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Odeon Leicester

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Freemen's Park, , 90 Aylestone Road, Leicester, East Midlands, LE2 7LT
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Ballerina

Ballerina
  • 2016
  • France / Canada
  • 89 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Eric Summer / Éric Warin
  • Cast: Voices of Dane DeHaan, Elle Fanning, Maddie Ziegler

Orphaned Félicie (Fanning) strives to reach her dream of performing ballet at the Grand Opera House, with the help of mentor Odette (Jepsen). A ballet version of The Karate Kid, it looks nice but the soundtrack is a mish-mash and the story is formulaic and lacks comic zing.

Sun 30 Apr
Mon 1 May

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast
  • 2017
  • US
  • 129 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Bill Condon
  • Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Emma Thompson, Luke Evans, Ewan McGregor, Josh Gad

Belle (Watson) is forced to live with a Beast (Stevens) in this live-action retelling of the 1991 blockbuster. Watson is winsome but feisty, Evans as Gaston is splendid of voice and hilariously odious, McGregor brings much joie de vivre to ‘Be Our Guest’, and it’s an enchantingly realised delight.

Sun 30 Apr
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The Boss Baby

The Boss Baby
  • 2017
  • USA
  • 97 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Tom McGrath
  • Written by: Marla Frazee/Michael McCullers
  • Cast: Miles Christopher Bakshi, Alec Baldwin, Tobey Maguire, Steve Buscemi

The Boss Baby (Baldwin) is a tot with the mannerisms of a ruthless corporate tycoon, who upsets seven-year-old Tim (Bakshi). The frantic visual style and crude slapstick overwrite the charm of the original story by Marla Frazee, and there’s not much for audiences to take to their hearts.

Sun 30 Apr
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A Dog's Purpose

A Dog's Purpose
  • 2017
  • US
  • 100 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Lasse Hallström
  • Cast: Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton

A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

Sun 30 Apr
Mon 1 May

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
  • 2016
  • UK/US
  • 133 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: David Yates
  • Written by: J.K. Rowling
  • Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston

Newt Scamander (Redmayne), a socially-challenged animal whisperer of sorts, has to gather up the fantastic beasts which have escaped from his briefcase and are roaming 1920s New York. A suitably magical spin-off, with Rowling's screenplay skilfully balancing dark and light, and director Yates maintaining a thrilling pace and exciting spectacle.

Wed 3 May
Thu 4 May

Fast & Furious 8

Fast and Furious 8
  • 2017
  • US
  • 136 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: F. Gary Gray
  • Cast: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell, Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood, Helen Mirren

Cyber-terrorist Cypher (Theron) pits rogue racer Dom (Diesel) against his fellow petrolheads, including wife Letty (Rodriguez). Baffling and inconsequential story aside, it’s all shamelessly about car-based action, and although human doorstop Diesel isn’t up to the story’s limited emotional demands, Johnson and Statham make up for it with some grade-A squabbling.

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Sun 30 Apr
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Finding Fatimah

Finding Fatimah
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 99 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Oz Arshad
  • Cast: Danny Ashok, Asmara Gabrielle, Nina Wadia

Shahid (Ashok) is looking for love when he meets Fatimah (Gabrielle) a doctor with her own anger issues. Any hope of a British-Asian version of You’ve Got Mail is scuppered by unpleasantly exaggerated characters and overly broad humour. Ashok and Gabrielle do their best, but the glimpses of heart and wit are buried under a caricature-ridden script.

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Tue 2 May
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Thu 4 May

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • 2017
  • US
  • 137 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Gunn
  • Written by: James Gunn
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Glenn Close, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Kurt Russell

The gang are back, with a rollicking plot involving stolen batteries and Ego (Russell) who may or may not be the long-lost dad of Peter Quill (Pratt). It’s very CGI-heavy, sometimes tiringly so, but the humour still charms and the finale picks it up after a sluggish second act.

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Sun 30 Apr
3D
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Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures
  • 2016
  • US
  • 127 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Theodore Melfi
  • Cast: Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe

The true story of the African-American women who provided NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch its first successful space missions, despite institutionalised segregation in the workplace. The leads are wonderful and it’s an inspiring story about collective triumph.

