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  • Danny Collins
  • Exhibition On Screen: The Impressionists
  • Hyena
  • Life Of Riley
  • London International Animation Festival: Kids Club Special
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Phoenix
  • Phoenix (Parent And Baby Screening)
  • Piccadilly
  • Pitch Perfect 2
  • Rastamouse
  • Regarding Susan Sontag
  • The Connection

Danny Collins 3 stars

Irascible showman Danny Collins sacrificed his artistic integrity years ago at the altar of commercial success. For a birthday present, his straight-talking manager Frank Grubman presents Danny with an undelivered, handwritten note from John Lennon that makes the singer-songwriter realise he has squandered his talent. So he ditches his trophy girlfriend, attempts to rediscover his artistic mojo and summons the courage to rebuild bridges to his estranged and embittered son Tom.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Musical
  • CastAnnette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Al Pacino, Bobby Cannavale, Christopher Plummer, Josh Peck.
  • DirectorDan Fogelman.
  • WriterDan Fogelman.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration106 mins
  • Official sitewww.bleeckerstreetmedia.com
  • Release29/05/2015

A caption at the beginning of writer-director Dan Fogelman's cliche-riddled yet uproarious comedy reveals there is a germ of fact buried beneath the tears and cloying sentiment. "The following is kind of based on a true story. A little bit." The seed of Fogelman's script was British folk singer Steve Tilston, who received a supportive fan letter from John Lennon, more than 25 years after the death of the former Beatle. The handwritten missive, penned in 1971, advised the then 21-year-old Tilston to cling to his dreams because "being rich doesn't change your experience in the way you think". Lennon added his telephone number and invited Tilston to call for advice. Fogelman repurposes this cruel twist of fate as the catalyst for an ageing singer-songwriter's belated redemption in Danny Collins. Tales of triumph against musical adversity litter the Hollywood hills and are warmly received by Oscar voters, most recently in 2009 when Jeff Bridges won a golden statuette for his portrayal of a fading country music star in Crazy Heart. Al Pacino delivers a similarly show-stopping turn as the irascible showman of the title, who sacrificed his artistic integrity years ago at the altar of commercial success. For a birthday present, straight-talking manager Frank Grubman (Christopher Plummer) presents Danny with a note from Lennon that makes the singer-songwriter realise he has squandered his talent. "I haven't written a song in 30 years. I'm a joke," concedes Danny. So he ditches his trophy girlfriend (Katarina Cas), cancels the remaining dates of a greatest hits tour and heads for the nearest Hilton to rediscover his artistic mojo. Hotel manager Mary Sinclair (Annette Bening) catches his roving eye, but steadfastly refuses his amorous overtures. When Frank eventually catches up with his superstar client, he is pleasantly surprised by the object of Danny's affection. "She's lovely," agrees Frank. "And age-appropriate," dryly retorts Danny. Thus Danny begins to compose songs again and he summons the courage to rebuild bridges to his estranged and embittered son Tom (Bobby Cannavale), who has a pregnant wife (Jennifer Garner) and a needy daughter (Giselle Eisenberg) to protect from celebrity-tainted ghosts of the past. Danny Collins strums a familiar tune and as existential crises go, the lead character's is relatively brief and painless, but the onscreen rapport between Pacino, Bening and Plummer is irresistible. "You're a huge dinner tease," twinkles Danny after Mary shoots down one of his cheesy chat-ups. Plot revelations involving Cannavale's working-class provider are emotionally manipulative, but it's difficult to hold back tears when the ensemble cast plays these archetypes with such gusto. Fogelman's picture is a guilty pleasure: a slick cover version of previous journeys of self-discovery that were undoubtedly more soulful but seldom more entertaining.

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Friday 29th May 2015
Saturday 30th May 2015
Sunday 31st May 2015
Monday 1st June 2015
Tuesday 2nd June 2015
Wednesday 3rd June 2015
Thursday 4th June 2015

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Exhibition On Screen: The Impressionists 3 stars

A behind-the-scenes documentary on the Inventing Impressionism exhibition from the Musee du Luxembourg in Paris, National Gallery in London and Philadelphia Museum of Art, which explores how art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel created the modern art market by discovering Monet, Pissarro, Degas and Renoir in the early 1870s and buying their works when they were still largely ignored or ridiculed.

