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

  • American Interior
  • Bedwyr Williams: Echt and The Starry Messenger + Q&A
  • For No Good Reason
  • Legends Of Oz: Dorothy's Return
  • The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared
  • Violent Playground

American Interior 3 stars

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In 1792, explorer John Evans left Wales for America in search of a lost tribe of Welsh-speaking Native Americans. He vanished into the wilderness for several years and as part of his quest, he created a map of the Missouri river, which Lewis and Clarke used to discover the Pacific Ocean. Welsh musician Gruff Rhys, a descendant of John Evans, and documentary filmmaker Dylan Goch embark on a road trip to retrace the steps of the 18th century adventurer.

  • GenreDocumentary, Film, Musical
  • CastGruff Rhys.
  • DirectorDylan Goch.
  • WriterDylan Goch, Gruff Rhys.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration92 mins
  • Official sitewww.american-interior.com
  • Release09/05/2014 (selected cinemas)

In 1792, explorer John Evans left Wales for America in search of a lost tribe of Welsh-speaking Native Americans. He vanished into the wilderness for several years and as part of his quest, he created a map of the Missouri river, which Lewis and Clarke used to discover the Pacific Ocean. Welsh musician Gruff Rhys, a descendant of John Evans, and documentary filmmaker Dylan Goch embark on a road trip to retrace the steps of the 18th century adventurer. Rhys begins his odyssey at Yale University's Beinecke Library, where Evans's map is said to reside, and he traces a winding path through Baltimore and St Louis, before heading up to the Mandan Reservation Casino then down the Mississippi basin to the Old Governor's house in New Orleans. En route, the musician discusses Evans with journalists, academics and psychologists, as well as colourful residents, who might shed light on the explorer's unknown final resting place.

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Tuesday 22nd July 2014
Wednesday 23rd July 2014
Thursday 24th July 2014

Bedwyr Williams: Echt and The Starry Messenger + Q&A stars

The film screenings will be followed by a Q&A with Bedwyr Williams, Casey Raymond & Ewan Jones Morris.

  • GenreFilm
  • Official site

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Thursday 24th July 2014

For No Good Reason 3 stars

Made over the course of 15 years, this documentary is an intimate portrait of prolific British illustrator Ralph Steadman influential British artist and the impact his work has made on modern culture including his relationship with Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas writer Hunter S Thompson. The film explores what makes Steadman tick and his unwavering love for art with contributions from Terry Gilliam and Richard E Grant.

  • GenreBiography, Documentary, Indie
  • CastJohnny Depp.
  • DirectorCharlie Paul.
  • WriterCharlie Paul.
  • CountryUK/US
  • Duration89 mins
  • Official sitewww.fornogoodreasonmovie.com
  • Release30/05/2014 (selected cinemas)

Made over the course of 15 years, Charlie Paul's documentary is an intimate portrait of an influential British artist and the impact his work has made on modern culture. Prolific illustrator Ralph Steadman is perhaps best known for his relationship with Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas writer Hunter S Thompson but he is also a passionate advocate for civil liberties. Featuring Johnny Depp in a leading role, the film explores what makes Steadman tick and his unwavering love for art with contributions from Terry Gilliam and Richard E Grant plus a soundtrack that runs the gamut of All American Rejects, James Blake, Crystal Castles, Ed Harcourt, Jason Mraz and Slash.

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Tuesday 22nd July 2014
Wednesday 23rd July 2014
Thursday 24th July 2014

Legends Of Oz: Dorothy's Return 2 stars

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Dorothy Gale wakes in Kansas. A giant tornado has devastated the local community and Aunt Em and Uncle Henry are reluctantly preparing to move on rather than rebuild. Back in Oz, where time unfolds much quicker than in our world, The Jester, devious brother of the Wicked Witch of the West, is upholding villainous family values by attempting to enslave the entire kingdom. Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion summon Dorothy back to Oz using a rainbow mover in order to spearhead a rebellion.

  • GenreAdaptation, Adventure, Animation/Cartoon, Family, Family, Fantasy, Musical
  • CastHugh Dancy, Lea Michele, Sir Patrick Stewart, James Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, Martin Short.
  • DirectorDan St Pierre, Will Finn.
  • WriterRandi Barnes, Adam Balsam.
  • CountryUS/India
  • Duration88 mins
  • Official sitewww.legendsofozmovie.com
  • Release23/05/2014 (selected cinemas)

At the end of the classic 1939 musical The Wizard Of Oz, based on a novel by L Frank Baum, Dorothy Gale clicks the heels of her ruby slippers three times and chants, "There's no place like home", in order to return to sepia-toned Kansas. At the time, cinema audiences didn't fall completely under the spell of Victor Fleming's ambitious and costly fantasy but decades of television repeats have elevated the adventures of Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion in our affections.

