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As Above, So Below

As Above, So Below
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 93 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: John Erick Dowdle
  • Cast: Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, Perdita Weeks

When Archaeologist/adventurer Scarlett (Weeks) searches the Paris Catacombs for the Philosopher's Stone, she and fellow adventurers Benji (Hodge) and George (Feldman) find themselves haunted by supernatural goings-on. Pacy and suitably creepy horror enlivened by strong work from Weeks and Feldman, although the found footage element could have been dropped.

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Mon 22 Sep
Tue 23 Sep
Wed 24 Sep
Thu 25 Sep

The Boxtrolls

The Boxtrolls
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 97 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi
  • Cast: Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan

Eggs (Hempstead-Wright) lives underground with a family of Boxtrolls, marginalised creatures who make their home from rubbish. But then the trolls are hunted by a group of exterminators, led by the grotesque Snatcher (Kingsley). Adventurous, intense and sometimes disturbing animated movie, with plenty to keep adults occupied; whether kids will respond is another question.

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Mon 22 Sep
Tue 23 Sep
Wed 24 Sep
Thu 25 Sep

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

The Giver

The Giver
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 97 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Phillip Noyce
  • Cast: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep

In a bland, conformist future, one person – the Giver (Bridges) – retains the collective memory of a time before conformity, and it's time for a replacement (Thwaites). Despite good work from Bridges and Streep, it's odd that a story which prizes individuality should make for such a formulaic teen movie.

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Mon 22 Sep
Tue 23 Sep
Wed 24 Sep
Thu 25 Sep

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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Mon 22 Sep
Tue 23 Sep
Wed 24 Sep
Thu 25 Sep

How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 102 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Dean DeBlois
  • Cast: Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig

Sequel to the 2010 hit film with the original cast returning.

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Mon 22 Sep
Tue 23 Sep
Wed 24 Sep
Thu 25 Sep

The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • India/United Arab Emirates/USA
  • 122 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Lasse Hallström
  • Cast: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal

Indian patriarch Papa (Puri) decides to open a restaurant in the French countryside, directly opposite a Michelin-starred joint run by Madame Mallory (Mirren); cue romantic complications between son Hassan (Dayal) and Mallory's sous-chef Marguerite (Le Bon). Mirren's imperiousness almost redeems it, but an undercooked third act makes for an insipid conclusion.

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Mon 22 Sep
Tue 23 Sep
Wed 24 Sep
Thu 25 Sep

If I Stay

If I Stay
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 106 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: RJ Cutler
  • Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley

When young cellist Mia (Moretz) and her family are involved in a car accident, she finds her spirit self wondering whether her life is worth returning to. An interesting premise spoiled by an almost comically soft-focus tragedy-lite approach and a screenplay that swarms with clichés.

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Mon 22 Sep
Tue 23 Sep
Wed 24 Sep
Thu 25 Sep

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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Mon 22 Sep
Tue 23 Sep
Wed 24 Sep
Thu 25 Sep

Let's Be Cops

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

Ryan (Johnson) and Justin (Wayans) are two loser flatmates who decide to pretend to be LAPD officers, only to fall foul of psychopathic criminal Mossi (D'Arcy). Some good ideas and the leads' comic chemistry are let down by uncertain writing, misguided directorial choices and sloppy editing, but it's amiable enough.

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Mon 22 Sep
Tue 23 Sep
Wed 24 Sep
Thu 25 Sep

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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Mon 22 Sep
Tue 23 Sep
Wed 24 Sep
Thu 25 Sep

A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • Germany/US/UK
  • 121 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Anton Corbijn
  • Cast: Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Brühl, Nina Hoss

A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror. Featuring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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Mon 22 Sep
Tue 23 Sep
Wed 24 Sep
Thu 25 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 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

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 Other Woman

The Other Woman
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 109 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Nick Cassavetes
  • Written by: Melissa Stack
  • Cast: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, Taylor Kinney, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lisa Maffia, Nicki Minaj

When lawyer Carly (Diaz) falls for Mark (Coster-Waldau), he seems too good to be true. He is: he's already married to Kate (Mann), and is having another affair with Amber (Upton). Cassavetes' film squanders its subversive wronged-women-seek-revenge premise in clichés, weak gags and an all-round lack of sass.

