Past films and ratings

Films shown at WFS since its relaunch in 2014, all of which are now available for loan from the library.  Approval ratings are based on a score of 2 for Good, 1 for OK and 0 for poor, irrespective of audience numbers. Most recent shown first, then 2014-19.

Friday 25 November: 1917

98% Another near-unanimous approval for a great film – and with the bonus of members not having stayed at home to watch a dismal England performance in the World Cup!

Friday 28 October: The Guilty

91% ‘Best film ever’, said one member. ‘Really tense throughout’, said another and there was an audible gasp when the twist came.

Friday 30 September: Babette’s Feast

91% Another popular reaction to this 1988 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film, a endearing, simple tale, set in a strict 19th century Danish religious community that takes in a French refugee from the Franco-Prussian War as a servant to the late pastor’s daughters.

Friday 26 August: Capernaum

98% Near unanimous acclaim for the heart-breaking but ultimately uplifting story of a resilient 12-year-old in the slums of Beirut, performed by a remarkable child actor, himself a refugee from Syria, who takes care of a toddler when his mother goes missing.

Friday 29 July: Calvary

67% Not one of WFS’s most successful screenings, a black, black comedy (!) in which the good priest played by Brendan Gleeson confronts every sin known to mankind among his Sligo parishioners. Members praised the award-winning star, but the tough ending left little room for uplifting hearts. Point taken.

Friday 24 June: Whisky Galore

100% Unanimous praise for the the 1949 classic starring Basil Radford, Gordon Jackson, James Robertson Justice and Joan Greenwood at the first WFS Nostalgia Night. Rather appropriately it was shown on the day of election shocks for the government as it was based on a real incident when a ship ran aground in the Hebrides. Its Name? SS Politician!

Friday 27 May: Free solo

89% Alex Honnold tries to become the first person ever to climb El Capitan with nothing but his boots and bare hands.  ‘I practise the moves over and over again until it’s just not scary anymore,’ he said. Not scary for him maybe but jaw-dropping to watch. 2019 Best Documentary Oscar winner.

Friday 29 April: Belfast

95% The Kenneth Branagh film, winner of the Best Screenplay Oscar, of his own childhood in Northern Ireland during the time of troubles. Starring Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan and Jude Hill, age 10, (left) who won the LA Critics’ Award for best newcomer as the young Branagh.

Friday 25 March: Birds of Paradise

80% During the marijuana bonanza, a violent decade that saw the origins of drug trafficking in Colombia, an indigenous family get involved in a war to control the business that ends up destroying their lives. With striking scenes of a culture under threat.

Friday 28 February: The Death of Stalin

78% When the dictator dies, who will succeed to the throne, who will be added to the death list? Armando Iannucci’s dark comedy with resonance for Russia today.

Friday 28 January: Official secrets

100% The true story of GCHQ spy Katharine Gun who blew the whistle on US/UK attempts to blackmail UN Security Council delegates into voting for the second Iraq war. Extra feature – watch an interview with the real Katherine Gun here:


Friday 26 November: The Guardians

88% Orphan Francine falls in love with soldier Georges when he returns to his farm from WW1, with dramatic consequences. A beautifully-shot, poignant drama.

Friday 29 October: Judy

An Oscar-winning performance by Renée Zellweger as the disintegrating star Judy Garland on her final tour of the UK. Rating not available for this film.

2020: Average 88% (of three).

Friday 28 February: Cold War

94% A love story between two people mismatched, yet irrevocably drawn to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris.

Friday 31 January: Timbuktu

75% A cattle herder and his family living in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives abruptly disturbed when Jihadists arrive.  A vivid and moving portrait of lives controlled by extremists.

Friday 3 January: Can you ever forgive me?

95% Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) made her living profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn and Estee Lauder but when she falls out of fashion, she turns to forgery, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E Grant).

Previous years audience ratings %

2014: Average 86.9%. Audience favourite – Oranges and sunshine and Untouchable 97%

97        Early January: Untouchable

89.5     Late January: A hijacking

80        February: The angel’s share

95.5     March: Wadjda

66.6     April: Bicycle thieves

97        May: Oranges and sunshine

95.5     June: The well-digger’s daughter

86        September: The secret in their eyes

83        October: Searching for Sugarman

79        November: The white ribbon

2015: Average 85.8%. Audience favourite – I’ve loved you so long 98%

98        Early January: I’ve loved you so long

87        Late January: Some like it hot

92        February: The hunt

78        March: The lunch box

89.5     April: London river

86        May: Two days one night

94.5     June: Jean de Florette

78        September: Ida

72.5     October: About Elly

82.5     November: A good woman

2016: Average 91%. Audience favourite – Manon des Sources 98%

96        January bonus: Little Miss Sunshine

97        Late January: Man on wire

91.5     February: In a better world

88        March: Selma

78.5     April: Wild Tales

95.5     May: Pride

81        June: The artist

94.5     September: Philomena

86.5     October: Argo

98        November: Manon des Sources

94.5     December: Woman in gold

2017: Average 79.8%. Audience favourite – Like father like son 97%

96.5     January: What we did on our holidays

69        February: Locke

97        March: Like father like son

50        April: Carol

88        May: Night train to Lisbon

95        June: Le concert

66        September: 45 years

83        October: Human capital

74        November: Love is strange

2018: Average 87.9%. Audience favourite – A united kingdom 99%

98        January bonus: Sully

73        Late January: Love and friendship

62.5     February: Mother

95.5     March: I, Daniel Blake

93        April: Eye in the sky

86.5     May: Barbara

99        June: A United Kingdom

95        September: Tangerines

93.5     October: Midnight in Paris

83.3     November: Of time and the city

n/a       December: Paddington 2

2019: Average 91.1%. Audience favourites – The fencer and Hidden figures 100%

96.1     January bonus: Lion                            

100      Late January: The fencer

90.8     February: Loving Vincent

100      March: Hidden figures

n/a       April: Julieta

62        May: Film stars don’t die in Liverpool

n/a       June: Fargo

n/a       July: Rebelove (Rebels)

n/a       August: Run Lola, run

97        September: The light between oceans

93.9     October: Blackkklansman

88.7     November: Land of mine

n/a      December: The man who invented Christmas