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

20,000 Days on Earth

20,000 Days on Earth
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 97 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Iain Forsyth/Jane Pollard
  • Written by: Nick Cave, Ian Forsyth, Jane Pollard
  • Cast: Blixa Bargeld, Susie Bick, Arthur Cave

Discover the 20,000th day of Nick Cave's life on earth in this exploration of the creative spirit. Plus, a broadcast live performance from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis for the launch.

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Wed 17 Sep

Boyhood

Boyhood
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 163 min
  • Directed by: Richard Linklater
  • Written by: Richard Linklater
  • Cast: Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Lorelei Linklater

Made over 12 summers, Linklater's visionary Boyhood follows Mason (Coltrane) from age 5 to 18 as he grows up in real-time.

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Fri 22 Aug

Cycling with Molière (Alceste à bicyclette)

Bicycling with Molière (Alceste à bicyclette)
  • 2013
  • France
  • 104 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Philippe Le Guay
  • Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Lambert Wilson, Maya Sansa

Two actors, one play. Can the two egocentric men put aside their differences for the sake of friendship and theatre?

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Tue 9 Sep

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 130 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Matt Reeves
  • Cast: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis

Ten years after the events of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, simian leader Caesar (Serkis) must work with human leader Malcolm (Clarke) to forge an alliance between apes and men. Thought-provoking and exciting, with fine performances from Serkis, Clarke, Oldman and Kebbell, it's a blockbuster for grown-ups.

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Mon 25 Aug
Wed 27 Aug
Thu 28 Aug

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
  • 2 stars
  • 2011
  • US
  • 99 min
  • U
  • Directed by: David Bowers
  • Cast: Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn

Anaemic sequel to last year's adaptation of Jeff Kinney's best-selling books.

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Thu 28 Aug

Dinosaur 13

Dinosaur 13
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 105 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Todd Douglas Miller
  • Cast: Peter L. Larson, Neal L. Larson, Susan Hendrickson

Sue is the most complete skeleton of a T. rex dinosaur ever discovered, and Miller's riveting documentary tells the story of the bitter, ten-year legal battle over who owned her, based on a book by palaeontologist Larson who spent two years preparing the skeleton before the US government confiscated it. Compelling and heart-breaking.

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Tue 2 Sep

Doctor Who: Deep Breath

Doctor Who: Deep Breath
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 79 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Ben Wheatley
  • Written by: Steven Moffat
  • Cast: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman

You can finally exhale – the latest Doctor Who episode is here, in a big way.

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Sat 23 Aug

Glitterball

Quite possibly the most endearing Children's Film Foundation entry, this low-budget charmer sees an alien left behind on a very 1970s Planet Earth, with only two young boys for company. While this alien comes in the very pocketable form of a little silver ball, it will eat through anything – which is why local thief Filthy wants to get his grubby hands on it! Wonder if Spielberg ever saw this…

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Sat 6 Sep
Kids

Grand Central

Grand Central
  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • France/Austria
  • 94 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Rebecca Zlotowski
  • Cast: Tahar Rahim, Léa Seydoux, Olivier Gourmet

Gary (Rahim) is a tough guy from Lyon who goes to work in a nuclear plant near the Rhone, where he falls for Karole (Seydoux); but then she gets pregnant. Zlotowski plays down the romance in favour of a tense and scathing indictment of lax standards in the nuclear power industry, with well-drawn characters and fine performances.

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Tue 16 Sep

Hector and the Search for Happiness

Hector and the Search for Happiness
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • Germany/Canada
  • 120 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Peter Chelsom
  • Cast: Rosamund Pike, Simon Pegg, Toni Collette

Hector (Pegg) is a mildly depressed psychiatrist who goes on a trip around the globe to find the secret of happiness. Whether or not you enjoy it depends on whether or not you fancy spending two hours watching the normally likeable Pegg play a self-indulgent navel-gazer with an impossibly good-looking girlfriend (Pike).

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Fri 22 Aug
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Thu 28 Aug

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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Fri 22 Aug
Sat 23 Aug
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Tue 26 Aug
Wed 27 Aug
Thu 28 Aug

Lilting

Lilting
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 86 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Hong Khaou
  • Written by: Hong Khaou
  • Cast: Ben Whishaw, Morven Christie, Leila Wong

Richard (Whishaw), grieving for his late parter Kai (Leung), forges a tentative relationship with Kai's elderly and irritable mother (Cheng), who lives in a London care home. Striking culture clash drama with a rather uninspired score, lifted by fine performances from Whishaw and Leung, with Bowles charming as an out-of-practice lothario.

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Tue 30 Sep

London International Animation Festival Special

  • 2013
  • UK
  • 75 min
  • 12A

Ten films that represent the best International animated films screened at last year’s LIAF.

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Sat 27 Sep
Kids

Matilda

Matilda
  • 3 stars
  • 1996
  • US
  • 98 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Danny DeVito
  • Written by: Nicholas Kazan, Robin Swicord
  • Cast: Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Embeth Davidtz, Pam Ferris

Capturing the delicious wickedness of Roald Dahl's writing, director De Vito fully exploits exaggeration and playful camera work to tell the tale of a gifted child who uses her super brain to outwit her neglectful parents. Offsetting the loveable Matilda against a series of horribly inflated bad characters, the film's empowering message for children will appeal to the mischevious kid in everyone.

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Sat 13 Sep
Kids

Metropolitan Opera: Macbeth

Metropolitan Opera: Macbeth
  • 2014

For her first time at the Met, star soprano Anna Netrebko delivers her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Željko Lučić’s doomed Macbeth. Adrian Noble’s chilling production of Verdi’s masterful adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy also stars Joseph Calleja as the noble Macduff and René Pape as Banquo. Fabio Luisi conducts.

