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Bond tracks down threat after MI6 attack

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

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Continuing to show at Wells Film Centre this week is the latest installment in the James Bond story Skyfall (12A).

Bond's (Daniel Craig) loyalty to M (Judi Dench) is tested as her past comes back to haunt her.

As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

On Monday, at Strode Theatre, in Street, The Snows Of Kilimanjaro (15) is being screened at 7.30pm.

At a French shipyard, a trade unionist named Michel deliberately arranges to have himself on the dockworkers' randomly chosen downsizing list to spare another of his fellow workers.

While he has his severance package and his friends and family's generosity to ease this sacrifice, this also gets his home invaded and robbed along with his wife and friends.

Through pure luck, Michel finds out the identity of one of his assailants, a young worker who was on the same downsizing list himself, and gets him arrested. However, both Michel and his wife find that their vindictive satisfaction is soured by their realisation of their assailant's motives and the larger consequences of their revenge.

On Tuesday, at 7.30pm Strode is screening the documentary The Queen Of Versailles (PG).

In 2008, the Siegel family was top of the heap with the wealthy and politically influential David Siegel running the successful Westgate Resorts time-share business.

To enjoy their good life, he and his engineer turned beauty queen trophy wife, Jackie, were building the largest single family private home in America.

Suddenly, both the US economy and Westgate were rocked by the devastating sub-prime mortgage collapse.

In the new economic reality with the business teetering on ruin, we follow the Siegels as they struggle to scale down their grotesquely ostentatious lifestyle.

For this family, accepting that situation proved a dispiriting struggle even as their unfinished dream home became a monument of their superficial values.

On Wednesday at 7.30pm and Thursday, November 15, at 5pm and 7.30pm Hope Springs (12A) is showing at Strode.

Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) are a middle-aged couple whose marriage has declined until they are now sleeping in separate rooms and barely interact in any meaningful loving way.

Finally, Kay has had enough and finds a book by Dr Feld (Steve Carrell) which inspires her to sign them up for the Doctor's intense week long marriage counselling session.

Although Arnold sees nothing wrong with their 30 year long marriage, he reluctantly agrees to go on the expensive excursion.

What follows is an insightful experience as Dr Feld manages to help the couple understand how they have emotionally drifted apart and what they can do to reignite their passion. Even with the Doctor's advice, Kay and Arnold find that renewing their marriage's fire is a daunting challenge for them both.

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