In 1886 New York, at a time when Impressionism faced total failure, Parisian art collector Paul Durand-Ruel took the brave decision to introduce these distinctive and modern French paintings to wealthy and enlightened Americans. The enthusiastic response convinced Durand-Ruel to fill American galleries with Impressionist masterpieces and revive interest in luminaries such as Cezanne, Degas, Monet, Pissarro and Renoir. Phil Grabsky's documentary, which has been made in collaboration with the Musee du Luxembourg in Paris and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, charts the inspirational story of Durand-Ruel and the artists he championed, who are on display until the end of May at the National Gallery in London as part of the Inventing Impressionism exhibition.

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Monday 1st June 2015

Hyena 3 stars

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Michael Logan is the authority-flouting leader of a police task force responsible for dismantling organised crime in the capital. Away from his colleagues, Michael smudges the lines between law and disorder by aligning himself with Turkish smugglers. A rival Albanian threatens everything that Michael holds dear. While internal affairs probes Michael's transgressions, the law-breaking officer resolves to protect himself by bringing down the Albanians.

  • GenreDrama, Indie, Thriller
  • CastStephen Graham, Neil Maskell, Peter Ferdinando, MyAnna Buring, Elisa Lasowski.
  • DirectorGerard Johnson.
  • WriterGerard Johnson.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration112 mins
  • Official site
  • Release06/03/2015 (selected cinemas)

A corrupt cop gets his comeuppance in Gerard Johnson's gritty crime thriller set on the mean streets of modern-day London. Michael Logan (Peter Ferdinando) is the authority-flouting leader of a task force responsible for dismantling organised crime in the capital. Away from his colleagues, Michael smudges the lines between law and disorder by aligning himself with Turkish smugglers. A rival Albanian outfit brings death and bloodshed to London, and threatens everything that Michael has worked hard to build. While internal affairs headed by Taylor (Richard Dormer) probes Michael's unconventional tactics and threatens to uncover his endless transgressions, the law-breaking officer resolves to protect himself by bringing down the Albanians and their human trafficking ring with the help of a captive called Ariana (Elisa Lasowski).

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Monday 1st June 2015

Life Of Riley 3 stars

Colin and Kathryn, Jack and Tamara, and Simeon and Monica are three couples who live in the Yorkshire countryside and belong to the same amateur dramatic group. Out of the blue, they learn that their mutual friend George Riley has a few months to live so the sextet invites him to become a part of the theatrical troupe. Old rivalries resurface on and off the stage when Kathryn, Tamara and Monica offer to accompany George on a final trip to Tenerife without their respective partners.

  • GenreAdaptation, Comedy, Drama, Romance, World
  • CastHippolyte Girardot, Sabine Azema, Caroline Sihol, Sandrine Kiberlain, Michel Vuillermoz, Andre Dussollier.
  • DirectorAlain Resnais.
  • WriterLaurent Herbiet, Alain Resnais.
  • CountryFr
  • Duration113 mins
  • Official site
  • Release06/03/2015 (selected cinemas)

Adapted from the Alan Ayckbourn stage play of the same name, Life Of Riley is a haunting French comedy drama about a group of friends who unite in the shadow of terminal illness. It is also the final film of celebrated director Alain Resnais who died in March last year. Colin (Hipployte Girardot) and Kathryn (Sabine Azema), Jack (Michel Vuillermoz) and Tamara (Caroline Sihol), and Simeon (Andre Dussollier) and Monica (Sandrine Kiberlain) are three couples who live in the Yorkshire countryside and belong to the same amateur dramatic group. Out of the blue, they learn that their mutual friend George Riley has a few months to live so the sextet invites him to become a part of the theatrical troupe. Old rivalries resurface on and off the stage and when George decides to take a final trip to Tenerife, Kathryn, Tamara and Monica tell their respective partners that they want to accompany him.

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Sunday 31st May 2015

London International Animation Festival: Kids Club Special 3 stars

Animation programme.

