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The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2BS

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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Mon 22 Dec
Tue 23 Dec
Wed 24 Dec

Black Sea

Black Sea
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 115 min
  • Directed by: Kevin Macdonald
  • Cast: Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Karl Davies, Konstantin Khabensky

Robinson (Law) is a Scottish former submarine captain who leads a rag-tag crew of engineers to salvage a downed Russian sub laden with Nazi gold. Law is a commanding presence (he nails the Aberdeen accent) and a superb supporting cast, plus impressive cinematography, make for a powerfully claustrophobic atmosphere.

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Mon 22 Dec
Tue 23 Dec
Wed 24 Dec

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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Fri 26 Dec
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Thu 1 Jan

Die Hard

Die Hard
  • 1988
  • US
  • 131 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: John McTiernan
  • Cast: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Alexander Godunov

Willis plays a cop who attends a tower block party with his estranged spouse. The building is raided by terrorists, so it's left to Willis to bump off the baddies and save the hostages while the police and FBI languish ineptly on the sidelines. Unbearably tense actioner that gets good mileage out of yawning lift-shafts and flying bullets, while Willis is convincing as an ordinary guy trying to cope with it all. Watch out for Brit Rickman as a villain with a sense of humour.

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Mon 22 Dec

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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Mon 22 Dec
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Fri 26 Dec
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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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Mon 22 Dec
Tue 23 Dec
Wed 24 Dec

Gone Girl

Gone Girl
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 145 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: David Fincher
  • Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike

Nick (Affleck) comes home on his fifth wedding anniversary to find his wife Amy (Pike) gone, and a series of revelations cast him in the worst possible light. Fincher directs with cool proficiency and a sense of brutal fun; Affleck is perfect, and Pike gives a bravura, breakout performance.

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Tue 23 Dec

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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Mon 22 Dec
3D
3D / 48 FPS / Premium screening
IMAX / 3D / 48 FPS
Premium screening
Subtitled
Tue 23 Dec
3D
3D / 48 FPS / Premium screening
IMAX / 3D / 48 FPS
Premium screening
Subtitled
Wed 24 Dec

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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Mon 22 Dec
Tue 23 Dec
Wed 24 Dec

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 Dec
Tue 23 Dec
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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Mon 22 Dec
Tue 23 Dec
Wed 24 Dec

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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Mon 22 Dec
Tue 23 Dec
Wed 24 Dec

Interstellar

Interstellar
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US/UK
  • 169 min
  • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • Cast: Jessica Chastain, Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway

Cooper (McConaughey) is a pilot-turned-farmer who's recruited for an intergalactic mission to find humanity a new home. Despite awe and nail-biting tension, there's too much clunky exposition and cinematic clichés, and although Nolan's intentions to make a singular and cerebral film are admirable, it all gets a bit silly.

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Mon 22 Dec
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Wed 24 Dec

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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Mon 22 Dec
Tue 23 Dec
Wed 24 Dec

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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Mon 22 Dec
Tue 23 Dec
Wed 24 Dec

Paddington

Paddington
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 95 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Paul King
  • Cast: Ben Whishaw (voice), Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins

The story of an illegal immigrant from Peru and his efforts to be integrated into British society. He's a bear, by the way. Whishaw imbues the CGI Paddington with immense charm, the rest of the cast are excellent and the exuberant direction and smart, knowing script make for a genuine delight.

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Mon 22 Dec
Tue 23 Dec
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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Mon 22 Dec
Tue 23 Dec
Wed 24 Dec

The Polar Express

Polar Express
  • 2004
  • Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
  • Cast: Tom Hanks

A boy travels on a magical train bound for the North Pole and Santa Claus.

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Wed 24 Dec

Royal Opera House: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Royal Opera House: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • 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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Sun 28 Dec

St Vincent

St Vincent
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 102 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Theodore Melfi
  • Cast: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Chris O'Dowd

Vincent (Murray) is a war hero turned lonely, misanthropic drunkard, who becomes a comically inappropriate babysitter to neighbour Oliver (Lieberher). Murray and Lieberher are a fine double act, Watts is a hoot as a pregnant Eastern European prostitute/pole-dancer, and despite a conventionally tear-jerking finale it's mostly scrappy and likable.

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Mon 22 Dec
Tue 23 Dec

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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Mon 22 Dec
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The Odeon Manchester is located in the Printworks on Withy Grove – once the largest newspaper printing house in Europe, it was derelict by the 1990s until the IRA bombing of Manchester prompted a massive redevelopment of the area and the conversion of the building into a giant entertainment venue.

Unsurprisingly, the Odeon is a biggie: 23 auditoriums, with one IMAX screen, all of them with wheelchair spaces. There's lift access to all floors, and an infrared system for the hard-of-hearing (enquire at box office). In common with other mega-Odeons there's a licensed Gallery for over 18s, and the cinema runs regular Flashback Film nights on Monday evenings, showing classic and cult films from the last few decades at bargain prices. The rest of the Printworks features popular restaurant chains, coffee shops, bars, pubs and clubs.

The NCP Printworks car park is not free, but the Odeon will validate parking, giving you a discount. Trams stop at Shudehill station opposite the Printworks. Buses from the north stop at Shudehill interchange, and from the south at Piccadilly Gardens, a seven-minute walk from the venue.

Victoria rail station is two minutes' walk away, and Piccadilly 20 minutes for national lines.

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