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Manchester cinema guide ~ What's on in Manchester cinemas 9th - 15th January 2015.
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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 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
Special Preview ~ 19th January: Showing at Cineworld Didsbury ~ General Release ~ 29th January
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 - 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 - Interstellar
Interstellar12a certificate
Our Review: 4 stars

Christopher Nolan IMAX sci-fi in which a group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage [trailer]

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
"The most transportive space odyssey since 2001" ~ Little White Lies
Manchester Cinemas - Gone Girl
Gone Girl18 certificate
Our Review: 4 stars

David Fincher thriller in which a man, with his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus,sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent [trailer]

Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
"Up there with Fincher's best. Perhaps his most subtle movie to date, one which will grow in stature as the years roll on" ~ Little White Lies
Manchester Cinemas - Foxcatcher
Foxcatcher15 certificate
Our Review: 4 stars

Wrestling biopic inspired by real events in which the greatest Olympic Wrestling Champion brother team joins Team Foxcatcher led by a multimillionaire sponsor as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul - a union that leads to unlikely circumstances [trailer]

Starring: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo
"Exquisitely calibrated art direction, sound design and cinematography gild the lily" ~ Radio Times
Manchester Cinemas - Kingsman
Kingsman ~ The Secret Service15 certificate
Our Review: 4 stars

Matthew Vaughn's violent spy movie in which a veteran secret agent, working for an international covert agency called Kingsman, takes a young scally under his wing whilst an eccentric billionaire threatens to wipe out most of the world’s population [trailer]

Starring: Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Samuel L Jackson
"Bond with the stabilisers taken off" ~ Empire

Special Preview ~ 14th & 24th January: Showing at Vue The Lowry
Special Preview ~ 26th January: Showing at Cineworld Didsbury
General Release ~ 29th January
Showing at Other cinemas in Manchester

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
Manchester Cinemas - Wild
Wild15 certificate
Our Review: 3.5 stars

Nick Hornby's adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's International bestselling "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail", which chronicles one woman's 1,100-mile solo hike, undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe [trailer]

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann
"A quietly moving coming of age story that resists formula or easy redemption, driven by a strong, unvarnished performance from Witherspoon" ~ Empire

Special Preview ~ 12th January: Showing at Cineworld Didsbury
General Release ~ 16th January
Showing at Other cinemas in Manchester

Also Showing in Manchester Cinemas This Week...
The Hobbit ~ The Battle Of The Five Armies 3D 3.5 stars
The Theory Of Everything 3.5 stars
Enemy 3.5 stars    Showing at Cornerhouse
Exodus ~ Gods And Kings 3 stars
NEW: Into The Woods 3 stars
Unbroken 3 stars
Big Eyes 3 stars
Night At The Museum ~ Secret Of The Tomb 2.5 stars
Penguins Of Madagascar 2.5 stars
The Woman In Black 2 ~ Angel Of Death 2.5 stars
Dumb And Dumber To 2 stars
Are You Here 2 stars   Showing at Showcase Belle Vue
Annie 2 stars
NEW: Taken 3 1.5 stars

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