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Manchester cinema guide ~ What's on in Manchester cinemas 30th October - 5th November 2014.
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Manchester Cinemas - Mr Turner
Mr. Turner12a certificate
Our Review: 5 stars
DEFINITELY MUST-SEE: Mike Leigh's astounding exploration of the last 25 years of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner. Described by many as being the legendary Salford Director's best film to date and tipped for many awards [watch trailer]
Starring: Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson
"Shimmering with awards potential," ~ Empire
"A lengthy but rewarding homage that boasts a titanic turn at its centre" ~ Total Film
"Detailed, beautiful, melancholic, funny, and above all, composed" ~ Little White Lies
"Timothy Spall delivers a majestic performance, arguably his best in a rich career. Some might even consider it Mike Leigh's best film to date" ~ Radio Times
Manchester Cinemas - Halloween
Halloween18 certificate
Our Review: 5 stars
DEFINITELY MUST-SEE - SPECIAL SCREENING: A special Halloween showing of John Carpenter's 1978 classic in which a psychotic murderer institutionalised since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish adolescent girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets [watch trailer]
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran
"Regardless of how silly you think it all is, this will have you scared witless by the time the end credits roll," ~ Empire
"This halloween, don't accept any subpar imitations and don't expect to enjoy sleeping alone for a while" ~ Little White Lies
"John Carpenter practically patented the slasher genre with this simple but horribly effective low-budget suburban horror" ~ Radio Times
"Thirty-five years, seven sequels and one remake later, it hasn’t lost any of its shock or fanbase" ~ Total Film
Manchester Cinemas - Alien & Aliens
Alien & Aliens Double Bill18 certificate
Our Review: 5 stars
DEFINITELY MUST-SEE - SPECIAL SCREENING: 35 years after Ridley Scott redefined science-fiction horror, the legacy of Alien and the franchise it created lives on. This Halloween, enjoy a special double bill of the critically acclaimed 1979 box office smash, alongside James Cameron’s equally terrifying 1986 sequel, Aliens – both in their Director's Cut format. [watch trailer]
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn
"This revolutionary "haunted house in space" thrill-ride is the classic business, stunning you with shock after shock" ~ Radio Times
"A movie masterpiece. And on the big screen, the chestburster scene just kills" ~ Empire
"A film that seems to grow in stature with each subsequent viewing" ~ Little White Lies
"Digitally remastered and 30ft high, it's looking better than ever. See it for the first time. Again" ~ Total Film
Showing on 31st October at: Showing at Vue The Lowry Showing at Other cinemas in Manchester
Manchester Cinemas - Northern Soul
Northern Soul15 certificate
Our Review: 3.5 stars
LOCAL INTEREST: An authentic and uplifting tale of two Lancashire friends in 1974 whose horizons are opened up by the discovery of rare black American soul music and the all-night parties at Wigan Casino. [watch trailer]
Starring: Steve Coogan, Lisa Stansfield, Antonia Thomas, Elliot James
"The soundtrack is another outstanding delight in this tonally precise, multi-faceted gem" ~ Radio Times
"Sporadically engrossing, its highlight is a brilliant recreation of an all-night dance-a-thon at that Northern Soul mecca, the legendary Wigan Casino" ~ Total Film
"Packed with vinyl gems that Northern Soul fans will be doing backdrops in the aisles" ~ Empire
"Well-choreographed dance sequences and a seductive soundtrack might be enough for those looking for a stand-in for a night out" ~ Little White Lies
Manchester Cinemas - Nightcrawler
Nightcrawler15 certificate
Our Review: 4 .5 stars

Crime thriller in which a driven man, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, and blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is a TV-news veteran [trailer]

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed
"Sharp, dark, satirical and bone-rattlingly thrilling, with a career-peak turn from Jake Gyllenhaal. It’s this year’s Drive" ~ Empire
Manchester Cinemas - Inception
Inception IMAX12a certificate
Our Review: 4 .5 stars

SPECIAL SCREENING: Ahead of the release of Interstellar, a special IMAX screening of Christopher Nolan's 2010 sci-fi thriller in which a thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO [trailer]

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page
"By turns overpowering, spectacular and truly awe-inspiring. . Nolan has just taken it to the next level" ~ Little White Lies
Showing on 7th November at: Showing at IMAX Printworks
Showing at Other cinemas in Manchester
Manchester Cinemas - The Babadook
The Babadook15 certificate
Our Review: 4 .5 stars

Australian horror in which a single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a children's book monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her [trailer]

