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

  • A Bigger Splash
  • Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip
  • Back To The Future Part II
  • Buffalo '66
  • Dad's Army
  • Dad's Army + Talk
  • English National Opera Live Encore Screening: La Traviata
  • Gueros
  • Ice And The Sky
  • Jonas Kaufmann: An Evening With Puccini
  • Pride And Prejudice And Zombies
  • Room
  • Spotlight
  • The Lobster
  • The Revenant
  • Youth

A Bigger Splash 3 stars

Documentary.

  • GenreDocumentary, Gay
  • CastCelia Birtwell, Peter Schlesinger, David Hockney.
  • DirectorJack Hazan.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration105 mins
  • Official site

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Sunday 7th February 2016

Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip 3 stars

Dave has been dating Samantha for several months. Alvin, Simon and Theodore would be delighted except Samantha's teenage son Miles bullies them mercilessly. The chipmunks discover an engagement ring in Dave's bag and realise that their pal is poised to go down on bended knee. This would be a disaster because the trio would have to suffer Miles for the rest of their lives, so they hatch a cunning plan to sabotage the relationship before Dave can produce the ring.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family, Family
  • CastJosh Green, Jason Lee, Matthew Gray Gubler, Justin Long, Jesse McCartney, Kimberly Williams-Paisley.
  • DirectorWalt Becker.
  • WriterAdam Sztykiel, Randi Mayem Singer.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration92 mins
  • Official site
  • Release12/02/2016

Love is in the air in the fourth instalment of the Alvin And The Chipmunks film series... but not for long if the energetic furballs have their way. Dave (Jason Lee) has been dating Samantha (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) for several months. Alvin (voiced by Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) would be delighted except Samantha's teenage son Miles (Josh Green) bullies them mercilessly. The chipmunks discover an engagement ring in Dave's bag and realise that their pal is poised to go down on bended knee. This would be a disaster because the trio would have to suffer Miles for the rest of their lives, so they hatch a cunning plan to sabotage the relationship before Dave can produce the ring. They join forces with Miles, who doesn't want to be lumbered with the chipmunks, to carry out their plan and consequently embark on a series of disaster-prone misadventures including a tangle with air marshal (Tony Hale) and an altercation with a taxi driver (Mark Jeffrey Miller).

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Saturday 6th February 2016
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Back To The Future Part II 3 stars

Marty McFly and his girlfriend Jennifer are persuaded to travel forward in time to 2015 to straighten out the futures of their children. Unfortunately, bully Biff Tannen steals the Delorean time machine and a copy of Grays Sports Almanac, which contains the results of major sporting events from 1950 to 2000. Travelling back to 1955, Biff uses the book to amass a fortune by correctly gambling on the outcome to sporting events. Marty and Doc must travel back in time to retrieve the book and repair the temporal ripples.

  • GenreAdventure, Comedy, Film, Science Fiction
  • CastMichael J Fox, Lea Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, Thomas F Wilson.
  • DirectorRobert Zemeckis.
  • WriterBob Gale.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration104 mins
  • Official site
  • Release21/10/2015 (selected cinemas)

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Back To The Future series with a limited release of all three films directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Michael J Fox as time traveller Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as his dotty companion Emmett "Doc" Brown. In the second film, Marty and his girlfriend Jennifer (Elisabeth Shue) are persuaded to travel forward in time to 2015 to straighten out the futures of their children. Unfortunately, bully Biff Tannen (Thomas F Wilson) steals the Delorean time machine and a copy of Grays Sports Almanac, which contains the results of major sporting events from 1950 to 2000. Travelling back to 1955, Biff uses the book to amass a fortune by correctly gambling on the outcome to sporting events. Marty and Doc must travel back in time to retrieve the book and repair the temporal ripples caused by Biff's selfish actions.

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Saturday 6th February 2016

Buffalo '66 4 stars

An ex-con, recently out of jail, persuades a kind-hearted young woman to pose as his wife in order to impress his hard-to-please parents.

