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  • Bolshoi Ballet: The Legends Of Love
  • Fury
  • Gone Girl
  • Guardian Live: Russell Brand In Conversation Encore Screening
  • Mystery Road
  • NT Live Encore Screening: Frankenstein
  • ParaNorman
  • Royal Opera Live: I Due Foscari
  • Say When
  • Serena
  • Still The Enemy Within
  • The Cabinet Of Doctor Caligari

Bolshoi Ballet: The Legends Of Love 3 stars

Broadcast live from Moscow, Yuri Grigorovich's passionate ballet of forbidden love and self-sacrifice charts the conflict between Queen Mekhmene Banu and her young sister, Princess Shyrin, who both fall in love with the same man, the painter Ferkhad.

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Saturday 25th October 2014
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Fury 4 stars

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Norman Ellison is a new recruit, who is assigned the role of driving an M4 Sherman tank called Fury under the command of Sergeant Don Collier. This battle-weary veteran began the war in Africa and moved to Europe, killing numerous Germans along the way in the name of freedom. Aided by the rest of his crew, Boyd Swan, Trini Garcia and Grady Travis, Collier gives Norman an initiation he will never forget.

  • GenreAction, Drama, Historical/Period, War
  • CastLogan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Brad Pitt, Jon Bernthal, Michael Pena.
  • DirectorDavid Ayer.
  • WriterDavid Ayer.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration134 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/OfficialFuryMovie
  • Release22/10/2014

At a critical juncture in David Ayer's wartime thriller, Brad Pitt's grizzled tank commander turns to an inexperienced new recruit and sounds the death knell on morality and diplomacy in a time of conflict. "Ideals are peaceful, history's violent," he growls with an icy glare.

Those words resonate throughout Fury, a brutal, mud-spattered tour of duty during the final weeks of the Second World War, as seen through the gun sights of an M4 Sherman tank crew on a collision course with Hitler's troops.

The film opens with Pitt's inspirational leader stabbing an unsuspecting German officer in the eye and Ayer repeatedly sates a thirst for close-up gore with expertly choreographed battle sequences and hand-to-hand combat between ground troops. The bloodbath temporarily abates for brotherly banter inside the claustrophobic tank, but the air is always chokingly thick with impending doom.

Eight weeks after he enrolls in the US Army as a clerk typist, Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman) is assigned the position of assistant driver in a tank christened Fury under the command of Sergeant Don 'Wardaddy' Collier (Brad Pitt). This battle-weary veteran began the war in Africa and moved to Europe, killing numerous Germans along the way in the name of freedom.

Aided by the rest of his crew, Boyd Swan (Shia LaBeouf), Trini Garcia (Michael Pena) and Grady Travis (Jon Bernthal), Collier gives Norman an initiation he will never forget on a series of missions led by Captain Waggoner (Jason Isaacs) and Lieutenant Parker (Xavier Samuel).

Three other tanks commanded by Sergeant Binkowski (Jim Parrack), Sergeant Davis (Brad William Henke) and Sergeant Peterson (Kevin Vance) flank Fury as US soldiers push on towards Berlin. "It will end soon," Collier assures Norman, "but before it does, a lot more people gotta die."

Fury paints a familiar picture of the hell of war, directed with testosterone-fuelled swagger by Ayer, who previously helmed the bombastic police thrillers End Of Day and Sabotage. His script is studded with polished dialogue that doesn't quite ring true, like when Collier berates thuggish Grady, "You're an animal. All you understand is fist and boot".

Or when Collier encourages Norman to sow his seeds with a pretty young German (Alicia von Rittberg) by purring, "She's a good clean girl. If you don't take her into that bedroom, I will".

Pitt leads the cast with a strong performance as a battle-weary commander, who holds back a tide of anguish and uncertainty until he is alone and can allow the sobs to shake his scarred body. Lerman is equally compelling as a naive whelp, who develops a taste for killing Nazis.

Ayer obliges him with an astronomical body count and foreign fields slathered as far as the eye can see in mud, freshly spilt blood and the bodies of the fallen.

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Gone Girl 4 stars

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On her fifth wedding anniversary, Amy Dunne vanishes without trace. Her husband Nick works with the police to front a high-profile media campaign to secure the safe return of his "amazing Amy". In the glare of the spotlight, fractures appear in the Dunnes' marriage and police and public both question Nick's innocence. With Amy's creepy ex-boyfriend Desi Collings as another suspect, Detectives Rhonda Boney and Jim Gilpin search for answers.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Romance, Thriller
  • CastNeil Patrick Harris, Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Boyd Holbrook, Scoot McNairy, Missi Pyle, Patrick Fugit, Kim Dickens.
  • DirectorDavid Fincher.
  • WriterGillian Flynn.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration149 mins
  • Official sitewww.gonegirlmovie.cok
  • Release02/10/2014

Ignorance is bliss when it comes to Gone Girl. If, like me, you haven't read Gillian Flynn's 2012 psychological thriller and you know nothing of the serpentine twists that propelled the novel to the top of the bestsellers list then jealously guard your cluelessness.

