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

  • Adult Life Skills
  • Embrace Of The Serpent
  • Independence Day: Resurgence
  • Independence Day: Resurgence (Subtitled)
  • Independence Day: Resurgence 3D
  • Now You See Me 2
  • Roman Holiday
  • Royal Opera Live: Werther
  • Spirited Away
  • The Nice Guys
  • The Secret Life Of Pets
  • The Secret Life Of Pets 3D
  • When Marnie Was There
  • Where You're Meant To Be + Live Musical Performance + Q&A

Adult Life Skills 3 stars

Anna has never fully recovered from the death of her twin brother and she lives in the shed of her mother's garden. She refuses to engage with life until her mother, Marion, delivers an ultimatum: Anna must move out of the shed and take control of her ambling existence before her impending 30th birthday. In the midst of this emotional turmoil, Anna becomes an unlikely and reluctant carer for troubled eight-year-old neighbour Clint, whose mother has been rushed into hospital.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Indie, Romance
  • CastBrett Goldstein, Lorraine Ashbourne, Jodie Whittaker, Edward Hogg, Ozzy Myers, Rachael Deering.
  • DirectorRachel Tunnard.
  • WriterRachel Tunnard.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration94 mins
  • Official sitewww.racheltunnard.com/writing/how-to-live-yours/
  • Release24/06/2016 (selected cinemas)

Writer-director Rachel Tunnard explores bereavement through the eyes of a directionless twentysomething woman in this gently paced comedy drama. Anna (Jodie Whittaker) has never fully recovered from the death of her twin brother and she lives in the shed of her mother's garden, making DIY movies using her thumbs as the lead actors. She refuses to engage with life until her mother, Marion (Lorraine Ashbourne), delivers an ultimatum: Anna must move out of the shed and take control of her ambling existence before her impending 30th birthday. In the midst of this emotional turmoil, Anna becomes an unlikely and reluctant carer for troubled eight-year-old neighbour Clint (Ozzy Myers), whose mother has been rushed into hospital. Together, Anna and Clint face their demons and discover that the world isn't as scary as they thought. This touching friendship also provides Anna with a fresh outlook on the awkward romantic overtures of her admirer, Brendan (Brett Goldstein).

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Tuesday 28th June 2016
Wednesday 29th June 2016
Thursday 30th June 2016

Embrace Of The Serpent 4 stars

In the early 1900s, river guide Manduca heads into the Amazon jungle with gravelly ill researcher Theo and solicits help from tribal shaman Karamakate, whose entire clan was wiped out by the white man. Karamakate reluctantly draws upon the power of a rare flower called the Yakruna to return Theo to full health. Three decades later, a botanist called Evan arrives in the jungle with Theo's journal in search of the mystical Yakruna. Karamakate is once again suspicious of the white man.

  • GenreDrama, Historical/Period, World
  • CastJan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis, Antonio Bolivar Salvador.
  • DirectorCiro Guerra.
  • WriterCiro Guerra, Jacques Toulemonde Vidal.
  • CountryCol/Ven/Ar
  • Duration122 mins
  • Official site
  • Release10/06/2016 (selected cinemas)

Colombian writer-director Ciro Guerra's haunting historical drama was nominated as Best Foreign Language Film at the 2016 Academy Awards. Shot in lustrous monochrome in the Amazon jungle, the story unfolds in two time periods - the early 1900s and the 1940s - with one character as a narrative bridge. River guide Manduca (Yauenku Migue) heads into the jungle with gravelly ill researcher Theo (Jan Bijvoet) and solicits help from tribal shaman Karamakate (Nilbio Torres), whose entire clan was wiped out by the white man. Karamakate is loathed to assist his enemy but Theo might provide a link to other members of the tribe and the shaman reluctantly draws upon the power of a rare flower called the Yakruna to return Theo to full health. Three decades later, a botanist called Evan (Brionne Davis) arrives in the jungle with Theo's journal in search of the mystical Yakruna. Karamakate (now played by Antonio Bolivar) is once again suspicious of the white man.

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Tuesday 28th June 2016

Independence Day: Resurgence 2 stars

It has been 20 years since US President Thomas J Whitmore issued his rallying cry to repel alien invaders. Following the devastating showdown, the United Nations establishes a new early warning program named Earth Space Defense (ESD), which should alert us to future incursions by hostile extra-terrestrials. We are painfully unaware that the aliens from the initial attack sent a distress signal to the rest of their battalion before their defeat and more powerful aliens are poised to storm the planet.

  • GenreAction, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastBill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Maika Monroe, James Vanderbilt, Liam Hemsworth, William Fichtner, Travis Tope.
  • DirectorRoland Emmerich.
  • WriterNicolas Wright, James A Woods, Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration120 mins
  • Official sitewww.foxmovies.com/movies/independence-day-resurgence
  • Release23/06/2016

During the calm before the digital effects storm in Independence Day: Resurgence, Jeff Goldblum's quixotic scientist stares slack-jawed at an approaching alien mothership and gasps, "That's definitely bigger than the last one". Those words encapsulate the bombastic sequel to Roland Emmerich's 1996 sci-fi blockbuster, which famously blew up The White House as a symbol of extra-terrestrial hostility. Second time around, the German director isn't content with razing iconic buildings in Washington D.C. He deposits the whole of Dubai including the spearlike Burj Khalifa skyscraper on top of London, flattening landmarks with whooping abandon, then proceeds to pulverise America's eastern coast. Restraint isn't in the film's limited vocabulary and repeatedly, Emmerich and his army of special effects wizards conjure wanton destruction on a grand scale. With the benefit of this state-of-the-art trickery, eye-popping 3D and immersive sound, Independence Day: Resurgence should be a pulse-quickening thrill ride. So it comes as a crushing disappointment that the second film lacks the roughly hewn excitement and charm of its predecessor. Critically, the five scriptwriters have neglected to provide us with characters to care about before they unleash otherworldly hell upon the third rock from the sun. It has been 20 years since US President Thomas J Whitmore (Bill Pullman) issued his rallying cry to the entrenched human race. In the aftermath, survivors salvaged the remains of fallen alien technology to create hybrid weapons systems. We also initiated the Earth Space Defense (ESD) under the direction of David Levinson (Goldblum) as an early warning system against future incursions by hostile extra-terrestrials. On the eve of the July 4 celebrations, a hulking otherworldly destroyer enters our atmosphere in response to a distress call from the fallen fleet. Current US President Elizabeth Lanford (Sela Ward) commands elite pilots to take to the skies, including Dylan Hiller (Jessie Usher), orphaned pals Jake Morrison (Liam Hemsworth) and Charlie Miller (Travis Tope), whose parents perished during the failed first invasion and Chinese golden girl Rain (Angelababy). "It's the fourth of July," bellows Dylan as he spearheads the rebellion, "so show 'em some fireworks!" On the ground, Levinson searches for a scientific miracle aided by Whitmore's plucky daughter Patricia (Maika Monroe), French psychiatrist Dr Catherine Marceaux (Charlotte Gainsbourg), African warlord Dikembe Umbutu (Deobia Oparei) and Area 51 boffin Dr Brakish Okun (Brent Spiner), who suffers from the human-alien residual psychic condition. Independence Day: Resurgence lazily embraces disaster movie cliches including one mawkish subplot involving Levinson's father (Judd Hirsch), a school bus of stricken children and a dog. Performances struggle to make an impact above the din of pyrotechnics and a rumbustious orchestral score. Pivotal characters, who are clearly marked for death, serve their perfunctory purpose, blatantly teeing up a third instalment that will hopefully take another 20 years before it sees the flickering light of a cinema screen.

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Monday 27th June 2016
Tuesday 28th June 2016
Wednesday 29th June 2016
Thursday 30th June 2016

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Independence Day: Resurgence (Subtitled) 2 stars

It has been 20 years since US President Thomas J Whitmore issued his rallying cry to repel alien invaders. Following the devastating showdown, the United Nations establishes a new early warning program named Earth Space Defense (ESD), which should alert us to future incursions by hostile extra-terrestrials. We are painfully unaware that the aliens from the initial attack sent a distress signal to the rest of their battalion before their defeat and more powerful aliens are poised to storm the planet.

  • GenreAction, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastMaika Monroe, James Vanderbilt, Liam Hemsworth, Bill Pullman, William Fichtner, Jeff Goldblum, Travis Tope.
  • DirectorRoland Emmerich.
  • WriterNicolas Wright, James A Woods, Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration120 mins
  • Official sitewww.foxmovies.com/movies/independence-day-resurgence
  • Release23/06/2016

