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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
  • 2016
  • US
  • 144 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Michael Bay
  • Cast: John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber

Dramatic retelling of the 2012 attack by Islamic militants on US diplomats in Benghazi. Good actors are wasted in this worthless extended Republican Party election broadcast, which eschews nuance, interest in non-Americans, respect for women and basic humanity in favour of shaky camerawork, jingoism, unbridled misogyny and explosions.

Sun 7 Feb
Tue 9 Feb

The 33

The 33
  • 2015
  • 127 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Patricia Riggen
  • Written by: Mikko Alanne, Craig Borten
  • Cast: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche

Based on the true story of 33 Chilean gold and copper miners who were trapped underground for an incredible 69 days, this aims more for feel-good whitewash than anything edgy or reflective, and despite efficient performances from a starry cast it plays out like a 70s disaster movie minus the narrative tension.

Sun 7 Feb
Mon 8 Feb
Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave
  • 2016
  • US
  • 112 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: J. Blakeson
  • Cast: Chloe Grace Mortez, Susannah Grant, Liev Schreiber, Maika Monroe

When aliens wipe out most of life on Earth, ordinary high school gal Cassie (Moretz) is forced to get herself a big gun and fight for her life. Serviceable YA action film based on Rick Yancey's novel, with some laughably adolescent moments; still, Moretz is as watchable as ever.

Sun 7 Feb

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
  • 2015
  • US
  • 86 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Walt Becker
  • Written by: Ross Bagdasarian, Janice Karman, Randi Mayem Singer
  • Cast: Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Bella Thorne, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Tony Hale

Alvin, Simon and Theodore panic as they think Dave is about to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami. With only three days to find him and to stop the proposal, they do everything they can to save Dave from abandoning them.

Sun 7 Feb

The Big Short

The Big Short
  • 2015
  • US
  • 22/01/2016
  • 15
  • Directed by: Adam McKay
  • Written by: Michael Lewis, Adam McKay, Charles Randolph
  • Cast: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Karen Gillan, Brad Pitt

In the middle of the biggest property boom in American history, a group of financial experts bets that it's all about to collapse. A righteous, angry call to arms dolled up with satirical absurdity, irony, montage, knowing cinematic and pop culture references, snappy dialogue and smoking hot performances from an astonishing cast.

Sun 7 Feb
Mon 8 Feb
Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies
  • 2015
  • 141 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Written by: Matt Charman/Ethan Coen
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Austin Stowell, Alan Alda

1957: when an American spy plane is shot down and its pilot imprisoned, the Americans arrest gentle Russian spy Rudolf Abel (Rylance), and bring in insurance lawyer James Donovan (Hanks) to broker a deal. Stately filmmaking full of old-fashioned craft, with a taut and engaging script; Hanks is dependable as ever but Rylance shines.

Sun 7 Feb
Mon 8 Feb
Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

Capture the Flag

Capture the Flag
  • 2015
  • Spain
  • 94 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Enrique Gato
  • Cast: Dani Rovira, Michelle Jenner, Carme Calvell

When villainous energy magnate Richard Carson questions the validity of the original moon landing, the race is on for NASA to return to the moon and stop Carson rewriting history. Despite a promising theme, this lame CG adventure is lacking in laughs, ideas or charm and just about scrapes by on good intentions.

Sun 7 Feb
Mon 8 Feb
Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

Daddy's Home

Daddy's Home
  • 2015
  • US
  • 96 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Sean Anders
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini

Brad (Ferrell) lives with new wife Sarah (Cardellini) and is bonding with her kids when her unreliable ex-husband Dusty (Wahlberg) barges into the picture, wanting her back. A good premise quickly turns crass and unfunny; Cardellini is wasted in an underwritten role and a single, lazy, sexist joke is spread over 96 forgettable minutes.

Sun 7 Feb
Mon 8 Feb
Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

Dad's Army

Dad's Army
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 60 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Oliver Parker
  • Written by: David Croft, Hamish McColl, Jimmy Perry
  • Cast: Toby Jones, Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon, Bill Paterson, Blake Harrison, Tom Courtenay, Daniel Mays, Catherine Zeta-Jones

The Home Guard of Walmington-on-Sea find a German spy in their midst – don't panic, indeed. Faithful but strangely pointless recreation of the classic sitcom, in which fine actors like Jones, Nighy, Gambon etc only succeed in being inferior imitations of the originals. Like the characters themselves, brave but ultimately foolhardy.

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The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl
  • 2016
  • US
  • 119 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Tom Hooper
  • Written by: David Ebershoff, Lucinda Coxon
  • Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Amber Heard, Alicia Vikander

Copenhagen painter Einar Wegener (Redmayne) has a loving marriage with fellow artist Gerda (Vikander), who encourages him to don women's clothes, prompting his realisation that he wants to become a woman. Touching and dignified real-life tale of 1930s transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, although at times it suffers from its own sumptuous respectability.

Sun 7 Feb
Mon 8 Feb
Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

Deadpool

Deadpool
  • 2016
  • US
  • 108 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Tim Miller
  • Written by: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
  • Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano, Ed Skrein

The former Special Forces operative Wade Wilson discovers his alter ego Deadpool, after participating in an experiment which gives him special healing powers. His new found abilities, together with his wicked sense of humour, leave him in search of the man who nearly destroyed his life.

