The true story of the African-American women who provided NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch its first successful space missions, despite institutionalised segregation in the workplace. The leads are wonderful and it’s an inspiring story about collective triumph.
24 Feb–2 Mar: Fri 8.05pm; Sat & Sun 1.45pm & 8.05pm; Mon–Thu 8.05pm
John Wick (Reeves) is back, dealing with the global assassins’ network and handing out ass-kickings to all that stand in his way. The original was lean and focused but this stretches over two hours, and the guy was tired of this life prior to part one; maybe it’s time to give him a break.
24 Feb–2 Mar: Mon & Tue 8.10pm; Wed & Thu 5.30pm; Fri–Sun 8.10pm
Batman (Arnett) is such a self-absorbed loner that even the Joker (Galifianakis) is peeved that Bats won’t recognise him as his greatest enemy, so the villain constructs a dastardly plot that incorporates every villain he can find, including the Daleks. Packed with gags and inventiveness, it’s tremendous fun.
24 Feb–2 Mar: Fri 5.40pm; Sat & Sun 2pm & 5.40pm; Mon–Thu 5.40pm
The true story of Saroo Brierley, who aged five is separated from his mother and family in India, declared lost and adopted by an Australian couple, only to track his family down years later using Google Earth. Hugely emotional, remarkably assured debut from Davis, with fine performances.
24 Feb–28 Feb: Mon, Tue & Fri–Sun 5.30pm
Tommy Saunders (Wahlberg) is a Boston cop who’s standing at the Boston marathon finishing line when bombs start going off. A visceral and respectful take on the incident, never shying from the horror of the attack but placing the emphasis firmly on humanity, hope and bravery.
24 Feb–2 Mar: Fri–Thu 5.25pm & 8.20pm
Koala impresario Buster Moon (McConaughey) decides to save his ailing theatre with a singing competition. Most of the humour comes from cute critters singing occasionally inappropriate songs; the plot is spread far too thin and there no real surprises, but it ticks the usual boxes.
24 Feb–26 Feb: Fri–Sun 1.50pm
In late 70s California, teenager Jamie (Zunmann) grows up among three women: his chain-smoking mother Dorothea (Bening), punky photographer Abbie (Gerwig) and best friend Julie (Fanning). A poignant, witty and well-observed coming of age story.
26 Feb: Sun 11am
In small-town Middle America, would-be boy detective MacLachlan finds a severed ear on some waste ground. When the police shoo him away he decides to do some investigating of his own. A singular fusion of the cosy and the terrifying which blends kitsch and nightmare, B-movie detection and brutal sex to deconstruct our complacent vision of normal society. This is filmmaking of remarkable imagination and skill.
24 Feb: Fri 3.30–5.31pm & 8.30–10.31pm
Deborah Lipstadt (Weisz) is a historian and lecturer who faces a libel suit after she derides controversial author David Irving (Spall) for his views on the Holocaust. This dramatisation of a 1996 court case has some compelling stretches, but Hare’s script lacks insight and it’s little more than a dry reconstruction of the trial.
23 Feb: Thu 1.15–3.05pm & 6.15–8.05pm
Suitable for those with basic keyboard skills, learn how to laser cut different types of images onto different types of materials. Bring a photo or drawn image to work from.
25 Feb: Sat 11am
Based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving (Edgerton and Negga), a married couple from Virginia who were arrested in 1958 and found guilty of the then-crime of miscegenation (he was white, she was black.) Quietly assured drama with outstanding performances and understated dignity.
23 Feb: Thu 10.30am
Dvorák’s soulful fairy-tale opera featuring Kristine Opolais and Brandon Jovanovich.
25 Feb: Sat 5.55pm
The story of a young black man growing up, struggling with his sexuality and neglected by his drug-addicted mother. Astutely judged and beautifully humane sophomore feature from Jenkins, with sublime work from the three actors playing the main character (Hibbert, Sanders, Rhodes) and fine support from Ali, Harris and Monáe. Terrific.
