*** Moviola Film Night is Cancelled until the current restriction for Coronavirus (COVID-19) are lifted. ***
Moviola brings the best in cinema to your community, wherever you live in the UK – in the last year nearly 2,000 film shows for 125,000 people.
Kilmington shows the films on a wide screen in the village hall with seating for 100. The first showing in Kilmington was in March 2005 with the film “Vanity Fair”. Since it started until December 2019 we have shown 112 films selling 7,785 tickets and raising £19,218 for the Village Hall funds.
Tickets booked in advance (£5.00) or on the door (£5.50). Advance booking by phoning 01297 639758, please leave contact details and the booking will be confirmed or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Good Liar (15) Wednesday 1st April 2020
This mystery thriller is outrageous and irresistible, an old-fashioned drama with dashes of Patricia Highsmith, Patrick Hamilton, John le Carré. It features delicious performances by Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen – I don’t think McKellen has had such a juicy role since his turn in the 1998 drama Apt Pupil – and the film has such storytelling gusto that you’ll overlook bits of implausible silliness involving smartphone-type “handsets” with which large financial sums can supposedly be transferred from one bank account to another.
The director is Bill Condon, and it’s adapted by screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher from the bestselling 2016 novel by first-time author Nicholas Searle who caused a flurry of his own by announcing that he was “not allowed to say more about his career than that he was a senior civil servant for many years”. Mirren plays a retired, well-off widow called Betty McLeish looking for decorous romantic companionship from a silver-years dating website. She finds herself set up for lunch with roguish old charmer Roy Courtnay (McKellen) who enchants her with his twinkly-eyed naughtiness, and, even though Betty can see he’s a little bit improper, she’s no prig and likes a laugh.
It isn’t long before Roy has actually moved in as a platonic house guest to the astonished disapproval of Betty’s grandson Steven (Russell Tovey) a postgraduate student who occasionally stays overnight at Betty’s house. Steven is right to worry – because Roy is a dead-eyed predatory conman, working with phony accountant Vincent (a nice performance from Jim Carter) to bilk greedy businessmen out of their cash and trick widows out of their savings. But maybe this scheme to hoodwink Betty will not go as smoothly as smug Roy thinks.
This movie rattles along with terrific energy and dash and the flashback sequences show that it’s actually far more daring and ambitious that you might expect. It’s a great duel between McKellen and Mirren.
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