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The Age of Adaline

The Age of Adaline
  • 2015
  • US
  • 110 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Lee Toland Krieger
  • Cast: Blake Lively, Harrison Ford, Michiel Huisman

After a freak accident in 1937, wealthy and beautiful 29-year-old Adaline (Lively) stops aging; every decade she has to move on in order to keep her secret, until she falls in love. Smooth, tasteful look at immortality; Lively is a bit lacking in star power, but Ford and Burstyn give wonderfully nuanced performances.

Fri 22 May
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Mon 25 May
Tue 26 May
Wed 27 May

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • 2015
  • US
  • 141 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Joss Whedon
  • Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson

Ultron, an artificial intelligence created by Tony Stark (Downey Jr) to keep the peace, goes rogue and decides to kill off the Avengers. Barely logical but impressively entertaining superhero fun; Johansson and Olsen are central to the action and Whedon's script is strong, snappy and irreverent, but it doesn't have much emotional impact.

Fri 22 May
3D
Sat 23 May
Sun 24 May
Mon 25 May
Tue 26 May
Wed 27 May
Thu 28 May

The Book of Life

The Book of Life
  • 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.

Sat 23 May
Sun 24 May

Cinderella

Cinderella
  • 2015
  • US/UK
  • 105 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Cast: Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Stellan Skarsgård, Nonso Anozie, Derek Jacobi, Hayley Atwell, Ben Chaplin

Cinderella (James) loses her parents and is left with stepmother Lady Tremaine (Blanchett) and cruel stepsisters (McShera and Grainger); but soon enough, she's off to the ball. Weitz's crafty script has enough surreal touches to keep you interested and the result, while hardly a new take on the story, is still a pleasant surprise.

Sat 23 May
Sun 24 May
Mon 25 May
Tue 26 May
Wed 27 May

Far from the Madding Crowd

Far from the Madding Crowd
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 119 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg
  • Cast: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Juno Temple, Michael Sheen

Bathsheba Everdene (Mulligan) is a headstrong rural girl who inherits a farm and attracts the attention of three suitors; lowly Gabriel (Schoenaerts), well-to-do Boldwood (Sheen) and unscrupulous Troy (Sturridge). A straight-up take on Hardy's classic; Mulligan is a convincing Bathsheba and Vinterberg captures the brewing tragedy magnificently.

Fri 22 May
Sat 23 May
Sun 24 May
Mon 25 May
Tue 26 May
Wed 27 May

Fast & Furious 7

Furious 7
  • 2015
  • US
  • 140 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Wan
  • Written by: Chris Morgan
  • Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Lucas Black, Jason Statham

Deckard (Statham) is a Special Forces assassin determined to get revenge on the team after his brother has been left in a coma. With the shark rapidly receding in the wake of the franchise's waterskis, the latest instalment is insane but has a puppyish desperation to please, and doesn't take itself too seriously.

Fri 22 May
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Thu 28 May

Home

Home
  • 2015
  • US
  • 94 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Tim Johnson
  • Cast: Rihanna, Jim Parsons, Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin

Oh (Parsons) is part of an alien race who've colonised Earth by decanting humans to amusement parks in Australia, but he's forced to team up with lost little girl Tip (Rihanna). A grating experience, thanks to a confusing and uninteresting story, wall-to-wall Rihanna songs, twee dialogue and Parsons' annoyingly whiny voice.

Fri 22 May
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Thu 28 May

The Importance Of Being Earnest

  • 2015
  • 150 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Adrian Noble
  • Cast: David Suchet, Philip Cumbus, Michael Benz

Poirot star David Suchet stars as the formidable Lady Bracknell.

Fri 22 May

Jurassic World

Jurassic World
  • 2015
  • US
  • Directed by: Colin Trevorrow
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson

Fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise. Twenty-two years on and the park is now open for business. Unfortunately a man-made hybrid dinosaur goes on the rampage, because, you know, plain old-fashioned dinosaurs just wouldn't cut it with a modern audience.

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Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road
  • 2015
  • US/Australia
  • 120 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: George Miller
  • Written by: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nico Lathouris
  • Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz, Abbey Lee, Riley Keough, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Reluctant hero Max (Hardy) is drawn into helping Imperator Furiosa (Theron, excellent), who's liberated a group of sexually enslaved women and is being pursued for her trouble by the grotesque Immortan Joe (Keays-Byrne). Precision-executed lunacy, a brilliantly feminist 'western on wheels' with a generous helping of heart.

