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  • A Little Chaos
  • A Little Chaos (Parent And Baby Screening)
  • A Little Chaos (Subtitled)
  • Avengers: Age Of Ultron
  • Blade Runner: The Final Cut
  • Bolshoi Ballet: Ivan The Terrible
  • Breaking Away
  • Cinderella
  • Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance
  • Elaine Paige Royal Albert Hall Concert + Live Set + Q&A
  • Exhibition On Screen: Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way Of Seeing
  • Harlock Space Pirate 3D
  • Harold And Maude
  • Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
  • The Emperor's New Clothes + Q&A With Russell Brand: Live Satellite Transmission
  • While We're Young
  • White God
  • Woman In Gold

A Little Chaos 3 stars

movie title

King Louis XIV hires renowned landscape gardener Andre Le Notre to transform the grounds of Versailles into a fantasia "of exquisite and matchless beauty". It is a Herculean task, so Le Notre hires fellow landscapers to oversee different sections of the garden. Sabine De Barra catches his eye. She flouts rigid form and prefers a more haphazard approach to her planting. The arrival of Sabine in the court sets tongues wagging and incurs the wrath of Andre's jealous wife, Madame Le Notre.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Historical/Period, Romance
  • CastAlan Rickman, Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci, Helen McCrory, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jennifer Ehle.
  • DirectorAlan Rickman.
  • WriterAlison Deegan, Alan Rickman, Jeremy Brock.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration117 mins
  • Official site
  • Release17/04/2015

Sexual tension and skulduggery blossom in the magnificent gardens of the Palace of Versailles in Alan Rickman's entertaining second directorial feature. A Little Chaos is considerably more formal and predictable than the title suggests, but what this lusty period romp lacks in originality, it compensates with colourful performances and an uplifting bouquet of courtly intrigues.

Rickman sows the seeds of our simple enjoyment with a largely British cast led by Oscar-winner Kate Winslet as a spirited landscape gardener, who refuses to kowtow to expectations or gender stereotypes.

She is nestled between handsome Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts as her green-fingered love interest and Stanley Tucci in a typically scene-stealing comic role as the effete Duc d'Orleans, who is a stranger to restrained sophistication and "speaks from the opposite end of the fashion scale".

Some of Britain's finest stately homes, estates and mansions including Blenheim Palace, Cliveden, Hampton Court Palace and Waddesdon Manor double handsomely for late 17th-century France. Rickman's garden is exceedingly well turned out.

The director makes his mark in front of the camera as King Louis XIV, who has hired renowned landscape gardener Andre Le Notre (Schoenaerts) to transform the grounds of Versailles into a fantasia "of exquisite and matchless beauty".

It is a Herculean task, so Le Notre hires fellow landscapers to oversee different sections of the garden. Sabine De Barra (Winslet) catches his eye. She flouts rigid form and prefers a more haphazard approach to her planting.

The arrival of Sabine in the court sets tongues wagging - "You are no one where everybody is someone," a chaperone tells her - and incurs the wrath of Andre's jealous wife, Madame Le Notre (Helen McCrory).

Fellow labourers including Moulin (Danny Webb) rush to support Sabine in her epic undertaking and the gardener wins the approval of the king's mistress Madame De Montespan (Jennifer Ehle) by challenging the monarch's description of women in his court as faded and overblown roses. "That fate awaits all roses, sire," Sabine responds confidently.

A Little Chaos has the requisite array of heaving bosoms, lingering glances and deceptions, accentuated by swathes of eye-catching costumes and composer Peter Gregson's lively score.

Winslet isn't stretched in the lead role but she brings grit and determination to her trendsetter. On-screen sexual tension with Schoenaerts barely simmers, while McCrory vamps it up to the hilt as the wicked wench who envies Sabine's ability to impress powerful men with her intellect.

Rickman downplays his beleaguered monarch and enjoys one truly delightful scene with Winslet, in which he casts off the king's finery to mourn lost love. The resolution of the entangled plots will surprise no one, but A Little Chaos is a hardy perennial that will weather most criticism and delivers gentle sprays of laughter and romance when it counts.

