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Boyhood

Boyhood
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 163 min
  • Directed by: Richard Linklater
  • Written by: Richard Linklater
  • Cast: Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Lorelei Linklater

Made over 12 summers, Linklater's visionary Boyhood follows Mason (Coltrane) from age 5 to 18 as he grows up in real-time.

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Fri 25 Jul
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Thu 31 Jul

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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Fri 25 Jul
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Thu 31 Jul

Earth to Echo

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

After receiving a bizarre series of encrypted messages, a group of kids embark on an adventure with an alien who needs their help.

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Fri 25 Jul
Sat 26 Jul
Sun 27 Jul
Mon 28 Jul
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Thu 31 Jul

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 Expendables 3

The Expendables 3
  • 2014
  • US
  • 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

The Expendables return for third throwback-style action thriller.

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Thu 14 Aug
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Wed 20 Aug
Thu 21 Aug

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 125 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Josh Boone
  • Written by: John Green (novel), Scott Neustadtera, Michael H Weber (screenplay)
  • Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff

Big screen take on John Green's best-selling book following the romance of Hazel and Gus – two teenagers who have in common an acerbic wit and terminal illness.

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Fri 25 Jul
  • 17:00
Sat 26 Jul
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Wed 30 Jul

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 26 Jul
Sun 27 Jul

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy
  • 2014
  • US
  • 122 min
  • 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

An American pilot forms an alliance with a group of alien oddballs, first for protection and then to prevent a villain from seizing a powerful orb.

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Thu 31 Jul

Hercules

Hercules
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 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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Fri 25 Jul
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Thu 31 Jul

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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Fri 25 Jul
  • 10:30
  • 15:00
3D
  • 12:50
Sat 26 Jul
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Wed 30 Jul
Thu 31 Jul

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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Fri 25 Jul
3D
  • 10:10
  • 14:50
Sat 26 Jul
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Thu 31 Jul

A Long Way Down

A Long Way Down
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 96 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Pascal Chaumeil
  • Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Aaron Paul, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette

When former chat show host Martin (Brosnan) makes his way to a suicide spot, he's disconcerted to find three other people there with the same idea. Chaumeil's adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel initially stumbles but it gets better, with a brilliant performance from Collette and an ultimately fitting balance between humour and darkness.

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Wed 30 Jul

Maleficent

Maleficent
  • 2014
  • US
  • 97 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Robert Stromberg
  • Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Brenton Thwaites, Juno Temple, Sam Riley, Miranda Richardson, Imelda Staunton

Hollywood's preoccupation with revamping fairy tales continues with this star-spangled adaptation of Sleeping Beauty.

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Fri 25 Jul
  • 12:30
Sat 26 Jul
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Wed 30 Jul

Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie

Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie
  • 2014
  • UK/Ireland
  • 94 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ben Kellett
  • Written by: Brendan O'Carroll
  • Cast: Brendan O'Carroll, Nick Nevern, Robert Bathurst

The popular TV family gets the big screen treatment, as developers try to close down Mrs Brown's fruit and veg stall.

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Fri 25 Jul
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Thu 31 Jul

Muppets Most Wanted

Muppets Most Wanted
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 112 min
  • U
  • Directed by: James Bobin
  • Cast: Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey

A world tour goes awry when the Muppets find themselves accidentally caught up in a jewel heist.

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Sat 26 Jul
Sun 27 Jul

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: 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

Postman Pat: The Movie

Postman Pat: The Movie
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 88 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Mike Disa
  • Cast: Stephen Mangan, Jim Broadbent, Rupert Grint, Ronan Keating, David Tennant

An all-star cast help Postman Pat in his big screen CGI adventure as he enters a TV talent competition.

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Sat 26 Jul
Sun 27 Jul
Mon 28 Jul
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Thu 31 Jul

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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Fri 25 Jul
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Thu 31 Jul

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

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

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

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

£7, Mon-Fri before 5pm £5.70, concs £5, family £19.80, Saverday £3, Kids' Club £1, 3D Films add £1.50, 3D Glasses £1

  • 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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Fri 25 Jul
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Thu 31 Jul

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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