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By Blackmore Vale Magazine  |  Posted: November 30, 2012

James Stewart stars in It's A Wonderful Life.

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TONIGHT, Friday, at Durweston Village Hall, Meryl Streep fans can see her latest romantic comedy, Hope Springs.

Her enduring marriage to Tommy Lee Jones has settled into a pattern of mutual support and caring, but there's little room or time for the passion of their early days. So they book in for an intensive course of counselling to see if the sparks might fly again.

The film tonight at the David Hall in South Petherton is also about therapy and fiery displays, but of a very different type. We Have a Pope is about what happens when the white smoke has appeared over the Vatican roof, but the new incumbent is not too sure how to handle it, and his advisors bring in a psychoanalyst.

From today, Friday to next Thursday you can see The Sapphires at the Rex Cinema in Wareham. Based on a true story, it follows the fortunes of four talented Australian Aboriginal girls who set out to entertain troops in 1968 Vietnam. Chris O'Dowd plays their manager.

This week's Movie at Athelhampton is also set in Italy. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's adaptation of EM Forster's A Room With a View, was released in 1985. The starry cast includes Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Simon Callow, Daniel Day Lewis and Denholm Eliot. See it at Athelhampton on Sunday at 2.30, or on Tuesday 4th December at 7.30.

Also on Tuesday, Strode Theatre in Street is showing Untouchable. In French with subtitles, it is the story of Driss, a young man on parole after serving time for robbery, who takes a job caring for a quadriplegic millionaire, and succeeds in changing his melancholy life to joy.

On Saturday 8th December, Strode Theatre shows the 1946 Frank Capra Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life. George Bailey (James Stewart) has lived in Bedford Falls all his life – in fact, he's given his life to the common good of his town. When his father died, he took on the family banking business instead of spreading his wings and going to college. The only alternative to heartless local uber-entrepreneur Potter (Lionel Barrymore), George has saved many a citizen's bacon over the years. But now he can't even save his own: Potter has driven him out of business and George is on the verge of committing suicide on Christmas Eve.

That's when Heaven sends out apprentice angel Clarence (Henry Travers), a kindly, bumbling chap still waiting to earn his wings, who takes George on a terrifying journey through his home town as it would be if George had never been born: it's now called Pottersville, and it's a very different place!

Next Wednesday, 5th December, Blandford Film Society shows Mao's Last Dancer at the School. Based on the true story of Li Cunxin, a talented young dancer from a rural settlement in China, taken by Madam Mao's cultural delegates from his parents to be trained in Beijing, it follows his progress through ballet school to defection.

Also on Wednesday, Moviola shows the Aung San Suu Kyi biopic The Lady at Motcombe Village Hall. Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis star as the Burmese democracy leader and her husband, writer Michael Aris.

On Friday 7th December the Batcombe Film Society film is Midnight in Paris, showing at the Jubilee Hall. Woody Allen's film follows writer Gil (Owen Wilson) on holiday in France with his fiancee and her parents. Bored with their tastes in activities, he heads off into the night, to find he has been transported through time to the glory days of the 20s, and his literary heroes are there before his eyes.

And next Saturday 8th December, audiences at Shaftesbury Arts Centre can see The Hedgehog. It's the story of bored, wealthy 11-year-old Paloma and how she finds a way out of her pessimistic take on life by getting involved in the worlds of the grumpy concierge and an enigmatic neighbour.

This week's films at Salisbury Odeon, from today Friday to Thursday 6th December, are Gambit, Great Expectations, Madagascar 3, Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger, Rise of the Guardians, Silver Linings Playbook, Skyfall and Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2.

The Odeon Kids film, on screen at 11am on Saturday and Sunday, is Paranorman and the Senior Screen film, at 11am on Wednesday next, is Hope Springs.

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