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Film: Hope Springs

Hope Springs is a middle-aged rom-com as Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep’s married couple ponder where the love in their marriage went.

Arnold and Kay have been married 31 years, the children have moved out, had kids of their own, and they’ve settled in to a routine as a result, as well as separate rooms. Intimacy is not regular anymore, shall we say. So Kay takes them off to see Steve Carrell’s couples therapist, Dr Feld, for a week-long intensive course, with hilarious and surprisingly heartfelt results.

Good for: Showing the young ones they don’t have a stranglehold on relationship dramas

Starring: Meryl Streep, Steve Carrell, Tommy Lee Jones | 12A | 99mins

Film: Premium Rush

Gordon Levitt – last seen in The Dark Knight Rises – stars in this action flick as a bike courier chased around the Big Apple by Michael Shannon’s dirty cop. Like Speed, but with pedal power replacing automotive transportation.

It sounds dumb, but has rave reviews Stateside, and in Levitt and Shannon you’ve got two quality actors not usually known for action cinema – yet.

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt | TBC | 91mins
 

On general release September 14

 

Film: To Rome With Love

After moving his filmmaking to London, seemingly, to rejuvenate his creative juices, Woody Allen (each new film being touted as a return to form) has now moved to Europe.

Barcelona, Paris, and now the Italian capital play host to his witty lyricisms. This newbie’s an ensemble drama featuring the likes of Jesse Eisenberg, Penelope Cruz and Ellen Page.

On general release September 14


Exhibition: Tekken Art Exhibition

Forget all the athletes and health freaks who’ve been sprinting round the East End, this exhibition celebrates the sofa-bound gamers out there – sort of.

Games fans are invited to submit photos of art inspired by the famous game – tattoos, paintings, sculptures, the works – with the best ones chosen for exhibition.

East Gallery, E1 6SA.
Sept 14-16. Free 
Tube | Old Street
eastgallery.co.uk / @wearetekken


Comedy: Mark Thomas – Bravo Figaro

The politically-minded stand-up and campaigner – Coca Cola once asked of him, pathetically, why he kept picking on them, after he sought to publicise their shady developing-world deeds – brings a new show to town that focuses on his late father and his paradoxical love of opera. A moving Edinburgh hit.

Tricycle Theatre
269 Kilburn Road, NW6 7JR. Sept 10-22.
£18+ 
Tube | Brondesbury 
tricycle.co.uk

 

Theatre: Soul Sister

From her early days as Anna Mae Bullock leaving Nutbush Tennessee for big city life to the revival of her global popularity several decades later, this lively new musical charts Tina Turner’s story with panache.

You wouldn’t expect historical background from a biomusical, and don’t get it, but Emi Wokoma as Tina is simply the best.

Savoy
The Strand, WC2R 0ET. Until Sept 29, £25+ 
Tube | Charing Cross 
hatgtickets.com 

 

 

Theatre: An Incident At The Border

Entertaining though it is, Kieran Lynn’s short new play – about a young couple on a park bench suddenly divided by a new border drawn between them a military jobsworth forbids them to cross – isn’t much more than an over- extended comic sketch with serious undertones. Winning performances, though.

Trafalgar Studios 2
Whitehall, SW1A 2DY. Until Sept 15
£20+ 
Tube | Charing Cross 
atgtickets.com

 

Photos: Sukan Draw; MarilynKingwill


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