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  • A Night At The Cinema In 1914
  • Boyhood
  • Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
  • Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes 3D
  • Finding Vivian Maier
  • Globe On Screen: A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Globe On Screen: Macbeth
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy 3D
  • Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone
  • Jaws
  • Mood Indigo
  • Muppets Most Wanted
  • NT Live Encore Screening: Skylight
  • Rastamouse
  • The Inbetweeners 2
  • The LEGO Movie

A Night At The Cinema In 1914 3 stars

One hundred years ago, cinema was in its infancy. This compilation, drawn from the BFI National Archive, recreates a selection of short items with musical accompaniment that audiences of the time might have enjoyed including a humorous piece about a face-pulling competition, an episode of The Perils Of Pauline featuring Pearl White in the title role, rousing scenes of Allied troops celebrating Christmas at the Front and some very early footage of big-screen icon Charlie Chaplin.

  • GenreDocumentary, Historical/Period, Shorts
  • CastFred Evans, Florence Turner, Charlie Chaplin.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration84 mins
  • Official site
  • Release01/08/2014 (selected cinemas)

One hundred years ago, cinema was in its infancy and the picture houses of the era provided the public with a retreat from the strains of everyday life. This special compilation, drawn from the BFI National Archive, recreates a selection of short items with musical accompaniment that audiences of the time might have enjoyed including a humorous piece about a face-pulling competition, an episode of The Perils Of Pauline featuring Pearl White in the title role, rousing scenes of Allied troops celebrating Christmas at the Front and some very early footage of big-screen icon Charlie Chaplin.

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Monday 4th August 2014

Boyhood 3 stars

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Drama about a boy's coming of age, shot over 12 years with the same crew and cast. When we first meet Mason Jr, he's preparing to move house with his mother Olivia and precocious older sister, Samantha. Errant father Mason Sr takes the children ten-pin bowling and dispense pithy words of wisdom. As Mason Jr blossoms into a sullen and awkward teenager, Olivia ricochets from a bad marriage to a drunk professor to a bad marriage to one of her students.

  • GenreDrama, Romance
  • CastPatricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater.
  • DirectorRichard Linklater.
  • WriterRichard Linklater.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration166 mins
  • Official sitewww.boyhoodmovie.tumblr.com
  • Release11/07/2014

In 2002, filmmaker Richard Linklater had a dream. The celebrated Texan director of Dazed And Confused and Before Sunrise, whose mother and father separated when he was seven, wanted to make a drama that realistically captured the bonds between parent and child. He announced his intention to create a close-knit family of cast and crew, who would reunite every year to shoot new scenes that accurately reflected the physical and emotional changes of the young stars.

Seven-year-old Ellar Coltrane was cast in the lead role and Linklater chose his then eight-year-old daughter Lorelei to portray the central character's older sister. The result is a directorial doozy of dazzling ambition and scope that falls short in terms of pacing and compelling narrative arcs.

From a technical perspective, Boyhood is a staggering achievement - a testament to Linklater's determination that could have fallen apart at any point in the past 12 years. From the fragments of each annual get-together, the writer-director has fashioned a naturalistic slideshow of the awkward transition from childhood to adulthood that will doubtless garner an Oscar nomination and a deluge of critical plaudits.

When we first meet Mason Jr (Ellar Coltrane), he's preparing to move house with his mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette) and precocious older sister, Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), who keeps him awake with her rendition of Britney's Oops!... I Did It Again.

Errant father Mason Sr (Ethan Hawke) takes the children ten-pin bowling and the boy pleads for the introduction of safeguards to keep his ball out of the gutter. "You don't want bumpers - life doesn't give you bumpers," his old man counsels.

Major pop culture and political events including the publication of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince and Obama's presidential campaign allow us to date each chapter as Mason Jr blossoms into a sullen and awkward teenager.

En route, Olivia ricochets from a bad marriage to a drunk professor (Marco Perella) to a bad marriage to one of her students (Brad Hawkins), with occasional appearances from Mason Sr to dispense pithy words of wisdom.

By the very nature of its creation, Boyhood unfolds in fits and spurts, some more interesting than others. Coltrane starts the film as a cheeky cherub, who is slightly wooden in front of camera, but he grows in confidence and stature.

Arquette has surprisingly scant screen time considering she is primary care giver and the final edit runs close to three hours, while Hawke could almost have walked off the set of Before Midnight, given his character's penchant for rambling introspection.

