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Windsor Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6NL

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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Fri 31 Oct
Senior
  • 13:00
Sun 2 Nov

Coraline

Coraline 2D
  • 4 stars
  • 2009
  • US
  • 100 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Henry Selick
  • Cast: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, John Hodgman, Ian McShane

After her family moves to Pink Mansions, Coraline (voiced by Fanning) quickly becomes bored with the large dusty house, and in particular with her hardworking parents (Hatcher and Hodgman). The fantasy kicks into top gear when she discovers a secret door that leads her into an alternate version of her home. A lush, visually imaginative and freshly entertaining stop-motion adaptation of Neil Gaiman's children's novel.

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Sat 1 Nov

The Exorcist - Director's Cut

The Exorcist
  • 1973
  • US
  • 132 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: William Friedkin
  • Cast: Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

Writer William Peter Blatty always griped that in excising twenty minutes from The Exorcist, Friedkin removed its moral centre and obscured its theological message. To Blatty's horror, some people thought the Devil won. Twenty seven years later, Friedkin has reinstated eleven minutes of footage, and the re-editing job is done so lovingly that fans are unlikely to feel cynically exploited. Even so, Friedkin's cuts have mostly been vindicated by this newrelease ­ it now feels too long, while the infamous 'spider walk' scene merely adds a cheap and redundant shock.

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Fri 31 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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Fri 31 Oct
  • 18:00
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Thu 6 Nov

Ida

Ida
  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • Poland/Denmark
  • 80 min
  • Directed by: Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Cast: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Joanna Kulig

Poland 1962; orphaned novice nun Sister Anna (Trzebuchowska) is about to take her vows when she finds out that she was originally named Ida and is Jewish, so she goes on a search for the truth about her parents. A thoughtful, beautifully shot but emotionally uninvolving coming-of-age story.

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Sun 2 Nov
Mon 3 Nov

Mr Turner

Mr Turner
  • 5 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 150 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Mike Leigh
  • Cast: Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson

Portrait of the last 25 years of the life of painter Joseph Mallord William Turner (Spall). A work of great beauty, wit and poignancy, presenting the artist as unapologetically gruff but sympathetic and spectacularly eccentric. Leigh's latest demonstrates a command of his craft to rival that of his subject.

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Fri 31 Oct
Senior
  • 11:00
  • 14:15
Sat 1 Nov
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Wed 5 Nov
Thu 6 Nov

Northern Soul

Northern Soul
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 99 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Elaine Constantine
  • Written by: Elaine Constantine
  • Cast: Eliot James Langridge, Josh Whitehouse, Antonia Thomas, Steve Coogan

In 1974 Lancashire, John (Langridge) meets Matt (Whitehouse) and becomes hooked on Northern Soul, the high-energy soul and funk that northern English clubbers loved to dance to. Constantine's debut feature is simplistic and the story is underdeveloped, but she knows the scene and the all-important dancefloor scenes hum with energy.

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Thu 6 Nov

The Overnighters

The Overnighters
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 90 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jesse Moss

Documentary about the small town of Williston, North Dakota, and how local pastor Jay Reinke opened up his church to the wave of workers who were attracted to the area by the oil fracking boom. A raw, honest and brutally relevant picture of environmental change, the decline of community and the fallacy of the American dream.

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Tue 4 Nov

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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Tue 4 Nov

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 3 Nov

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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Fri 31 Oct
Senior
  • 15:30
Sat 1 Nov
Sun 2 Nov

Timmy Time

Timmy Time
  • 2009
  • UK
  • Cast: Voices of Kate Harbour, Justin Fletcher, Louis Jones

The madcap adventures of the little sheep with a lot to learn.

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Tue 4 Nov
Stratford Picturehouse

In 1997 a petition signed by over 2000 people asking for a local cinema led to the opening of the Stratford-upon-Avon Picturehouse. This state-of-the-art cinema is centrally located, with two screens that show the best of independent and mainstream cinema. The cinema now also screens live theatre, ballet and dance productions from around the world.

All areas of the building are accessible by wheelchair. Adapted toilet facilities are available.

There is limited car parking in the area. See the Visit Stratford-upon-Avon website.

The nearest railway station is Stratford-upon-Avon, a 12 minute walk away via Western Road.

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