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Manchester cinema guide ~ What's on in Manchester cinemas 13th - 19th February 2015.
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Manchester Cinemas - Boyhood
Boyhood 15 certificate
Our Review: 5 stars

DEFINITELY MUST-SEE: One of the best movies ever made! Before Sunrise director Richard Linklater's masterpiece was shot at intervals over 12 years with the same cast, following the life of a young boy, from age 5 to age 18. If you only see one movie this year, this should be it and you can see why it's being tipped for all the Oscars [watch trailer]

Starring: Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke
"Linklater’s beautiful film is an extraordinary achievement — tender, funny, wise and wistful, full of warmth and humanity" ~ Empire
"Extraordinary in form, ‘ordinary’ in content, Boyhood is ambitious, intimate and unforgettable." ~ Total Film
"Wistful, nostalgic and judged to perfection. One we’ll be watching 12 years down the line" ~ Little White Lies
"Boyhood is an epic of the everyday, as uplifting as it is universal" ~ Radio Times
Showing on 19th February at: Showing at Odeon Trafford CentreShowing at Other cinemas
Manchester Cinemas - Birdman
Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 15 certificate
Our Review: 5 stars

DEFINITELY MUST-SEE: Michael Keaton makes his comeback in this outstanding dark comedy drama with an all-star cast from Babel director, Alejandro González Iñárritu, in which a washed-up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, must overcome his ego and family troubles as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glorys [watch trailer]

Starring: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan
"Birdman is everything you want movies to be: vital, challenging, intellectually alive, visually stunning, emotionally affecting" ~ Empire
"If Mel Brooks, John Cassavetes and Terry Zwigoff co-directed a superhero movie, this might be it" ~ Total Film
"At long last, Mexican miserbalist Alejandro González Iñárritu has located his funny bone. The results are immense" ~ Little White Lies
"Babel director Alejandro González Iñárritu really excels is in delivering an excellent drama about a man on the edge" ~ Radio Times
Manchester Cinemas - Whiplash
Whiplash15 certificate
Our Review: 5 stars

DEFINITELY MUST-SEE: Music drama in which a promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realise his student's potential [watch trailer]

Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist
"Sum up the plot and it sounds interminable. Watch the film and it will spit you out elated, exhausted and cheering for an encore" ~ Empire
"A masterclass in technique, power and rhythm, it stings and sings like nothing else" ~ Total Film
"Whip-smart. A cracking effort from all concerned" ~ Little White Lies
"This blisteringly told tale is a hugely entertaining, refreshingly subversive take on the well-worn "inspirational teacher" theme" ~ Radio Times
Manchester Cinema Guide - Selma
Selma12a certificate
Our Review: 4 .5 stars

MUST SEE: Superb cinema biopic which chronicles civil rights leader Martin Luther King's campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. [watch trailer]

Starring: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth
"A vital piece of work from an invigorating new voice. Oyelowo is a revelation" ~ Little White Lies
"Powerful drama, driven by a powerhouse performance, Selma is this year’s Lincoln. For Oyelowo and DuVernay, it’s a career changer" ~ Total Film
"British actor David Oyelowo gives a career-defining performance as Dr King: stirring and full-blooded" ~ Radio Times
"It’s not a perfect film by any means, but it’s incredibly powerful and often moving, anchored by an awards-worthy performance from Oyelowo" ~ Empire
Manchester Cinema Guide - Paddington
PaddingtonPG certificate
Our Review: 4 .5 stars

MUST SEE: A live-action feature for all the family, based on the series of popular children's books by Michael Bond, in which a young English boy befriends a Marmalade=eating talking bear which he finds at a London train station. [trailer]

Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters
"Marmaladen with gloriously silly jokes, pitch-perfect performances and incidental detail" ~ Empire
"An unadulterated delight from start to finish" ~ Little White Lies
"This caper is kid-captivating and perfectly parent-friendly too" ~ Total Film
"This is a thrillingly, lovingly, deeply British film, as comforting as Christmas pantomimes, double-decker buses and hot milky tea" ~ Radio Times
Manchester Cinemas - Shaun The Sheep Movie
Shaun The Sheep MoviePG certificate
Our Review:4 stars