It's easy to be blinded by the glorious gimmick that initiated Boyhood but if you judge Linklater's film purely on what made it to the screen, it's a fascinating yet flawed experiment.

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes 4 stars

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Simian flu has ravaged the globe, killing almost the entire human race. In San Francisco, one-time military man Dreyfus, who lost his entire family to the virus, leads the human survivors. The truce between humans and apes is tested to breaking point when a diplomatic mission led by Malcolm, his wife Ellie and teenage son Alexander enters the forest to request access to the O'Shaughnessy Dam, which provides the city with its electricity.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Drama, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastKeri Russell, Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jason Clarke, Toby Kebbell.
  • DirectorMatt Reeves.
  • WriterMark Bomback, Amanda Silver, Rick Jaffa.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration130 mins
  • Official sitewww.dawnofapes.com
  • Release17/07/2014

Blending state-of-the-art special effects with an intelligent script, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes conjures two hours of animal magic that looks set to be crowned king of the blockbuster swingers. Tim Burton's abortive Planet Of The Apes is now a distant memory thanks to the 2011 revamp Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and this superior sequel, which pushes the art of motion-capture performance to new limits.

Andy Serkis' exemplary work as Caesar, the super-intelligent chimpanzee who leads the ape uprising, is the film's emotional heartbeat. His ability to convey the character's rage, despair and passion through movement and subtle gesture is breathtaking.

Toby Kebbell is also compelling as Caesar's war-mongering rival, who believes the key to his species' survival is the extermination of humans. Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver's script elegantly draws parallels between the feuding primates, juxtaposing tender scenes of parenting with bruising skirmishes that create divisions on both sides.

Ten winters have passed since simian flu ravaged the globe. In the absence of law and order, basic resources such as water, food and electricity are dangerously depleted. One-time military man Dreyfus (Gary Oldman), who lost his entire family to the virus, leads survivors of the ALZ-113 virus in San Francisco.

He dispatches a team led by family man Malcolm (Jason Clarke) to access the O'Shaughnessy Dam, which provides the city with electricity. In the forest that envelops the dam, the scouting party encounters apes led by Caesar, including his ambitious second-in-command Koba (Kebbell), impetuous son Blue Eyes (Nick Thurston) and Bornean orangutan Maurice (Karin Konoval).

Malcolm's trigger-happy compatriot Carver (Kirk Acevedo) shoots one of the apes and the humans are banished to their stronghold. Once Dreyfus learns about the neighbouring ape community, he asks Malcolm and co to refrain from telling the other survivors.

"They're talking apes with big-ass spears!" shrieks Carver. Malcolm realises that he must earn Caesar's trust to gain access to the dam so he prepares to return to the forest with wife Ellie (Keri Russell) and teenage son Alexander (Kodi Smith-McPhee).

"If you're not back in three days, we're going to go out there and kill every last one of them," warns Dreyfus.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a slick thrill ride with brains as well as brawn. The grim mood, which permeates the first half, leads to all-guns-blazing war and director Reeves orchestrates these brutal sequences with elan.

Digital effects are jaw-dropping, giving birth to a realistic army of blood-thirsty apes who cram every chaotic, blood-spattered frame. The film's strong anti-gun message comes through loud and clear, but the appetite for destruction overpowers diplomacy.

"I always think ape better than humans," laments Caesar as his dream of lasting peace founders. "I see now how like them we are."

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes 3D 4 stars

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Simian flu has ravaged the globe, killing almost the entire human race. In San Francisco, one-time military man Dreyfus, who lost his entire family to the virus, leads the human survivors. The truce between humans and apes is tested to breaking point when a diplomatic mission led by Malcolm, his wife Ellie and teenage son Alexander enters the forest to request access to the O'Shaughnessy Dam, which provides the city with its electricity.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Drama, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastAndy Serkis, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jason Clarke, Toby Kebbell.
  • DirectorMatt Reeves.
  • WriterRick Jaffa, Mark Bomback, Amanda Silver.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration130 mins
  • Official sitewww.dawnofapes.com
  • Release17/07/2014

Blending state-of-the-art special effects with an intelligent script, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes conjures two hours of animal magic that looks set to be crowned king of the blockbuster swingers. Tim Burton's abortive Planet Of The Apes is now a distant memory thanks to the 2011 revamp Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and this superior sequel, which pushes the art of motion-capture performance to new limits.

Andy Serkis' exemplary work as Caesar, the super-intelligent chimpanzee who leads the ape uprising, is the film's emotional heartbeat. His ability to convey the character's rage, despair and passion through movement and subtle gesture is breathtaking.

Toby Kebbell is also compelling as Caesar's war-mongering rival, who believes the key to his species' survival is the extermination of humans. Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver's script elegantly draws parallels between the feuding primates, juxtaposing tender scenes of parenting with bruising skirmishes that create divisions on both sides.

Ten winters have passed since simian flu ravaged the globe. In the absence of law and order, basic resources such as water, food and electricity are dangerously depleted. One-time military man Dreyfus (Gary Oldman), who lost his entire family to the virus, leads survivors of the ALZ-113 virus in San Francisco.

He dispatches a team led by family man Malcolm (Jason Clarke) to access the O'Shaughnessy Dam, which provides the city with electricity. In the forest that envelops the dam, the scouting party encounters apes led by Caesar, including his ambitious second-in-command Koba (Kebbell), impetuous son Blue Eyes (Nick Thurston) and Bornean orangutan Maurice (Karin Konoval).

Malcolm's trigger-happy compatriot Carver (Kirk Acevedo) shoots one of the apes and the humans are banished to their stronghold. Once Dreyfus learns about the neighbouring ape community, he asks Malcolm and co to refrain from telling the other survivors.

"They're talking apes with big-ass spears!" shrieks Carver. Malcolm realises that he must earn Caesar's trust to gain access to the dam so he prepares to return to the forest with wife Ellie (Keri Russell) and teenage son Alexander (Kodi Smith-McPhee).

"If you're not back in three days, we're going to go out there and kill every last one of them," warns Dreyfus.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a slick thrill ride with brains as well as brawn. The grim mood, which permeates the first half, leads to all-guns-blazing war and director Reeves orchestrates these brutal sequences with elan.

Digital effects are jaw-dropping, giving birth to a realistic army of blood-thirsty apes who cram every chaotic, blood-spattered frame. The film's strong anti-gun message comes through loud and clear, but the appetite for destruction overpowers diplomacy.

"I always think ape better than humans," laments Caesar as his dream of lasting peace founders. "I see now how like them we are."

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Saturday 2nd August 2014
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Finding Vivian Maier 3 stars

In 1951, American street photographer Vivian Maier returned to America to take up a position as a nanny and caregiver. In her leisure, she continued to indulge her passion for photography, documenting life over five decades predominantly in Chicago and New York City. Following her death, Maier's belongings were auctioned off and a secret cache of more than 100,000 negatives came to light. This documentary attempts to unravel the mystery of Maier's secret artistic life by speaking to the people who knew her.

  • GenreDocumentary, Indie
  • DirectorJohn Maloof, Charlie Siskel.
  • WriterJohn Maloof, Charlie Siskel.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration84 mins
  • Official sitewww.findingvivianmaier.com
  • Release18/07/2014 (selected cinemas)

In 1951, American street photographer Vivian Maier returned to America from France, where she had spent most of her youth, to take up a position as a nanny and caregiver - roles she would fulfil for the rest of her life. In her leisure, she continued to indulge her passion for photography, documenting life over five decades predominantly in Chicago and New York City. Following her death, Maier's belongings were auctioned off and a secret cache of more than 100,000 negatives came to light. Photographer and historian John Maloof spearheaded a campaign to recognise Maier as one of the 20th-century's most influential and important artists. In this documentary, co-directed by Charlie Siskel, Maloof attempts to unravel the mystery of Maier's secret artistic life by speaking to the people who knew her, including the families that employed her as a nanny. These conversations hint at a darker side to Maier's personality and challenge Maloof's unfettered adoration for the artist and her work.

