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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.

Tue 21 Feb
Thu 23 Feb
Sun 12 Mar
Subtitled
Sun 26 Mar

Balu Mahi

Balu Mahi
  • 2017
  • Pakistan
  • 150 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Haissam Hussain
  • Written by: Saad Azhar
  • Cast: Osman Khalid Butt, Ainy Jaffri, Sadaf Kanwal

Pakistani romantic comedy.

  • IMDb
Sun 19 Feb
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Thu 23 Feb

Dangal

Dangal
  • 2016
  • India
  • 161 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Nitesh Tiwari
  • Cast: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh

Former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his two wrestler daughters' struggle towards glory at the Commonwealth Games.

Sun 19 Feb
Mon 20 Feb
Wed 22 Feb
Thu 23 Feb

Disney's Newsies: The Broadway Musical

Disney's Newsies: The Broadway Musical
  • Directed by: 2017
  • Cast: Jeremy Jordan, Kara Lindsay, Ben Fankhauser

The Tony Award-winning musical filmed live on stage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.

Sun 19 Feb

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
  • 2016
  • UK/US
  • 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.

Sun 19 Feb
Mon 20 Feb
Wed 22 Feb

Fences

Fences
  • 2016
  • US
  • 139 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Denzel Washington
  • Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson

Troy ( Washington) is a proud, tight-fisted, ageing working stiff in 50s Pittsburgh, full of bitterness that God, poverty and segregation ruined his youthful dreams of sporting success. Beautifully shot family drama, superbly acted (especially by Washington and Davis), but it suffers a bit from heavy self-importance and a long running time.

Sun 19 Feb
Mon 20 Feb
Tue 21 Feb
Wed 22 Feb
Thu 23 Feb

Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades Darker
  • 2017
  • US
  • 18
  • Directed by: Sam Taylor-Johnson
  • Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan

No surprises here: Anastasia (Johnson) gets sweet-talked back into the red room by Christian (Dornan). Foley seems to be under orders to skip the actual sex, as the real money shots are of Christian’s wardrobe. Johnson manages to be likeable and human, but otherwise it’s high on production values and short on story.

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Sun 19 Feb
Premium screening
Mon 20 Feb
Tue 21 Feb
Wed 22 Feb
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Fri 24 Feb
Sat 25 Feb
Premium screening
Sun 26 Feb
Premium screening
Mon 27 Feb
Premium screening
Tue 28 Feb
Premium screening

The Great Wall

The Great Wall
  • 2017
  • China / US
  • 103 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Zhang Yimou
  • Cast: Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe

Two tough, rascally fighting men (Damon and Pascal, who was Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones) travel to China, get captured, are beguiled by a warrior princess (Jing) and besieged by beasties. Director Zhang is going for full-on blockbuster: plot and character are less important than spectacular action, Damon is likeable, and it's all spiffing hooey.

Sun 19 Feb
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Wed 22 Feb
Thu 23 Feb
Fri 24 Feb

Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge
  • 2016
  • US
  • 139 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Mel Gibson
  • Cast: Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Vince Vaughn

Desmond Doss (Garfield) is a Seventh Day Adventist who enrols in the US Army in WWII and then refuses even to pick up a rifle, let alone shoot one. Doss’s real-life bravery and Garfield’s awkward-everyman persona make this rise above Gibson’s rather clichéd reverence, and the battle sequences are superbly realised.

Sun 19 Feb
Subtitled
Mon 20 Feb
Tue 21 Feb
Wed 22 Feb
Thu 23 Feb

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 the program's first successful space missions, despite institutionalised segregation in the workplace. The leads are wonderful and it’s an inspiring story about collective triumph.

Sun 19 Feb
Mon 20 Feb
Tue 21 Feb
Wed 22 Feb
Thu 23 Feb

Ice Age: Collision Course

Ice Age: Collision Course
  • 2016
  • 100 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Mike Thurmeier/Galen T. Chu
  • Cast: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Simon Pegg, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah

Same story as always: global catastrophe threatens Sid, Manny and Diego and they have to get to safety. It manages to be relatively fresh, thanks to the increased amount of time given to accident-prone Scrat and his Tex Avery-ish antics in defence of his giant acorn; surely the lovable rodent has earned his own franchise.

