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Now showing at City Screen Picturehouse 13-17,Coney Street,York,Yorkshire YO1 9QL 0871 902 5726

  • Arabian Nights - Volume 1, The Restless One
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Captain America: Civil War (Subtitled)
  • Captain America: Civil War 3D
  • Capture The Flag
  • Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Florence Foster Jenkins (Subtitled)
  • Laputa: Castle In The Sky (Tenku No Shiro Laputa)
  • Love & Mercy
  • Matthew Bourne's The Car Man
  • NT Live Encore Screening: A View From The Bridge
  • Rastamouse
  • Run Lola Run (Lola Rennt)
  • Shakespeare Live! From The RSC
  • Son Of Saul
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Pearl Button

Arabian Nights - Volume 1, The Restless One 3 stars

Scheherazade is at the mercy of her murderous husband, the sultan, who agrees that she may live so long as she entertains him with a story each night. Thus she spins fantastical tales like The Story Of The Cockerel And The Fire and a saucy yarn about fat cats undone by a wizard, who offers them a magical sprays that guarantees permanent erections.

  • GenreDrama, World
  • CastAmerico Silva, Adriano Luz, Crista Alfaiate.
  • DirectorMiguel Gomes.
  • WriterTelmo Churro, Mariana Ricardo, Miguel Gomes.
  • CountryPor/Fr/Ger
  • Duration125 mins
  • Official site
  • Release22/04/2016 (selected cinemas)

Celebrated Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Gomes vents his spleen about the devastating impact of global austerity on his country in this first salvo of an audacious trilogy. Drawing inspiration from real life stories of hardship and misery, the director and co-writers Telmo Churro and Mariana Ricardo employ the storytelling tradition of One Thousand And One Nights as a structure to lampoon and satirise people in power, who have mercilessly preyed upon the poor and vulnerable. Scheherazade (Crista Alfaiate) is at the mercy of her murderous husband, the sultan, who agrees that she may live so long as she entertains him with a story each night. Thus she spins fantastical tales like The Story Of The Cockerel And The Fire and a saucy yarn about fat cats undone by a wizard (Basirou Diallo), who offers them a magical sprays that guarantees permanent erections, giving new meaning to the concept of hard times.

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Tuesday 10th May 2016

Captain America: Civil War 4 stars

The US political establishment insists on the introduction of legislation to control the Avengers. Tony Stark aka Iron Man submits to these demands but Steve Rogers aka Captain America, who has always been a staunch patriot and followed orders, refuses to accede, especially when his good friend Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier is threatened. The gulf between Stark and Rogers forces the remaining Avengers to take sides. A battle royale unfolds just as a diabolical new enemy emerges and threatens mankind.

  • GenreAction, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastChris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr, Paul Bettany, Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle.
  • DirectorJoe Russo, Anthony Russo.
  • WriterStephen McFeely, Christopher Markus.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration147 mins
  • Official sitewww.marvel.com/captainamerica
  • Release29/04/2016

The fragile alliance between the Avengers is shattered in the third Captain America film, directed at a breathless pace by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo. Opening with a flashback to 1991 that sets one major character on their self-destructive path, Civil War underscores its bombastic title by pitting former allies against each other in a series of dizzying showdowns that cleave apart the Marvel Comics universe. Scriptwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely repeatedly inhabit the blurred lines between heroism and villainy, examining the moral conundrums faced by superpowered warriors who have pledged to protect the innocent from the righteous crossfire. Alas, no one emerges unscathed from the melee and the deep psychological wounds inflicted in these bombastic 147 minutes suggest that this muscular chapter signals a bittersweet end for some characters while blatantly teeing up standalone spin-offs for Spider-Man and Black Panther. "Victory at the expense of the innocent is no victory at all," solemnly intones King T'Chaka (John Kani) from the battle-scarred nation of Wakanda. If that is true then Captain America: Civil War is a crushing defeat for everyone except thrill-seeking cinema audiences. A year has passed since the events of Avengers: Age Of Ultron and the US Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt) insists on the introduction of legislation - The Sokovia Accords - to control the superheroes. Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), reluctantly submits, telling his compatriots: "I'm doing what has to be done to stave off something worse." Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (Chris Evans), who has always been a staunch patriot, refuses to sign, fearful of the consequences of the Avengers relinquishing their independence. The gulf between Stark and Rogers forces the remaining Avengers to take sides. Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), James Rhodes, aka War Machine (Don Cheadle), Vision (Paul Bettany), Prince T'Challa, aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man (Tom Holland) all stand shoulder to shoulder with Stark. Meanwhile, Bucky Barnes, aka Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Sam Wilson, aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), pledge their allegiance to Rogers. A battle royale between the two factions unfolds just as a diabolical new enemy, Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl), threatens mankind. Captain America: Civil War could easily trim 20 minutes from its bloated running time without diminishing the impact of the special effects sequences or the pivotal plot twists. The Russo brothers choreograph destruction on a grand scale, including an adrenaline-pumping motorcycle chase on the rubble-strewn streets of Berlin. Evans and Downey Jr puff out their chests for supremacy in every lavish frame, while Johansson somersaults sexily between the feuding factions. A protracted sequence involving Stark, a nerdy Peter Parker and Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) sows seeds of hope that next year's reboot, Spider-Man: Homecoming, might revitalise the webslinging vigilante with whip-smart humour. Miracles might happen.