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Tuesday 5th August 2014

Globe On Screen: A Midsummer Night's Dream 3 stars

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Thursday 7th August 2014

Globe On Screen: Macbeth 3 stars

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Special
  • CastMoyo Akande, Geoff Aymer, Bette Bourne.
  • DirectorEve Best.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration155 mins
  • Official sitewww.onscreen.shakespearesglobe.com
  • Release25/06/2014 (selected cinemas)

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Monday 4th August 2014
Thursday 7th August 2014

Guardians Of The Galaxy 4 stars

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Abducted from his parents as a child and raised by thieves, gung-ho American pilot Peter Quill is content to gallivant around the far reaches of space. He steals an orb, which is sought by Ronan and his army of Sakaarans, and evades capture by aligning himself with a motley crew of rebels comprising green-skinned assassin Gamora, genetically engineered raccoon Rocket, his tree-like sidekick Groot and vengeance-seeking warrior Drax The Destroyer, whose entire family was slaughtered by Ronan.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction
  • CastBradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin.
  • DirectorJames Gunn.
  • WriterJames Gunn, Nicole Perlman.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration128 mins
  • Official sitewww.marvel.com/guardians
  • Release31/07/2014

From its visually stunning opening set to the funky strains of Come And Get Your Love by Native American rock band Redbone, Guardians Of The Galaxy lends the Marvel Comics big screen universe a delightful retro twang. The sardonic anti-hero is seldom parted from his Walkman and he inspires his cohorts to greatness with repeated references to Kevin Bacon and Footloose. As the slick special effects attest, the budget for this intergalactic romp is big - so too are the laughs courtesy of director James Gunn and co-writer Nicole Perlman. The opening sequence affectionately nods to Raiders Of The Lost Ark and when the mystery surrounding the film's fabled treasure is revealed, the space cowboy casually notes the trinket has "a shiny suitcase, Ark of the Covenant, Maltese Falcon vibe". Gunn doesn't skimp on the spectacle - if anything, a couple of the outlandish set pieces are too long - but he adds a comic twist to each deafening blast of pyrotechnics. Thus a centrepiece prison break is underscored by Rupert Holmes' 1979 hit Escape (The Pina Colada Song) and when the anti-hero barely escapes death in his spaceship and an extra-terrestrial girlfriend stumbles up from the hold, he looks at her with embarrassment and confesses, "I'm going to be honest with you. I forgot you were here". Abducted from his parents as a child and raised by thieves led by blue-skinned tyrant Yondu (Michael Rooker), Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is a thief for hire, who steals a mystical orb sought by sadistic warlord Ronan (Lee Pace) and his army of Sakaarans. Peter evades Ronan's clutches and eventually aligns himself with a motley crew of mercenaries comprising green-skinned assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), genetically engineered raccoon Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), his tree-like sidekick Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and vengeance-seeking warrior Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), whose entire family was slaughtered by Ronan. When Peter learns the orb is an ancient artefact with the power to destroy the universe, he must put selfish desires to one side to repel Ronan and his underlings including fearsome intergalactic hunter Korath (Djimon Hounsou). Guardians Of The Galaxy is a blast. Pratt brings swagger and dry wit to his emotionally wounded hero, while Saldana adds sass and sex appeal to her otherworldly assassin. Bautista is marvellous as the hulk who takes everything literally - "Nothing goes over my head, my reflexes are too fast" - but almost every scene is stolen by the computer-generated double-act of Rocket and Groot. Cooper voices his feisty gun-toting fur ball with a wonderful blend of defiance and sarcasm, and breaks our hearts when it seems that he might be separated from his beloved sidekick forever. Cameos from Benicio Del Toro and Glenn Close hint at a wider canvas of political intrigue that director Gunn will be keen to explore in a sequel star-dated for release in 2017.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy 3D 4 stars

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Abducted from his parents as a child and raised by thieves, gung-ho American pilot Peter Quill is content to gallivant around the far reaches of space. He steals an orb, which is sought by Ronan and his army of Sakaarans, and evades capture by aligning himself with a motley crew of rebels comprising green-skinned assassin Gamora, genetically engineered raccoon Rocket, his tree-like sidekick Groot and vengeance-seeking warrior Drax The Destroyer, whose entire family was slaughtered by Ronan.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction
  • CastZoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Lee Pace, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Josh Brolin.
  • DirectorJames Gunn.
  • WriterNicole Perlman, James Gunn.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration128 mins
  • Official sitewww.marvel.com/guardians
  • Release31/07/2014

