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Valley Centertainment, Broughton Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S9 2EP

The Book of Life

The Book of Life
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 95 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Jorge R Gutierrez
  • Cast: Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman

Manolo (Luna) and best friend Joaquin (Tatum) are both in love with feisty Maria (Saldana), but it all goes El Sur when squabbling gods La Muerte (del Castillo) and Xibalba (Perlman) make a wager over who'll win her. Lively, colourful animation exploring dark themes, with great gags, superb voice work, and a delightful soundtrack.

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Thu 27 Nov
Fri 28 Nov
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Sun 30 Nov
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Thu 4 Dec

The Crucible

The Crucible
  • 2014
  • 195 min
  • Directed by: Yal Farber
  • Cast: Richard Armitage

Arthur Miller's classic drama based on the infamous witch trials in America.

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Thu 4 Dec
Sun 7 Dec

The Drop

The Drop
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 105 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Michaël R Roskam
  • Cast: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini

Bob (Hardy) is the loyal bartender of Cousin Marv's, a Brooklyn dive ostensibly run by Marv himself (Gandolfini), but really a money drop for Chechen gangsters. Adapted by Lehane from his own story, it starts as a Runyonesque slow-burner but slowly tightens into a tough thriller with excellent work from Hardy and Gandolfini.

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Thu 27 Nov
Fri 28 Nov
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The Equalizer

The Equalizer
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 131 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
  • Cast: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz

Obsessive-compulsive loner McCall (Washington) befriends Teri (Moretz), a teenage Russian prostitute; when her pimp hospitalises her, he decides to even things up a bit. Nominally derived from the 80s Edward Woodward TV series, it's really just a relentless, brutal, unsubtle thriller, with Washington an effective killing machine and Fuqua expertly cranking up the tension.

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Thu 4 Dec

Frozen

Frozen
  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 108 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Chris Buck
  • Cast: Voices of Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel

Princess Anna (Bell) is disturbed to find that her sister Elsa (Menzel) can create ice and snow, but when Elsa goes into exile the kingdom freezes, and Anna and friends must find her. With no celebrity voice-overs or pop culture gags, just a venerable story, good songs and classic characters, it's an old-fashioned delight.

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Sat 29 Nov
Sun 30 Nov

Frozen Sing-a-long

Frozen
  • 2013
  • US
  • 102 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Chris Buck/Jennifer Lee
  • Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff

Sing 'Let It Go' at the top of your lungs without getting into fisticuffs.

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Sat 29 Nov
Sun 30 Nov

Fury

Fury
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US/UK
  • 134 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David Ayer
  • Cast: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Jason Issacs, Scott Eastwood

The tale of a Sherman tank crew, led by Sgt Don 'Wardaddy' Collier (Pitt), in the final weeks of WW II. Grim and intense (heads and limbs blown off, bodies crushed under tanks) but in one of his finest performances, Pitt shows the humanity beneath the gung-ho façade; Lerman is also impressive as the rookie.

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Thu 27 Nov

Get On Up

Get On Up
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 139 min
  • Directed by: Tate Taylor
  • Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd

Toe-tapping, booty-shaking, ultimately exhilarating biopic of James Brown (Boseman), revealing his abusive tendencies as well as his explosive showmanship, and his tormented relationships with mother Susie (Davis), friend bobby Byrd (Ellis) and manager (Aykroyd). Boseman is compelling and charismatic off-stage as well as on.

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Thu 27 Nov
Fri 28 Nov
Mon 1 Dec
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Wed 3 Dec

Gone Girl

Gone Girl
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 145 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: David Fincher
  • Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike

Nick (Affleck) comes home on his fifth wedding anniversary to find his wife Amy (Pike) gone, and a series of revelations cast him in the worst possible light. Fincher directs with cool proficiency and a sense of brutal fun; Affleck is perfect, and Pike gives a bravura, breakout performance.

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Thu 27 Nov

Happy Ending

Happy Ending
  • 2014
  • India
  • Directed by: Krishna D.K., Raj Nidimoru
  • Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Ileana, Kalki Koechlin

In this psychological drama the three main characters take matters into their own hands when a girl goes missing.

