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Independent cinema in Lancaster

If you like independent and contemporary cinema that crosses the mainstream divide, check out the Dukes Cinema in Lancaster.

Box office: 01524 598500

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Sunday 9 - Monday 10 October
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (PG)

Dir: Tim Burton USA/UK 2005 1hr 55m
with Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Freddie Highmore
Charlie Bucket comes from a poor family, and spends his time dreaming about the chocolate he loves but can't afford. One day, after finding some money in the street, Charlie buys a bar of his beloved Willy Wonka chocolate which, miraculously, contains the last golden ticket to a tour of the eccentric chocolatier's extraordinary chocolate factory.

Monday 10 October
The Chorus (12a)

Dir: Christophe Barratier France 2004 1hr 30m subtitled
with Gérard Jugnot, François Berléand, Kad Merad
In this remake of the 1945 A Cage of Nightingales, a professor of music, Clement Mathieu (Jugnot), decides to start a choir to help rehabilitate young delinquents sent to a severe French boarding school for boys.

Sunday 16 - Tuesday 18 October
Yes (15)

Dir: Sally Potter USA/UK 2004 1hr 40m
with Joan Allen, Simon Abkarian, Sam Neill
An unconventional and romantic film from acclaimed director Sally Potter, Yes is the story of a passionate love affair between an American woman and a Middle-Eastern man in which they confront some of the greatest conflicts of our generation - religious, political and sexual.

Sunday 16 - Tuesday 18 October
Me and You and Everyone We Know (15)

Dir: Miranda July USA/UK 2005 1hr 30m
with John Hawkes, Miranda July, Brandon Ratcliff
Currently taking the US by storm, Me and You and Everyone We Know is the stunning debut feature film from Miranda July. An original vision of relationships and the search for love, where everyday people act on secret impulses and experience truthful human moments that at times approach both the hilarious and the surreal. A smart, charming, original and must see film.

Sunday 16 - Tuesday 18 October
Little Terrorist (PG)

Dir: Ashvin Kumar India/UK 2004 15m subtitled
with Salim Ali Khan, Sushil Sharma, Meghnaa Mehtta
This internationally acclaimed short film will be shown before all screenings of Me and You and Everyone We Know. A twelve year old Pakistani Muslim boy mistakenly crosses the mine strewn border into India and finds an unusual ally - Bhola, a Hindu school teacher, who must find a way of hiding him from the Indian soldiers looking for, what they mistakenly believe, is a 'terrorist' who has crossed over.

Wednesday 19 - Thursday 20 October
Pusher 2: With Blood on my Hands (tbc)

Dir: Nicolas Winding Refn Denmark/UK 2004 1hr 40m subtitled
with Mads Mikkelsen, Leif Sylvester, Anne Sorensen
In this second film in Nicolas Winding Refn's trilogy of films focusing on the drug trade from the pushers' point of view, Tony is released from prison again. This time he has his mind set on changing his broken down life, but this proves to be easier said than done.

Film of the Month
Wednesday 19 October
All Quiet on the Western Front (PG)

Dir: Lewis Milestone USA 1930 2hrs 27m b&w some subtitles
with Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, John Wray, Arnold Lucy
Adapted from the Remarque WW1 novel, this film is widely regarded as the greatest war film ever made. A cinematic masterpiece and searing indictment of the insanity of war, All Quiet on the Western Front focuses on the fate of a group of classmates, who enlist to fight in the German army, only to find their patriotic dreams turn into nightmares in the reality of trench war fare.

Thursday 20 - Saturday 22 October
Crash (15)

Dir: Paul Haggis USA/Germany 2004 1hr 53m
with Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon
Crash uses a sophisticated, layered structure to tell the stories of a multi-racial group of characters in contemporary LA. As their lives inter-connect through a sequence of events around a car accident, we see their prejudices, tensions and hopes, and how tough, yet uplifting, life in the 'melting pot' can be.

Friday 21 - Sunday 23 October
The Sun (PG)

Dir: Alexandr Sokurov Russia 2004 1hr 50m subtitled
with Issei Ogata, Robert Dawson, Kaori Momoi
The third chapter in Sokurov's Russian tetralogy on 20th century men of power, The Sun focuses on the Japanese Emperor Hirohito and his astonishing public appeal to his countrymen in August 1945 to cease all fighting. By following the events in Hirohito's cloistered life up to Japan's surrender and his renunciation of divine status, Sokurov tells the story of the unlikely bond between the unworldly Japanese ruler and General Douglas MacArthur, commander-in-chief of the American forces. An intimate on-screen portrayal
of Hirohito as never seen before, this is a timeless piece of cinema from Russia's greatest living director.

Sunday 23 October
The Descent (18)

Dir: Neil Marshall UK 2005 1hr 39m
with MyAnna Burning, Molly Kayll, Craig Conway
Disaster strikes a group of girlfriends on their yearly caving trip in a remote mountain range,
when their route back to the surface is blocked by a rockfall. Trapped in an unexplored cave where no one is coming to rescue them, the group push on, praying for another exit. Unbeknown to them, there is something else lurking underneath the earth, and, in their battle for survival, the friends realise they have most to fear from one another.

Sunday 30 - Monday 31 October
On a Clear Day (12a)

Dir: Gaby Dellal UK 2005 1hr 38m
with Peter Mullan, Brenda Blethyn, Billy Boyd
Frank is a hard-working 55 year-old, respected in his local community, who suddenly finds himself without a job and direction. When his friend Danny jokes that on a clear day he could swim to France, an idea is planted in Frank's mind. Concealing his plans from his loving wife Joan, Frank decides to put his life back together by swimming the English Channel.

Sunday 30 - Monday 31 October
The Secret Lives of Dentists (15)

Dir: Alan Rudolph USA 2002 1hr 44m
with Campbell Scott, Denis Leary, Robin Tunney
A keenly observed comedy drama, The Secret Lives of Dentists centres on the life of dentist David Hurst whose strange dreams blur the boundaries between fantasy and reality. When Hurst discovers that his wife is being unfaithful he is torn between caution and heeding an inner voice - personified by Denis Leary - into pursuing drastic action.

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