Their Finest (12A)



Comedy (2016)
117mins UK

Starring: Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy, Sam Claflin, Jack Huston, Paul Ritter
Director: Lone Scherfig
Writer(s): Gaby Chiappe
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Catrin Cole takes a paid position as a secretary at the British Ministry of Information, which produces propaganda to buoy the nation's spirits. Roger Swain heads up the film division and he entreats scriptwriters Tom Buckley and Raymond Parfitt to unearth a true story of wartime heroism that embodies "authenticity with optimism" and can be immortalised on celluloid. Catrin is asked to pen the female characters' dialogue - dismissively referred to as "the slop" - and she toils alongside Tom and Raymond.

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Their Finest (12A)

It's tally ho and chocks away to a tumultuous period when upper lips were jolly stiff and women on the home front actively served the bomb-ravaged nation. Based on Lissa Evans' novel Their Finest Hour And A Half, Lone Scherfig's wartime comedy drafts frothy drama and heart-tugging romance into active service, assisted by a starry and largely British cast. Inveterate scene-stealer Bill Nighy delivers another masterclass in deadpan delivery and arched eyebrows as a one-time screen idol, whose glory days are far behind him. Gemma Arterton is a delightful foil, banging a drum for gender equality in the face of chauvinist condescension, with sterling support from the likes of Richard E Grant, Helen McCrory, Eddie Marsan and Jeremy Irons...

Their Finest. Copyright: Lionsgate Films. Caption: Gemma Arterton stars in Their Finest, directed by Lone Sherfig. Photo: Nicola Dove. All Rights Reserved.The script, penned by Gaby Chiappe, maintains a brisk pace and a light tone despite the grim historical backdrop, celebrating the power of cinema to dispel the gloom during the Second World War. "Films: real life with the boring bits cut out," pithily professes one crew member. Their Finest largely observes these sage words and only permits reality to bite in closing frames when the devastation of the Blitz takes its toll on the key figures. When her painter husband Ellis (Jack Huston) fails to sell his canvasses, Catrin Cole (Arterton) takes a paid position as a secretary at the British Ministry of Information, which produces propaganda to buoy the nation's spirits.

Roger Swain (Grant) heads up the film division and he entreats scriptwriters Tom Buckley (Sam Claflin) and Raymond Parfitt (Paul Ritter) to unearth a true story of wartime heroism that embodies "authenticity with optimism" and can be immortalised on celluloid. The real-life rescue of wounded British soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk by twin sisters using their father's boat is just the ticket. Catrin is asked to pen the female characters' dialogue - dismissively referred to as "the slop" - and she toils alongside Tom and Raymond to give voice to the sisters. Before production commences, a pompous cabinet minister (Irons) insists the script should include an American character in order to persuade the United States to join the Allied assault. Thus, handsome airman Carl Lundbeck (Jake Lacy), who is more wooden than the studio sets, is cast alongside ageing theatrical ham Ambrose Hilliard (Nighy) on a shoot that sparks forbidden romance and mutual respect between Catrin and Tom.

Their Finest is a sweet and charming confection with a full conscription of reliable cliches to keep the cinematic fires burning. Arterton and Claflin kindle a spiky on-screen romance, conflicted about their feelings for each other until a supporting character observes, "When life is so precious, it seems an awful shame to waste it." Period detail is solid throughout and director Scherfig makes light work of the two-hour running time. An exceedingly fine affair.

- Kim Hu

Their Finest. Copyright: Lionsgate Films. Caption: Gemma Arterton stars in Their Finest, directed by Lone Sherfig. Photo: Nicola Dove. All Rights Reserved.


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Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 12th May
To Thursday 18th May

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aldershot, Cineworld Aldershot
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Andover, Odeon Andover
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Ayr, Odeon Ayr
- Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Little Theatre Cinema Picturehouse
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Bishop's Stortford, Empire Bishop's Stortford
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Everyman Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Canterbury, Curzon Canterbury
- Cardiff, Chapter
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Crewe, Odeon Crewe
- Cromer, Movieplex
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Dereham, Hollywood Cinema
- Didcot, Cineworld Didcot
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dorchester, Odeon Dorchester
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Filmhouse
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Exeter Phoenix
- Exeter, Odeon Exeter
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Fakenham, Hollywood Cinema
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gerrards Cross, Everyman Gerrards Cross
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Great Yarmouth, Hollywood Cinema
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Harrogate, Odeon Harrogate
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hastings, Odeon Hastings
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Haverhill, Cineworld Haverhill
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- Herne Bay, Kavanagh Cinema
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Odeon Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Ilfracombe, Embassy Cinema
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Kingsbridge, Kings Cinema
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Royal Spa Centre
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Everyman Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Llanelli, Odeon Llanelli
- Loughborough, Odeon Loughborough
- Maidenhead, Odeon Maidenhead
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, HOME
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Newark, Odeon Newark
- Newbury, Corn Exchange
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Empire Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Friars Walk
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Northwich, Odeon Northwich
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Hollywood Cinema
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Oldham, Odeon Oldham
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford Magdalen Street
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Ripon, Curzon Ripon
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Roscommon, C & L Plex
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, The Showroom
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Sidmouth, Radway Cinema
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
- Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stirling, MacRobert Arts Centre
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- St Ives, The Royal
- St. Neots, Cineworld St Neots
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swadlincote, Odeon Swadlincote
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Torquay, Central Cinema
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Uckfield, Picturehouse Uckfield
- Uttoxeter, Cinebowl, Uttoxeter
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Weston-super-Mare, Odeon Weston-Super-Mare
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Winchester, Everyman Winchester
- Witney, Cineworld Witney
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Wotton-under-Edge, Electric Picture House
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, City Screen Picturehouse
- York, Vue York
From Friday 19th May
To Thursday 25th May

- Aberfeldy, Birks Cinema
- Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Little Theatre Cinema Picturehouse
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Berkhamsted, The Rex Cinema
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Bradford, Picturehouse Bradford At The National Media Museum
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bristol, Everyman Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Canterbury, Gulbenkian
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crewe, Odeon Crewe
- Cromer, Movieplex
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Dereham, Hollywood Cinema
- Devizes, Palace
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cameo Picturehouse
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Fakenham, Hollywood Cinema
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Great Yarmouth, Hollywood Cinema
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Harrogate, Odeon Harrogate
- Hastings, Odeon Hastings
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- Hereford, The Courtyard Herefordshire's Centre For The Arts
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Odeon Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Kingsbridge, Kings Cinema
- Lancaster, The Dukes
- Leamington Spa, Royal Spa Centre
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Loughborough, Odeon Loughborough
- Macclesfield, Cinemac
- Maidenhead, Odeon Maidenhead
- Manchester, HOME
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Melton Mowbray, Regal Cinema
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Northwich, Odeon Northwich
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Hollywood Cinema
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Plymouth, Plymouth Arts Centre
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, The Showroom
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Sidmouth, Radway Cinema
- Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockton-on-Tees, Arc
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Tiverton, Tivoli
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Uckfield, Picturehouse Uckfield
- Wallingford, Corn Exchange
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Witney, Cineworld Witney
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- York, City Screen Picturehouse
- York, Vue York


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