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Saturday 18th April 2015
Sunday 19th April 2015
Monday 20th April 2015
Tuesday 21st April 2015
Wednesday 22nd April 2015
Thursday 23rd April 2015

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A Little Chaos (Parent And Baby Screening) 3 stars

movie title

King Louis XIV hires renowned landscape gardener Andre Le Notre to transform the grounds of Versailles into a fantasia "of exquisite and matchless beauty". It is a Herculean task, so Le Notre hires fellow landscapers to oversee different sections of the garden. Sabine De Barra catches his eye. She flouts rigid form and prefers a more haphazard approach to her planting. The arrival of Sabine in the court sets tongues wagging and incurs the wrath of Andre's jealous wife, Madame Le Notre.

  • GenreDrama, Historical/Period, Romance
  • CastHelen McCrory, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jennifer Ehle, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci.
  • DirectorAlan Rickman.
  • WriterAlison Deegan, Alan Rickman, Jeremy Brock.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration117 mins
  • Official sitewww.bbc.co.uk/bbcfilms/film/a_little_chaos
  • Release17/04/2015

Sexual tension and skulduggery blossom in the magnificent gardens of the Palace of Versailles in Alan Rickman's entertaining second directorial feature. A Little Chaos is considerably more formal and predictable than the title suggests, but what this lusty period romp lacks in originality, it compensates with colourful performances and an uplifting bouquet of courtly intrigues.

Rickman sows the seeds of our simple enjoyment with a largely British cast led by Oscar-winner Kate Winslet as a spirited landscape gardener, who refuses to kowtow to expectations or gender stereotypes.

She is nestled between handsome Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts as her green-fingered love interest and Stanley Tucci in a typically scene-stealing comic role as the effete Duc d'Orleans, who is a stranger to restrained sophistication and "speaks from the opposite end of the fashion scale".

Some of Britain's finest stately homes, estates and mansions including Blenheim Palace, Cliveden, Hampton Court Palace and Waddesdon Manor double handsomely for late 17th-century France. Rickman's garden is exceedingly well turned out.

The director makes his mark in front of the camera as King Louis XIV, who has hired renowned landscape gardener Andre Le Notre (Schoenaerts) to transform the grounds of Versailles into a fantasia "of exquisite and matchless beauty".

It is a Herculean task, so Le Notre hires fellow landscapers to oversee different sections of the garden. Sabine De Barra (Winslet) catches his eye. She flouts rigid form and prefers a more haphazard approach to her planting.

The arrival of Sabine in the court sets tongues wagging - "You are no one where everybody is someone," a chaperone tells her - and incurs the wrath of Andre's jealous wife, Madame Le Notre (Helen McCrory).

Fellow labourers including Moulin (Danny Webb) rush to support Sabine in her epic undertaking and the gardener wins the approval of the king's mistress Madame De Montespan (Jennifer Ehle) by challenging the monarch's description of women in his court as faded and overblown roses. "That fate awaits all roses, sire," Sabine responds confidently.

A Little Chaos has the requisite array of heaving bosoms, lingering glances and deceptions, accentuated by swathes of eye-catching costumes and composer Peter Gregson's lively score.

Winslet isn't stretched in the lead role but she brings grit and determination to her trendsetter. On-screen sexual tension with Schoenaerts barely simmers, while McCrory vamps it up to the hilt as the wicked wench who envies Sabine's ability to impress powerful men with her intellect.

Rickman downplays his beleaguered monarch and enjoys one truly delightful scene with Winslet, in which he casts off the king's finery to mourn lost love. The resolution of the entangled plots will surprise no one, but A Little Chaos is a hardy perennial that will weather most criticism and delivers gentle sprays of laughter and romance when it counts.

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Wednesday 22nd April 2015

A Little Chaos (Subtitled) 3 stars

movie title

King Louis XIV hires renowned landscape gardener Andre Le Notre to transform the grounds of Versailles into a fantasia "of exquisite and matchless beauty". It is a Herculean task, so Le Notre hires fellow landscapers to oversee different sections of the garden. Sabine De Barra catches his eye. She flouts rigid form and prefers a more haphazard approach to her planting. The arrival of Sabine in the court sets tongues wagging and incurs the wrath of Andre's jealous wife, Madame Le Notre.

