Jan. 23: Sometimes Always Never

Thursday, January 23, 2020
7 pm @ Galaxy Cinemas, Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Director: Carl Hunter
United Kingdom 2019
English; 91 minutes
Rating: PG

Alan (Bill Nighy) has a keen talent for Scrabble, but it’s tainted by
the memory of his son who disappeared after storming out during
a game. He’s been searching for his missing son ever since, but it seems all he has accomplished is to estrange his other son, Peter (Sam Riley). Peter and Alan attempt reconciliation, but when Alan comes across a mysterious online Scrabble player their strained
relationship teeters on the brink of calamity. The quietly powerful performances from Nighy and Riley, visual inventiveness, and
whimsically offbeat style of Sometimes Always Never make for a
lovely tale.

This film is a distinct, articulate pleasure. Peter Bradshaw,
The Guardian

Nighy is a perfect fit as the somewhat scuffed roué who still radiates an unmistakeable mystique. Adam Sweeting, The Arts Desk

Often, the whole shebang plays like a rattle bag of tropes, digressions and stray running gags. Then again, that randomness is perfectly apt…
Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter