Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 27th April to 5th May 2016

For up to date local cinema links and day-by-day  listings of what's showing on local screens every week visit the Virtual-Lancaster Cinema Page. Read on for the weekly round-up, and reviews.

New films to our region include superhero action with Captain America: Civil War (12A); comedy drama with Florence Foster Jenkins (PG) and family animation with Robinson Crusoe (PG) & Norm of the North. In addition there is chance to see a couple of strong drama movies that were released last year but did not make it to any of the local cinemas. These are Couple in a Hole (12A) and Victoria (15).

Movies that have disappeared from the local screens include 10 Cloverfield Lane; Kung Fu Panda 3 and Midnight Special. Films that are coming to an end of their screening include Eye in the Sky and The Boy. However we do have the return of the family comedy Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.

The Jungle Book is still the must see movie of the moment. For alternatives there is drama with Bastille Day, Eddie the Eagle and Eye in the Sky. For horror try Friend Request whilst for fantasy there is The Huntsman: Winter's War.

Educational movies on offer include speed cycling with Battle Mountain and a warning of mans adverse effect on the planet in Racing Extinction.

Finally the Vue is having a Captain America marathon on the 28th April, showing First Avenger; Winter Soldier and the forthcoming Captain America: Civil War.

Reviews

Bastille Day
Director: James Watkins
Certificate: 15
Cast includes: Richard Madden, Idris Elba, Charlotte Le Bon
Michael Mason (Madden) is a pickpocket working in Paris. He steals a bag but finds it contains a bomb and this brings him to the notice of Sean Briar (Elba) who is a CIA agent. Briar recruits Mason and uses his skills to help him combat a terrorist threat and corruption within the French police. Some aspects of the plot are not quite believable, but the film is an excellent thriller with a number of very impressive set pieces. An enjoyable movie.

Eye in the Sky
Director: Gavin Hood
Certificate: 15
Cast includes: Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman
Colonel Katherine Powell (Mirren) is tasked with capturing a terrorist who is attending a meeting in Kenya. The meeting room is bugged and a drone used to provide surveillance. Powell discovers the terrorists are actually planning suicide bombing attacks and so she seeks authority to call in a missile attack on the building. However there is a chance any attack will result in civilian casualties. The movie is a gripping and well received drama that explores some of the moral issues of drone warfare.

Friend Request
Director: Simon Verhoeven
Certificate: 15
Cast includes: Alycia Debnam-Carey, Liesl Ahlers
Laura (Debnam-Carey) is a popular college student and an avid user of social media. She received a friend request from an unknown girl Marina (Ahlers) but finds her new friend is stalking her. Subsequently Marina commits suicide but her spirit continues to stalk Laura. Despite some occasional rough lines, this is an effective horror story that delivers enough twists to keep the plot interesting and provides some real scares.

The Jungle Book
Director: Jon Favreau
Certificate: PG Cast includes: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba
Based on Rudyard Kipling's works, this is a reworking of a the well known classic using live action and CGI. Mowgli (Sethi) is an orphaned boy raised by a wolf and thence by Bagheera (Kingsley) a black panther. Mowgli alienates the Bengal tiger Shere Khan (Elba) and so must make his way to humankind for safety, meeting the well known characters Baloo and Kaa on the way. Subsequently he returns to the jungle to face Shere Khan. The movie is a good example a remake that improves on the original. An excellent movie that will entertain all ages.

Zootropolis (Zootopia)
Director: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush
Certificate: PG
Cast includes: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman
This is a comedy animation set in the city of Zootropolis which is populated by animals. Judy Hopps (Goodwin) is a rabbit rookie police officer. She parters with a con-artist fox Nick Wilde (Bateman) to solve the mystery of a missing husband. An excellently made fun movie that will appeal to a wide range of ages.

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