  • GenreDrama, Historical/Period, Romance
  • CastHelen McCrory, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jennifer Ehle, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci.
  • DirectorAlan Rickman.
  • WriterAlison Deegan, Alan Rickman, Jeremy Brock.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration117 mins
  • Official sitewww.bbc.co.uk/bbcfilms/film/a_little_chaos
  • Release17/04/2015

Sexual tension and skulduggery blossom in the magnificent gardens of the Palace of Versailles in Alan Rickman's entertaining second directorial feature. A Little Chaos is considerably more formal and predictable than the title suggests, but what this lusty period romp lacks in originality, it compensates with colourful performances and an uplifting bouquet of courtly intrigues.

Rickman sows the seeds of our simple enjoyment with a largely British cast led by Oscar-winner Kate Winslet as a spirited landscape gardener, who refuses to kowtow to expectations or gender stereotypes.

She is nestled between handsome Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts as her green-fingered love interest and Stanley Tucci in a typically scene-stealing comic role as the effete Duc d'Orleans, who is a stranger to restrained sophistication and "speaks from the opposite end of the fashion scale".

Some of Britain's finest stately homes, estates and mansions including Blenheim Palace, Cliveden, Hampton Court Palace and Waddesdon Manor double handsomely for late 17th-century France. Rickman's garden is exceedingly well turned out.

The director makes his mark in front of the camera as King Louis XIV, who has hired renowned landscape gardener Andre Le Notre (Schoenaerts) to transform the grounds of Versailles into a fantasia "of exquisite and matchless beauty".

It is a Herculean task, so Le Notre hires fellow landscapers to oversee different sections of the garden. Sabine De Barra (Winslet) catches his eye. She flouts rigid form and prefers a more haphazard approach to her planting.

The arrival of Sabine in the court sets tongues wagging - "You are no one where everybody is someone," a chaperone tells her - and incurs the wrath of Andre's jealous wife, Madame Le Notre (Helen McCrory).

Fellow labourers including Moulin (Danny Webb) rush to support Sabine in her epic undertaking and the gardener wins the approval of the king's mistress Madame De Montespan (Jennifer Ehle) by challenging the monarch's description of women in his court as faded and overblown roses. "That fate awaits all roses, sire," Sabine responds confidently.

A Little Chaos has the requisite array of heaving bosoms, lingering glances and deceptions, accentuated by swathes of eye-catching costumes and composer Peter Gregson's lively score.

Winslet isn't stretched in the lead role but she brings grit and determination to her trendsetter. On-screen sexual tension with Schoenaerts barely simmers, while McCrory vamps it up to the hilt as the wicked wench who envies Sabine's ability to impress powerful men with her intellect.

Rickman downplays his beleaguered monarch and enjoys one truly delightful scene with Winslet, in which he casts off the king's finery to mourn lost love. The resolution of the entangled plots will surprise no one, but A Little Chaos is a hardy perennial that will weather most criticism and delivers gentle sprays of laughter and romance when it counts.

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Wednesday 22nd April 2015

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron 3 stars

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Tony Stark hopes to jumpstart world peace using a dormant artificial intelligence program but he unwittingly unleashes the villainous Ultron. Nick Fury calls together his superhero team of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye to protect mankind from annihilation, testing the bonds of trust between the team members in the process. Uneasy alliances are forged and the Avengers cross paths with mysterious and powerful siblings Wanda and Pietro Maximoff.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction
  • CastChris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, James Spader, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
  • DirectorJoss Whedon.
  • WriterJoss Whedon.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration141 mins
  • Official sitewww.marvel.com/avengers
  • Release23/04/2015

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) hopes to jumpstart world peace using a dormant artificial intelligence program but he unwittingly unleashes the villainous Ultron (James Spader). Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) calls together his superhero team of Iron Man, Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) to protect mankind from annihilation, testing the bonds of trust between the team members in the process. Uneasy alliances are forged and the Avengers cross paths with mysterious and powerful siblings Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Pietro Maximoff (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). The team also encounters an old friend in his new form as Vision (Paul Bettany).