From its visually stunning opening set to the funky strains of Come And Get Your Love by Native American rock band Redbone, Guardians Of The Galaxy lends the Marvel Comics big screen universe a delightful retro twang. The sardonic anti-hero is seldom parted from his Walkman and he inspires his cohorts to greatness with repeated references to Kevin Bacon and Footloose. As the slick special effects attest, the budget for this intergalactic romp is big - so too are the laughs courtesy of director James Gunn and co-writer Nicole Perlman. The opening sequence affectionately nods to Raiders Of The Lost Ark and when the mystery surrounding the film's fabled treasure is revealed, the space cowboy casually notes the trinket has "a shiny suitcase, Ark of the Covenant, Maltese Falcon vibe". Gunn doesn't skimp on the spectacle - if anything, a couple of the outlandish set pieces are too long - but he adds a comic twist to each deafening blast of pyrotechnics. Thus a centrepiece prison break is underscored by Rupert Holmes' 1979 hit Escape (The Pina Colada Song) and when the anti-hero barely escapes death in his spaceship and an extra-terrestrial girlfriend stumbles up from the hold, he looks at her with embarrassment and confesses, "I'm going to be honest with you. I forgot you were here". Abducted from his parents as a child and raised by thieves led by blue-skinned tyrant Yondu (Michael Rooker), Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is a thief for hire, who steals a mystical orb sought by sadistic warlord Ronan (Lee Pace) and his army of Sakaarans. Peter evades Ronan's clutches and eventually aligns himself with a motley crew of mercenaries comprising green-skinned assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), genetically engineered raccoon Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), his tree-like sidekick Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and vengeance-seeking warrior Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), whose entire family was slaughtered by Ronan. When Peter learns the orb is an ancient artefact with the power to destroy the universe, he must put selfish desires to one side to repel Ronan and his underlings including fearsome intergalactic hunter Korath (Djimon Hounsou). Guardians Of The Galaxy is a blast. Pratt brings swagger and dry wit to his emotionally wounded hero, while Saldana adds sass and sex appeal to her otherworldly assassin. Bautista is marvellous as the hulk who takes everything literally - "Nothing goes over my head, my reflexes are too fast" - but almost every scene is stolen by the computer-generated double-act of Rocket and Groot. Cooper voices his feisty gun-toting fur ball with a wonderful blend of defiance and sarcasm, and breaks our hearts when it seems that he might be separated from his beloved sidekick forever. Cameos from Benicio Del Toro and Glenn Close hint at a wider canvas of political intrigue that director Gunn will be keen to explore in a sequel star-dated for release in 2017.

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Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone 3 stars

Orphan Harry Potter endures a miserable life with his mean and angry aunt and uncle. Forced to live under the stairs and eat their left overs, Harry dreams of a better place. Thankfully, happier times are just around the corner when a strange letter leads him to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he learns all about spells and magic, and begins his quest to avenge his parents deaths at the hands of the nasty Voldemort.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Children's, Comedy, Drama, Family, Family, Thriller
  • CastDaniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint.
  • DirectorChris Columbus.
  • CountryUS/UK
  • Duration152 mins
  • Official site
  • Release16/10/2001

Few films can claim to be certified box office successes before they are ever released, but Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone is guaranteed to become one of the highest grossing movies of all time. Regardless of what the critics might say, and - more worryingly - regardless of the quality of the finished film. So it's something of a pleasant surprise that Chris Columbus's film adaptation is both faithful to the source text and a rollicking good romp. That's not to say that the film doesn't have its faults - most noticeably the casting of the diminutive heroes - but the legions of Hogwarts fans across the world will doubtless be more interested in what is up on the big screen, than what sadly never made the final cut. In case you've had your Muggle head in the sand for the last few years, here's a brief recap of the plot. Orphan Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) endures a miserable life with his mean and angry aunt and uncle. Forced to live under the stairs and eat their left overs, Harry dreams of a better place. Thankfully, happier times are just around the corner when a strange letter leads him to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he learns all about spells and magic, and begins his quest to avenge his parents deaths at the hands of the nasty Voldemort. Richard Harris is magnificent as headmaster Albus Dumbledore, exuding an air of age old confidence, and Maggie Smith captures the nervousness of his right-hand woman, Professor McGonagall. Even better are Alan Rickman as shadowy Professor Snape, who watches Harry's every move like a hawk, and Robbie Coltrane as gamekeeper Hagrid. He has the vast majority of the film's funny lines, and also gives his character a catchphrase not evident from the books. "I shouldn't have said that..." The problems start with the child actors. Radcliffe and Emma Watson both look the part, as Harry and swot Hermione, but neither are completely convincing in their roles. In particular, Radcliffe fails to capture the sadness and grief of his hero, and his performance is purely reactive. Thank goodness for Rupert Grint as Ron: his innate cheekiness shines through on the big screen, and makes his alter-ego the most endearing and lovable first year in the entire school. Special effects are magnificent and the attention to detail in art direction, set design and costumes is stunning. Columbus directs the big set pieces with flair, capturing the exhilaration of Quidditch in a dizzying sequence reminiscent of the Pod Race in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Great swathes of the book have been excised from Steve Kloves's screenplay. In many instances, the amendments are welcome, and maintain a brisk pace. However, some of the changes badly affect the picture. Not once do we see Snape victimising the Gryffindor house, and signalling himself as Harry's chief enemy at Hogwarts. Hedwig apparently no longer has a name (the snowy owl appears throughout the picture though nobody addresses it by name), Hagrid's pet dragon Norbert disappears prematurely from the picture, and the final challenges are reduced from four to two, reducing Hermione from an active participant and valuable team members to a mere bystander. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone is neither as bad as I feared it might be, nor as enchanting as I hoped it would be. Huge fun for the entire family, but just lacking that magical lustre.

