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

  • Amy
  • English National Opera Live Encore Screening: Pirates Of Penzance
  • Into The Clouds We Gaze (K Oblakum Vzhlizime)
  • Jurassic World
  • Jurassic World 3D
  • Mr Holmes
  • Slow West
  • Ted 2
  • The Third Man

Amy 3 stars

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Asif Kapadia's controversial documentary about the life and times of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse featuring contributions from her friends and family. The film details Winehouse's battle with drug and alcohol addiction as well as mental health issues, and charts events leading up to her death from alcohol poisoning at the age of just 27.

  • GenreBiography, Documentary, Musical
  • CastAmy Winehouse.
  • DirectorAsif Kapadia.
  • WriterAsif Kapadia.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration127 mins
  • Official site
  • Release03/07/2015

With her distinctive beehive hairdo, thick eyeliner and deep, soulful vocal delivery, Amy Winehouse became a defiantly outspoken icon for a generation. Born and raised in Southgate, north London, she drew inspiration from the music of Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan and Tony Bennett, and exorcised personal demons through her songwriting, encapsulating experiences of heartache, abandonment and despair in her emotionally raw lyrics.

"My destructive side has grown a mile wide/And I question myself again," she laments prophetically in the song What Is It About Men on her debut album, Frank. Scarred by the separation of her parents, Winehouse concealed an eating disorder from those closest to her and repeatedly sought personal oblivion in a heady cocktail of alcohol and drugs.

Her death in July 2011, at the same age as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain, sparked a period of national soul-searching. Asif Kapadia's deeply moving documentary charts the turbulent life of the songbird, including contributions from many of her friends and family, and some of the people who worked with her and were touched by her fragility and candour.

Unfolding largely in chronological order, Amy begins with home video footage of a good friend's 14th birthday and meticulously charts her rise to celebrity, incorporating performances, interviews, rare photographs and reminiscences of the people who knew her well.

"If I really thought I was famous, I'd top myself," Winehouse tells one journalist early in the film, her words casting a shadow over subsequent scenes of triumph as Frank leaves critics reaching for superlatives and she storms America with the follow-up Back To Black, earning five Grammy awards including Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year.

The film doesn't pull punches with its depiction of her battles with drug and alcohol addiction, posing difficult questions about the culpability of the media and some of her inner circle in her tragic downfall.

Through Kapadia's lens, her father Mitchell shoulders some of that blame, firstly by advising Winehouse not to go into rehab - "I felt that's Amy's responsibility to get herself well," he offers by way of an explanation - and then by gatecrashing her recuperation on St Lucia with a reality TV crew in tow to bolster his media profile.

Her husband Blake Fielder-Civil is depicted as a similarly destructive influence, including footage of them together in the flat when she first tries crack cocaine. "I tried to sabotage myself and she tried to sabotage herself. Maybe that was our natures," he confesses.

Relationships with Alex Clare and Reg Traviss, which book-ended her roller coaster marriage, warrant only brief mentions but Kapadia would need considerably longer than 127 minutes to delve into every personal tie.

As it is, his elegantly composed memento mori leaves us with a deep sense of sadness and anger as we watch the singer totter towards oblivion, seemingly with no one to shepherd her away from the edge.

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Tuesday 7th July 2015
Wednesday 8th July 2015
Thursday 9th July 2015

English National Opera Live Encore Screening: Pirates Of Penzance 3 stars

Mike Leigh's operatic directorial debut.

  • GenreSpecial
  • DirectorMike Leigh.
  • CountryUK
  • Official site

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Thursday 9th July 2015

Into The Clouds We Gaze (K Oblakum Vzhlizime) 3 stars

Documentary, drama.

  • GenreDocumentary, Drama
  • DirectorMartin Dusek.
  • WriterJosef Krajbich, Martin Dusek.
  • CountryCze
  • Duration66 mins
  • Official site

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Tuesday 7th July 2015

Jurassic World 4 stars

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The Jurassic World theme park is open on Isla Nublar under the control of Operations Manager Claire Dearing. The park's scientists play God by performing genetic modification experiments to breed a new dinosaur: the Indominus Rex. When this hulking beast escapes confinement and goes on the rampage in a park crowded with terrified tourists, animal wrangler Owen Grady races to the rescue.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Family, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastJudy Greer, Chris Pratt, Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Nick Robinson.
  • DirectorColin Trevorrow.
  • WriterRick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration124 mins
  • Official sitewww.jurassicworld.com
  • Release11/06/2015

In the original Jurassic Park, scientists reanimate dinosaurs on a tropical island and quickly discover their arrogant folly. "Life breaks free. It expands to new territories and crashes through barriers," wisely observes Jeff Goldblum's doom-mongering chaos mathematician. His words reverberate throughout this fourth instalment of the blockbusting dino-franchise.