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Thursday 23rd April 2015

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Blade Runner: The Final Cut 4 stars

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The definitive version of Ridley Scott's seminal sci-fi opus, adapted from Philip K Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Harrison Ford plays replicant hunter Rick Deckard, whose pursuit of Roy Batty and his kin including Pris and Zhora in 21st-century Los Angeles begs tantalising questions about Deckard's own existence.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastHarrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young.
  • DirectorRidley Scott.
  • WriterHampton Fancher.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration117 mins
  • Official site
  • Release23/11/2007 (selected cinemas); 03/04/2015 (selected cinemas)

The definitive version of Ridley Scott's seminal sci-fi opus, adapted from Philip K Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, still looks majestic on the big screen, conjuring a breathtaking vision of a dystopian future enhanced by Vangelis' sweeping score. Harrison Ford plays replicant hunter Rick Deckard, whose pursuit of Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) and his kin including Pris (Daryl Hannah) and Zhora (Joanna Cassidy) in 21st-century Los Angeles begs tantalising questions about Deckard's own existence.

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Saturday 18th April 2015
Wednesday 22nd April 2015

Bolshoi Ballet: Ivan The Terrible 3 stars

Yuri Grigorovich's ballet of intrigue and murder in 16th-century Russia.

  • GenreDrama, Special
  • CountryRus
  • Duration135 mins
  • Official site

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Sunday 19th April 2015

Breaking Away stars

  • GenreFilm
  • DirectorPeter Yates.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration100 mins
  • Official site

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Thursday 23rd April 2015

Cinderella 4 stars

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Ella loses her mother and father, but inherits a vindictive stepmother Lady Tremaine and two brattish stepsisters, Anastasia and Drizella. Treated as a servant by her new family, who cruelly nickname her Cinderella, the plucky heroine catches the eye of dashing Prince Charming, who must pick a bride to ensure the security of the kingdom. So he throws a lavish ball where Ella makes a grand entrance with some magical help from her Fairy Godmother.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Drama, Family, Family, Fantasy, Romance
  • CastDerek Jacobi, Stellan Skarsgard, Richard Madden, Holliday Grainger, Cate Blanchett, Sophie McShera, Lily James, Ben Chaplin, Helena Bonham Carter, Hayley Atwell.
  • DirectorKenneth Branagh.
  • WriterChris Weitz.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration113 mins
  • Official sitemovies.disney.com/cinderella/
  • Release27/03/2015

Slavishly adapted from Disney's classic 1950 animated musical, Kenneth Branagh's live action version of the fairy-tale romance doesn't skimp on the period detail. Sandy Powell's luxurious costumes, Dante Ferretti's opulent set designs and Patrick Doyle's sweeping orchestral score conjure a magical world of unerring love in which even we gasp at the gargantuan splendour of the grand ball where the prince must choose his wife.

While this Cinderella unquestionably dazzles the senses, screenwriter Chris Weitz is shackled to fond memories of the hand-drawn film and consequently, he has almost no room for flourishes of originality.

The plot arc is predetermined, the ugly stepsisters don't hack off their heels or toes to squeeze into a misplaced glass slipper, and Helena Bonham Carter's fairy godmother isn't quite as eccentric as she or we would like as she engineers the film's best set-piece with a flick of her wand.

"I don't go transforming pumpkins for just anyone!" she chirps. No, the special effects wizards do and they accomplish the pivotal sequence with aplomb. Before all of the jiggery-pokery with a pumpkin, four mice and a goose, Ella (Lily James) is consigned to the kitchen by her vindictive stepmother Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett) and brattish stepsisters, Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drizella (Sophie McShera).

Emboldened by the dying words of her mother (Hayley Atwell) - "Have courage and be kind" - Ella tries to rise above the bullying. When the name-calling becomes too frightful, she escapes on horseback and catches the eye of the dashing Prince (Richard Madden), who must pick a bride at the behest of the dying King (Derek Jacobi).

So the Prince throws a lavish ball where Ella makes her grand entrance then disappears as the clock chimes midnight, leaving behind footwear that would surely pose a health and safety risk in any other film. "Find that girl - the forgetful one who loses her shoes!" decrees the Captain of the royal guard (Nonzo Anosie).

Cinderella will enchant a generation of girls, who dream of donning the tiara of a Disney princess. James and Madden are an attractive screen pairing, while Blanchett draws inspiration from Joan Crawford to cast a formidable shadow from beneath the brim of her character's extravagant hats.