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Monday 4th August 2014
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Jaws 4 stars

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A monster great white shark terrorises the New England resort of Amity Island, striking fear into the hearts of residents and holidaymakers. While the mayor and his team try to downplay the threat, local police chief Martin Brody, marine expert Matt Hooper and salty seadog Quint go in search of the beast.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Classic, Drama, Horror, Thriller
  • CastRoy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary.
  • DirectorSteven Spielberg.
  • WriterPeter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration124 mins
  • Official sitewww.jaws25.com
  • Release15/06/2012 (selected cinemas)

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, Steven Spielberg's ruthlessly efficient 1975 thriller swims back into cinemas for another bite at the box office. Based on a novel by Peter Benchley, Jaws was the director's first blockbuster and confirmed his reputation as a film-maker capable of engaging and entertaining international audiences. Behind the scenes, filming was somewhat chaotic and the production began without a completed script. The premise - a monster great white shark terrorises the New England resort of Amity Island - is simplistic but Spielberg directs brilliantly, leading local police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider), marine expert Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and salty seadog Quint (Robert Shaw) in search of the beast. John Williams's inexorable theme sets the mood and sets our nerves on edge while Scheider's ad-libbed quip - "You're gonna need a bigger boat!" - is now firmly installed in the annuls of cinema history.

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Sunday 3rd August 2014

Mood Indigo 3 stars

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Colin lives in a swanky Parisian apartment with his chef Nicolas. Colin could have any woman he wants and he falls head over heels in love with free spirit Chloe at a party. They share a dance at the party, go on a series of dates and walk down the aisle. Their honeymoon is perfect and the marriage seems destined to last forever until a medical diagnosis reveals that a water lily is growing in one of Chloe's lungs. The only way to keep her alive is to surround Chloe with flowers.

  • GenreAdaptation, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller, World
  • CastGad Elmaleh, Romain Duris, Omar Sy, Audrey Tautou.
  • DirectorMichel Gondry.
  • WriterMichel Gondry, Luc Bossi.
  • CountryFr/Bel
  • Duration94 mins
  • Official site
  • Release01/08/2014 (selected cinemas)

Adapted from Boris Vian's cult novel Froth On A Daydream, writer-director Michel Gondry's visually stunning love story centres on wealthy and handsome Colin (Romain Duris), who lives in a swanky Parisian apartment with his chef Nicolas (Omar Sy). Colin could have any woman he wants and he falls head over heels in love with free spirit Chloe (Audrey Tautou) at a party. They share a dance at the party, go on a series of dates and walk down the aisle. Their honeymoon is perfect and the marriage seems destined to last forever until a medical diagnosis reveals that a water lily is growing in one of Chloe's lungs. The only way to keep her alive is to surround Chloe with flowers so Colin spends every last Euro surrounding his sweetheart with fresh blooms. The cost of the bouquets is astronomical, forcing Colin to seek employment but Chloe's condition deteriorates...

