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

  • Chapter MovieMaker: Short Films
  • Dial M For Murder
  • Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead
  • Frogs
  • Heaven Adores You
  • Mr Holmes
  • Station To Station
  • Still Alice
  • The Marriage Of Reason & Squalor + Q&A
  • Two By Two
  • Two By Two (Autism Friendly Screening)

Chapter MovieMaker: Short Films 3 stars

Shorts.

  • GenreShorts
  • DirectorVarious.
  • Official site

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Monday 6th July 2015

Dial M For Murder 4 stars

Ex-professional tennis player Tony Wendice discovers his wife Margot has been having an affair with an American writer called Mark Halliday. Incensed by this betrayal, Tony concocts an elaborate scheme to murder Margot by blackmailing petty criminal C.A. Swann into committing the heinous crime. Tony explains that he will take Mark out for the night, leaving Margot at home, where the petty criminal can strangle her and stage the scene as a burglary gone tragically awry.

  • GenreAdaptation, Classic, Drama, Romance, Thriller
  • CastRay Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings.
  • DirectorAlfred Hitchcock.
  • WriterFrederick Knott.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration105 mins
  • Official site
  • Release26/07/2013 (selected cinemas)

Almost 60 years after its initial release, Alfred Hitchcock's seminal thriller returns to cinemas. Based on a hit Broadway play by Frederick Knott, who also penned the screenplay, Dial M For Murder centres on ex-professional tennis player Tony Wendice (Ray Milland), who discovers that his wife Margot (Grace Kelly) has been having an affair with an American writer called Mark Halliday (Robert Cummings). Incensed by this betrayal, Tony concocts an elaborate scheme to murder Margot by blackmailing petty criminal C.A. Swann (Anthony Dawson) into committing the heinous crime. Fingerprints on a stolen love letter are the bargain chip. Reluctantly Swann agrees and Tony explains that he will take Mark out for the night, leaving Margot at home, where the petty criminal can strangle her and stage the scene as a burglary gone tragically awry. Naturally, the cuckold's despicable plan does not unfold smoothly and Tony finds himself implicated in a murder he was not expecting.

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Sunday 5th July 2015
Tuesday 7th July 2015

Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead 3 stars

To mark the 50th anniversary of Grateful Dead, original band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir reunite at Chicago's Soldier Field, almost 20 years to the day since the last Grateful Dead concert at the same venue, for three farewell concerts on July 3, 4 and 5, 2015. This live recording of the final show will be broadcast via satellite worldwide.

  • GenreMusical, Special
  • CountryUS
  • Duration240 mins
  • Official sitewww.dead.net
  • Release06/07/2015 (selected cinemas)

To mark the 50th anniversary of Grateful Dead, original band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir reunite at Chicago's Soldier Field, almost 20 years to the day since the last Grateful Dead concert at the same venue, for three farewell concerts on July 3, 4 and 5, 2015. These three concerts will be the original members' final performances together, accompanied by guitarist Trey Anastasio, keyboard player Jeff Chimenti and pianist Bruce Hornsby. The group will perform two sets of music each night and this live recording of the show on July 5 will be broadcast via satellite worldwide.

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Monday 6th July 2015

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Frogs 3 stars

Horror.

  • GenreHorror, Science Fiction
  • CastSam Elliott, Ray Milland, Adam Roarke, Joan Van Ark.
  • DirectorGeorge McCowan.
  • WriterRobert Blees, Robert Hutchison.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration91 mins
  • Official site

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Sunday 5th July 2015

Heaven Adores You 3 stars

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Elliott Smith was a talented singer-songwriter, who was Oscar nominated in 1998 for his work on Good Will Hunting. He died in 2003 aged 34 from two stab wounds to the chest during production of his sixth studio album, From A Basement On The Hill. This documentary pays tribute to this influential talent by charting Smith's journey through the three cities he called home - Portland, New York City, Los Angeles.

