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  • A Little Chaos
  • Chappie
  • Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance
  • Far From The Madding Crowd (1967 Film)
  • House Of America
  • Maidan
  • NT Live Encore Screening: A View From The Bridge
  • Shaun The Sheep Movie
  • The Dark Horse

A Little Chaos 3 stars

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King Louis XIV hires renowned landscape gardener Andre Le Notre to transform the grounds of Versailles into a fantasia "of exquisite and matchless beauty". It is a Herculean task, so Le Notre hires fellow landscapers to oversee different sections of the garden. Sabine De Barra catches his eye. She flouts rigid form and prefers a more haphazard approach to her planting. The arrival of Sabine in the court sets tongues wagging and incurs the wrath of Andre's jealous wife, Madame Le Notre.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Historical/Period, Romance
  • CastAlan Rickman, Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci, Helen McCrory, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jennifer Ehle.
  • DirectorAlan Rickman.
  • WriterAlison Deegan, Alan Rickman, Jeremy Brock.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration117 mins
  • Official site
  • Release17/04/2015

Sexual tension and skulduggery blossom in the magnificent gardens of the Palace of Versailles in Alan Rickman's entertaining second directorial feature. A Little Chaos is considerably more formal and predictable than the title suggests, but what this lusty period romp lacks in originality, it compensates with colourful performances and an uplifting bouquet of courtly intrigues.

Rickman sows the seeds of our simple enjoyment with a largely British cast led by Oscar-winner Kate Winslet as a spirited landscape gardener, who refuses to kowtow to expectations or gender stereotypes.

She is nestled between handsome Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts as her green-fingered love interest and Stanley Tucci in a typically scene-stealing comic role as the effete Duc d'Orleans, who is a stranger to restrained sophistication and "speaks from the opposite end of the fashion scale".

Some of Britain's finest stately homes, estates and mansions including Blenheim Palace, Cliveden, Hampton Court Palace and Waddesdon Manor double handsomely for late 17th-century France. Rickman's garden is exceedingly well turned out.

The director makes his mark in front of the camera as King Louis XIV, who has hired renowned landscape gardener Andre Le Notre (Schoenaerts) to transform the grounds of Versailles into a fantasia "of exquisite and matchless beauty".

It is a Herculean task, so Le Notre hires fellow landscapers to oversee different sections of the garden. Sabine De Barra (Winslet) catches his eye. She flouts rigid form and prefers a more haphazard approach to her planting.

The arrival of Sabine in the court sets tongues wagging - "You are no one where everybody is someone," a chaperone tells her - and incurs the wrath of Andre's jealous wife, Madame Le Notre (Helen McCrory).

Fellow labourers including Moulin (Danny Webb) rush to support Sabine in her epic undertaking and the gardener wins the approval of the king's mistress Madame De Montespan (Jennifer Ehle) by challenging the monarch's description of women in his court as faded and overblown roses. "That fate awaits all roses, sire," Sabine responds confidently.

A Little Chaos has the requisite array of heaving bosoms, lingering glances and deceptions, accentuated by swathes of eye-catching costumes and composer Peter Gregson's lively score.

Winslet isn't stretched in the lead role but she brings grit and determination to her trendsetter. On-screen sexual tension with Schoenaerts barely simmers, while McCrory vamps it up to the hilt as the wicked wench who envies Sabine's ability to impress powerful men with her intellect.

Rickman downplays his beleaguered monarch and enjoys one truly delightful scene with Winslet, in which he casts off the king's finery to mourn lost love. The resolution of the entangled plots will surprise no one, but A Little Chaos is a hardy perennial that will weather most criticism and delivers gentle sprays of laughter and romance when it counts.

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Saturday 25th April 2015
Sunday 26th April 2015
Monday 27th April 2015
Tuesday 28th April 2015
Wednesday 29th April 2015
Thursday 30th April 2015

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Chappie 3 stars

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Engineer Deon Wilson secretly blesses a robot called Chappie with artificial intelligence and encourages the automaton to think and feel for itself. Unfortunately, rival engineer Vincent Moore, whose rival program was sidelined by Deon's success, discovers the existence of Chappie and plots to destroy the robot... even if that means reducing half of Johannesburg to rubble in the process.

