March is a busy month at the Torch Theatre, Milford Haven with a selection of action packed films to satisfy any audience. From the all-star remake of the celebrated 1991 animation Beauty and the Beast (PG) to the oscar nominated Lion (PG) and Hacksaw Ridge (15) to Kong: Skull Island 2D (12A), the choice is yours.
Jackie (15) starts the month with screenings from Tuesday, 14 March to Thursday, 16 March with a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. Jackie places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that they created and loved so well.
Directed by Pablo Larrain, the screening on Thursday, 16 March at 7.30pm will be subtitled.
Having received six Oscar and five Bafta nominations, the Lion (PG) sees five-year-old Saroo getting lost on a train travelling away from his home and family. Join Saroo in his thrilling, emotional journey from Sunday, 12 March (with a subtitled screening) followed by a screening on Monday, 13 March.
Frightened and bewildered, he ends up thousands of miles away, in chaotic Kolkata. Somehow he survives living on the streets, escaping all sorts of terrors and close calls in the process, before ending up in an orphanage that is itself not exactly a safe haven. Eventually Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple, and finds love and security as he grows up in Hobart. Not wanting to hurt his adoptive parents’ feelings, he suppresses his past, his emotional need for reunification, and his hope of ever finding his lost mother and brother. But a chance meeting with some fellow Indians reawakens his buried yearning.
With just a small store of memories, and the help of a new technology called Google Earth, Saroo embarks on one of the greatest needle-in-a-haystack quests of modern times.
Beauty And The Beast 2D will feature from Friday, 17 March until Tuesday, 28 March with Disney’s animated classic getting a sumptuous live-action reboot with Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the lead roles.
Belle (Emma Watson) is a bookish young woman and keen inventor who goes in search of her father Maurice (Kevin Kline) when he disappears after visiting a mysterious castle. When she gets there, she is shocked to learn that he is the prisoner of the monstrous Beast (Dan Stevens) and volunteers to take his place. Initially terrified of her captive, she soon learns about how he was transformed from a handsome prince into his current state by a magical curse, and a tender love story soon develops.
The screening on Sunday, 19 March and Tuesday, 28 March will be subtitled.
Hacksaw Ridge (15) – the true story of Desmond Doss, the conscientious objector who, at the Battle of Okinawa, won the Medal of Honor for his incredible bravery and regard for his fellow soldiers will be screened from Sunday, 19 March to Tuesday, 21 March. We see his upbringing and how this shaped his views, especially his religious view and anti-killing stance. We see Doss’s trials and tribulations after enlisting in the US Army and trying to become a medic. Finally, we see the hell on Earth that was Hacksaw Ridge.
And for adventure and family fun, Kong: Skull Island 2D (12A) is one not be missed as the great ape roars back onto the screen in this spectacular reboot of the classic monster movie.
In the 1970’s a group of scientists, soldiers and government agents make the epic journey to a remote, uncharted Pacific island. But its natural beauty is soon revealed to harbour terrifying secrets in the form of enormous ape King Kong, revered by the locals as a god. But there are even deadlier threats to be faced if the team want to make it off the island alive, namely the man-eating, subterranean skull-crawlers.
For tickets, contact the Torch Theatre website on: www.torchtheatre.co.uk / (01646) 695267. Customers can now print their own tickets at home, so there will be no need to queue at the Box Office.