  • GenreBiography, Documentary, Drama, Musical
  • DirectorNickolas Dylan Rossi.
  • WriterNickolas Dylan Rossi.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration105 mins
  • Official sitewww.heavenadoresyou.com
  • Release07/05/2015 (selected cinemas)

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Elliott Smith was a talented singer-songwriter, who was Oscar nominated in 1998 for his work on Good Will Hunting. He died in 2003 aged 34 from two stab wounds to the chest during production of his sixth studio album, From A Basement On The Hill. Documentary filmmaker Nickolas Rossi pays tribute to this rare and influential talent by charting Smith's journey through the three cities he called home - Portland, New York City, Los Angeles - accompanied by interviews with fans, friends, work colleagues and fellow musicians including his longtime pal and official archivist Larry Crane.

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Monday 6th July 2015
Tuesday 7th July 2015
Wednesday 8th July 2015
Thursday 9th July 2015

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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Sunday 5th July 2015
Tuesday 7th July 2015
Wednesday 8th July 2015
Thursday 9th July 2015

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Station To Station 3 stars

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Multimedia artist Doug Aitken embarks on an experimental trek across North America, stitching together 62 one-minute films to represent a high-speed journey by train from the Atlantic to the Pacific over 24 days. En route, Aitken joins forces with various creative participants, who talk about their surroundings and influences. Beck performs with a gospel choir in the Mojave desert, and Jackson Browne explains how the railroad has an indelible influence on his music.

  • GenreDocumentary, Indie, Musical
  • DirectorDoug Aitken.
  • WriterDoug Aitken.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration71 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/StnToStn/timeline
  • Release26/06/2015 (selected cinemas)

Multimedia artist and filmmaker Doug Aitken embarks on an experimental trek across North America in this intriguing road trip, which comprises 62 one-minute films that have been stitched together to represent a high-speed journey by train from the Atlantic to the Pacific over 24 days. En route, Aitken joins forces with various creative participants, who talk about their surroundings and influences. Beck performs with a gospel choir in the Mojave desert, Jackson Browne explains how the railroad has an indelible influence on his music and artist Ed Ruscha reveals some of the discoveries he has made in the American landscape.

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

Still Alice 3 stars

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Celebrated linguistics professor Alice Howland has a handsome husband John and three grown-up children, Anna, Tom and Lydia, who are forging their own paths through life. Out of the blue, Alice begins to forget words and phrases, and medical tests reveal she has early on-set Alzheimer's disease, inherited from her father. Since the condition could be passed down to her children, Alice advises her brood to be tested, which poses a dilemma for Anna, who is pregnant with twins.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Romance
  • CastJulianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Hunter Parrish, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, Shane McRae.
  • DirectorRichard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland.
  • WriterRichard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration101 mins
  • Official sitewww.sonyclassics.com/stillalice/
  • Release06/03/2015 (selected cinemas)

Memories are twinkling stars in a celestial map linking our past, present and future. Some of these glittering orbs dim naturally over time, such as first experiences from childhood, while others are temporarily obscured by the fog of modern life, like when we forget a friend's birthday, what we dreamt last night, to water the plants or the last place we saw a set of keys.

Alzheimer's is an incurable neurodegenerative disease that slowly robs a patient of the ability to see these stars and chart a safe passage back to the people they love. Names and faces of friends and family fade to black. For those left behind, staring into the unblinking eyes of a close relative who no longer recognises you, is an anguish that defies words.

Julianne Moore delivers an Oscar-winning performance as a forty-something mother faced with an early diagnosis of this cruel disease in Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's heartfelt drama. Based on the novel by Lisa Genova, Still Alice simply, yet powerfully, conveys the emotional devastation for the central character and the ripple effect for her family.

Celebrated linguistics professor Alice Howland (Moore) leads a charmed life. She has a husband John (Alex Baldwin) and three grown-up children, Anna (Kate Bosworth), Tom (Hunter Parrish) and Lydia (Kristen Stewart), who are forging divergent paths through life.

During a lecture that she has rigorously prepared, Alice inexplicably loses her train of thought. "I knew I shouldn't have had that champagne," she jokes to appreciative giggles from her audience. Alice begins to forget simple vocabulary and seeks guidance from family medic, Dr Benjamin (Stephen Kunken).

He rules out tumours or a stroke but suspects that Alice is exhibiting the early symptoms of Alzheimer's. "It would be rare for someone as young as yourself, but you do fit the criteria," he tells her soberly. Tests confirm the doctor's fears and since the condition can be passed down, Alice calls together her brood.

