On General Release From Fri 26 Dec 2014

(84 mins) Having tucked Nelson Mandela onto his cv, Idris Elba now plays a jailbird convicted of the manslaughter of a man and five women. When he escapes, he moves in on a mother (Taraji P. Henson) with two young…

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On General Release From Fri 26 Dec 2014

(118 mins) Review: Sony Pictures has a problem. In theory, there’s nothing wrong in updating Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin’s immortal, Depression-era musical to the present day. Of course, this being a…

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On General Release From Fri 26 Dec 2014

(106 mins) Any film from Tim Burton is an event but this one is trailing Oscar buzz in its wake - and it’s a fascinating story. This is the true tale of the impresario Walter Keane (Waltz) whose pictures of…

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On General Release From Fri 26 Dec 2014

(150 mins) Review: The good news is that Exodus is a damn sight better than Noah. For a start there are no guns or talking rocks. Ridley Scott, when tackling period subjects, has always exercised an authentic vision.…

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On General Release From Fri 26 Dec 2014

(137 mins) Review: Cinema is the perfect place to tell great stories. And the story of Louie Zamperini is more amazing than most. Yet Zamperini’s life actually looks more impressive on paper: as the son of…

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On General Release From Thu 01 Jan

(119 mins) Review: There is a danger of ugly narcissism when filmmakers tackle the subject of filmmaking and acting. Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, which has been praised for its bold…

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On General Release From Thu 01 Jan

(123 mins) The story of Stephen Hawking is one of the most remarkable and stirring of the twentieth century. That is why it was turned into a TV movie - the BBC’s riveting Hawking, with Benedict Cumberbatch - and…

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On General Release From Thu 01 Jan

(98 mins) When a group of schoolchildren are evacuated from London during the Blitz, they are moved to the remote Eel Marsh House. But what happens there is far worse than anything the Luftwaffe could mete out... The…

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On General Release From Fri 02 Jan

(90 mins) Prepare to be baffled. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a vaguely abstracted history teacher who is recommended a DVD by a colleague. In it, he is struck by the resemblance to himself of a minor character. So, bored by…

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On General Release From Fri 09 Jan

(123 mins) Following his accomplished adaptations of the Broadway musicals Chicago and Nine, the director Rob Marshall now grabs Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods by the horns. A complex weave of the fairy tales…

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On General Release From Fri 09 Jan

(109 mins) Review: Bryan Mills is the fittest, unluckiest 62-year-old in the movies. Having seen his daughter kidnapped in Taken (in Paris) and his ex-wife taken hostage in Taken 2 (in Istanbul), he’s now facing…

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