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Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • 2015
  • US
  • 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.

Sun 26 Apr
Mon 27 Apr
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Fri 1 May
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Sun 3 May
IMAX / 3D
Mon 4 May
IMAX / 3D
Tue 5 May
IMAX / 3D
Wed 6 May
IMAX / 3D
Thu 7 May
IMAX / 3D

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.

Tue 28 Apr
Thu 30 Apr

Blade Runner: The Director's Cut

Blade Runner: The Final Cut
  • 1982
  • US
  • 116 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ridley Scott
  • Cast: Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer.

Out go the pseudo-noir narration and the tacked-on happy ending; in comes a more defined sense that Deckard himself may be a replicant. The look and feel remain as powerful, and the acting is superb. A flawed masterpiece is now a restored masterpiece.

Mon 27 Apr
Tue 28 Apr

Child 44

Child 44
  • 2015
  • 15
  • Directed by: Daniel Espinosa
  • Written by: Richard Price/Tom Rob Smith
  • Cast: Tom Hardy, Joel Kinnaman, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman

Leo (Hardy) is a military policeman in the Stalin-era Soviet Union, tasked with investigating a series of child killings that are unacknowledged by the state. Hardy and Rapace lead an excellent cast, and although it packs in a little too much it's a pleasingly pulpy thriller.

  • IMDb
Sun 26 Apr
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Mon 27 Apr
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Tue 28 Apr
Subtitled
Wed 29 Apr
Thu 30 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.

Sun 26 Apr
Mon 27 Apr
Tue 28 Apr
Wed 29 Apr
Thu 30 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.

Sun 26 Apr
Mon 27 Apr
Tue 28 Apr
Wed 29 Apr
Thu 30 Apr

The DUFF

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

When teenager Bianca (Whitman) is called out by her social circle as their DUFF – Designated Ugly Fat Friend – she decides to rid herself of the label. Heartfelt if somewhat formulaic comedy about staying true to yourself, with a smart script and outstanding performances from Whitman and Janney as her supportive single mother.

Sun 26 Apr
Mon 27 Apr
Tue 28 Apr
Wed 29 Apr
Thu 30 Apr

Far from the Madding Crowd

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

Hardy's 1874 novel is adapted by David Nicholls, in a tale of pride, love, rivalry and honour in Victorian Dorset.

Fri 1 May
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Thu 7 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.

Sun 26 Apr
Mon 27 Apr
Tue 28 Apr
Wed 29 Apr
Thu 30 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.

Sun 26 Apr
Mon 27 Apr
Tue 28 Apr
Wed 29 Apr
Thu 30 Apr

The Good Lie

The Good Lie
  • 2014
  • US/Kenya/India
  • 110 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Philippe Falardeau
  • Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, Corey Stoll, Sarah Baker, Kuoth Wiel

A group of Sudanese orphans escape the horror of the civil war by walking 800-odd miles to a refugee camp; years later, they are relocated to the USA. Witherspoon gives generous support but the central players (chiefly Oceng, Duany and Jal) are charismatic and moving, as are the children who play their younger selves.

Sun 26 Apr
Mon 27 Apr
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Wed 29 Apr
Thu 30 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 grating experience, thanks to a confusing and uninteresting story, wall-to-wall Rihanna songs, twee dialogue and Parsons' annoyingly whiny voice.

Home Odeon Manchester
Sun 26 Apr
Home Odeon Manchester
Mon 27 Apr
Home Odeon Manchester
Tue 28 Apr
Home Odeon Manchester
Wed 29 Apr
Home Odeon Manchester
Thu 30 Apr

John Wick

John Wick
  • 2014
  • US
  • 101 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Chad Stahelski
  • Cast: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, Willem Dafoe

John Wick (Reeves), a retired hitman in mourning for his wife, gets back in the game when mob kingpin's clueless son Iosef (Allen) kills his puppy. One of Reeves' best roles yet, in a stylish hitman-with-a-heart thriller crammed with satisfying action sequences, solid direction, innovative cinematography and terrific production design.

Sun 26 Apr
Mon 27 Apr
Tue 28 Apr
Wed 29 Apr
Thu 30 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.

Sun 26 Apr
Mon 27 Apr
Tue 28 Apr
Wed 29 Apr
Thu 30 Apr

Lethal Weapon

Lethal Weapon
  • 1987
  • US
  • 109 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Richard Donner
  • Written by: Shane Black
  • Cast: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan, Tom Atkins

Gibson is a widower psychotically bent on revenge (any resemblance to 'Mad Max' being purely incidental), while Glover is a middle-aged, middle-class family man. Formula buddy cop movie, lifted just above the average by its touch of humanity and charismatic performances.

Mon 27 Apr

A Little Chaos

A Little Chaos
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 116 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Alan Rickman
  • Cast: Kate Winslet, Helen McCrory, Stanley Tucci

Sabine (Winslet), a widowed landscape gardener in 1682 Paris, is commissioned to work on the gardens of Versailles, but her friendship with the head gardener (Schoenaerts) provokes the fury of his scheming wife (McCrory). Crowd-pleasing period drama; what it lacks in historical accuracy it makes up for with fine performances, an engaging story and strong direction from Rickman.

Sun 26 Apr
Mon 27 Apr
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Wed 29 Apr
Thu 30 Apr

Mr X

Mr X
  • 2015
  • India
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Vikram Bhatt
  • Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Amyra Dastur, Arunoday Singh

A scientist has one thing on his mind: success for his experiment.