Sun 19 Feb
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Tue 21 Feb
Wed 22 Feb
Thu 23 Feb

John Wick: Chapter 2

John Wick 2
  • 2017
  • US
  • 122 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Chad Stahelski
  • Cast: Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose

John Wick (Reeves) is back, dealing with the global assassins’ network and handing out ass-kickings to all that stand in his way. The original was lean and focused but this stretches over two hours, and the guy was tired of this life prior to part one; maybe it’s time to give him a break.

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Sun 19 Feb
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Fri 24 Feb
Premium screening
Sat 25 Feb
Premium screening
Sun 26 Feb
Premium screening
Mon 27 Feb
Premium screening
Tue 28 Feb
Premium screening

Jolly LLB 2

Jolly LLB 2
  • 2017
  • India
  • 137 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Subhash Kapoor
  • Written by: Subhash Kapoor
  • Cast: Akshay Kumar, Huma Qureshi, Sayani Gupta

Clumsy lawyer Jolly is faced with his most critical court case to date.

  • IMDb
Sun 19 Feb
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Thu 23 Feb

Kaabil

Kaabil
  • 2017
  • India
  • 140 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Sanjay Gupta
  • Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam, Ronit Roy

A blind dubbing artist sets out to revenge the death of his wife.

  • IMDb
Sun 19 Feb
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Wed 22 Feb
Thu 23 Feb

La La Land

La La Land
  • 2016
  • US
  • 126 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Damien Chazelle
  • Cast: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, J.K. Simmons

In Los Angeles, aspiring actress Mia (Stone) falls for jazz musician Sebastian (Gosling). Audaciously inventive homage to classic movie musicals, technically wonderful and joyously emotional, with Gosling as a goofy idealistic charmer and Stone showing the versatility, vulnerability and talent of a young Shirley MacLaine. Irresistible.

Sun 19 Feb
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Wed 22 Feb
Thu 23 Feb

The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Batman Movie
  • 2017
  • US
  • 90 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Chris McKay
  • Cast: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes

Batman (Arnett) is such a self-absorbed loner that even the Joker (Galifianakis) is peeved that Bats won’t recognise him as his greatest enemy, so the villain constructs a dastardly plot that incorporates every villain he can find, including the Daleks. Packed with gags and inventiveness, it’s tremendous fun.

  • IMDb
Sun 19 Feb
3D
Mon 20 Feb
Tue 21 Feb
Wed 22 Feb
Thu 23 Feb

Lion

Lion
  • 2015
  • Australia/UK/US
  • PG
  • Directed by: Garth Davis
  • Written by: Saroo Brierley, Luke Davies
  • Cast: Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman

The true story of Saroo Brierley, who aged five is separated from his mother and family in India, declared lost and adopted by an Australian couple, only to track his family down years later using Google Earth. Hugely emotional, remarkably assured debut from Davis, with fine performances.

Sun 19 Feb
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Tue 21 Feb
Wed 22 Feb
Thu 23 Feb

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 19 Feb
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Wed 22 Feb
Fri 24 Feb
Sat 25 Feb
Sun 26 Feb
Sat 4 Mar
Sun 5 Mar

Moonlight

Moonlight
  • 2016
  • US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Barry Jenkins
  • Cast: Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monáe, Naomie Harris

The story of a young black man growing up, struggling with his sexuality and neglected by his drug-addicted mother. Astutely judged and beautifully humane sophomore feature from Jenkins, with sublime work from the three actors playing the main character (Hibbert, Sanders, Rhodes) and fine support from Ali, Harris and Monáe. Terrific.

Sun 19 Feb
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Thu 23 Feb

Passengers

Passengers
  • 2016
  • US
  • 116 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Morten Tyldum
  • Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt

During a 120-year space journey to a new planet, Jim (Pratt) wakes up early from hibernation, and faced with the prospect of living entirely alone, he wakes up Aurora (Lawrence). Despite sleek and inventive visuals, it's a predictable love story that turns out to be an empty vessel.

Mon 20 Feb

Patriots Day

Patriots Day
  • 2016
  • US
  • 133 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Peter Berg
  • Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, JK Simmons

The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible.

Thu 23 Feb
Fri 24 Feb
Premium screening
Sat 25 Feb
Premium screening
Sun 26 Feb
Premium screening
Mon 27 Feb
Premium screening
Tue 28 Feb
Premium screening

Raees

Raees
  • 2017
  • 155 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Rahul Dholakia
  • Cast: Sunny Leone, Shah Rukh Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Set in prohibition Gujarat, a tough cop attempts to topple a cruel bootlegger.

