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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 81 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Miguel Arteta
  • Cast: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould

After an especially bad day, eleven-year-old Alexander (Oxenbould) wishes that the rest of his family would have one: the next day, they do. Loosely based on a 1972 kid's book, this highly entertaining and pleasingly edgy family comedy features witty performances from all but especially Oxenbould, and Garner as his overworked mum.

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Sun 26 Oct

André Rieu Live in Maastricht

André Rieu Live in Maastricht
  • 2014
  • Netherlands
  • E
  • Cast: André Rieu

The virtuoso violinist returns for the tenth time to his hometown for a huge open air concert, broadcast live via satellite.

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Mon 3 Nov

Annabelle

Annabelle
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 98 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: John R Leonetti
  • Cast: Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard

When cultists invade the home of expectant parents Mia (Wallis) and John (Horton), the soul of one of them enters a doll named Annabelle that John has given to Mia. This spin-off from 2013's The Conjuring over-relies on the doll's supposedly terrifying presence, but it's better than it deserves to be, with some frightening set-pieces.

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Sun 26 Oct

The Best of Me

The Best of Me
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 117 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Michael Hoffman
  • Cast: James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Liana Liberato

Dawson (Marsden), an insanely handsome, inexplicably single oil rig worker who's also got hidden depths (he reads Stephen Hawking), has pined for his high-school girlfriend (Monaghan) for 21 years. Then they meet. An even-more-listless-than-usual Nicholas Sparks adaptation with the button-pushing ability of a blind man and an ending of industrial-strength stupidity.

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Sun 26 Oct

Bolshoi Ballet Live: Bayadère

Bolshoi
  • 2013
  • Directed by: Pavel Sorokin
  • Cast: Maria Alexandrova, Maria Allash, Anna Antonicheva

Ballet performance of Marius Petipa's seminal work recounting the impossible love between a dancer and a warrior.

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Sun 7 Dec
  • 15:00

Bolshoi Ballet Live: Ivan the Terrible

Bolshoi Ballet: Ivan the Terrible
  • 2015
  • Russia
  • 113 min

A ballet version of the story of Ivan the Terrible, with music from several Prokofiev works.

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Sun 19 Apr
  • 16:00

Bolshoi Ballet Live: Romeo and Juliet

Bolshoi Ballet
  • 2013

This revival of Yuri Grigorovich's acclaimed 1978 production features outstanding choreography, sumptuous costumes and some of the composer's most lyrical music.

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Sun 8 Mar
  • 15:00

Bolshoi Ballet Live: Swan Lake

Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake Live
  • 160 min
  • 12A

A tragic love story ensues when young Prince Siegfried meets Odette, who is white swan by day and human by night. Odette can only wait for an oath of true love to break the curse. This tale of love, drama and deception is brought to life by Russia's world famous Bolshoi Ballet.

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Sun 25 Jan
  • 15:00

Bolshoi Ballet Live: The Legend of Love

Bolshoi Ballet Live: The Legend of Love
  • 2014

Live screening of one of Russian master Yuri Grigorovich’s earliest choreographic works. Queen Mekhmene Banu's younger sister, Princess Shireen, is dying. The Princess will only be saved if the Queen gives Shireen her beauty. The Queen decides to sacrifice herself, but later regrets her action when she is disfigured and Shireen falls in love with her lover, the painter Ferkhad.

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Sun 26 Oct

Bolshoi Ballet Live: The Nutcracker

Bolshoi Ballet
  • 2014

Sugarplum Fairies and Rat Kings live from Russia.

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Sun 21 Dec
  • 15:00

Bolshoi Ballet Live: The Pharaoh's Daughter

Bolshoi
  • 2008
  • Russia
  • 102 min
  • PG
  • Cast: Svetlana Zakharova, Sergey Filin, Gennady Yanin

The Bolshoi Theatre Ballet presents 'The Pharaoh's Daughter', Marius Petipa's ballet about Englishman Lord Wilson who dreams of ancient Egypt.

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Sun 23 Nov
  • 15:00

The Book of Life

The Book of Life
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 95 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Jorge R Gutierrez
  • Cast: Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman

Manolo (Luna) and best friend Joaquin (Tatum) are both in love with feisty Maria (Saldana), but it all goes El Sur when squabbling gods La Muerte (del Castillo) and Xibalba (Perlman) make a wager over who'll win her. Lively, colourful animation exploring dark themes, with great gags, superb voice work, and a delightful soundtrack.