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Friday 6th May 2016
Saturday 7th May 2016
Sunday 8th May 2016
Monday 9th May 2016
Tuesday 10th May 2016
Wednesday 11th May 2016
Thursday 12th May 2016

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Captain America: Civil War (Subtitled) 4 stars

The US political establishment insists on the introduction of legislation to control the Avengers. Tony Stark aka Iron Man submits to these demands but Steve Rogers aka Captain America, who has always been a staunch patriot and followed orders, refuses to accede, especially when his good friend Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier is threatened. The gulf between Stark and Rogers forces the remaining Avengers to take sides. A battle royale unfolds just as a diabolical new enemy emerges and threatens mankind.

  • GenreAction, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastChris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen, Scarlett Johansson.
  • DirectorJoe Russo, Anthony Russo.
  • WriterStephen McFeely, Christopher Markus.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration147 mins
  • Official sitewww.marvel.com/captainamerica
  • Release29/04/2016

The fragile alliance between the Avengers is shattered in the third Captain America film, directed at a breathless pace by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo. Opening with a flashback to 1991 that sets one major character on their self-destructive path, Civil War underscores its bombastic title by pitting former allies against each other in a series of dizzying showdowns that cleave apart the Marvel Comics universe. Scriptwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely repeatedly inhabit the blurred lines between heroism and villainy, examining the moral conundrums faced by superpowered warriors who have pledged to protect the innocent from the righteous crossfire. Alas, no one emerges unscathed from the melee and the deep psychological wounds inflicted in these bombastic 147 minutes suggest that this muscular chapter signals a bittersweet end for some characters while blatantly teeing up standalone spin-offs for Spider-Man and Black Panther. "Victory at the expense of the innocent is no victory at all," solemnly intones King T'Chaka (John Kani) from the battle-scarred nation of Wakanda. If that is true then Captain America: Civil War is a crushing defeat for everyone except thrill-seeking cinema audiences. A year has passed since the events of Avengers: Age Of Ultron and the US Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt) insists on the introduction of legislation - The Sokovia Accords - to control the superheroes. Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), reluctantly submits, telling his compatriots: "I'm doing what has to be done to stave off something worse." Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (Chris Evans), who has always been a staunch patriot, refuses to sign, fearful of the consequences of the Avengers relinquishing their independence. The gulf between Stark and Rogers forces the remaining Avengers to take sides. Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), James Rhodes, aka War Machine (Don Cheadle), Vision (Paul Bettany), Prince T'Challa, aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man (Tom Holland) all stand shoulder to shoulder with Stark. Meanwhile, Bucky Barnes, aka Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Sam Wilson, aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), pledge their allegiance to Rogers. A battle royale between the two factions unfolds just as a diabolical new enemy, Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl), threatens mankind. Captain America: Civil War could easily trim 20 minutes from its bloated running time without diminishing the impact of the special effects sequences or the pivotal plot twists. The Russo brothers choreograph destruction on a grand scale, including an adrenaline-pumping motorcycle chase on the rubble-strewn streets of Berlin. Evans and Downey Jr puff out their chests for supremacy in every lavish frame, while Johansson somersaults sexily between the feuding factions. A protracted sequence involving Stark, a nerdy Peter Parker and Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) sows seeds of hope that next year's reboot, Spider-Man: Homecoming, might revitalise the webslinging vigilante with whip-smart humour. Miracles might happen.

