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Nottingham Media Centre, 14–18 Broad Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AL

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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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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The Homesman

The Homesman
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US/France
  • 122 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Tommy Lee Jones
  • Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer

When Mary Cuddy (Swank) needs help escorting three madwomen from frontier Nebraska to Iowa, her only help is from rascally claim jumper George Briggs (Jones). A sombre, frequently horrific depiction of the pioneer experience, enlivened with flashes of sardonic humour and a few meaty cameos; Swank is heartbreaking and Jones keeps the western alive.

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It's A Wonderful Life

It's A Wonderful Life
  • 5 stars
  • 1946
  • US
  • 129 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Frank Capra
  • Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers

Small-town boy Stewart runs into financial difficulties and is on the brink of suicide when an elderly angel descends to earth to show him all the good his life has done for those around him. Archetypal Capra sentimentality with a superbly detailed fantasy framework and one of Stewart's most lovable performances. One to warm even the most glacial heart.

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Me, Myself and Mum (Les garçons et Guillaume, à table!)

Me, Myself and Mum (Les garçons et Guillaume, à table!)
  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • France/Belgium
  • 85 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Guillaume Gallienne
  • Cast: Guillaume Gallienne, André Marcon, Françoise Fabian

In this adaptation of his semi-autobiographical stage show, writer/director Gallienne plays himself and his sour, domineering mum, who raised him as the girl she never had. It blossoms into a quirky and unexpected coming-of-age story about sexual identity, with a likable, energetic central performance from Gallienne.

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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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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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What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • New Zealand
  • 88 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement
  • Cast: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford

Infectiously silly mockumentary about a group of vampires sharing a flat in a Wellington, NZ suburb: Vladislav (Clememt), Viago (Waititi) and Deacon (Brugh) are irritated by hipsterish newcomer Nick (Gonzalez-Macuer). With the vamps bickering over washing up and carrying on a hilarious rivalry with a group of local werewolves, it's a bloody good treat.

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When Harry Met Sally

When Harry Met Sally
  • 1989
  • US
  • 95 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Rob Reiner
  • Written by: Nora Ephron
  • Cast: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby

Thoughtful sex comedy has Crystal (Harry), Ryan (Sally) and Reiner on top form, with highly entertaining results. Nora Ephron's witty screenplay intelligently ponders the possibility of male/female friendship with or without romance, and guess which side wins … Annie Hall for the late 1980s, with now-famous faked orgasm.

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Sun 21 Dec

An arts centre with a range of screenings, along with a film-making and education programme. There are regular silver screenings and family showings, and a fortnightly 'Bringing up Baby' screening for parents with tiny people in tow.

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