  • GenreDrama
  • CastVincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston.
  • DirectorVincent Gallo.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration110 mins
  • Official site
  • Release02/10/1998 (selected cinemas)

Vincent Gallo, one of the most recognisable faces of US indie cinema, demonstrates his enviable talents in front of and behind the camera as writer-director-actor of this quirky though hugely likable contemporary fable. He plays Billy, an ex-con who, in an effort to impress his emotionally cold Ma and Pa (the ever delightful Anjelica Huston and Ben Gazzara), kidnaps a young woman called Layla (Christina Ricci) who through her gentle nature and kindness, brings him out of his shell. Nicely directed (if a little overstylised) and set to a fine jazzy score, Buffalo 66 marks Gallo as a film-maker to watch very closely in the future, and confirms that Ricci is unquestionably one of the best actresses of her generation.

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Monday 8th February 2016

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Dad's Army 2 stars

England, 1944. The Second World War is on a knife edge and in the cosy community of Walmington-on-Sea, blustering bank manager George Mainwaring proudly leads the local Home Guard. Colonel Theakes reveals that he intends to sort the military wheat from the chaff and "Walmington feels chaffy." Soon after, Mainwaring learns that a German spy has infiltrated the town and is transmitting secrets back to Berlin.

  • GenreComedy, Historical/Period, War
  • CastCatherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Gambon, Bill Nighy, Daniel Mays, Bill Paterson, Toby Jones, Tom Courtenay, Blake Harrison.
  • DirectorOliver Parker.
  • WriterHamish McColl.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration100 mins
  • Official site
  • Release05/02/2016

How do you improve on the perfection of Jimmy Perry and David Croft's sitcom Dad's Army, which began active service in 1968 and remains a jewel in the crown of the BBC comedy archives? You don't.

If you're director Oliver Parker and screenwriter Hamish McColl, you pepper a flimsy plot that would barely stretch to one TV episode let alone 100 minutes with the show's catchphrases and pray our abiding affection for the characters will compensate for long passages without a discernible punchline.

Original cast members Ian Lavender and Frank Williams are conscripted to cameo roles to heighten the whiff of nostalgia. Limp innuendo-laden banter about sausages barely merits a smirk, pratfalls are predictable and a terrific ensemble cast of gifted comic actors go on patrol without an arsenal of decent one-liners.

From uninspired beginning to muddled end, it's a cultural smash'n'grab that goes through the motions and will ultimately be remembered as a badly missed opportunity.

England, 1944. The Second World War is on a knife edge and in the cosy community of Walmington-on-Sea, blustering bank manager George Mainwaring (Toby Jones) proudly leads the local Home Guard. His hapless rank and file includes Sergeant Wilson (Bill Nighy), Lance Corporal Jones (Tom Courtenay) and Privates Frazer (Bill Paterson), Pike (Blake Harrison), Walker (Daniel Mays) and Godfrey (Michael Gambon), a mild-mannered soul who frequently drifts off into his own world.

The fate of the Home Guard hangs in the balance when Colonel Theakes (Mark Gatiss) reveals that he intends to sort the military wheat from the chaff and "Walmington feels chaffy." Soon after, Mainwaring learns that a German spy has infiltrated the town and is transmitting secrets back to Berlin.

This search for a traitor coincides with the arrival of glamorous magazine writer Rose Winters (Catherine Zeta-Jones), who intends to pen a flattering article about the heroics of the Home Guard. George is smitten and finds Rose most charming and agreeable.

"They said that about the Ripper," coldly retorts Mrs Mainwaring (Felicity Montagu), hard-nosed leader of Walmington-on-Sea's women's auxiliary army, which includes Pike's mother (Sarah Lancashire) and Walker's sweetheart Daphne (Emily Atack).