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Friday 6th May 2016
Tuesday 10th May 2016

Captain America: Civil War 3D 4 stars

The US political establishment insists on the introduction of legislation to control the Avengers. Tony Stark aka Iron Man submits to these demands but Steve Rogers aka Captain America, who has always been a staunch patriot and followed orders, refuses to accede, especially when his good friend Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier is threatened. The gulf between Stark and Rogers forces the remaining Avengers to take sides. A battle royale unfolds just as a diabolical new enemy emerges and threatens mankind.

  • GenreAction, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastChris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen, Scarlett Johansson.
  • DirectorJoe Russo, Anthony Russo.
  • WriterStephen McFeely, Christopher Markus.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration147 mins
  • Official sitewww.marvel.com/captainamerica
  • Release29/04/2016

The fragile alliance between the Avengers is shattered in the third Captain America film, directed at a breathless pace by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo. Opening with a flashback to 1991 that sets one major character on their self-destructive path, Civil War underscores its bombastic title by pitting former allies against each other in a series of dizzying showdowns that cleave apart the Marvel Comics universe. Scriptwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely repeatedly inhabit the blurred lines between heroism and villainy, examining the moral conundrums faced by superpowered warriors who have pledged to protect the innocent from the righteous crossfire. Alas, no one emerges unscathed from the melee and the deep psychological wounds inflicted in these bombastic 147 minutes suggest that this muscular chapter signals a bittersweet end for some characters while blatantly teeing up standalone spin-offs for Spider-Man and Black Panther. "Victory at the expense of the innocent is no victory at all," solemnly intones King T'Chaka (John Kani) from the battle-scarred nation of Wakanda. If that is true then Captain America: Civil War is a crushing defeat for everyone except thrill-seeking cinema audiences. A year has passed since the events of Avengers: Age Of Ultron and the US Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt) insists on the introduction of legislation - The Sokovia Accords - to control the superheroes. Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), reluctantly submits, telling his compatriots: "I'm doing what has to be done to stave off something worse." Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (Chris Evans), who has always been a staunch patriot, refuses to sign, fearful of the consequences of the Avengers relinquishing their independence. The gulf between Stark and Rogers forces the remaining Avengers to take sides. Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), James Rhodes, aka War Machine (Don Cheadle), Vision (Paul Bettany), Prince T'Challa, aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man (Tom Holland) all stand shoulder to shoulder with Stark. Meanwhile, Bucky Barnes, aka Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Sam Wilson, aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), pledge their allegiance to Rogers. A battle royale between the two factions unfolds just as a diabolical new enemy, Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl), threatens mankind. Captain America: Civil War could easily trim 20 minutes from its bloated running time without diminishing the impact of the special effects sequences or the pivotal plot twists. The Russo brothers choreograph destruction on a grand scale, including an adrenaline-pumping motorcycle chase on the rubble-strewn streets of Berlin. Evans and Downey Jr puff out their chests for supremacy in every lavish frame, while Johansson somersaults sexily between the feuding factions. A protracted sequence involving Stark, a nerdy Peter Parker and Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) sows seeds of hope that next year's reboot, Spider-Man: Homecoming, might revitalise the webslinging vigilante with whip-smart humour. Miracles might happen.

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Friday 6th May 2016
Saturday 7th May 2016
Wednesday 11th May 2016
Thursday 12th May 2016

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Capture The Flag 3 stars

Twelve-year-old Mike Goldwing is a gifted kite surfer, whose NASA astronaut father has been training for months to travel to the moon until injury shatters that dream. When multi-billionaire Richard Carson announces his intention to fly to the moon to prove that the Apollo 11 mission was a hoax, Mike unexpectedly finds himself aboard a rocket heading for the moon in the company of his grandfather Frank, best friend Amy and long-suffering lizard sidekick Igor.

  • GenreAdventure, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction
  • CastLorraine Pilkington, Sam Fink, Philippa Alexander.
  • DirectorEnrique Gato.
  • WriterJordi Gasull, Patxi Amezcua.
  • CountrySp
  • Duration94 mins
  • Official site
  • Release29/01/2016

Ever since the landing module of Apollo 11 touched down on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969 and Neil Armstrong took one giant leap for mankind, conspiracy theorists have pointed to an elaborate cover-up. They maintain that the iconic footage was faked at a film studio closer to terra firma, and back up these bold claims with supposed proof of scientific inaccuracies in the grainy recording.

Capture The Flag is a family-friendly computer animation which teases the possibility of the hoax and ultimately debunks it by travelling back to the moon in the company of a NASA veteran and two children. Enrique Gato's Spanish adventure, which has been dubbed into English for UK audiences, has its sentimental heart in the right place and there are numerous heavy-handed verbal references to the importance of family over work or personal gain.

