. However it's not all doom and gloom because Autumn and Winter herald the return of the ever popular Friday Film Night at the Tarvin Community Centre.
In fact we are not even waiting for Autumn because Friday Film Night is back this Friday, 26th September, with two great recently released films. The Friday Family film, starting at the usual time of 18.00, is How to Train Your Dragon 2. DreamWorks Animation returns to the world of dragons and Vikings in this sequel to their successful 2010 outing How to Train Your Dragon.
The original film followed the exploits of a Viking chief's son, who must capture a dragon in order to mark his passage into manhood and prove his worthiness to the tribe. Exciting, emotionally resonant, and beautifully animated, How to Train Your Dragon 2 builds on its predecessor's successes just the way a sequel should.
It was well received by an amazing 92% of both critics and audiences. PG, 1 hr. 45 min.
The Friday Night adult film is Belle which received nearly as high ratings, with 83% of critics giving it the thumbs-up and 86% of audiences liking it. Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode). Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing.
While her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar's son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. PG, 1 hr. 42 mins