During the calm before the digital effects storm in Independence Day: Resurgence, Jeff Goldblum's quixotic scientist stares slack-jawed at an approaching alien mothership and gasps, "That's definitely bigger than the last one". Those words encapsulate the bombastic sequel to Roland Emmerich's 1996 sci-fi blockbuster, which famously blew up The White House as a symbol of extra-terrestrial hostility. Second time around, the German director isn't content with razing iconic buildings in Washington D.C. He deposits the whole of Dubai including the spearlike Burj Khalifa skyscraper on top of London, flattening landmarks with whooping abandon, then proceeds to pulverise America's eastern coast. Restraint isn't in the film's limited vocabulary and repeatedly, Emmerich and his army of special effects wizards conjure wanton destruction on a grand scale. With the benefit of this state-of-the-art trickery, eye-popping 3D and immersive sound, Independence Day: Resurgence should be a pulse-quickening thrill ride. So it comes as a crushing disappointment that the second film lacks the roughly hewn excitement and charm of its predecessor. Critically, the five scriptwriters have neglected to provide us with characters to care about before they unleash otherworldly hell upon the third rock from the sun. It has been 20 years since US President Thomas J Whitmore (Bill Pullman) issued his rallying cry to the entrenched human race. In the aftermath, survivors salvaged the remains of fallen alien technology to create hybrid weapons systems. We also initiated the Earth Space Defense (ESD) under the direction of David Levinson (Goldblum) as an early warning system against future incursions by hostile extra-terrestrials. On the eve of the July 4 celebrations, a hulking otherworldly destroyer enters our atmosphere in response to a distress call from the fallen fleet. Current US President Elizabeth Lanford (Sela Ward) commands elite pilots to take to the skies, including Dylan Hiller (Jessie Usher), orphaned pals Jake Morrison (Liam Hemsworth) and Charlie Miller (Travis Tope), whose parents perished during the failed first invasion and Chinese golden girl Rain (Angelababy). "It's the fourth of July," bellows Dylan as he spearheads the rebellion, "so show 'em some fireworks!" On the ground, Levinson searches for a scientific miracle aided by Whitmore's plucky daughter Patricia (Maika Monroe), French psychiatrist Dr Catherine Marceaux (Charlotte Gainsbourg), African warlord Dikembe Umbutu (Deobia Oparei) and Area 51 boffin Dr Brakish Okun (Brent Spiner), who suffers from the human-alien residual psychic condition. Independence Day: Resurgence lazily embraces disaster movie cliches including one mawkish subplot involving Levinson's father (Judd Hirsch), a school bus of stricken children and a dog. Performances struggle to make an impact above the din of pyrotechnics and a rumbustious orchestral score. Pivotal characters, who are clearly marked for death, serve their perfunctory purpose, blatantly teeing up a third instalment that will hopefully take another 20 years before it sees the flickering light of a cinema screen.

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Tuesday 28th June 2016

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Independence Day: Resurgence 3D 2 stars

It has been 20 years since US President Thomas J Whitmore issued his rallying cry to repel alien invaders. Following the devastating showdown, the United Nations establishes a new early warning program named Earth Space Defense (ESD), which should alert us to future incursions by hostile extra-terrestrials. We are painfully unaware that the aliens from the initial attack sent a distress signal to the rest of their battalion before their defeat and more powerful aliens are poised to storm the planet.

  • GenreAction, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastBill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Maika Monroe, Liam Hemsworth, William Fichtner, Travis Tope.
  • DirectorRoland Emmerich.
  • WriterNicolas Wright, James Vanderbilt, James A Woods, Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration120 mins
  • Official sitewww.foxmovies.com/movies/independence-day-resurgence
  • Release23/06/2016