It's all terribly well-intentioned and predictable, shot largely from the perspective of a gung-ho boy, who just wants to make his parents proud. A night time journey over water festooned with ravenous alligators is played for laughs rather than Jaws-style scares, while a half-hearted romantic subplot between two children is addressed with the lightest touch. Kissing? Eurgh! Gross!

Twelve-year-old Mike Goldwing is a gifted kite surfer, who takes to the waves with best friends Amy Gonzalez and Marty Farr to compete in games of capture the flag. Mike and co always fall short but the youngster doesn't let failure get him down.

His father Scott is a NASA astronaut, who has been training for months to travel to the moon until injury shatters that dream. It's a repeat of the Goldwing curse: Scott's father Frank was also an astronaut, who failed to follow in the footsteps of Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

When multi-billionaire Richard Carson announces his intention to fly to the moon to prove that the Apollo 11 mission was a hoax, the President of the United States hurriedly authorises a joint mission between existing and old NASA staff to beat Carson to the Stars And Stripes planted in 1969.

A twist of fate results in Frank heading to the moon with grandson Mike, gal pal Amy and long-suffering lizard sidekick Igor. Meanwhile, back at Mission Control, Mike's mother Samantha frets about her boy's safety and pint-sized gadget wizard Marty overcomes glitches that jeopardise the success of the mission.

Capture The Flag boasts colourful visuals, slapstick humour and chases to entertain young audiences, who dream of their own adventures in the starry firmament. Vocal performances are solid but don't invest the characters with any quirks or additional colour. Carson is a particularly unthreatening chief villain.

Adults, who demand narrative sophistication from their animated fare, may want to abort lift-off before the end credits but Gato's film is a sprightly 94 minutes and doesn't outstay its welcome.

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Saturday 7th May 2016
Sunday 8th May 2016

Florence Foster Jenkins 4 stars

Amateur operatic soprano Florence Foster Jenkins is determined to further her musical ambitions with the help of her second husband and doting companion, St Clair. The couple auditions several accompanists and Cosme Moon lands the position of Florence's pianist. The grand dame pays Cosme well and he gradually falls under his wealthy employer's spell, acknowledging that she is just following her dream, like everyone else.

  • GenreBiography, Comedy, Drama, Historical/Period, Musical, Romance
  • CastMeryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson.
  • DirectorStephen Frears.
  • WriterNicholas Martin.
  • CountryUK/Fr
  • Duration110 mins
  • Official site
  • Release06/05/2016

Auditions for televised talent shows throw up a limitless supply of deluded wannabes, who refuse to let a lack of musicality or rhythm hamper their quest for pop superstardom. Occasionally, these lovable misfits strike a chord because of their unfettered enthusiasm - witness the inexorable rise of The Cheeky Girls and Jedward. Amateur operatic soprano Florence Foster Jenkins was one such endearing eccentric, who became a cause celebre in 1930s and 1940s New York precisely because she was unable to hold a note during her infamous recitals of Verdi, Brahms and Mozart. Recordings of her caterwauling became collector's items and her concerts were always sold out. Jenkins brought joy to millions and remained convinced of her soaring abilities until her glorious end, aged 76. This real-life story of triumph against sniggering cynicism provides rich inspiration for Stephen Frears' rollicking comedy drama. Anchored by tour-de-force performances from Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant that perfectly harmonise humour and pathos, Florence Foster Jenkins is an unabashedly joyful period piece that stands resolutely behind the eponymous socialite as she massacres the Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus or the Queen Of The Night aria from The Magic Flute. As the heroine remarks, "People may say I couldn't sing but no one can say I didn't sing." Florence (Streep) is determined to further her musical ambitions with the help of her second husband and doting companion, St Clair (Grant). "I shall need a pianist. Someone young, someone with passion!" declares Florence excitedly. The couple auditions several accompanists but they fail to meet Florence's exacting standards. "He's raping my ears. Make him stop!" she pleads after one hopeful tinkles the ivories. Cosme Moon (Simon Helberg) eventually lands the position of Florence's pianist and his first experience of Florence in full voice is played for tear-streaming belly laughs by Frears. The grand dame pays Cosme well and he gradually falls under his wealthy employer's spell, acknowledging that she is just following her dream, like everyone else. Vocal coach Carlo Edwards (David Haig) and venerated conductor Arturo Toscanini (John Kavanagh) prepare Florence for a big concert at the world-famous Carnegie Hall. However, St Clair worries that the stress of the forthcoming engagement is playing havoc with her faltering health. "What if it kills you?" he frets. "Then I shall die happy," smiles Florence serenely. Audiences will certainly die happy after watching Florence Foster Jenkins. Streep is mesmerising, bringing tenderness and vulnerability to a role that could so easily have been played as a pitiful figure of mockery. Grant is a wonderful comic foil and he demonstrates a light touch in moving scenes that remind us of his oft-ignored abilities as a dramatic actor. Period design is impeccable and Frears builds to a rousing emotional crescendo worthy of one of Jenkins' standing ovations. Bravo!

