2hrs 3mins

Will we remember 2019 fondly? Who can say. This screening is part of our Best of 2019 film season. We give you 25 reasons to love 2019. You can expect tears, laughs and Hollywood glamour. These titles have been hand selected by our Film Programming team to be part of this season.

infrequent strong language, moderate violence, threat, gory images

James Gray

Director James Gray’s last film, The Lost City of Z, was a sprawling adventure which took audiences trekking into the unknown depths of the Amazon, and with Ad Astra he takes the next logical step, setting his sights on the ultimate frontier – space.

Brad Pitt plays Roy McBride, an astronaut whose father (Tommy Lee Jones) disappeared years ago on a mysterious mission into outer space. While Roy himself is on a mission on the edge of Earth’s atmosphere, a strange electromagnetic phenomenon, later dubbed the Surge, causes widespread power outages and plane crashes across the planet. This kicks off a chain of events which leads Roy on a dangerous expedition back into space, where he uncovers secrets that may lead to the truth about his father’s disappearance and threaten Earth’s very existence.

Gray has a knack for striking a balance between introspection and sweeping spectacle and with cinematography by Nolan collaborator Hoyte Van Hoytema (responsible for the imagery of Interstellar and Dunkirk, among others), incredible set-pieces and moments of heart-stopping tension reminiscent of Gravity, this is serious, vividly detailed and thrilling sci-fi on a huge scale.

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