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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
IMAX / 3D
Sat 28 May
IMAX / 3D
Sun 29 May
IMAX / 3D
Mon 30 May
IMAX / 3D
Tue 31 May
IMAX / 3D
Wed 1 Jun
IMAX / 3D
Thu 2 Jun
IMAX / 3D

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.

Wed 25 May
3D
Thu 26 May
3D

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.

Wed 25 May
Thu 26 May

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.

Wed 25 May
Thu 26 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.

Wed 25 May
3D
Thu 26 May
3D

Dheepan

Dheepan
  • 2015
  • France
  • 115 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jacques Audiard
  • Cast: Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Vincent Rottiers

Dheepan (Jesuthasan) is a former Tamil Tiger who starts a new life in a Parisian housing project with two strangers posing as his wife (Srinivasan) and daughter (Vinasithamby). Then his past starts to catch up. Touching, intense, beautifully crafted drama which loses some focus and conviction as it becomes more violent.

Thu 26 May
Subtitled
Tue 31 May
Subtitled

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.

Wed 25 May
Thu 26 May

Green Room

Green Room
  • 2016
  • US
  • 95 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Jeremy Saulnier
  • Cast: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart

When an earnest punk band plays a backwoods venue and witnesses the aftermath of a murder, they are menaced (and worse) by neo-Nazis led by the smart and respectable-seeming Darcy (Stewart). Saulnier directs with vigour, wit and flair, Yelchin and Poots are impressive and Stewart delivers understated evil; exhilarating and excruciating.

Wed 25 May
Thu 26 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.

Wed 25 May
Thu 26 May
Parent & baby

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.

Wed 25 May
3D
Thu 26 May
3D

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.

Wed 25 May
Thu 26 May

Sing Street

Sing Street
  • 2016
  • 106 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: John Carney
  • Cast: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Aidan Gillen

Fifteen-year-old Dubliner Cosmo (Walsh-Peelo) moves from a posh school to a terrifying inner city institution, where in order to deter bullies and attract aspiring model Raphina (Boynton), he starts a band. A little cloying, but overall a funny, cheering sweetly optimistic romance with wit, character and grit.

Wed 25 May
Thu 26 May

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
3D
Tue 31 May
3D
Wed 1 Jun
3D
Thu 2 Jun
3D
Fri 3 Jun
3D
Sat 4 Jun
3D
Sun 5 Jun
3D
Mon 6 Jun
3D
Tue 7 Jun
3D
Wed 8 Jun
3D
Thu 9 Jun
3D

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
Wed 25 May
Thu 26 May
Fri 27 May
Sat 28 May
Sun 29 May
Mon 30 May
Tue 31 May
Wed 1 Jun
Thu 2 Jun
Sun 12 Jun
Autism-friendly

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
IMAX / 3D
Mon 30 May
3D
IMAX / 3D
Tue 31 May
3D
IMAX / 3D
Wed 1 Jun
3D
IMAX / 3D
Thu 2 Jun
3D
IMAX / 3D
Fri 3 Jun
3D
Sat 4 Jun
3D
Sun 5 Jun
3D
Mon 6 Jun
3D
Tue 7 Jun
3D
Wed 8 Jun
3D
Thu 9 Jun
3D

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
  • 2016
  • US
  • 112 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Glenn Ficarra/John Requa
  • Cast: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman

When news producer Kim (Fey) is given the chance to appear on screen by covering the War in Afghanistan, she grabs her big break. It takes a while to find its feet, but a well-cast Fey helps to make Kim's journey quite engaging, even though you may wish the film were a bit meatier politically.

Wed 25 May
Thu 26 May

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.

Wed 25 May
3D
IMAX / 3D
Thu 26 May
3D
IMAX / 3D

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.

Wed 25 May
Thu 26 May

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