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Alice Through the Looking Glass

Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • 2016
  • US
  • PG
  • Directed by: James Bobin
  • Cast: Mia Wasikowsksa, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen

Alice (Wasikowska) has to travel back in time to help the Mad Hatter (Depp), to the annoyance of Time (Baron Cohen). Nimble blockbuster with a good blend of mirth and melancholy, and director Bobin never lets the CGI swamp the story in the way Burton did in the first film.

Fri 27 May
3D
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Wed 1 Jun
Thu 2 Jun

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.

Sun 29 May

The Angry Birds Movie

The Angry Birds Movie
  • 2016
  • 97 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Clay Kaytis/Fergal Reilly
  • Written by: Jon Vitti
  • Cast: Peter Dinklage, Kate McKinnon, Jason Sudeikis

Red (Sudeikis), a notably angry bird, joins an anger management class and makes some friends, but then green pigs arrive in the neighbourhood. Amusing if delayed adaptation of the smartphone game, with plenty of gags and puns for accompanying adults.

Fri 27 May
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Sun 29 May
Subtitled
Mon 30 May
Tue 31 May
Wed 1 Jun
Thu 2 Jun

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.

Fri 27 May
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Tue 31 May
Wed 1 Jun
Thu 2 Jun

Bastille Day

Bastille Day
  • 2016
  • 92 min
  • 15
  • 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.

Sat 28 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 27 May
Sat 28 May
Sun 29 May
Tue 31 May
Wed 1 Jun
Thu 2 Jun

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

Cynical crook Wade Wilson (Reynolds) undergoes an experimental procedure to transform him into a superhero, but emerges as the scarred and revenge-bent Deadpool. The emphasis on knowing humour is a bit obnoxious but it's a lot of fun, and Reynolds, with his likeability and swagger, was born to play the title role.

Mon 30 May

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.

Sat 28 May
Sun 29 May

Henry V

Henry V
  • 1989
  • UK
  • 137 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Written by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Paul Scofield, Ian Holm, Emma Thompson, Alec McCowen, Judi Dench, Christian Bale

There are inevitable associations with Olivier in Branagh's choice of first feature, but he emerges with some credit as both director and performer. This is a much muddier version than its predecessor, both in the scrappy turmoil of the battle scenes and in the tempering of zesty jingoism with an appreciation of the human cost of conflict. Portraying the young king as a careworn, rather sullen warrior, the film seems to offer a more complex reading of the text.

Fri 27 May

A Hologram for the King

A Hologram for the King
  • 2016
  • UK/France/German/US
  • 98 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Tom Tykwer
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Side Babette Knudsen, Ben Whishaw, Sarita Choudhury

Alan Clay (Hanks) is a washed-up American businessman trying to set up an IT deal with the Saudi King. Based on Dave Eggers's 2012 novel; although the female roles are underwritten, Hanks is on song as the central character in a quirky adult maturation story told with real panache and atmosphere.

Sun 29 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 27 May
Sat 28 May
Sun 29 May
Mon 30 May
Tue 31 May
Subtitled
Wed 1 Jun
Thu 2 Jun
Mon 27 Jun

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 27 May
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Sun 12 Jun
Subtitled

Money Monster

Money Monster
  • 2015
  • US
  • 99 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jodie Foster
  • Cast: Jack O'Connell, Julia Roberts, George Clooney

Lee Gates (Clooney) is a motormouth host of a financial advice show, directed by Patty (Roberts); then desperate Kyle (O'Connell) hijacks the show and forces Lee to wear a bomb vest. Earnest and moderately entertaining hostage thriller, but despite good performances and snappy editing it comes close to being The Big Short for Dummies.

Fri 27 May
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Wed 1 Jun
Thu 2 Jun

Our Kind of Traitor

Our Kind of Traitor
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 108 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Susanna White
  • Written by: Hossein Amini (screenplay), John le Carré (novel)
  • Cast: Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård, Damian Lewis, Naomie Harris, Mark Gatiss

Middle-class couple Perry (McGregor) and Gail (Harris) are dining in a Marrakech restaurant when a wealthy Russian criminal (Skarsgård) invites himself into their lives. despite all the cover-ups and conspiracies, it works best as a study of Perry and Gail's frayed relationship. Solid rather than spectacular.

Sat 28 May
Tue 31 May

Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe
  • 2016
  • 90 min
  • PG
  • 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.

Sat 28 May
Wed 1 Jun

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows
  • 2016
  • US
  • Directed by: Dave Green
  • Cast: Megan Fox, Stephen Amell, Will Arnett

The heroes in a half shell return to save their city from a dangerous threat.

  • IMDb
Mon 30 May
Tue 31 May
Wed 1 Jun
Thu 2 Jun

Thomas & Friends: The Great Race

Thomas & Friends: The Great Race
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 60 min
  • U
  • Directed by: David Stoten
  • Cast: Mark Moraghan, Teresa Gallagher, Rasmus Hardiker, John Hasler

Thomas visits the Great Railway Show and competes with some of the world's finest locomotives.

  • IMDb
Sat 28 May
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Sun 26 Jun

Top Cat: The Movie

Top Cat: The Movie
  • 2011
  • Mexico/Argentina
  • 90 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Alberto Mar
  • Written by: Kevin Seccia, Timothy McKeon
  • Cast: Jason Harris, Chris Edgerly, Ben Diskin, Melissa Disney, Bill Lobely

Top Cat (Harris) leads the gang into combat against an evil robot army, with the love of his sweetheart (Disney) at stake. Mar takes a refreshingly old-school approach after annoyingly CGI-heavy versions of other TV cartoon favourites; adults may find it a persuasive alternative to today's crasser children's entertainments.

Fri 27 May
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Wed 1 Jun
Thu 2 Jun

Warcraft: The Beginning

Warcraft
  • 2016
  • US
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Duncan Jones
  • Cast: Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky, Daniel Wu, Ben Schnetzer, Ruth Negga, Anna Galvin, Clancy Brown

Ordinarily we wouldn't expect much of a film adapted from a video game but this is directed by Duncan 'Moon' Jones. Whether the drama is strong enough to outweigh the abundant CGI remains to be seen.

Sun 29 May
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Sun 5 Jun

X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men: Apocalypse
  • 2016
  • US
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Bryan Singer
  • Written by: Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris, Simon Kinberg, Bryan Singer

Waking from a ten-year slumber, Apocalypse (Isaac) enlists Erik/Magneto (Fassbender) in his evil plans. Plenty of superficial excitement but a distinct lack of narrative ambition; with an extraordinary ensemble wasted in a franchise that's run dry of ideas.

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