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Anthropoid

Anthropoid
  • 2016
  • Czech Republic / UK / France
  • 120 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Sean Ellis
  • Cast: Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Charlotte Le Bon

In WWII Czechoslovakia, two Czech soldiers (Dornan and Murphy) plot the assassination of high-ranking SS officer Reinhard Heydrich. With compelling performances and solid filmmaking, it's a powerful and poignant homage to the bravery and determination of the Czech resistance.

Mon 26 Sep
Tue 27 Sep
Wed 28 Sep
Thu 29 Sep

Bad Moms

Bad Moms
  • 2016
  • US
  • 2016-08-19
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
  • Cast: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Annie Mumolo, Jada Pinkett Smith, Christina Applegate

Soccer mom Amy (Kunis), thwarted by the controlling PTA, befriends repressed Kiki (Bell) and outrageous Carla (Hahn). Rude, crude and raucous but nevertheless rather pleasing feelgood froth, championing bad behaviour as a solution to social repression.

Mon 26 Sep
Tue 27 Sep
Wed 28 Sep
Thu 29 Sep

Ben-Hur

Ben-Hur
  • 2016
  • US
  • 123 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov
  • Cast: Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, Toby Kebbell, Nazanin Boniadi

Judah Ben-Hur (Huston) is a wronged nobleman who does a lot of stuff but chiefly races in a chariot against adopted brother Messala (Kebbell). Forgettable and largely pointless remake of the 1959 classic, heavy on the action but light on plot, characterisation or entertainment.

Mon 26 Sep
Tue 27 Sep
Wed 28 Sep
Thu 29 Sep

Blair Witch

Blair Witch
  • 2016
  • USA
  • 89 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Adam Wingard
  • Written by: Simon Barrett
  • Cast: James Allen McCune, Corbin Reid, Wes Robinson

James and a group of his friends head in to the forest to search for his long lost sister after discovering a video of her in the woods of the Blair Witch.

Mon 26 Sep
Tue 27 Sep
Wed 28 Sep
Thu 29 Sep

Jason Bourne

Jason Bourne
  • 2016
  • US
  • 123 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Paul Greengrass
  • Cast: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles

Jason Bourne (Damon) is back with a vengeance, literally this time, as information about the death of his father leads him to go up against CIA Director Dewey (Jones) and new nemesis Heather Lee (Vikander). Stonking action, high stakes, amazing chases, Damon is sensational: the perfect 'soft reboot'.

Mon 26 Sep
Tue 27 Sep
Wed 28 Sep
Thu 29 Sep

Bridget Jones's Baby

Bridget Jones's Baby
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 123 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Sharon Maguire
  • Cast: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey

Bridget (Zellweger) is back, and pregnant, either by handsome American Jack (Dempsey) or Mark (Firth), the ex she never got over. Cue babymaking shenanigans. Bridget's fretting about being a 'spinster' comes across as self-hatred, and the men don't deserve the poor treatment she gives them. Not cute, not charming; just awful.

Mon 26 Sep
Tue 27 Sep
Wed 28 Sep
Thu 29 Sep

Brotherhood

Brotherhood
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 104 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Noel Clarke
  • Written by: Noel Clarke
  • Cast: Noel Clarke, Ashley Thomas, Olivia Chenery

Sam (Clarke) is settled with a wife and baby, and is working two jobs to pay the bills, when his violent past comes back to, yes, haunt him. The final part of Clarke's trilogy has gripping momentum, some astute casting and a more mature attitude towards women, despite a silly honey trap narrative.

Mon 26 Sep
Tue 27 Sep
Wed 28 Sep
Thu 29 Sep

Dare to Be Wild

Dare to Be Wild
  • 2015
  • 100 min
  • Directed by: Vivienne De Courcy
  • Written by: Vivienne De Courcy
  • Cast: Emma Greenwell, Tom Hughes, Alex Macqueen

The story of Irish woman Mary Reynold's quest to win a gold medal at Chelsea Flower Show.

Mon 26 Sep
Tue 27 Sep
Wed 28 Sep
Thu 29 Sep

David Brent: Life on the Road

Life on the Road
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 96 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ricky Gervais
  • Written by: Ricky Gervais
  • Cast: Ricky Gervais, Doc Brown, Andy Burrows, Rebecca Gethings

David Brent (Gervais) takes unpaid leave to pursue rock stardom with his band Foregone Conclusion. The skin-crawling songs are worth the price of admission, although the comedy feels crueller than before, and after a brilliant start and amusing middle, the film dissolves into cheap sentiment.

