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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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Thu 31 Jul
  • 20:10

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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Thu 31 Jul
  • 10:30
  • 13:30
  • 16:30
  • 17:30
  • 19:30
  • 20:30
3D
  • 12:00
  • 15:00
  • 18:00
  • 21:00
Fri 1 Aug
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Wed 6 Aug
Thu 7 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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Thu 31 Jul
  • 10:15
  • 12:15
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  • 20:15
Fri 1 Aug
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Thu 7 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

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
Fri 15 Aug
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Thu 21 Aug

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy
  • 4 stars
  • 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

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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Thu 31 Jul
  • 10:30
  • 13:00
  • 14:00
  • 15:30
  • 16:30
  • 18:00
  • 19:00
  • 20:30
  • 21:30
3D
  • 10:00
  • 11:00
  • 12:30
  • 13:30
  • 15:00
  • 16:00
  • 17:30
  • 18:30
  • 20:00
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Fri 1 Aug
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Thu 7 Aug

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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Thu 31 Jul
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  • 15:20
  • 20:20
Fri 1 Aug
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Thu 7 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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Thu 31 Jul
  • 11:10
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Fri 1 Aug
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Tue 5 Aug

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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Thu 31 Jul
  • 10:10
  • 12:30
  • 14:40
  • 17:10
Fri 1 Aug
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Wed 6 Aug
Thu 7 Aug

Labor Day

Labor Day
  • 2 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 111 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jason Reitman
  • Cast: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith

Depressed single mum Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options diminish.

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Wed 6 Aug

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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Thu 31 Jul
  • 10:45

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 1 Aug
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Tue 5 Aug

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 2 Aug
Sun 3 Aug

National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire

  • UK
  • 2014 min

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: 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

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

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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Thu 31 Jul
  • 10:20

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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Thu 31 Jul
  • 10:50
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  • 22:10
Fri 1 Aug
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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: 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

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

Step Up: All In

Step Up All In
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 112 min
  • Directed by: Trish Sie
  • Written by: John Swetnam, Duane Adler
  • Cast: Alyson Stoner, Briana Evigan, Ryan Guzman

In the fifth of the franchise, the crew enters a TV dance competition in the hope of landing a deal, but must resist the temptations of Las Vegas. Never mind the undercooked romance and the thin supporting stories – the dancing is as brilliant as ever.

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Fri 1 Aug
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Thu 7 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

£7.50, concs £5.50, family £22, Mon-Fri before 5pm £6, concs £5.50, family £22, VIP Seats £10 & £15, Tue Saverday £3.35, Kids' Club £1, 3D Films add…

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Tarzan

Tarzan
  • 2013
  • Germany
  • 94 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Reinhard Klooss
  • Cast: Kellan Lutz, Spencer Locke, Robert Capron

Tarzan (Twilight's Lutz) and Jane take on a big energy company – the same one that Tarzan's parents ran before they died in a plane crash – in this CGI version of the classic tale.

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Sat 2 Aug
Sun 3 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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