Fri 22 May
3D
Sat 23 May
Sun 24 May
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Thu 28 May

Moomins on the Riviera

Moomins on the Riviera
  • 2014
  • Finland/France
  • 80 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Xavier Picard, Hanna Hemilä
  • Cast: Russell Tovey, Nathaniel Parker, Tracy Ann Oberman, Stephanie Winiecki

The Moomins holiday in the South of France and fall in love with casino gambling and ritzy boutiques – all except for Moominmamma (Oberman), who heads for the beach. The elegant hand-drawn animation is a pleasure, although the casual pacing might not appeal to kids weaned on breathless action. A nostalgic treat.

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

My Old Lady

My Old Lady
  • 2014
  • GB/US
  • 104 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Israel Horovitz
  • Cast: Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott-Thomas

Mathias (Kline), a penniless New Yorker, travels to Paris to claim the apartment bequeathed to him by his father, except that 92-year-old Mathilde (Smith) and her daughter Chloe (Scott Thomas) already live there. The directorial debut of 75-year-old playwright Horovitz is an enjoyable, soft-centred tale of guilty secrets, perhaps too neatly resolved but a sophisticated delight.

Wed 27 May

National Theatre Live: Coriolanus

NT Live
  • 2014

Josie Rourke directs Shakespeare's infamous Rome-set tragedy of politics and revenge about a war hero, who must face an angry people threatened with famine. Starring Tom Hiddleston in the demanding title role.

Fri 22 May

National Theatre Live: Hamlet

National Theatre Live: Hamlet
  • 2015
  • 240 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Lyndsey Turner
  • Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role of Shakespeare's tragedy.

Fri 22 May

Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2
  • 2015
  • US
  • 114 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Elizabeth Banks
  • Cast: Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Adam DeVine, Kelley Jakle, Chrissie Fit, Hailee Steinfeld, Katey Sagal, Elizabeth Banks

After a catastrophic wardrobe malfunction at the White House, the Barden Bellas attempt to get their groove back in a Eurovision-like song contest. Despite highlights such as Lee's brilliantly weird performance as Lilly, the knowing charm of the original is diluted and Wilson's schtick, in particular, is starting to grate.

Fri 22 May
Subtitled
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Thu 28 May

Poltergeist

Poltergeist
  • 2015
  • US
  • 93 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Gil Kenan
  • Cast: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kennedi Clements

Eric (Rockwell) and Amy (DeWitt), three kids in tow, move into a new house in a typical American movie suburb, and strange things start happening. Likeable performances (including Harris as a TV ghostbuster) can't rescue this remake of the Spielberg/Hooper 1982 original from being not very terrifying or thrilling.

Fri 22 May
3D
Sat 23 May
Sun 24 May
Mon 25 May
Tue 26 May
Wed 27 May
Thu 28 May

Royal Ballet: Carmen Quadruple Bill

  • 2015
  • 120 min
  • 12A

Enjoy four short ballets in one evening with this quadruple programme of Carmen, Viscera, Afternoon of a Faun and Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux.

Fri 22 May

The Royal Ballet: Frankenstein

  • 2015
  • 150 min
  • 12A

A retelling of Mary Shelley's gothic classic with choreography by Liam Scarlett and a new score by Lowell Liebermann.

Fri 22 May

The Royal Ballet: Rhapsody / The Two Pigeons

  • 2016
  • 180 min
  • Directed by: Frederick Ashton

A Frederick Ashton double bill featuring Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and The Two Pigeons.

Fri 22 May

A Royal Night Out

A Royal Night Out
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 97 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Julian Jarrold
  • Written by: Trevor De Silva/Kevin Hood
  • Cast: Sarah Gadon, Emily Watson, Rupert Everett

Whimsical romance based on the true story of how, on VE Day 1945, the teenage princesses Elizabeth (Gadon) and Margaret (Powley) were allowed out of Buckingham Palace to celebrate with the crowds. Gadon is hugely likeable, Powley steals scenes, Everett is excellent as their father and it's tender, funny and occasionally raucous.

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Fri 22 May
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Wed 27 May

Royal Opera House: Boris Godunov

Richard Jones directs a new production of Musorgsky’s opera on the perils of power.

Fri 22 May

Royal Opera House: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci

  • 2015
  • 180 min
  • Directed by: Damiano Michieletto
  • Cast: Eva-Maria Westbroek, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Dimitri Platanias

Two short Italian operas are brought together in a new staging by award-winning director Damiano Michieletto, who sets both operas in a poverty stricken village in 1980s southern Italy, where the Mafia has a hold.

Fri 22 May

Royal Opera House: Giselle

  • 2014

A romantic ballet of human passions and supernatural forces.

Fri 22 May

Royal Opera House: La Traviata

Verdi’s tragic opera of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices everything for love.