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Friday 6th May 2016
Saturday 7th May 2016
Sunday 8th May 2016
Monday 9th May 2016
Tuesday 10th May 2016
Wednesday 11th May 2016
Thursday 12th May 2016

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Florence Foster Jenkins (Subtitled) 4 stars

Amateur operatic soprano Florence Foster Jenkins is determined to further her musical ambitions with the help of her second husband and doting companion, St Clair. The couple auditions several accompanists and Cosme Moon lands the position of Florence's pianist. The grand dame pays Cosme well and he gradually falls under his wealthy employer's spell, acknowledging that she is just following her dream, like everyone else.

  • GenreBiography, Comedy, Drama, Historical/Period, Musical, Romance
  • CastSimon Helberg, Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Rebecca Ferguson.
  • DirectorStephen Frears.
  • WriterNicholas Martin.
  • CountryUK/Fr
  • Duration110 mins
  • Official site
  • Release06/05/2016

Auditions for televised talent shows throw up a limitless supply of deluded wannabes, who refuse to let a lack of musicality or rhythm hamper their quest for pop superstardom. Occasionally, these lovable misfits strike a chord because of their unfettered enthusiasm - witness the inexorable rise of The Cheeky Girls and Jedward. Amateur operatic soprano Florence Foster Jenkins was one such endearing eccentric, who became a cause celebre in 1930s and 1940s New York precisely because she was unable to hold a note during her infamous recitals of Verdi, Brahms and Mozart. Recordings of her caterwauling became collector's items and her concerts were always sold out. Jenkins brought joy to millions and remained convinced of her soaring abilities until her glorious end, aged 76. This real-life story of triumph against sniggering cynicism provides rich inspiration for Stephen Frears' rollicking comedy drama. Anchored by tour-de-force performances from Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant that perfectly harmonise humour and pathos, Florence Foster Jenkins is an unabashedly joyful period piece that stands resolutely behind the eponymous socialite as she massacres the Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus or the Queen Of The Night aria from The Magic Flute. As the heroine remarks, "People may say I couldn't sing but no one can say I didn't sing." Florence (Streep) is determined to further her musical ambitions with the help of her second husband and doting companion, St Clair (Grant). "I shall need a pianist. Someone young, someone with passion!" declares Florence excitedly. The couple auditions several accompanists but they fail to meet Florence's exacting standards. "He's raping my ears. Make him stop!" she pleads after one hopeful tinkles the ivories. Cosme Moon (Simon Helberg) eventually lands the position of Florence's pianist and his first experience of Florence in full voice is played for tear-streaming belly laughs by Frears. The grand dame pays Cosme well and he gradually falls under his wealthy employer's spell, acknowledging that she is just following her dream, like everyone else. Vocal coach Carlo Edwards (David Haig) and venerated conductor Arturo Toscanini (John Kavanagh) prepare Florence for a big concert at the world-famous Carnegie Hall. However, St Clair worries that the stress of the forthcoming engagement is playing havoc with her faltering health. "What if it kills you?" he frets. "Then I shall die happy," smiles Florence serenely. Audiences will certainly die happy after watching Florence Foster Jenkins. Streep is mesmerising, bringing tenderness and vulnerability to a role that could so easily have been played as a pitiful figure of mockery. Grant is a wonderful comic foil and he demonstrates a light touch in moving scenes that remind us of his oft-ignored abilities as a dramatic actor. Period design is impeccable and Frears builds to a rousing emotional crescendo worthy of one of Jenkins' standing ovations. Bravo!