  • GenreAction, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastHugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley, Yo-Landi Visser, Dev Patel.
  • DirectorNeill Blomkamp.
  • WriterTerri Tatchell, Neill Blomkamp.
  • CountryMex/US
  • Duration120 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/IAmChappie
  • Release06/03/2015

Expanded by South African writer-director Neill Blomkamp from his 2004 short film Tetra Vaal, Chappie is a futuristic thriller, which hardwires the heavy-armoured brutality of RoboCop with the childlike wonder of Short Circuit. It's an unlikely mechanised hybrid and the script, co-written by Terri Tatchell, suffers abrupt shifts in tone within an episodic narrative that poses but doesn't answer unsettling questions about artificial intelligence and our rush to supplant human imperfection with clinical robot precision.

The delicious irony of Blomkamp's endeavour is obvious: the eponymous police droid wouldn't exist on the big screen without digital trickery, replacing Sharlto Copley's on-set performance, frame by frame, with a battery-powered doppelganger. Beneath Chappie's battle-scarred titanium shell beats a very vulnerable, human heart.

Blomkamp remains in his native South Africa, where he made his mark with the Oscar nominated District 9, and sets the film's murky moral quandaries against a vibrant backdrop of inner-city hustle and bustle and ramshackle shanty towns. He bolts on an array of home-grown actors plus international talent using native accents: English, American, Australian and subtitled Afrikaans.

The year is 2016 and crime rates in Johannesburg are falling thanks to robot police droids called Scouts, manufactured by the Tetra Vaal corporation under the aegis of CEO Michelle Bradley (Sigourney Weaver).

Fresh-faced engineer Deon Wilson (Dev Patel) is the genius behind the Scout program and his celebrity status is a thorn in the side of rival engineer Vincent Moore (Hugh Jackman), whose crude, heavily armed prototype Moose has been side-lined by the rousing success of the Scouts.

Deon wants to take his program to the next level and hopes to give birth to a fully conscious artificial intelligence. So he conducts experiments in secret, only to be kidnapped during the testing phase by low-level criminals Ninja (Ninja), Yo-Landi (Yo-Landi) and Yankie (Jose Pablo Cantillo), who stumble upon Deon's childlike robotic creation, christened Chappie (Copley), and decide to corrupt the automaton for a heist.

Battle lines are blurred as Yo-Landi develops protective maternal feelings for Chappie and risks the wrath of gun-toting ringleader Ninja: "Go play hide and seek with your titanium baby," he sneers.

Punctuated by propulsive action sequences, Chappie bears obvious similarities to RoboCop. The design of the war-mongering Moose robot owes a small debt to the lumbering ED-209 from Paul Verhoeven's 1987 blockbuster, albeit with rocket thrusters and a dizzying arsenal of weaponry.

Copley succinctly conveys the inquisitiveness of the new born robot and Jackman grits his teeth as a swarthy villain, who exploits Chappie's unethical creation for personal gain... even if that means reducing half of the city to rubble.

Weaver is shamefully underused but is hopefully just warming up for her return to the Alien franchise with Blomkamp at the help. That's a sci-fi adventure to really get your hard drive whirring.

Showtimes (Click time to book tickets)

Saturday 25th April 2015
Sunday 26th April 2015
Monday 27th April 2015
Wednesday 29th April 2015
Thursday 30th April 2015

Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance 3 stars

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A life-affirming documentary about a group of friends and neighbours from a Welsh mining village, who came together to buy a racehorse and subsequently defied the odds. Jan Vokes is a barmaid in a working men's club in Cefn Fforest, who overhears local tax adviser, Howard Davies, talking about his disastrous efforts to breed a prize-winning horse. Without any experience but bundles of enthusiasm, Jan persuades Howard and his long-suffering wife Daisy to help her break into the horse racing elite.

  • GenreDocumentary, Drama, Indie
  • DirectorLouise Osmond.
  • WriterLouise Osmond.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration86 mins
  • Official sitewww.darkhorsefilm.co.uk
  • Release17/04/2015 (selected cinemas)

Not to be confused with James Napier Robertson's New Zealand drama The Dark Horse, Louise Osmond's life-affirming documentary reveals the true story of a group of friends and neighbours from a Welsh mining village, who came together to buy a racehorse and subsequently defied the odds. Jan Vokes is a barmaid in a working men's club in Cefn Fforest, who overhears local tax adviser, Howard Davies, talking about his disastrous efforts to breed a prize-winning horse. Without any experience but bundles of enthusiasm, Jan persuades Howard and his long-suffering wife Daisy to help her break into the horse racing elite. She establishes a syndicate of 30 locals, who pay 10 each per month towards the animal's care. They choose a foal with dubious racing pedigree and pay 7,000 pounds for the animal, christening the horse Dream Alliance, which they stable down on the allotments. With guidance from a top-class trainer, Dream Alliance becomes a beacon of hope for Cefn Fforest and stuns pundits when it wins a series of high-profile races against seasoned opposition.

