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20,000 Days on Earth

20,000 Days on Earth
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 97 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Iain Forsyth/Jane Pollard
  • Written by: Nick Cave, Ian Forsyth, Jane Pollard
  • Cast: Blixa Bargeld, Susie Bick, Arthur Cave

Discover the 20,000th day of Nick Cave's life on earth in this exploration of the creative spirit. Plus, a broadcast live performance from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis for the launch.

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Wed 17 Sep

Angels vs Bullies

Angels vs Bullies
  • 2014
  • UK
  • Directed by: Chris Turner
  • Written by: Chris Turner
  • Cast: Harry Goodwins, Rosie Woolman, Eleanor Corcoran

A gang leader and graffiti artist begins to see ghosts in the school building, who warn him of events to come.

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Sat 23 Aug
Sun 24 Aug
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Tue 26 Aug
Wed 27 Aug
Thu 28 Aug
Fri 29 Aug
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Sun 31 Aug
Mon 1 Sep
Tue 2 Sep
Wed 3 Sep
Thu 4 Sep

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 130 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Matt Reeves
  • Cast: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis

Ten years after the events of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, simian leader Caesar (Serkis) must work with human leader Malcolm (Clarke) to forge an alliance between apes and men. Thought-provoking and exciting, with fine performances from Serkis, Clarke, Oldman and Kebbell, it's a blockbuster for grown-ups.

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Sat 23 Aug
Sun 24 Aug
Mon 25 Aug
Tue 26 Aug
Wed 27 Aug
Thu 28 Aug

Deliver Us from Evil

Deliver Us from Evil
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 118 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Scott Derrickson
  • Cast: Eric Bana, Édgar Ramírez, Olivia Munn

Sarchie (Bana) is an NYPD cop turned demonologist; he and partner Butler (McHale) investigate a series of crimes which reveal a malevolent presence. Despite a decent performance from Bana and some skilful effects it's preachy, grisly and stupid, with heavy-handed symbolism, a confusing storyline and all the nuance and balance of Fox News.

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Sat 23 Aug
Sun 24 Aug
Mon 25 Aug
Tue 26 Aug
Wed 27 Aug
Thu 28 Aug

Doctor Who: Deep Breath

Doctor Who: Deep Breath
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 79 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Ben Wheatley
  • Written by: Steven Moffat
  • Cast: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman

You can finally exhale – the latest Doctor Who episode is here, in a big way.

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Sat 23 Aug

Earth to Echo

Earth to Echo
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 89 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Dave Green
  • Cast: Teo Halm, Astro, Reese Hartwig

Kids' drama, in which Tuck (Bradley), Alex (Halm) and Munch (Hartwig) find an alien stranded in the desert, and attempt to get him back to his spaceship. An artless and shameless copy of Super 8; those who think they could make a better herky-jerky found-footage movie may well, in this instance, be correct.

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Sat 23 Aug
  • 09:00
  • 11:10
  • 13:20
  • 15:30
Sun 24 Aug
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Wed 27 Aug
Thu 28 Aug

English National Opera Screen: Otello

  • 2014
  • UK
  • Directed by: David Alden

Live performance of Shakespeare's tragic tale of Otello and Desdemona, celebrating the 450th birthday of Shakespeare.

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Tue 14 Oct

Escape from Planet Earth

Escape from Planet Earth
  • 2013
  • Canada
  • 89 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Cal Brunker
  • Cast: Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry, Jessica Alba

On the planet Baab, Scorch Supernova is admired as a national hero. When a mission goes wrong, it's up to his scrawny brother Gary to save the day.

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Sat 23 Aug
  • 09:00
  • 11:10
Sun 24 Aug

The Expendables 3

The Expendables 3
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 126 min
  • Directed by: Patrick Hughes
  • Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas

Mercenary Barney Ross (Stallone) goes up against colleague-gone-rogue Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), a ruthless arms dealer. The action is fine, and the interplay between the somewhat ageing stars remains the film's biggest asset, but a lazy script, watered-down violence and general lack of risk-taking make for predictable viewing.

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Sat 23 Aug
Sun 24 Aug
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Tue 26 Aug
Wed 27 Aug
Thu 28 Aug

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 122 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Gunn
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro

When space adventurer Peter Quill (Pratt) finds himself sharing a prison cell with assassin Gamora (Saldana), genetically-modified bounty-hunting raccoon Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and other crims, they must face power-hungry evildoer Ronan (Pace). With a gag-stuffed script, lively direction and outstanding performances, this adaptation of an obscure Marvel comic is enormous fun.