"I do love a happy ending, don't you?" gushes one of the characters. Branagh's film certainly does, without a hint of irony. The main feature is preceded by the animated short Frozen Fever, which continues the adventures of sisters Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) as they prepare for a birthday celebration.

Lovable snowman Olaf (Josh Gad) and hunky Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) also return and the script includes a cute reference to the blockbusting film when ice queen Elsa sneezes and chirrups, "A cold never bothered me anyway!" A generation of men, who take to their beds at the first sniffle, would disagree.

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Sunday 19th April 2015

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Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance 3 stars

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A life-affirming documentary about a group of friends and neighbours from a Welsh mining village, who came together to buy a racehorse and subsequently defied the odds. Jan Vokes is a barmaid in a working men's club in Cefn Fforest, who overhears local tax adviser, Howard Davies, talking about his disastrous efforts to breed a prize-winning horse. Without any experience but bundles of enthusiasm, Jan persuades Howard and his long-suffering wife Daisy to help her break into the horse racing elite.

  • GenreDocumentary, Drama, Indie
  • DirectorLouise Osmond.
  • WriterLouise Osmond.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration86 mins
  • Official sitewww.darkhorsefilm.co.uk
  • Release17/04/2015 (selected cinemas)

Not to be confused with James Napier Robertson's New Zealand drama The Dark Horse, Louise Osmond's life-affirming documentary reveals the true story of a group of friends and neighbours from a Welsh mining village, who came together to buy a racehorse and subsequently defied the odds. Jan Vokes is a barmaid in a working men's club in Cefn Fforest, who overhears local tax adviser, Howard Davies, talking about his disastrous efforts to breed a prize-winning horse. Without any experience but bundles of enthusiasm, Jan persuades Howard and his long-suffering wife Daisy to help her break into the horse racing elite. She establishes a syndicate of 30 locals, who pay 10 each per month towards the animal's care. They choose a foal with dubious racing pedigree and pay 7,000 pounds for the animal, christening the horse Dream Alliance, which they stable down on the allotments. With guidance from a top-class trainer, Dream Alliance becomes a beacon of hope for Cefn Fforest and stuns pundits when it wins a series of high-profile races against seasoned opposition.

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Saturday 18th April 2015
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Tuesday 21st April 2015
Wednesday 22nd April 2015
Thursday 23rd April 2015

Elaine Paige Royal Albert Hall Concert + Live Set + Q&A 3 stars

For one night only, West End star and broadcaster Paige performs highlights from her 50 year career, which has included originating the roles of Eva Peron in Evita, Grizabella in Cats and Florence in Chess. This recording of her sell-out farewell concert, I'm Still Here, at the Royal Albert Hall in London features the BBC Concert Orchestra followed by a special live performance and interview with special guests.

  • GenreMusical, Special
  • CastElaine Paige.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration140 mins
  • Official sitewww.elainepaige.com
  • Release23/04/2015 (selected cinemas)

For one night only, West End star and broadcaster Paige performs highlights from her 50 year career, which has included originating the roles of Eva Peron in Evita, Grizabella in Cats and Florence in Chess. This recording of her sell-out farewell concert, I'm Still Here, at the Royal Albert Hall in London features the BBC Concert Orchestra followed by a special live performance and interview with special guests.

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Thursday 23rd April 2015

Exhibition On Screen: Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way Of Seeing 3 stars

Released to mark the 125th anniversary of Vincent Van Gogh's death, this fascinating documentary ventures behind the scenes of Amsterdam's prestigious Van Gogh Museum, which is home to many of the artist's masterpieces. These works from the gallery's collection are shown on the big screen in lustrous high definition, accompanied by commentaries and observations from world-renowned curators, art historians and specially invited guests, who offer their interpretations of his work.

Released to mark the 125th anniversary of Vincent Van Gogh's death, this fascinating documentary directed by David Bickerstaff ventures behind the scenes of Amsterdam's prestigious Van Gogh Museum, which is home to many of the artist's masterpieces. These works from the gallery's collection are shown on the big screen in lustrous high definition, accompanied by commentaries and observations from world-renowned curators, art historians and specially invited guests, who offer their interpretations of his work. Granted unprecedented and complete access to these treasures, Bickerstaff's film explores Van Gogh from various perspectives including his personal life and development as an artist.

