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Now showing at Chapter Market Road,Canton,Cardiff,South Glamorgan CF5 1QE 029 2030 4400

  • Court
  • Dark Signal + Q&A
  • I Am Belfast
  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • NT Live Encore Screening: A View From The Bridge
  • Son Of Saul
  • The Brand New Testament
  • The Iron Giant (Signature Edition)
  • UK Green Film Festival 2016: Deep Time
  • UK Green Film Festival 2016: Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story
  • UK Green Film Festival 2016: Population Boom
  • UK Green Film Festival 2016: Racing Extinction
  • UK Green Film Festival 2016: The Great Invisible
  • UK Green Film Festival 2016: The Messenger
  • UK Green Film Festival 2016: The Shore Break
  • What Means Something

Court 3 stars

Sixty five-year-old folk singer and activist Narayan Kamble has long been a thorn in the side of the Indian government. He is arrested on suspicion of performing an original song in a Mumbai slum, which urged sewer workers to commit suicide. Judge Sadavarte presides over the protracted trial, hearing arguments from public prosecutor Nutan, who fully expects a guilty verdict, and idealistic defence lawyer Vinay Vora, who wants to make sure that justice is served.

  • GenreDrama, World
  • CastVivek Gomber, Usha Bane, Pradeep Joshi.
  • DirectorChaitanya Tamhane.
  • WriterChaitanya Tamhane.
  • CountryIndia
  • Duration116 mins
  • Official site
  • Release25/03/2016 (selected cinemas)

Sixty five-year-old folk singer and activist Narayan Kamble (Vira Sathidar) has long been a thorn in the side of the Indian government, inciting rebellion with his forceful compositions, which he performs on the street backed by a troupe of musicians. He is arrested on suspicion of performing an original song in a Mumbai slum, which urged sewer workers to commit suicide. Judge Sadavarte (Pradeep Joshi) presides over the protracted trial, hearing arguments from public prosecutor Nutan (Geetanjali Kulkarni), who fully expects a guilty verdict, and idealistic defence lawyer Vinay Vora (Vivek Gomber), who wants to make sure that justice is served. Narayan sits silently in the courtroom, listening intently as his fate hangs in the balance and he faces the possibility of a 20-year prison sentence.

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Saturday 7th May 2016
Monday 9th May 2016
Tuesday 10th May 2016
Wednesday 11th May 2016
Thursday 12th May 2016

Dark Signal + Q&A 3 stars

Horror.

  • GenreHorror
  • CastSiwan Morris, Gareth David-Lloyd, Joanna Ignaczewska.
  • DirectorEdward Evers-Swindell.
  • WriterEdward Evers-Swindell, Antony Jones.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration95 mins
  • Official site

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Wednesday 11th May 2016

I Am Belfast 3 stars

A haunting and poetic documentary that charts the history of the capital of Northern Ireland across 10,000 years. A nameless woman is a tour guide of sorts on screen, guiding the camera from familiar landmarks and slowly revealing the horrors and pain of the past that have made Belfast the diverse community it is today.

  • GenreDocumentary, Indie
  • CastSimon Millar, Felicity McKee, Richard Buick.
  • DirectorMark Cousins.
  • WriterMark Cousins.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration84 mins
  • Official site
  • Release08/04/2016 (selected cinemas)

Belfast-born film critic turned director Mark Cousins pays tribute to the city where he grew up in this haunting and poetic documentary that charts the history of the capital of Northern Ireland across 10,000 years. A nameless woman (Helena Bereen) is a tour guide of sorts on screen, guiding the camera from familiar landmarks and slowly revealing the horrors and pain of the past that have made Belfast the diverse community it is today. Composer David Homes provides an evocative score to complement cinematographer Christopher Doyle's arresting and occasionally dreamlike images.