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Sat 23 Aug
Sun 24 Aug
Mon 25 Aug
Tue 26 Aug
Wed 27 Aug
Thu 28 Aug

Hercules

Hercules
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 98 min
  • Directed by: Brett Ratner
  • Cast: Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane

Hercules (Johnson) is used to relying on mercenaries, trickery and suggestion to enhance his reputation, but when's called to defend Thrace from a warlord and his supernatural army, he's put to a proper test. Ratner keeps things light, with knowing humour papering over the lack of emotional depth. Daft but watchable.

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Sat 23 Aug
  • 16:30
Sun 24 Aug
Mon 25 Aug
Tue 26 Aug
Wed 27 Aug
Thu 28 Aug

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 23 Aug
  • 09:50
Sun 24 Aug
Mon 25 Aug
Tue 26 Aug
Wed 27 Aug
Thu 28 Aug

The Inbetweeners 2

Inbetweeners 2
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 96 min
  • Directed by: Damon Beesley, Iain Morris
  • Cast: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Joe Thomas, Blake Harrison

Eternal teenagers Will, Simon, Neil and Jay head to Australia in pursuit of Jay's lovely ex, Jane (Bewley). Heaving with bad-taste humour, it manages to feel less tired than the first film thanks to energetic direction, honed performances and some truly spectacular stupidity.

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Sat 23 Aug
Sun 24 Aug
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Tue 26 Aug
Wed 27 Aug
Thu 28 Aug

Into the Storm

Into the Storm
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 89 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Steven Quale
  • Written by: John Swetnam
  • Cast: Sarah Wayne Callies, Richard Armitage, Jeremy Sumpter

Gary (Armitage) is an Oklahoma dad with two estranged sons, one of whom needs rescuing when tornadoes come to town … but it's difficult to care about the stereotypical characters in this clichéd disaster drama, and the frustrating decision to shoot it found-footage style makes it nauseating to watch and hard to follow.

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Sat 23 Aug
Sun 24 Aug
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Tue 26 Aug
Wed 27 Aug
Thu 28 Aug

The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US/Australia
  • 100 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Phil Lord/Christopher Miller
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Cobie Smulders

Emmett (Pratt), a regular Lego construction worker, finds himself acclaimed as the 'Special', who will save the Lego universe from evil Lord Business. Fast, funny, blisteringly paced and hugely inventive, it's also so layered with ironic detachment that the attempt at a sincere final act falls flat; still, good fun for adults and kids.

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Sat 23 Aug
  • 09:00
  • 11:10
Sun 24 Aug

Let's Be Cops

Let's Be Cops
  • 2014
  • US
  • 104 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Luke Greenfield
  • Written by: Luke Greenfield, Nicholas Thomas
  • Cast: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr, Rob Riggle

Two pal decide to engage in their own version of a cop buddy film – despite not being actual cops. From the director of Girl Next Door and The Animal.

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Wed 27 Aug
Thu 28 Aug

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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Sat 23 Aug
Sun 24 Aug
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Tue 26 Aug
Wed 27 Aug
Thu 28 Aug

National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire

National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire
  • UK
  • 2014 min
  • Written by: Tennessee Williams
  • Cast: Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster, Vanessa Kirby

The heat and passion of Stanley and Stella's love and the tragedy of poor, fading Blanche DuBois, beamed live from London.

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Tue 16 Sep

National Theatre Live: Frankenstein

NT Live: Frankenstein
  • 2011
  • UK
  • 15
  • Directed by: Danny Boyle
  • Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jonny Lee Miller

Mary Shelley's classic gothic tale, written by Nick Dear and realised by Danny Boyle in his return to theatre. The roles of Dr Frankenstein and the Creature are alternated between Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller.

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Thu 30 Oct
Mon 3 Nov

National Theatre Live: JOHN

National Theatre Live: JOHN
  • 2014
  • UK

DV8 Physical Theatre perform their new production, conceived and written by Lloyd Newson, based on stories of love and sex told by a real-life man named John.

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Tue 9 Dec

National Theatre Live: Medea

National Theatre: Medea
  • 2014
  • Directed by: Carrie Cracknell

Helen McCrory plays the title role in this live screening of the classic tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power.

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Thu 4 Sep

Non-Stop

Non-Stop
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US/France
  • 106 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra
  • Cast: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong'o

Neeson continues his action film run as an air marshal who springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk.

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Wed 27 Aug

The Nut Job

The Nut Job
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 100 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Peter Lepeniotis
  • Written by: Lorne Cameron/Peter Lepeniotis
  • Cast: Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson

An incorrigibly self-serving exiled squirrel finds himself helping his former park brethren raid a nut store to survive, that is also the front for a human gang's bank robbery.

