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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
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Mon 30 May
Tue 31 May
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
3D
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Sun 29 May
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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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Sun 29 May
Mon 30 May
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.

Fri 27 May
Sat 28 May
Sun 29 May

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 27 May
Sat 28 May
Sun 29 May
Tue 31 May
Mon 6 Jun

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
Mon 30 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

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.

Sat 28 May
Thu 2 Jun
Mon 27 Jun

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.

Sat 28 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.

Fri 27 May
Sat 28 May
Sun 29 May

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.

Sat 28 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
3D
Sat 28 May
Sun 29 May
Mon 30 May
Tue 31 May
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.

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

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.

Thu 2 Jun
Sat 11 Jun
Sun 12 Jun

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.

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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Wed 1 Jun
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Sun 5 Jun
Sun 26 Jun

Top Cat Begins

Top Cat Begins
  • 2016
  • India, Mexico
  • 90 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Andrés Couturier
  • Cast: Jason Harris, Darin de Paul, Chris Edgerly (voices)

Top Cat and his cat pals get together in this prequel to 2011's Top Cat: The Movie. Simple knockabout fun, closer in spirit to the original cartoon series than the earlier film.

Fri 27 May
Sat 28 May
Sun 29 May
Mon 30 May
Tue 31 May
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.

Mon 30 May
Tue 31 May
Wed 1 Jun
Thu 2 Jun
Fri 3 Jun
Sat 4 Jun
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.

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

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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