During the calm before the digital effects storm in Independence Day: Resurgence, Jeff Goldblum's quixotic scientist stares slack-jawed at an approaching alien mothership and gasps, "That's definitely bigger than the last one". Those words encapsulate the bombastic sequel to Roland Emmerich's 1996 sci-fi blockbuster, which famously blew up The White House as a symbol of extra-terrestrial hostility. Second time around, the German director isn't content with razing iconic buildings in Washington D.C. He deposits the whole of Dubai including the spearlike Burj Khalifa skyscraper on top of London, flattening landmarks with whooping abandon, then proceeds to pulverise America's eastern coast. Restraint isn't in the film's limited vocabulary and repeatedly, Emmerich and his army of special effects wizards conjure wanton destruction on a grand scale. With the benefit of this state-of-the-art trickery, eye-popping 3D and immersive sound, Independence Day: Resurgence should be a pulse-quickening thrill ride. So it comes as a crushing disappointment that the second film lacks the roughly hewn excitement and charm of its predecessor. Critically, the five scriptwriters have neglected to provide us with characters to care about before they unleash otherworldly hell upon the third rock from the sun. It has been 20 years since US President Thomas J Whitmore (Bill Pullman) issued his rallying cry to the entrenched human race. In the aftermath, survivors salvaged the remains of fallen alien technology to create hybrid weapons systems. We also initiated the Earth Space Defense (ESD) under the direction of David Levinson (Goldblum) as an early warning system against future incursions by hostile extra-terrestrials. On the eve of the July 4 celebrations, a hulking otherworldly destroyer enters our atmosphere in response to a distress call from the fallen fleet. Current US President Elizabeth Lanford (Sela Ward) commands elite pilots to take to the skies, including Dylan Hiller (Jessie Usher), orphaned pals Jake Morrison (Liam Hemsworth) and Charlie Miller (Travis Tope), whose parents perished during the failed first invasion and Chinese golden girl Rain (Angelababy). "It's the fourth of July," bellows Dylan as he spearheads the rebellion, "so show 'em some fireworks!" On the ground, Levinson searches for a scientific miracle aided by Whitmore's plucky daughter Patricia (Maika Monroe), French psychiatrist Dr Catherine Marceaux (Charlotte Gainsbourg), African warlord Dikembe Umbutu (Deobia Oparei) and Area 51 boffin Dr Brakish Okun (Brent Spiner), who suffers from the human-alien residual psychic condition. Independence Day: Resurgence lazily embraces disaster movie cliches including one mawkish subplot involving Levinson's father (Judd Hirsch), a school bus of stricken children and a dog. Performances struggle to make an impact above the din of pyrotechnics and a rumbustious orchestral score. Pivotal characters, who are clearly marked for death, serve their perfunctory purpose, blatantly teeing up a third instalment that will hopefully take another 20 years before it sees the flickering light of a cinema screen.

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Monday 27th June 2016
Tuesday 28th June 2016
Wednesday 29th June 2016
Thursday 30th June 2016

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Now You See Me 2 3 stars

FBI agent Dylan Rhodes assigns the remaining members of the Four Horsemen - J Daniel Atlas, Merritt McKinney and Jack Wilder - a daring new case. They must expose a corrupt businessman called Owen Case, who possesses software that maliciously steals personal information. An illusionist called Lula May replaces former member Henley Reeves and the fearsome foursome use their sleight of hand and guile to infiltrate Case's security. Unfortunately, their target has a few nifty tricks up his sleeve.

  • GenreAction, Comedy, Romance, Thriller
  • CastMark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Lizzy Caplan, Morgan Freeman, Daniel Radcliffe, Sir Michael Caine, Dave Franco, Jay Chou, Sanaa Lathan.
  • DirectorJon M Chu.
  • WriterEd Solomon.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration129 mins
  • Official sitewww.nowyouseeme.movie
  • Release04/07/2016

Seeing is deceiving in the sequel to the 2013 crime caper about a quartet of illusionists known as the Four Horsemen, who pull off the ultimate heist. The follow-up, directed by Jon M Chu, unfolds one year later. FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) assigns the remaining members of the Four Horsemen - J Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) - a daring new case. They must expose a corrupt businessman called Owen Case (Ben Lamb), who possesses software that maliciously steals personal information. An illusionist called Lula May (Lizzy Caplan) replaces former member Henley Reeves and the fearsome foursome use their sleight of hand and guile to infiltrate Case's security. Unfortunately, their target has a few nifty tricks up his sleeve and Daniel, Merritt, Jack and Lula fall into the clutches of mastermind Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), the genius behind Case's hi-tech operation.

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Thursday 30th June 2016

Roman Holiday 4 stars

Princess Ann travels to Rome as part of a meticulously planned publicity tour, where she has little free time to explore the glorious city. Suffocated by her itinerary, Ann sneaks out of her embassy and heads into the streets of the capital where she falls asleep on a bench and is discovered by handsome American reporter, Joe Bradley. Later, when he discovers her true identity, bets his amused editor Mr Hennessy that he can land an exclusive interview with the princess.

  • GenreClassic, Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • CastAudrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Eddie Albert.
  • DirectorWilliam Wyler.
  • WriterIan McLellan Hunter, John Dighton, Dalton Trumbo.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration135 mins
  • Official site
  • Release19/07/2013 (selected cinemas)

Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn share the screen in William Wyler's celebrated 1953 romantic comedy, which won three Oscars including Best Actress. Princess Ann (Hepburn) travels to Rome as part of a meticulously planned publicity tour, where she has little free time to explore the glorious city. Suffocated by her itinerary, Ann sneaks out of her embassy and heads into the streets of the capital where she falls asleep on a bench and is discovered by handsome American reporter, Joe Bradley (Peck). He has no idea of the princess's true identity, even though he is due to attend a press conference for her the following morning, and eventually Joe offers Ann his couch for the night so she doesn't have to sleep on the streets. The next morning, Joe races to his office where he sees a picture of the princess and realises that he has the opportunity to snag an exclusive interview with royalty. So the media man bets his amused editor Mr Hennessy (Hartley Power) that he can land an interview, then heads back home where he conceals his profession from Ann to win the wager.

