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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 142 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Marc Webb
  • Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan

Peter Parker (Garfield) goes up against new supervillains Electro (Foxx) and Harry Osborn (DeHaan). Garfield and Stone have enormous chemistry, Foxx and DeHaan bring complexity and pathos, and the rebooted franchise continues to capture the original character's wise-cracking energy in a way that the Raimi trilogy didn't.

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Wed 23 Apr
Thu 24 Apr

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 128 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
  • Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan

Just as the titular hero (Evans) is adjusting to life in the 21st century, SHIELD turns out to have been infiltrated, and he must team up with Black Widow (Johansson) and Falcon (Mackie). A highly enjoyable conspiracy thriller with stunning action sequences, outstanding performances and a clever, morally complex plot.

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Wed 23 Apr
Thu 24 Apr

Divergent

Divergent
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 139 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Neil Burger
  • Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet

In a dystopian future where people are assigned to different factions of society based on their talents, Tris (Woodley) discovers that she's dangerously multi-talented. The story seems over-familiar, director Burger takes too long to set things up and despite appealing performances from Woodley and James, there's little peril or excitement.

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Wed 23 Apr
Thu 24 Apr

God's Not Dead

God's Not Dead
  • 2014
  • US
  • 113 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Harold Cronk
  • Cast: Shane Harper, Kevin Sorbo, David A R White

A religious young man's faith is put under strain by his philosophy teacher.

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Fri 25 Apr
Sat 26 Apr
Mon 28 Apr

Khumba

Khumba
  • 2013
  • South Africa
  • 85 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Anthony Silverston
  • Cast: Voices of Jake T Austin, Liam Neeson, Steve Buscemi

Rejected by his superstitious herd, a half-striped zebra embarks on a daring quest to earn his stripes but finds the courage and self-acceptance to save all the animals of the Great Karoo.

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Wed 23 Apr
  • 10:30
Thu 24 Apr

The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US/Australia
  • 100 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Phil Lord/Christopher Miller
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Cobie Smulders

Emmett (Pratt), a regular Lego construction worker, finds himself acclaimed as the 'Special', who will save the Lego universe from evil Lord Business. Fast, funny, blisteringly paced and hugely inventive, it's also so layered with ironic detachment that the attempt at a sincere final act falls flat; still, good fun for adults and kids.

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Wed 23 Apr
Thu 24 Apr

Locke

Locke
  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • US/UK
  • 85 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Steven Knight
  • Cast: Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson (voice), Andrew Scott (voice)

Ivan Locke (Hardy) is a Welsh construction manager driving his BMV down the motorway, dealing with various professional and personal crises as he does so. An entire film set in a car is surprisingly compelling; it may not be a wild ride but you can't take your eyes off the road.

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Wed 23 Apr
Thu 24 Apr

The Love Punch

The Love Punch
  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • France
  • 94 min
  • Directed by: Joel Hopkins
  • Cast: Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, Tuppence Middleton

A divorced couple scheme to recover the retirement money that was stolen from them.

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Wed 23 Apr
Thu 24 Apr

Metropolitan Opera: La Cenerentola

Live from the Met
  • 2014

Rossini's famous opera live in high definition from The Met in New York.

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Sat 10 May
  • 17:55

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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Wed 23 Apr
Thu 24 Apr

National Theatre Live: King Lear

NT Live
  • 2014
  • UK
  • Directed by: Sam Mendes
  • Cast: Simon Russell Beale

Mendes returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy.

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Thu 1 May

Noah

Noah
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 138 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
  • Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone

The story of the ark-building biblical patriarch Noah (Crowe), who in this version believes that God intends the flood as a human genocide. Director Aronofsky crafts an intense conflict between Noah and his own family, making for a compellingly weird and occasionally wonderful story.

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Wed 23 Apr
Thu 24 Apr

The Other Woman

The Other Woman
  • 2014
  • US
  • 109 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Nick Cassavetes
  • Written by: Melissa Stack
  • Cast: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, Taylor Kinney, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lisa Maffia, Nicki Minaj

When a woman (Diaz) realises that she is not her boyfriend's only lover, she teams up with his wife (Mann) to get revenge.

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Wed 23 Apr
Thu 24 Apr

The Quiet Ones

The Quiet Ones
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 98 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: John Pogue
  • Cast: Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke

Britain, 1974: Professor Coupland (Harris) gets a group of students to conduct experiments on Jane (Cooke), in the hope of curing her mental troubles. Demonic goings-on ensue. Bogged down in backstory and exposition, this bland shocker does the revived Hammer Films brand no favours.

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Wed 23 Apr
Thu 24 Apr

The Raid 2

The Raid 2
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • Indonesia
  • 148 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Gareth Evans
  • Written by: Gareth Evans
  • Cast: Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra, Alex Abbad, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadewo, Julie Estelle, Cecep Arif Rahman, Yayan Ruhian, Ryuhei Matsuda, Kenichi Endo, Kazuki Kitamura

In Evans' sequel to his 2011 original, rookie cop Rama (Uwais) goes undercover to infiltrate an organised crime ring. Despite astonishing action set-pieces, the story is over-complicated and while fans of the first film will be pleased, casual viewers will be exhausted by the end of 150 minutes.

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Wed 23 Apr
Thu 24 Apr

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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Wed 23 Apr
Thu 24 Apr

The Royal Opera: Cosi Fan Tutte

Cosi Fan Tutte
  • 2009
  • Austria
  • 300 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Claus Guth
  • Cast: Miah Persson, Isabel Leonard, Bo Skovhus

Live production of Mozart's classic from The Royal Opera.

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Sat 26 Apr

Royal Opera House: Manon Lescaut

Royal Opera House cinema
  • 2014

Puccini's opera, beamed straight to the cinema screen from the Royal Opera House in London.

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Tue 24 Jun
  • 18:45
Sun 29 Jun
  • 13:00

Royal Opera House: The Winter's Tale

Royal Opera House cinema
  • 2014

The ballet version of Shakespeare's tale, live from London.

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Mon 28 Apr
Sun 4 May
  • 13:00

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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Sun 11 May
  • 10:00

The Trip to Italy

  • 2014
  • 115 min
  • Cast: Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan

Coogan and Brydon follow up their improv culinary travelogue comedy The Trip, which saw the pair travel around the Lake District, by heading for a land with a higher spaghetti content.

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Wed 21 May
  • 20:15

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