Wed 3 May
Thu 4 May

Manje Bistre

Manje Bistre
  • 2017
  • India
  • 137 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Baljit Singh Deo
  • Written by: Gippy Grewal
  • Cast: Gippy Grewal, Sonam Bajwa, Karamjeet Anmol

A young man attempts to woo a girl whose marriage to another man has already been fixed.

Sun 30 Apr
Subtitled
Mon 1 May
Subtitled
Tue 2 May
Subtitled
Wed 3 May
Subtitled
Thu 4 May
Subtitled

Moana

Moana
  • 2016
  • US
  • 103 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker
  • Cast: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger, Rachel House, Jemaine Clement, Alan Tudyk

Moana (Carvalho) is a plucky Polynesian girl who revives the voyaging tradition of her island tribe, with the help of buffoonish demigod Maui (Johnson, exuberantly sending himself up.) The unabashed positivity is pure Disney but Bush's zingy screenplay satirises the studio's princess obsession and there's a refreshing lack of a love interest. A spirited, vividly realised and genuinely rousing adventure.

Sun 30 Apr
Subtitled
Mon 1 May
Subtitled

Noor

Noor
  • 2017
  • India
  • 107 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Sunhil Sippy
  • Cast: Sunny Leone, Sonakshi Sinha, Purab Kohli

Based on Pakistani author Saba Imtiaz's novel Karachi, You're Killing Me! which follows a Pakistani journalist-writer Noor's misadventures and love life as she navigates her way through Mumbai.

  • IMDb
Sun 30 Apr
Subtitled
Tue 2 May
Subtitled

Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience

Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience
  • 2017
  • 60 min
  • U

Nine brand new episodes of Peppa Pig including 'Peppa Visits London’, ‘The Police, ‘Canal Boat’, ‘The Zoo’ and ‘Move to the Music'. These are followed by a four-part story where Peppa goes on holiday to Australia to visit her old friend, Kylie Kangaroo.

Sun 30 Apr
Mon 1 May

The Promise

The Promise
  • 2016
  • Spain/US
  • 134 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Terry George
  • Cast: Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac, Shohreh Aghdashloo

Mikael (Isaac) is a poor Armenian medical student in Constantinople in 1914, who falls in love with the vivacious Ana (Le Bon), except that she’s already carrying on with the dashing American journalist Chris (Bale). Epic, handsomely cast but overcooked historical romance set against the backdrop of the Turkish genocide of Armenians.

Sun 30 Apr
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Sing

Sing
  • 2016
  • US
  • 108 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Garth Jennings
  • Written by: Garth Jennings
  • Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Tori Kelly, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Scarlett Johansson

Koala impresario Buster Moon (McConaughey) decides to save his ailing theatre with a singing competition. Most of the humour comes from cute critters singing occasionally inappropriate songs; the plot is spread far too thin and there no real surprises, but it ticks the usual boxes.

Sun 30 Apr
Mon 1 May

Smurfs: The Lost Village

Smurfs: The Lost Village
  • 2017
  • USA
  • 89 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Kelly Asbury
  • Written by: Stacey Harman/Pamela Ribon
  • Cast: Demi Lovato, Ariel Winter, Julia Roberts, Joe Manganiello

Smurfette (Lovato) and her friends go on a quest to help her find her place in the village, and the result is a series of chases, a few under-cooked girl-power nods and a lot of sappiness. Undemanding kids might have a good time; adults will have to grin and smurf it.

Sun 30 Apr
Mon 1 May

Their Finest

Their Finest
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 117 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Lone Scherfig
  • Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy

London, 1940: fledgling screenwriter Catrin Cole (Arterton) joins the Ministry of Information’s Film Division and starts working on a propaganda movie. Scherfig wraps the war in a cosy cloak of nostalgia in a way that dulls moments of high anxiety, and despite a fine ensemble it’s all too muffled and mild-mannered.

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A 12 screen Odeon is in Freemen's Park in the south of the city, a sizable business park on Aylestone Road, just south of Leicester College's vocational campus. All its screens have wheelchair spaces and three also have audio description and subtitling facilities.

The Freemen's Park complex has free parking but you must provide your car registration.

It includes a Nando's outlet, plus the family-friendly Local Hero pub. Buses stop outside Morrison's supermarket around the corner, with Arriva buses 84, 85, 47 and 49 and First buses 88 and 88A serving the city centre. Leicester railway station is over 20 minutes' walk away.

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