STARTING tonight, Friday, at the Rex in Wareham is Quartet, in which director Dustin Hoffman conducts delightful performances from Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly and Pauline Collins as retired musicians living in comfort in a beautiful country house. They are organising a fund raising concert, and the arrival of Maggie Smith, a diva once married to Courtenay, throws the arrangements into disarray. Quartet continues until next Thursday 31st January, when it is followed by Oscar nominated Tarantino film Django Unchained, in for seven days.
The Movie at Athelhampton this Sunday at 2.30 is Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, directed by Lasse Hallstrom and starring Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor and Kristin Scott Thomas. A British fisheries expert is approached by a consultant charged with making a wealthy sheikh's dream of a salmon stream in the desert become a reality.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is also showing at Forest Arts in New Milton today, Friday 25th January, at 2.30 and 7.30.
The film adaptation of Yann Martel's award-winning novel Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee, comes to the Lighthouse Cinema at Poole today, Friday, for seven days. The son of an Indian zoo owner finds himself shipwrecked with a tiger, and their relationship changes to one of mutual dependence.
On Saturday and Wednesday, the Lighthouse shows Love Crime, a French film with subtitles, starring Kristen Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier. It is a story of corporate betrayal, laced with emotional ambiguity and violent retribution.
Life of Pi is also on screen at Christchurch Regent Centre, from Sunday to Wednesday.
The Regent has a special showing of How to Train Your Dragon tomorrow, Saturday 26th January at 10.30am, organised by the GodFirst Church.
Next Monday, Tuesday and Thursday audiences at the Tivoli in Wimborne can see Great Expectations, the latest film version of Dickens's classic novel. It stars Helena Bonham Carter as the jilted Miss Havisham, Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch and Jeremy Irvine as Pip, with Robbie Coltrane, David Walliams and Holliday Grainger among the cast.
The Pic Docs film at Poole's Lighthouse Cinema next Tuesday 29th January is Jiro Dreams of Sushi, showing at 9pm. It is a documentary about Japan's greatest master chef and his family, all on a quest to perfect the art of sushi and protect their gastronomic dynasty.
This week's film at Salisbury Odeon, from today Friday to Thursday 31st January, are Django Unchained, Last Man Standing, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Monsters Inc, Quartet and Zero Dark Thirty.
The Senior Screen film next Wednesday at 11am is The Sapphires and the Odeon Kids offering is Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, showing on Saturday and Sunday at 11am.