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The Square, Market Arcade, High Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 1PT

As Above, So Below

As Above, So Below
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 93 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: John Erick Dowdle
  • Cast: Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, Perdita Weeks

When Archaeologist/adventurer Scarlett (Weeks) searches the Paris Catacombs for the Philosopher's Stone, she and fellow adventurers Benji (Hodge) and George (Feldman) find themselves haunted by supernatural goings-on. Pacy and suitably creepy horror enlivened by strong work from Weeks and Feldman, although the found footage element could have been dropped.

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Sat 20 Sep
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Thu 25 Sep

Before I Go To Sleep

Before I Go to Sleep
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 92 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Rowan Joffe
  • Cast: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong

Christine (Kidman) is an amnesiac, unable to recall her marriage to husband Ben (Firth) and the incident which caused her amnesia in the first place; can neuropsychologist Dr Nash (Strong) help? Stylish but superficial thriller which makes for an entertaining evening's viewing, but – like Christine – you may not remember much the next day.

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Sat 20 Sep
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Thu 25 Sep

Billy Elliot The Musical

  • 2014
  • 195 min

The multi award winning, heart warming musical about a young boy's love of dance filmed in London's West End and brought to cinemas.

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Sun 28 Sep

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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Thu 25 Sep

The Giver

The Giver
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 97 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Phillip Noyce
  • Cast: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep

In a bland, conformist future, one person – the Giver (Bridges) – retains the collective memory of a time before conformity, and it's time for a replacement (Thwaites). Despite good work from Bridges and Streep, it's odd that a story which prizes individuality should make for such a formulaic teen movie.

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Sat 20 Sep
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Thu 25 Sep

Gone Girl

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

A woman mysteriously disappears on the day of her wedding anniversary.

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Wed 1 Oct

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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Sat 20 Sep
Sun 21 Sep

The Inbetweeners 2

Inbetweeners 2
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 96 min
  • Directed by: Damon Beesley, Iain Morris
  • Cast: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Joe Thomas, Blake Harrison

Eternal teenagers Will, Simon, Neil and Jay head to Australia in pursuit of Jay's lovely ex, Jane (Bewley). Heaving with bad-taste humour, it manages to feel less tired than the first film thanks to energetic direction, honed performances and some truly spectacular stupidity.

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Sat 20 Sep
Sun 21 Sep
Wed 24 Sep

Let's Be Cops

Let's Be Cops
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 104 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Luke Greenfield
  • Written by: Luke Greenfield, Nicholas Thomas
  • Cast: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr, Rob Riggle

Ryan (Johnson) and Justin (Wayans) are two loser flatmates who decide to pretend to be LAPD officers, only to fall foul of psychopathic criminal Mossi (D'Arcy). Some good ideas and the leads' comic chemistry are let down by uncertain writing, misguided directorial choices and sloppy editing, but it's amiable enough.

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Sat 20 Sep
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Lucy

Lucy
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US/France
  • 89 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Luc Besson
  • Written by: Luc Besson
  • Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton

Lucy (Johansson) is forced to be a drug mule by crime boss Mr Jang (Choi), but when the drugs leak into her system, she acquires superhuman powers. Insane and largely humourless but ambitious and entertaining action flick, and it's satisfying to see a formidably intelligent and physically ferocious female at the centre.

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Sat 20 Sep
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Thu 25 Sep

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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Mon 22 Sep

National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire

National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire
  • 2014
  • UK
  • Written by: Tennessee Williams
  • Cast: Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster, Vanessa Kirby

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 30 Sep

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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Tue 23 Sep

Opera Australia: Madama Butterfly on Sydney Harbour

Opera Australia
  • 2014
  • 153 min
  • Written by: Giacomo Puccini
  • Cast: Hiromi Omura

A performance of Puccini's 1904 opera, beamed live from the Sydney Opera House.

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Mon 22 Sep

Planes: Fire & Rescue

Planes: Fire & Rescue
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 83 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Roberts Gannaway
  • Cast: Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen

When perky aeroplane Dusty (Cook) is forced to give up racing, he decides to retrain as a firefighter under crusty-but-fair Blade Ranger (Harris). Gannaway's sequel is better than the dismal original, but even as simple-minded entertainment it's a pity about the sexual and racial stereotyping and broad, male-orientated humour.

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Sat 20 Sep
Sun 21 Sep

Pride

Pride
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 120 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Matthew Warchus
  • Written by: Stephen Beresford
  • Cast: Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Andrew Scott

During the 1984-84 UK miners' strike, a group of young lesbian and gay activists travel from London to Wales to help a mining community in trouble. Unashamedly fizzy and cheering take on a true story about two groups who bonded together against small-mindedness and vile tabloid headlines.

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Sat 20 Sep
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Pudsey the Dog: The Movie

Pudsey the Dog: The Movie
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 87 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Nick Moore
  • Cast: Olivia Colman, David Walliams, Izzy Meikle-Small

Heartwarming film about a cheeky stray dog.

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Sat 20 Sep
Sun 21 Sep
Sun 28 Sep

The Riot Club

The Riot Club
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 107 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Lone Scherfig
  • Cast: Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Holliday Grainger

Affable Oxford undergraduate Miles (Irons) is courted by the Riot Club, an exclusive university society devoted to hedonism, but then a Club dinner in the back room of a pub becomes increasingly vile. Claflin is outstanding as the villainous Alistair, and Scherfig's film, in its portrayal of dangerously antisocial upper class twits, is appropriately discomforting and immersive.

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Sat 20 Sep
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Salome

Wilde Salome
  • 2011
  • US
  • 95 min
  • Directed by: Al Pacino
  • Cast: Al Pacino, Jessica Chastain, Kevin Anderson

Pacino goes on the trail of Oscar Wilde's once banned Salome as he re-interprets this controversial play.

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Sun 21 Sep

Salome and Wilde Salome

Salome and Wilde Salome
  • 2011/2013
  • US
  • Directed by: Al Pacino
  • Cast: Jessica Chastain, Al Pacino, Kevin Anderson

Back to back screenings of Al Pacino's films based on Oscar Wilde's controversial play, with Jessica Chastain as the deadly Princess Salome.

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Sun 21 Sep

Soul Boys of the Western World

Soul Boys of the Western World
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 102 min
  • Directed by: George Hencken
  • Cast: Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Gary Kemp

The rise and fall of Spandau Ballett, set to a backdrop of 80s hair.

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Tue 30 Sep

A Walk Among the Tombstones

A Walk Among the Tombstones
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 113 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Scott Frank
  • Cast: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour

Drug dealer Kenny Kristo (Stevens)'s wife has been kidnapped, with unfortunate consequences, and he hires alcoholic private eye Matt Scudder (Neeson) to find out who did it. Unintentionally amusing adaptation of Lawrence Block's novel, with a half-hearted performance from Neeson and hackneyed dialogue; an absurd mix of deadly serious thriller and Cop and a Half-style buddy movie.

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Sat 20 Sep
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Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph
  • 4 stars
  • 2012
  • US
  • 108 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Rich Moore
  • Cast: Voices of John C Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch

This cleverly targeted family romp set in the world of videogames marks a step up both commercially and artistically for the non-Pixar side of Disney animation. The script is brilliantly witty; the visuals sweep, swoop and sparkle; and the message about flawed individuals finding their own way to be heroes is a kindly one, intelligently expressed.

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