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Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6
  • 2014
  • US
  • 108 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Chris Williams, Don Hall
  • Cast: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Génesis Rodríguez, T. J. Miller, Daniel Henney, Maya Rudolph

Hiro (Potter) is a 14 year old robotics genius who, after a family tragedy, teams up with inflatable robot Baymax (Adsit) to become crimefighting superheroes. This Disney adaptation of a Marvel comic deals with dark themes of loss and grief but also has plenty of heart and some big laughs, especially from Adsit.

Thu 2 Apr
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Thu 9 Apr

Birdman

Birdman
  • 2014
  • US
  • 119 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • Cast: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan

Riggan Thompson (Keaton) played Birdman, a popular Hollywood superhero, but that was a while ago and he's having trouble getting the second art of his career started. A stellar cast (Norton, Watts, Stone) and fluid script prop up an award-worthy turn from Keaton, all mesmerisingly photographed by Lubezki. Highly imaginative.

Wed 8 Apr

Chappie

Chappie
  • 2015
  • US
  • 120 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Neill Blomkamp
  • Cast: Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver

Weapons developer Deon (Patel) reprogrammes the titular police robot into self-awareness, but then the robot's kidnapped (by Yolandi and Ninja of Die Antwoord) as part of an underworld scheme. Yolandi is believable but Ninja is awful, and despite dynamic action sequences the approach to big themes is simplistic and badly mishandled.

Thu 2 Apr

Cinderella

Cinderella
  • 2015
  • US/UK
  • 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.

Thu 2 Apr
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Thu 9 Apr

Insurgent

Insurgent
  • 2015
  • US
  • 119 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Robert Schwentke
  • Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller

Tris (Woodley), Four (James) and the remnants of the Dauntless race tirelessly hither and thither in part 2 of the Divergent series. Woodley does very well with what she's given, but the other parts are underwritten and it all feels like a build-up to the extended finale of this bewildering and hardly essential franchise.

Thu 2 Apr
Fri 3 Apr
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Wed 8 Apr
Thu 9 Apr

The DUFF

The DUFF
  • 2015
  • US
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ari Sandel
  • Cast: Bella Thorne, Allison Janney, Mae Whitman

A new social pecking order is instigated in high school when a girl finds out she's been labelled "The DUFF" (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by her superficial friends.

Mon 6 Apr
Tue 7 Apr
Wed 8 Apr
Thu 9 Apr

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.

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Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey
  • 2015
  • US
  • 18
  • Directed by: Sam Taylor-Johnson
  • Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Jennifer Ehle

Despite its troubling gender politics and distinct lack of plot, the likeable Johnson brings nuance and charm to a paper-thin character; Dornan manages to offer a hint of humanity; and given the many constraints, this sleek, fairly trim and occasionally sensual adaptation is the best imaginable outcome.

Thu 2 Apr
Fri 3 Apr
Sat 4 Apr

Focus

Focus
  • 2015
  • US
  • 104 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Glenn Ficarra/John Requa
  • Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro

Nicky (Smith) is a lifelong con man who takes wannabe swindler Jess (Robbie) under his wing, only to fall for her; dull romantic twists and not-very-ingenious stings ensue. The two stars have almost no chemistry and the film's greatest scam is that it fools you into thinking it's going to amount to more than it does.

Thu 2 Apr
Fri 3 Apr
Sat 4 Apr
Sun 5 Apr

Frozen

Frozen
  • 2013
  • US
  • 108 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
  • Cast: Voices of Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel

Princess Anna (Bell) is disturbed to find that her sister Elsa (Menzel) can create ice and snow, but when Elsa goes into exile the kingdom freezes, and Anna and friends must find her. With no celebrity voice-overs or pop culture gags, just a venerable story, good songs and classic characters, it's an old-fashioned delight.

Sat 4 Apr
Sun 5 Apr

Get Hard

Get Hard
  • 2014
  • US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Etan Cohen
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Alison Brie

Hedge fund exec James (Ferrell) is to be sent to prison for fraud, so he persuades law-abiding car wash owner Darnell (Hart) to teach him how to survive in prison, on the grounds that Darnell is black. If you can stand lots of jokes about prison rape, it's occasionally brilliant, if somewhat uneven.

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The Gunman

The Gunman
  • 2015
  • Spain/UK/France
  • 115 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Pierre Morel
  • Cast: Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Jasmine Trinca, Javier Bardem

Jim Terrier (Penn) is a hired assassin who undertakes a political hit; years later he becomes a target, and must find who wants him dead. Risible thriller with a clichéd script that wastes good actors (Bardem, Rylance, Penn himself) in a clumsy attempt to reinvent its star and producer as an action hero.

Thu 2 Apr

Home

Home
  • 2015
  • US
  • 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 confusing and uninteresting story, wall-to-wall Rihanna songs, twee dialogue and Parsons' annoyingly whiny voice make for a grating experience.

Thu 2 Apr
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Thu 9 Apr

It Follows

It Follows
  • 2014
  • US
  • 107 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David Robert Mitchell
  • Cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi

Jay (Monroe) is a Michigan teenager whose lover reveals that he's infected her with a potentially deadly curse. Sensitive, visually arresting and utterly disturbing horror about the possible consequences of a sexual encounter, with a deeply affecting performance from Monroe and an excellent supporting cast.