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Thursday 30th June 2016

Royal Opera Live: Werther 3 stars

Joyce DiDonato and Vittorio Grigolo headline Benoit Jacquot's staging of Massenet's tragic love story, broadcast live from the Royal Opera House in London under the baton of conductor Antonio Pappano. Dutiful daughter Charlotte solemnly promises her mother on her deathbed that she will marry Albert. She carries through with the plan, denying rival suitor Werther a chance to woo her. They agree that separation will ease his pain and Werther agrees to travel but to keep in touch through his letters.

  • GenreDrama, Musical, Romance, Special
  • CastVittorio Grigolo, Joyce DiDonato, David Bizic, Heather Engebretson.
  • DirectorBenoit Jacquot.
  • WriterMassenet.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration190 mins
  • Official sitewww.roh.org.uk/cinemas
  • Release27/06/2016 (selected cinemas)

Joyce DiDonato and Vittorio Grigolo headline Benoit Jacquot's staging of Massenet's tragic love story, broadcast live from the Royal Opera House in London under the baton of conductor Antonio Pappano. Dutiful daughter Charlotte (DiDonato) solemnly promises her mother on her deathbed that she will marry Albert (David Bizic). She carries through with the plan, denying rival suitor Werther (Grigolo) a chance to woo her. They agree that separation will ease his pain and Werther agrees to travel but to keep in touch through his letters. Charlotte's marriage to Albert falls short of her expectations and she slowly falls in love with Werther through his correspondence. When Werther returns from his travels, Charlotte must make an agonising decision about where her future belongs.

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Monday 27th June 2016

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Spirited Away 5 stars

A young girl named Chihiro and her parents get lost en route to their new house and end up in an abandoned theme park. There, Chihiro's mother and father eat enchanted food which transforms them into pigs. Soon after, as twilight arrives, the spirits which inhabit the park come out of hiding and Chihiro seeks refuge in the nearby bathhouse where she befriends Prince Haku, the herb maker Kamaji and wins employment from the witch Yubaba.

  • GenreAction, Animation/Cartoon, Children's, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastDaveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Jason Marsden.
  • DirectorHayao Miyazaki.
  • WriterHayao Miyazaki.
  • CountryJpn
  • Duration125 mins
  • Official sitewww.spiritedaway.com.au/
  • Release12/09/2003

It's shaping up to be a golden year for animated features. Last week heralded the release of Sylvain Chomet's wildly inventive and darkly humorous Belleville Rendez-Vous and next month, Finding Nemo, the aquatic masterpiece from the Toy Story team, swims over to these shores. In the meantime, we can marvel at Hayao Miyazaki's extraordinary magical adventure, which deservedly won the 2003 Academy Award as Best Animated Feature. A young girl named Chihiro (voiced by Daveigh Chase) and her parents (Michael Chiklis, Lauren Holly) become lost en route to their new home and find themselves at the gates of a long abandoned theme park. Curiosity gets the better of Chihiro's loving mother and father, who begin exploring the labyrinthine alleyways and stumble upon a food stall, laden with delicious smelling wares. Despite their daughter's protestations, the parents tuck in and soon, both adults are transformed into pigs by the enchanted food. Chihiro runs for help but she discovers, to her horror, that the path back to the car is completely submerged beneath several feet of water. As the girl sinks to her knees and sobs, a resplendent riverboat docks nearby and hundreds of spooks and spectres begin to disembard the vessel, joining the spirits which inhabit the park. As twilight arrives, Chihiro seeks refuge in the nearby bathhouse where she befriends the enigmatic Prince Haku (James Marsden), the herb maker Kamaji (David Ogden Stiers), and subsequently gains employment with the witch Yubaba (Suzanne Pleshette). Under the tutelage of kindly fellow worker Lin (Susan Egan), Chihiro befriends the spirits and creatures who visit the bathhouse, and learns valuable secrets which might break the spell which has enslaved her parents. In the process, Chihiro forges friendships with Yubaba's oversized baby boy Boh (Tara Strong), the witch's kindly twin sister Zeniba, the moustachioed assistant manager of the bathhouse Aogaeru (John Raztenberger), and a strange ghost called No Face, who is able to tap into people's desires and exploit them for his own gain. Spirited Away is a breath-taking variation on a theme of Alice In Wonderland, following young Chihiro as she meets a menagerie of weird and wonderful characters, who both hinder and aid her quest. The story constantly surprises, with daring plot twists and unexpected flights of surreal fancy, interspersed with gentle humour, like a comical sequence in which Chihiro tries to hold her breath as she deals with a Stink Spirit. The film is being released simultaneously in this English dubbed version (perfect for younger audiences) and a Japanese subtitled version, aimed at the arthouse crowds. Check with your local cinema to see which one they are playing. Both versions are excellent, with lively vocal performances full of emotion, that carry the story along at a brisk pace. Rarely has two hours passed so quickly or as enjoyably.