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Wed 24 Sep

Pride

Pride
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 120 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Matthew Warchus
  • Written by: Stephen Beresford
  • Cast: Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Andrew Scott

During the 1984-84 UK miners' strike, a group of young lesbian and gay activists travel from London to Wales to help a mining community in trouble. Unashamedly fizzy and cheering take on a true story about two groups who bonded together against small-mindedness and vile tabloid headlines.

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Mon 22 Sep
Tue 23 Sep
Wed 24 Sep
Thu 25 Sep

The Riot Club

The Riot Club
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 107 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Lone Scherfig
  • Cast: Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Holliday Grainger

Affable Oxford undergraduate Miles (Irons) is courted by the Riot Club, an exclusive university society devoted to hedonism, but then a Club dinner in the back room of a pub becomes increasingly vile. Claflin is outstanding as the villainous Alistair, and Scherfig's film, in its portrayal of dangerously antisocial upper class twits, is appropriately discomforting and immersive.

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Mon 22 Sep
Tue 23 Sep
Wed 24 Sep
Thu 25 Sep

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
Sun 28 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

Sex Tape

Sex Tape
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 94 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jake Kasdan
  • Cast: Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz, Rob Corddry

Happily married Annie (Diaz) and Jay (Segel) try to spice up their sex life by recording it on his iPad, but an accidental sync sends the film to several other devices; charmless slapstick ensues, with an interesting premise spoiled by a fumbled and decidedly old-fashioned treatment.

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Mon 22 Sep
Tue 23 Sep
Wed 24 Sep
Thu 25 Sep

Soul Boys of the Western World

Soul Boys of the Western World
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 102 min
  • Directed by: George Hencken
  • Cast: Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Gary Kemp

The rise and fall of Spandau Ballett, set to a backdrop of 80s hair.

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Tue 30 Sep

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

Think Like a Man Too

Think Like a Man Too
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 106 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Tim Story
  • Cast: Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Wendi McLendon-Covey

The characters from the 2012 travel to Las Vegas for a wedding, where low-rent Hangover-style shenanigans ensue. Much of the energy comes from pint-sized motormouth Hart, who as best man Cedric has most of the (few) laughs; ultimately there are just too many characters, but at least it's shorter than the first movie.

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Mon 22 Sep
Tue 23 Sep
Wed 24 Sep
Thu 25 Sep

A Walk Among the Tombstones

A Walk Among the Tombstones
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 113 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Scott Frank
  • Cast: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour

Drug dealer Kenny Kristo (Stevens)'s wife has been kidnapped, with unfortunate consequences, and he hires alcoholic private eye Matt Scudder (Neeson) to find out who did it. Unintentionally amusing adaptation of Lawrence Block's novel, with a half-hearted performance from Neeson and hackneyed dialogue; an absurd mix of deadly serious thriller and Cop and a Half-style buddy movie.

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Mon 22 Sep
Tue 23 Sep
Wed 24 Sep
Thu 25 Sep

Wish I Was Here

Wish I Was Here
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 106 min
  • Directed by: Zach Braff
  • Cast: Zach Braff, Joey King, Pierce Gagnon

Aidan (Braff), an unemployed actor, shuffles around Santa Monica between dying father Gabe (Patinkin), shiftless brother Noah (Gad) and frustrated wife Sarah (Hudson). Writer/director Braff's follow-up to Garden State lacks that film's self-aware humility, and despite a realistic milieu of school fees and expensive healthcare it plays out as self-pitying Hollywood schmaltz.

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Mon 22 Sep
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Thu 25 Sep

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