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Monday 9th May 2016
Tuesday 10th May 2016
Thursday 12th May 2016

Kung Fu Panda 3 3 stars

After 500 years of incarceration in the Spirit Realm, megalomaniacal yak Kai steals the chi of every kung fu master including his one-time friend, Oogway. Only the Dragon Warrior - overweight dumpling-obsessed panda Po - can bring Kai's reign of terror to an end. So the power-crazed yak returns to the mortal plane and gallops towards the Jade Palace to lock horns with Master Shifu and his plucky disciples.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family
  • CastJack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, JK Simmons, Bryan Cranston, David Cross.
  • DirectorJennifer Yuh, Alessandro Carloni.
  • WriterGlenn Berger, Jonathan Aibel.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration95 mins
  • Official sitewww.kungfupandainternational.com/intl/uk/
  • Release11/03/2016

Prepare for the return of awesomeness in Jennifer Yuh Nelson's energetic martial arts comedy which kicks computer-animated butt and comes close to matching the rumbustious fun of the 2008 original. Screenwriters Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger flashback to overweight panda Po's tortured past as the inspiration for this tale of identity and retribution, taking the story into far darker territory.

However, Jack Black's whirlwind vocal performance provides a generous smattering of belly laughs and the visuals are gorgeous and colourful, notably in the frenetic set pieces which punctuate the narrative.

The introduction of the 3D format almost warrants the additional ticket price, adding depth to the gorgeous rolling landscapes of ancient China replete with bamboo forests and ornate palaces. Younger audiences will get just as much fun though from the traditional 2D version without the discomfort or distraction of the plastic spectacles.

Overweight panda Po (voiced by Black) is living his dream as an all-action bear, honing his skills under the watchful eye of mentor Shifu (Dustin Hoffman). However, he is haunted by fragmented memories, which eventually reveal how his father came to be a goose called Mr Ping (James Wong). It transpires that an evil peacock Lord Shen (Gary Oldman) is the cause of Po's deep emotional wounds.

Spurred on by a dire warning about pandas from an elderly soothsayer (Michelle Yeoh), Shen and his army of snarling wolves are on a collision course with Po, armed with a deadly weapon that could bring China to its knees. Thankfully, Po can always rely on The Furious Five - Crane (David Cross), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Tigress (Angelina Jolie) and Viper (Lucy Liu) - to avert disaster.

Kung Fu Panda 2 doesn't quite soar to the dizzy heights of DreamWorks' last animated feature, How To Train Your Dragon, but Yuh Nelson's film plays to its strengths. The sequel relies heavily on Black to unleash his verbal fireworks and to continue sparking potential romance with Jolie's kung fu kitty. Hoffman's comic timing is impeccable and Oldman delivers his lines in suitably Machiavellian tones.

The action sequences are bigger and more complex but still fall short of the intricacy of Pixar's most recent pictures. Hopefully DreamWorks Animation will have learnt lessons about animated sequels from Shrek, which dazzled us in its original incarnation but became a creatively empty husk by yesteryear's Shrek Forever After.

Alas, the feel good revelations at the end of Kung Fu Panda 2 suggest that as long as box office tills ring, there will be more chapters in Po's journey of self-discovery. Having achieved inner peace in this instalment, expect Kung Fu Panda 3 to tackle global child obesity by having its rotund hero achieve outer peace through a crash diet.

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Saturday 7th May 2016
Sunday 8th May 2016

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NT Live Encore Screening: A View From The Bridge 3 stars

Ivo van Hove directs Arthur Miller's coruscating portrait of the American dream turned sour at Wyndham's Theatre in London. Mark Strong leads the cast as longshoreman Eddie Carbone, whose relationship with his Sicilian cousins deteriorates at frightening speed.

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Thursday 12th May 2016

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Son Of Saul 5 stars

Saul Auslander is a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp, who has the horrific task of burning the bodies of the dead. One day, he is greeted by the corpse of a boy, who bears an unnerving resemblance to his son. Convinced the body is his flesh and blood, Saul begs prison doctor Miklos not to perform a post mortem on the child so he can find a rabbi in the camp to give his son a proper Jewish burial.

  • GenreDrama, War, World
  • CastGeza Rohrig, Urs Rechn, Levente Molnar.
  • DirectorLaszlo Nemes.
  • WriterClara Royer, Laszlo Nemes.
  • CountryHun
  • Duration107 mins
  • Official sitewww.sonyclassics.com/sonofsaul
  • Release29/04/2016 (selected cinemas)

Laszlo Nemes directs and co-writes this harrowing Hungarian drama, which deservedly won this year's Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film, and details an unbearable day and a half in the life of a tormented prisoner at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Saul Auslander (Geza Rohrig) is a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner in the camp, who has the horrific task of burning the bodies of the dead. One day, he is greeted by the corpse of a boy who bears an unnerving resemblance to his son. Convinced the body is his flesh and blood, Saul begs prison doctor Miklos (Sandor Zsoter) not to perform a post-mortem on the child so he can find a rabbi in the camp to give his son a proper Jewish burial. While Saul attempts to carry out this heartrending plan without attracting the attention of the SS-commandant (Christian Harting), fellow prisoner Abraham (Levente Molnar) attempts to light the spark of a revolt against their captors.