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Thu 27 Nov

The Homesman

The Homesman
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US/France
  • 122 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Tommy Lee Jones
  • Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer

When Mary Cuddy (Swank) needs help escorting three madwomen from frontier Nebraska to Iowa, her only help is from rascally claim jumper George Briggs (Jones). A sombre, frequently horrific depiction of the pioneer experience, enlivened with flashes of sardonic humour and a few meaty cameos; Swank is heartbreaking and Jones keeps the western alive.

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Thu 27 Nov
Fri 28 Nov
Mon 1 Dec
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Wed 3 Dec

Horrible Bosses 2

Horrible Bosses 2
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 108 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Sean Anders
  • Cast: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Christoph Waltz, Chris Pine, Jamie Foxx

When Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day) and Kurt (Sudeikis) are conned by an unscrupulous tycoon (Waltz), they plot to kidnap his unctuous son (Pine). Limp sequel to the so-so original, with even the outtakes barely raising a smile.

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Fri 28 Nov
Sat 29 Nov
Sun 30 Nov
Mon 1 Dec
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Thu 4 Dec

The House of Magic

The House of Magic
  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • Belgium
  • 85 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Jeremy Degruson/Ben Stassen
  • Written by: James Flynn/Dominic Paris
  • Cast: Cinda Adams, Edward Asner, Emily Blunt

Thunder, an abandoned young cat seeking shelter from a storm, stumbles into the strangest house imaginable, owned by an old magician and inhabited by a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos.

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Sat 29 Nov
Sun 30 Nov

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 125 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Francis Lawrence
  • Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore

Carving the final book in the Hunger Games series into two movies pays off, giving rhythm to a story that might otherwise have felt rushed. Action and politics are confidently balanced, Sutherland is deliciously vile as ever, Hutcherson is finally given something interesting to do and while Lawrence is rightly the star, the older actors are a pleasure.

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Thu 27 Nov
Fri 28 Nov
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The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • UK/USA
  • 113 min
  • Directed by: Morten Tyldum
  • Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode

Historical drama about Alan Turing (Cumberbatch), father of modern computer science; how he and a team of codebreakers figured out how to beat the German Enigma machine during WWII, and his tragically early death. Triumphant slice of British heritage drama, with great emotional force and a touching performance from Cumberbatch.

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Thu 27 Nov
Fri 28 Nov
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Thu 4 Dec

Interstellar

Interstellar
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US/UK
  • 169 min
  • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • Cast: Jessica Chastain, Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway

Cooper (McConaughey) is a pilot-turned-farmer who's recruited for an intergalactic mission to find humanity a new home. Despite awe and nail-biting tension, there's too much clunky exposition and cinematic clichés, and although Nolan's intentions to make a singular and cerebral film are admirable, it all gets a bit silly.

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Thu 27 Nov
Fri 28 Nov
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Lucy

Lucy
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US/France
  • 89 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Luc Besson
  • Written by: Luc Besson
  • Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton

Lucy (Johansson) is forced to be a drug mule by crime boss Mr Jang (Choi), but when the drugs leak into her system, she acquires superhuman powers. Insane and largely humourless but ambitious and entertaining action flick, and it's satisfying to see a formidably intelligent and physically ferocious female at the centre.

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Thu 27 Nov

The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 113 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Wes Ball
  • Cast: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter, Patricia Clarkson

Thomas (O'Brien) is just one of a group of teenagers who find themselves battling against a giant, intricate maze. The latest teen-dystopian-blockbuster adaptation features a great young cast and isn't afraid to kill off main characters where necessary. Interesting if inconsistent entertainment.

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Thu 27 Nov

My Old Lady

My Old Lady
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • GB/US
  • 104 min
  • Directed by: Israel Horovitz
  • Cast: Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott-Thomas

Mathias (Kline), a penniless New Yorker, travels to Paris to claim the apartment bequeathed to him by his father, except that 92-year-old Mathilde (Smith) and her daughter Chloe (Scott Thomas) already live there. The directorial debut of 75-year-old playwright Horovitz is an enjoyable, soft-centred tale of guilty secrets, perhaps too neatly resolved but a sophisticated delight.

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Thu 27 Nov

Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey?!

Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey?!
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 109 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Debbie Isitt
  • Written by: Debbie Isitt
  • Cast: Adam Garcia, Catherine Tate, Celia Imrie

The third film in the series sees the kids from St Bernardette's helping teacher Mr Shepherd (Clunes) recover from a donkey-inflicted bout of amnesia. The Christmas story is crossed with the formulaic dance movie, with results that may prove testing to short attention spans. Unnecessarily long and annoyingly repetitive.

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Thu 27 Nov
Fri 28 Nov
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Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 117 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Dan Gilroy
  • Written by: Dan Gilroy
  • Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton

Lou (Gyllenhaal) is a young man in LA who finds work as a freelance cameraman, feeding grisly news footage to the sensationalistic networks. A characterful satire of the cynicism, manipulation and inhumanity prevalent in TV news, with showstopping work from Gyllenhaal as the motor-mouthed protagonist.

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Thu 27 Nov

No Good Deed

No Good Deed
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 84 min
  • Directed by: Sam Miller
  • Cast: Taraji P Henson, Idris Elba, Leslie Bibb

Terri (Henson) is a young mother who finds herself and her children terrorised by escaped convict Colin (Elba) as a storm rages outside her isolated home near Atlanta. Dull, clichéd thriller which wastes good actors on amateurishly drawn characters.

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Thu 27 Nov

Paddington

Paddington
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 95 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Paul King
  • Cast: Ben Whishaw (voice), Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins

The story of an illegal immigrant from Peru and his efforts to be integrated into British society. He's a bear, by the way. Whishaw imbues the CGI Paddington with immense charm, the rest of the cast are excellent and the exuberant direction and smart, knowing script make for a genuine delight.

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Fri 28 Nov
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Planes: Fire & Rescue

Planes: Fire & Rescue
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 83 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Roberts Gannaway
  • Cast: Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen

When perky aeroplane Dusty (Cook) is forced to give up racing, he decides to retrain as a firefighter under crusty-but-fair Blade Ranger (Harris). Gannaway's sequel is better than the dismal original, but even as simple-minded entertainment it's a pity about the sexual and racial stereotyping and broad, male-orientated humour.

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Sat 29 Nov
Sun 30 Nov

Rurouni Kenshin

  • Japan
  • 138 min
  • Directed by: Keishi Ohtomo
  • Written by: Nobuhiro Watsuki
  • Cast: Takeru Satô, Emi Takei, Tatsuya Fujiwara

Kenshin Himura takes up the sword he vowed he would never use again as he tries to stop Makoto Shishio from overthrowing the Meiji government.

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Fri 28 Nov
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Thu 4 Dec

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 101 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman
  • Cast: Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Will Arnett, Danny Woodburn, William Fichtner, Johnny Knoxville, Tony Shalhoub

Visually distinctive reboot of the franchise chronicling the adventures of four late-adolescent, martial-arts-trained, pizza-addicted chelonians and their intrepid reporter pal (Fox). The CGI-enhanced turtles are an improvement on their cinematic predecessors, Fox is commendably committed and Arnett is enjoyable as her smitten cameraman. Like its heroes' favourite food, exciting and loaded with cheese.

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Thu 27 Nov
Fri 28 Nov
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2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 5 stars
  • 1968
  • Uk
  • 139 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
  • Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Douglas Rain (voice)

Kubrick's gloriously grand architecture sees prehistoric apes timelined into a space ballet featuring a lunar craft docking to the sound of Strauss. This scene prefigures an extended drama aboard a spacecraft bound for Jupiter involving the murderous AI computer and the giant embryo of a space child signifying … what? The next step in human evolution? An opaque masterpiece, which suggests so much, yet explains so little. Which is why it's a timeless classic.

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Thu 4 Dec

What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • New Zealand
  • 88 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement
  • Cast: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford

Infectiously silly mockumentary about a group of vampires sharing a flat in a Wellington, NZ suburb: Vladislav (Clememt), Viago (Waititi) and Deacon (Brugh) are irritated by hipsterish newcomer Nick (Gonzalez-Macuer). With the vamps bickering over washing up and carrying on a hilarious rivalry with a group of local werewolves, it's a bloody good treat.

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