Wednesday, 31 December 2014

A very Happy New Year to all our readers!

Local Cinema Round-Up for 31st December 2014 to 8th January 2015 by Peter Clarke

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.

The New Year commences with three new releases. There is action and adventure with Taken 3 (12A), family comedy/animation with Big Hero 6 (PG) and horror with the ghost story The Woman in Black: Angel of Death (15).

We have lost the films Interstellar and The Imitation Game, along with the recurring favourites Frozen and Boxtrolls. Also it seems likely that the movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1 may soon be coming to the end of its screening.

Films that are returning during this period include Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and The Rewrite.

There is little being screened in the category of high culture during this period. However one film of note is the sea fairing drama Black Sea involving the quest of treasure using a submarine.


The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Director: Peter Jackson
Certificate: 12A
Cast Includes: Ian McKeller, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood, Richard Armitage, Stephen Fry, Christopher Lee
This is the long awaited final installment of the Hobbit trilogy and it concludes the adventures of Bilbo Baggins. The action immediately picks up where the previous movie left off. Thorin and his dwarves have reclaimed their homeland from the dragon Smaug, but Smaug now mounts an attack on Laketown. Meanwhile Sauron has sent legions of Orcs to the Lonely Mountain. Hence armies of Dwarves, Elves and Men must come together to determine the future of Middle Earth. The film is full of action, with numerous set pieces, as each of the major characters is give chance to shine. However, with the exception of Thorin who develops 'dragon sickness' there is little of interest taking place at an emotional level among the characters. Bilbo increasingly starts to be sidelined by the plot. This reviewer could not find any fault in the movie, but neither could he summon the enthusiasm to care about the destiny of Middle Earth.

The Theory of Everything
Director: James Marsh
Certificate: 12A
Cast Includes: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox
A biopic of the early years of the world renown physicist Stephen Hawkins, based on the memoir 'Traveling to Infinity: My life with Stephen Hawkins' by Jane Hawkins. At Cambridge, Stephen Hawkins was an active young man who fell in love with literature student Jane Wilde. However, aged 21, Hawkins had an accidental fall which led to his being diagnosed with motor neuron disease and given just two years to live. The film shows the marriage of Stephen and Jane and how she supported him and their children during the years of their marriage (they divorced in 1995). This is a beautiful film likely to leave the audience in tears. The acting is excellent especially Redmayne's portrayal of Hawkins and the movie shows the lighter side of Hawkin's character, his humour and his passion.

The Woman in Black: Angel of Death
Director: Tom Harper
Certificate: 15
Cast Includes: Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine, Phoebe Fox, Oaklee Pendergast
This is the sequel to the film 'The Woman in Black' which was based on the novella by Susan Hills. The Second World War is raging and a group of eight school children are evacuated away from London and the Blitz to rural England. They are accompanied by their Headmistress Jean Hogg (McCrory) and teacher Eve Parkin (Fox). The group occupy the abandoned Eel Marsh House which had been haunted forty years ago. Eve tries to build trust with Edward (Pendergast), one of the vulnerable children, who starts to exhibit trance like stages. Subsequently other children start acting strangely as a dark force is awakened. Eve seeks the cause of the problem aided by a pilot Harry Burnstow (Irvine). The film is a very competent horror movie with some romantic interest. It is well acted and has plenty of frights. However like many sequels, it does not quite live up to the suspense of the original. 

Monday, 29 December 2014

New Bike Marking Scheme crime prevention scheme launched

Police have launched a bicycle crime prevention initiative, aimed at promoting the importance of taking proper bicycle security measures after a rise in bicycle thefts in the area.

Neighbourhood Policing Teams are offering free bicycle-marking to members of the public at the following places:

• Morecambe Library, 3rd January 2015,10am-2pm

• Heysham Library, 10th January, 10am-1pm; and Halton Skate Park, 6-8.00pm

• Nether Kellet Village Hall, January 11, 3-5pm; and Over Kellet Village Hall, 6-8.00pm

• Anyone with information about bicycle thefts can contact police on 101.

Police appeal after Christmas Day assault in Morecambe

Police are appealing for information after a man was beaten unconscious and robbed of his mobile phone in Morecambe.

The incident happened at about 7.00pm on Christmas Day (Thursday) when the victim left the Cavern pub on Springfield Street in Morecambe. As he walked down Albert Road he was attacked by a group of four or five teenagers and knocked to the floor and beaten unconscious.

The man, a 46-year-old local man, received a broken nose and a black eye and was taken by ambulance to hospital for treatment.

The attackers stole a Samsung Galaxy mobile phone.

Detective Constable Trevor Walker, of Lancaster CID, said: “This was a vicious and unprovoked assault and I would appeal for anyone who witnessed the assault or who saw a group of young men in the Albert Road area to get in touch. I would also appeal to anyone who has any information to contact us.”

• Anyone who can assist the inquiry should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0699 of December 25th or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.