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Monday 20th April 2015

Harlock Space Pirate 3D 3 stars

In the distant future, humanity has travelled to distant planets to survive, but these far-flung factions yearn for a return to Earth. A universal government called the Gaia Sanction hires Captain Harlock to guard Earth and prevent anyone from illegally settling down on terra firma. The mission is compromised and Harlock controversially turns on his own fleet. Isola, the Admiral of the Gaia Fleet, vows to destroy Harlock aided by his younger brother, Yama.

  • GenreAdventure, Animation/Cartoon, Family, Science Fiction, World
  • CastShun Oguri, Miyuki Sawashiro, Haruma Miura.
  • DirectorShinji Aramaki.
  • WriterHarutoshi Fukui, Kiyoto Takeuchi.
  • CountryJpn
  • Duration111 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/officialharlockmovie
  • Release22/04/2015 (selected cinemas)

A Japanese language subtitled version of Shinji Aramaki's computer-animated adventure based on the manga series Space Pirate Captain Harlock by Leiji Matsumoto. In the distant future, humanity has travelled to distant planets to survive, but these far-flung factions yearn for a return to Earth. Unable to repopulate the third rock from the sun with so many feuding clans, a universal government called the Gaia Sanction hires Captain Harlock (voiced by Shun Oguri) to guard Earth and prevent anyone from illegally settling down on terra firma. The mission is compromised and Harlock controversially turns on his own fleet. Isola (Toshiyuki Morikawa), the Admiral of the Gaia Fleet, vows to destroy Harlock aided by his younger brother, Yama (Haruma Miura), who infiltrates Harlock's ship Arcadia with the intention of spying on the pirate. Yama's allegiances are torn as he realises that he has not been told the full truth about Harlock's inglorious past.

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Wednesday 22nd April 2015

Harold And Maude 4 stars

Comedy.

  • GenreClassic, Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • CastRuth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack.
  • DirectorHal Ashby.
  • WriterColin Higgins.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration91 mins
  • Official site

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Sunday 19th April 2015
Thursday 23rd April 2015

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter 3 stars

Kumiko is a lonely Japanese woman, who watches the Coen brothers' black comedy Fargo and is convinced that the money buried by Steve Buscemi towards the end of the film is real. Armed with a credit card stolen from her place of employment and unsuitable clothing for the icy chill of north America, Kumiko leaves behind her native Japan and heads for foreign climes, where she intends to find the buried treasure using a crude hand-drawn map.

  • GenreDrama, Indie
  • CastShirley Venard, Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner.
  • DirectorDavid Zellner.
  • WriterNathan Zellner, David Zellner.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration105 mins
  • Official sitewww.kumikothetreasurehunter.com
  • Release20/02/2015 (selected cinemas)

David Zellner's quirky comedy attests to the power of the moving image to blur boundaries between fact and fiction. Kumiko (Rinko Kikuchi) is a lonely Japanese woman, who watches the Coen brothers' black comedy Fargo and is convinced that the money buried by Steve Buscemi towards the end of the film is real. Armed with a credit card stolen from her place of employment and unsuitable clothing for the icy chill of north America, Kumiko leaves behind her native Japan and heads for foreign climes, where she intends to find the buried treasure using a crude hand-drawn map. As Kumiko heads across the frozen wilderness of Minnesota, she encounters various characters, who are perplexed and charmed by her outlandish odyssey.

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Sunday 19th April 2015

The Emperor's New Clothes + Q&A With Russell Brand: Live Satellite Transmission 3 stars

Documentary.

