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The Coliseum, Cheshire Oaks Outlet Village, Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port, Merseyside, CH65 9HD

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

The three squeaky-voiced vermin hit the road on a mission to stop their owner Dave (Lee) from proposing. A passing reference to John Waters' 1972 cult classic Pink Flamingos, which features an infamous excrement-eating scene, highlights the extent to which this film serves pretty much the same substance to the viewer.

Sat 7 May
Sun 8 May
Subtitled
Sun 29 May

Bad Neighbours 2

Bad Neighbours 2
  • 2016
  • US
  • 92 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
  • Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Seth Rogen

When college student Shelby (Moretz) forms a new sorority so that she and her friends can have as much fun as the guys, it annoys their neighbours the Radners (Byrne and Rogen). A fun, feminist sequel with manic energy, an empowering message and a cast gifted with spot-on timing; Moretz especially is having a great time.

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Bastille Day

Bastille Day
  • 2016
  • Directed by: James Watkins
  • Written by: Andrew Baldwin
  • Cast: Idris Elba, Richard Madden, Kelly Reilly

Sean Briar (Elba) is a tough CIA agent who uncovers a bomb plot in Paris. Frenetic thriller which comes across like Elba's audition for 007; the France terror attacks of November 2015 make it seem ill-timed but it's fast, furious and (sometimes unintentionally) funny.

Fri 6 May
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • 2016
  • US
  • 151 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Zack Snyder
  • Cast: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg

Superman (Cavill) faces off against Batman (Affleck) in the aftermath of the near-destruction of Metropolis at the end of Man of Steel. Despite a pretty strong screenplay, the two leads are no more than functional and Wonder Woman (Gadot) is a damp squib. But if the film lacks Marvel's sense of fun, in its fidgety and fearful way it feels entirely relevant.

Fri 6 May
Sat 7 May
Sun 8 May

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War
  • 2016
  • US
  • 147 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
  • Written by: Christopher Markus , Stephen McFeely, Mark Millar (comic book)
  • Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Frank Grillo, Daniel Brühl, William Hurt

When world leaders demand that the Avengers operate under UN supervision, the team splits. If you haven't seen previous instalments it will make no sense, but if you have, all the plot points bear bittersweet fruit, in a brilliant combination of hectic action and one liners with intimate, heartbreaking moments.

Fri 6 May
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Criminal

Criminal
  • 2016
  • US
  • 113 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ariel Vromen
  • Cast: Gary Oldman, Kevin Costner, Eric Bana, Tommy Lee Jones

CIA agent Bill Pope (Reynolds) is killed and his memories are transplanted into psycho criminal Jericho Stewart (Costner). Moronic and unpleasant, with appalling dialogue and one-dimensional characters; Gadot gives it her best shot but is overshadowed by Costner's monumental badness. An unmitigated disaster.

Fri 6 May
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Mon 9 May

Demolition

Demolition
  • 2015
  • US
  • Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée
  • Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Heather Lind

New York investment banker Davis (Gyllenhaal) starts behaving erratically after the death of his wife in a car crash, but then he becomes friends with customer service operator Karen (Watts). Earnest but trite look at bereavement with a clichéd script and uniformly overwrought performances.

Fri 6 May
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Thu 12 May

Eddie the Eagle

Eddie the Eagle
  • 2016
  • UK/US/Germany
  • 106 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Dexter Fletcher
  • Cast: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken

Eddie Edwards (Egerton) is determined to be a ski jumper, but his only hope lies through boozy, washed-up former star Bronson (Jackman). Feelgood dramedy more 'inspired by' than 'based on' the real-life story of a plucky loser, with Egerton delightfully innocent as the hapless Eddie, and some thrilling ski jumping scenes.

Fri 6 May
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Thu 12 May

Eye in the Sky

Eye in the Sky
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 102 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Gavin Hood
  • Written by: Guy Hibbert
  • Cast: Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman

When a military operation to bring in a radicalised Englishwoman turns into a planned drone strike, commanding officer Katherine Powell (Mirren) and her colleagues have to juggle military necessity with saving civilian lives. Nerve-shredding and thought-provoking against-the-clock thriller which probes the moral grey areas of drone warfare.

Fri 6 May
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Mon 9 May
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Thu 12 May

Florence Foster Jenkins

Florence Foster Jenkins
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 110 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Stephen Frears
  • Cast: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg

Florence Foster Jenkins (Streep) is a wealthy, cultured New York socialite, who insists on performing as a soprano in spite of a total inability to sing. Streep throws herself endearingly into the role, Grant is wonderful as her debonair husband and Frears keeps a confident balance of uproarious laughs and genuine pathos.

Fri 6 May
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Friend Request

Friend Request
  • 2016
  • US
  • 92 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Simon Verhoeven
  • Cast: Alycia Debnam-Carey, Liesl Ahlers, William Moseley, Connor Paolo

Popular student Laura (Debnam-Carey) befriends class weirdo Marina (Ahlers) who has no Facebook friends at all. Things go downhill from there. Horribly misguided attempt at a horror flick about social media with unintentional LOLs aplenty; some creepy effects aside, it's stale and unoriginal and the character of Marina is flimsy to the point of offensive.