Dad's Army opens with a limp set piece involving a stand-off between the Home Guard and runaway livestock. "We're supposed to be locking horns with the Hun not Bertie the bull!" despairs one of the men, echoing our mounting frustration.

Jones lightens the darkening mood with a few moments of physical humour, including choking on a slice of cake, while Nighy relies on his usual snorts and tics for merriment. Montagu, Lancashire and co bring a diluted degree of girl power to proceedings that might be dismissed as tokenism without their characters' pivotal involvement in the hare-brained and lacklustre denouement.

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Dad's Army + Talk 2 stars

England, 1944. The Second World War is on a knife edge and in the cosy community of Walmington-on-Sea, blustering bank manager George Mainwaring proudly leads the local Home Guard. Colonel Theakes reveals that he intends to sort the military wheat from the chaff and "Walmington feels chaffy." Soon after, Mainwaring learns that a German spy has infiltrated the town and is transmitting secrets back to Berlin.

  • GenreComedy, Historical/Period, War
  • CastCatherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Gambon, Bill Nighy, Daniel Mays, Bill Paterson, Toby Jones, Tom Courtenay, Blake Harrison.
  • DirectorOliver Parker.
  • WriterHamish McColl.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration100 mins
  • Official site
  • Release05/02/2016

How do you improve on the perfection of Jimmy Perry and David Croft's sitcom Dad's Army, which began active service in 1968 and remains a jewel in the crown of the BBC comedy archives? You don't. If you're director Oliver Parker and screenwriter Hamish McColl, you pepper a flimsy plot that would barely stretch to one TV episode let alone 100 minutes with the show's catchphrases and pray our abiding affection for the characters will compensate for long passages without a discernible punchline. Original cast members Ian Lavender and Frank Williams are conscripted to cameo roles to heighten the whiff of nostalgia. Limp innuendo-laden banter about sausages barely merits a smirk, pratfalls are predictable and a terrific ensemble cast of gifted comic actors go on patrol without an arsenal of decent one-liners. From uninspired beginning to muddled end, it's a cultural smash'n'grab that goes through the motions and will ultimately be remembered as a badly missed opportunity. England, 1944. The Second World War is on a knife edge and in the cosy community of Walmington-on-Sea, blustering bank manager George Mainwaring (Toby Jones) proudly leads the local Home Guard. His hapless rank and file includes Sergeant Wilson (Bill Nighy), Lance Corporal Jones (Tom Courtenay) and Privates Frazer (Bill Paterson), Pike (Blake Harrison), Walker (Daniel Mays) and Godfrey (Michael Gambon), a mild-mannered soul who frequently drifts off into his own world. The fate of the Home Guard hangs in the balance when Colonel Theakes (Mark Gatiss) reveals that he intends to sort the military wheat from the chaff and "Walmington feels chaffy." Soon after, Mainwaring learns that a German spy has infiltrated the town and is transmitting secrets back to Berlin. This search for a traitor coincides with the arrival of glamorous magazine writer Rose Winters (Catherine Zeta-Jones), who intends to pen a flattering article about the heroics of the Home Guard. George is smitten and finds Rose most charming and agreeable. "They said that about the Ripper," coldly retorts Mrs Mainwaring (Felicity Montagu), hard-nosed leader of Walmington-on-Sea's women's auxiliary army, which includes Pike's mother (Sarah Lancashire) and Walker's sweetheart Daphne (Emily Atack). Dad's Army opens with a limp set piece involving a stand-off between the Home Guard and runaway livestock. "We're supposed to be locking horns with the Hun not Bertie the bull!" despairs one of the men, echoing our mounting frustration. Jones lightens the darkening mood with a few moments of physical humour, including choking on a slice of cake, while Nighy relies on his usual snorts and tics for merriment. Montagu, Lancashire and co bring a diluted degree of girl power to proceedings that might be dismissed as tokenism without their characters' pivotal involvement in the hare-brained and lacklustre denouement.