  • GenreDocumentary, Special
  • CastRussell Brand.
  • DirectorMichael Winterbottom.
  • WriterRussell Brand.
  • CountryUS/UK
  • Duration107 mins
  • Official sitewww.theemperorsnewclothesfilm.co.uk
  • Release21/04/2015

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Tuesday 21st April 2015

While We're Young 3 stars

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Josh Srebnick is a talented filmmaker, who cannot muster the energy or enthusiasm to complete a documentary that has consumed the past 10 years of his life. He is stuck in a rut with his wife Cornelia. By chance, the Srebnicks meet aspiring twenty-something filmmaker Jamie and his kooky girlfriend Darby, whose lust for life is infectious. Flattered by Jamie's effusive praise for his work, Josh neglects his long-gestated feature to become a mentor to the younger filmmaker.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Romance
  • CastNaomi Watts, Adam Driver, Ben Stiller, Amanda Seyfried.
  • DirectorNoah Baumbach.
  • WriterNoah Baumbach.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration97 mins
  • Official sitewww.while-were-young.com
  • Release03/04/2015

Opening with a quote from Ibsen's play The Master Builder, While We're Young is an acutely observed but emotionally underpowered comedy drama about a forty-something couple, who become intoxicated by the vivacity and carefree abandon of the younger generation.

Writer-director Noah Baumbach, who was Oscar nominated for his screenplay The Squid And The Whale, is well versed in the gaping chasms that separate hip techno-savvy youngsters from their parents.

Here, he elegantly subverts stereotypes by contrasting the unedifying pastimes of his world-weary protagonists, who are slaves to their smart phones and on-demand entertainment services, with the whims of two twenty-something dreamers, who play board games, keep in shape at hip hop exercise classes and have re-appropriated vintage clutter as their own.

Like Baumbach's earlier work, this occasionally spiky portrait of middle-aged malaise is peppered with polished one-liners and elicits strong performances from the ensemble cast.

Josh Srebnick (Ben Stiller) is a talented filmmaker, who cannot muster the energy or enthusiasm to complete a documentary that has consumed the past 10 years of his life. He is stuck in a rut with his wife Cornelia (Naomi Watts), who offers support when she isn't producing the pictures of her father, the legendary director Leslie Breitbart (Charles Grodin).

Their best friends Marina (Maria Dizzia) and Fletcher (Adam Horowitz), who have just become parents, try in vain to convince Josh and Cornelia to bolster their happy home with a child but the Srebnicks maintain they are happy as they are.

By chance, they meet aspiring twenty-something filmmaker Jamie (Adam Driver) and his kooky girlfriend Darby (Amanda Seyfried), whose lust for life is infectious. "This is just like my record collection," gushes Josh as he salivates over shelves of 12 inch vinyls in Jamie's apartment, "except mine are CDs."

Flattered by Jamie's effusive praise for his work, Josh neglects his long-gestated feature to become a mentor to the younger filmmaker. When Josh finally musters the courage to show his father-in-law a shambolic rough cut of his unfinished documentary, Leslie's fair criticism cuts deep. "You just showed me a six and a half hour film that feels seven hours too long," observes the wily old coot.

At a trim 97 minutes, While We're Young certainly doesn't outstay its welcome. Stiller and Watts are an attractive pairing, verbally sparring with each other including a trippy shamanic vomiting ritual that culminates in an unfortunate kiss.

Driver and Seyfried embrace their roles with fervour, imbuing their bright young things with warmth and likability. Baumbach's film gradually runs out of steam and a protracted final sequence at an awards ceremony doesn't provide either the closure or crescendo that we or the characters crave.

Life is full of disappointments and in some respects, While We're Young is one of them.

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Monday 20th April 2015
Tuesday 21st April 2015

White God 3 stars

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Middle-aged divorcee Daniel works in an abattoir, where he supervises the meticulous stripping of flesh from bone. Unexpectedly, his ex-wife turns up and lumbers him with their 13-year-old daughter Lili and her dog Hagen. A neighbour complains about the animal and an official speaks to Daniel, advising the wayward father that he is liable for a new tax imposed on mixed breed dogs. Unable to pay, Daniel abandons Hagen by the side of a road to howls of anguish from his daughter.