MUST SEE: Family fun from Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run creators Ardman Animations in which everybody's favourite sheep, Shaun, decides to take the day off and have some fun, getting into a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home. [watch trailer]

Starring voices of: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili
"Baa-rilliant! Flocking marvellous!" ~ Little White Lies
"This is the studio at its most delightful, ingenious and hilarious" ~ Radio Times
"A Lower key than Wallace and Gromit or Pirates, but tightly packed with charm" ~ Empire
Manchester Cinemas - The Imitation Game
The Imitation Game12a certificate
Our Review:4 stars

LOCAL INTEREST: Cinema biopic portraying the true story of University of Manchester professor Alan Turing, the British mathematician, logician and cryptologist who cracked the German Enigma Code, a turning point in World War II. He later went on to become influential in the development of computers before later being arrested for acts of homosexual nature, illegal in 1954. [watch trailer

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode
"A superb thriller and a worthy biopic of a real hero" ~ Empire
Manchester Cinemas - Inherent Vice
Inherent Vice15 certificate
Our Review: 4 stars

All-star comedy drama from Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights and Magnolia), set in 1970, where a drug-fueled Los Angeles detective investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend [trailer]

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson
"A buoyant film about deep sadness and political disquiet, and quite the most fucked-up love story out there" ~ Little White Lies
Manchester Cinemas - Ex Machina
Ex Machina15 certificate
Our Review: 4 stars

28 Days Later, Sunshine and The Beach writer Alex Garland's latest sci-fi drama in which a young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I. [trailer]

Starring: Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson
"A fable of genius, hubris and madness; an ultra-modern cat-andmouser… there’s a lot going on here. It's thrilling!" ~ Total Film
Manchester Cinemas - Big Hero 6
Big Hero 6 3D PG certificate
Our Review: 4 stars

Disney's Oscar-nominated 3D animation in which a plus-sized inflatable robot and his prodigy team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech nerdy heroes [trailer]

Starring voices of: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung
"After Frozen, Disney delivers a heart-melter"~ Total Film
Manchester Cinemas - Hunger Games
The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Part 1
12a certificate Our Review: 3.5 stars

Third instalment of the sci-fi series in which Katniss reluctantly accepts her role as the figurehead of the rebellion against the Capitol only for President Snow to use hostage Peeta against her [trailer]

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
"Could this satire on the power of propaganda be the greatest third part to a film franchise ever?." ~ Little White Lies
Also Showing in Manchester Cinemas This Week...
American Sniper 3.5 stars
Kingsman - The Secret Service 3.5 stars
The Hobbit ~ The Battle Of The Five Armies 3D 3.5 stars    Showing at Printworks
NEW: Amour Fou 3.5 stars    Showing at Cornerhouse
NEW: Love Is Strange 3.5 stars    Showing at Cornerhouse
The Theory Of Everything 3.5 stars
Exodus ~ Gods And Kings 3 stars   Showing at Printworks
Into The Woods 3 stars
NEW: The Interview 2.5 stars
NEW: Project Almanac 2.5 stars
Night At The Museum ~ Secret Of The Tomb 2.5 stars
Penguins Of Madagascar 2.5 stars
NEW: Fifty Shades Of Grey 2.5 stars
Jupiter Ascending 3D 2.5 stars
Annie 2 stars
NEW: The Wedding Ringer 1.5 stars
Taken 3 1.5 stars
Mortdecai 1.5 stars   Showing at AMC Great Northern
Brown Dog   Showing at Showcase Belle Vue
SPECIAL PRE-SCREENING 16th FEB: Focus   Showing at Cineworld Didsbury
SPECIAL PRE-SCREENING 17th FEB: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel   Showing at Odeon Trafford Centre

 
 
 
 
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