Fri 22 May

Royal Opera House: Le Nozze Di Figaro

Royal Opera House cinema
  • 2008
  • 180 min
  • E

One of the world's finest opera companies presents Mozart's masterpiece 'Le Nozze di Figaro' better known to you and me as 'The Marriage of Figaro'.

Fri 22 May

Royal Opera House: Lucia Di Lammermoor

  • Directed by: Katie Mitchell

Katie Mitchell directs a new production of Donizetti’s tragic opera.

Fri 22 May

Royal Opera House: Romeo And Juliet

  • 2015
  • UK
  • 180 min
  • Directed by: Kenneth MacMillan

Kenneth MacMillan’s version of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy set to Prokofiev’s magnificent score.

Fri 22 May

Royal Opera House: The Nutcracker

Royal Opera House cinema
  • 2013
  • UK
  • E

Performance of the festive favourite, filmed live at the Royal Opera House.

Fri 22 May

Royal Opera House: Werther

  • 2016
  • Directed by: Benoît Jacquot
  • Cast: David Bižiæ, Heather Engebretson, Jonathan Summers

Based on Goethe’s novel The Sorrows of Young Werther this opera tells the story of the poet Werther’s hopeless love for a woman committed to another man.

Fri 22 May

Royal Shakespeare Company: Henry V

A performance of Shakepaere's historic drama starring Alex Hassell as the King.

Fri 22 May

San Andreas

San Andreas
  • 2015
  • US
  • 114 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Brad Peyton
  • Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Alexandra Daddario, Carla Gugino, Colton Haynes, Morgan Griffin, Art Parkinson, Archie Panjabi, Todd Williams, Ioan Gruffudd, Will Yun Lee, Kylie Minogue, Paul Giamatti

After an earthquake hits California, a helicopter pilot and his ex-wife set out to rescue their estranged daughter.

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Thu 28 May

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 85 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Mark Burton, Richard Starzack
  • Cast: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes

When the Farmer gets lost in the Big City, Shaun (Fletcher) and his friends leave Mossy Bottom Farm to rescue him. With a steady stream of hilarious, well-timed sight gags, it's a beautifully made comedy for the whole family, packed with the kind of detail that rewards future viewings.

Sat 23 May
Sun 24 May

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
  • 2015
  • US
  • 92 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Paul Tibbitt
  • Cast: Antonio Banderas, Clancy Brown, Tom Kenny

Life goes on at usual in Bikini Bottom until real-life pirate Burger-Beard (Banderas) causes apocalyptic mayhem; SpongeBob and arch-nemesis Plankton must team up to defeat him. Despite a lazy superhero plot twist in the final act, it has enough colourful characters and hilarious one-liners to keep both kids and adults entertained.

Fri 22 May
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Thu 28 May

Spooks: The Greater Good

Spooks: The Greater Good
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 104 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Bharat Nalluri
  • Cast: Peter Firth, Kit Harington, Elyes Gabel, Jennifer Ehle

When MI5 bigwig Harry (Firth) apparently commits suicide, his rogue godson Will (Harington) is ensnared to find out the truth. The TV show's big-screen outing is very enjoyable but cinematically pedestrian, neither anywhere near the Bond/Bourne standard nor as grittily realistic as it thinks it is, but Firth and Harington play well together.

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Fri 22 May
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Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland
  • 2015
  • USA
  • 130 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Brad Bird
  • Cast: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie

Science-obsessed teenager Casey (Robertson) teams up with mysterious Athena (Cassidy) and child-genius-turned-grump Frank (Clooney) to unlock the secrets of a mysterious pin. Futuristic family adventure, refreshingly driven by two young women; Casey and Athena are inspiring heroes and the visuals are stunning.

Fri 22 May
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Thu 28 May

Two by Two

Two by Two
  • 2015
  • Germany/Belgium/Luxembourg/Ireland
  • 85 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Toby Genkel, Sean McCormack
  • Cast: Callum Maloney, Dermot Magennis, Ava Connolly, Tara Flynn

When the world's animals board Noah's ark to escape from the flood, two junior creatures fall overboard and must find their way back to the ship. The extremely predictable story is a bit too similar to Finding Nemo and there's none of the wit, voice-over wizardry or impressive visuals of a Pixar production.

Sat 23 May
Sun 24 May
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Thu 28 May

Unfriended

Unfriended
  • 2014
  • US
  • 82 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Levan Gabriadze
  • Written by: Nelson Greaves
  • Cast: Cal Barnes, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson

Six friends hanging out with each other on video chat become aware that they're the target of a mysterious hacker/stalker. A cleverly-done video-chat-turned-nightmare session which exhausts its concept well short of its modest 83-minute running time; it's hard to care about characters who are bullies and betrayers.

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