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Odyssey Pavilion, 2 Queens Quay, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT3 9QQ
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12 Strong

12 Strong
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 10min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Nicolai Fuglsig
  • Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, William Fichtner

US Army Captain Mitch Nelson (Hemsworth) is put in command of a small unit fighting its way on horseback to a Taliban stronghold. A strong cast and large-scale production don’t quite compensate for a John Wayne-esque story that offers gratifying triumphalism in place of difficult political questions.

Tue 20 Feb
Wed 21 Feb
Thu 22 Feb

The 15:17 to Paris

The 15:17 to Paris
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 34min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Clint Eastwood
  • Cast: Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer, Ray Corasan

Dramatisation of the 2015 Thalys train attack, in which passengers on a French train took down a gunman before he could kill anyone. Eastwood casts the three American tourists as themselves, making for a drama-free and rather dull tale, given their limitations as actors. Beautifully shot, but a slog.

Tue 20 Feb
Wed 21 Feb
Thu 22 Feb

Black Panther

Black Panther
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 14min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ryan Coogler
  • Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis

T’Challa (Boseman) ascends to the throne of Wakanda after his father is killed, and he and former lover Nakia (Nyong’o) must avenge the theft of an artefact made of Wakanda’s precious vibranium. Ground-breaking superhero story with awesome action; Boseman is agile and impressive, but the female contingent is superb and sombre themes sit comfortably alongside comedy.

Tue 20 Feb
Wed 21 Feb
Thu 22 Feb

Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 1h 54min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Joe Wright
  • Cast: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendlesohn, Ronald Pickup

May 1940: the situation in Europe is worsening, and Britain needs a new prime minister. The latest in a very long line of recent Churchill performances is by far the best: Oldman is virtually unrecognisable and attacks the part with relish, with Scott Thomas excellent as his wife Clemmie. It may veer into hero worship but it’s a confidently handled crowdpleaser.

Tue 20 Feb
Wed 21 Feb
Thu 22 Feb

Den of Thieves

Den of Thieves
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 20min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Christian Gudegast
  • Cast: Gerard Butler, 50 Cent, Pablo Schreiber, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Evan Jones, Dawn Olivieri, Mo McRae, Max Holloway

An elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Department crosses paths with the state’s most successful heist crew. There are plenty of twists, and writer-director Gudegast makes a reasonable job of the robbery and shoot-out, but it’s too clearly in thrall to Michael Mann’s Heat, and Butler is no Pacino.

Tue 20 Feb
Wed 21 Feb
Thu 22 Feb

Downsizing

Downsizing
  • 2017
  • US
  • 2h 15min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Alexander Payne
  • Cast: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis

When a Norwegian institute develops a successful process of human miniaturisation, people flock to take part so as to minimise the impact of humans on the planet. Mild-mannered comedy and gentle romance which looks beautiful but is sentimental and meandering.

Tue 20 Feb
Wed 21 Feb
Thu 22 Feb

Early Man

Early Man
  • 2018
  • UK
  • 1h 29min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Nick Park
  • Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Richard Ayoade, Selina Griffiths, Johnny Vegas, Mark Williams, Gina Yashere, Simon Greenall

Gormless caveman Dug (Redmayne) and his clan are menaced by Bronze Age invader Lord Nooth (Hiddleston), until twinkle-toed defector Goona (Williams) joins them to help them unite. Deliciously daft prehistoric fun from Park and his team on top form, with winning human touches, plenty of sight gags and painful puns.

Tue 20 Feb
Wed 21 Feb
Thu 22 Feb

Fifty Shades Freed

Fifty Shades Freed
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 41min
  • Directed by: James Foley
  • Written by: E.L James
  • Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson

Christian Grey (Dornan) and new bride Ana (Johnson) wrestle with married life, but are pursued by a knife-wielding stalker whose identity is known to the audience all along. It’s easy to see where he’s coming from, as you’ll learn to hate them too. Not a climax, just an ending.

Tue 20 Feb
Wed 21 Feb
Thu 22 Feb

The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 45min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Michael Gracey
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya

A musical version of the life of showman and genius of hype PT Barnum (Jackman), and how he went from running a museum of ‘curiosities’ to promoting Swedish soprano Jenny Lind (Ferguson). Jackman has rock-star charisma and Gracey delivers a kaleidoscopic, family-friendly spectacle.