24 Feb–9 Mar: Fri Times vary
25 Feb: Sat 3.30pm
Learn how to make delicate, colourful hand-made papers from pulp. Use simple techniques
suitable for using at home or in the studio, soaking and blending recycled papers. Add decorative
materials to make striking designs.
26 Feb: Sun 11am
A discussion group for amateur photographers. Compare notes on practising photography, get advice, show your work and look at others' portfolios.
Booking is essential.
25 Feb–29 Apr: Sat 11am–1pm
Andrew Roger, tutor of opera appreciation courses at the University of Dundee, joins us before Rusalka for an insightful and engaging discussion about the opera.
Tea and coffee provided.
25 Feb: Sat 4.45pm
Ruth (Lowe) is an expectant mother who starts to hear her unborn baby urging her to kill people. Lowe's blackly comic, squirmingly uncomfortable directorial debut is remarkably well-realised, with an impressive cast and her own eerily passive, brilliantly-timed performance at the core. Enjoyably provocative.
23 Feb: Thu 3.45pm & 8.30pm
Shoya seeks to make amends with Shoko, a deaf woman he bullied when they were in school.
26 Feb: Sun 6pm
An adaptation of a manga series of the same name, A Stitch of Life tells the story of dressmaker Ichie who inherits her grandmother's dressmaking shop. When a department store offers to turn her unique designs into a brand, Ichie faces a conflict between her grandmother's wishes and her own desires.
28 Feb: Tue 6pm
The documentary film about the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, which is the biggest fish and seafood market in the world. Why does Tsukiji continue to fascinate people around the world over the years?
27 Feb: Mon 6pm
Richard Adam's bestseller is transformed into this pretty animation adventure that lacks most of the tension and unique viewpoint of the book. When their warren is threatened by man, a group of rabbits decide to find a new home many miles away. Remembered (unfortunately) for Art Garfunkel's No 1 hit, 'Bright Eyes'.
25 Feb–26 Feb: Sat 1–2.43pm; Sun 4–5.43pm
Oxford physicist Ard Louis and filmmaker David Malone meet famous scientists, philosophers and writers (including agnostics and people of faith such as Peter Atkins, Frans de Waal, Jane Goodall, Roger Penrose, Ben Okri, John Cottingham, George Ellis, Sunetra Gupta and others) to discuss questions about meaning and the nature of the universe in this premiere of a new film on the big questions of science and religion.
Relax, nobody’s been murdered at MUSA, but museums do sometimes hold dangerous objects in their collections. Join Morna Annandale, Curatorial Trainee, to discover how museums deal with hazards lurking behind-the-scenes.
The University of St Andrews played a leading part in developing women’s higher education in the 19th century. Watch the award-winning film, Suffragette, and find out about the ‘Lady Literate in Arts’ scheme and its legacy with MUSA's Exhibitions and Collections Curator.
For this unique series of events MUSA has teamed up with the Byre Film Club to bring you some of your favourite films paired with a curator's talk on an associated topic and a chance to see intriguing objects from behind-the-scenes of the museum.
Woman in Gold, directed by Simon Curtis and starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, is based on the true story of Maria Altmann, an Jewish refugee who fought the government of Austria for almost a decade to reclaim Gustav Klimt's iconic painting of her aunt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which was stolen from her relatives by the Nazis in Vienna just prior to World War II. Following the film, Hannah Sycamore, Curatorial Trainee at MUSA, will present a talk entitled 'Who owns the past?' on the ethics of museum collecting and issues of repatriation.
Ever wondered how to make solar cells out of raspberries? Or how the dancin' has affected our social and cultural history? If so, join us for our largest ever celebration for European Researchers’ Night across Scotland as we fill the Byre Theatre with activities and live shows. Our third extravaganza of discovery, debate and entertainment takes place in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews.