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22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 112 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
  • Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Nick Offerman

Undercover cops Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) swap high school for college in order to thwart another drugs ring. Hilarious sequel which manages to surpass the crowd-pleasing original by embracing its sequel-ness and going one better, with inspired gags, pumped-up action and scene-stealing support from Ice Cube as the duo's perpetually angry boss.

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Begin Again

Begin Again
  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 104 min
  • Directed by: John Carney
  • Written by: John Carney
  • Cast: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Cee-lo Green, Catherine Keener

Two songwriting and romantic partners have their bubble burst when Dave (Levine) gets a major label record deal and casts Gretta (Knightley) aside. But Gretta gets her own back when she meets her own label exec, the quirky Dan (Ruffalo), who takes her down an indie route. From the writer-director of Once.

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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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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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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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Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 113 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Doug Liman
  • Written by: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton
  • Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

With Earth under attack from aliens, cowardly soldier Cage (Cruise) is killed, only to wake up the day before, stuck in a time loop. Groundhog Day crossed with Starship Troopers? Yep, and despite a nonsensical coda it's enormous fun, with a witty script, superb work from Cruise and Blunt, and thrilling action sequences.

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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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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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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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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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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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Metropolitan Opera: Otello

Live from the Met
  • 2012
  • US
  • 207 min
  • Cast: Johan Botha, Renee Fleming, Falk Struckmann

New York's Met Opera reprise Verdi's acclaimed version of Shakespeare's classic drama.

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Tue 29 Jul

Monty Python Live (Mostly)

Monty Python Live (Mostly)
  • 2014
  • UK

A simulcast of Monty Python's highly anticipated reunion show.

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Tue 5 Aug

National Theatre Live: Skylight

National Theatre Live: Skylight
  • 2014
  • UK
  • Directed by: Stephen Daldry
  • Written by: David Hare
  • Cast: Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy

Kyra (Mulligan) receives a visit from her recently widowed former lover (Nighy) out of the blue. Stage production beamed live from London.

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Thu 31 Jul

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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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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Rio 2

Rio 2
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 101 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Carlos Saldanha
  • Written by: Don Rhymer, Carlos Saldanha
  • Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, Bruno Mars, Jemaine Clement, George Lopez, Jamie Foxx, will.i.am

Blu (Eisenberg) and Jewel (Hathaway) travel to the Amazon to discover Jewel's family, but old adversary Nigel (Clement) is keen on revenge. Amiable sequel to the macaw-themed 2010 original; despite dubious racial stereotyping in the supporting cast, there's enough colour and incident to make for passable family entertainment.

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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

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Tammy

Tammy
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 96 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ben Falcone
  • Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates

Alleged comedy about foul-mouthed but kind-hearted Tammy (McCarthy) who gets fired, discovers that her husband is unfaithful and goes on a road trip with her promiscuous, alcoholic grandmother (Sarandon). Co-writers McCarthy and her husband Falcone fail to make Tammy likeable, or the central relationship convincing, and the result is an ill-conceived mess.

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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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X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 130 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Bryan Singer
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen

When the mutants of the future face extinction, they send Wolverine (Jackman) back in time to change destiny. The finale is too effects-heavy and non-fans may question whether it all makes sense, but the principal players are all on top form and the slick direction and smart writing are at times enormously entertaining.

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