Starring: Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Tim Purcell
"One of the strongest, most effective horror films of recent years" ~ Empire
Manchester Cinemas - Interstellar
Interstellar12a certificate
Our Review: 4 .5 stars

COMING SOON: 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

~ Released 7th November 2014 ~

Manchester Cinemas - Ghostbusters
GhostbustersPG certificate
Our Review: 4 .5 stars

LAST WEEK OF SCREENINGS: A special 30th year anniversary re-release of the 1984 classic sci-fi comedy in which three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service [trailer]

Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver
"As entertaining today as it ever was, a classic to be treasured by all" ~ Empire
Manchester Cinemas - The Thing
The Thing18 certificate
Our Review: 4 .5 stars

SPECIAL SCREENING: A Halloween showing of John Carpenter's classic 1982 sci-fi horror in which scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills [trailer]

Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David
"You'll never, ever, see anything like The Thing again" ~ Empire
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 - Citizen Four
Citizenfour15 certificate
Our Review: 4 stars

Documentary from Laura Poitras which follows a reporter to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden, the famous former employee of the American National Security Agency, turned Whistleblower [trailer]

Starring: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Jacob Appelbaum
"Bold, unblinking filmmaking. Alarming and essential – anyone with a phone should see it" ~ Empire
Manchester Cinemas - Pride
Pride15 certificate
Our Review: 4 stars

LAST WEEK OF SCREENINGS: Hilarious British comedy in which gay and lesbian activists from London work to help Welsh miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984 during the dark days of Thatcherite Britain [trailer]

Starring: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West
"Will have you clutching your sides, wiping your eyes and punching the air in triumph. Could this be this decade’s Full Monty?" ~ Total Film
Manchester Cinemas - 71
'7115 certificate
Our Review: 4 stars

LAST WEEK OF SCREENINGS: Tense British drama in which a young and disoriented British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast in 1971 [trailer]

Starring: Jack O'Connell, Sam Reid, Sean Harris
"A brutal army thriller that feels like the truth, thanks to take-noprisoners storytelling and a tell-no-lies performance from Jack O’Connell" ~ Total Film
Manchester Cinemas - The Evil Dead
The Evil Dead18 certificate
Our Review: 4 stars

SPECIAL SCREENING: A Halloween showing of Sam Raimi's cult 1983 low-budget high=gore zombie horror in which five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons [trailer]

Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor
"The punk kids did good" ~ Empire
Manchester Cinemas - Guardians Of The Galaxy
Guardians Of The Galaxy12a certificate
Our Review: 4 stars

LAST WEEK OF SCREENINGS: Marvel action adventure in which a group of space criminals must work together to stop the fanatical villain Ronan the Accuser from destroying the galaxy [trailer]

Starring: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper
"Mad, marvellous and all kinds of sci-fi magical. Marvel’s riskiest but most surprising success yet." ~ Total Film
Also Showing in Manchester Cinemas This Week...
The Book Of Life 3.5 stars
The Boxtrolls 3.5 stars
The Woman In Black 3 stars
The Maze Runner 3 stars
Fury 3 stars
The Equalizer 3 stars
The Judge 3 stars
COMING SOON: The House Of Magic 3 stars
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 2.5 stars
Northern Soul 2.5 stars
DEFINITELY MUST-SEE - SPECIAL SCREENING: 35 years after Ridley Scott redefined science-fiction horror, the legacy of Alien and the franchise it created lives on. This Halloween, enjoy a special double bill of the critically acclaimed 1979 box office smash, alongside James Cameron’s equally terrifying 1986 sequel, Aliens – both in their Director's Cut format. [watch trailer]
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn
"This revolutionary "haunted house in space" thrill-ride is the classic business, stunning you with shock after shock" ~ Radio Times
"A movie masterpiece. And on the big screen, the chestburster scene just kills" ~ Empire
"A film that seems to grow in stature with each subsequent viewing" ~ Little White Lies
"Digitally remastered and 30ft high, it's looking better than ever. See it for the first time. Again" ~ Total Film
Showing on 31st October at: Showing at Vue The Lowry Showing at Other cinemas in Manchester
Manchester Cinemas - The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games ~ Catching Fire12a certificate
Our Review: 3.5 stars

The middle chapter of the sci-fi trilogy. Katniss and Peeta become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games [trailer]

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson
"a gutsier, tougher, better round of Games" ~ Total Film
Manchester Cinemas - The Hunger Games
The Hobbit ~ The Desolation of Smaug 3D
12a certificate Our Review: 3.5 stars