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Muppets Most Wanted 4 stars

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The world's most deadly criminal, Constantine, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Kermit except for a facial mole and strong eastern European accent, escapes from a Siberian gulag overseen by Nadya and her men. They give chase and mistakenly apprehend Kermit, believing him to be the devious mastermind. While Kermit languishes behind bars, Constantine poses as The Muppets' leader to orchestrate a series of daring robberies with the help of his second in command, Dominic Badguy.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Family, Musical, Romance
  • CastSalma Hayek, Tina Fey, Tom Hiddleston, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Dave Goelz, David Rudman, Eric Jacobson, Steve Whitmire, Bill Barretta.
  • DirectorJames Bobin.
  • WriterNicholas Stoller, James Bobin.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration113 mins
  • Official sitemuppets.disney.com/muppets-most-wanted
  • Release28/03/2014

Created almost 60 years ago by Jim Henson, Kermit The Frog and his hand-operated chums gained a new lease of life in 2011 with the release of the seventh feature film, snappily entitled The Muppets. Combining an irreverent script, tongue-in-cheek cameos and uproarious song and dance numbers, James Bobin's film was a treat for fans of all ages.

Muppets Most Wanted is the inevitable sequel and harnesses some of the same charm and zany energy including original compositions by Bret McKenzie from Flight Of The Conchords, who garnered an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the first film.

The New Zealand-born comedian and musician delights with his pithy worksmithery including a rousing opening number featuring Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga that declares, "We're doing a sequel, the studio wants more/While they wait for Tom Hanks to do Toy Story 4!"

The ramshackle plot bounces along at breakneck speed, providing a hook for hare-brained set pieces replete with Celine Dion as Miss Piggy's Fairy Godmother.

The world's most deadly criminal, Constantine (voiced by Matt Vogel), who bears an uncanny resemblance to Kermit (Steve Whitmire) except for a facial mole and strong eastern European accent, escapes from Gulag 38B in Siberia.

Commander Nadya (Tina Fey) and her men give chase and mistakenly apprehend Kermit, believing him to be the amphibian mastermind. While Kermit languishes behind bars, Constantine poses as The Muppets' leader to orchestrate a series of daring robberies with the help of his second in command, Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais).

French Interpol inspector Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell) is hot on their heels and hooves. Miss Piggy (Eric Jacobson), Gonzo (Dave Goelz), Fozzie Bear (Jacobson again) and the gang don't notice that their beloved green ringmaster has been replaced by an impostor.

They embark on a world tour that takes them from Berlin to Madrid, Dublin and London - "home of the Crown Jewels... and good manners". Thankfully, Kermit has a daring plan to escape and expose the diabolical doppelganger.

Muppets Most Wanted doesn't quite scale the dizzy comedic heights of the first film but the sequel is peppered with belly laughs and droll in-jokes. Thus when the newest member of the Muppet fold, Walter (Peter Linz), abandons the world tour, Rowlf is incredulous. "We just spent a whole movie watching him join The Muppets!" he laments.

Bobin doesn't tarry on holes in the narrative or flimsy sub-plots like Miss Piggy's desire to make an honest frog out of Kermit, and hopes we'll do the same with grins on our faces.

The sequel is preceded by a delightful computer-animated short, Party Central, which revisits Monsters University favourites Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) and the misfits from Oozma Kappa fraternity as they attempt to outwit the bully boys from Roar Omega Roar once more.

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Saturday 2nd August 2014

NT Live Encore Screening: Skylight 3 stars

  • GenreDrama, Special
  • CastCarey Mulligan, Bill Nighy.
  • DirectorStephen Daldry.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration180 mins
  • Official site

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Saturday 2nd August 2014
Monday 4th August 2014
Thursday 7th August 2014

Rastamouse 3 stars

  • GenreAnimation/Cartoon, Children's
  • Official site

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Friday 1st August 2014

The Inbetweeners 2 3 stars

Jay heads to Australia for a gap year, where he enhances his status as an incorrigible ladies man. With the promise of more sex than they can handle, Will, Neil and Simon head down under to join their pal and the four misfits abroad attempt to impress the female of the species including Katie, Polly and Lucy. The lads' ham-fisted chat-up lines and amorous overtures often lead to toe-curling humiliation.