Director Colin Trevorrow and three co-writers step back in time, using the structure and heightened human drama of the first film as a solid template for this return to Isla Nublar. Jurassic World begs, borrows and affectionately steals from the 1993 box office behemoth, including a cameo for the Mr DNA animation and a set piece in the iconic visitor centre (now overgrown).

Two stricken children are a focal point when the park goes into meltdown, and mission control boasts a nerdy computer wizard (Jake Johnson) for mild comic relief. If the nuts and bolts of the screenplay are unabashedly retro, the special effects are undeniably state-of-the-art, realising creatures great and small, which chomp through countless extras and the main cast.

This is by far the bloodiest chapter of the Jurassic saga, if not quite the best. Jurassic World opened to the public in 2005 and now welcomes more than 20,000 visitors a day. Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) oversees park operations, while Dr Henry Wu (BD Wong) plays God in the laboratories, splicing DNA strands to create terrifying new breeds.

"Consumers want them bigger, louder, more teeth," Claire tells a group of investors. Thus the ferocious and highly intelligent Indominus Rex is born. "This will give the parents nightmares," shudders park CEO Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan), who took up the mantle from John Hammond to open an isle of prehistoric wonders.

When the Indominus Rex escapes her paddock, Claire begs naval officer-turned-animal behaviour specialist Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) for help. He has been working on the island with Vic Hoskins (Vincent D'Onofrio), head of InGen Security, on a top-secret project involving four captive velociraptors.

Claire is distraught because her nephews, Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins), are trapped in the middle of the bloodbath. She implores Owen to rescue the boys, tracking them by footprints and scent. "I was in the Navy, not the Navajo," he reminds her.

Jurassic World is a muscular, rollicking romp that captures some of the adrenaline-pumping thrills and jaw-dropping awe we felt more than 20 years ago when Steven Spielberg first unleashed dinosaurs back into multiplexes.

Pratt is an instantly likable hero and he catalyses a simmering screen chemistry with Howard as the workaholic who faces the dino-pocalypse in highly inappropriate footwear. D'Onofrio glowers as one of the film's boo-hiss villains, who views the creatures as expendable assets. "We own them. Extinct animals have no rights," he snarls.

Action sequences are orchestrated at a lick, seamlessly integrating digital trickery with live action including chaotic scenes of a flock of pteranodons plucking visitors from the ground. "Remember: something chases you, run!" advises Zach and Gray's mom at the beginning of the film. Wise words.

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Tuesday 7th July 2015
Wednesday 8th July 2015
Thursday 9th July 2015

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Jurassic World 3D 4 stars

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The Jurassic World theme park is open on Isla Nublar under the control of Operations Manager Claire Dearing. The park's scientists play God by performing genetic modification experiments to breed a new dinosaur: the Indominus Rex. When this hulking beast escapes confinement and goes on the rampage in a park crowded with terrified tourists, animal wrangler Owen Grady races to the rescue.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Family, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastJudy Greer, Chris Pratt, Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Nick Robinson.
  • DirectorColin Trevorrow.
  • WriterRick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration124 mins
  • Official sitewww.jurassicworld.com
  • Release11/06/2015

In the original Jurassic Park, scientists reanimate dinosaurs on a tropical island and quickly discover their arrogant folly. "Life breaks free. It expands to new territories and crashes through barriers," wisely observes Jeff Goldblum's doom-mongering chaos mathematician. His words reverberate throughout this fourth instalment of the blockbusting dino-franchise.

Director Colin Trevorrow and three co-writers step back in time, using the structure and heightened human drama of the first film as a solid template for this return to Isla Nublar. Jurassic World begs, borrows and affectionately steals from the 1993 box office behemoth, including a cameo for the Mr DNA animation and a set piece in the iconic visitor centre (now overgrown).

