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Ant-Man

Ant-Man
  • 2015
  • US/UK
  • 117 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Peyton Reed
  • Cast: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Hayley Atwell

A winning addition to Marvel's cinematic universe, Ant Man follows Dr Hank Pym (Douglas) as he fails in re-sizing himself, but unexpectedly imbues himself with the ability to talk to and control insects. With winning performances from Rudd, Cannavale and Douglas, this charming and eccentric heist film has a great sense of humour, though it's not all light-hearted. Father-daughter relationships add splendid emotional weight, while the film also addresses the female-fronted superhero film dilemma. Yes, there's mayhem, but it’s gilded with a sense of responsibility and mischief, all of which adds up to an utter delight.

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Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four
  • 2015
  • US
  • 106 min
  • Directed by: Josh Trank
  • Cast: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell

Reboot of Marvel's comic book series about four scientists who gain superpowers when a teleportation experiment goes wrong.

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The Gallows

The Gallows
  • 2015
  • US
  • 81 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Travis Cluff/Chris Lofing
  • Cast: Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos

This sometimes comically inept high school horror film kicks off in 1993, when Beatrice High School's performance of The Gallows goes horribly wrong, and a teenager is hanged in front of the audience. Fast-forward to the present day and the drama club have decided to re-stage the play as a kind of tribute. Cue 'scary' stuff happening. There are a few effective jump scares but they come minus the much-needed unsettling ambiance, or the flow to further the story. There's evidence of some technical talent from Lofing, but nowhere near enough to recommend a film that plays like a repeat performance of so many other found-footage horrors.

Wed 5 Aug
Thu 6 Aug

The Gift

The Gift
  • 2015
  • Australia/US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Joel Edgerton
  • Cast: Jason Bateman, Joel Edgerton, Rebecca Hall

Simon (Bateman) and Robyn (Hall) are disturbed when Simon's old classmate Gordo (Edgerton) barges his way into their lives; then things turn frightening. The men are excellent, but despite Hall's excellent work Robyn is underwritten and clichéd. Otherwise, Edgerton's debut feature is ambitious and accomplished.

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Hot Pursuit

Hot Pursuit
  • 2015
  • US
  • 87 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Anne Fletcher
  • Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Sofía Vergara

Cooper (Witherspoon) is an ambitious and gung-ho Texan cop whose clumsiness has made her a laughing-stock; then she has to escort drug-dealer's-wife Daniella (Vergara) across the state. The two stars have appealing interplay and Vergara is very funny, but the script demands too much shrieking and squeaking and the action is underpowered.

Wed 5 Aug
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Inside Out

Inside Out
  • 2015
  • US
  • 94 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Pete Docter
  • Cast: Kaitlyn Dias, Amy Poehler, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith

Riley (Dias) is an 11 year old girl whose family is moving from Minnesota to San Francisco; her troubled mind is represented as a factory hub commanded by Joy (Poehler), Fear (Hader), Sadness (Smith), Disgust (Kaling) and Anger (Black). Delightful, poignant and hysterically funny coming-of-age story from Pixar.

Wed 5 Aug
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Jurassic World

Jurassic World
  • 2015
  • US
  • 124 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Colin Trevorrow
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson

Dino-geek Gray (Simpkins) visits Jurassic Park with brother Zach (Robinson); the park's manager, their aunt Claire (Howard), is less than attentive until a new creation runs amok and raptor wrangler Owen (Pratt) steps in. Despite a merely functional screenplay, it has enough scares, scale, ideas and variety to keep everyone entertained.

Wed 5 Aug
Fri 7 Aug
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Tue 11 Aug

Max

  • 2015
  • US
  • 111 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Boaz Yakin
  • Written by: Boaz Yakin, Sheldon Lettich
  • Cast: Thomas Haden Church, Josh Wiggins, Luke Kleintank

When US Marine dog Max's handler Kyle (Amell) is killed in action in Afghanistan, the Marine Corps discards Max, who suffers from PTSD; but Kyle's family take the dog instead. Sentimental and ham-fisted family drama which entirely fails to rise to the level of scathing commentary on violence and corruption that it aspires to.

Fri 7 Aug
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Minions

Minions
  • 2015
  • US
  • 91 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Kyle Balda/Pierre Coffin
  • Written by: Brian Lynch
  • Cast: Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock

Prequel to the Despicable Me films, in which the pill-shaped, dungaree-sporting critters attach themselves to villain Scarlett Overkill (Bullock) and go to London to steal the Crown Jewels. The minions are as cute as ever but they seem funnier in support, and Bullock's character is one-dimensional.

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
  • 2015
  • US
  • 131 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
  • Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg

Ethan (Cruise) and the gang are on the trail of the nefarious Syndicate when their unit is dissolved by the CIA. With jaw-dropping action, ingenious gadgets and a striking performance from Ferguson as the mysterious Ilsa, this is a a slick, accomplished and hugely entertaining slice of mayhem.

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Pixels

Pixels
  • 2015
  • 106 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Chris Columbus
  • Cast: Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan

Space invaders attack New York after misinterpreting 1980s arcade games as a declaration of war. Based on a short film]of the same name.

Sat 8 Aug
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Wed 12 Aug
Thu 13 Aug

Postman Pat: The Movie

Postman Pat: The Movie
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 88 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Mike Disa
  • Cast: Stephen Mangan, Jim Broadbent, Rupert Grint, Ronan Keating, David Tennant

An all-star cast help Postman Pat in his big screen CGI adventure as he enters a TV talent competition.

Sat 8 Aug
Sun 9 Aug

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.

Wed 5 Aug
Thu 6 Aug

Southpaw

Southpaw
  • 2015
  • US
  • 124 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
  • Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Naomie Harris, Forest Whitaker, Rita Ora, 50 Cent

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Billy Hope, a once successful boxer trying to get his life back on track and his daughter out of child protection services.

Wed 5 Aug
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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.

Sat 8 Aug
3D
Sun 9 Aug
3D

Ted 2

Ted 2
  • 2015
  • US
  • 116 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Seth MacFarlane
  • Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Jessica Barth

Though the novelty factor of the original has disappeared, the return of foul-mouthed teddybear Ted (voice of MacFarlane) and his best bro and thunder buddy John (Wahlberg) is a welcome one. This shamelessly puerile comedy begins after our furry friend and his new wife Tami-Lynn (Barth) are denied the chance to adopt a baby, and sees Ted embark on a crusade to New York to appeal against the decision and reclaim his liberties. This sequel is lewd and loud, and for every gag that flops, two belters are right behind it.

Wed 5 Aug

Terminator Genisys

Terminator: Genisys
  • 2015
  • US
  • 125 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Alan Taylor
  • Cast: Emilia Clarke, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Matt Smith

More time-travel hi-jinks as the Resistance battles Skynet and timelines collide all over the shop. Solidly workmanlike action sequences meet bewilderingly confusing writing and the characters are soon as lost as the audience, in what feels more like a parody of the franchise than the dawn of a new era.

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Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure

Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 63 min
  • U
  • Cast: Mark Moraghan, John Hasler, Joe Mills, Eddie Redmayne

The little blue engine and his friends embark on a spectacular new adventure scouring the Island of Sodor for lost treasure.

Sun 9 Aug
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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.

Wed 5 Aug

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