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Saturday 25th April 2015
Sunday 26th April 2015
Monday 27th April 2015
Tuesday 28th April 2015
Wednesday 29th April 2015
Thursday 30th April 2015

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Far From The Madding Crowd (1967 Film) 4 stars

Bathsheba Everdene inherits her uncle's estate and defies expectation to earn the respect of the men in her employment. Young shepherd Gabriel Oak, who has fallen on hard times, finds work on the estate and struggles to contain his feelings for Bathsheba, which can never be realised given the difference in their social standing. Meanwhile, emotionally repressed and wealthy farmer William Boldwood sets out to woo Bathsheba and take her as his bride, but her head is turned by dashing Sergeant Troy.

  • GenreAdaptation, Classic, Drama, Historical/Period, Romance
  • CastAlan Bates, Prunella Ransome, Peter Finch, Julie Christie, Terence Stamp.
  • DirectorJohn Schlesinger.
  • WriterFrederic Raphael.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration169 mins
  • Official site
  • Release13/03/2015 (selected cinemas)

Ahead of a new film adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel in May, which stars Carey Mulligan, Tom Sturridge, Matthias Schoenaerts and Michael Sheen, savour this re-release of John Schlesinger's Oscar-nominated 1967 version that pits Terence Stamp against Peter Finch and Alan Bates in a battle for the affections of the luminous Julie Christie. Bathsheba Everdene (Christie) inherits her uncle's estate and defies expectation to earn the respect of the men in her employment. Young shepherd Gabriel Oak (Bates), who has fallen on hard times, finds work on the estate and struggles to contain his feelings for Bathsheba, which can never be realised given the difference in their social standing. Meanwhile, emotionally repressed and wealthy farmer William Boldwood (Finch) sets out to woo Bathsheba and take her as his bride, but her head is turned by dashing Sergeant Troy (Stamp), whose heart already beats for Bathsheba's former servant, Fanny (Prunella Ransome).

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Sunday 26th April 2015
Tuesday 28th April 2015
Wednesday 29th April 2015

House Of America 3 stars

Gritty tale of familial secrets and bitter resentments set in industrial south Wales.

  • GenreDrama
  • CastSian Phillips, Steven Mackintosh, Lisa Palfrey, Matthew Rhys.
  • DirectorMarc Evans.
  • CountryWal
  • Duration96 mins
  • Official site

Three siblings dream of escaping their stagnant existence in south Wales in this dark familial saga exploring the way in which long buried secrets always manage to reveal themselves at the most inopportune moments. Sian Phillips is a particular joy as the threesome's unstable mother, teetering on the brink of madness.

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Sunday 26th April 2015
Tuesday 28th April 2015

Maidan 3 stars

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In winter 2013, Ukrainian citizens gathered in Maidan Square in Kiev to openly demonstrate against President Viktor Yanukovych's regime. Over the next three months, defiance ballooned into a full-scale rebellion of the people and this documentary captures the uprising in detail, including speeches, songs and prayers that galvanised the masses and brought to worldwide attention a nation's cry from the heart for freedom.

  • GenreDocumentary, World
  • DirectorSergei Loznitsa.
  • WriterSergei Loznitsa.
  • CountryUkr/Neth
  • Duration135 mins
  • Official site
  • Release20/02/2015 (selected cinemas)

Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa returns to his documentary roots for this epic feature captured almost entirely in static shots over 90 tumultuous days. The film begins in winter 2013 when citizens gathered in Maidan Square in Kiev to openly demonstrate against President Viktor Yanukovych's regime. Over the next three months, defiance ballooned into a full-scale rebellion of the people and Loznitsa's camera captures this remarkable uprising in exquisite detail, documenting impassioned speeches as well as songs and prayers that galvanised the masses and brought to worldwide attention a nation's cry from the heart for freedom.

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Saturday 25th April 2015
Monday 27th April 2015
Tuesday 28th April 2015
Wednesday 29th April 2015

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 when one of them falls in love with his beautiful niece Catherine (Phoebe Fox).

