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13/12 LOCAL HERO (1983) UK, Bill Forsyth, Comedy/Drama, 111mins, PG. This tribute to rural Scotland’s irresistible charm is also the ultimate parable of going native. Texan billionaire Felix Happer despatches hot-shot executive "Mac" MacIntyre to buy up a Scottish fishing village. To his surprise, Mac finds the villagers receptive, but the plan is scuppered by the intransigence of a solitary fisherman who refuses to budge from his beach-side shack. As Mac becomes ever more embedded into village life, Happer decides to make a personal intervention. Forsyth’s unashamedly romantic evocation of Scotland is heightened by Mark Knopfler’s famous guitar score; the result is one of the most fondly admired British films of the 1980s.
10/1 ALL IS TRUE (2018) UK, Kenneth Branagh, Biography/Historical Drama, 101mis, 12A. In 1613 Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and a devastated Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family.
7/2 SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (2018) USA, Boots Riley, Comedy/Fantasy, 112mins, 15. In an alternate present-day version of Oakland California, black call centre worker Cassius Green discovers a surprising key to professional success. This propels him into a weird universe of "power calling" that leads to material glory. But the upswing in his career raises serious red flags with his girlfriend Detroit, a performance artist and minimum-wage activist who is secretly part of a Banksy-style activist collective. As his friends and co-workers organize in protest at corporate oppression, Cassius falls under the spell of his company's cocaine-snorting boss who tempts him with a salary beyond his wildest dreams.