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MOVIES from around the world are heading to Coventry as part of Warwick Arts Centre's new season of film.

Top dramas, tense and gritty thrillers, stylish period pieces and thought-provoking foreign imports are among the offerings for the spring season. Jan McQuillan, of the arts centre, says: "We hit the ground running with powerful financial thriller Margin Call.

"Oscar-nominated for a biting, prescient script, this is a fictional take on the biggest story of the last decade.

"J C Chandor's debut film takes the trauma witnessed by Wall Street over the past few years and compresses it into one long dark night of the soul for a group of traders who find them standing on edge of financial calamity.

Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci, Demi Moore, and Jeremy Irons are just some of the big names on display in this modern-day morality tale."

The venue is also showcasing some of the best female talent working in cinema today.

Charlize Theron plays a different kind of monster altogether in her new film Young Adult, from Juno writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman.

She stars as Mavis, a selfish, binge-drinking single woman who returns to home to win back her happily married high-school boyfriend in this black comedy.

At the other end of the spectrum, a chilling tale of innocence lost is what underpins Martha Marcy May Marlene. Elizabeth Olsen plays a young woman who flees from a seemingly idyllic cult and back into her sister's life.

A real-life woman is profiled in The Lady from French director Luc Besson. Michelle Yeoh stars as the inspirational Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese opposition politician who was kept under house arrest for 15 years.

Madonna's debut feature as director also takes its cue from recent history, with a look at the relationship between Wallis Simpson and King Edward. Other highlights include Clint Eastwood's new movie J. Edgar, based on the life of the founder of the FBI and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Judi Dench as well as the film debut of Warwick Arts Centre regulars Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod's Bel Ami starring Robert Pattinson.

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel writer Deborah Moggach will also be hosting a post-screening Q&A while international cinema includes new films from India, France, Argentina and Norway. Box office 024 7652 4524. Visit www.warwickartscentre.


BAD GIRL: Charlize Theron in Young Adult LONG DARK NIGHT: Kevin Spacey in Margin Call
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 24, 2012
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