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Sunday 7th February 2016

English National Opera Live Encore Screening: La Traviata 3 stars

Verdi's tragic opera.

  • GenreDrama, Special
  • CastAnthony Michaels-Moore, Elizabeth Zharoff, Ben Johnson.
  • DirectorPeter Konwitschny.
  • CountryUK
  • Official site

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Monday 8th February 2016

Gueros 3 stars

Teenage rebel Tomas drives his mother to distraction by tormenting neighbours and passersby in their hometown of Veracruz. In desperation, the mother sends Tomas away to stay with his older brother Federico, who is a student in Mexico City. When Tomas arrives, he discovers that Federico is on strike along with the other students and is killing time with flat mate Santos in an apartment that doesn't have any electricity.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, World
  • CastSebastian Aguirre, Tenoch Huerta, Ilse Salas.
  • DirectorAlonso Ruiz Palacios.
  • WriterAlonso Ruiz Palacios, Gibran Portela.
  • CountryMex
  • Duration108 mins
  • Official site
  • Release20/11/2015 (selected cinemas)

Filmed in striking black and white, Alonso Ruizpalacios' offbeat comedy is a memorable coming-of-age story set in 1990s Mexico. Teenage rebel Tomas (Sebastian Aguirre) drives his mother to distraction by tormenting neighbours and passersby in their hometown of Veracruz. In desperation, the mother sends Tomas away to stay with his older brother Federico (Tenoch Huerta), who is a student in Mexico City. When Tomas arrives, he discovers that Federico is on strike along with the other students and is killing time with flat mate Santos (Leonardo Ortizgris) in an apartment that doesn't have any electricity. While Federico and Santos are content to wile away their days doing nothing, Tomas needs a focus for his energy and when the teenager learns that his Mexican rock'n'roll idol, Epigmeneo Cruz (Alfonso Charpener), is close to death, he persuades the slackers to join him on an odyssey to the hospital to pay their final respects.

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Tuesday 9th February 2016

Ice And The Sky 3 stars

A timely documentary about 82-year-old Claude Lorius and his pioneering work in the field of climate history. In 1955, Lorius replied to an advertisement and ventured to Antarctica with two fellow travellers. He discovered that air bubbles trapped in the pole icefields were time capsules. This gave birth to drilling operations that allowed Lorius and the scientific community to go more than 400,000 years back in our climate history.

  • GenreDocumentary, World
  • CastMichel Papineschi, Claude Lorius, Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
  • DirectorLuc Jacquet.
  • WriterLuc Jacquet.
  • CountryFr
  • Duration89 mins
  • Official site
  • Release11/12/2015 (selected cinemas)

Luc Jacquet, director of the Oscar-winning film March Of The Penguins, returns to Antarctica for this timely documentary, which is part of a wider ecological project comprising a TV documentary, an educational program, an innovative lab and one expedition. In the film, Jacquet meets 82-year-old Claude Lorius to discuss his life and his pioneering work in the field of climate history. In 1955, Lorius replied to an advertisement and ventured to Antarctica with two fellow travellers. He discovered that air bubbles trapped in the pole icefields were time capsules. This gave birth to drilling operations that allowed Lorius and the scientific community to go more than 400,000 years back in our climate history. Using this data, Lorius has dedicated his life to raising awareness of the dangers looming over the planet.

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Sunday 7th February 2016

Jonas Kaufmann: An Evening With Puccini 3 stars

On June 14, 2015, celebrated German tenor Jonas Kaufmann performed a selection of arias and scenes from Turandot, Tosca, Manon Lescaut and La Fanciulla del West on the stage of La Scala Milan, the home of Italian opera, accompanied by the Filarmonica della Scala. He gave five encores and received 40 minutes of rapturous applause under the baton of conductor Jochen Rieder. This concert film captures events in Milan and includes rare archive footage, plus an introduction from Kaufmann.

