Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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SOUL POWER (12A, 92 mins) Prior to the legendary Rumble In The Jungle boxing match in 1974 in Kinshasa, which pitted Muhammad Ali against George Foreman, African and African-American musicians joined forces to stage a high-profile concert. Director Jeffrey Levy-Hinte assembles footage from this legendary event with backstage interviews and scenes of everyday life in Zaire. Performances include James Brown (Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud), BB King (The Thrill Is Gone) and Bill Withers (Hope She'll Be Happier).

MISHIMA: A LIFE IN FOUR CHAPTERS (15, 120 mins) This re-release of Paul Schrader's celebrated and unconventional 1985 biopic of Japanese author Yukio Mishima interweaves scenes from three important aspects of the subject's life set to Philip Glass's evocative score. Glimpses of Mishima's formative years unfold in black and white, juxtaposed with richly-coloured excerpts from some of his novels. Most powerfully, Schrader also chronicles the final day in the life of Mishima (Ken Ogata) as he holds a Japanese general hostage with the help of his private army and declares his devotion to the emperor before committing ritual suicide.

THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE (15, 98 mins) Writer-director Rebecca Miller adapts her own book, which chronicles the journey of self-discovery of 40-something Pippa (Wright Penn), who moves to a quiet and leafy retirement community with her much older husband, publisher Herb (Alan Arkin), who has suffered three heart attacks. At first, Pippa seems untroubled by the move from bustling New York to tranquil Connecticut, but emotional turmoil bubbles beneath the surface. The wife discovers that she is sleepwalking, and in a series of overlapping flashbacks she remembers her formative years, raging against her drug addict mother (Maria Bello), when the teenage Pippa (Blake Lively) learned to survive by her wits. By facing the ghosts of her troubled past, Pippa is drawn to handsome drifter Chris (Keanu Reeves), the son of a nosy neighbour, who plans to leave the retirement community as soon as he can.

35 SHOTS OF RUM (35 RHUMS) (12A, 101 mins) The new film from French writer-director Claire Denis is an intimate character study, delicately exposing the close bonds between the members of an extended family in one of Paris's bustling neighbourhoods. …

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