Family and fascism march in lock step in The Childhood of a Leader. A visually sumptuous, slow-boil freakout set in France in the aftermath of World War I, it hinges on an unruly boy, Prescott (Tom Sweet), who goes to battle with his authoritarian parents as his American father (Liam Cunningham) is helping negotiate the peace terms with Germany. Having arrived as part of President Woodrow Wilson’s political retinue, the unnamed father has moved into a sprawling, dilapidated farmhouse.
1 h 56 min
Oscar® winner Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds star in the action-thriller Safe House. Washington plays the most dangerous renegade from the CIA, who comes back onto the grid after a decade on the run. When the South African safe house he’s remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative (Reynolds) escapes with him. Now, the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead. For the past year, Matt Weston has been frustrated by his inactive, backwater post in Cape Town.
1 h 55 min
Brendan Gleeson stars as an Irish cop whose life is disturbed when an FBI agent played by Don Cheadle arrives in his village on the trail of drug dealers. ‘The Guard,’ directed by John Michael McDonagh, is set in Galway and is expected to be just as much a success as ‘In Bruges’ (directed by John Michael McDonagh’s brother, Martin) and ‘The King’s Speech.’ It tells the tale of of a sergeant, played by Brendan Gleeson, who is tired of his life and job; the story then unfolds when a member of the FBI (Don Cheadle, the executive producer) is sent into the town to “investigate an international cocaine smuggling ring”.
1 h 36 min