  • GenreComedy, Drama
  • CastSimon Bird, James Buckley, Joe Thomas, Blake Harrison, Emily Berrington.
  • DirectorDamon Beesley, Iain Morris.
  • WriterDamon Beesley, Iain Morris.
  • CountryUK
  • Official site
  • Release06/08/2014

Released in 2011, The Inbetweeners Movie was one of the biggest hits of that year at the UK box office, setting a new record for the opening weekend of a film comedy - an honour previously held by sequels The Hangover Part II and Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason. Expectations are sky high for this second feature-length excursion based on the E4 sitcom, which continues the sexual misadventures of socially inept schoolmates Will (Simon Bird), Jay (James Buckley), Neil (Blake Harrison) and Simon (Joe Thomas). In the sequel, Jay has headed to Australia for a gap year, where he has enhanced his status as an incorrigible ladies man. With the promise of more sex than they can handle, Will, Neil and Simon head down under to join their pal and the four misfits abroad attempt to impress the female of the species including Katie (Emily Berrington), Polly (Belinda Stewart-Wilson) and Lucy (Tamla Kari). Needless to say, the lads' ham-fisted chat-up lines and amorous overtures often lead to toe-curling humiliation.

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Wednesday 6th August 2014
Thursday 7th August 2014

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The LEGO Movie 4 stars

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Emmet is an ordinary LEGO mini-figure, who is mistaken for a mythical figure known as Master Builder by an ancient wizard Vitruvius. Before he can clear up this unfortunate misunderstanding, Emmet is press-ganged into leading the quest to defeat a nefarious LEGO tyrant aided by a rogue's gallery of historical and fictional mini-figures including Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Abraham Lincoln.

  • GenreAction, Animation/Cartoon, Children's, Comedy, Family, Family
  • CastLiam Neeson, Channing Tatum, Morgan Freeman, Jonah Hill, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Will Ferrell, Cobie Smulders, Chris Pratt.
  • DirectorChristopher Miller, Phil Lord.
  • WriterPhil Lord, Christopher Miller.
  • CountryAustralia/
  • Duration100 mins
  • Official sitewww.thelegomovie.com
  • Release14/02/2014

It was Christmas 1984. I remember excitedly tearing snowman-festooned wrapping paper off a large box and staring wide-eyed at the LEGO construction set that had been the subject of countless unsubtle hints to my parents. Those tiny coloured construction bricks became a building site for my imagination, and even now, I get fuzzy pangs when I see film-themed kits cluttering up the shelves of toy shops.

That same warm glow permeates Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's rollicking adventure, which cleverly employs the latest technical wizardry to mimic the crude, imperfect movements of stop-motion animation.

The LEGO Movie is a hoot, celebrating the enduring power and popularity of a toy invented in the late 1940s. Directors Lord and Miller, who donned hard hats at the helm of the first Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs film, strike a delicious tone of irreverence throughout to ensure parents enjoy the ride just as much as younger audiences.

The unlikely hero is a socially awkward LEGO mini-figure called Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt), who works on a building site in his hometown of Bricksburg. Desperate to fit in, Emmet follows the dictates laid down by President Business (Will Ferrell), who is actually - shock, gasp! - arch-villain Lord Business in disguise.

This nefarious tyrant plans to destroy Bricksburg and the neighbouring districts of Cloud Cuckoo Land and Middle Zealand using an artefact known as The Kragle.

Ancient wizard Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) and his sassy henchwoman Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) mistake Emmet for a mythical figure known as Master Builder, who possesses the power to create anything out of LEGO bricks with his mind.

According to prophecy, Master Builder will locate the Piece Of Resistance and destroy The Kragle. "A Special One? What a load of hippy, dippy baloney!" cackles Lord Business.

Emmet is press-ganged into leading the perilous quest to defeat the despot aided by a rogue's gallery of mini-figures including Wyldstyle's boyfriend Batman (Will Arnett), Green Lantern (Jonah Hill), Wonder Woman (Cobie Smulders), Abraham Lincoln (Will Forte) and a classic 1980s-era blue spaceman named Benny (Charlie Day).

The heroes are pursued by schizophrenic law-maker and -breaker Bad Cop (Liam Neeson). "Rest in pieces!" he guffaws as LEGO cannons destroy their home world.

Fast-paced and crammed with primary colours, The LEGO Movie pulls out all the stops to dazzle and delight. The script is peppered with wry one-liners, cinematic homages and an infectious theme song - Everything Is Awesome - that burrows into the brain and refuses to leave quietly.

Pratt, Ferrell and co deliver ebullient vocal performances, which are complemented by frenetic action sequences by LEGO land, sea and air. The final 10 minutes provide an unexpected, heart-warming surprise, guaranteed to have kids big and small grinning with glee.

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Friday 1st August 2014
Saturday 2nd August 2014
Monday 4th August 2014
Tuesday 5th August 2014
Wednesday 6th August 2014

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