Tue 20 Feb
Wed 21 Feb
Thu 22 Feb

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 59min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jake Kasdan
  • Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Bobby Cannavale

Four high school teens in detention discover the magical board game Jumanji, now a video game, and after being sucked into it they become the avatars they’ve chosen. Crude but amusing sequel to the 1995 original, with Black having a ball as he gets in touch with his inner prom queen.

Tue 20 Feb
Thu 22 Feb

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Maze Runner: The Death Cure
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 42min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Wes Ball
  • Cast: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Walton Goggins, Ki Hong Lee, Barry Pepper, Will Poulter, Patricia Clarkson

The final part of the trilogy sees Thomas (O’Brien) determined to rescue his fellow glader Minho (Lee) from the clutches of WCKD. Thomas is, as usual, the dead weight that stops these movies from taking off, while the treacherous but conflicted Teresa (Scodelario) is far more interesting. A so-so series winds to its so-so ending.

Tue 20 Feb
Wed 21 Feb
Thu 22 Feb

Molly's Game

Molly's Game
  • 2017
  • 2h 20min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Aaron Sorkin
  • Cast: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner

Competitive skier Molly Bloom (Chastain) turns to running professional poker games after suffering a career-ending sports injury. Sorkin’s directorial debut features much of his crisp dialogue which Chastain and Elba manage to make sound natural; shame about the script’s dispiriting preoccupation with Molly’s daddy issues.

Tue 20 Feb
Wed 21 Feb
Thu 22 Feb

National Theatre Live: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

National Theatre Live: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

A bold reimagining of Tennessee Williams Cat on a Hot Tin Roof starring Sienna Miller alongside Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.

Thu 22 Feb

Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread
  • 2017
  • US
  • 2h 10min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Cast: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville

Reynolds Woodcock (Day Lewis) is a haute couture dressmaker in 50s London; when he meets Alma (Krieps), and she becomes his muse and then his lover, the carefully crafted life he has made with his sister (Manville) is turned upside down. A multi-layered, expertly observed study of desire and control, with masterful work from Anderson and his cast.

Tue 20 Feb
Wed 21 Feb
Thu 22 Feb

The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 59min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
  • Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Lauren Lee Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer

In 1962 Baltimore, Eliza (Hawkins) is a mute who works as a cleaner in a secret government facility alongside the chatty Zelda (Spencer); there she makes a connection with a mysterious monster (Jones). A wondrous tale of underwater love, with an apt and refreshing approach to female sexuality; from screenplay through casting, score and production, it all gels superbly.

Tue 20 Feb
Wed 21 Feb
Thu 22 Feb

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • 2017
  • US
  • 2h 32min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Rian Johnson
  • Cast: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran

Rey (Ridley) meets Luke (Hamill) to learn all about the Force. Johnson expands on the casualties-of-war theme, making magnificent, roaring action sequences and leading the viewer through a blood-stained moral labyrinth. Driver returns with a vengeance, Dern is terrific and it hits the sweet spot between nostalgia and gripping storytelling.

Tue 20 Feb
Wed 21 Feb

Status Update

Status Update
  • 2018
  • 1h 46min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Scott Speer
  • Cast: Ross Lynch, Courtney Eaton, Olivia Holt

Ross Lynch stars as Kyle Moore, a teenager who after being uprooted by his parents' separation and unable to fit into his new hometown, stumbles upon a magical app that causes his social media updates to come true.

Tue 20 Feb
Wed 21 Feb
Thu 22 Feb

Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas

Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas
  • 2017
  • Spain
  • 1h 25min
  • U
  • Directed by: David Alonso, Enrique Gato
  • Cast: Trevor White, Alex Kelly, Gemma Whelan, Joseph Balderrama, Ramon Tikaram, Lewis Macleod

Tad (White in the English dub) travels to Las Vegas with his mummified friend in two, hoping to see his girlfriend (Kelly), but she’s kidnapped. Painfully derivative Spanish cartoon pitched at primary schoolers, barely passable rather than notable, but at least it steals from the best.

Tue 20 Feb
Wed 21 Feb
Thu 22 Feb

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • 2017
  • UK / US
  • 1h 55min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Martin McDonagh
  • Cast: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage

Exasperated by the police’s failure to catch her daughter’s murderer, Mildred Hayes (McDormand) buys ad space on the titular billboards to tear a strip off the police chief (Harrelson). McDonagh’s latest delicately balances the lingering pain of the crime itself with dark comedy, and a superb cast is topped by a magnificent performance from McDormand.

Tue 20 Feb
Wed 21 Feb
Thu 22 Feb

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