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Festival Leisure Park, Basildon, Essex, SS14 3WB

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
  • 2016
  • US
  • 144 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Michael Bay
  • Cast: John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber

Dramatic retelling of the 2012 attack by Islamic militants on US diplomats in Benghazi. Good actors are wasted in this worthless extended Republican Party election broadcast, which eschews nuance, interest in non-Americans, respect for women and basic humanity in favour of shaky camerawork, jingoism, unbridled misogyny and explosions.

Tue 9 Feb

The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave
  • 2016
  • US
  • 112 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: J. Blakeson
  • Cast: Chloe Grace Mortez, Susannah Grant, Liev Schreiber, Maika Monroe

When aliens wipe out most of life on Earth, ordinary high school gal Cassie (Moretz) is forced to get herself a big gun and fight for her life. Serviceable YA action film based on Rick Yancey's novel, with some laughably adolescent moments; still, Moretz is as watchable as ever.

Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

The Big Short

The Big Short
  • 2015
  • US
  • 22/01/2016
  • 15
  • Directed by: Adam McKay
  • Written by: Michael Lewis, Adam McKay, Charles Randolph
  • Cast: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Karen Gillan, Brad Pitt

In the middle of the biggest property boom in American history, a group of financial experts bets that it's all about to collapse. A righteous, angry call to arms dolled up with satirical absurdity, irony, montage, knowing cinematic and pop culture references, snappy dialogue and smoking hot performances from an astonishing cast.

Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

Brooklyn

Brooklyn
  • 2015
  • Ireland/UK/Canada
  • 112 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: John Crowley
  • Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Zegen, Fiona Glascott, Julie Walters

Eilis (Ronan) leaves her hometown in 50s Ireland to start a new life in New York City, falling for dashing local Tony (Cohen), but when tragedy strikes back home she has to return. Ronan is outstanding as the quietly strong Eilis but the supporting cast is tremendous, notably Glascott as Eilis' sister and Walters as her opinionated landlady. Masterful.

Wed 10 Feb

Capture the Flag

Capture the Flag
  • 2015
  • Spain
  • 94 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Enrique Gato
  • Cast: Dani Rovira, Michelle Jenner, Carme Calvell

When villainous energy magnate Richard Carson questions the validity of the original moon landing, the race is on for NASA to return to the moon and stop Carson rewriting history. Despite a promising theme, this lame CG adventure is lacking in laughs, ideas or charm and just about scrapes by on good intentions.

Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

Daddy's Home

Daddy's Home
  • 2015
  • US
  • 96 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Sean Anders
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini

Brad (Ferrell) lives with new wife Sarah (Cardellini) and is bonding with her kids when her unreliable ex-husband Dusty (Wahlberg) barges into the picture, wanting her back. A good premise quickly turns crass and unfunny; Cardellini is wasted in an underwritten role and a single, lazy, sexist joke is spread over 96 forgettable minutes.

Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

Dad's Army

Dad's Army
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 60 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Oliver Parker
  • Written by: David Croft, Hamish McColl, Jimmy Perry
  • Cast: Toby Jones, Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon, Bill Paterson, Blake Harrison, Tom Courtenay, Daniel Mays, Catherine Zeta-Jones

The Home Guard of Walmington-on-Sea find a German spy in their midst – don't panic, indeed. Faithful but strangely pointless recreation of the classic sitcom, in which fine actors like Jones, Nighy, Gambon etc only succeed in being inferior imitations of the originals. Like the characters themselves, brave but ultimately foolhardy.

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Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

Deadpool

Deadpool
  • 2016
  • US
  • 108 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Tim Miller
  • Written by: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
  • Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano, Ed Skrein

The former Special Forces operative Wade Wilson discovers his alter ego Deadpool, after participating in an experiment which gives him special healing powers. His new found abilities, together with his wicked sense of humour, leave him in search of the man who nearly destroyed his life.

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Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb
Fri 12 Feb
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Dirty Grandpa

Dirty Grandpa
  • 2016
  • US
  • 102 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Dan Mazer
  • Written by: John Phillips
  • Cast: Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch

Recently widowed (and aptly-named) Dick (De Niro) collars his straight-arrow grandson Jason (Efron) to drive him to Florida so he can get laid. Cruel, lazily scripted and spineless effort from British director Mazer, which tries and fails to redeem its relentlessly crass gags with an unconvincing sweet-natured ending.

Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

Goosebumps

Goosebumps
  • 2015
  • US
  • 103 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Rob Letterman
  • Written by: Darren Lemke, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, R Stine
  • Cast: Jack Black, Amy Ryan, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush,

Teenager Zach (Minnette) develops a crush on his home-schooled neighbour Hannah (Rush), whose mysterious father (Black) keeps her locked up. This greatest-hits adaptation of RL Stine's horror stories unleashing a host of fan-favourite monsters instead of focusing on just one; it's pacey and enjoyable with Black on fine comic form, and the teen trio are likeable.

Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight
  • 2015
  • US
  • 168 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
  • Written by: Quentin Tarantino
  • Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth

Bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) is transporting vile criminal Daisy Domergue (Leigh) to be hanged, but takes shelter from a blizzard at Minnie's Haberdashery. Tarantino's eighth film recalls his first, being similarly fuelled by claustrophobia, suspicion and intrigue, but Reservoir Dogs didn't have Hateful Eight's operatic grandeur. Immense fun.

Tue 9 Feb

How To Be Single

How To Be Single
  • 2016
  • US
  • Directed by: Christian Ditter
  • Cast: Dakota Johnson, Alison Brie, Leslie Mann, Rebel Wilson

Comedy about life and love, set in New York City. It's not a classic NYC romcom though: it's about learning how to be single.

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Sun 14 Feb

Point Break

Point Break
  • 2015
  • US
  • 114 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ericson Core
  • Cast: Luke Bracey, Ray Winstone, Edgar Ramirez

Adrenaline junkie Johnny (Bracey) joins the FBI and is put on the trail of the Robin Hood-ish Bodhi (Ramirez) and his gang of stunt-performing merry men. Pointless remake of Bigelow's fondly-remembered 1991 original, with neither subtext nor characterisation, and stunts that resemble adverts for energy drinks.

Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  • 2016
  • US
  • 108 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Burr Steers
  • Cast: Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Matt Smith, Emma Greenwell

Elizabeth Bennet (James) and her sisters live in Regency England, which is experiencing a plague of the undead; luckily she has fighting skills learned in China (eh?). James, Riley as Mr Darcy and the rest are all good fun, but it feels like a decent Austen adaptation weighed down with superfluous zombies.

Thu 11 Feb

The Revenant

The Revenant
  • 2016
  • US
  • 156 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • Cast: Tom Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Poulter

Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) is a fur trapper and frontiersman who, after being attacked by a bear, is left for dead by colleage John Fitzgerald (Hardy). An audacious, immersive and highly accomplished tale of how true grit can overcome pure hell, with excellent performances, especially from DiCaprio.

Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

Ride Along 2

Ride Along 2
  • 2016
  • US
  • 102 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Tim Story
  • Written by: Greg Coolidge, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
  • Cast: Olivia Munn, Kevin Hart, Ice Cube

Surly Atlanta cop James (Cube) takes his bumbling soon-to-be brother-in-law Ben to Miami on the trail of drug dealers. Munn is appealing as a no-nonsense cop but it's all painfully lazy and complacent, and not nearly as funny as it thinks it is.

Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

Creed

Creed
  • 2015
  • US
  • 133 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ryan Coogler
  • Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson

Adonis (Jordan) is the illegitimate son of deceased boxing legend Apollo Creed, who acquires a coach and father figure in the shape of Rocky Balboa (oh come on, you know who). Coogler injects heart, wit and personality into a stirring revival, with beautifully choreographed fights and real poignancy.

Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

Spotlight

Spotlight
  • 2015
  • US
  • 128 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Tom McCarthy
  • Cast: Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton

McCarthy's tale of how the Boston Globe's investigation team unearthed cases of sexual abuse and cover-ups within the Catholic church is up there with All the President's Men, with a fine cast (Keaton, McAdams, Ruffalo, Tucci) serving a nuanced, complex script: no one, except the victims, is entirely blameless. Remarkable.

Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • 2015
  • US
  • 136 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.

Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

Trumbo

Trumbo
  • 2015
  • US
  • 124 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jay Roach
  • Written by: John McNamara, Bruce Cook
  • Cast: Elle Fanning, Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane

Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Cranston) finds his career coming to a sudden end when he is blacklisted and accused of being a communist. McNamara’s breezy screenplay condenses complex events and an eventful life into a trim, accessible feature, and Cranston is compelling. Informative and entertaining.

Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

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