Two stricken children are a focal point when the park goes into meltdown, and mission control boasts a nerdy computer wizard (Jake Johnson) for mild comic relief. If the nuts and bolts of the screenplay are unabashedly retro, the special effects are undeniably state-of-the-art, realising creatures great and small, which chomp through countless extras and the main cast.

This is by far the bloodiest chapter of the Jurassic saga, if not quite the best. Jurassic World opened to the public in 2005 and now welcomes more than 20,000 visitors a day. Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) oversees park operations, while Dr Henry Wu (BD Wong) plays God in the laboratories, splicing DNA strands to create terrifying new breeds.

"Consumers want them bigger, louder, more teeth," Claire tells a group of investors. Thus the ferocious and highly intelligent Indominus Rex is born. "This will give the parents nightmares," shudders park CEO Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan), who took up the mantle from John Hammond to open an isle of prehistoric wonders.

When the Indominus Rex escapes her paddock, Claire begs naval officer-turned-animal behaviour specialist Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) for help. He has been working on the island with Vic Hoskins (Vincent D'Onofrio), head of InGen Security, on a top-secret project involving four captive velociraptors.

Claire is distraught because her nephews, Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins), are trapped in the middle of the bloodbath. She implores Owen to rescue the boys, tracking them by footprints and scent. "I was in the Navy, not the Navajo," he reminds her.

Jurassic World is a muscular, rollicking romp that captures some of the adrenaline-pumping thrills and jaw-dropping awe we felt more than 20 years ago when Steven Spielberg first unleashed dinosaurs back into multiplexes.

Pratt is an instantly likable hero and he catalyses a simmering screen chemistry with Howard as the workaholic who faces the dino-pocalypse in highly inappropriate footwear. D'Onofrio glowers as one of the film's boo-hiss villains, who views the creatures as expendable assets. "We own them. Extinct animals have no rights," he snarls.

Action sequences are orchestrated at a lick, seamlessly integrating digital trickery with live action including chaotic scenes of a flock of pteranodons plucking visitors from the ground. "Remember: something chases you, run!" advises Zach and Gray's mom at the beginning of the film. Wise words.

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Tuesday 7th July 2015
Thursday 9th July 2015

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Mr Holmes 3 stars

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The year is 1947 and Sherlock Holmes, now 93, is a shadow of the brilliant logician, who once held court at 221b Baker Street flanked by Dr Watson and Mrs Hudson. The ageing sleuth has retired to Cuckmere Haven, where he fusses over his beehives and infuriates his widowed housekeeper, Mrs Munro. Her spirited son Roger inspires Sherlock to delve into the fog of the past to recall his only unsolved case - a missing person enquiry in 1919.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Thriller
  • CastSir Ian McKellen, Hiroyuki Sanada, Laura Linney, Milo Parker.
  • DirectorBill Condon.
  • WriterJeffrey Hatcher.
  • CountryUK/US
  • Duration104 mins
  • Official site
  • Release19/06/2015

No one is immune to the allure of that cruel and merciless mistress: time. She saps strength and suppleness from athletic bodies, defies every cream to wither beauty and dulls the sharpest intellects. Mr Holmes imagines the twilight years of one of literature's icons, who is facing the grim reality of dementia with what remains of his once-glorious wit, aided by doses of a rare restorative plant from Japan called Prickly Ash.

This Sherlock, portrayed with dignity and steely resolve by Sir Ian McKellen, is no longer the aloof master of deduction who traversed the pages of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's imagination. Instead, he tends bees on the Sussex coast, haunted by the one case he failed to solve - if only he could recall the facts.

Bill Condon's slow-burning drama tests our little grey cells with a perplexing subplot: The Curious Case Of The Thrice Oscar-Nominated Actress And The Wayward Accent. Laura Linney is one of the finest performers of her generation, but here she is undone by a vocal delivery that roams wildly between the West Country, Ireland and America. Her valiant struggles are an unnecessary distraction.

The year is 1947 and Sherlock Holmes (McKellen), now 93, is a shadow of the brilliant logician, who once held court at 221b Baker Street flanked by Dr Watson (Colin Starkey) and Mrs Hudson (Sarah Crowden).