The middle chapter of Peter Jackson's 3D Tolkien adaptation in which the dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor from Smaug [trailer]

Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage
"Middle-earth's got its mojo back" ~ Empire
Manchester Cinemas - Saving Mr Banks
Saving Mr. BanksPG certificate
Our Review: 3.5 stars
Disney cinema biopic of Mary Poppins author P. L. Travers who reflects on her difficult childhood while meeting with Walt Disney during the making of the adaptation of her novel [trailer]
Starring: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti
"A delicate and brilliantly acted story of overcoming the past" ~ Empire
~ Also see ~ Mary Poppins
Manchester Cinemas - Arthur Christmas
Arthur Christmas 3D U certificate
Our Review: 3.5 stars
A cinema re-run of the 2011 festive Aardman Animation in which Santa's youngest son looks to use his father's high-tech operation for an urgent mission on Christmas Eve [trailer]
Starring voices of: James McAvoy, Hugh Lawrie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy
"Just delight in the supremely clever Aardman comedy" ~ Empire
Manchester Cinemas - The Muppet Christmas Carol
The Muppet Christmas CarolU certificate
Our Review: 3.5 stars
A re-run of the 1992 festive classic in which The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic Dickens tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve [trailer]
Starring Michael Caine & voices of: Dave Goelz, Frank Oz
"Vastly enjoyable despite the syrupy, soppy song bit in the middle" ~ Empire
Manchester Cinemas - The Patience Stone
The Patience Stone15 certificate
Our Review: 3.5 stars

War drama set in an unnamed Islamic country torn apart by conflict in which a young woman tends to her injured older husband. The arrival of a young soldier complicates her life even more. English subtitles [trailer]

Starring: Golshifteh Farahani, Hamid Djavdan, Hassina Burgan
"The material is given suitable punch by the outstanding Farahani" ~ Empire
Manchester Cinemas - Anchorman 2
Anchorman 2 ~ The Legend Continues15 certificate
Our Review: 3.5 stars

Sequel to the 2004 comedy and, with the 70s behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm [trailer]

Starring: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner
"Bigger and broader than before" ~ Total Film
Manchester Cinemas - Fill The Void
Fill The Void
Our Review: 3.5 stars

Israeli drama "Lemale et ha'halal" in which a young Hasidic Jewish woman is pressured into an arranged levirate marriage to an older widower. Hebrew with English subtitles [trailer]

Starring: Hadas Yaron, Yiftach Klein, Irit Sheleg, Renana Raz
"A well acted and delicately told tale" ~ Empire
Manchester Cinemas - Thor
Thor ~ The Dark World 3D
12a certificate Our Review: 3.5 stars

3D Marvel sci-fi adventure in which Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, reuniting him with Jane Foster and sacrifice everything to save us all [trailer]

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
"Marvel’s great run continues" ~ Empire
Manchester Cinemas - Frozen
Frozen 3D PG certificate
Our Review: 3.5 stars

Festive 3D Disney animation from the same team behind Wreck-It Ralph, in which a fearless optimist encounters Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find her sister [watch trailer]

Starring voices of: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel
"A very decent seasonal Disney feature" ~ Little White Lies
Manchester Cinemas - Rise Of The Guardians
Rise Of The Guardians 3D
PG certificate Our Review: 3.5 stars

2012 Dreamworks Animation which sees Santa Claus, Jack Frost, The Easter Bunny, The Sandman and The Tooth Fairy team up to protect the innocence of children [trailer]

Starring voices of: Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher, Jude Law
"Gorgeously designed and frequently laugh-out-loud funny" ~ Empire
Manchester Cinemas - Fanny
FannyPG certificate
Our Review: 3.5 stars

French drama adapted from the second part of Pagnol’s Marseillaise trilogy, which follows on from Marius [also showing] but is now told from the perspective of Fanny. French with English subtitles [trailer]

Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Victoire Belezy, Jean-Pierre Darroussin
"Sit back and luxuriate in the film’s unhurried pleasures" ~ Total Film
~ Also see ~ Marius
Manchester Cinemas - The Butler
Lee Daniels' The Butler12a certificate
Our Review: 3.5 stars

Cinema biopic inspired by the true story of a black butler who served eight presidents at the White House during the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other events [trailer]

Starring: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda
"Tough, ambitious and very moving" ~ Little White Lies
Manchester Cinemas - Mandela Long Walk To Freedom
Mandela ~ Long Walk To Freedom12a certificate
Our Review: 3.5 stars

Biopic of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa [trailer]

