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Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods

Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods
  • 2014
  • France/Belgium
  • 85 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Louis Clichy, Alexandre Astier
  • Cast: Jack Whitehall, Nick Frost, Greg Davies, Matt Berry, Catherine Tate, Harry Enfield, Dick & Dom, Jim Broadbent

Julius Caesar devises a plan to assimilate the indomitable Gauls by building a luxury housing development in the forest surrounding their village. Much the slickest animated Asterix adaptation, with a sharply-written script which combines satire on capitalism with people being hit in the face with fish; the British dub also has some inspired voice casting.

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Bad Moms

Bad Moms
  • 2016
  • US
  • 2016-08-19
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
  • Cast: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Annie Mumolo, Jada Pinkett Smith, Christina Applegate

Soccer mom Amy (Kunis), thwarted by the controlling PTA, befriends repressed Kiki (Bell) and outrageous Carla (Hahn). Rude, crude and raucous but nevertheless rather pleasing feelgood froth, championing bad behaviour as a solution to social repression.

Wed 24 Aug
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The BFG

The BFG
  • 2016
  • US/UK
  • 117 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Written by: Roald Dahl (novel), Melissa Mathison (screenplay)
  • Cast: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Bill Hader, Rebecca Hall

Eight year old Sophie (Barnhill) looks out her window one evening to discover something terrifying – the Big Friendly Giant (Rylance), who unlike his giant brothers doesn't actually want to eat her. Magical, funny and surprising stuff from Spielberg, lacking only some of the menace of Dahl's original, but genuinely heartwarming.

Wed 24 Aug
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Blinky Bill the Movie

Blinky Bill the Movie
  • 2015
  • 93 min
  • U
  • Written by: Fin Edquist
  • Cast: Toni Collette, Rufus Sewell, David Wenham

A koala bear travels across the Australian outback in search of his father.

Wed 24 Aug
Thu 25 Aug

Jason Bourne

Jason Bourne
  • 2016
  • US
  • 123 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Paul Greengrass
  • Cast: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles

Jason Bourne (Damon) is back with a vengeance, literally this time, as information about the death of his father leads him to go up against CIA Director Dewey (Jones) and new nemesis Heather Lee (Vikander). Stonking action, high stakes, amazing chases, Damon is sensational: the perfect 'soft reboot'.

Wed 24 Aug
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Thu 1 Sep

David Brent: Life on the Road

Life on the Road
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 96 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ricky Gervais
  • Written by: Ricky Gervais
  • Cast: Ricky Gervais, Doc Brown, Andy Burrows, Rebecca Gethings

David Brent (Gervais) takes unpaid leave to pursue rock stardom with his band Foregone Conclusion. The skin-crawling songs are worth the price of admission, although the comedy feels crueller than before, and after a brilliant start and amusing middle, the film dissolves into cheap sentiment.

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Finding Dory

Finding Dory
  • 2016
  • US
  • 103 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Andrew Stanton
  • Written by: Victoria Strouse
  • Cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Ty Burrell, Willem Dafoe

In the sequel to the much-loved Finding Nemo, annoyingly forgetful Dory goes on an adventure to find her family, crossing three oceans to get to them with Marlon and Nemo just a swish behind her.

Wed 24 Aug
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The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book
  • 2016
  • US
  • 106 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jon Favreau
  • Written by: Justin Marks (screenplay), Rudyard Kipling
  • Cast: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken

You know the story: boy (Sethi) left in woods, adopted by wolves (Nyong'o and Esposito), mentored by panther (Kingsley), befriended by bear (Murray), hunted by tiger (Elba, terrifying). Favreau and his team successfully retool the story with stunning CGI, and a script with heart, soul and spirit. A feelgood delight.

Sat 27 Aug
3D
Sun 28 Aug
3D

Lights Out

Lights Out
  • 2016
  • US
  • 80 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David F Sandberg
  • Cast: Maria Bello, Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman

Sophie (Bello), a woman with a history of mental health issues, finds herself stalked by an entity that only comes out when the lights are turned off. Skilfully-made if bleak debut by Swedish writer-director, with convincing work from Bello and some grippingly tense sequences.

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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
  • 2016
  • US
  • 98 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jake Szymanski
  • Written by: Andrew J. Cohen, Brendan O'Brien
  • Cast: Zac Efron, Adam DeVine, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza

Mike (deVine) and Dave (Efron) need to bring dates to sister Jeanie (Beard)'s wedding. They find Tatiana (Plaza) and Alice (Kendrick); the gag is that Mike and Dave are drunken idiots who always go too far, but so are Tatiana and Alice. Bawdy bro-comedy with some outrageously funny (and surprisingly sweet) moments.

Wed 24 Aug
Thu 25 Aug

Nerve

Nerve
  • 2016
  • USA
  • 96 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Henry Joost/Ariel Schulman
  • Written by: Jeanne Ryan, Jessica Sharzer
  • Cast: Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Emily Meade

Vee (Roberts) and Ian (Franco) become engaged in an online game that gifts them cash for carrying out increasingly risky dares. Roberts and Franco have great chemistry, but the silly plotline (adapted from Jeanne Ryan’s cliché-ridden YA novel), ugly gender politics and obvious conclusion make it a clumsy and preachy cautionary tale.