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Wed 10 Feb
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Sun 14 Feb
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Mon 15 Feb
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Tue 16 Feb
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Wed 17 Feb
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Thu 18 Feb
IMAX

Dirty Grandpa

Dirty Grandpa
  • 2016
  • US
  • 102 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Dan Mazer
  • Written by: John Phillips
  • Cast: Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch

Recently widowed (and aptly-named) Dick (De Niro) collars his straight-arrow grandson Jason (Efron) to drive him to Florida so he can get laid. Cruel, lazily scripted and spineless effort from British director Mazer, which tries and fails to redeem its relentlessly crass gags with an unconvincing sweet-natured ending.

Sun 7 Feb
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Thu 11 Feb

The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur
  • 2015
  • US
  • 100 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Peter Sohn
  • Cast: Voices of Lucas Neff, John Lithgow, Frances McDormand, Neil Patrick Harris, Judy Greer, Bill Hader

Set in a world in which the cataclysmic asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs had actually missed Earth and let them roam in peace, it's the tale of young Arlo (Ochoa), an apatosaurus who gets separated from his family and who teams up with mutt-like human boy Spot (Bright.) Debut director Sohn doesn't quite lift it to Pixar's heights but his voice work steals the show in this likeable kids' adventure.

Sun 7 Feb
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Sun 28 Feb

Goosebumps

Goosebumps
  • 2015
  • US
  • 103 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Rob Letterman
  • Written by: Darren Lemke, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, R Stine
  • Cast: Jack Black, Amy Ryan, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush,

Teenager Zach (Minnette) develops a crush on his home-schooled neighbour Hannah (Rush), whose mysterious father (Black) keeps her locked up. This greatest-hits adaptation of RL Stine's horror stories unleashing a host of fan-favourite monsters instead of focusing on just one; it's pacey and enjoyable with Black on fine comic form, and the teen trio are likeable.

Sun 7 Feb
Mon 8 Feb
Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight
  • 2015
  • US
  • 168 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
  • Written by: Quentin Tarantino
  • Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth

Bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) is transporting vile criminal Daisy Domergue (Leigh) to be hanged, but takes shelter from a blizzard at Minnie's Haberdashery. Tarantino's eighth film recalls his first, being similarly fuelled by claustrophobia, suspicion and intrigue, but Reservoir Dogs didn't have Hateful Eight's operatic grandeur. Immense fun.

Sun 7 Feb
Mon 8 Feb
Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
  • 2015
  • US
  • 136 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Francis Lawrence
  • Written by: Peter Craig, Danny Strong
  • Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

In the final part of the saga, as the plot and pace pick up, Katniss (Lawrence) plots to kill Snow (Sutherland) and heads to the capital with a team of rebels. Bar a couple of stand-out scenes, it plods a bit and Lawrence feels like she's outgrown the role. Functional rather than fantastic.

Mon 8 Feb

In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea
  • 2015
  • US
  • 121 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ron Howard
  • Written by: Charles Leavitt, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Nathaniel Philbrick
  • Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson

Sailor Tom Nickerson (Gleeson, and in flashbacks, Holland) tells the tale of how the ship he served on was sunk by a white whale. Based on the story which inspired Melville's Moby-Dick, this well-crafted adventure is less exciting than it should be; who wants to watch an innocent whale being hunted by a bunch of soggy hipsters? Watchable but doldrum-prone.

Sun 7 Feb
Mon 8 Feb
Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

Spectre

Spectre
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 148 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Sam Mendes
  • Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista, Stephanie Sigman

James Bond (Craig) comes up against a global crime syndicate, while back at home, the 00 programme is under threat from reckless moderniser C (Scott). With its swagger, dry humour and frequent, well-executed action it's a solid crowdpleaser, but the story is predictable, the characterisation is thin and overall it lacks the emotional depth of Skyfall.

Sun 7 Feb

Kanye West: Season 3 – Waves

  • 2016
  • 90 min

The world premiere of Kanye West's WAVES album, screened live in it's entirety from Madison Square Garden.

Thu 11 Feb
Over-18s only

The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company: The Winter's Tale

The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company: The Winter's Tale
  • 2015

Shakespeare’s tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh. Judi Dench plays Paulina with Kenneth Branagh in the role of Leontes.

Tue 9 Feb

The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 104 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Nicholas Hytner
  • Written by: Alan Bennett
  • Cast: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Dominic Cooper, James Corden

Writer Alan Bennett (Jennings, uncanny) allows cantankerous drifter Miss Shepherd (Smith) to make his Camden Town driveway her home for 15 years. Bennett's screenplay of this 'autobiopic' is a delight, showing how human kindness can be hilariously begrudging, but some of its conceits can be distracting.

Sun 7 Feb
Mon 8 Feb
Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

Point Break

Point Break
  • 2015
  • US
  • 114 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ericson Core
  • Cast: Luke Bracey, Ray Winstone, Edgar Ramirez

Adrenaline junkie Johnny (Bracey) joins the FBI and is put on the trail of the Robin Hood-ish Bodhi (Ramirez) and his gang of stunt-performing merry men. Pointless remake of Bigelow's fondly-remembered 1991 original, with neither subtext nor characterisation, and stunts that resemble adverts for energy drinks.

Sun 7 Feb
Mon 8 Feb
Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  • 2016
  • US
  • 108 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Burr Steers
  • Cast: Matt Smith, Douglas Booth, Lily James, Jack Huston, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Emma Greenwell

Jane Austen's classic tale, with zombies

Thu 11 Feb

The Revenant

The Revenant
  • 2016
  • US
  • 156 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • Cast: Tom Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Poulter

Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) is a fur trapper and frontiersman who, after being attacked by a bear, is left for dead by colleage John Fitzgerald (Hardy). An audacious, immersive and highly accomplished tale of how true grit can overcome pure hell, with excellent performances, especially from DiCaprio.

Sun 7 Feb
Mon 8 Feb
Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

Ride Along 2

Ride Along 2
  • 2016
  • US
  • 102 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Tim Story
  • Written by: Greg Coolidge, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
  • Cast: Olivia Munn, Kevin Hart, Ice Cube

Surly Atlanta cop James (Cube) takes his bumbling soon-to-be brother-in-law Ben to Miami on the trail of drug dealers. Munn is appealing as a no-nonsense cop but it's all painfully lazy and complacent, and not nearly as funny as it thinks it is.

Sun 7 Feb
Mon 8 Feb
Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

Creed

Creed
  • 2015
  • US
  • 133 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ryan Coogler
  • Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson

Adonis (Jordan) is the illegitimate son of deceased boxing legend Apollo Creed, who acquires a coach and father figure in the shape of Rocky Balboa (oh come on, you know who). Coogler injects heart, wit and personality into a stirring revival, with beautifully choreographed fights and real poignancy.

Sun 7 Feb
Mon 8 Feb
Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

Room

Room
  • 2015
  • Ireland/Canada
  • 118 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson
  • Written by: Emma Donoghue
  • Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers

Joy, known as Ma (Larson), has been held captive in a shed for seven years by a man referred to as Old Nick (Bridgers). Her five year old son Jack (Tremblay) has never known anywhere else. Their journey to freedom is gripping and emotionally fraught, and Tremblay and Larson are excellent.

Sun 7 Feb
Mon 8 Feb
Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

Royal Opera House: La Traviata

Royal Opera House: La Traviata
  • Directed by: Yves Abel (cond)
  • Written by: Verdi

Verdi's dramatic Parisian opera presented by Richard Eyre.

Sun 7 Feb

Snoopy & Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie

The Peanuts Movie
  • 2015
  • US
  • 93 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Steve Martino
  • Written by: Bryan Schulz, Charles M. Schulz
  • Cast: Francesca Capaldi, Madisyn Shipman, Noah Schnapp

Charlie Brown (Schnapp) is an anxious schoolboy who wants to impress a cute red-haired girl, but only his inspirational dog Snoopy can show him the way. Reverential, crowd-pleasing animation which scores by keeping the stakes small and the scale personal, with some exhilarating set-pieces as Snoopy pursues his Red Baron nemesis.

Sun 7 Feb
Mon 8 Feb
Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

Spotlight

Spotlight
  • 2015
  • US
  • 128 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Tom McCarthy
  • Cast: Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton

McCarthy's tale of how the Boston Globe's investigation team unearthed cases of sexual abuse and cover-ups within the Catholic church is up there with All the President's Men, with a fine cast (Keaton, McAdams, Ruffalo, Tucci) serving a nuanced, complex script: no one, except the victims, is entirely blameless. Remarkable.

Sun 7 Feb
Subtitled
Mon 8 Feb
Tue 9 Feb
Wed 10 Feb
Thu 11 Feb

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • 2015
  • US
  • 136 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.

Sun 7 Feb
3D
IMAX / 3D
Mon 8 Feb
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Thu 11 Feb

Trumbo

Trumbo
  • 2015
  • US
  • 124 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jay Roach
  • Written by: John McNamara, Bruce Cook
  • Cast: Elle Fanning, Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane

Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Cranston) finds his career coming to a sudden end when he is blacklisted and accused of being a communist. McNamara’s breezy screenplay condenses complex events and an eventful life into a trim, accessible feature, and Cranston is compelling. Informative and entertaining.

Sun 7 Feb
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Thu 11 Feb

Youth

Youth
  • 2015
  • Italy/France/Switzerland/UK
  • 118 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Paolo Sorrentino
  • Cast: Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda

Retired composer and conductor Fred (Caine) is on holiday in a luxury Alpine hotel, where he's joined by lifelong friend, film director Mick (Keitel). Flamboyant and hugely eccentric reflection on the regrets and indignities of old age, with wondrous visuals and strong performances.

Sun 7 Feb
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Zoolander 2

Zoolander 2
  • 2016
  • US
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Justin Theroux
  • Written by: Justin Theroux
  • Cast: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Penélope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen

Derek Zoolander (Stiller) and Hansel (Wilson) return to the catwalk.

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