  • GenreDocumentary, Musical, Special
  • CastJonas Kaufmann.
  • DirectorBrian Large.
  • WriterBrian Large.
  • CountryIta
  • Duration130 mins
  • Official sitewww.jonaskaufmannpuccinifilm.com

On June 14, 2015, celebrated German tenor Jonas Kaufmann performed a selection of arias and scenes from Turandot, Tosca, Manon Lescaut and La Fanciulla del West on the stage of La Scala Milan, the home of Italian opera, accompanied by the Filarmonica della Scala. He gave five encores and received 40 minutes of rapturous applause under the baton of conductor Jochen Rieder. This concert film captures events in Milan and includes rare archive footage, plus an introduction from Kaufmann about his fascination with the composer Puccini: the man and his music including the iconic aria Nessun Dorma from Turandot.

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Thursday 11th February 2016

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies 3 stars

Mr Bennet teaches his four daughters Elizabeth, Jane, Lydia and Mary martial arts so they can take care of themselves in an era of marauding zombies. The girls' mother Mrs Bennet is more concerned with finding them wealthy husbands. The arrival of Mr Bingley in town sends Mrs Bennet into a frenzy of excitement and she dispatches the girls to a ball with instructions to catch his eye. Bingley is smitten with Jane, while Elizabeth meets her match in Bingley's haughty friend, Mr Darcy.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Comedy, Horror, Romance
  • CastLily James, Lena Headey, Douglas Booth, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Matt Smith.
  • DirectorBurr Steers.
  • WriterBurr Steers.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration108 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/PPZMovie/
  • Release11/02/2016

Jane Austen's period romance is given a gruesome twist in this film version of Seth Grahame-Smith's parody novel, which transplants the heaving bosoms and unspoken desire to a 19th-century Britain overrun with the ravenous undead. Mr Bennet (Charles Dance) teaches his four daughters Elizabeth (Lily James), Jane (Bella Heathcote), Lydia (Ellie Bamber) and Mary (Millie Brady) martial arts so they can take care of themselves in an era of marauding zombies. The girls' mother Mrs Bennet (Sally Phillips) is more concerned with finding them wealthy husbands. The arrival of Mr Bingley (Douglas Booth) in town sends Mrs Bennet into a frenzy of excitement and she dispatches the girls to a ball with instructions to catch his eye. Bingley is smitten with Jane, while Elizabeth meets her match in Bingley's haughty friend, Mr Darcy (Sam Riley). The girls repel a zombie attack at the ball but are crestfallen when they learn that Bingley and his friends have abandoned the countryside for the safety of London, which is now a walled fortress. Soon after, roguish soldier Mr Wickham (Jack Huston) arrives in the countryside and poisons Elizabeth against Darcy.

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Wednesday 10th February 2016

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Room 5 stars

From the moment he was born, Jack has only known the four walls and skylight of the squalid single room he shares with his Ma. Every day when he wakes, Jack cheerfully addresses the furniture in his makeshift home. The boy is blissfully unaware that Ma was abducted at the age of 17 by a man called Old Nick, who is holding them hostage. After years of suffering, Ma concocts a daring plan to get Jack away from Old Nick and hopefully into the arms of her parents.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama
  • CastJacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, Brie Larson, Sean Bridgers, William H Macy.
  • DirectorLenny Abrahamson.
  • WriterEmma Donoghue.
  • CountryIre/Can
  • Duration118 mins
  • Official site
  • Release15/01/2016

Home is where the broken hearts are. In Lenny Abrahamson's riveting drama, based on the book of the same name by Emma Donoghue, a twenty-something mother and her child are imprisoned in a shed that has been their home since she was abducted at the age of 17.

Canadian author Donoghue was inspired to pen this harrowing family portrait in response to the Josef Fritzl case. Her skillful screen adaptation loses none of the raw emotional power thanks to two blistering central performances. Brie Larson is sensational as the kidnapped parent, who has sacrificed everything to protect her child from what lies beyond the locked door that opens once a week when their captor delivers limited food and provisions in exchange for sexual favours.