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Monday 27th April 2015

Shaun The Sheep Movie 4 stars

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Shaun and the flock grow tired of the daily routine on Mossy Bottom Farm under the watchful eye of Bitzer the sheepdog. So the herd hoodwinks the Farmer into taking a well deserved day. Unfortunately, the cunning plan goes awry and the Farmer ends up in the Big City suffering from a nasty bout of memory loss. Shaun and his fleecy friends head for the metropolis to bring the Farmer back home but they attract the attentions of a nasty animal containment officer called Trumper.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Animation/Cartoon, Children, Children's, Comedy, Family, Family
  • CastJohn Sparkes, Justin Fletcher.
  • DirectorRichard Starzack, Mark Burton.
  • WriterRichard Starzack, Richard Goleszowski, Mark Burton.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration85 mins
  • Official sitewww.shaunthesheep.com
  • Release06/02/2015

Bristol-based Aardman Studios works its stop-motion animated magic on a colourful big screen adventure for the mischievous sheep, who first appeared in Wallace and Gromit's 1995 escapade A Close Shave and has been baad to the bone in a self-titled CBBC series since 2007.

Drawing loving inspiration from other Aardman films including Chicken Run, Shaun The Sheep Movie is a shear delight, melding slapstick and subtler humour to appeal to young fans and their wranglers.

Directors Mark Burton and Richard Starzack shepherd this boisterous romp through various twists and turns at a breathless pace. They litter the screen with wry visual gags, including an airborne cow clearing the roof of the Over The Moon public house.

Stop-motion visuals burst with colour and action sequences are orchestrated with mind-boggling technical precision. As usual, Shaun is at the centre of the madcap action. The flock grows tired of the daily routine on Mossy Bottom Farm under the watchful eye of Bitzer the sheepdog.

So the animals hoodwink the Farmer into taking a well-deserved day off so they can do the same. Unfortunately, this cunning plan goes awry and the Farmer ends up with a nasty bout of memory loss after a high-speed journey to The Big City inside a runaway caravan.

Off the hoof, Shaun and his fleecy friends board the 62 bus from Mossy Bottom to the metropolis, determined to bring their beloved master back home. Unfortunately, they attract the attention of a nasty animal containment officer called Trumper, who doesn't want any farmyard escapees on the lamb on his patch.

Aided by an orphan dog named Slip, the sheep disguise themselves as humans to pull the wool over the eyes of unsuspecting residents of The Big City and track down the Farmer.

In human form, the sheep enjoy haute cuisine at a bistro called Le Chou Brule, while the Farmer discovers a new calling with hair clippers at an upscale boutique. Back at Mossy Bottom, The Naughty Pigs run amok in the farmhouse, oblivious to the hare-brained antics of the other four-legged residents.

Shaun The Sheep Movie will have families flocking in droves to local cinemas. There's nothing woolly about Burton and Starzack's screenplay, which doesn't pause to bleat between set pieces, propelling the narrative forward without sacrificing the characterisation.

There are some lovely interludes here like Shaun's temporary incarceration in an animal shelter, which also houses a psychotic cat from the same litter as Hannibal Lecter and a dog with BARK and BITE tattooed on its knuckles.

As with other Aardman offerings, the animators' imprints are occasionally visible in the expressive clay protagonists, which is part of the film's undeniable charm. Ewe won't be disappointed.

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Saturday 25th April 2015
Sunday 26th April 2015

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The Dark Horse 3 stars

Genesis Potini has bounced back and forth between mental institutions but he is granted one final chance to integrate with society under the watchful eye of his estranged brother Ariki, who is the leader of a gang. Ariki's teenage son Mana is about to be initiated into the gang, but the lad gravitates towards Genesis, who finds his calling as a mentor to a group of children with a dream of competing at the national chess championships.

  • GenreBiography, Drama
  • CastCliff Curtis, Kirk Torrance, James Rolleston, Wayne Hapi.
  • DirectorJames Napier Robertson.
  • WriterJames Napier Robertson.
  • CountryNZ
  • Duration125 mins
  • Official sitewww.thedarkhorsefilm.com
  • Release03/04/2015 (selected cinemas)

Based on the inspirational true story of chess genius Genesis Potini, The Dark Horse is a gritty New Zealand drama about one man, afflicted with severe bipolar disorder, who made a difference to countless lives. Genesis (Cliff Curtis) has bounced back and forth between mental institutions but he is granted one final chance to integrate with society under the watchful eye of his estranged brother Ariki (Wayne Hapi), who is the leader of a gang. Ariki's teenage son Mana (James Rolleston) is about to be initiated into the gang, but seems ill-quipped to deal with the brutalities that he will face as part of this brotherhood. Instead, Mana gravitates towards Genesis, who finds his calling as a mentor to a group of children who hope to compete at the national chess championships and prove that they are every bit as good at the game as youngsters from privileged backgrounds.

Showtimes (Click time to book tickets)

Saturday 25th April 2015
Sunday 26th April 2015
Monday 27th April 2015
Tuesday 28th April 2015
Wednesday 29th April 2015
Thursday 30th April 2015
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