This week at Royston Picture Palace - an unbroken spirit whose life is so inspiring

Jack O'Connell in Unbroken

Jack O'Connell in Unbroken - Credit: Archant

Cinema choice galore at Royston’s Picture Palace this weekend, with three very different movies on offer.

First up on Friday night is Unbroken, Angelia Jolie’s directorial debut and a stirring true-life tale based around the incredible exploits of Louis Zamperini – raised in a New York family of Italian origin, Olympic athlete, shipwreck survivor, Japanese concentration camp prisoner and peace campaigner, and a name which deserves to be much more widely known than it is.

Louis only died last summer, at the grand old age of 97, so never got to see himself immortalised on the big screen by rising star Jack O’Connell.

It’s a solid effort all round rather than a spectacular one, but the sheer range of the life portrayed and the indomitable spirit of one man shines through.

Saturday afternoon brings something more mainstream – one of those franchise movies with a colon in the title and a very long name.


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This time it’s Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, in which the action switches to London, because when a format begins to flag they send it on holiday.

Ricky Gervais, Ben Stiller, Steve Coogan, Ben Kingsley, Owen Wilson – they’re all present and correct, along with Robin Williams in one of his final roles. It does what it says on the tin, but not with any great zip.

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Saturday evening and the mood switches back to more grown-up fare, with a chance to catch Bill Murray in St Vincent, in which the rumpled one plays the most inappropriate childminder in the world – think Uncle Buck with shades of South Park humour.

It’s good knockabout fun and you know exactly where it is going.

Visit www.roystonpicturepalace.org.uk to reserve your place at any of the shows.

In the wider world, releases this week include Jupiter Ascending, more mind-boggling sci-fi adventure from the Wachowski brothers, the boys who came up with The Matrix. Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum star, Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne are both in there, too.

Selma, the much-praised drama set in the 1960s Deep South during the civil rights era with David Oyelowo outstanding as Martin Luther King, is a powerful piece of cinema and if you’re looking for shear enjoyment check out Shaun The Sheep: The Movie, a family-friendly animation with the Aardman mark of quality written all over it.

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