She conveys her character's years of suffering in heartrending glances. Equally impressive is seven-year-old Jacob Tremblay as the boy trapped in a living nightmare beyond his comprehension. The emotional depth and maturity of his portrayal is jaw-dropping. There's no hint of stage school artifice or cuteness that might break the grim spell conjured by Abrahamson - it's the best performance by a child actor since Anna Paquin in The Piano.

From the moment he was born, Jack (Tremblay) has only known the four walls and skylight of the squalid single room he shares with his Ma (Larson). Every day when he wakes, Jack cheerfully addresses the furniture in his makeshift home.

"Morning lamp, morning rug, morning wardrobe," he chirps, while his mother prepares a meagre bowl of cereal. The boy is blissfully unaware that Ma was abducted as a teenager by a man called Old Nick (Sean Bridgers), who is holding them hostage.

Despite her ordeal, Ma protects Jack from sickening reality as best she can. A television is their only outlet to the outside world that the boy might never see. "Where do we go when we dream?" asks Jack. "We're always here," replies Ma. "In Room."

After years of suffering, Ma concocts a daring plan to get Jack away from Old Nick and hopefully into the arms of her parents Robert (William H Macy) and Nancy (Joan Allen). If the escape bid fails, however, the repercussions are unthinkable.

Room unfolds largely through the eyes of Jack and by adopting his innocent perspective, director Abrahamson navigates some choppy emotional waters with sensitivity and skill. The on-screen partnership of Larson and Tremblay galvanises every frame, but this is an embarrassment of riches in front of and behind the cameras.

Donoghue's script is masterful and the simple, yet evocative, production design induces a sense of choking claustrophobia that has us biting our nails down to the cuticle in the hope that Jack at least might wriggle free of Old Nick's iron grasp.

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Spotlight 4 stars

Deputy Managing Editor Ben Bradlee Jr presides over the Boston Globe newsroom and has direct responsibility for the Spotlight team led by Walter "Robby" Robinson. Down in the basement, Robby and his colleagues Michael Rezendes, Sacha Pfeiffer and Matt Carroll are hard at work on a potentially explosive story. Attorney Mitchell Garabedian claims to have documents which prove Cardinal Bernard Law knew about sexual abuse within the diocese and did nothing.

  • GenreBiography, Drama, Historical/Period, Thriller
  • CastRachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, Michael Keaton, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci.
  • DirectorTom McCarthy.
  • WriterTom McCarthy, Josh Singer.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration129 mins
  • Official sitewww.spotlightthefilm.com
  • Release29/01/2016

At its best, investigative journalism is a scalpel that slices through fatty rhetoric and cuts readers to the bones of institutions that should be defending our interests. In early 2002, the Spotlight Investigations team of the Boston Globe ran a series of meticulously researched articles, exposing the sexual abuse of minors in the Boston archdiocese.

Coverage of the scandal rippled far beyond the city boundaries and compelled other victims to come forward and share their horrific testimonies, which sent shockwaves through the Roman Catholic Church.

The newspaper was subsequently awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in Journalism for its courageous and comprehensive coverage, which lifted a heavy veil of secrecy stretching back several decades.

Thomas McCarthy's impeccably crafted drama pays tribute to the close-knit team of tenacious editors and reporters, who tirelessly pursued the truth and wrung their blood, sweat and tears into the exposes.

Deputy Managing Editor Ben Bradlee Jr (John Slattery) presides over the Boston Globe newsroom and has direct responsibility for the Spotlight team led by Walter "Robby" Robinson (Michael Keaton).

Down in the basement, Robby and his colleagues Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) and Matt Carroll (Brian d'Arcy) invest thousands of hours following leads and gathering evidence. Their work is valuable but costly and incoming Boston Globe editor Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber) makes clear he is willing to make difficult cuts.