Starring: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto, Jamie Bartlett
~ General Release 3rd Jan 2014 ~
Showing at Other cinemas in Manchester

Manchester Cinemas - Home Alone
Home AlonePG certificate
Our Review:

Re-run of the classic 1990 John Hughes festive comedy in which an 8-year-old boy, accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas, must defend his home against idiotic burglars [watch trailer]

Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern
"It is a hilarious comedy that kids will love." ~ Empire
Marius12a certificate
Our Review:

French drama adapted from the first of Pagnol’s Marseillaise trilogy, which charts the growing relationship between a man, who desires to travel the world, and a girl, who sells cockles. French with English subtitles [trailer]

Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Victoire Belezy
~ Also see ~ Fanny
Floating Skyscrapers18 certificate
Our Review:

Polish coming-out drama "Plynace wiezowce" which tells the story of a young man discovering his homosexuality, while his girlfriend tries to cling onto him [watch trailer]

Starring: Mateusz Banasiuk, Marta Nieradkiewicz, Bartosz Gelner
Despicable Me 2
Our Review:

The follow up to the 2010 animation and Gru, an ex-supervillain adjusting to family life, is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal [trailer]

Starring voices of: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan
The Polar Express 3D
Our Review:

IMAX re-screening of the classic 2004 tale set on Christmas Eve, in which a doubting boy boards a magical train that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus' home [trailer]

Starring voices of: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter
Turbo 3D
Our Review: 3 stars
Dreamworks 3D animation in which a freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500 [watch trailer]
Starring: Ryon Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Pena
The Railway Man15 certificate
Our Review:

Drama based on the true World War II story of Eric Lomax, a British soldier prisoned, tortured and forced to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway by the Japanese [trailer]

Starring: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine. Stellan Skarsgård
~ Pre-screening 22nd December ~
Showing at Showcase Belle Vue
~ General Release 10th Jan 2014 ~
Showing at Other cinemas in Manchester

Carrie15 certificate
Our Review: 3 stars

A reimagining of the classic Stephen King horror about a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes terror on her small town [watch trailer]

Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde
The Secret Life Of Walter MittyPG certificate
Our Review:
Remake of the 1947 comedy drama in which a day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. [trailer]
Starring: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Sean Penn
Oldboy18 certificate
Our Review:
Spike Lee action film in which a man, obsessed with vengeance, sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for 20 years without reason [trailer]
Starring: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson
Homefront
Our Review:
Sylvester Stallone written thriller in which a former DEA agent moves his family to a quiet town, where he soon tangles with a local meth druglord [watch trailer]
Starring: Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder
Black NativityPG certificate
Our Review:
Festive musical in which a street-wise teen from Baltimore who has been raised by a single mother travels to New York City to spend Christmas with his estranged relatives [trailer]
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson
Free Birds 3D
Our Review: 2 stars
3D animation in which two turkeys must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change history and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good [trailer]
Starring voices of: Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler
Walking With Dinosaurs 3D
Our Review: 2 stars
3D CGI family animation which allows you to see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, in a story where an Pachyrhinosaurus triumphs to become a hero [trailer]
Starring voices of: John Leguizamo, Justin Long, Karl Urban
Nativity 2 ~ Stranger In The Manger 3D
Our Review: 2 stars
The 2012 British festive film in which a worried new teacher has to juggle a pregnant wife and a class of children on a road trip to the National 'Song for Christmas' Competition [trailer]
Starring: David Tennant, Pam Ferris, Jessica Hynes, Marc Wootton
Moshi Monsters ~ The Movie
Our Review: 2 stars
Children's animation based on an online game in which the Moshi Monters must stop evil Dr. Strangeglove from pulverising the Great Moshling Egg [trailer]
Starring voices of: Keith Wickham, Emma Tate, Tom Clarke Hill
47 Ronin 3D 12a certificate
Our Review: No reviews yet
3D martial arts action movie in which a band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun [watch trailer]
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kô Shibasaki
The Harry Hill MoviePG certificate
Our Review: No reviews yet
BAFTA-winning TV comedian Harry Hill kick-starts his film career with this madcap roadtrip comedy which concerns the fate of his ailing hamster [watch trailer]
Starring: Harry Hill, Julie Walters, Matt Lucas, Simon Bird, Johnny Vegas
Justin Bieber's BelievePG certificate
Our Review: No reviews yet
Music documentary with never-seen-before footage, in which the pop star talks about his life, loves, fights and even the possibility that he could crash and burn [watch trailer]
Starring: Justin Bieber, Will I Am, Usher Raymond, Ryan Seacrest
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