She advises her children to be tested, which poses a dilemma for Anna and her husband Charlie (Shane McRae), who are expecting twins.

Anchored by Moore's spellbinding work, Still Alice is a modern family portrait that will strike an unsettling chord. Baldwin tugs our heartstrings and Stewart offers strident support as the youngest member of the clan, who moves back home to reconnect with her mother while there is still time.

"I wish I had cancer," Alice tells John. "I wouldn't feel so ashamed. When people have cancer they wear pink ribbons for you and go on long walks and raise money." Still Alice feels no shame or cloying self-pity.

Writer-directors Glatzer and Westmoreland treat characters with sensitivity, touching lightly on the frustrations and blind terror that will become more frequent for Alice and her inner circle as the disease progresses.

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Sunday 5th July 2015
Tuesday 7th July 2015
Wednesday 8th July 2015
Thursday 9th July 2015

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The Marriage Of Reason & Squalor + Q&A 3 stars

Drama.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama
  • CastSophie Kennedy Clark, Rhys Ifans, Michael Fitzgerald.
  • DirectorJake Chapman.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration88 mins
  • Official site

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Wednesday 8th July 2015

Two By Two 2 stars

Dave and his inquisitive young son Finny belong to a fluffy land-based species called Nestrians, who are excellent homemakers. They are denied safe passage on Noah's ark and adopt laughable disguises to pose as carnivorous hyena-like Grymps alongside a genuine mother animal called Hazel and her daughter Leah. The roaring flood arrives but Finny and Leah are stranded on dry land with a giant slug called Obesey and his parasitic passenger, Stayput.

  • GenreAdventure, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy
  • CastAva Connolly, Tara Flynn, Paul Tylak, Patrick FitzSymons, Callum Maloney, Dermot Magennis.
  • DirectorSean McCormack, Toby Genkel.
  • WriterRichie Conroy, Marteinn Thorisson, Mark Hodkinson, Toby Genkel.
  • CountryGer/Bel/Lu
  • Duration87 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/pages/Ooops-Noah-is-gone/222749614584770
  • Release01/05/2015

The biblical story of Noah, neatly encapsulated in six chapters of the book of Genesis, provides a weak catalyst for this derivative computer-animated adventure, which strives to emulate the Ice Age films but falls woefully short of that franchise's visual sophistication and belly laughs. Co-directors Toby Genkel and Sean McCormack chart a pedestrian course through shallow dramatic waters, bringing together cuddly critters in a race against time to escape an apocalyptic downpour.

Vocal performances are lacklustre, like the visuals, and the absence of jeopardy in the closing frames is palpable. Crucially, Two By Two defies its own flimsy set-up without obvious reason, such as inviting a family of three giraffes into the ark, while only allowing one member of other species to apparently board the gargantuan gopher wood vessel.

Noah is mentioned but never seen - instead a sanctimonious, self-serving lion captains the ship aided by a pair of grouchy gorillas. Any wholesome messages about family unity, teamwork and tolerance buried in the ham-fisted script are submerged beneath a thick glaze of syrupy sentiment as the film reaches its underwhelming conclusion.

Dave (voiced by Dermot Magennis) and his inquisitive young son Finny (Callum Maloney) belong to a fluffy land-based species called Nestrians, who are excellent homemakers. "All the animals of the world have been called to a gathering," Dave explains to his incredulous boy. "There's a flood coming. We'll drown if we don't leave."

On cue, storm clouds gather and the heavens open, ushering the two Nestrians on their exhausting trek for survival. They arrive to discover that "all animals are welcome on Noah's ark... as long as you're on Noah's list."

Alas, Dave and Finny are rejected for travel as well as two bat-like predators called Griffins (Aileen Mythen, Magennis again). The resourceful Nestrians adopt laughable disguises to pose as carnivorous hyena-like Grymps alongside a genuine mother animal called Hazel (Lara Flynn) and her daughter Leah (Ava Connolly).

The roaring flood arrives but Finny and Leah are stranded on dry land with a giant slug called Obesey (Paul Tylak) and his parasitic passenger, Stayput (Patrick Fitzsymons). As the youngsters head for higher ground, Dave and Hazel desperately attempt to turn around the ark.

