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Annie

Annie
  • 2014
  • US
  • 118 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Will Gluck
  • Cast: Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne

A modern retelling of the musical classic. Annie is living with an unkind foster mother (Diaz) in New York when a mayoral candidate (Foxx) is convinced by his campaign advisers to take her in.

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Sat 20 Dec
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Arthur Christmas

Arthur Christmas
  • 2 stars
  • 2011
  • UK/US
  • 97 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Sarah Smith
  • Written by: Peter Baynham, Sarah Smith
  • Cast: James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton, Ashley Jensen, Ramona Marquez

Arthur Christmas (McAvoy) is the overlooked star of the Santa team, but when it looks like a small girl's present may not get delivered, he enlists the help of his curmudgeonly grandfather (Nighy). With characters boringly reflecting different degrees of niceness, this contrived family feud lacks the wit that made Aardman's name.

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Sat 20 Dec
Sun 21 Dec

Dumb and Dumber To

Dumb and Dumber To
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 109 min
  • Directed by: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
  • Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels

Twenty years after the original movie, Harry (Daniels) and Lloyd (Carrey) go on a road trip to find Harry's daughter Penny (Melvin). Despite some simple and effective gags the plot is too contrived with not enough payoff, and the Farrellys have retained their signature bad taste but left out the heart.

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Fri 19 Dec
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English National Opera Screen: Carmen

English National Opera Screen: Carmen
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 165 min

A live performance of Bizet's classic love story about Don Jose and his all-consuming passion for Carmen.

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Fri 19 Dec
  • 12:45

English National Opera Screen: The Pirates of Penzance

English National Opera Screen: The Pirates of Penzance
  • 2015
  • UK
  • Directed by: Mike Leigh

Gilbert and Sullivan's swashbuckling musical performed live.

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Fri 19 Dec
  • 12:45

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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Wed 24 Dec

Get Santa

Get Santa
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • UK/US
  • 102 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Christopher Smith
  • Cast: Rafe Spall, Jim Broadbent, Warwick Davis

When Santa (Broadbent) crashes his sleigh just outside London and gets arrested, it's up to ex-con Steve (Spall) and his young son Tom (Connor) to organise a jailbreak and save Christmas. Broadbent and Spall are excellent and Scanlan is marvellous as a Trunchbull-like prison officer. An imaginative, madcap and sometimes macabre family movie.

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Fri 19 Dec
  • 11:00
  • 13:20
  • 15:40
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US/New Zealand
  • 144 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Peter Jackson
  • Written by: Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), Peter Jackson (screenplay), Guillermo del Toro (screenplay), J. R. R. Tolkien (novel)
  • Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott, Hugo Weaving, James Nesbitt, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Billy Connolly, Evangeline Lilly, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood

Smaug's on the rampage, Thorin is consumed with greed and war breaks out. The final instalment of Jackson's Middle-earth adventures features moments of spirited action and some terrific performances, but like the other Hobbit films it pales in comparison to the episodes of the previous trilogy.

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Fri 19 Dec
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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 19 Dec
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Wed 24 Dec

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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Fri 19 Dec
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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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Fri 19 Dec
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National Theatre Live: Man and Superman

NT Live: Man and Superman
  • 2015
  • Cast: Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes plays Jack Tanner in this reinvention of Shaw's provocative classic.

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Fri 19 Dec
  • 12:45

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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Fri 19 Dec
  • 10:40
  • 13:10
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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • Directed by: Shawn Levy
  • Cast: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Dan Stevens, Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Owen Wilson

Former museum nightwatchman Larry (Stiller), now a manager at New York's Museum of Natural History, goes to London to rekindle a magical object. Stiller looks bored, and despite some refreshing cameos and the last, shining glimpse of Williams, it's so laboured and lousy it makes you want to punch yourself in the face.

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Fri 19 Dec
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Wed 24 Dec

The Penguins of Madagascar

The Penguins of Madagascar
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 92 min
  • Directed by: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith
  • Cast: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, John DiMaggio, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, Peter Stormare

The espionage-savvy penguins team up with an interspecies special forces group, to tangle with octopus/scientist Dr Octavius Brine (Malkovich). The knockabout style offers few chances for genuine drama and the result is a lighthearted, frenetic but rather unimaginative romp, a step down from the psychedelic wit of Europe's Most Wanted.

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Fri 19 Dec
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The Pyramid

The Pyramid
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 89 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Grégory Levasseur
  • Cast: Denis O'Hare, Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley

Father / daughter archaeologist duo (O'Hare, Hinshaw) and a TV crew investigate a mysterious three-sided pyramid. Buckley appears as a toned-down version of his character from The Inbetweeners, and although director Levasseur has horror form, a rote script and some juvenile touches make this an exercise in time-wasting.

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Fri 19 Dec
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Royal Ballet: La Fille Mal Gardée

Royal Opera House cinema
  • 2015
  • UK
  • E

The Royal Ballet performs Frederick Ashton's delightful 1959 version of this chipper two-act comic ballet, whose title translates as The Wayward Daughter.

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Fri 19 Dec
  • 12:45

Royal Opera House: Guillaume Tell

Royal Opera House cinema
  • 2015
  • UK
  • Directed by: Damiano Michieletto

Live production of Rossini’s final opera starring Gerald Finley as the title character. Conducted by Antonio Pappano.

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Fri 19 Dec
  • 12:45

Royal Opera House: La Bohème

Royal Opera House cinema
  • 2012
  • 165 min
  • E
  • Directed by: John Copley

The Royal Opera House's production of Puccini's classic starring Rolando Villazón, beamed live from Covent Garden.

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Fri 19 Dec
  • 12:45

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 76 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Steve Loter
  • Cast: Voices of: Mae Whitman, Megan Hilty, Lucy Liu, Raven-Symoné, Anjelica Huston, Ginnifer Goodwin, Rosario Dawson, Mel B

When Tink's friend Fawn (Goodwin) befriends a mysterious creature in the woods, scout fairy Nyx (Dawson) decides to capture it before it can do any damage. The animation is agile and colourful and Goodwin delivers a likable central performance; it could have been funnier, but otherwise a charming addition to the franchise.

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Fri 19 Dec
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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 20 Dec
Sun 21 Dec

White Christmas

White Christmas
  • 4 stars
  • 1954
  • US
  • 120 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Michael Curtiz
  • Written by: Norman Krasna, Norman Panama, Melvin Frank
  • Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes

Christmas staple starring Crosby and Kaye as a song-and-dance troupe who become involved with a sister act.

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Wed 24 Dec

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