The Good Liar (15)



Thriller (2019)
109mins US

Starring: Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Ian McKellen, Russell Tovey, Jim Carter
Director: Bill Condon
Writer(s): Jeffrey Hatcher
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Seventy-eight-year-old widow Betty McLeish takes the plunge and posts her profile on the Distinction Dating website, in the hope of sparking romance with a nice gentleman. Career con artist Roy Courtnay is matched with Betty and meets her in a restaurant. He discovers that the distinguished lady is worth nearly three million pounds. Sharing this news with his long-time buddy Vincent, Roy pledges to steal Betty's fortune by worming his way into her affections.

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The Good Liar (15)

I'm rather fond of director Bill Condon's slippery thriller, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from Nicholas Searle's novel. "Fond" is such a quaint, terribly British word, and that simple expression of restrained and polite approval is weaponised to delicious effect by a silver-tongued octogenarian conman in The Good Liar. He hopes to persuade a vulnerable, wealthy widow to part with her savings by creating the illusion of romance with his assiduous words...

The Good Liar. Copyright: 2019 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc./BRON Creative USA, Corp. Caption: Dame Helen Mirren as Betty McLeish and Sir Ian McKellen as Roy Courtnay in The Good Liar, directed by Bill Condon. Photo: Chia James. All Rights Reserved.Everything is, as the scoundrel might say, "tickety-boo" in Hatcher's script, which provides meaty roles for Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Helen Mirren as merciless hunter and unsuspecting prey. Blessed with these formidable acting talents, Condon frequently has little to do other than point a camera at his luminous leads and watch sparks fly as verbal sparring lands the requisite blows. A couple of slickly executed set pieces, including a confrontation on a largely deserted London Underground platform at Charing Cross, ratchets up the stakes, building to an emotionally satisfying and brutal pay-off. Condon, Hatcher and the cast are complicit in the film's lip-smacking duplicity but they don't shamelessly cheat us at crucial junctures when fragmented flashbacks slot sweetly into their assigned place.

A year after the death of her husband, 78-year-old widow Betty McLeish (Mirren) takes the plunge and posts her profile on the Distinction Dating website in the hope of finding companionship. Potty-mouthed 80-year-old con artist Roy Courtnay (McKellen) matches Betty's wish list of personality traits and they arrange a tentative first date. Over dinner, Roy learns that Betty lives alone in a secluded cul-de-sac and is fiercely protected by her grandson Steven (Russell Tovey). "He's all I've got," she confides.

Employing his twinkly-eyed charm, Roy worms his way into Betty's modest home. "It's like being smothered in beige," he sneers to accomplice Vincent (Jim Carter), who is part of Roy's audacious plan to steal the widow's fortune totalling almost three million pounds. While Betty is clearly smitten - "You're the only person on this planet who makes me feel like I'm not alone," she swoons to Roy - grandson Steven is deeply concerned by the hold the old man seems to exert over her. "It's too soon to be getting so close to him!" he hisses as Roy secretly listens in an adjacent room.

The Good Liar sensibly relies on the robust plotting of Searles' novel to jettison extraneous dramatic fat from Roy's cold-hearted pursuit of a bumper pay day. Tovey and Carter offer solid support but McKellen and Mirren understandably dominate attention, sharing the screen with fiery intensity for the first time in their illustrious careers. Good things come to those who fondly wait.

- Sam Cannon

The Good Liar. Copyright: 2019 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc./BRON Creative USA, Corp. Caption: Dame Helen Mirren as Betty McLeish and Sir Ian McKellen as Roy Courtnay in The Good Liar, directed by Bill Condon. Photo: Chia James. All Rights Reserved.


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Rest of UK and Irish Cinemas

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

From Friday 29th November
To Thursday 5th December

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
- Addlestone, The Light Cinema, Addlestone
- Aldershot, Cineworld Aldershot
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Ashford, Ashford Picturehouse
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Little Theatre Cinema Picturehouse
- Batley, Showcase Cinema De Lux Leeds
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, mac
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Bishop's Stortford, Empire Bishop's Stortford
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Bodmin, Capitol Cinema
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Boston, Savoy Cinema
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Orpheus Henleaze
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bristol
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Bury St Edmunds, Cineworld Bury St Edmunds
- Caernarfon, Galeri Caernarfon
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Chapter
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Coleraine, Movie House Coleraine
- Corby, Savoy Cinema
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cromer, Regal Movieplex
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Durham, Odeon Luxe Durham
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cameo Picturehouse
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Lothian Road
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Enniskillen, IMC Enniskillen
- Exeter, Exeter Picturehouse
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Exmouth, Savoy
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Grantham, Savoy Cinema
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Hailsham, The Pavilion
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harlow, Cineworld Harlow - Queensgate
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Kendal, Brewery Arts Centre
- Keswick, Alhambra Cinema
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Lancaster, The Dukes
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Everyman Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Leicester, Showcase Cinema De Lux Leicester
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Lerwick, Mareel
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Malvern, Malvern Theatres
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Melton Mowbray, Regal Cinema
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Newark, Odeon Newark
- Newbury, Corn Exchange
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Okehampton, Carlton Cinema
- Oxford, Curzon Oxford
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford Magdalen Street
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Penrith, Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema
- Penzance, Savoy
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Peterborough, Showcase Cinema De Lux Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Poole, Lighthouse, Poole's Centre For The Arts
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Cinema De Lux Reading
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Ruislip, Cineworld South Ruislip
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Showroom Workstation
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southampton, Showcase Cinema De Lux Southampton
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- St. Neots, Cineworld St Neots
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Cinema De Lux Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swadlincote, Odeon Swadlincote
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, The Welfare
- 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
- Totnes, Dartington Arts Centre
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wirksworth, The Northern Light Cinema
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Woodbridge, The Riverside
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Worksop, Savoy Cinema
- Wotton-under-Edge, Electric Picture House
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, City Screen Picturehouse
- York, Vue York
From Friday 6th December
To Thursday 12th December

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Barry, Memo Arts Centre
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bristol, Orpheus Henleaze
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Christchurch, Regent
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cromer, Regal Movieplex
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Eastbourne, Curzon Eastbourne
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cameo Picturehouse
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Exeter Picturehouse
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hebden Bridge, Hebden Bridge Picture House
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Kendal, Brewery Arts Centre
- Keswick, Alhambra Cinema
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Odeon Luxe Leeds Thorpe Park
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Leiston, Leiston Film Theatre
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Louth, Playhouse
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Newark, Odeon Newark
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Ultimate Picture Palace
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Pwllheli, Neuadd Dwyfor
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, Wem Town Hall
- Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse
- Southport, Vue Southport
- St Albans, The Odyssey Cinema
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swanage, Mowlem Theatre
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thirsk, The Ritz
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wallingford, Corn Exchange
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wellington, Wellesley Cinema
- Wimborne, Tivoli Theatre
- Wirksworth, The Northern Light Cinema
- York, City Screen Picturehouse
- York, Vue York


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