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  • A Way Of Life
  • Big Hero 6
  • Big Hero 6 (Subtitled)
  • High Tide
  • It Follows
  • Kill The Messenger
  • Mommy
  • NT Live Encore Screening: A View From The Bridge
  • Open Bethlehem
  • Still Alice

A Way Of Life 4 stars

Amma Asante's grim portrait of life on a Cardiff housing estate centres on single teen mother Leigh-Anne and her brother Gav, who are struggling to survive by living on benefits and stealing whatever they can lay their hands on.

  • GenreDrama, Romance
  • CastStephanie James, Brenda Blethyn, Nathan Jones.
  • DirectorAmma Asante.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration91 mins
  • Official site
  • Release12/11/2004 (selected cinemas)

Amma Asante's grim portrait of life on a Cardiff housing estate centres on single teen mother Leigh-Anne (Stephanie James) and her brother Gav (Nathan Jones), who are struggling to survive by living on benefits and stealing whatever they can lay their hands on.

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Tuesday 31st March 2015

Big Hero 6 4 stars

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Fourteen-year-old Hiro Hamada idolises his older brother Tadashi, who is one of the star pupils of Professor Robert Callaghan, head of the robotics program at San Fransokyo University. A fire at the university ends in tragedy and poor Hiro is consumed with grief until his brother's greatest creation, a self-inflating personal healthcare robot called Baymax, helps the teenager to come to terms with his loss.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family, Family, Science Fiction
  • CastRyan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, TJ Miller, Daniel Henney, James Cromwell, Genesis Rodriguez, Damon Wayans Jr.
  • DirectorDon Hall, Chris Williams.
  • WriterRobert L Baird, Daniel Gerson, Jordan Roberts.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration114 mins
  • Official sitemovies.disney.com/big-hero-6/
  • Release30/01/2015

Never underestimate the soothing power of a hug. With one simple squish, you can provide comfort, encouragement or a simple how-do-you-do that transcends a thousand well-chosen words. Big Hero 6 is the cinematic equivalent of a warm hug, embracing the old-fashioned family values of the Walt Disney brand alongside cutting-edge computer technology that audiences now expect to dazzle their senses.

Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams marry dizzying action sequences that look even more spectacular in 3D to an emotionally rich story of a lonely boy's unshakable bond with his self-inflating robot protector, recalling the magical 1999 animated feature The Iron Giant.

The inquisitive automaton Baymax is the stuff that sweet celluloid dreams are made of: tender, loving and unwittingly hilarious. Every child will want their own marshmallow man to snuggle at night and keep them safe from the harsh realities of modern life that weigh heavily on the film's grief-stricken adolescent hero.

"I see no evidence of physical injury," informs the robot as he scans the boy's body.
"It's a different kind of hurt," laments the teenager.

Fourteen-year-old Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter) idolises his older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney), who is a star pupil of Professor Robert Callaghan (James Cromwell), head of the robotics program at San Fransokyo University.

A fire on campus culminates in tragedy and shell-shocked Hiro is inconsolable until his brother's greatest creation, a personal healthcare robot called Baymax (Scott Adsit), helps the teenager to confront his loss. As the boy discovers Baymax's functionality, he also stumbles upon a secret: the fire might not have been an accident.

Indeed, a greedy entrepreneur called Alistair Krei (Alan Tudyk) might have started the blaze. Aided by Tadashi's loyal friends GoGo (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and Fred (TJ Miller) plus an upgraded Baymax, Hiro resolves to discover the truth about the deadly inferno.

Based on an obscure title from the Marvel Comics universe, Big Hero 6 is a rip-roaring opening salvo in a potential new franchise. Directors Hall and Williams orchestrate the requisite thrilling set pieces with brio, including an unconventional dash through the undulating streets of San Fransokyo that knowingly flouts traffic laws.

"There are no red lights in a car chase!" squeals GoGo. The animators and script never lose sight of the central relationship of Hiro and Baymax, sketching that bond in exquisitely deft strokes. Grown men will be choking back tears.

Big Hero 6 is preceded by Patrick Osborne's Oscar nominated short Feast, which charts the relationship between a Boston terrier and his master from puppyhood to middle age in a series of vignettes. It's a pick of the animated litter that leaves an indelible mark on the heart, just like Hall's and Williams' turbo-charged main feature.