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Sun 26 Oct

Dolphin Tale 2

Dolphin Tale 2
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 107 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Charles Martin Smith
  • Cast: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble

Winter, the bottlenose dolphin with the prosthetic tail, needs a friend, and teenager Sawyer (Gamble), kindly mom Lorraine (Judd) and moody doctor Clay (Connick Jr) have to find one. An overqualified cast are wasted in this colourless true-life story, set firmly in the cinematic tradition of tiresome animal-related do-gooding.

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Sun 26 Oct

Fury

Fury
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US/UK
  • 134 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David Ayer
  • Cast: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Jason Issacs, Scott Eastwood

The tale of a Sherman tank crew, led by Sgt Don 'Wardaddy' Collier (Pitt), in the final weeks of WW II. Grim and intense (heads and limbs blown off, bodies crushed under tanks) but in one of his finest performances, Pitt shows the humanity beneath the gung-ho façade; Lerman is also impressive as the rookie.

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Sun 26 Oct

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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Sun 26 Oct

The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 113 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Wes Ball
  • Cast: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter, Patricia Clarkson

Thomas (O'Brien) is just one of a group of teenagers who find themselves battling against a giant, intricate maze. The latest teen-dystopian-blockbuster adaptation features a great young cast and isn't afraid to kill off main characters where necessary. Interesting if inconsistent entertainment.

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Sun 26 Oct

National Theatre Live: Frankenstein

National Theatre Live: Frankenstein
  • 2011
  • UK
  • 15
  • Directed by: Danny Boyle
  • Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jonny Lee Miller

Mary Shelley's classic gothic tale realised by Danny Boyle in his return to theatre. The roles of Dr Frankenstein and the Creature are alternated between Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller.

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Thu 30 Oct

The Royal Ballet: Swan Lake

The classic ballet about a prince who falls in love with a swan maiden, filmed live at the Royal Ballet.

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Tue 17 Mar
  • 19:15

Royal Opera House: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Royal Opera House cinema
  • 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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Tue 16 Dec
  • 19:15

Royal Opera House: Der Fliegende Hollander

Royal Opera House cinema
  • 2015
  • UK
  • Directed by: Tim Albery

Wagner's tale of the mysterious captain and his relationship with the unhappy Senta. Conducted by Andris Nelsons.

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Tue 24 Feb
  • 19:15

Royal Opera House: I due Foscari

Royal Opera House: I due Foscari
  • 2014
  • UK
  • Directed by: Thaddeus Strassberger

Live screening of Verdi's tragedy, starring Plácido Domingo.

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Mon 27 Oct

Royal Opera House: L'elisir d'amore

Royal Opera House cinema
  • 2014
  • UK
  • Directed by: Laurent Pelly

Laurent Pelly directs Gaetano Donizetti's opera in which a 1950s Italian village provides the backdrop to a spirited tale of love's twists and turns.

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Wed 26 Nov
  • 19:15

Royal Opera House: Rigoletto

Royal Opera House cinema
  • 2012
  • UK
  • 133 min
  • E
  • Directed by: John Eliot Gardiner
  • Cast: Dimitri Platanias, Ekaterina Siurina, Vittorio Grigolo

Verdi's great tragic opera, in which a court jester seeks bloody revenge on his dissolute master, the Duke of Mantua, for the abduction of his daughter.

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Thu 29 Jan
  • 19:15

Royal Opera House: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Royal Opera House cinema
  • 2015
  • UK
  • Directed by: John Fulljames

Live screening of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s satire, starring Anne Sofie von Otter and Willard White and conducted by Mark Wigglesworth.

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Wed 1 Apr
  • 19:15

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 101 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman
  • Cast: Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Will Arnett, Danny Woodburn, William Fichtner, Johnny Knoxville, Tony Shalhoub

Visually distinctive reboot of the franchise chronicling the adventures of four late-adolescent, martial-arts-trained, pizza-addicted chelonians and their intrepid reporter pal (Fox). The CGI-enhanced turtles are an improvement on their cinematic predecessors, Fox is commendably committed and Arnett is enjoyable as her smitten cameraman. Like its heroes' favourite food, exciting and loaded with cheese.

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Sun 26 Oct

This is Where I Leave You

This is Where I Leave You
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 103 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Shawn Levy
  • Cast: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda

When Judd (Bateman)'s father dies, he goes home to to sit Shiva with mother Hilary (Fonda), sister Wendy (Fey) and brother Phillip (Driver). Though some of the family dynamics ring true, the strokes are so broad that comedy and drama are equally dulled; in comparison to something like Jason Reitman's Young Adult, it's all too safe and predictable.

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Sun 26 Oct

Venus and Serena

Venus and Serena
  • 2012
  • US
  • 99 min
  • Directed by: Maiken Baird/Michelle Major

Documentary on the formidable Williams sisters and their continued dominance of tennis.

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Sun 26 Oct

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