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Begin Again

Begin Again
  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 104 min
  • Directed by: John Carney
  • Written by: John Carney
  • Cast: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Cee-lo Green, Catherine Keener

Two songwriting and romantic partners have their bubble burst when Dave (Levine) gets a major label record deal and casts Gretta (Knightley) aside. But Gretta gets her own back when she meets her own label exec, the quirky Dan (Ruffalo), who takes her down an indie route. From the writer-director of Once.

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Thu 13 Nov

Billy Elliot the Musical

West End Theatre: Billy Elliot the Musical
  • 2014
  • 195 min

The multi award winning, heart warming musical about a young boy's love of dance filmed in London's West End and brought to cinemas.

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Thu 2 Oct

The Boxtrolls

The Boxtrolls
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 97 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi
  • Cast: Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan

Eggs (Hempstead-Wright) lives underground with a family of Boxtrolls, marginalised creatures who make their home from rubbish. But then the trolls are hunted by a group of exterminators, led by the grotesque Snatcher (Kingsley). Adventurous, intense and sometimes disturbing animated movie, with plenty to keep adults occupied; whether kids will respond is another question.

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Thu 2 Oct
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Thu 9 Oct

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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Thu 16 Oct

Chef

Chef
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 115 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jon Favreau
  • Written by: Jon Favreau
  • Cast: Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson

A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to recreate his creativity, while piecing back together his estranged family.

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Thu 9 Oct

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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Thu 30 Oct

Dolphin Tale 2

Dolphin Tale 2
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 107 min
  • 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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Fri 3 Oct
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Thu 9 Oct

Dracula Untold

Dracula Untold
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • Directed by: Gary Shore
  • Cast: Luke Evans, Charles Dance, Sarah Gadon

In this Dracula origin story, Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia (Evans), is a warrior and a family man, who sells his soul to protect his people from the Turkish hordes. There's good work from Evans and Gadon and a show-stopping performance from Dance (under layers of prosthetics), but overall it's po-faced and humourless.

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Fri 3 Oct
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Tue 7 Oct
Wed 8 Oct
Thu 9 Oct

Earth to Echo

Earth to Echo
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 89 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Dave Green
  • Cast: Teo Halm, Astro, Reese Hartwig

Kids' drama, in which Tuck (Bradley), Alex (Halm) and Munch (Hartwig) find an alien stranded in the desert, and attempt to get him back to his spaceship. An artless and shameless copy of Super 8; those who think they could make a better herky-jerky found-footage movie may well, in this instance, be correct.

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Sat 11 Oct
Sun 12 Oct

The Equalizer

The Equalizer
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 131 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
  • Cast: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz

Obsessive-compulsive loner McCall (Washington) befriends Teri (Moretz), a teenage Russian prostitute; when her pimp hospitalises her, he decides to even things up a bit. Nominally derived from the 80s Edward Woodward TV series, it's really just a relentless, brutal, unsubtle thriller, with Washington an effective killing machine and Fuqua expertly cranking up the tension.

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Thu 2 Oct
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Thu 9 Oct

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 125 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Josh Boone
  • Written by: John Green (novel), Scott Neustadtera, Michael H Weber (screenplay)
  • Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff

Big screen take on John Green's best-selling book following the romance of Hazel and Gus – two teenagers who have in common an acerbic wit and terminal illness.

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Thu 23 Oct

Goreyan Nu Daffa Karo

  • 2014
  • India
  • Directed by: Pankaj Batra
  • Cast: Amrinder Gill, Amrit Maghera, Yograj Singh

Punjabi action comedy concerning two Indian brothers trying to marry a Caucasian girl against the wishes of their family.

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Thu 2 Oct
Sat 4 Oct
Tue 7 Oct

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 122 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Gunn
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro

When space adventurer Peter Quill (Pratt) finds himself sharing a prison cell with assassin Gamora (Saldana), genetically-modified bounty-hunting raccoon Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and other crims, they must face power-hungry evildoer Ronan (Pace). With a gag-stuffed script, lively direction and outstanding performances, this adaptation of an obscure Marvel comic is enormous fun.

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Thu 2 Oct
Sat 4 Oct
Sun 5 Oct

How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 102 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Dean DeBlois
  • Cast: Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig

Sequel to the 2010 hit film with the original cast returning.

