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Dan Carrier’s movies news: 1917; John Carpenter

10 January, 2020 — By Dan Carrier

ALL eyes this week are directed towards Sir Sam Mendes’ new war drama, 1917.

Fresh from success at the Golden Globes, there is now an inevitable Oscar buzz about the director’s story of two young British soldiers given a life-saving mission.

George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman star as the everyday Tommies ordered by a brisk General (Colin Firth, pictured) to leave the comparative safety of their position and warn a battalion near them that they are about to walk into a huge German trap – and the only way to do so is to undertake a perilous journey as all communication wires are down.

They have a series of man-made and natural barriers in front of them: the mud and blood of no man’s land, a dodgy tunnel system to negotiate, and of course the German army.

With Andrew Scott, Benedict Cumberbatch and Mark Strong in supporting roles, this looks like a very British, Boys’ Own story of individual heroism in the midst o the mindless slaughter of the Great War.

• Head to the Prince Charles Cinema, just off Leicester Square, this weekend for a John Carpenter all-nighter. The picture house is screening back-to-back Carpenter movies all through Saturday night (kicking off at the owl-ish hour of 11.30pm).

The Carpenter classics featured include Big Trouble In Little China, Escape From New York, The Thing and They Live.

If an all-night film fest sounds too much, the Prince Charles also has Strangers On A Train, Mullholland Drive and 2001: A Space Odyssey screening this weekend, underlining why it is still the original and best independent cinema in the capital.

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