Thu 2 Apr

Kidnapping Freddy Heineken

Kidnapping Mr Heineken
  • Belgium/UK/Netherlands
  • Directed by: Daniel Alfredson
  • Written by: William Brookfield, Peter R. de Vries
  • Cast: Sam Worthington, Anthony Hopkins, Jim Sturgess

The true story of the 1983 kidnapping of the chairman and heir of the Heineken brewing company is told as a superficial and blokey caper, with perpetrators Worthington and Sturgess fatally lacking in charisma and their motives largely unexplained. Hopkins as the titular character adds screen presence, but deserves a better movie.

Fri 3 Apr
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Thu 9 Apr

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 15
  • Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
  • Cast: Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine

Eggsy (Egerton) is a streetwise petty criminal, who debonair secret agent Harry (Firth) inducts into Kingsman, a super-secret spy organisation going up against bonkers, lisping billionaire Richmond Valentine (Jackson). Egerton is confident and engaging, Firth is visibly enjoying himself, and despite the odd puerile joke it's riotously entertaining.

Thu 2 Apr
Fri 3 Apr
Sat 4 Apr
Sun 5 Apr

Madagascar

Madagascar
  • 2005
  • US
  • 86 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
  • Written by: Mark Burton, Billy Frolick, Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
  • Cast: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, John DiMaggio, Christopher Knights

'Madagascar' opens with steak-loving lion Alex enjoying his pampered existence in New York's Central Zoo. His friends, Marty the zebra (Rock), Gloria the hippo (Smith) and Melman the hypochondriac giraffe (Schwimmer) discover that the crafty penguins are planning a breakout, and set off for Africa to re-connect with their inner animals. But interaction with a tribe of lemurs uncovers the bitter truth about Alex's carnivorous nature. Thoroughly enjoyable, blackly comic DreamWorks animation musical.

Sat 4 Apr
Sun 5 Apr

National Theatre Live: Treasure Island

National Theatre Live: Treasure Island
  • 2014
  • UK

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

Thu 2 Apr

Run All Night

Run All Night
  • 2015
  • US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra
  • Written by: Brad Ingelsby
  • Cast: Liam Neeson, Genesis Rodriguez, Joel Kinnaman

Jimmy (Neeson), a lonely alcoholic and associate of gangster Shawn Maguire (Harris), is broken by regret for his sins, but when Maguire puts out a hit on Jimmy's son Michael (Kinnaman), we know what'll happen: Liam Kicks Ass. Solid, watchable actioner with fine work from Neeson and Kinnaman; no classic but satisfactory.

Thu 2 Apr

The Seventh Son

The Seventh Son
  • 2013
  • UK/US
  • Directed by: Sergey Bodrov
  • Cast: Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges

Tom Ward (Barnes), the seventh son of a seventh son, becomes apprentice to the last of the 'spooks', Master Gregory (Bridges), with the aim of eradicating supernatural forces. Enjoyable hokum, with Moore wonderfully bitchy and Bridges unleashing Brian Blessed-like levels of ham. To be treasured by connoisseurs of truly bad film.

Thu 2 Apr
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Thu 9 Apr

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 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.

Thu 2 Apr
Fri 3 Apr
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Sun 5 Apr
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Wed 8 Apr
Thu 9 Apr

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
  • 2015
  • US
  • 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.

Thu 2 Apr
Fri 3 Apr
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Sun 5 Apr
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Wed 8 Apr
Thu 9 Apr

Suite française

Suite française
  • 2014
  • UK/France/Belgium
  • 107 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Saul Dibb
  • Cast: Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas, Matthias Schoenaerts

Lucile Angellier (Williams) is married and lives in a village in occupied France in the 1940s; when handsome young German officer Bruno von Falk (Schoenaerts) arrives, romance blossoms. Adapted from Irène Némirovsky's novellas, it suffers from wayward pacing but Williams is as honest and affecting as ever. Pack a hanky.

Thu 2 Apr

The Water Diviner

The Water Diviner
  • 2014
  • Australia/Turkey/US
  • 111 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Russell Crowe
  • Cast: Jai Courtney, Olga Kurylenko, Russell Crowe

Connor (Crowe) is an embittered Australian farmer after WW I who, following the suicide of wife Eliza (McKenzie), goes to Turkey in the hope of finding the bodies of his dead sons. Crowe as director fashions a sombre, intelligent and surprisingly assured historical drama, with fine performances.

Fri 3 Apr
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Thu 9 Apr

While We're Young

While We're Young
  • 2015
  • US
  • 94 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Noah Baumbach
  • Cast: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried

When a charming young couple enter their lives, middle-aged Cornelia (Watts) and Josh (Stiller) find their lives turned upside down.

Fri 3 Apr
Sat 4 Apr
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Wed 8 Apr
Thu 9 Apr

Wild Card

Wild Card
  • 2015
  • US
  • 92 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Simon West
  • Written by: William Goldman
  • Cast: Jason Statham, Michael Angarano, Dominik García-Lorido

Nick Wild (Statham), a security expert working the backstreets of Vegas, gets a price on his head when he goes after a mobster for assaulting his friend Holly (Garcia-Lorido). Goldman's hard-bitten dialogue is laboured, the fight scenes are dull and it's a nasty mess all round.

Thu 2 Apr

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