Mon 26 Sep

Deepwater Horizon

Deepwater Horizon
  • 2016
  • US
  • 108 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Peter Berg
  • Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriguez, John Malkovich

The real-life tale of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, in which an oil rig explosion killed eleven men and caused the largest oil spill in American history. Berg touches on issues of corporate negligence and recklessness, but the real focus is on the courage of individuals such as Wahlberg's blue collar engineer. A solid nailbiter.

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Thu 29 Sep
Fri 30 Sep
Sat 1 Oct
Sun 2 Oct
Mon 3 Oct
Tue 4 Oct
Wed 5 Oct
Thu 6 Oct

Don't Breathe

Don't Breathe
  • 2016
  • US
  • 88 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Fede Alvarez
  • Cast: Jane Levy, Daniel Zovatto, Dylan Minnette, Stephen Lang

Rocky (Levy), Money (Zovatto) and Alex (Minnette) rob rich people's houses, but when they break into the house of a blind Iraq War veteran (Lang) they get more than they bargained for. Nerve-shredding home invasion thriller with great control of suspense, surprise and pace.

Mon 26 Sep
Tue 27 Sep
Subtitled
Wed 28 Sep
Thu 29 Sep

Finding Dory

Finding Dory
  • 2016
  • US
  • 103 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Andrew Stanton
  • Written by: Victoria Strouse
  • Cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Ty Burrell, Willem Dafoe

In the sequel to the much-loved Finding Nemo, annoyingly forgetful Dory goes on an adventure to find her family, crossing three oceans to get to them with Marlon and Nemo just a swish behind her.

Mon 26 Sep
Tue 27 Sep
Wed 28 Sep
Thu 29 Sep

Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters
  • 2016
  • US
  • 116 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Paul Feig
  • Cast: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon

Physicist Erin (Wiig) finds herself teaming up with estranged high school pal Abby (McCarthy) and her eccentric engineer Jillian (McKinnon) in search of ghosts. Marred only by excessive reverence for the original, it's a spirited, funny and touching reboot which sticks two fingers up at sexist trolls.

Mon 26 Sep

The Girl with All the Gifts

The Girl with All the Gifts
  • 2016
  • UK/US
  • 111 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Colm McCarthy
  • Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sennia Nanua, Glenn Close, Paddy Considine

A scientist and a teacher living in a dystopian future embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie. Moving, visceral and surprising sci-fi horror, asking questions about what it means to be human.

Mon 26 Sep
Tue 27 Sep
Wed 28 Sep
Thu 29 Sep

Hell or High Water

Hell or High Water
  • 2016
  • US
  • 102 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David Mackenzie
  • Cast: Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster, Chris Pine, Gil Birmingham

Career criminal Tanner (Foster) and his taciturn brother Toby (Pine) rob banks across Texas, pursued by gruff Texas Ranger Marcus (Bridges) and his partner Alberto (Birmingham). A winning combination of Heat-style action, social commentary and character comedy, with a sensational cast and an aching heart.

Mon 26 Sep
Tue 27 Sep
Wed 28 Sep
Thu 29 Sep

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.

Sat 1 Oct
Sun 2 Oct
Sun 30 Oct

The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven
  • 2016
  • US
  • 132 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
  • Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lee Byung-hun, Manuel Garcia Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Peter Sarsgaard, Haley Bennett

Sam Chisolm (Washington) is a bounty hunter tasked with ridding Rosewater Creek of evil prospector Bogue (Sarsgaard) and his goons, so he recruits the titular seven-minus-one. Unsubtle remake of the 1960 original; the stunt work may have improved but it's all a bit empty

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Mon 26 Sep
Tue 27 Sep
Wed 28 Sep
Thu 29 Sep

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  • 2016
  • US
  • Directed by: Tim Burton
  • Written by: Jane Goldman (screenplay), Ransom Riggs (novel)
  • Cast: Asa Butterfield, Eva Green, Ella Purnell, Chris O'Dowd, Allison Janney, Terence Stamp, Kim Dickens, Rupert Everett, Judi Dench, Samuel L. Jackson

Jacob stumbles across a strange island after following a trail of clues. He finds Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children and discovers that the former inhabitants have remarkable powers. And they could well still be alive.