Wed 24 Aug
Thu 25 Aug

Nine Lives

Nine Lives
  • 2016
  • US
  • 87 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Cast: Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Robbie Amell, Christopher Walken

Tom Brand (Spacey) is a Trump-style entrepreneur who gets swapped into the body of a cat: one week before change irreversible, must learn life lessons, etc. Dim-witted children's comedy with a ridiculous premise, rubbish effects, heavy sentiment and a phoned-in voice performance from Spacey.

Wed 24 Aug
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Pete's Dragon

Pete's Dragon
  • 2016
  • US
  • 103 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: David Lowery
  • Cast: Oakes Fegley, Oona Laurence, Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban

Forest ranger Grace (Howard) discovers orphaned Pete (Fegley), who has lived in the woods for six years with a mysterious dragon named Elliott. Lowery uses old-school charm and a sense of place to make a genial fable of grief and growth pains; one of the best kids' movies of the summer.

Wed 24 Aug
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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
  • 2016
  • US
  • 86 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone
  • Cast: Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows, Imogen Poots, Joan Cusack, Maya Rudolph

Mockumentary about Conner (Samberg), ex-member of boy band The Style Boyz, whose attempt to get his solo career underway starts to falter. The songs are good and Samberg cleverly evokes Justin Bieber's heartfelt banality, but it relies too much on celebrity cameos rather than incisive bite.

Fri 26 Aug
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The Purge: Election Year

The Purge: Election Year
  • 2016
  • US
  • 109 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: James DeMonaco
  • Cast: Elizabeth Mitchell, Frank Grillo, Mykelti Williamson

In 2040, the sole survivor of a Purge killing is now a US senator (Mitchell) running for President, and she and her head of security find themselves out in the streets on Purge night. Exciting, brutal and dumb in equal measures, although it runs out of steam in its final act.

Fri 26 Aug
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Sausage Party

Sausage Party
  • 2015
  • US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon
  • Written by: Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, Seth Rogen, Ariel Shaffir
  • Cast: Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco

An animated movie about a sausage and his existential crisis.

Mon 29 Aug

The Secret Life of Pets

The Secret Life of Pets
  • 2016
  • US
  • 91 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney
  • Written by: Ken Daurio, Brian Lynch
  • Cast: Louis CK, Eric Stonestreet, Ellie Kemper, Jenny Slate

Little Max (Louis CK) is a small dog who gets very lonely when his beloved human Katie (Kemper) leaves each day. But then she brings home a huge, shaggy rescue mutt (Stonestreet) and hijinks ensue. Undeniably derivative but cute and energetic comedy sustained by its fine voice cast.

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The Shallows

The Shallows
  • 2016
  • US
  • 86 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra
  • Cast: Blake Lively, Óscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen, Sedona Legge

Surfer Nancy (Lively) is enjoying the waves on an isolated Mexican beach when she's menaced by a great white shark. Skilful plotting and pacing, and a terrific performance from Lively, make this an unusually gripping and moving summer thriller.

Wed 24 Aug
Thu 25 Aug

Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad
  • 2016
  • US
  • 123 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David Ayer
  • Cast: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne

A group of incarcerated supervillains is recruited to undertake dangerous missions. The result is so conventional, it's twee: Deadshot (Smith) just wants to be a good dad, Diablo (Hernandez) spends the whole film moping and Harley Quinn (Robbie)'s idea of bad behaviour is breaking a window. With unconvincing effects and cliché-ridden dialogue, it's plain awful.

Wed 24 Aug
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Swallows and Amazons

Swallows and Amazons
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 97 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Philippa Lowthorpe
  • Cast: Rafe Spall, Andrew Scott, Kelly Macdonald, Jessica Hynes, Harry Enfield

Lake District, 1930: the plucky Walker siblings go up against fierce local gels Nancy and Peggy for possession of an island, while reclusive uncle Jim (Spall) is stalked by a sinister foreigner (Scott). Charmingly nostalgic kids' adventure, subtly modernised, with well-cast kids and Macdonald a pleasure as always. Sweetly satisfying as a cream tea.

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Top Cat Begins

Top Cat Begins
  • 2016
  • India, Mexico
  • 90 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Andrés Couturier
  • Cast: Jason Harris, Darin de Paul, Chris Edgerly (voices)

Top Cat and his cat pals get together in this prequel to 2011's Top Cat: The Movie. Simple knockabout fun, closer in spirit to the original cartoon series than the earlier film.

Sat 27 Aug
Sun 28 Aug

Truth

Truth
  • 2015
  • US
  • 121 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: James Vanderbilt
  • Cast: Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, Elizabeth Moss

When CBS producer Mary Mapes (Blanchett) airs a story questioning George W Bush's military service record, she finds herself and anchor Dan Rather (Redford) in trouble when the story seems to be based on questionable evidence. Excellent performances from all, but Blanchett is sublime and the film asks hard questions about the viability of independent journalism.

Wed 24 Aug

War Dogs

War Dogs
  • 2016
  • US
  • 114 min
  • Directed by: Todd Phillips
  • Cast: Miles Teller, Jonah Hill, Ana de Armas, Bradley Cooper

Miami massage therapist David (Teller) hooks up with old schoolfriend Efraim (Hill), and the pair go into arms trading. Frenetic, foul-mouthed and frequently hilarious, and loosely based on a true story; Hill and Teller are utterly watchable, even if it's clear that the filmmakers are a little too in love with them.

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