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Wednesday 11th May 2016

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Laputa: Castle In The Sky (Tenku No Shiro Laputa) 3 stars

Animation.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Animation/Cartoon, Drama
  • DirectorHayao Miyazaki.
  • WriterHayao Miyazaki.
  • CountryJap
  • Duration124 mins
  • Official site

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Monday 9th May 2016

Love & Mercy 3 stars

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A biopic exploring a turbulent period in the history of The Beach Boys, juxtaposing Brian Wilson's early battle with mental illness and the love affair, some 20 years later, which provided the creative spark for his award-winning solo album, Smile. Spunky car dealer Melinda Ledbetter stands up to Brian's controlling personal physician, Dr Eugene Landy, and exposes the medic as a madman.

  • GenreBiography, Drama, Musical
  • CastPaul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, Paul Giamatti.
  • DirectorBill Pohlad.
  • WriterMichael Alan Lerner, Oren Moverman.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration121 mins
  • Official sitewww.loveandmercyfilm.com
  • Release10/07/2015 (selected cinemas)

Formed in 1961, The Beach Boys perfectly captured the vitality and exuberance of California's youth culture, surfing to the top of the charts with harmonised feel-good hits including I Get Around and Help Me, Rhonda. The sunny, wholesome dispositions of brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine concealed dark discord.

The Wilson boys cowered in the shadow of their abusive father Murry, who managed the band, and main songwriter Brian was experiencing early manifestations of a mental illness, which combined symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Bill Pohlad's sensitive biopic explores this turbulent period in the band's history, juxtaposing Brian's first battles with his illness and the love affair, some 20 years later, which provided the creative spark for his award-winning solo album, Smile.

Scriptwriters Oren Moverman and Michael A Lerner overcome the daunting prospect of dual timeframes with finesse, while director Pohlad elicits strong performances from Paul Dano and John Cusack as the two incarnations of a song-writing genius.

In the 1980s, Brian (Cusack) meets spunky car dealer Melinda Ledbetter (Elizabeth Banks). A nervous first date exposes Wilson's mental fragility and Melinda learns that the singer-songwriter is under the care of his personal physician, Dr Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti).

Brian's quirks do not deter Melinda and when controlling Dr Landy attempts to terminate the relationship, the plucky car dealer recruits Brian's housekeeper Gloria (Diana Maria Riva) to expose the medic as a madman. Intercut with this pivotal romance, stylised flashbacks usher in the groovy 1960s when Brian (Dano) reacts to the release of The Beatles' Revolver with steely resolve.

"I'm going to write the greatest album ever made," he promises Dennis (Kenny Wormald), Carl (Brett Davern), Mike (Jake Abel) and Al (Graham Rogers). While the quartet tours Japan without Brian, he takes up residence in a studio to craft the progressive and daring LP, Pet Sounds.

Brian plays an early version of God Only Knows to his father Murry (Bill Camp) and the old man curls his lip. "I don't care for it," he tells his crestfallen boy. Brian questions his artistic genius and the sniping voices in his head grow louder...

For a film which confronts the vagaries of the human mind and various forms of abuse, Love & Mercy is too neat in its depictions of characters and their poisonous relationships. Cusack is in rare form, nicely echoing vocal patterns and mannerisms in Dano's portrayal, and Banks is luminous in the line of fire.

Giamatti and Camp err perilously close to pantomime villains, the latter eliciting boos when he sells the rights to The Beach Boys songs for a pittance and coldly tells Brian, "Five years from now, no one is going to remember you or The Beach Boys." As usual, he was wrong and goodness prevailed.

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Sunday 8th May 2016

Matthew Bourne's The Car Man 3 stars

A recording of a live performance of Matthew Bourne's critically acclaimed ballet at Sadler's Wells in London, which resets the opera of the same title from a 19th-century Spanish cigarette factory to a greasy garage-diner in 1960s America. Car mechanic Angelo and owner's wife Lana o are both transfixed by a handsome stranger called Luca. His testosterone-fuelled presence in the bustling garage-diner sets off a chain of events culminating in greed, opportunism, sex and murder.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Musical, Romance
  • CastZizi Strallen, Dominic North, Chris Trenfield, Alan Vincent, Kate Lyons.
  • DirectorRoss MacGibbon.
  • WriterWarner Vision, Matthew Bourne.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration98 mins
  • Official sitewww.new-adventures.net/the-car-man
  • Release01/03/2016 (selected cinemas)

Originally screened on Sky Arts in August 2015, this recording of a live performance of Matthew Bourne's critically acclaimed ballet at Sadler's Wells in London resets the opera of the same title from a 19th-century Spanish cigarette factory to a greasy garage-diner in 1960s America. Teasingly billed as an 'auto erotic thriller', The Car Man offers an enticing role-reversal of the original storyline, centring on a car mechanic called Angelo (Dominic North) and the owner's wife Lana (Zizi Strallen), who are both transfixed by a handsome stranger called Luca (Chris Trenfield). His testosterone-fuelled presence in the bustling garage-diner sets off a chain of events culminating in greed, opportunism, sex and murder set to a stirring update of Bizet's original score by Terry Davies and Rodion Shchedrin.