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Thu 29 Sep
3D
Fri 30 Sep
Sat 1 Oct
Sun 2 Oct

National Theatre Live: The Deep Blue Sea

National Theatre Live: The Deep Blue Sea
  • 180 min
  • 12A

Set in London in 1952, The Deep BlueSea is the story of Hester Collyer who attempts suicide following an affair with a former RAF pilot. Cracknell’s critically acclaimed new production stars Helen McCroy and Tom Burke.

Tue 27 Sep

The Purge: Election Year

The Purge: Election Year
  • 2016
  • US
  • 109 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: James DeMonaco
  • Cast: Elizabeth Mitchell, Frank Grillo, Mykelti Williamson

In 2040, the sole survivor of a Purge killing is now a US senator (Mitchell) running for President, and she and her head of security find themselves out in the streets on Purge night. Exciting, brutal and dumb in equal measures, although it runs out of steam in its final act.

Tue 27 Sep

Royal Opera House: Norma

Royal Opera House: Norma
  • 2016

Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts a striking new production, which opens the 2016/17 season.

Mon 26 Sep
Sun 2 Oct

Royal Shakespeare Company: Cymbeline

  • 2016
  • 12A

Melly Still directs Shakespeare’s rarely performed romance.

Wed 28 Sep

Sausage Party

Sausage Party
  • 2015
  • US
  • 89 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon
  • Written by: Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, Seth Rogen, Ariel Shaffir
  • Cast: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, James Franco

Frank (Rogen), a sausage, lives in a grocery store where he and his fellow foods excitedly look forward to life after being bought; but then he and hot-dog bun girlfriend Brenda (Wiig) learn the horrible truth. Rude, funny and unexpectedly profound, the best slice of adult animation since South Park.

Mon 26 Sep
Tue 27 Sep
Wed 28 Sep
Thu 29 Sep

The Secret Life of Pets

The Secret Life of Pets
  • 2016
  • US
  • 91 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney
  • Written by: Ken Daurio, Brian Lynch
  • Cast: Louis CK, Eric Stonestreet, Ellie Kemper, Jenny Slate

Little Max (Louis CK) is a small dog who gets very lonely when his beloved human Katie (Kemper) leaves each day. But then she brings home a huge, shaggy rescue mutt (Stonestreet) and hijinks ensue. Undeniably derivative but cute and energetic comedy sustained by its fine voice cast.

Tue 27 Sep

Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad
  • 2016
  • US
  • 123 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David Ayer
  • Cast: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne

A group of incarcerated supervillains is recruited to undertake dangerous missions. The result is so conventional, it's twee: Deadshot (Smith) just wants to be a good dad, Diablo (Hernandez) spends the whole film moping and Harley Quinn (Robbie)'s idea of bad behaviour is breaking a window. With unconvincing effects and cliché-ridden dialogue, it's plain awful.

Mon 26 Sep
Tue 27 Sep
Wed 28 Sep
Thu 29 Sep

Supersonic

Supersonic
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 122 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Mat Whitecross
  • Cast: Noel Gallagher, Liam Gallagher

A documentary about the band Oasis.

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Sun 2 Oct

Swallows and Amazons

Swallows and Amazons
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 97 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Philippa Lowthorpe
  • Cast: Rafe Spall, Andrew Scott, Kelly Macdonald, Jessica Hynes, Harry Enfield

Lake District, 1930: the plucky Walker siblings go up against fierce local gels Nancy and Peggy for possession of an island, while reclusive uncle Jim (Spall) is stalked by a sinister foreigner (Scott). Charmingly nostalgic kids' adventure, subtly modernised, with well-cast kids and Macdonald a pleasure as always. Sweetly satisfying as a cream tea.

Mon 26 Sep
Tue 27 Sep
Thu 29 Sep

War Dogs

War Dogs
  • 2016
  • US
  • 114 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Todd Phillips
  • Cast: Miles Teller, Jonah Hill, Ana de Armas, Bradley Cooper

Miami massage therapist David (Teller) hooks up with old schoolfriend Efraim (Hill), and the pair go into arms trading. Frenetic, foul-mouthed and frequently hilarious, and loosely based on a true story; Hill and Teller are utterly watchable, even if it's clear that the filmmakers are a little too in love with them.

Mon 26 Sep
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Thu 29 Sep

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