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Sat 23 Aug
  • 09:00
  • 11:00
  • 13:20
  • 15:40
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Thu 28 Aug

One Direction: Where We Are – Live from San Siro Stadium

One Direction: Where We Are – Live from San Siro Stadium
  • 2014
  • UK
  • Directed by: Paul Dugdale

The crowd goes wild.

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Sat 11 Oct
Sun 12 Oct

The Purge: Anarchy

The Purge: Anarchy
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US/France
  • 103 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: James DeMonaco
  • Cast: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford

Engagingly blunt sequel to 2013's low-budget home invasion sensation The Purge: here, LA cop Sergeant (Grillo) finds himself defending four innocent people from the annual night of state-sanctioned, city-wide lawlessness. With striking performances from Grillo and Ejogo, it's patchy but proficient, and an intelligent expansion of the franchise.

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Sat 23 Aug
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Wed 27 Aug
Thu 28 Aug

Royal Opera House: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Royal Opera House cinema
  • 2014
  • UK
  • Directed by: Christopher Wheeldon

The Royal Ballet presents Christopher Wheeldon's entrancing ballet. All all the zany characters are there, including the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter and, of course, the questionably affected Alice herself.

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Tue 16 Dec

Royal Opera House: I due Foscari

Royal Opera House cinema
  • 2014
  • UK
  • Directed by: Thaddeus Strassberger

Live screening of Verdi's tragedy, starring Plácido Domingo.

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Mon 27 Oct
Sun 2 Nov

Royal Opera House: L'elisir d'amore

Royal Opera House cinema
  • 2014
  • UK
  • Directed by: Laurent Pelly

Laurent Pelly directs Gaetano Donizetti's opera in which a 1950s Italian village provides the backdrop to a spirited tale of love's twists and turns.

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Wed 26 Nov
Sun 30 Nov

Royal Opera House: Manon

Royal Opera House cinema
  • 2014
  • UK

Live screening of the Royal Ballet performing Kenneth MacMillan’s modern, tragic ballet.

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Thu 16 Oct
Sun 19 Oct

Royal Shakespeare Company: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Royal Shakespeare Company: The Two Gentleman of Verona
  • 2014
  • UK
  • Directed by: Simon Godwin

Simon Godwin, associate director of the Royal Court, makes his RSC début with Shakespeare's exuberant romantic comedy.

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Wed 3 Sep

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 102 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
  • Cast: Jessica Alba, Powers Boothe, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green

Marv (Rourke) teams up with Dwight (Brolin) on a mission to rescue Dwight's former lover Ava (Green) from her sadistic husband. Rodriguez and Miller's follow-up to 2005's Sin City is, like its predecessor, a visual masterpiece but in narrative terms it's a schlocky, sweaty exercise in style over substance.

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Mon 25 Aug
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Thu 28 Aug

Stephen Fry Live: More Fool Me

Stephen Fry Live: More Fool Me
  • 2014
  • UK

Good/smart guy Fry launches his new memoir, More Fool Me, in high style, with a live simulcast.

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Wed 1 Oct

Stephen Fry Live: More Fool Me

  • 2014

A live event to mark the publication of Stephen Fry's brand new volume of memoirs More Fool Me. Get a sneak preview of the new book: a heady tale of the late eighties and early nineties in which Stephen - driven to create, perform and entertain - burned bright and partied hard and damn the consequences.

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Wed 1 Oct

£8.75, child £6.25, concs £6.50, family £25, Mon-Fri before 5pm £6.95, concs £5.65, family £22.60, Luxury Seat £15, Saverday £3.95 & £5.95, Kids…

  • 19:15

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 165 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Michael Bay
  • Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Stanley Tucci

More explosions and metal-on-metal battling from Michael Bay.

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Sat 23 Aug
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Tue 26 Aug

The Unbeatables (Metegol)

The Unbeatables (Metegol)
  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • Argentina/Spain/India/US
  • 97 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Juan José Campanella
  • Cast: Rupert Grint, Anthony Head, Peter Serafinowicz

Amadeo (Grint) is a whiz at table football but unlucky at everything else, forced to square off against the bullying Flash (Head) in an attempt to save his village. Cheekily inventive 3D animation from Argentinean director Campanella, standing out from other animated family fare by its quirky characterisation and dry wit.

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Sat 23 Aug
  • 09:20
  • 11:40
  • 14:10
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Thu 28 Aug

West End Theatre: Billy Elliot the Musical

West End Theatre: Billy Elliot the Musical
  • 2014

Performance of the multi-award-winning Billy Elliot the Musical, beamed live from London.

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Sun 28 Sep

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