There's an undeniable delight watching Flynn wrong-foot us with this spiky satire on media manipulation and the glossy facade of celebrity marriages. When the central characters promise to love, honour and obey, till death do them part, one of them takes that vow very seriously.

Admittedly, you have to dig deep beneath the surface of David Fincher's polished film to find the jet black humour but it's there, walking hand-in-hand with sadism and torture that propel the narrative towards its unconventional denouement.

The film version of Gone Girl is distinguished by a career-best performance from Rosamund Pike as the pretty wife, who vanishes without trace on her fifth wedding anniversary and is presumed dead at the hands of her handsome husband (Ben Affleck).

Pike has to plumb the depths of human emotion in a demanding and complex role, by turns brittle and steely, terrified and driven. She's almost certain to earn her first Oscar nomination.

In stark contrast, Affleck is solid but little more as the spouse who pleads his ignorance but hides secrets from the people he adores. As battles of the sexes go, it's a resolutely one-sided skirmish.

On the morning of his anniversary, Nick Dunne (Affleck) calls detectives Rhonda Boney (Kim Dickens) and Jim Gilpin (Patrick Fugit) to his home. There are signs of a struggle and his wife Amy (Pike) is missing.

Nick's sister Margo (Carrie Coon), who has never liked Amy, assures her sibling that everything will be fine. "Whoever took her's bound to bring her back," she quips cattily.

Nick and Amy's distraught parents (David Clennon, Lisa Beth) front a high-profile media campaign to secure the safe return of "amazing Amy". In the glare of the spotlight, fractures appear in the Dunnes' marriage and police and public question Nick's innocence.

Gone Girl holds our attention for the majority of the bloated 149-minute running time, with a couple of lulls and a disjointed final act. Pike's mesmerising theatrics light up the screen and there is strong support from Neil Patrick Harris as Amy's creepy old flame.

Fincher's direction is lean, complemented by snappy editing and a discordant score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who won the Oscar for their music to The Social Network.

Once you regain your balance from Flynn pulling the rug from under your feet, this is a slick yet slightly underwhelming whodunit that doesn't quite scale the dizzy heights of shock and suspense previously achieved by Jagged Edge, The Usual Suspects or indeed, Fincher's 2005 film, Se7en.

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Guardian Live: Russell Brand In Conversation Encore Screening 3 stars

A discussion between the comedian and journalist Owen Jones.

  • GenreSpecial
  • CastRussell Brand.
  • Official site

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Wednesday 29th October 2014
Thursday 30th October 2014

Mystery Road 3 stars

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Indigenous cowboy detective Jay Swan left his remote outback hometown several years ago, turning his back on his ex-wife Mary and daughter Crystal. He returns to take up a position in the white-dominated police force and is immediately the victim of racism and bigotry from colleagues. For his first case, Jay investigates the murder of a teenage girl, whose body is found with her throat slashed under a highway trucking route that leads out of town.

  • GenreAction, Drama, Thriller
  • CastHugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten, Aaron Pedersen, Jack Thompson.
  • DirectorIvan Sen.
  • WriterIvan Sen.
  • CountryAustralia
  • Duration121 mins
  • Official sitewww.mysteryroadmovie.com
  • Release29/08/2014 (selected cinemas)

Indigenous cowboy detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) left his remote outback hometown several years ago, turning his back on his ex-wife Mary (Tasma Walton) and daughter Crystal (Tricia Whitton). He returns to take up a position in the white-dominated police force and is immediately the victim of racism and bigotry from colleagues. For his first case, Jay investigates the murder of a teenage girl, whose body is found with her throat slashed under a highway trucking route that leads out of town. Jay uses old-fashioned policing to uncover evidence and draw alarming conclusions, which could bring him into conflict with his colleague Johnno (Hugo Weaving) and a hot-headed kangaroo hunter called Pete (Ryan Kwanten).

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Saturday 25th October 2014
Tuesday 28th October 2014

NT Live Encore Screening: Frankenstein 3 stars

Two specially filmed performances of Danny Boyle's staging of Mary Shelley in a new adaptation by Nick Dear. Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his hideous creation, whose fates become entwined with devastating consequences. The cruelty of man gradually corrupts the creature and he wreaks revenge on Frankenstein and his bride-to-be, Agatha.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Horror, Romance, Special
  • CastBenedict Cumberbatch, Lizzie Winkler, Ella Smith, Jonny Lee Miller, Naomie Harris.
  • DirectorDanny Boyle.
  • WriterMary Shelley, Nick Dear.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration161 mins
  • Official sitentlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk

Two specially filmed performances of Danny Boyle's staging of Mary Shelley in a new adaptation by Nick Dear. Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his hideous creation, whose fates become entwined with devastating consequences. Unleashed into the world, the monster forges an unlikely friendship with a blind, old man who teaches the outcast to speak. However, the cruelty of man gradually corrupts the monster and he wreaks revenge on Frankenstein and his bride-to-be, Agatha (Lizzie Winkler).