Fri 6 May
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Thu 12 May

Globe On Screen: Measure For Measure

  • 2016
  • Directed by: Dominic Dromgoole

Shakespeare's story of secret identities and manipulation. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole and starring Mariah Gale as Isabella, Dominic Rowan as Duke Vincentio and Kurt Egyiawan as Angelo.

Tue 10 May

Globe On Screen: The Merchant Of Venice

Shakespeare's controversial comedy is directed by Jonathan Munby and stars Jonathan Pryce as Shylock, Daniel Lapaine as Bassanio, Rachel Pickup as Portia and Dominic Mafham as Antonio.

Tue 10 May
Tue 14 Jun

The Huntsman: Winter's War

The Huntsman: Winter's War
  • 2016
  • US
  • 117 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
  • Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain

This follow-up / prequel / sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman manages to wrap another story around Snow White’s, without need for a Kristen Stewart cameo. This time, the focus is on Chris Hemsworth’s Eric, exploring how he became a Huntsman. Directed by debutant Cedric Nicolas-Troyan – the story intricately winds past and present together, but unfortunately, this franchise feels like it has run its course.

Fri 6 May
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I Saw the Light

  • 2015
  • US
  • 124 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Marc Abraham
  • Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen

Biopic of country legend Hank Williams (Hiddleston), from his hasty marriage to no-nonsense wife Audrey (Olsen) through success to acrimonious partings and alcoholism. Visually intoxicating, and Hiddleston does a fine job with the songs, but when Audrey leaves the story much of the momentum and appeal goes with her. Less than compelling.

Fri 6 May
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Thu 12 May

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.

Fri 6 May
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Thu 12 May

Kapoor and Sons

Kapoor and Sons
  • 2016
  • India
  • 132 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Shakun Batra
  • Cast: Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, Fawad Khan

Two brothers visit their parents and grandfather in Coonoor, and end up falling for the same woman.

Fri 6 May
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Thu 12 May

Kung Fu Panda 3

Kung Fu Panda 3
  • 2016
  • US/China
  • 95 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Alessandro Carloni
  • Cast: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan, David Cross, James Hong, Randall Duk Kim, Rebel Wilson, Bryan Cranston, JK Simmons

When Master Shifu (Hoffman) retires, Po (Black) is nonplussed to be promoted to teacher-trainer; then demon water buffalo Kai (Simmons) starts raising a zombie army and Po is reunited with his dad (Cranston)! Black is as lovable as ever, and with the excellent cast, frantic action, sight gags, cute baby pandas and stunning effects, it's a pity the script is a bit humdrum.

Fri 6 May
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Sun 8 May
Wed 11 May

London Has Fallen

London Has Fallen
  • 2016
  • US
  • 99 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Fredrik Bond
  • Cast: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart

When the funeral of a British Prime Minister is attacked by terrorists, Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Butler) launches himself into the line of fire and is unfortunately not killed. Butler does the action-man/asshole schtick in London this time, with the filmmakers dolloping on extra xenophobia, racial stereotypes and right-wing tub-thumping.

Fri 6 May
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Thu 12 May

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
  • 2016
  • 94 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Kirk Jones
  • Written by: Nia Vardalos
  • Cast: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine

Fourteen years on, Toula (Vardalos) is back, still married to husband Ian (Corbett) and with a sulky daughter (Kampouris) in addition to her ever-present family. Lurchingly formulaic and stuffed with more story than it can handle, it has its moments but it can hardly hope to meet the success of the original film.

 

Sat 7 May

National Theatre Live: A View from the Bridge

National Theatre Live: A View From The Bridge
  • 2015
  • Directed by: Ivo van Hove

Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark tale set in Brooklyn. Directed by Ivo van Hove and performed at The Young Vic in London's West End.

Thu 12 May
Mon 23 May

Ratchet & Clank

Ratchet & Clank
  • 2016
  • US
  • 94 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Jericca Cleland, Kevin Munroe
  • Cast: James Arnold Taylor (voice), David Kaye (voice), Jim Ward (voice)

Crafty mechanic and aspiring superhero Ratchet teams up with robot Clank to join the Galactic Rangers in their struggle against devious planet-zapping types. PlayStation favourites transfer to the big screen with plenty of energy, if not much in the way of emotional engagement or originality.

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Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe
  • 2016
  • 90 min
  • Directed by: Vincent Kesteloot/Ben Stassen
  • Cast: Ron Allen, George Babbit, Laila Berzins

In this forgettable animation, Robinson Crusoe (Lowenthal) lives on a desert island where his enemies are…two evil cats. A lacklustre script and dull storytelling make this one not worth taking the family to.

Fri 6 May
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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.

Mon 9 May

Zootropolis

Zootropolis
  • 2016
  • US
  • 108 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Byron Howard/Rich Moore/Jared Bush
  • Written by: Jared Bush, Phil Johnston
  • Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba

Trailblazing rabbit Judy (Goodwin) goes to the city to join the police, and teams up with con artist fox Nick (Bateman) on the trail of a missing otter. Cheerfully feminist but never preachy, with gorgeous animation and a classy cast, it's a model piece of family entertainment.

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