  • GenreAnimation/Cartoon
  • Duration79 mins
  • Official site

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Saturday 30th May 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road 4 stars

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Immortan Joe rules the Citadel with an iron fist and he intends to mastermind the propagation of mankind in his own cruel image using five women called The Wives. Imperator Furiosa kidnaps these slaves and flees across the Wasteland. They join forces with Max Rockatansky, who has knowledge of the Wasteland and can help the fugitives find sanctuary in the deadly shifting sands. In the process, Max lights a fuse on a bitter and bloody road war between Furiosa and Immortan Joe.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastNicholas Hoult, Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
  • DirectorGeorge Miller.
  • WriterGeorge Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris.
  • CountryAustralia/
  • Duration120 mins
  • Official sitewww.madmaxmovie.com
  • Release14/05/2015

Fasten your seat belts and hold on white-knuckle tight as writer-director George Miller invites you to an orgy of high-octane auto mayhem that makes Fast & Furious 7 looks like a sedate Sunday afternoon drive. Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth instalment of the post-apocalyptic franchise, delivers a blitzkrieg of propulsive pursuits featuring almost 150 hand-built death machines of every conceivable shape and size.

These thrillingly choreographed sequences of carmageddon build to a jaw-dropping finale, replete with roof-mouthed metronome-like poles that allow road warriors to swoop down and snatch their prey from adjacent vehicles.

If the original Mad Max released in 1979 was soaked in testosterone, Fury Road adds a heady whiff of oestrogen by introducing a badass tribe of warrior women called the Vuvalini, who ride proudly into battle armed with explosive-tipped spears.

One prime specimen is Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), the enigmatic driver of a mighty 18-wheeler mobile war rig. She reports to Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), despotic leader of the Citadel, who is propagating the species in his cruel image using The Wives.

These five enslaved women (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Courtney Eaton, Abbey Lee) are impregnated by Immortan Joe to provide him with a viable male heir. Furiosa kidnaps The Wives and flees across the Wasteland with Immortan Joe and his army in hot pursuit.

Among the chasing horde is shaven-headed, tattooed acolyte Nux (Nicholas Hoult), who believes that death in battle will grant him entry to the warrior paradise of Valhalla. As Nux puts the pedal to the metal, his poisoned blood is replenished by a living donor, Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), strapped to the front of the hot rod.

During the chase, Max breaks free from Nux and begrudgingly helps Furiosa and The Wives to evade Immortan Joe's clutches, bound for a lush oasis known as the Green Place.

Mad Max: Fury Road is a tour-de-force of adrenaline-pumping thrills. Computer trickery is kept to a bare minimum: stunt drivers actually performed these mind-boggling feats in real vehicles at dizzying speeds.

When director Miller briefly does take his foot off the accelerator, he hopes we'll be giddy enough on exhaust fumes to care deeply about plot and characterisation. Both sit quietly in the back seat, waiting for the next rev of a V-8 engine.

Hardy perfects an array of grunts and growls in place of dialogue. He's a dull boy though next to Theron's gutsy alpha female, who goes toe-to-toe and trades blow for bone-crunching blow with the grizzled anti-hero, channelling her character's sense of loss into vengeance.

Keays-Byrne takes a leaf out of Hardy's book from The Dark Knight Rises and dons a nightmarish face mask made of horse teeth. Miller's rambunctious ride is heightened by a deafening soundtrack courtesy of Grammy-nominated composer Junkie XL.

You'll feel the teeth rattle in your head as his sonic boom of drums, strings, thrashing electric guitars and a soaring 80-voice choir competes with the crash-bang-wallop of the on-screen carnage.

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Friday 29th May 2015
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Phoenix 3 stars

Nelly was imprisoned and tortured at Auschwitz, and she returns to post-war Berlin with a bandaged face. Her good friend Lene provides emotional support during the subsequent reconstructive surgery, which shatters Nelly's brittle confidence. Lene explains to her friend that a new face will help her to start afresh and to escape the clutches of her wayward husband Johnny, who betrayed her to the Nazis.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Historical/Period, Romance, World
  • CastNina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf.
  • DirectorChristian Petzold.
  • WriterHarun Farocki, Christian Petzold.
  • CountryGer
  • Duration98 mins
  • Official site
  • Release08/05/2015 (selected cinemas)