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ParaNorman 4 stars

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Since he was very young, Norman has been blessed with the ability to see dead people. A surprise visit from deranged uncle Prenderghast casts a dark cloud over Norman's hometown of Blithe Hollow. "The witch's curse is real and you're the only one who can stop it!" Prenderghast instructs the boy. Sure enough, the seven people who sent witch Aggie to her doom back in 1712 rise from the grave to wreak havoc on the townsfolk.

  • GenreAdventure, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Horror
  • CastAnna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, Casey Affleck, Kodi Smit-McPhee, John Goodman, Bernard Hill, Tempestt Bledsoe, Jeff Garlin, Elaine Stritch, Tucker Albrizzi, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jodelle Ferland.
  • DirectorSam Fell, Chris Butler.
  • WriterChris Butler.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration92 mins
  • Official sitewww.paranorman.com
  • Release14/09/2012

You wait decades for an intelligent, visual stunning and hilarious stop-motion animation about a little boy battling the undead and, lo and behold, two come along at the same time. Tim Burton unveils his black and white childhood fable Frankenweenie, which has been selected as the opening night gala of the 56th BFI London Film Festival.

Then here, directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell spoil us with this beautifully crafted tale of a young misfit, who is blessed with the ability to see ghosts in his sleepy New England town of Blithe Hollow, where witches were once burned for their supposed crimes. ParaNorman opens with a tongue-in-cheek homage to George A Romero and his bloodthirsty peers, who have littered the big screen with the marauding undead.

"What's happening?" Grandma (voiced by Elaine Stritch) asks Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) as he stares at a zombie tucking into the brains of a hapless female victim on the TV screen.
"He's eating her head," replies the boy nonchalantly.

"He's going to ruin his dinner," notes the old dear, one of the earthbound spirits that appear to Norman but remain invisible to the lad's parents Perry (Jeff Garlin) and Sandra (Leslie Mann), and his bitchy sister Courtney (Anna Kendrick).

A surprise visit from deranged uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman) casts a dark cloud over Blithe Hollow. "The witch's curse is real and you're the only one who can stop it!" Prenderghast instructs Norman, who discovers that his supernatural abilities have been passed down from his dotty relative.

Sure enough, the seven people who sent witch Aggie (Jodelle Ferland) to her doom back in 1712 rise from the grave, led by the menacing Judge (Bernard Hill). Sheriff Hooper (Tempestt Bledsoe) struggles to maintain calm as locals grab their shotguns and pitchforks to repel the zombie attack. Meanwhile, Norman joins forces with classmate Neil (Tucker Albrizzi), his buff older brother Mitch (Casey Affleck), school bully Alvin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) and Courtney to break the witch's curse once and for all.

ParaNorman is aimed at family audiences but parents and teenagers will undoubtedly laugh loudest during Butler and Fell's colourful romp, which pokes fun at the conventions of the horror genre, including one very funny interlude with a vending machine that mocks the zombies' painfully slow shuffle.

Smit-McPhee tugs heartstrings as the loner who would give anything to lose his ability to communicate with the dead, telling his father, "I didn't ask to be born this way," Visuals burst with vibrant colour and the attention to detail is remarkable, even in frenetic action scenes when dozens of characters litter the screen.

Young children might be slightly unnerved by severed limbs that scuttle around of their own accord but violence is cartoonish and scares are gentle. Treats outnumber tricks in this ghoulishly grand adventure.

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Saturday 25th October 2014

Royal Opera Live: I Due Foscari 3 stars

Thaddeus Strassberger directs Verdi's searing early tragedy at the Royal Opera House in London under the baton of conductor Antonio Pappano. Placido Domingo sings the title role of the despairing father, who is torn between love for his family and duty to a corrupt city.

  • GenreMusical, Special
  • CastFrancesco Meli, Maria Agresta, Placido Domingo.
  • DirectorThaddeus Strassberger.
  • WriterVerdi.
  • CountryUK
  • Official sitewww.roh.org.uk/cinemas
  • Release27/10/2014 (selected cinemas)

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Monday 27th October 2014

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Say When 3 stars

Comedy, romance.