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Monday 9th May 2016

NT Live Encore Screening: A View From The Bridge 3 stars

Ivo van Hove directs Arthur Miller's coruscating portrait of the American dream turned sour at Wyndham's Theatre in London. Mark Strong leads the cast as longshoreman Eddie Carbone, whose relationship with his Sicilian cousins deteriorates at frightening speed.

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Thursday 12th May 2016

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Rastamouse 3 stars

Animation.

  • GenreAnimation/Cartoon, Children's
  • Official site

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Friday 6th May 2016

Run Lola Run (Lola Rennt) 4 stars

A young woman is given 20 minutes to race from one side of town to the other and raise the DM100,000 needed to save her boyfriend from an early grave.

  • GenreAction, Drama, Romance, Thriller
  • CastFranka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup.
  • DirectorTom Tykwer.
  • WriterTom Tykwer.
  • CountryGer
  • Duration80 mins
  • Official site
  • Release22/10/1999

Film-makers faced with the eternal question of how to end their celluloid masterpiece should perhaps follow German director Tom Tykwer's lead and have not one, not two, but three possible conclusions to their film.

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Sunday 8th May 2016
Thursday 12th May 2016

Shakespeare Live! From The RSC 3 stars

To mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, the Royal Shakespeare Company stages a one-off night of performances of some of the greatest dramatic scenes ever written plus songs, comedy, dances and music celebrating the Bard's legacy. Hosted by David Tennant at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and directed by Gregory Doran.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Special
  • CastDame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Joseph Fiennes, David Tennant.
  • DirectorGregory Doran.
  • WriterWilliam Shakespeare.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration135 mins
  • Official sitewww.rsc.org.uk/news/shakespeare-live-from-the-rsc
  • Release23/04/2016 (selected cinemas)

To mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, the Royal Shakespeare Company stages a one-off night of performances of some of the greatest dramatic scenes ever written plus songs, comedy, dances and music celebrating the Bard's legacy. Hosted by David Tennant at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and broadcast live on BBC Two and streamed live to cinemas around Europe, the glittering night welcomes contributors from across the arts including Akala (Hip Hop Shakespeare), Birmingham Royal Ballet, Ian Bostridge, Sanjeev Bhaskar, English National Opera, Alison Moyet, Al Murray, The Orchestra of the Swan, The Royal Ballet and Rufus Wainwright. Directed by Gregory Doran.

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Monday 9th May 2016

Son Of Saul 5 stars

Saul Auslander is a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp, who has the horrific task of burning the bodies of the dead. One day, he is greeted by the corpse of a boy, who bears an unnerving resemblance to his son. Convinced the body is his flesh and blood, Saul begs prison doctor Miklos not to perform a post mortem on the child so he can find a rabbi in the camp to give his son a proper Jewish burial.

  • GenreDrama, War, World
  • CastGeza Rohrig, Urs Rechn, Levente Molnar.
  • DirectorLaszlo Nemes.
  • WriterClara Royer, Laszlo Nemes.
  • CountryHun
  • Duration107 mins
  • Official sitewww.sonyclassics.com/sonofsaul
  • Release29/04/2016 (selected cinemas)

Laszlo Nemes directs and co-writes this harrowing Hungarian drama, which deservedly won this year's Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film, and details an unbearable day and a half in the life of a tormented prisoner at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Saul Auslander (Geza Rohrig) is a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner in the camp, who has the horrific task of burning the bodies of the dead. One day, he is greeted by the corpse of a boy who bears an unnerving resemblance to his son. Convinced the body is his flesh and blood, Saul begs prison doctor Miklos (Sandor Zsoter) not to perform a post-mortem on the child so he can find a rabbi in the camp to give his son a proper Jewish burial. While Saul attempts to carry out this heartrending plan without attracting the attention of the SS-commandant (Christian Harting), fellow prisoner Abraham (Levente Molnar) attempts to light the spark of a revolt against their captors.