Nelly (Nina Hoss) was imprisoned and tortured at Auschwitz, and she returns to post-war Berlin with a bandaged face. Her good friend Lene (Nina Kunzendorf) provides emotional support during the subsequent reconstructive surgery, which shatters Nelly's brittle confidence. Lene explains to her friend that a new face will help her to start afresh and to escape the clutches of her wayward husband Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), who betrayed her to the Nazis. Nelly cannot believe that Johnny turned against her, so she tracks him down to a bar where he fails to recognise her with her new visage. He does think that she looks like Nelly and concocts a diabolical plan, asking Nelly to pose as herself to claim the wife's sizable inheritance, which they can split equally between them.

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Saturday 30th May 2015
Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Phoenix (Parent And Baby Screening) 3 stars

Nelly was imprisoned and tortured at Auschwitz, and she returns to post-war Berlin with a bandaged face. Her good friend Lene provides emotional support during the subsequent reconstructive surgery, which shatters Nelly's brittle confidence. Lene explains to her friend that a new face will help her to start afresh and to escape the clutches of her wayward husband Johnny, who betrayed her to the Nazis.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Historical/Period, Romance, World
  • CastRonald Zehrfeld, Nina Hoss, Nina Kunzendorf.
  • DirectorChristian Petzold.
  • WriterHarun Farocki, Christian Petzold.
  • CountryGer
  • Duration98 mins
  • Official site
  • Release08/05/2015 (selected cinemas)

Nelly (Nina Hoss) was imprisoned and tortured at Auschwitz, and she returns to post-war Berlin with a bandaged face. Her good friend Lene (Nina Kunzendorf) provides emotional support during the subsequent reconstructive surgery, which shatters Nelly's brittle confidence. Lene explains to her friend that a new face will help her to start afresh and to escape the clutches of her wayward husband Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), who betrayed her to the Nazis. Nelly cannot believe that Johnny turned against her, so she tracks him down to a bar where he fails to recognise her with her new visage. He does think that she looks like Nelly and concocts a diabolical plan, asking Nelly to pose as herself to claim the wife's sizable inheritance, which they can split equally between them.

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Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Piccadilly 3 stars

Drama.

  • GenreDrama
  • CastGilda Gray, Charles Laughton, Jameson Thomas, Anna May Wong.
  • DirectorEA Dupont.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration105 mins
  • Official site

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Sunday 31st May 2015
Thursday 4th June 2015

Pitch Perfect 2 4 stars

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Fat Amy suffers an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction in the presence of President Obama, which threatens to bring Barden University's all-female a cappella group into disrepute. In order to restore their pride, the Bellas enter a global singing competition that has never been won by an American group. Beca, Fat Amy, Chloe, Lilly, new recruit Emily and the other Bellas prepare to pitch-slap their talented rivals into submission.

  • GenreComedy, Family, Musical, Romance
  • CastAnna Kendrick, Hailee Steinfeld, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow, John Michael Higgins.
  • DirectorElizabeth Banks.
  • WriterKay Cannon.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration115 mins
  • Official sitewww.pitchperfect2-uk.tumblr.com
  • Release15/05/2015

Lightning almost strikes twice in the eagerly anticipated sequel to the feel-great comedy Pitch Perfect. Actress Elizabeth Banks nestles in the director's chair for this uproarious second outing and she confidently conducts a choir of familiar faces through soaring musical mash-ups and pitch-slapping putdowns.

Screenwriter Kay Cannon, who penned the original, enforces the message of femme power by contriving a spectacular fall from grace for the Barden Bellas in order that her plucky heroines rediscover their sisterly solidarity. Beyonce's anthemic "Run The World (Girls)" is a fitting opener for one medley of redemption, emphasising that while these girls wanna have fun, they won't do so at the expense of friendships or their careers.

Cannon pads out her admittedly flimsy premise with parallel romantic subplots and introduces a Latin American exchange student, whose life-or-death heritage becomes a running joke that limps before the two hours are up.

Thankfully, Rebel Wilson turbo-charges her scenes and is rewarded with the film's only solo - Pat Benatar's power ballad "We Belong" - that builds to a rousing call to arms for the broken-hearted.