Fittingly, Two By Two is a damp squib. Elements of the vastly superior Finding Nemo are flung into the bland mix, offset by the feeble villainy of The Griffins, whose attempts to eat Finny and Leah are pathetic. The closest the film comes to a joke is one passenger announcement aboard the ark: "Our approximate sailing time is 40 days and 40 nights. We are expecting some choppy seas and light drizzle."

Thankfully Genkel and McCormack's film only lasts 87 minutes, but that still feels like a slog.

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Sunday 5th July 2015

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Two By Two (Autism Friendly Screening) 2 stars

Dave and his inquisitive young son Finny belong to a fluffy land-based species called Nestrians, who are excellent homemakers. They are denied safe passage on Noah's ark and adopt laughable disguises to pose as carnivorous hyena-like Grymps alongside a genuine mother animal called Hazel and her daughter Leah. The roaring flood arrives but Finny and Leah are stranded on dry land with a giant slug called Obesey and his parasitic passenger, Stayput.

  • GenreAdventure, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy
  • CastTara Flynn, Paul Tylak, Patrick FitzSymons, Callum Maloney, Ava Connolly, Dermot Magennis.
  • DirectorToby Genkel, Sean McCormack.
  • WriterRichie Conroy, Marteinn Thorisson, Mark Hodkinson, Toby Genkel.
  • CountryGer/Bel/Lu
  • Duration87 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/pages/Ooops-Noah-is-gone/222749614584770
  • Release01/05/2015

The biblical story of Noah, neatly encapsulated in six chapters of the book of Genesis, provides a weak catalyst for this derivative computer-animated adventure, which strives to emulate the Ice Age films but falls woefully short of that franchise's visual sophistication and belly laughs. Co-directors Toby Genkel and Sean McCormack chart a pedestrian course through shallow dramatic waters, bringing together cuddly critters in a race against time to escape an apocalyptic downpour.

Vocal performances are lacklustre, like the visuals, and the absence of jeopardy in the closing frames is palpable. Crucially, Two By Two defies its own flimsy set-up without obvious reason, such as inviting a family of three giraffes into the ark, while only allowing one member of other species to apparently board the gargantuan gopher wood vessel.

Noah is mentioned but never seen - instead a sanctimonious, self-serving lion captains the ship aided by a pair of grouchy gorillas. Any wholesome messages about family unity, teamwork and tolerance buried in the ham-fisted script are submerged beneath a thick glaze of syrupy sentiment as the film reaches its underwhelming conclusion.

Dave (voiced by Dermot Magennis) and his inquisitive young son Finny (Callum Maloney) belong to a fluffy land-based species called Nestrians, who are excellent homemakers. "All the animals of the world have been called to a gathering," Dave explains to his incredulous boy. "There's a flood coming. We'll drown if we don't leave."

On cue, storm clouds gather and the heavens open, ushering the two Nestrians on their exhausting trek for survival. They arrive to discover that "all animals are welcome on Noah's ark... as long as you're on Noah's list."

Alas, Dave and Finny are rejected for travel as well as two bat-like predators called Griffins (Aileen Mythen, Magennis again). The resourceful Nestrians adopt laughable disguises to pose as carnivorous hyena-like Grymps alongside a genuine mother animal called Hazel (Lara Flynn) and her daughter Leah (Ava Connolly).

The roaring flood arrives but Finny and Leah are stranded on dry land with a giant slug called Obesey (Paul Tylak) and his parasitic passenger, Stayput (Patrick Fitzsymons). As the youngsters head for higher ground, Dave and Hazel desperately attempt to turn around the ark.

Fittingly, Two By Two is a damp squib. Elements of the vastly superior Finding Nemo are flung into the bland mix, offset by the feeble villainy of The Griffins, whose attempts to eat Finny and Leah are pathetic. The closest the film comes to a joke is one passenger announcement aboard the ark: "Our approximate sailing time is 40 days and 40 nights. We are expecting some choppy seas and light drizzle."

Thankfully Genkel and McCormack's film only lasts 87 minutes, but that still feels like a slog.

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Sunday 5th July 2015