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Sat 4 Oct
Sun 5 Oct
Sat 25 Oct
Sun 26 Oct

Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 134 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Clint Eastwood
  • Cast: Christopher Walken, Francesca Eastwood, Freya Tingley

Clint Eastwood directs a film version of the hit Broadway musical, which traces the career of the Four Seasons.

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Thu 2 Oct

Let's Be Cops

Let's Be Cops
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 104 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Luke Greenfield
  • Written by: Luke Greenfield, Nicholas Thomas
  • Cast: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr, Rob Riggle

Ryan (Johnson) and Justin (Wayans) are two loser flatmates who decide to pretend to be LAPD officers, only to fall foul of psychopathic criminal Mossi (D'Arcy). Some good ideas and the leads' comic chemistry are let down by uncertain writing, misguided directorial choices and sloppy editing, but it's amiable enough.

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Fri 3 Oct
Wed 8 Oct

Lucy

Lucy
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US/France
  • 89 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Luc Besson
  • Written by: Luc Besson
  • Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton

Lucy (Johansson) is forced to be a drug mule by crime boss Mr Jang (Choi), but when the drugs leak into her system, she acquires superhuman powers. Insane and largely humourless but ambitious and entertaining action flick, and it's satisfying to see a formidably intelligent and physically ferocious female at the centre.

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Sun 5 Oct
Thu 9 Oct

Maleficent

Maleficent
  • 2014
  • US
  • 97 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Robert Stromberg
  • Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Brenton Thwaites, Juno Temple, Sam Riley, Miranda Richardson, Imelda Staunton

Hollywood's preoccupation with revamping fairy tales continues with this star-spangled adaptation of Sleeping Beauty.

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Sat 8 Nov
Sun 9 Nov

National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire

National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 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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Mon 6 Oct

National Theatre Live: JOHN

National Theatre Live: JOHN
  • 2014
  • UK

DV8 Physical Theatre perform their new production, conceived and written by Lloyd Newson, based on stories of love and sex told by a real-life man named John.

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Tue 9 Dec

National Theatre Live: Treasure Island

National Theatre Live: Treasure Island
  • 2014
  • UK

The National Theatre present their adaption of Robert Louis Stevenson's tale of murder, money and mutiny.

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Thu 22 Jan

One Direction: Where We Are – Live from San Siro Stadium

One Direction: Where We Are – Live from San Siro Stadium
  • 2014
  • UK
  • Directed by: Paul Dugdale

The crowd goes wild.

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Sat 11 Oct
Sun 12 Oct

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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Sat 1 Nov
Sun 2 Nov

Pudsey the Dog: The Movie

Pudsey the Dog: The Movie
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 87 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Nick Moore
  • Cast: Olivia Colman, David Walliams, Izzy Meikle-Small

Heartwarming film about a cheeky stray dog.

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Sat 4 Oct
Sun 5 Oct

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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Sat 18 Oct
Sun 19 Oct

A Walk Among the Tombstones

A Walk Among the Tombstones
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 113 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Scott Frank
  • Cast: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour

Drug dealer Kenny Kristo (Stevens)'s wife has been kidnapped, with unfortunate consequences, and he hires alcoholic private eye Matt Scudder (Neeson) to find out who did it. Unintentionally amusing adaptation of Lawrence Block's novel, with a half-hearted performance from Neeson and hackneyed dialogue; an absurd mix of deadly serious thriller and Cop and a Half-style buddy movie.

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Thu 2 Oct

Walking on Sunshine

Walking on Sunshine
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 97 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Max Giwa/Dania Pasquini
  • Cast: Hannah Arterton, Annabel Scholey, Greg Wise, Katy Brand, Leona Lewis, Giulio Berruti

Musical romance featuring 80s hits. Maddie is set to marry Italian Raf after a whirlwind romance until she discovers he was her sister's holiday flame as well.

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Thu 6 Nov

What We Did On Our Holiday

What We Did on Our Holiday
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 95 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin
  • Written by: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin
  • Cast: Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly, Celia Imrie, Ben Miller, Emilia Jones, Annette Crosbie

Doug (Tennant) and Abi (Pike) have separated, but when they go north for the birthday of Doug's father (Connolly), they instruct their kids (Jones, Smalldridge and Turnbull) to keep quiet about the separation. Charming and hilarious: Tennant and Pike are excellent, and despite the kids' scene-stealing improvisation it feels tightly scripted, exploring adult themes without mawkishness.

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