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Sat 11 Oct
Wed 15 Oct

Miss Violence

Miss Violence
  • 2013
  • Greece
  • 98 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Alexandros Avranas
  • Cast: Kostas Antalopoulos, Constantinos Athanasiades, Chloe Bolota

On her birthday, 11-year-old Angeliki jumps off the balcony to her death with a smile on her face. An investigation looks into the reason for this apparent suicide, but the family keeps insisting that it was an accident.

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Tue 26 Aug

Moomin and the Midsummer Madness

Moomin and the Midsummer Madness
  • 2008
  • Finland
  • 88 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Maria Lindberg

Moomins up to their antics.

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Sat 30 Aug

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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Sun 31 Aug
Autism-friendly

National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire

National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire
  • UK
  • 2014 min
  • 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 16 Sep
Thu 25 Sep
Thu 9 Oct

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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Thu 4 Sep
Tue 9 Sep

National Theatre Live: Skylight

National Theatre Live: Skylight
  • 2014
  • UK
  • Directed by: Stephen Daldry
  • Written by: David Hare
  • Cast: Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy

Kyra (Mulligan) receives a visit from her recently widowed former lover (Nighy) out of the blue. Stage production beamed live from London.

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Thu 11 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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Fri 22 Aug
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Thu 28 Aug

Poppy Cat

Poppy Cat
  • UK
  • 30 min
  • Cast: Voices of Katie Leigh, Alicyn Packard, Charlie Cameron

TV animation about a naughty but lovable cat.

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Tue 26 Aug

Pride

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

During the 1984 strike, a group of LGBT activists work alongside the miners.

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Sun 7 Sep

Rastamouse

Rastamouse
  • 2011/2012
  • Cast: Voices of Reggie Yates, Cornell John

Screening of the kids' fave reggae mouse tales.

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Tue 16 Sep

Royal Opera House: Manon

Royal Opera House cinema
  • 2014
  • UK

Live screening of the Royal Ballet performing Kenneth MacMillan’s modern, tragic ballet.

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Thu 16 Oct

Royal Shakespeare Company: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Royal Shakespeare Company: The Two Gentleman of Verona
  • 2014
  • UK
  • Directed by: Simon Godwin

Simon Godwin, associate director of the Royal Court, makes his RSC début with Shakespeare's exuberant romantic comedy.

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Wed 3 Sep
Sun 7 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

Sammy's Great Escape

Sammy's Great Escape
  • 2 stars
  • 2012
  • Belgium
  • 92 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Vincent Kesteloot/Ben Stassen
  • Cast: Voices of Wesley Johnny, Isabelle Fuhrman, Billy Unger

This charmless sequel to 2010's forgettable A Turtle's Tale would be better titled Sammy's Painfully Long Incarceration, as leatherback turtle Sammy and pal Ray are kidnapped by employees of a restaurant. A truly disturbing scene in which a lobster watches a pal being cut up and eaten makes this suitable only for the naughtiest children.

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Sat 23 Aug

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 102 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
  • Cast: Jessica Alba, Powers Boothe, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green

Marv (Rourke) teams up with Dwight (Brolin) on a mission to rescue Dwight's former lover Ava (Green) from her sadistic husband. Rodriguez and Miller's follow-up to 2005's Sin City is, like its predecessor, a visual masterpiece but in narrative terms it's a schlocky, sweaty exercise in style over substance.

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Mon 25 Aug
Tue 26 Aug
Wed 27 Aug
Thu 28 Aug

Sin City Double Bill

Sin City Double Bill
  • 2005/2014
  • Directed by: Frank Miller/Robert Rodriguez

Back to back showings of Frank Miller's Sin City (2005) and the new Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014).

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Sun 24 Aug

Smart Ass (La crème de la crème)

Smart Ass (La crème de la crème)
  • 2014
  • France
  • 90 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Kim Chapiron
  • Cast: Thomas Blumenthal, Alice Isaaz, Jean-Baptiste Lafarge

Three business students use their curriculum as a guide to their sex lives.

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Tue 23 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

Stephen Fry Live: More Fool Me

  • 2014

A live event to mark the publication of Stephen Fry's brand new volume of memoirs More Fool Me. Get a sneak preview of the new book: a heady tale of the late eighties and early nineties in which Stephen - driven to create, perform and entertain - burned bright and partied hard and damn the consequences.

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Wed 1 Oct

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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Sat 20 Sep
Kids

The Unbeatables (Metegol)

The Unbeatables (Metegol)
  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • Argentina/Spain/India/US
  • 97 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Juan José Campanella
  • Cast: Rupert Grint, Anthony Head, Peter Serafinowicz

Amadeo (Grint) is a whiz at table football but unlucky at everything else, forced to square off against the bullying Flash (Head) in an attempt to save his village. Cheekily inventive 3D animation from Argentinean director Campanella, standing out from other animated family fare by its quirky characterisation and dry wit.

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Fri 22 Aug
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West End Theatre: Billy Elliot the Musical

West End Theatre: Billy Elliot the Musical
  • 2014

Performance of the multi-award-winning Billy Elliot the Musical, beamed live from London.

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Sun 28 Sep

West End Theatre: Ghosts

  • UK
  • 2014 min

Screening of a live production of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, performed at the Trafalgar Studios and starring Lesley Manville as the widow Helene Alving.

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Thu 28 Aug
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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