Mr X Odeon Manchester
Wed 29 Apr
Subtitled

Paddington

Paddington
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 95 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Paul King
  • Cast: Ben Whishaw (voice), Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins

The story of an illegal immigrant from Peru and his efforts to be integrated into British society. He's a bear, by the way. Whishaw imbues the CGI Paddington with immense charm, the rest of the cast are excellent and the exuberant direction and smart, knowing script make for a genuine delight.

Sun 26 Apr
Subtitled
  • 10:15

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
  • 2015
  • US
  • PG
  • Directed by: Andy Fickman
  • Cast: Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo Verástegui

Paul Blart is on vacation (well he deserves it, keeping malls safe is a tiring business). He goes to Las Vegas with his teenage daughter, but while he's there, duty calls.

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Sun 26 Apr
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The Penguins of Madagascar

The Penguins of Madagascar
  • 2014
  • US
  • 92 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith
  • Cast: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, John DiMaggio, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, Peter Stormare

The espionage-savvy penguins team up with an interspecies special forces group, to tangle with octopus/scientist Dr Octavius Brine (Malkovich). The knockabout style offers few chances for genuine drama and the result is a lighthearted, frenetic but rather unimaginative romp, a step down from the psychedelic wit of Europe's Most Wanted.

Sun 26 Apr
  • 10:00
Sat 2 May
Sun 3 May
Mon 4 May

The Salvation

The Salvation
  • 2015
  • Denmark
  • 15
  • Directed by: Kristian Levring
  • Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eric Cantona

America, 1871: when Danish ex-pat Jon (Mikkelsen) kills the murderers of his wife (Fabricius) and son (Bjarke), he incurs the wrath of land baron Delarue (Morgan). Mikkelsen is terrific, Morgan is a despicable villain and Green, as a scarred mute, steals the movie without uttering a word. Impressive, well-made and passionately acted Western.

Mon 27 Apr
Tue 28 Apr
Wed 29 Apr
Thu 30 Apr

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • 2015
  • US/UK
  • 122 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: John Madden
  • Cast: Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Judi Dench

This sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (yes, you may have guessed) has an ensemble cast, and follows the expansionist dreams of Sonny. He has his eye on a second property, but there are still predicaments to resolve in his first.

Mon 27 Apr
Tue 28 Apr
Wed 29 Apr
Thu 30 Apr

Shakespeare's Globe on Screen: Julius Caesar

Shakespeare's Globe on Screen: Julius Caesar
  • Directed by: Dominic Dromgoole
  • Cast: Tom Mckay, Luke Thompson, Catherine Bailey, Sam Cox

Shakespeare's classic play, screened live from the Globe Theatre.

Thu 30 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.

Sun 26 Apr
  • 10:30
Sat 2 May
Subtitled
Sun 3 May
Subtitled
Mon 4 May
Subtitled

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.

Sun 26 Apr
Mon 27 Apr
Tue 28 Apr
Wed 29 Apr
Thu 30 Apr

Spooks: The Greater Good

Spooks: The Greater Good
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 15
  • Directed by: Bharat Nalluri
  • Cast: Peter Firth, Kit Harington, Elyes Gabel, Jennifer Ehle
  • IMDb
Thu 30 Apr

The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything
  • 2014
  • US/UK
  • 123 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Marsh
  • Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior

Stephen Hawking (Redmayne) and Jane Wilde (Jones) lock eyes at a university party, but their budding love affair is given a blow by his diagnosis of motor neurone disease. Redmayne is astonishingly good and Jones inspires sympathy and admiration, but the script is never really convincing.

Tue 28 Apr
Thu 30 Apr
Tue 5 May
Thu 7 May

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast
  • 2014
  • US
  • 76 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Steve Loter
  • Cast: Voices of: Mae Whitman, Megan Hilty, Lucy Liu, Raven-Symoné, Anjelica Huston, Ginnifer Goodwin, Rosario Dawson, Mel B

When Tink's friend Fawn (Goodwin) befriends a mysterious creature in the woods, scout fairy Nyx (Dawson) decides to capture it before it can do any damage. The animation is agile and colourful and Goodwin delivers a likable central performance; it could have been funnier, but otherwise a charming addition to the franchise.

Sat 2 May
Sun 3 May
Mon 4 May

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.

Mon 27 Apr
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The Odeon Manchester is located in the Printworks on Withy Grove – once the largest newspaper printing house in Europe, it was derelict by the 1990s until the IRA bombing of Manchester prompted a massive redevelopment of the area and the conversion of the building into a giant entertainment venue.

Unsurprisingly, the Odeon is a biggie: 23 auditoriums, with one IMAX screen, all of them with wheelchair spaces. There's lift access to all floors, and an infrared system for the hard-of-hearing (enquire at box office). In common with other mega-Odeons there's a licensed Gallery for over 18s, and the cinema runs regular Flashback Film nights on Monday evenings, showing classic and cult films from the last few decades at bargain prices. The rest of the Printworks features popular restaurant chains, coffee shops, bars, pubs and clubs.

The NCP Printworks car park is not free, but the Odeon will validate parking, giving you a discount. Trams stop at Shudehill station opposite the Printworks. Buses from the north stop at Shudehill interchange, and from the south at Piccadilly Gardens, a seven-minute walk from the venue.

Victoria rail station is two minutes' walk away, and Piccadilly 20 minutes for national lines.

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