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Monday 27th June 2016

The Nice Guys 4 stars

Jackson Healy is a hired heavy in 1977 Los Angeles, who beats up perverts and stalkers with his knuckleduster. A young woman called Amelia Kuttner pays him to scare off low-rent private detective Holland March, who has been asking for her around town. The first meeting of these two men ends in bloodshed and broken bones, but Jackson and Holland reluctantly agree to work together when Amelia subsequently vanishes without trace.

Good things come to those who wait. Every decade, filmmaker Shane Black unspools a deliciously off-kilter buddy action comedy that plays fast and loose with the conventions of the genre. In 1996, he penned The Long Kiss Goodnight starring Geena Davis and Samuel L Jackson, which metamorphosed a picture-perfect suburban mom into a finely honed killing machine. In 2005, he repeated the feat and also sat in the director's chair for the potty-mouthed murder mystery Kiss Kiss Bang Bang headlining Robert Downey Jr and Val Kilmer. Now, Black strikes it lucky for a third time with the unlikely comic pairing of Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling in The Nice Guys, a hare-brained missing person's caper set in sexually liberated 1977 Los Angeles. The script delivers big, throaty laughs from the cynical opening - "Marriage is buying a house with someone you hate!" - and adroitly juggles physical and verbal humour, inflicting injuries and indignities on his leading men for our sport and entertainment. It's a groovy kind of bromantic love and Crowe and Gosling relish the to and fro of the snappy dialogue as they gleefully contend with the fashions of the era. Jackson Healy (Crowe) is a hired heavy, who beats up perverts and stalkers with his knuckleduster. A young woman called Amelia Kuttner (Margaret Qualley) pays him to scare off low-rent private detective Holland March (Gosling), who has been asking for her around town. The first meeting of these two men ends in bloodshed and broken bones, but Jackson and Holland reluctantly agree to work together when Amelia subsequently vanishes without trace. "Why don't you invite him in?" asks Holland's precocious daughter Holly (Angourie Rice) when Jackson turns up at their door. "No animals in the house, sweetheart," retorts the investigator, bearing the physical scars of their previous encounter. The breadcrumb trail of evidence leads to Amelia's fearsome mother, Judith Kuttner (Kim Basinger), who works for the United States Department of Justice and pleads with Jackson and Holland to locate and protect her child. Unfortunately, a hitman called John Boy (Matt Bomer) is also on the trail of Amelia, and Holland also needs to solve the perplexing mystery of porn actress Misty Mountains (Murielle Telio), who was apparently seen alive two days after she died in a car accident. The Nice Guys doesn't quite soar to the dizzy heights of Black's previous escapades, but he comes close, retaining an enviable ability to conjure jaw-dropping one-liners out of nowhere. Like when the central duo is detained by a police officer who is simply following the rulebook. "You know who else was just following orders? Hitler!" counters Jackson. The central plot is a morass of crosses, double crosses, bluffs and coincidences that intrigues and bamboozles, untangling itself in the closing frames with aplomb.

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The Secret Life Of Pets 3 stars

Katie shares her Manhattan apartment with a terrier named Max, who relishes the close relationship with his owner. This special bond is threatened when Katie brings home a mongrel named Duke, who she has saved from a grim fate at the local dog pound. The two pooches are forced to put their rivalry to one side when a gang of abandoned pets led by a white rabbit named Snowball launches an intense campaign of revenge against contended owners and their pets.