  • GenreComedy, Romance
  • CastSam Rockwell, Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz.
  • DirectorLynn Shelton.
  • WriterAndrea Seigel.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration99 mins
  • Official site

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Thursday 30th October 2014

Serena 3 stars

During a visit to Boston, timber merchant George Pemberton falls under the spell of Serena Shaw and they marry. The happy couple returns to North Carolina to expand George's empire and immediately clash with Sheriff McDowell, who hopes to buy vast swathes of Pemberton land to create a national park. When the deal falls through, McDowell declares war on the Pembertons.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Historical/Period, Romance
  • CastBradley Cooper, Toby Jones, Jennifer Lawrence, Sam Reid, Sean Harris, Rhys Ifans.
  • DirectorSusanne Bier.
  • WriterChristopher Kyle.
  • CountryUS/Fr
  • Duration110 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/SerenaTheMovie
  • Release24/10/2014

Good things come to those who wait. Unfortunately, so too does Serena. Shot in the early summer of 2012, just as the first instalment of The Hunger Games was exploding on the big screen, Susanne Bier's blood-smeared period drama has taken a long time to navigate the choppy waters of post-production.

In the interim, the Danish writer-director has made the frothy romantic comedy All You Need Is Love starring Pierce Brosnan and the thriller A Second Chance. Meanwhile, luminous lead stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper have become the toast of Hollywood with their on-screen pairings in the Oscar-winning romance Silver Linings Playbook and swinging crime caper American Hustle.

In Serena, they play love-struck newlyweds, who succumb to jealousy and poisonous desire in the North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s. Romance is kindled at breakneck speed - within minutes of glimpsing his expertly coiffed co-star, Cooper is telling her dreamily, "I think we should be married" - and screenwriter Christopher Kyle adopts a similarly hurried approach to characterisation and narrative development in his haphazard adaptation of the book by Ron Rash.

These gaps in plot and logic become increasingly apparent in the film's overwrought second act, relying heavily on Lawrence to hold the film together with her histrionics. She's a cracking actress, but no one could single-handedly keep this runaway train on the tracks.

Timber merchant George Pemberton (Cooper) struggles to keep his business afloat, aided by partner Buchanan (David Dencik) and woodsman Galloway (Rhys Ifans). He has fathered a love child with a local woman called Rachel (Ana Ularu) and during a visit to Boston, George falls under the spell of Serena Shaw (Lawrence), who a friend describes as "beautiful, wounded and mad for trees".

They marry and return to North Carolina to expand George's empire and immediately clash with Sheriff McDowell (Toby Jones), who hopes to buy vast swathes of Pemberton land to create a national park. When the deal falls through, McDowell declares war on the Pembertons.

In order to quench her dark thoughts about Rachel, Serena resolves to fall pregnant to provide her husband with a legitimate heir but Mrs Pemberton is at the mercy of mischievous Mother Nature when it comes to conceiving.

Serena feels like it has been crudely bolted together in the editing room. Bier and cinematographer Morten Soborg capture breathtakingly beautiful vistas of the Czech Republic, which stands in for North Carolina, but style repeatedly trumps substance.

There's a palpable lack of fluidity to the narrative and the heroine's descent into murderous mayhem happens in the blink of an eye. In the absence of a well-structured script, Lawrence and Cooper barely flesh out their undernourished characters while Ifans, Jones and European co-stars struggle to pin down wandering American accents.

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Still The Enemy Within 3 stars

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A documentary about the 1984-85 miners' strike, told through the eyes of some of the people who lived through it including Joyce Sheppard, Norman Strike and Paul Symonds. Using a mosaic of interviews and rare archive footage, some of which has never been seen before, the film explores the trials and tribulations of the group of miners and supporters, who were on the frontline of the strike for an entire year and were labelled "the Enemy Within" by Margaret Thatcher.

  • GenreDocumentary, Indie
  • DirectorOwen Gower.
  • WriterOwen Gower.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration113 mins
  • Official sitewww.the-enemy-within.org.uk
  • Release03/10/2014 (selected cinemas)

Owen Gower's fascinating documentary offers a raw and revealing account of Britain's longest strike through the eyes of some of the people who lived through it including Joyce Sheppard, Norman Strike and Paul Symonds. Using a mosaic of interviews and rare archive footage, some of which has never been seen before, Gower's film explores the trials and tribulations of the group of miners and supporters, who were on the frontline of the strike for an entire year from 1984 to 1985 and were labelled "the Enemy Within" by Margaret Thatcher.

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Monday 27th October 2014

The Cabinet Of Doctor Caligari stars

One of the most iconic masterpieces of cinema will be shown in the crimson lined, art deco auditorium of the 1912 Curzon Community Cinema with accompaniment on the historic Christie Pipe Organ. 'thrilling, chilling, electrifying' Mark Kemode

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Sunday 26th October 2014
Monday 27th October 2014
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