The ageing sleuth has retired to Cuckmere Haven, where he fusses over his hives, struggles to piece together fractured memories and infuriates his widowed housekeeper, Mrs Munro (Linney). Her spirited son Roger (Milo Parker) is fascinated by Sherlock and the boy shows a natural aptitude with the bees.

"Exceptional children are often the product of unremarkable parents," Holmes coldly observes, wounding Mrs Munro. The lad inspires Sherlock to delve into the fog of the past to recall his only unsolved case - a missing person enquiry in 1919 involving a distraught husband, Thomas Kelmot (Patrick Kennedy), and his beautiful wife Ann (Hattie Morahan).

As Sherlock's addled mind drifts between that ill-fated pre-war investigation and the present, the old man edges ever closer to an inglorious end.

Mr Holmes is distinguished by McKellen's measured central performance and the strong support from rising star Parker. The script slowly unravels the myth of the literary sleuth, including one bittersweet scene of the ageing Sherlock watching a film in which Basil Rathbone portrays him with unnatural gusto.

Plotting is pedestrian - there are no twists or big reveals - allowing us plenty of time to marvel at the picturesque locations, including one breath-taking shot of the White Cliffs of Dover. We'll meet Holmes again, in many different guises, but few will be as heartbreakingly frail or haunting as this.

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Tuesday 7th July 2015
Wednesday 8th July 2015
Thursday 9th July 2015

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Slow West 4 stars

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Fresh-faced 17-year-old Jay Cavendish journeys from the cold shoulder of Scotland to the baking heart of America to find his love: peasant's daughter Rose Ross. Jay is poorly equipped to survive the brutality of the frontier west, where cigar-chewing outlaws like Payne and his posse roam with murderous intent. The teenager crosses paths with a world-weary bounty hunter called Silas Selleck, who proposes to chaperone Jay for a fee. The two loners form a tender yet fragile bond.

  • GenreAction, Drama, Romance, Thriller, Western
  • CastBen Mendelsohn, Rory McCann, Michael Fassbender, Caren Pistorius, Kodi Smit-McPhee.
  • DirectorJohn Maclean.
  • WriterJohn Maclean.
  • CountryUK/NZ
  • Duration83 mins
  • Official sitewww.slowwestmovie.com
  • Release26/06/2015 (selected cinemas)

John Maclean, one-time DJ and sampler with The Beta Band, makes an impressive feature film directorial debut with this stylish western shot on location in New Zealand. Confidently abiding by conventions of the genre, Slow West is a classic coming of age story, which positions a resourceful young woman at the heart of the blood-spattered action.

"Wearing a dress don't make her a lady," observes one grizzled character, reminding us that appearances can be deceptive in the dustbowl of 1870s Colorado. This no place for the weak or demure. A moment's hesitation to pull a trigger separates the living and the dead, and no one sheds a tear when you're gone because they are too busy ransacking your pockets.

Maclean's lean script, which gallops to just 83 minutes, won't leave audiences feeling saddle sore and the writer-director confidently orchestrates shoot outs that culminate in a double-digit body count.

Fresh-faced 17-year-old, Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee), journeys "from the cold shoulder of Scotland to the baking heart of America to find his love." In a mosaic of flashbacks, we discover that the impressionable young man, son of a landowner (Alex Macqueen), pursued a Highland fling with peasant's daughter Rose Ross (Caren Pistorius).

She tried in vain to douse Jay's ardour, informing him, "You're the little brother I never had." Rose and her father (Rory McCann) departed for foreign climes and now lovesick whelp Jay is on their trail, determined to woo the object of his unrequited affections.

Jay is poorly equipped to survive the brutality of the frontier west, where cigar-chewing outlaws like Payne (Ben Mendelsohn) and his posse roam with murderous intent. The teenager crosses paths with a world-weary bounty hunter called Silas Selleck (Michael Fassbender), who proposes to chaperone Jay for a fee.

The two loners form a tender yet fragile bond as they trot through a series of misadventures. "There's more to life than just surviving," philosophises Jay, as Silas shaves his almost hairless chin with a knife. "Yeah, there's dying," growls the gunslinger, who has neglected to tell Jay that his beloved Rose and her old man are wanted dead or alive for 2,000 US dollars.