  • GenreAnimation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family, Family
  • CastLake Bell, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Tara Strong, Louis CK, Albert Brooks, Kevin Hart.
  • DirectorChris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney.
  • WriterKen Daurio, Brian Lynch, Cinco Paul.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration91 mins
  • Official sitewww.thesecretlifeofpets.co.uk
  • Release24/06/2016

Creatures great and small wreak havoc on the streets of New York City in Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney's colourful computer-animated romp. Employing a similar framework to Toy Story, The Secret Life Of Pets imagines what our four-legged, feathered and finned friends get up to when our backs are turned, suggesting that the fun begins when we go to work or school. A Jack Russell terrier and an affection starved mongrel replace Woody and Buzz Lightyear as the feuding central characters, whose rivalry mellows into mutual affection when they are separated from their owner. Screenwriters Ken Daurio, Brian Lynch and Cinco Paul have great fun in early scenes, revealing how a dachshund uses his owner's food mixer as a back massager or one tiny dog performs acrobatic leaps to water a hanging basket with a cock of its leg. The central concept isn't original but there's an infectious charm to every shiny frame of Renaud and Cheney's well-groomed picture, which mercilessly exploits our affection for the critters that share our homes. Katie (voiced by Ellie Kemper) lives in her Manhattan apartment with a mischievous terrier named Max (Louis CK). "Our love is stronger than words or shoes," explains Max, referring to his penchant for chewing his owner's footwear when he was a puppy in training. He is good friends with other domesticated animals and birds including a pampered Eskimo dog named Gidget (Jenny Slate), who is head over fluffy tail in love with Max, and a sardonic house cat named Chloe (Lake Bell), who nurtures a healthy disdain for anything that doesn't enrich her selfish existence. "Dog people do weird, inexplicable things," she purrs, "like they get dogs instead of cats." Max's bond with Katie is threatened when his owner brings home a lolloping mongrel named Duke (Eric Stonestreet), who she has saved from the pound. Intense rivalry spills out onto the city streets where Max and Duke fall foul of a Sphynx cat called Ozone (Steve Coogan) and are mistaken for strays by animal control officers. The snarling enemies are rescued by a maniacal white rabbit named Snowball (Kevin Hart), who pressgangs them into service in his army of unwanted animals, who live in the sewers. The Secret Life Of Pets is the brainchild of the makers of Despicable Me and Minions, and retains a similar visual style and family-friendly sense of humour. Behavioural tics of each breed are mercilessly exploited for slapstick laughs and co-directors Renaud and Cheney maintain a brisk trot to ensure young audiences don't go for walkies in the middle of the film. The main feature is accompanied by a cute animated short entitled Mower Minions in which the gibberish-spouting sidekicks tend the lawn of elderly neighbours. Alas, the diminutive do-gooders are yellow fingers and thumbs, propagating plentiful guffaws and giggles.

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The Secret Life Of Pets 3D 3 stars

Katie shares her Manhattan apartment with a terrier named Max, who relishes the close relationship with his owner. This special bond is threatened when Katie brings home a mongrel named Duke, who she has saved from a grim fate at the local dog pound. The two pooches are forced to put their rivalry to one side when a gang of abandoned pets led by a white rabbit named Snowball launches an intense campaign of revenge against contended owners and their pets.

  • GenreAnimation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family, Family
  • CastTara Strong, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Louis CK, Ellie Kemper, Albert Brooks, Kevin Hart.
  • DirectorChris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney.
  • WriterCinco Paul, Ken Daurio, Brian Lynch.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration91 mins
  • Official sitewww.thesecretlifeofpets.co.uk
  • Release24/06/2016

Creatures great and small wreak havoc on the streets of New York City in Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney's colourful computer-animated romp. Employing a similar framework to Toy Story, The Secret Life Of Pets imagines what our four-legged, feathered and finned friends get up to when our backs are turned, suggesting that the fun begins when we go to work or school. A Jack Russell terrier and an affection starved mongrel replace Woody and Buzz Lightyear as the feuding central characters, whose rivalry mellows into mutual affection when they are separated from their owner. Screenwriters Ken Daurio, Brian Lynch and Cinco Paul have great fun in early scenes, revealing how a dachshund uses his owner's food mixer as a back massager or one tiny dog performs acrobatic leaps to water a hanging basket with a cock of its leg. The central concept isn't original but there's an infectious charm to every shiny frame of Renaud and Cheney's well-groomed picture, which mercilessly exploits our affection for the critters that share our homes. Katie (voiced by Ellie Kemper) lives in her Manhattan apartment with a mischievous terrier named Max (Louis CK). "Our love is stronger than words or shoes," explains Max, referring to his penchant for chewing his owner's footwear when he was a puppy in training. He is good friends with other domesticated animals and birds including a pampered Eskimo dog named Gidget (Jenny Slate), who is head over fluffy tail in love with Max, and a sardonic house cat named Chloe (Lake Bell), who nurtures a healthy disdain for anything that doesn't enrich her selfish existence. "Dog people do weird, inexplicable things," she purrs, "like they get dogs instead of cats." Max's bond with Katie is threatened when his owner brings home a lolloping mongrel named Duke (Eric Stonestreet), who she has saved from the pound. Intense rivalry spills out onto the city streets where Max and Duke fall foul of a Sphynx cat called Ozone (Steve Coogan) and are mistaken for strays by animal control officers. The snarling enemies are rescued by a maniacal white rabbit named Snowball (Kevin Hart), who pressgangs them into service in his army of unwanted animals, who live in the sewers. The Secret Life Of Pets is the brainchild of the makers of Despicable Me and Minions, and retains a similar visual style and family-friendly sense of humour. Behavioural tics of each breed are mercilessly exploited for slapstick laughs and co-directors Renaud and Cheney maintain a brisk trot to ensure young audiences don't go for walkies in the middle of the film. The main feature is accompanied by a cute animated short entitled Mower Minions in which the gibberish-spouting sidekicks tend the lawn of elderly neighbours. Alas, the diminutive do-gooders are yellow fingers and thumbs, propagating plentiful guffaws and giggles.