Three years after all-female group the Barden Bellas triumphed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, the girls perform for President Obama and his wife. Fat Amy (Wilson) suffers a wardrobe malfunction during a Miley Cyrus-themed aerial routine and drags the good name of Barden University into the gutter.

In the wake of Muffgate, commentators John Smith (John Michael Higgins) and Gail Abernathy-McKadden (Elizabeth Banks) cast the Bellas into the wilderness and mock Beca (Anna Kendrick) when she claims they can become the first American group to win the World A Cappella Championships.

Beca, Fat Amy, Chloe (Brittany Snow), Stacie (Alexis Knapp), Jessica (Kelley Jakle), Cynthia-Rose (Ester Dean), softly spoken beatboxer Lilly (Hana Mae Lee) and new recruits Emily (Hailee Steinfeld) and Flo (Chrissie Fit) prepare for musical battle.

However, the path to glory in Copenhagen is blocked by well-drilled reigning champions, Das Sound Machine, led by the statuesque Kommissar (Birgitte Hjort Sorensen) and her right-hand herr Pieter (Flula Borg).

The Bellas' make-or-break performance beckons and Beca frets about her song choices. "You're the most talented person I know," gushes Fat Amy soothingly, "and I've met three of The Wiggles... intimately."

Pitch Perfect 2 hits many of the high notes of the original film. Beca's romance with boyfriend Jesse (Skylar Astin) is inert in the sequel so the spotlight shifts to Fat Amy's on-off-on-off flirtation with Bumper (Adam DeVine).

Banks and Higgins lasso some of the heartiest guffaws, the latter spewing chauvinism with aplomb as he casually describes the Bellas as "an inspiration to girls all over the country who are too ugly to be cheerleaders".

Musical sequences are choreographed with verve, including a rousing finale that astutely goes back to acca-basics to tug the heartstrings.

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Friday 29th May 2015
Saturday 30th May 2015
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Monday 1st June 2015
Tuesday 2nd June 2015
Wednesday 3rd June 2015
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Rastamouse 3 stars

Animation.

  • GenreAnimation/Cartoon, Children's
  • Official site

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Friday 29th May 2015

Regarding Susan Sontag 3 stars

Documentary.

  • GenreDocumentary
  • CastPatricia Clarkson.
  • DirectorNancy Kates.
  • WriterJohn Haptas, Nancy Kates.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration100 mins
  • Official site

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Tuesday 2nd June 2015

The Connection 3 stars

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Tenacious magistrate Pierre Michel relocates from Metz with his loyal wife Jacqueline to the port city of Marseille in the south. A mafia thug called Gaetan Zampa has the entire city in a vice-like grip including the legal system, which seems powerless to stop Zampa's reign of blood-spattered terror. Regardless of the threat to his own life, Michel resolves to bring down Zampa and restore law and order to the streets, but his prey's organised crime empire is vast.

  • GenreAction, Thriller, World
  • CastGilles Lellouche, Jean Dujardin, Celine Sallette, Bruno Todeschini, Melanie Doutey, Benoit Magimel.
  • DirectorCedric Jimenez.
  • WriterCedric Jimenez, Audrey Diwan.
  • CountryFr/Bel
  • Duration135 mins
  • Official sitewww.gaumont.fr/fr/film/La-french.html
  • Release29/05/2015

Oscar winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) headlines this French crime drama directed by Cedric Jimenez, which attempts to document the other side of the story of William Friedkin's 1976 classic, The French Connection. Tenacious magistrate Pierre Michel (Dujardin) relocates from Metz with his loyal wife Jacqueline (Celine Sallette) to the port city of Marseille in the south. A mafia thug called Gaetan Zampa (Gilles Lellouche) has the entire city in a vice-like grip including the legal system, which seems powerless to stop Zampa's reign of blood-spattered terror. Regardless of the threat to his own life, Michel resolves to bring down Zampa and restore law and order to the streets, but his prey's organised crime empire is vast and Michel will have to fight some of his battles alone.

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Friday 29th May 2015
Saturday 30th May 2015
Sunday 31st May 2015
Monday 1st June 2015
Tuesday 2nd June 2015
Wednesday 3rd June 2015
Thursday 4th June 2015
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