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Tuesday 31st March 2015

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Big Hero 6 (Subtitled) 4 stars

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Fourteen-year-old Hiro Hamada idolises his older brother Tadashi, who is one of the star pupils of Professor Robert Callaghan, head of the robotics program at San Fransokyo University. A fire at the university ends in tragedy and poor Hiro is consumed with grief until his brother's greatest creation, a self-inflating personal healthcare robot called Baymax, helps the teenager to come to terms with his loss.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family, Family, Science Fiction
  • CastTJ Miller, Daniel Henney, James Cromwell, Genesis Rodriguez, Ryan Potter, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr, Scott Adsit.
  • DirectorDon Hall, Chris Williams.
  • WriterRobert L Baird, Daniel Gerson, Jordan Roberts.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration114 mins
  • Official sitemovies.disney.com/big-hero-6/
  • Release30/01/2015

Never underestimate the soothing power of a hug. With one simple squish, you can provide comfort, encouragement or a simple how-do-you-do that transcends a thousand well-chosen words. Big Hero 6 is the cinematic equivalent of a warm hug, embracing the old-fashioned family values of the Walt Disney brand alongside cutting-edge computer technology that audiences now expect to dazzle their senses.

Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams marry dizzying action sequences that look even more spectacular in 3D to an emotionally rich story of a lonely boy's unshakable bond with his self-inflating robot protector, recalling the magical 1999 animated feature The Iron Giant.

The inquisitive automaton Baymax is the stuff that sweet celluloid dreams are made of: tender, loving and unwittingly hilarious. Every child will want their own marshmallow man to snuggle at night and keep them safe from the harsh realities of modern life that weigh heavily on the film's grief-stricken adolescent hero.

"I see no evidence of physical injury," informs the robot as he scans the boy's body.
"It's a different kind of hurt," laments the teenager.

Fourteen-year-old Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter) idolises his older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney), who is a star pupil of Professor Robert Callaghan (James Cromwell), head of the robotics program at San Fransokyo University.

A fire on campus culminates in tragedy and shell-shocked Hiro is inconsolable until his brother's greatest creation, a personal healthcare robot called Baymax (Scott Adsit), helps the teenager to confront his loss. As the boy discovers Baymax's functionality, he also stumbles upon a secret: the fire might not have been an accident.

Indeed, a greedy entrepreneur called Alistair Krei (Alan Tudyk) might have started the blaze. Aided by Tadashi's loyal friends GoGo (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and Fred (TJ Miller) plus an upgraded Baymax, Hiro resolves to discover the truth about the deadly inferno.

Based on an obscure title from the Marvel Comics universe, Big Hero 6 is a rip-roaring opening salvo in a potential new franchise. Directors Hall and Williams orchestrate the requisite thrilling set pieces with brio, including an unconventional dash through the undulating streets of San Fransokyo that knowingly flouts traffic laws.

"There are no red lights in a car chase!" squeals GoGo. The animators and script never lose sight of the central relationship of Hiro and Baymax, sketching that bond in exquisitely deft strokes. Grown men will be choking back tears.

Big Hero 6 is preceded by Patrick Osborne's Oscar nominated short Feast, which charts the relationship between a Boston terrier and his master from puppyhood to middle age in a series of vignettes. It's a pick of the animated litter that leaves an indelible mark on the heart, just like Hall's and Williams' turbo-charged main feature.

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Wednesday 1st April 2015
Thursday 2nd April 2015

High Tide 3 stars

Bethan takes her teenage son Josh out of school for the day to discuss pressing issues and help him come to terms with the heartache that lies ahead. Free from distractions, mother and son communicate effectively for perhaps the first time, rebuilding bridges and embracing in the open air. As the 24 hours unfold, Josh grapples with his mother's agonising plight and takes stock of how their lives must change forever.

  • GenreDrama, Indie
  • CastClaire Cage, Melanie Walters, Sam Davies.
  • DirectorJimmy Hay, James Gillingham.
  • WriterJimmy Hay, James Gillingham.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration94 mins
  • Official sitewww.hightidefilm.com
  • Release06/03/2015 (selected cinemas)

Set against the backdrop of the Welsh countryside along the Gower Coastline, High Tide is a moving two-hander about a mother in peril reconnecting with her son. Bethan (Melanie Walters) takes her teenage son Josh (Sam Davies) out of school for the day to discuss pressing issues with the lad and help him come to terms with the heartache that lies ahead. Free from distractions, mother and son communicate effectively for perhaps the first time, rebuilding bridges and embracing in the open air. As the 24 hours unfold, Josh grapples with his mother's agonising plight and takes stock of how their lives must change forever. Directed by Jimmy Hay and James Gillingham.

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Monday 30th March 2015
Tuesday 31st March 2015

It Follows 4 stars

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Virginal 19-year-old Jay sleeps with her boyfriend Hugh. A first night of passion culminates in Hugh restraining Jay, and he informs her that she is now the target for a ghoulish manifestation that can take the form of family, friends or total strangers. Back home, Jay's sister Kelly and friends Yara and Paul console her but are reluctant to believe Hugh's outlandish story. When the youngsters clash with the sexually transmitted menace, they go on the run to concoct a daring plan of action.

  • GenreHorror, Romance, Thriller
  • CastHeather Fairbanks, Linda Boston, Caitlin Burt, Maika Monroe, Daniel Zovatto, Keir Gilchrist.
  • DirectorDavid Robert Mitchell.
  • WriterDavid Robert Mitchell.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration110 mins
  • Official site
  • Release27/02/2015

In Wes Craven's post-modern 1996 slasher Scream, a geeky cinephile played by Jamie Kennedy detailed the universally accepted rules for surviving a horror film. "You can never have sex," he explained. "Big no-no. Sex equals death."

Writer-director David Robert Mitchell expands on this notion of fatal carnality in his impressive second feature: a skin-crawling jaunt into alcohol-fuelled teen angst that eschews the usual array of knife-wielding maniacs and masked bogeymen. Instead, It Follows pits a group of unsuspecting teenage protagonists against the insidious threat of a sexually transmitted spectre that silently and mercilessly stalks each deflowered victim.

If the shape-shifting phantom catches and kills the terrified target, then the mark of death reverts to the previous carrier, and so on, back down the sexual daisy chain. The only way to escape the malevolent force, which walks slowly towards victims and is invisible to the uninfected, is to pass it on.

Sex still equals death in Mitchell's grim suburban nightmare but for the promiscuous, it's also a temporary stay of execution. An air of doom pervades the opening frames in which a nameless teenager flees her home and screeches away into the night in her family's car. "Just know that I love you both," whimpers the girl into a mobile phone, lit by her car's headlights.

The next morning, the girl is dead - her bones snapped and limbs contorted into a horrific tableaux. The focus shifts to virginal 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe), who has decided to give herself to her boyfriend Hugh (Jake Weary). A first night of passion culminates in Hugh restraining Jay.

"You're not going to believe me but I need to you to remember what I say," he barks, informing Jay that she is now the target for a manifestation that can take the form of family, friends or total strangers. On cue, a naked woman staggers out of the dark.

Back home, Jay's sister Kelly (Lili Sepe) and friends Yara (Olivia Luccardi) and Paul (Keir Gilchrist) console her but are reluctant to believe Hugh's outlandish story. When the youngsters clash with the sexually transmitted menace, they acknowledge the deadly threat and go on the run with Jay and neighbour Greg (Daniel Zovatto) to concoct a plan of action.

It Follows turns the screw on the horror genre, sustaining tension as characters wrestle with a mind-blowing dilemma. Monroe is a sympathetic heroine, faced with a seemingly impossible moral conundrum: look over her shoulder for the rest of her life or pass on her fate.

Mitchell's lean script ponders this agonising choice with a level head, compelling us to urgently scan the horizon of each scene for the incoming threat. One sequence, shot in a busy school corridor using a slowly rotating static camera, is deliciously nail-biting. You can run but you cannot hide.

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Monday 30th March 2015
Tuesday 31st March 2015
Wednesday 1st April 2015
Thursday 2nd April 2015

Kill The Messenger 3 stars

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Investigative reporter Gary Webb works for the San Jose Mercury News and publishes an eye-catching article about the DEA and drug trafficking. Soon after, he receives explosive information about an undercover DEA operation to bring down drugs kingpin Ricky Ross. Using testimony from key witnesses, Gary pens an incendiary three-part expose entitled Dark Alliance. Consequently, the journalist faces a relentless smear campaign against his integrity.