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Friday 6th May 2016
Saturday 7th May 2016
Sunday 8th May 2016
Monday 9th May 2016
Tuesday 10th May 2016
Wednesday 11th May 2016
Thursday 12th May 2016

The Brand New Testament 3 stars

God resides in a grubby flat in Brussels, from where he controls the fate of the human race. His spunky 10-year-old daughter Ea tires of her father's mean meddling and she consorts with her brother Jesus Christ to create a Brand New Testament that will inspire humanity to greatness. She breaks into her father's office and sends a text message to every human, letting them know the precise hour and minute of their death. Ea then selects six apostles to help her craft her New Testament.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Romance, World
  • CastPili Groyne, Catherine Deneuve, Benoit Poelvoorde.
  • DirectorJaco Van Dormael.
  • WriterThomas Gunzig, Jaco Van Dormael.
  • CountryBel/Fr/Lux
  • Duration112 mins
  • Official site
  • Release15/04/2016 (selected cinemas)

Belgian director Jaco van Dormael pokes fun at religion in this barbed satire, which imagines a world in which God (Benoit Poelvoorde) resides in a grubby flat in Brussels, from where he controls the fate of the human race. His wife (Yolande Moreau) leaves him to his devices, concentrating on her embroidery while her husband doles out misery to his unsuspecting creations. God's spunky 10-year-old daughter Ea (Pili Groyne) tires of her father's mean meddling and she consorts with her brother Jesus Christ (David Murgia) to create a Brand New Testament that will inspire humanity to greatness. She breaks into her father's office and sends a text message to every human, letting them know the precise hour and minute of their death. Ea then selects six apostles to help her craft her New Testament - among them a bored wife called Martine (Catherine Deneuve), who fantasises about having a gorilla in her bed. When God discovers his daughter's betrayal, he abandons the sanctuary of his apartment, relinquishing his powers in the process.

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Saturday 7th May 2016
Sunday 8th May 2016
Monday 9th May 2016
Tuesday 10th May 2016
Wednesday 11th May 2016
Thursday 12th May 2016

The Iron Giant (Signature Edition) 5 stars

Sci-fi obsessed young tyke Hogarth Hughes is astonished and delighted when he stumbles upon a gargantuan metal creature from outer space who has landed in the woods near his home. Both the boy and the giant are wary of one another to begin with, but very slowly, they learn to trust one another, restricting their meetings to the woodland where Hogarth can be sure the giant is hidden. Paranoid government agent Mansley tracks down the giant and calls in the army.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Children's, Drama, Family, Family, Science Fiction
  • CastEli Marienthal, Harry Connick Jr, Jennifer Aniston.
  • DirectorBrad Bird.
  • WriterTim McCanlies.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration83 mins
  • Official site
  • Release12/02/2016 (selected cinemas)

An extended and remastered version of Brad Bird's 1999 animation, adapted from the novel of the same name by Ted Hughes. Transplanting the action across the Atlantic to a sleepy American town in the '50s, just after the launch of Sputnik, The Iron Giant centres on sci-fi obsessed young tyke Hogarth Hughes (voiced by Eli Marienthal) whose mom (Jennifer Aniston) works as a waitress in the local diner. Something of a loner, Hogarth is astonished and delighted when he stumbles upon a gargantuan metal creature from outer space who has landed in the woods near his home. Both the boy and the giant are wary of one another to begin with, but very slowly, they learn to trust one another, restricting their meetings to the woodland where Hogarth can be sure the giant is hidden. Inevitably, the visitor gets the urge to explore the surrounding area and takes up residence firstly in Hogarth's barn and later at the local scrap yard run by aspiring sculptor Dean (Harry Connick Jr), where the mountains of unwanted metal provide the giant with as much food as he needs. Against his better judgement, Dean agrees to keep Hogarth's secret, at least until the boy can find somewhere safer to conceal his mountainous friend. Despite all of Hogarth's best efforts, paranoid government agent Mansley (Christopher McDonald) tracks down the giant and calls in the army, mistakenly believing that the visitor is an instrument of destruction sent to exterminate the human race. With guns and missiles aimed at the metallic behemoth, the fate for Hogarth's new friend seems extremely gloomy, but strange and wonderful things sometimes happen even when all hope seems lost. With its sophisticated screenplay, alluding to the fear of nuclear attack which gripped the era, and beautifully sketched characters, The Iron Giant is one of the most impressive and intelligent animated features released by any major studio. The relationship between the boy and the giant is developed naturally and fully, creating a plausible and moving bond that is intentionally more desirable than any of the human relationships in the film. The voice performances are energetic and perfectly suited to their characters: Marienthal's interpretation of Hogarth is extremely appealing, and moves through the full range of emotions especially during the tense finale. Haunting, moving and ultimately life-affirming.