  • GenreDrama, World
  • CastSandor Zsoter, Zsofia Psotta, Lili Horvath.
  • DirectorKornel Mundruczo.
  • WriterKata Weber, Viktoria Petranyi, Kornel Mundruczo.
  • CountryHun/Ger/Sw
  • Duration121 mins
  • Official sitewww.magpictures.com/whitegod/
  • Release27/02/2015 (selected cinemas)

Middle-aged divorcee Daniel (Sandor Zsoter) works in an abattoir, where he supervises the meticulous stripping of flesh from bone. Unexpectedly, his ex-wife turns up and lumbers him with their 13-year-old daughter Lili (Zsofia Psotta) and her dog Hagen. Alas, Daniel's apartment is cramped and can barely accommodate Lili let alone her animal. A neighbour subsequently complains and an official speaks to Daniel, advising the wayward father that he is liable for a new tax imposed on mixed breed dogs. Unable to pay, Daniel abandons Hagen by the side of a road to howls of anguish from his daughter. Separated from his mistress, Hagen aligns himself with the other strays, which gradually band together and exact a bloody revenge on their human tormentors. Meanwhile, Lili lashes out at her father for his heartless treatment of her one true friend.

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Tuesday 21st April 2015

Woman In Gold 3 stars

Shortly before the Second World War, Nazis confiscate numerous artworks including Gustav Klimt's iconic portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, known as Woman In Gold. Following his death, Adele's niece Maria Altmann launches a protracted and bitter legal battle against the Austrian government to reclaim the painting, flanked by idealistic young lawyer Randol Schoenberg. Together, they take the grievance to the Supreme Court of the United States.

  • GenreBiography, Drama, Film, Historical/Period
  • CastHelen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl, Dame Helen Mirren, Katie Holmes, Max Irons.
  • DirectorSimon Curtis.
  • WriterAlexi Kaye Campbell.
  • CountryUS/UK
  • Duration109 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/WomanInGoldMovie
  • Release10/04/2015

During the Second World War, the Third Reich plundered countless artworks and possessions, some of which were traced back to their rightful owners by the Monuments Men. Today, more than 100,000 precious items are still separated from families.

Some may never be seen again. Woman In Gold is the inspirational true story of one Los Angeles resident, who challenged the legal status quo to reclaim a painting from her native Austria in the face of staunch resistance from bureaucrats in Vienna.

Director Simon Curtis and screenwriter Alexi Kaye Campbell distill this protracted war of words into a solid drama that juxtaposes harrowing events in late 1930s Europe with legal wranglings six decades later on both sides of the Atlantic.

At the turn of the 20th century, industrialist Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer (Henry Goodman) commissions artist Gustav Klimt to paint his wife Adele (Antje Traue), who dies a few years later. The glittering canvas hangs in the family apartment in Vienna until Nazis invade and seize works of art as well as precious trinkets.

Ferdinand leaves the country before the border shutdown, but his brother Gustav (Allan Corduner), his wife Therese (Nina Kunzendorf), their daughter Maria (Tatiana Maslany) and her opera singer husband Fritz (Max Irons) are not so fortunate. Maria and Fritz orchestrate a daring escape, leaving behind loved ones to a grim fate, while the iconic painting hangs in the Belvedere Gallery in the Austrian capital.

In 1998, Maria (now played by Helen Mirren) attempts to reclaim the canvas, aided by idealistic lawyer Randol Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds). "Can't you help me out on the side, like a little hobby?" she pleads. Inspired by Maria's resolve, Randol risks his job at a top California law firm to pursue the case, which everyone, including senior partner Sherman (Charles Dance), tells him is unwinnable.

Austrian investigative reporter Hubertus Czernin (Daniel Bruhl) pledges support but warns Maria and Randol to expect defeat. "She is the Mona Lisa of Austria," explains the reporter. "Do you think they will just let her go?

Woman In Gold deftly moves back and forth between the two timelines to establish Maria's tragic past and her claim on the painting. Mirren teases out the steeliness of her survivor, who gets caught up in the excitement of the case and jokes to Randol, "This is like James Bond film, and you are Sean Connery".

She pickpockets the lion's share of the one-liners while Reynolds has the more difficult task of adding emotional heft to his inexperienced underdog. Screenwriter Campbell simplifies legal arguments so they are easily digestible, while director Curtis maintains a steady pace apart from Maria and Randol's pulse-quickening escape bid that seems destined to end in tragedy. Not for the last time, Maria defies the odds.

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Saturday 18th April 2015
Sunday 19th April 2015
Monday 20th April 2015
Tuesday 21st April 2015
Wednesday 22nd April 2015
Thursday 23rd April 2015

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