  • IMDb
Sun 19 Feb
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Thu 23 Feb

Rings

Rings
  • 2017
  • 102 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: F. Javier Gutiérrez
  • Cast: Johnny Galecki, Vincent D'Onofrio, Laura Wiggins, Aimee Teegarden

Gabriel (Galecki) buys an old VCR at a flea market and discovers the cursed VHS tape (aww) which if you watch it brings grainy hallucinations and death. This threequel arrives late to the Ring party, and apart from Galecki’s intense performance, it’s come empty-handed. Time to let poor old Samara rest in peace.

  • IMDb
Sun 19 Feb
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Running Shaadi

  • 2017
  • India
  • 114 min
  • Directed by: Amit Roy
  • Written by: Navjot Gulati
  • Cast: Arsh Bajwa, Brijendra Kala, Tapsee Pannu

Indian romantic comedy that follows 23-year-old Ram Bharose and his whiz kid friend Cyberjeet, who together create a website to help young couples in Amritsar elope. As the website's popularity grows, an unexpected twist occurs.

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Sun 19 Feb
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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 19 Feb
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Thu 23 Feb

The Space Between Us

The Space Between Us
  • 2017
  • US
  • 121 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Peter Chelsom
  • Cast: Britt Robertson, Asa Butterfield, Gary Oldman, Janet Montgomery

Gardner (Butterfield) has lived his life on Mars, but aged 16 he visits Earth and does a runner with tearaway teen Tulsa (Robertson), pursued by the retired head of the Mars colony (Oldman). Only hormonally unbalanced teens could find anything to love in this lazy teen romance; Oldman needs to have a serious chat with his agent.

  • IMDb
Mon 20 Feb
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Thu 23 Feb

Split

Split
  • 2016
  • US
  • 117 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Cast: James McAvoy, Jessica Sula, Haley Lu Richardson, Anya Taylor-Joy

Kevin (McAvoy) suffers from dissociative identity disorder; when he kidnaps three teenage girls, best pals Marcia (Sula) and Claire (Richardson) and troubled loner Casey (Taylor-Joy), multi-personality strangeness ensues. With superb work from McAvoy and Taylor-Joy, this is easily Shyamalan's most compelling and intelligent movie in years.

Sun 19 Feb
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Wed 22 Feb
Thu 23 Feb

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • 2016
  • US
  • 133 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Gareth Edwards
  • Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jonathan Aris

Troublemaker Jyn Erso (Jones) and Rebel intelligence officer Cassian Andor (Luna) lead a rag crew across the galaxy to make contact with Death Star chief engineer Galen (Mikkelsen), Jyn's dad. This is Star Wars from the trenches, with sensational battle scenes and great performances from Jones and Luna.

Sun 19 Feb
Tue 21 Feb
Wed 22 Feb

Storks

Storks
  • 2016
  • US
  • 89 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland
  • Written by: Nicholas Stoller
  • Cast: Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Danny Trejo, Stephen Kramer Glickman

Storks used to deliver babies, but now they run an Amazon-style delivery service; then ambitious stork Junior (Samberg) and colleague Tulip (Crown) have to deliver an actual baby. Colourful animation and some amusing voice work can't fix the gigantic plot holes, which will leave both parents and kids scratching their heads.

Sun 19 Feb
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Trolls

Trolls
  • 2016
  • US
  • 92 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Mike Mitchell
  • Cast: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, James Corden, Gwen Stefani

Trolls are cute creatures who love EDM and warm hugs, but they're preyed on by Bergens, toothy monsters who think eating Trolls will bring happiness. Hyperactive buddy movie with dazzling visuals and lots of ditzy fun, but not as fresh or original as some of the competition.

Sun 19 Feb
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xXx: Return of Xander Cage

xXx: Return of Xander Cage
  • 2017
  • US
  • 107 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: DJ Caruso
  • Cast: Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu, Ruby Rose, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev, Toni Collette, Samuel L. Jackson

Xander Cage (Diesel) is back, hunting a mysterious device for CIA agent Jane Marke (Collette). Business as usual: ropey opening credits, extreme action and cheesy dialogue, and while Rose is good fun as a sniper, for every capable woman there are ten scantily clad anonymous ones who for some reason want to bed Xander. Which gets tedious.

Sun 19 Feb
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A 25 screen Vue with over 5,100 seats makes it the largest cinema in Birmingham. There are three 'gold class' screens which offer leather seats and a separate bar.

There is free car park. Bus route 66 runs through Star City.

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