"I'm focused on finding a way to make this paper essential to its readers," he tells Robby. The team is hard at work on a potentially explosive story. Attorney Mitchell Garabedian (Stanley Tucci) claims to have documents which prove Cardinal Bernard Law (Len Cariou) knew about sexual abuse within the diocese and did nothing.

Marty authorises Robby to quietly pursue the story before he is personally summoned to a meeting with the Cardinal.
"I find that this city flourishes when its great institutions work together," purrs the holy man.
"I'm of the opinion that for the paper to best perform its function, it needs to stand alone," boldly retorts Marty.

Battle lines are drawn and Robby pleads with his writers so keep their emotions in check as they are confronted with horrific stories of shattered innocence. "I don't want the Chancery getting wind of this before we know what we have," he implores.

Spotlight is a clinical, precise and riveting dramatisation of a protracted search for the ugly truth in a city in the thrall of the church. The ensemble cast are exemplary with Ruffalo gifted the film's stand-out scene of unfettered indignation that undoubtedly secured him his Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor.

Some of the characters don't feel fully formed, sacrificed perhaps in favour of a forensic pursuit of the facts. Josh Singer and director McCarthy's script crackles with tension and as the printing presses of the Globe begin to roll, we finally relax.

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The Lobster 4 stars

Single people who live in The City are transported to The Hotel run by a Manager, who explains that all guests have 45 days to find a soulmate among the other residents. Anyone who fails to find a partner will be transformed into a wild animal that reflects their personality traits. A widower called David arrives at The Hotel and befriends a Lisping Man and a Limping Man. They look for potential mates among the female population.

  • GenreComedy, Romance, Science Fiction
  • CastRachel Weisz, Colin Farrell, Ben Whishaw, John C Reilly.
  • DirectorYorgos Lanthimos.
  • WriterYorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou.
  • CountryIre/UK/Gre
  • Duration118 mins
  • Official site
  • Release16/10/2015 (selected cinemas)

Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, who won numerous awards for Dogtooth and Alps, delivers another breathtaking portrait of human behaviour with this quirky comedy drama set in a dystopian near future. In this bleak, unforgiving time, single people who live in The City are transported to The Hotel run by a Manager (Olivia Colman), who explains that all guests have 45 days to find a soulmate among the other residents. Anyone who fails to find a partner will be transformed into a wild animal that reflects their personality traits. A widower called David (Colin Farrell) arrives at The Hotel and befriends a Lisping Man (John C Reilly) and a Limping Man (Ben Whishaw). They look for potential mates among the female population including a Nosebleed Woman (Jessica Barden) and a Heartless Woman (Angeliki Papoulia). As the days pass without a hint of romance, David grows increasingly desperate and he flees The Hotel and escapes into the nearby woods where he becomes part of the Loners, who believe in a solitary existence. In this idyll of enforced individuality, David falls for a Short Sighted Woman (Rachel Weisz) but they hide their feelings since they contravene the strict rules of the Loners.

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Saturday 6th February 2016
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The Revenant 4 stars

Hugh Glass guides a team of 19th-century fur trappers and hunters under the command of Captain Andrew Henry. The men come under attack from Native Americans and Glass is mauled by a grizzly bear, which is protecting its cubs. Captain Henry leaves behind two men, Fitzgerald and Bridger, to tend to Glass and his son, Hawk. Fitzgerald decides to expedite matters by killing Hawk and dragging Glass' near lifeless body into a freshly dug grave. The explorer regains consciousness and vows revenge.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Western
  • CastLeonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck.
  • DirectorAlejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
  • WriterAlejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Mark L Smith.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration156 mins
  • Official sitewww.foxmovies.com/movies/the-revenant
  • Release15/01/2016

If film awards were bestowed for dogged determination and perseverance in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, The Revenant would sweep the 2016 Oscars. Mexican auteur Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu chose to shoot his sprawling historical epic in chronological order using natural light.