A jolly jaunt up the Yellow Brick Road has become an annual ritual for many families, especially at Christmas, when grown men choke back tears of happiness as Judy Garland trills the Oscar-winning song Over The Rainbow.

Various spin-off TV series and films, and adaptations of Baum's myriad sequels to The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, have failed to recapture the magic and sense of wonder of Fleming's version. Legends Of Oz: Dorothy's Return joins that far from illustrious list.

Co-directed by Will Finn and Daniel St Pierre, this computer-animated musical is a direct sequel to the 1939 film, returning the plucky heroine and her pooch Toto to the enchanted realm in order to thwart a megalomaniacal new villain.

Dorothy Gale (voiced by Lea Michele) wakes in Kansas. A giant tornado has devastated the local community and Aunt Em (Tacey Adams) and Uncle Henry (Michael Krawic) are reluctantly preparing to move on rather than rebuild. Back in Oz, where time unfolds much quicker than in our world, The Jester (Martin Short), devious brother of the Wicked Witch of the West, is upholding villainous family values by attempting to enslave the entire kingdom.

Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and Cowardly Lion (Jim Belushi) summon Dorothy back to Oz using a rainbow mover in order to spearhead a rebellion. The heroine journeys towards the Emerald City in the company of new friends including Wiser The Owl (Oliver Platt), Tugg the Treeboat (Patrick Stewart), dashing soldier Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy) and the China Doll Princess (Megan Hilty), who takes one look at Dorothy and quips, "So this is the little girl who vanquishes witches? I thought she'd be taller."

Legends Of Oz: Dorothy's Return is neither fun-filled nor magical, punctuating the heroine's odyssey with songs composed by Academy Award nominated singer/songwriter Bryan Adams, which run the gamut of insipid empowerment ballads and up-tempo calls to arms. Michele is a chirpy yet bland central character and supporting vocal performances are similarly forgettable.

Directors Finn and St Pierre competently bolt together action sequences and musical numbers but there's no discernible brio or imagination. Animation harks from a bygone era when humans were doll-like figures with a strange sheen and large eyes. There's still no place like the 1939 film.

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Tuesday 22nd July 2014
Wednesday 23rd July 2014
Thursday 24th July 2014

The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared 4 stars

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Allan Karlsson lives in a retirement home under the fleeting watch of busy staff. While the nurses prepare a cake and a surprise party for his 100th birthday, Allan decides the time has come for a final hurrah so he clambers out of the window and heads for the local bus station. Thus begins a momentous journey of self-discovery which allows Allan to cross paths with a friendly hot-dog stand operator and an elephant, and look back on his incredible life.

  • GenreAdaptation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, World
  • CastDavid Wiberg, Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander.
  • DirectorFelix Herngren.
  • WriterFelix Herngren, Hans Ingemansson.
  • CountrySwe
  • Duration114 mins
  • Official site
  • Release04/07/2014 (selected cinemas)

The title of Felix Herngren's Swedish black comedy speaks for itself, based on the international bestseller of the same title penned by Jonas Jonasson. The 100-year-old man in question is Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson), who lives in a retirement home under the fleeting watch of busy staff. While the nurses prepare a birthday cake and a surprise party, Allan decides the time has come for a final hurrah so he clambers out of the window and heads for the local bus station. There, a skinhead asks Allan to guard his suitcase while he visits the bathroom but the bus arrives so Allan gets on board replete with the stranger's luggage. Thus begins a momentous journey of self-discovery which allows Allan to cross paths with a friendly hot-dog stand operator and an elephant, and look back on his incredible life, which includes key moments in 20th-century history in the company of General Franco (Koldo Losada), Harry S Truman (Kerry Shale), Ronald Reagan (Keith Chanter) and Albert Einstein's dotty half-brother, Herbert (David Shackleton).

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Tuesday 22nd July 2014
Wednesday 23rd July 2014
Thursday 24th July 2014

Violent Playground 3 stars

  • GenreFilm
  • DirectorB Dearden.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration108 mins
  • Official site

Showtimes (Click time to book tickets)

Tuesday 22nd July 2014
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