Slow West is a compelling portrait of an era, as seen through the eyes of a jack rabbit, who has strayed into a den of wolves. Smit-McPhee brings an appealing innocence to his stargazing dreamer, who learns harsh lessons about placing trust in strangers on the road.

In stark contrast, Fassbender swaggers with ominous intent, shrouding his character in ambiguity so we are never entirely sure of his allegiances until a barnstorming final reckoning. The actors are an exceedingly odd couple, yet somehow the mismatch works, set against the majestic locations captured in all of their sprawling glory by Irish cinematographer Robbie Ryan.

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Tuesday 7th July 2015
Wednesday 8th July 2015
Thursday 9th July 2015

Ted 2 3 stars

John has divorced Lori and Ted is poised to walk down the aisle with his sweetheart, a checkout girl called Tami-Lynn. Then disaster strikes. The state of Massachusetts decrees that a teddy bear is a piece of property not a person so Ted is stripped of his marriage certificate, job and identity. Consequently, Ted and John head into the courtroom with civil rights attorney Samantha L Jackson to argue that Ted is alive and deserves his rights.

  • GenreComedy, Romance
  • CastMark Wahlberg, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Seth MacFarlane, Jessica Barth.
  • DirectorSeth MacFarlane.
  • WriterAlec Sulkin, Seth MacFarlane, Wellesley Wild.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration116 mins
  • Official sitewww.ted2.co.uk
  • Release08/07/2015

In 2012, writer-director Seth MacFarlane's mismatched buddy comedy Ted became a surprise smash hit, proving that man's best friend isn't always a dog. Sometimes, it's a walking, talking, potty-mouthed teddy bear with a penchant for beer, drugs and scantily clad ladies. The sequel unfolds six months after John (Mark Wahlberg) has divorced his bride Lori (Mila Kunis) and fur ball Ted (voiced by McFarlane) is poised to walk down the aisle with his sweetheart, a checkout girl called Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth). Marriage is just the beginning of Ted's woes and the bear decides that the best way to save the relationship is to start a family. Unfortunately, he doesn't possess the necessary equipment so Ted and John hatch a bear-brained scheme to steal the sperm of a well-known athlete. The plot amounts to nothing, then disaster strikes. Ted loses his marriage certificate, job and identity because the state of Massachusetts decrees a teddy bear is a piece of property not a person. Consequently, Ted and John head into the courtroom to argue that Ted is alive and deserves his rights. They are aided by an idealistic and enthusiastic civil rights attorney called Samantha L Jackson (Amanda Seyfried), who is facing a formidable opponent in the form of tenacious prosecutor Shep Wild (John Slattery).

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Wednesday 8th July 2015
Thursday 9th July 2015

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The Third Man 5 stars

Failed novelist Holly Martins arrives in Vienna to meet his good chum, Harry Lime, only to find the poor chap dead as a doornail and his reputation besmirched by vile allegations. Determined to clear his pal's good name, Holly ignores the advice of two British Army police officers - Major Calloway and Sergeant Paine - to hunt down the elusive 'third man' spotted at the scene of the crime. In the process, Holly becomes entangled in a web of murder and intrigue that puts his pulp fictions to shame.

  • GenreAction, Classic, Drama, Thriller
  • CastJoseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard.
  • DirectorCarol Reed.
  • WriterGraham Greene.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration104 mins
  • Official site
  • Release11/08/2006 (London National Film Theatre); 26/06/2015 (selected cinemas)

A welcome reissue of Carol Reed's masterful 1949 evocation of Graham Greene, in which failed novelist Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) arrives in Vienna to meet his good chum, Harry Lime (Orson Welles), only to find the poor chap dead as a doornail and his reputation besmirched by vile allegations. Determined to clear his pal's good name, Holly ignores the advice of two British Army police officers - Major Calloway (Trevor Howard) and Sergeant Paine (Bernard Lee) - to hunt down the elusive 'third man' spotted at the scene of the crime. In the process, Holly becomes entangled in a web of murder and intrigue that puts his own pulp fictions to shame. Tightly plotted and expertly acted, The Third Man is a masterclass in sustained tension that puts most modern thrillers to shame. They don't make 'em like they used to.

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Thursday 9th July 2015