These bold aesthetic choices limited filming to just a couple of hours each day and when Mother Nature decided to withhold snow from the unforgiving Canadian wilderness, the entire production moved to Argentina at considerable expense.

Actor Tom Hardy was forced to drop out of the comic book adventure Suicide Squad to accommodate the extended filming schedule, the budget ballooned and one crew member famously described the mood on set as "a living hell".

Trials and tribulations behind the scenes haven't tarnished Inarritu's audacious vision because The Revenant is a tour-de-force of technical brio and emotionally cold storytelling. It's not a journey into the heart of darkness for the sentimental or faint of heart. Explosions of violence are graphic and a horrifying bear attack early in the film unfolds in a single, unbroken take that shreds our nerves beyond repair.

Leading man Leonardo DiCaprio puts himself through the wringer for his art. In one stomach-churning scene, the fervent vegetarian eats a wild bison's liver on camera because the role demands it. Such unswerving dedication makes him a deserved frontrunner for the Academy Award.

He plays 19th-century explorer Hugh Glass, who guides a team of fur trappers and hunters under the command of Captain Andrew Henry (Domhnall Gleeson). The men come under attack from Native Americans led by tribal chief Elk Dog (Duane Howard), whose daughter Powaqa (Melaw Nakehk'o) has been kidnapped.

The interlopers flee for their lives and Glass is subsequently injured in a mauling from a grizzly bear, which is protecting its cubs. Henry leaves behind two men, Fitzgerald (Hardy) and Bridger (Will Poulter), to tend to Glass and his son, Hawk (Forrest Goodluck), while the rest of the trappers head for safety.

"Glass is to be cared for... as long as necessary," orders the Captain, "and a proper burial when it's time. He's earned that." Fitzgerald decides to expedite matters by killing Hawk and dragging Glass' near lifeless body into a freshly dug grave.

The explorer regains consciousness some time later and vows to hunt down the men who killed his boy. "I ain't afraid to die," growls Glass. "I done it already."

The Revenant is a gruelling two and a half hours in the company of a filmmaker who refused to compromise. Aided by cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity, Birdman), Inarritu conjures a nightmarish and unflinching vision of a grieving father's revenge mission.

DiCaprio is mesmerising, dragging his wounded body across frozen landscapes before locking horns with Hardy's scowling rival in an adrenaline-pumped climax that leaves us gasping for air.

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Youth 4 stars

Retired composer Fred Ballinger and film director Mick Boyle have been good friends for more than 60 years and they enjoy a sun-kissed retreat at a hotel in the Alps. Out of the blue, Fred receives a visit from Her Majesty, The Queen's emissary, who asks the conductor to perform his most famous work at a concert in honour of the monarch. Fred steadfastly refuses and returns to his relaxation, with occasional visits from his emotionally brittle daughter Lena.

  • GenreDrama
  • CastRachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda, Sir Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel.
  • DirectorPaolo Sorrentino.
  • WriterPaolo Sorrentino.
  • CountryIta/Fr/Swi
  • Duration124 mins
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  • Release29/01/2016 (selected cinemas)

Italian writer-director Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, This Must Be The Place) elicits a towering performance from Michael Caine, which deserved Oscar consideration, in this beguiling portrait of old age and fading memories. Retired composer Fred Ballinger (Caine) and film director Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel) have been good friends for more than 60 years and they enjoy a sun-kissed retreat at a hotel in the Alps. Film star Jimmy Tree (Paul Dano) and the reigning Miss Universe (Madalina Ghenea), who insists on bathing in the nude, are among the establishment's other venerated guests. Out of the blue, Fred receives a visit from Her Majesty, The Queen's emissary (Alex Macqueen), who asks the conductor to perform his most famous work at a concert in honour of the monarch. Fred steadfastly refuses and returns to his relaxation, with occasional visits from his emotionally brittle daughter Lena (Rachel Weisz), who is in the midst of a painful separation.

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