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Friday 6th May 2016
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Monday 9th May 2016
Tuesday 10th May 2016
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Thursday 12th May 2016

The Jungle Book 3 stars

A young boy called Mowgli is raised by wolves Akela and Raksha. The boy's presence in the jungle is an affront to Shere Khan, the Bengal tiger, who resolves to kill Mowgli. Thus the man cub must leave his wolf parents and embark on a perilous journey of self-discovery in the company of Bagheera the black panther and Baloo the bear. En route, Mowgli has a crushing encounter with Kaa the python and is sweet-talked by the deceptively dangerous King Louie.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Family
  • CastIdris Elba, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken, Lupita Nyong'o, Giancarlo Esposito, Sir Ben Kingsley, Neel Sethi.
  • DirectorJon Favreau.
  • WriterJustin Marks.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration106 mins
  • Official sitewww.disney.co.uk
  • Release15/04/2016

The bare necessities of a contented life will come to you by going on safari with Jon Favreau's technically dazzling romp through the stories of Rudyard Kipling. Not since James Cameron's Avatar has a 3D digital world been conjured with such depth and precision. Shot in downtown Los Angeles and beautifully rendered as untamed wilderness on computer hard drives, this immersive Jungle Book retains the wide-eyed charm of the 1967 Disney animation including three songs and comic relief from a rascally bear named Baloo, voiced to droll perfection by Bill Murray. "You have never been a more endangered species than you are now," the hirsute honey thief informs an Indian porcupine (Garry Shandling) during one amusing altercation. Vibrant colour radiates off the screen and gooey sentimentality oozes like sap during the rousing final act, but scriptwriter Justin Marks isn't afraid to hack into darker territory. Shere Khan the Bengal tiger evokes a heartbreaking scene from The Lion King in his relentless, blood-crazed pursuit of Mowgli, and the animated version's jazziest interlude - I Wan'na Be Like You with jungle VIP King Louie and his swingin' band of monkeysicians - is repurposed as a terrifying chase. Man cub Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is raised by wolves Akela (Giancarlo Esposito) and Raksha (Lupita Nyong'o) as a brother to other pups. A terrible drought necessitates an uneasy truce between predators and prey around the watering hole, and other denizens of the jungle finally get to see Mowgli close-up. The boy is an affront to Shere Khan (Idris Elba), who lost an eye to a fiery torch wielded by Mowgli's father. "A man cub becomes man, and man is forbidden!" snarls the big cat, who demands the child be handed over to him for slaughter. Akela and Raksha refuse but Mowgli acknowledges his presence jeopardises the lupine clan. So he embarks on a perilous journey back to civilisation in the company of his protector, Bagheera the black panther (Sir Ben Kingsley). En route, Mowgli gathers honey for greedy Baloo (Murray) and is pressurised into sharing the secret of "the red flower" - fire - with menacing Gigantopithecus, King Louie (Christopher Walken). The Jungle Book flexes its digital muscles in every impeccably crafted frame, festooning the screen with a menagerie of anthropomorphised critters that are just as realistic as the shipwrecked tiger in Life Of Pi. Sethi is a tad wooden in comparison but it must be difficult for a 12-year-old newcomer to find an emotional core when the rest of the cast and lush backgrounds only spring to life in post-production. Vocal performances are strong, replete with disorienting use of Scarlett Johansson's seductive whisper in surround sound during Mowgli's crushing encounter with python Kaa. Trust in me: Favreau's film is a majestic walk on the wild side.

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Friday 6th May 2016
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The Pearl Button 3 stars

A conceptual meditation on the importance of water to Chile, which boasts a 2600-mile coastline. The film looks initially to the stars, where the water originated, and explores the rich history and dark politics of the country including the relationship between the native peoples and European settlers. Archive photographs and materials bring these chapters to life including the story of a British captain, who bought one Chilean boy for a button and attempted to integrate the child into polite society.

  • GenreDocumentary, World
  • DirectorPatricio Guzman.
  • WriterPatricio Guzman.
  • CountryFr/Chile/S
  • Duration82 mins
  • Official site
  • Release18/03/2016 (selected cinemas)

Narrated by Chilean director Patricio Guzman, this conceptual documentary is a meditation on the importance of water to the country, which boasts a 2600-mile coastline. The filmmaker looks initially to the stars, where the water originated, and explores the rich history and dark politics of Chile including the relationship between the native peoples and European settlers. Archive photographs and materials bring these chapters to life including the story of a British captain, who bought one Chilean boy for a button and attempted to integrate the child - nicknamed Jemmy Button - into polite society. The boy eventually returned to his homeland but was irrevocably changed by his experiences.

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Sunday 8th May 2016