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Monday 27th June 2016
Tuesday 28th June 2016
Wednesday 29th June 2016
Thursday 30th June 2016

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When Marnie Was There 4 stars

Twelve-year-old Anna Sasaki lives in Sapporo with her foster parents, but she remains emotionally aloof, conscious that they are only taking care of her because the state pays them. Following a severe asthma attack in the city, Anna's foster mother Yoriko sends the girl to spend the summer with relatives Kiyomasa and Setsu Oiwa, who live by the sea where there is less smog. In this coastal idyll, Anna is inextricably drawn to a crumbling mansion, located across an overgrown salt marsh.

  • GenreAdaptation, Animation/Cartoon, Drama, Family
  • CastNanako Matsushima, Kasumi Arimura, Sara Takatsuki.
  • DirectorHiromasa Yonebayashi.
  • WriterMasashi Ando, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Keiko Niwa.
  • CountryJpn
  • Duration103 mins
  • Official site
  • Release10/06/2016 (selected cinemas)

Nominated as Best Animated Feature at this year's Oscars, writer-director Hiromasa Yonebayashi's tender coming-of-age story is sensitively adapted from Joan G Robinson's book of the same name. Twelve-year-old Anna Sasaki (voiced by Sara Takatsuki) lives in Sapporo with her foster parents, but she remains emotionally aloof, conscious that they are only taking care of her because the state pays them. Following a severe asthma attack in the city, Anna's foster mother Yoriko (Nanako Matsushima) sends the girl to spend the summer with relatives Kiyomasa and Setsu Oiwa (Susumu Terajima, Toshie Negishi), who live by the sea where there is less smog. In this coastal idyll, Anna is inextricably drawn to a crumbling mansion, located across an overgrown salt marsh. She encounters a young girl called Marnie (Kasumi Arimura) and becomes drawn into the history of the mansion and the people who used to live there. An English language dubbed version of When Marnie Was There screens at selected cinemas.

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Wednesday 29th June 2016
Thursday 30th June 2016

Where You're Meant To Be + Live Musical Performance + Q&A 3 stars

In 2014, former Arab Strap frontman Aidan Moffat was poised to tour his native Scotland with modern reinterpretations of classic folk songs. Shortly before the opening gig, Moffat encountered 79-year-old balladeer Sheila Stewart, one of the last members of travelling folk royalty. This head-on collision of reinvention and tradition underpins a documentary, which follows Moffat and Stewart as they embark on intersecting journeys through music that defines their country.

  • GenreDocumentary, Musical
  • CastSheila Stewart, Aidan Moffat.
  • DirectorPaul Fegan.
  • WriterPaul Fegan, David Arthur.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration76 mins
  • Official sitewww.whereyouremeanttobe.com
  • Release17/06/2016 (selected cinemas)

In 2014, former Arab Strap frontman and cult-pop raconteur Aidan Moffat was poised to tour his native Scotland with modern reinterpretations of classic folk songs. Shortly before the opening gig, Moffat encountered 79-year-old balladeer Sheila Stewart, one of the last members of travelling folk royalty who staunchly believes that Scotland's oldest songs should be cherished in their original form not mercilessly updated. This head-on collision of reinvention and tradition underpins Paul Fegan's documentary, which follows Moffat and Stewart as they embark on intersecting journeys through music that defines their country.

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Wednesday 29th June 2016