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Saturday 7th May 2016
Sunday 8th May 2016

Deep Time 3 stars

Documentary.

  • GenreDocumentary, Historical/Period
  • DirectorNoah Hutton.
  • WriterNoah Hutton.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration89 mins
  • Official site

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Friday 6th May 2016

Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story 3 stars

Documentary

  • GenreDocumentary
  • CastDana Gunders, Grant Baldwin, Jenny Rustemeyer.
  • DirectorGrant Baldwin.
  • WriterGrant Baldwin, Jenny Rustemeyer.
  • CountryCan/UK/US
  • Duration75 mins
  • Official site

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Sunday 8th May 2016

Population Boom 3 stars

Documentary

  • GenreDocumentary
  • CastBenjamin Fulford, Werner Boote, Farida Akther.
  • DirectorWerner Boote.
  • WriterWerner Boote.
  • CountryAus
  • Duration91 mins
  • Official site

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Saturday 7th May 2016

Racing Extinction 3 stars

Documentary.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Documentary
  • CastElon Musk, Louie Psihoyos, Joel Sartore.
  • DirectorLouie Psihoyos.
  • WriterMark Monroe.
  • CountryUS/Chi/Hon
  • Duration90 mins
  • Official site

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Sunday 8th May 2016

The Great Invisible 3 stars

Documentary.

  • GenreDocumentary
  • CastBob Cavnar, Doug Brown, Meccah Boynton-Brown.
  • DirectorMargaret Brown.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration92 mins
  • Official site

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Sunday 8th May 2016

The Messenger 3 stars

Jack is a troubled soul with a special gift... or curse: he can communicate with spirits in limbo. Hounded by these unearthly apparitions, Jack seeks solace in alcohol. When a famous journalist dies in suspicious circumstances, Jack's ability to bridge the divide between the corporeal and ethereal planes brings him to the attention of investigating officer DCI Keane and a curious psychiatrist.

  • GenreDrama, Horror, Indie, Thriller
  • CastRobert Sheehan, Lily Cole, Joely Richardson, David O'Hara.
  • DirectorDavid Blair.
  • WriterAndrew Kirk.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration98 mins
  • Official site
  • Release18/09/2015 (selected cinemas)

Jack (Robert Sheehan) is a troubled soul with a special gift... or curse: he can communicate with spirits in limbo, who want him to help them put their affairs in order so they can move on. Hounded by these unearthly apparitions, Jack seeks solace in alcohol, rambling incessantly to the ghosts that no one else can see. When a famous journalist dies in suspicious circumstances, Jack's ability to bridge the divide between the corporeal and ethereal planes brings him to the attention of investigating officer DCI Keane (David O'Hara) and a curious psychiatrist (Joely Richardson). Keane suspects that Jack might be directly linked with the journalist's demise and applies undue pressure. As Jack's mental state deteriorates, his older sister Emma (Lily Cole) lends her support, hoping to prevent her brother from tumbling into the abyss.

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Sunday 8th May 2016

The Shore Break 3 stars

Documentary.

  • GenreDocumentary, Drama, Family
  • DirectorRyley Grunenwald.
  • WriterRyley Grunenwald.
  • CountryS Africa
  • Duration90 mins
  • Official site

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Sunday 8th May 2016

What Means Something 3 stars

Documentary.

  • GenreBiography, Documentary
  • DirectorBen Rivers.
  • Official site

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Saturday 7th May 2016