  • GenreBiography, Drama, Thriller
  • CastRosemarie DeWitt, Robert Patrick, Andy Garcia, Jeremy Renner, Paz Vega, Jena Sims, Michael Kenneth Williams.
  • DirectorMichael Cuesta.
  • WriterPeter Landesman.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration112 mins
  • Official sitewww.focusfeatures.com/kill_the_messenger/
  • Release06/03/2015 (selected cinemas)

A crusading journalist faces a barrage of personal attacks as he uncovers links between the CIA and Nicaraguan Contras in this taut thriller, based on the rise and fall of a real-life investigative reporter. Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner) works for the San Jose Mercury News and publishes an eye-catching article about the DEA and drug trafficking, which leads to a meeting with Coral Baca (Paz Vega). She provides Gary with explosive information about an undercover DEA operation to bring down drugs kingpin Ricky Ross (Michael K Williams) with help from one-time Nicaraguan trafficker Danilo Blandon (Yul Vazquez). Gary becomes ensnared in the lies and intrigue, visiting Ross in prison and an incarcerated Nicaraguan crime lord called Norwin Meneses (Andy Garcia). Using their testimonies and other evidence, Gary pens an incendiary three-part expose entitled Dark Alliance, which connects the Contras and the CIA with the rise of cocaine in American cities. The US government vehemently denies the allegations and Webb faces a relentless smear campaign against his journalistic integrity.

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Monday 30th March 2015
Tuesday 31st March 2015
Wednesday 1st April 2015
Thursday 2nd April 2015

Mommy 5 stars

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Single mother Diane is woefully unprepared to take care of her son Steve, who has just been discharged from a care facility with ADHD. At his worst, he is physically and verbally abusive - a nightmare for self-obsessed Diane, who earns a meagre wage as a cleaner. Miraculously, a neighbour called Kyla, who is a schoolteacher, takes a shine to Steve and agrees to help the lad come to terms with his impulses. Mother, son and neighbour forge a tender and surprising bond.

  • GenreDrama, World
  • CastSuzanne Clement, Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Anne Dorval.
  • DirectorXavier Dolan.
  • WriterXavier Dolan.
  • CountryCan
  • Duration139 mins
  • Official sitewww.mommythemovie.com
  • Release20/03/2015 (selected cinemas)

French-Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan delivers one of the films of the year with this stylistically daring fifth feature, which dissects the sinewy bonds between a single mother and her emotionally troubled teenage son. Dolan boldly chooses to restrict the usual aspect ratio of the screen, focusing everything in the middle third with black borders either side, apart from two bravura sequences when the characters literally and figuratively expand their horizons. Diane (Anne Dorval) is woefully unprepared to take care of her son Steve (Antoine Olivier Pilon), who has just been discharged from a care facility with ADHD. At his worst, he is physically and verbally abusive - a nightmare for self-obsessed Diane, who earns a meagre wage as a cleaner. Miraculously, a neighbour called Kyla (Suzanne Clement), who is a schoolteacher, takes a shine to Steve and agrees to help the lad come to terms with his impulses. Mother, son and neighbour forge a tender and surprising bond that emboldens and enriches them all.

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Monday 30th March 2015
Tuesday 31st March 2015
Wednesday 1st April 2015
Thursday 2nd 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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Wednesday 1st April 2015

Open Bethlehem 3 stars

Film director Leila Sansour left Bethlehem as a teenager and vowed never to return to a city she considered provincial. She makes an exception to film a tribute to her late father, the founder of Bethlehem University, who is widely regarded as a hero by his friends and neighbours. Travelling around Bethlehem with a camera in a dilapidated red family car, Sansour realises that the city is in crisis and she joins her cousin Carol in the campaign to save her home from ruin.

  • GenreDocumentary, World
  • DirectorLeila Sansour.
  • WriterLeila Sansour.
  • CountryPales/UAE/
  • Duration90 mins
  • Official sitewww.operationbethlehem.com
  • Release05/12/2014 (selected cinemas)

Stitched together from rare archive footage and 700 hours of original material, Open Bethlehem is a moving documentary about one woman's return to her childhood home and her subsequent battle for its survival. Film director Leila Sansour left Bethlehem as a teenager and vowed never to return to a city she considered provincial. She makes an exception to film a tribute to her late father, the founder of Bethlehem University, who is widely regarded as a hero by his friends and neighbours. Travelling around Bethlehem with a camera in a dilapidated red family car, Sansour realises that the city is in crisis and she joins her cousin Carol in the campaign to save her home from ruin. Over the course of several years, Sansour captures a city under occupation and in deep political strife, cocooned from prying western eyes and the outside world by the imposing Security Wall.

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Thursday 2nd April 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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Monday 30th March 2015
Tuesday 31st March 2015
Wednesday 1st April 2015
Thursday 2nd April 2015

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