TWO cinemas, the Regent Centre in Christchurch and the Rex in Wareham, will be showing Steven Spielberg's Lincoln from today.
Nominated for 12 Oscars, Spielberg's labour of love is leading the pack in Hollywood but only picked up one BAFTA (best actor for Daniel Day Lewis) out of ten nominations.
In 1865, the American Civil War is reaching its conclusion with victory for the North. But to cement that victory, Lincoln must persuade congress to abolish slavery forever. If the South surrenders before Congress can pass the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, the returning Southern congressmen will block the legislation. The president knows he is in a race against time to resolve the dispute over slavery once and for all.
The film concentrates on Lincoln at the peak of his power, winning the war and winning the battle over slavery in congress. This is a political drama full of inclusive rhetoric and debating skills. Lincoln still has to bribe his own Democrats with top jobs and persuade the Republicans that only legislation will ensure a lasting peace. Sally Field plays Mrs Lincoln with James Spader as his chief persuader of votes and Tommy Lee Jones as the fire and brimstone abolitionist in the House of Representatives.
At Christchurch, the film is on until next Sunday 24th February, and at Wareham it finishes on Thursday.
During the days, the Rex will show the highly-praised new animation Frankenweenie on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, and it is followed in the daytime slot by Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings, from Wednesday to Friday.
The half term family film at the Regent Centre is Rise of the Guardians from tomorrow, Saturday until next Friday 22nd February at 2.30.
Based on the best selling children's books by William Joyce, this is a modern Grimm style fairy tale.
When the evil spirit, Pitch Black, decides to launch an attack on Earth, all that stands between him and total domination, are the immortal Guardians – heroes one and all! The Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, Jack Frost, the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman are all on hand to defend Earth and deal with Pitch Black.
(Rise of the Guardians is also on at Poole's Lighthouse from Tuesday 19th to Thursday 21st February)
The film coming to Poole's Lighthouse Cinema today, Friday, is the powerful screen version of the world's favourite musical, Les Miserables, on until next Thursday. The vast scale of Victor Hugo's novel is captured with a few fully peopled longshots, and a concentration on the faces of the main characters. Look out for film debutante Samantha Barks as the brave Eponine, and terrific performances from Hugh Jackman as Valjean, Anne Hathaway as Fantine and Eddie Redmayne as Marius, with thevery dark light relief of Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen as the grasping Thenardiers.
Tomorrow, Saturday 16th February the Lighthouse Cinema welcomes the Banff Film Festival back, full of mountainous excitement and daring.
On Tuesday and Wednesday next week the cinema also shows What Richard Did, a film made in Ireland and cast entirely from young non professional actors. It's a tense thriller about a teenager who is haunted by a terrible accident.
Wimborne's Tivoli brings in Quartet today, showing at various times until next Wednesday. Set in a home for retired musicians, it stars Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Tom Courtenay and Pauline Collins.
Tonight, Friday, at Frogham, Moviola is showing Tortoise in Love, set and entirely shot in the village of Kingston Bagpuize, where a young gardener falls in love, very slowly, with a visiting au pair.
The Movie at Athelhampton this Sunday is the new Anna Karenina, which has won BAFTAS for costume and visuals. Keira Knightley plays Tolstoy's tragic heroine, with Jude Law as her husband,.
At The Hub in Verwood next Tuesday 19th February, and on Wednesday, family filmgoers can see Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, further animated adventures of remarkable animals, on screen at 11.30am and 2pm.
The film at the Hub on Wednesday evening is Skyfall, the latest, and some say best, in the James Bond set. It's full of invention, and very much darker than its predecessors. With Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Naomi Harris, Rory Kinnear and many more.
Next Friday 22nd February, Devon based musical duo Solarfrerence will be providing live accompaniment to John Barrymore's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, showing at Salisbury Arts Centre at 8pm.
The films at Salisbury's Odeon cinema this week, from today, Friday to next Thursday, are Beautiful Creatures, I Give it a Year , A Good Day to Die Hard, Les Miserables, Sammy's Adventure 2: Sammy's Great Escape, This is 40 and Wreck It Ralph.
The Senior Screen film, on Wednesday at 11am, is Run for your Wife and the Odeon Kids show, from today to Sunday at 11am, is The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists.