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The Birks Cinema is the culmination of 7 years of tireless campaigning by local residents to restore this Aberfeldy institution to its former glory. Built in July 1939, it serviced the residents and visitors of Aberfeldy through until the mid-80’s. In 2005, at a meeting of the local film society, Charlotte Flower first proposed the idea of buying the cinema and restoring it to its original function. Friends of The Birks Cinema was formed as a charitable organisation to raise the funds necessary to purchase and renovate the building. 7 years on, over £1.8 million has been raised to create a state-of-the-art, modern cinema. The interior has been entirely rebuilt to house a 100-seater auditorium as well as a 64-seat café/bar area. The Birks Cinema offers a great mix of Live Broadcasts and a variety of films from Hollywood blockbusters to classics like Lawrence of Arabia. Studio Ghibli

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World War Z FRI 12 JULY - THU 18 JULY In his first blockbuster lead in years, Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt heads up this exciting zombie horror epic from Quantum Of Solace director Forster. Based on the cult novel of the same name, the film follows United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt) as he traverses the globe, racing against time to stop a devastating epidemic that has already toppled governments and armies, and which threatens to hurl humanity itself full pelt into a zombie apocalypse. Fusing awe-inspiring action spectacle with the nervy jitters of the best zombie horror flicks, this mega-budget opus promises to be one of the big hits of the summer, and is an absolute must-see for Pitt fans and action aficionados alike.

DIR: MARC FORSTER STARRING: BRAD PITT, JAMES BADGE DALE, MATTHEW FOX

Despicable Me 2 FRI 12 JULY - THU 18 JULY Gru, formerly a super-villain, is now no longer a villain after having saved his three adopted daughters Margo, Edith, and Agnes from rival super-villain Vector in the first film Despicable Me. Gru is having a birthday party for Agnes, the youngest child, in which he impersonates a Fairy Princess to save her from disappointment as the performer will not be attending. Much to his chagrin, his neighbour, Jillian is constantly trying to “set him up” with her friends. While he is outside, he is approached and kidnappped by Lucy Wilde, along with two of his minions, and taken to the Anti Villain League Headquarters, where they ask for Gru to become a “spy” in order to track down a new Supervillan who has taken a research laboratory and an experimental compound that can transform lifeforms into mutant killing machines.

USA/MALTA 2013 / 1H56M DIR: PIERRE COFFIN,CHRIS RENAUD STARRING: STEVE CARELL, KRISTEN WIIG, KEN JEONG, MIRANDA COSGROVE, RUSSELL BRAND

USA 2013 / 1H 38M / U www.birkscinema.co.uk

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Quartet TUE 16 JULY

Stuck in Love SUN 14 JULY - THU 18 JULY Famous novelist William Borgens (Kinnear, Little Miss Sunshine) leads a vexed life. Since his wife Erica (Connelly, A Beautiful Mind) left him three years ago, he’s embarked on ill-advised shenanigans with his married neighbour Tricia (Bell, When In Rome) while also creepily snooping on Erica, whom he blames for his crippling writer’s block. What’s more, he can barely cope with his teenage kids (Lily Collins, Nat Wolff), who have abundant relationship and indeed literary issues of their own. The ups and downs of this wonderfully dysfunctional family are inevitable, but by no means formulaic. First-time director Boone’s script is sharp, and his cast is perfectly matched to this sometimes frantic, frequently hilarious and ultimately feel-good film, which boasts a nice cameo from real-life author Stephen King. DIR: JOSH BOONE STARRING: GREG KINNEAR, JENNIFER CONNELLY, KRISTEN BELL

USA 2012 / 1H 37M / 15 4

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The phrase heartwarming is often over-used and has become almost short-hand for the conveyor-belt, schmaltzy offerings from Hollywood. Quartet is heartwarming in the best and most traditional sense. Dustin Hoffman finally gets around to making his directorial debut and his feel for letting the actors express themselves shines through in the wonderful performances from the central foursome. Connolly and Courtenay in particular give their best performances in years, with Michale Gambon providing much comic relief in a stand-out supporting role. Pauline Collins is the emotional core of the film, touchingly portraying someone sliding further into dementia. Maggie Smith is the big star that throws their comfortable retirement into disarray and she doesn’t disappoint in a role that allows her to showcase every disdainful look. DIR: DUSTIN HOFFMAN STARRING: MAGGIE SMITH, BILLY CONNOLLY, TOM COURTENAY, PAULINE COLLINS, MICHAEL GAMBON UK 2012 / 1H 38M / 12A


Before Midnight FRI 19 JULY - WED 24 JULY Nine years beyond Before Sunset, the final episode in Linklater’s trilogy retains its core simplicity: two lovers discuss their lives and love during a single day. Co-writers Hawke and Delpy are the now very grown-up Paris-based couple, but here we find them holidaying in Greece and pondering their future and that of their twin girls, born since we last met the pair. Long takes and extended dialogue allow the development of the characters full rein, Hawke and Delpy admirably conveying the subtleties of a durable but far from uncomplicated union which constantly reminds us of the challenges and rewards of keeping such a partnership alive. This time there are additional characters helping to broaden the narrative, but ultimately it’s the two main protagonists who carry Before Midnight, and do so with utter conviction. DIR: RICHARD LINKLATER STARRING: ETHAN HAWKE, JULIE DELPY

Fast & Furious 6 FRI 19 JULY - WED 24 JULY The Fast & Furious franchise has evolved into more than just a series of wild car chases, and in number six much of the story takes place in London. Sure, the old firm of Dom (Diesel) and Brian (Walker) are here to do the dirty work, but the twist this time is that their old adversary Agent Hobbs (Johnson) wants them to neutralise a team of lethal mercenaries led by the ruthless Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). Having just trousered $100 million for eliminating another criminal mastermind in episode five, Dom and Brian don’t really need the work, but Hobbs’ offer of full pardons is tempting, and the discovery that Dom’s ex-lover Letty (Rodriguez) is Shaw’s deputy amply justifies their involvement. Buttclenching action inevitably follows.

USA 2013 / 1H 49M / 15

DIR : JUSTIN LIN STARRING: DWAYNE JOHNSON, VIN DIESEL, PAUL WALKER, MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ USA 2013/ 2H10M /12A www.birkscinema.co.uk

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Fortnightly Classic: 39 Steps SUN 21 JULY & THU 25 JULY The original version of the classic comedy thriller, starring legendary British heart-throb, Robert Donat, was a highlight of Hitchcock’s career. While sitting in a London theatre watching a man perform dazzling memory tricks, Richard Hannay and the rest of the audience flee after hearing a gunshot. As he leaves, he encounters a young woman who asks if she can accompany him. Fascinated by her apparent terror, he agrees. During the night, however, she is murdered in his flat, and he must avoid the police long enough to find the real killers and clear his name.

Springsteen & I MON 22 JULY

Director Baillie Walsh has pulled together DIR: ALFRED HITCHCOCK some of the most exciting and often previSTARRING: ROBERT DONAT, MADELEINE ously unseen live footage of Bruce SpringCARROLL steen and his E Street Band, to celebrate 40 years of Springsteen at the top of his UK 1935 / 1H 26M / U game. Aided by numerous interviews with fans whose lives have been changed or made meaningful by ‘The Boss’, Springsteen & I builds into a compelling and uplifting portrayal of a generation, whose hopes, fears and resolve to have a good time are embodied in the great man’s music. With documentaries and promotional videos featuring Oasis, INXS and Massive Attack under his belt, Walsh has excellent form in the field, and with Ridley Scott backing and co-producing the film, Springsteen & I is destined to become one of the landmark music films of our times. . IR: BAILLIE WALSH D STARRING: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, THE E STREET BAND USA 2013 6

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Now You See Me SAT 8 JUNE - MON 10 JUNE

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This is a film for anyone who has ever doubted whether life truly begins at 60. Oscar-nominated director Madden has cherry-picked some of the very best British actors for this bittersweet but ultimately life-affirming comedy-drama. We open in downcast Britain, where we meet an assortment of pensioners each with their own grudge against modern living and who are not exactly making the most of their golden years. What they need is a change of scenery. Fate obliges in the form of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a majestic retirement home in India that is looking for new residents following a renovation. After jumping at the chance to start afresh in sunnier climes, our sagacious gang have second thoughts when their destination turns out to be more crumbling ruin than palatial sanctuary.

Four master illusionists (Eisenberg, Harrelson, Fisher and Dave Franco) are hired by a shadowy Michael Caine to execute spectacular bank robberies, to rather surprising ends. The FBI and Interpol (in the guises of Mark Ruffalo and Mélanie Laurent) are on their case, but despite the help of Morgan Freeman as a debunker of the magician’s art, they are constantly duped by the utterly likeable villains. With Clash Of The Titans and The Incredible Hulk under his belt, director Leterrier deploys special effects with breathtaking zeal, while the cunning narrative and imaginatively chosen cast are all highly entertaining – and, given the premise and its intricacies, surprisingly credible. But then Now You See Me is much more than it appears.

DIRECTOR: LOUIS LETERRIER STARRING: JESSE EISENBERG, WOODY HARRELSON, ISLA FISHER, MICHAEL CAINE, MORGAN FREEMAN USA/FRANCE 2013 / 1H 55M / 12A

DIRECTOR: JOHN MADDEN STARRING: JUDI DENCH, BILL NIGHY, MAGGIE SMITH, TOM WILKINSON, DEV PATEL UK 2011 / 2H 4M / 12A www.birkscinema.co.uk

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Much Ado About Nothing FRI 26 JULY - THU 1 AUGUST

Monsters University 3D&2D FRI 26 JULY - THU 1 AUGUST In this prequel to Disney’s hugely successful Monsters, Inc., we find Mike Wazowski (Crystal) and James ‘Sulley’ Sullivan (Goodman) aspiring to frighten the bejesus out of sleeping children and learning their craft at the infamous Monsters University. Overseen by the formidable Dean Hardscrabble (Mirren), all manner of lovably eccentric beasties fiercely compete to become Scaring Majors, but lacking confidence, Mike and Sulley are initially consigned to the lowliest of frat houses. However, through sheer determination, they overcome much skullduggery to win even the admiration of Ms Hardscrabble in the scary stakes. Since Pixar chronicled Mike and Sulley’s later adventures in 2001, animation has advanced considerably, and now in eye-popping 3D and with another fantastic Randy Newman soundtrack, Monsters University will truly delight children of all ages.

DIR: DAN SCANLON VOICES: BILLY CRYSTAL, JOHN GOODMAN, HELEN MIRREN USA 2013/1H 50M / U 8

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Shot in the spirit of the play, Whedon’s (Avengers Assemble) version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy was filmed in his Santa Monica mansion in just 12 days. The simplicity of the production is enhanced by the decision to shoot in monochrome and to retain much of Shakespeare’s dialogue, although its more flowery corners have been rounded off by Whedon’s script in deference to modern (and younger) ears. That strategy is supported by a cast of mainly young TV actors from Whedon’s unofficial repertory company, with Acker and Denisof especially effective as the combative ex-lovers Beatrice and Benedick, who are persuaded by some visiting Italian noblemen to kiss and make up. A pacey, amusing work that even Shakespeare-phobes will find engaging.

DIRECTOR: JOSS WHEDON STARRING: ALEXIS DENISOF, AMY ACKER, FRAN KRANZ USA 2012 / 1H 48M / 12A


The Last Exorcism Part II SAT 27 JULY A couple finds a demonic-looking Nell Sweetzer squatting next to the refrigerator. She soon is taken to a hospital, where she appears to be catatonic. However, after spending a few months at Frank’s home for girls and settling in as a chambermaid at a hotel, Nell’s condition seems to have improved and she no longer has “bad dreams”. Nell and her group of friends visit a costume parade later on; Nell witnesses many strange happenings there, including a few masked men watching her. Nell’s personality starts to change, as things get darker. Nell begins to get hints that the demon Abalam is back.

DIRECTOR: ED GASS-DONNELLY STARRING: ASHLEY BELL, JULIA GARNER SPENCER TREAT CLARK, MUSE WATSON LOUIS HERTHUM USA 2013 / 1H28M / 15

Les Miserables WED 31 JULY Due to popular demand we are bringing Les Miserables back for one screening. Victor Hugo’s epic tale of romance and political idealism, set amid the turmoil of the 1832 Paris Uprising, has been filmed many times. But director Hooper (The King’s Speech) daringly adapts Cameron Mackintosh’s mightily successful musical version for the big screen, with a stellar cast most of whom are not usually known for their singing skills. Jackman is the paroled convict Jean Valjean, who is fleeing the obsessive Inspector Javert (Crowe); Hathaway is Fantine, the reluctant, ailing prostitute for whose child Valjean assumes responsibility. The cast sang the stirring melodies live to camera during filming a huge gamble by Hooper that paid off impressively. With regular cinematographer Danny Cohen on board, and Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Redmayne and Sacha Baron Cohen in major roles, Les Misérables is an all-round sensual feast. DIRECTOR: TOM HOOPER STARRING: HUGH JACKMAN, RUSSELL CROWE, ANNE HATHAWAY

UK 2012 / 2H38M / DIGITAL / 12A www.birkscinema.co.uk

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Live Broadcast Andre Rieu LIVE: Maastricht SUN 14 JULY André Rieu is back in Maastricht! Enjoy André’s summer evening concerts in the most romantic square in the Netherlands: the Vrijthof in Maastricht!

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ROH Summer Productions: The Royal Ballet Dances Ashton MON 15 JULY The Royal Ballet Dances Frederick Ashton, a mixed programme of five ballets by the choreographer, will be screened in selected UK cinemas on 15 July. The mixed programme features La Valse, Méditation from Thaïs, Voices of Spring, Monotones I and II and Marguerite and Armand, the last of which features the final Royal Ballet performance of Tamara Rojo, partnered by Sergei Polunin. Principal dancer Leanne Benjamin, who announced her retirement from The Royal Ballet this week after 21 years with the Company, dances Méditation from Thaïs. ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LIVE

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MET Summer Season: Traviata THU 18 JULY

Natalie Dessay stars as Verdi’s most beloved heroine in Willy Decker’s stunning production, first seen at the Met in 2010. Matthew Polenzani is her lover, Alfredo, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings his stern father, Germont. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium. METROPOLITAN OPERA SUMMER ENCORES, ORIGINAL

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NT LIVE: Macbeth SAT 20 JULY National Theatre Live will broadcast Manchester International Festival’s electrifying production of Macbeth, with Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn, Hamlet) in his first Shakespeare performance in over a decade as Macbeth, and Alex Kingston (Doctor Who, ER) as Lady Macbeth.

Directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford (Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse, Thoroughly Modern Millie on Broadway) and BAFTA Award-winner Kenneth Branagh, this unique production of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of ambition and treachery unfolds within the walls of an intimate deconsecrated Manchester church.

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ROH Summer: Macbeth MON 29 JULY Verdi’s lifelong love affair with Shakespeare first took flight with Macbeth in 1847. Musically, the composer’s masterstrokes were the macabre choruses for the witches, the evocative orchestral colours and the increased role for the ‘ugly and evil’ Lady Macbeth. Phyllida Lloyd’s production uses Verdi’s 1865 revision, especially noted for Lady Macbeth’s great aria ‘La luce langue’ and the wonderful Act IV opening chorus, and brings out the dark motivations of the Macbeths and the light of justice for those they wrong. Simon Keenlyside and Liudmyla Monastryrska play the Scottish nobleman and his villainously ambitious wife, who spurs her husband to murder for the sake of his career, and American bass-baritone Raymond Aceto takes the role of Banquo, murder victim and symbol of conscience. ROYAL OPERA HOUSE SUMMER ENCORE 2013

MET: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia TUE 30 JULY Fathom and The Metropolitan Opera present an encore presentation of Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (The Barber of Seville) in select movie theatres nationwide on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 7 p.m. in all time zones. One of the most beloved operatic comedies of all time, “The Barber of Seville” is presented in a production by Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher. An instant audience favorite at its 2006 Metropolitan Opera premiere, it was first seen on the big screen in March 2007 as part of the Met’s Live in HD series. Superstar tenor

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NT Encore: The Audience THU 15 AUGUST Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in the highly-anticipated West End production of The Audience, broadcast live from London’s Gielgud Theatre as part of National Theatre Live.

Globe: The Taming of the Shrew THU 1 AUGUST Two wealthy sisters in Padua must be married off. The modest, demure Bianca has no shortage of suitors, but who on earth will take the wild, ungovernable, ‘shrewish’ Katherina? Perhaps the gold-digging Petruchio, as maddeningly strongwilled and perverse as Katherina herself, will be equal to the task of bullying her to the altar. Shakespeare’s outrageous comedy introduces one of the theatre’s great screwball double-acts, a couple hellbent on confusing and outwitting each other right up to its controversial conclusion. Performed at the Globe and touring on an Elizabethan-style stage, with an all-female cast.

GLOBE THEATRE ENCORE

For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace – a meeting like no other in British public life – it is private. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. Not even to their spouses. The Audience breaks this contract of silence – and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional – sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive. From young mother to grandmother, these private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age. Politicians come and go through the revolving door of electoral politics, while she remains constant, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister.

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FRI 12 JULY DESPICABLE ME 2 (2D) WORLD WAR Z (2D) DESPICABLE ME 2 (3D) WORLD WAR Z (3D)

12:00 15:00 18:00 20:15

SUN 21 JULY DESPICABLE ME 2 (2D) 39 STEPS BEFORE MIDNIGHT FAST & FURIOUS 6

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SAT 13 JULY LIAF: AMAZING ANIMATIONS 2 DESPICABLE ME 2 (2D) WORLD WAR Z (2D) DESPICABLE ME 2 (3D) WORLD WAR Z (3D)

10:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 20:15

MON 22 JULY DESPICABLE ME 2 (2D) BEFORE MIDNIGHT SPRINGSTEEN & I SPRINGSTEEN & I

12:00 15:00 18:00 20:15

TUE 23 JULY MET SUMMER SEASON: TURANDOT DESPICABLE ME 2 (2D) BEFORE MIDNIGHT ROH SUMMER SEASON: RIGOLETTO

12:00 15:00 17:45 20:15

WED 24 JULY THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL FAST & FURIOUS 6 DESPICABLE ME 2 (2D) BEFORE MIDNIGHT

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SUN 14 JULY DESPICABLE ME 2 (3D) 12:00 ANDRE RIEU: LIVE IN MAASTRICHT 2013 14:30 WORLD WAR Z (3D) 18:00 20:30 STUCK IN LOVE MON 15 JULY DESPICABLE ME 2 (2D) DESPICABLE ME 2 (3D) WORLD WAR Z (2D) ROH : THE ROYAL BALLET DANCES-FREDERIC ASHTON

12:00 15:00 18:00 20:30

TUE 16 JULY QUARTET DESPICABLE ME 2 (3D) DESPICABLE ME 2 (2D) WORLD WAR Z (2D)

12:00 15:00 18:00 20:15

WED 17 JULY STUCK IN LOVE WORLD WAR Z (2D) DESPICABLE ME 2 (3D) WORLD WAR Z (3D)

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THU 18 JULY MET ENCORE: VERDI’S WORLD WAR Z (3D) DESPICABLE ME 2 (3D) STUCK IN LOVE

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FRI 19 JULY DESPICABLE ME 2 (2D) BEFORE MIDNIGHT FAST & FURIOUS 6 BEFORE MIDNIGHT

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SAT 20 JULY THE CROODS DESPICABLE ME 2 (2D) FAST & FURIOUS 6 BEFORE MIDNIGHT NT LIVE: MACBETH

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THU 25 JULY THE 39 STEPS DESPICABLE ME 2 (2D) GLYNDEBOURNE LIVE: HIPPOLYTE ET ARICIE

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FRI 26 JULY MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 2D MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 3D MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING NOW YOU SEE ME

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SAT 27 JULY MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 2D NOW YOU SEE ME MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 3D THE LAST EXORCISM: BEGINNING OF THE END

10:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 20:35

SUN 28 JULY MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 2D MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 3D MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING NOW YOU SEE ME

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MON 29 JULY MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 2D NOW YOU SEE ME MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 3D ROH: MACBETH

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DAY / FILM TUE 30 JULY MET: IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA NOW YOU SEE ME MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 3D MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

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SAT 10 AUGUST THE CROODS THE WORLD’S END EASY MONEY SUN 11 AUGUST THE CROODS THE WORLD’S END EASY MONEY

WED 31 JULY LES MISERABLES MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 2D MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 3D NOW YOU SEE ME

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THU 1 AUGUST GLOBE: TAMING OF THE SHREW NOW YOU SEE ME MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 3D MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

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FRI 2 AUGUST MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 2D PACIFIC RIM 2D RENOIR PACIFIC RIM 3D SAT 3 AUGUST EPIC 2D MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 2D PACIFIC RIM 2D RENOIR PACIFIC RIM 3D

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SUN 4 AUGUST CLEOPATRA PACIFIC RIM 3D RENOIR MON 5 AUGUST PACIFIC RIM 2D PACIFIC RIM 3D MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 2D ROH/BALLET: HEROLD’S LA FILLE MAL GARDEE TUE 6 AUGUST THE KING’S SPEECH PACIFIC RIM 3D GLYNDEBOURNE LIVE: DON PASQUALE WED 7 AUGUST MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 2D PACIFIC RIM 2D RENOIR PACIFIC RIM 3D THU 8 AUGUST CLEOPATRA MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 2D PACIFIC RIM 3D THE ACT OF KILLING FRI THE THE THE

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THU 15 AUGUST THE CROODS THE WORLD’S END EASY MONEY NT ENCORE: THE AUDIENCE FRI 16 AUGUST THE SMURFS 2 BREATHE IN WOLVERINE 2D

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SAT 17 AUGUST ROBOSAPIEN 10:00 THE SMURFS 2 2D 12:00 3D 15:00 WE STEAL SECRETS: WIKILEAK STORY 17:30 20:15 WOLVERINE 3D

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SUN 18 AUGUST ROMAN HOLIDAY THE SMURFS 2 (3D) BREATHE IN THE WOLVERINE 3D

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MON 19 AUGUST THE SMURFS 2 (2D) BREATHE IN THE WOLVERINE 3D GLYNDEBOURNE LIVE: BILLY BUDD TUE 20 AUGUST WAR HORSE BREATHE IN THE SMURFS 2 (3D) THE WOLVERINE 2D WED 21 AUGUST THE SMURFS 2 2D 12:00 3D WOLVERINE 3D WE STEAL SECRETS: WIKILEAK STORY

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THU 22 AUGUST ROMAN HOLIDAY THE SMURFS 2 (3D) THE WOLVERINE 3D THE HAPPY LANDS

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The Little Birks Saturday mornings are dedicated to the Little Birks, The Little Birks is our family film club. This way you can introduce cinema to the younger members of your family. With all tickets prices at £3.50 (£5 for 3D) for everyone it is also the best possible deal to bring your family to the cinema.

LIAF: Amazing Animations 2 SAT 13 JULY - MORNING SCREENING Animation, like childhood, can be full of wonder with the biggest pleasures being the simplest ones. This programme strips away all the soft-sell toy ads and the over-the-top blockbuster-style special effects and just delivers up a programme of wonderful films full of simple joys. These films are suitable for children of all ages but are specifically aimed at 5-10 year-olds. Curated by the London International Animation Festival (www.liaf.org.uk) LONDON INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL

The Croods SAT 20 JULY & SAT 10 AUGUST This highly entertaining DreamWorks animation follows a prehistoric family who are forced to abandon their cave and enter a frightening new world. Kids will love it, and the film’s underlying messages also won’t be lost on adults. DIR: K. DE MICCO, C. SANDERS 16

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My Neighbour Totoro | 25th Anniversary SAT 27 JULY - MORNING SCREENING Miyazaki’s superbly animated tale is considered to be one of the bestloved family films of all time. The story follows Satsuki (Hidaka) and Mei (Sakamoto), two young girls who find their new home is by a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of fantastical creatures called Totoros. They befriend O-Totoro, the biggest and eldest of them, and king of the forest. While the girls’ mother lies sick in hospital, O-Totoro takes them on a magical adventure and helps them to understand the realities of life. Containing a powerful ecological theme, this is a lovingly crafted work of depth, import and beauty. Miyazaki’s superbly animated tale is considered to be one of the best-loved family films of all time. The story follows Satsuki (Hidaka) and Mei (Sakamoto), two young girls who find their new home is by a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of fantastical creatures called Totoros.

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Epic 2D SAT 3 AUGUST - MORNING SCREENING Oscar-winning director Chris Wedge (Ice Age) focuses his considerable talents for animated 3D adventure on William Joyce’s novel, The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs. Alarmed when her father fails to return from a woodland walk, Mary (Seyfried) goes looking for him, only to be shrunk to the size of an insect after catching a falling leaf that glows mysteriously. In her tiny state, she meets Ronin (Farrell) and the Leafmen, a warrior band determined to save their world from the destructive forces of the Boggans and their evil leader, Mandrake. The parallels for our own ecologically threatened planet are well drawn in Wedge’s boisterously entertaining film, which certainly lives up to its title. DIR: CHRIS WEDGE

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Renoir FRI 2 AUGUST - THU 8 AUGUST

Pacific Rim 2D & 3D FRI 2 AUGUST - THU 8 AUGUST It’s 2015, and from below the Pacific Ocean giant monsters known as Kaiju rise to conquer the world. Our only defence is the Jaegers, huge robots controlled by two human pilots whose minds are locked in unison. Ultimately, however, it’s a losing battle, and in desperation the authorities turn to an untried novice, Mako Mori (Kikuchi, Norwegian Wood), and a washed-up pilot, Raleigh Becket (Hunnam, Deadfall), who are tasked to drive an apparently obsolete experimental Jaeger. With the apocalypse imminent, this unlikely pair make a bravura last stand. Director del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Hellboy franchise) delivers a visual and dramatic tour de force that is sure to be this summer’s epic sci-fi blockbuster.

Based on real events and on the writing of his great-grandson Jacques, Renoir is a tenderly observed yet powerful study of family strife, centred on the great artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir during the early days of World War One. Recently widowed and seriously arthritic, 74-year-old Renoir Snr (celebrated stage actor Bouquet) is rejuvenated by the arrival of Andrée (Theret), a luminous young model who soon becomes his muse. But when his favoured son Jean (Rottiers) returns badly wounded from the front to recuperate at their enchanting home on the Côte d’Azur, he too falls for Andrée. With both men incapacitated, either by age or by injury, an unlikely romantic tussle ensues. Andrée and Jean eventually emerged to lead notable film careers, she as an actress, he of course as the great director. Contains nudity, moderate sex and one use of strong language. DIRECTOR: GILLES BOURDOS STARRING: MICHEL BOUQUET, CHRISTA THERET, VINCENT ROTTIERS FRANCE 2012 / 1H 52M /

DIRECTOR: GUILLERMO DEL TORO STARRING: IDRIS ELBA, CHARLIE HUNNAM, RINKO KIKUCHI, RON PERLMAN USA 2013 / 18

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Cleopatra SUN 4 AUGUST & THU 8 AUGUST In 1963, this colossal and opulent $60 million spectacular was epic in every sense of the word - an epic in the annals of Hollywood gossip, and an epic investment that nearly dragged 20th Century Fox down the Nile along with Cleopatra’s barge. Digitally reissued on its 50th anniversary, Cleopatra follows the 18 tumultuous years that led to the founding of the Roman Empire. After Caesar (Harrison) is stabbed to death in the Roman Senate, Cleopatra is left without an ally, and Egypt is up for grabs. When Roman general Mark Antony (Burton) comes along, she seduces him in order to make him her new protector. DIRECTOR: JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ STARRING: ELIZABETH TAYLOR, RICHARD BURTON, REX HARRISON. UK/USA 1963 / 4H 4M / PG

King’s Speech TUE 6 AUGUST he King’s Speech is the tale of Elizabeth II’s father and his remarkable friendship with maverick speech therapist Lionel Logue. Fascinating, moving and often humourous it charts the personal relationship that developed between England’s reluctant King George VI, plagued by a nervous stammer, and his irreverent Australian speech therapist. As the second son of George V, Prince Albert “Bertie” was not expected to ascend to the throne, but when his brother Edward abdicates to marry American Wallis Simpson, Bertie, as his successor, is crowned King George VI. George becomes King as radio is taking off as a mass medium and the Second World War looms. Thrust into the international spotlight he must speak not only to the nation but to the people of the British Empire, across the world. His wife, Queen Elizabeth - the future Queen Mother - is tireless in her belief in him. Having tried all the traditional doctors she engages unorthodox outsider, Logue, to help him find a voice that can inspire a nation on the brink of war. DIRECTOR: TOM HOOPER STARRING: COLIN FIRTH, GEOFFREY RUSH, MICHAEL GAMBON, HELENA BONHAM CARTER, GUY PEARCE UK 2011 / 1H 58M / 12 www.birkscinema.co.uk

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The Act of Killing THU 8 AUGUST Following the Indonesian military coup of 1965, paramilitaries helped the army to massacre more than a million alleged communists in less than a year. To this day, these shocking acts are portrayed domestically as a patriotic struggle, and their perpetrators are celebrated as national heroes. Documentarist Oppenheimer’s attempts to tell the tale of the genocide’s survivors were obstructed by the Indonesian authorities – but the killers themselves proved happy to appear on film. He invited the perpetrators to stage filmed reenactments of their killings, with a twist: they would be performed in the style of their favourite Hollywood genre films. The incredible result is a hallucinatory journey into the minds of mass killers, and a staggering testament to the frighteningly banal culture of impunity they continue to inhabit.

The World’s End FRI 9 AUGUST - THU 15 AUGUST In The World’s End, 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub - The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realise the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.

“I have not seen a film as powerful, surreal and frightening in at least a decade.” – Werner Herzog

DIRECTOR: EDGAR WRIGHT STARRING: SIMON PEGG, NICK FROST, ROSAMUND PIKE, PADDY CONSIDINE, MARTIN FREEMAN, EDDIE MARSAN

DIRECTOR: JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER, ANONYMOUS, CHRISTINE CYNN

UK 2012 / 1H 50M / 12A

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Special Events The Graghoppers:

MON 12 AUGUST

Best of Kendal Mountain Film Fest. The annual Kendal Mountain Festival is a unique opportunity for outdoor adventurers to come together, exchange experiences, take part in workshops and, above all, watch some of the latest and greatest films about the challenges that distinguish their activities. Last year they included The Old Breed, The Warrior, Capetown, Wide Boyz And Chasing Water. All films will be shown together in this programme.

DIRECTORS: RUFUS LUSK, PETE MCBRIDE, RIN COLOMBI, SKIP ARMSTRONG, PAUL DIFFLEY, BEN BARDEN, CHRIS ALSTRIN, FREDDIE WILKINSON

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Exhibition Series:

TUE 13 AUGUST

V&A: David Bowie On Tuesday, August 13, audiences in over 200 cinemas will be able to watch the exhibition’s curators Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh and a host of special guests talk about the stories behind some of the 300 objects on display at the exhibition live from the museum in London. David Bowie is happening now will be directed by BAFTA winning director, Hamish Hamilton. The David Bowie Is exhibition opened in March 23, selling as many as 67,000 tickets in advance – more than any other exhibition in the museum’s 150 year history. More than 200,000 people have seen the exhibition so far, with many more expected to visit before it finishes on August 11.

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Easy Money SAT 10 AUGUST - THU 15 AUGUST

The Bling Ring FRI 9 AUGUST - MON 12 AUGUST In 2008–09, a gang of fame-obsessed teenagers stole jewellery and clothes from celebrity homes around Los Angeles, including those of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. A Vanity Fair article about the perpetrators, which “revealed so much about them and their goals and our culture”, so intrigued director Coppola that she set about writing a script chronicling their increasingly audacious robberies. Stretching far beyond the familiar world of Harry Potter, Watson stands out as ringleader Nicki, and alongside Mann (The 40 Year Old Virgin), another young veteran, she heads a gaggle of up-and-comers in this rousing crime caper. The Bling Ring nevertheless offers a serious reflection on youthful immorality, online narcissism and unfettered materialism, and is arguably Coppola’s most affecting work since Lost In Translation.

DIRECTOR: SOFIA COPPOLA. STARRING:EMMA WATSON, TAISSA FARMIGA, ISRAEL BROUSSARD, LESLIE MANN. USA 2013 / 1H 30M / 15 22

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Kinnaman plays JW, an impoverished but talented economics student anxious to impress an heiress (Henni) and her wealthy chums. This he does through Jorge (Varela), a South American jail-breaker who’s desperate to get back into the cocaine trade. But Jorge is in conflict with the ageing but still vicious enforcer Mrado (Mrsic), himself playing games with two rival East European drug gangs. JW organises a money-laundering scheme for one of the two gangs but it’s the wrong one. Swedish/ Chilean director Espinosa admirably gratifies the current taste for gritty Scando-realism and sudden carnage, while the performances, especially Kinnaman’s, are splendidly nuanced. DIR: DANIEL ESPINOSA STARRING: JOEL KINNAMAN, MATIAS VARELA, DRAGOMIR MRSIC, LISA HENNI SWEDEN 2010/ 2H 5M /

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Song for Marion SUN 13 AUGUST Best known for the bleak thriller London To Brighton, director Paul Andrew Williams reveals a flair for good-humoured social drama with Song For Marion. Vanessa Redgrave plays the cancer-stricken Marion, determinedly enjoying her final months singing in a community choir run by Elizabeth (Arterton), a young teacher who has boldly entered them in a national competition. Unfortunately, Marion’s husband (Stamp) is just a little overprotective, and the dividing line between his concern and his innate curmudgeonliness wears thinner as the weeks roll by. But when the inevitable finally happens, his abiding love for Marion and the understanding of loneliness that he shares with Elizabeth turn his life around.

DIRECTOR: PAUL ANDREW WILLIAMS STARRING: VANESSA REDGRAVE, TERENCE STAMP, GEMMA ARTERTON UK 2012 / 1H 33M / PG

Breathe In FRI 16 AUGUST - TUE 20 AUGUST Teaming up again with Felicity Jones, star of his award-laden Like Crazy, writer-director Doremus moves beyond the festival circuit with this tense, thoughtful drama. An upstate New York family are shaken up by the arrival of Sophie (Jones), a foreign exchange student whose musical talent exceeds that of her insecure concert cellist host, Keith (Pearce). Captivated as much by the initially wary Sophie’s ingénue allure as by her piano playing, Keith recklessly forsakes his wife (Ryan, Win Win) and jealous daughter (Mackenzie Davis), at a terrible cost. Co-written with Doremus’ regular partner Ben York Jones, Breathe In is a finely wrought, beautifully acted dissertation on infidelity as seen by all those affected.

DIRECTOR: DRAKE DOREMUS STARRING: GUY PEARCE, AMY RYAN, FELICITY JONES

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We Steal Secrets SAT 17 AUGUST & WED 21 AUGUST

Wolverine 2D & 3D FRI 16 AUGUST & THU 22 AUGUST In the much-anticipated second of his XMen character’s solo outings, Hugh Jackman takes Logan (aka Wolverine) to Japan, where he must fight ancient demons disguised as samurai, as well as his own notions of what and why he is. New-to-thegenre Mangold (Walk The Line, 3:10 To Yuma) brings fresh ideas and heightened tension to the suitably dramatic screenplay, co-written by Christopher McQuarrie (Valkyrie, Jack Reacher) and Mark Bomback (Total Recall, Die Hard 4.0), while cinematographer Ross Emery (The Matrix) supplies the visual magic that fuels the film’s splendid 3D presentation. Logan’s unexpected vulnerability when confronted by a bygone foe and Jackman’s proven talent to get quite literally under Wolverine’s skin make this arguably the best sci-fi action hero adventure of the year.

DIRECTOR: ARIEL VROMEN. STARRING: HUGH JACKMAN, FAMKE JANSSEN, WILL YUN LEE USA 2013 / TBC / TBC 24

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Wikileaks founder and arch hacktivist Julian Assange is a divisive figure. Highly experienced and incisive documentarian Gibney (Freakomonics, Mea Maxima Culpa) uses research and interviews to reveal him as a complex individual driven as much by ego as by the desire to promote data transparency. But ultimately this gripping, indignant film firmly vindicates the whistle-blowers especially Bradley Manning and unmasks many of the politicians and pundits involved as cowards and chumps. DIRECTOR: ALEX GIBNEY STARRING: JULIAN ASSANGE USA 2013 / 2H 10M / 15


Roman Holiday SUN 18 AUGUST & THU 22 AUGUST While undertaking a highly publicised tour of Europe, a cloistered princess (Hepburn) rebels against her regimented schedule. One night she escapes her luxurious confinement and stumbles upon an American journalist (Peck) stationed in Rome. Peck and Hepburn (in her breakthrough role) make for one of cinema’s most charming couples in this whimsical fantasy with a bittersweet finale. DIRECTOR: WILLIAM WYLER VOICES: REGORY PECK, AUDREY HEPBURN. USA 1953 / 1H 53M / U

War Horse TUE 20 AUGUST War Horse,” an epic adventure for audiences of all ages. Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, “War Horse” begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land. The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. “War Horse” is one of the great stories of friendship and war a successful book, it was turned into a hugely successful international theatrical hit that is arriving on Broadway next year. It now comes to screen in an epic adaptation by one of the great directors in film history. DIRECTOR: STEVEN SPIELBERG FEATURING: JEREMY IRVINE, EMILY WATSON, PETER MULLAN, BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH USA 2011 / 2H26M / 12 www.birkscinema.co.uk

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The Happy Lands THU 22 AUGUST

Smurfs 2

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SAT 17 AUGUST & THU 22 AUGUST The ever-popular Belgian comic-book characters, the mischievously anarchic Smurfs, are back in this sequel to 2011’s animated escapade voiced by many of the same actors and again directed by Raja Gosnell. This time the evil sorcerer Gargamel (Azaria) creates two of his own Smurf-like creatures called Naughties hoping they will have the same magical properties, but realising that’s impossible without a secret spell known only to Smurfette (Perry), he contrives to kidnap her. Clumsy, Vanity, Grouchy and Papa then set out to save her from Gargamel’s clutches with help from humans Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris) and Grace Winslow (Jayma Mays). However, their efforts are somewhat hindered by Smurfette’s conflicting feelings for both the other Smurfs and – surprisingly – the Naughties. Boisterously entertaining stuff.

DIRECTOR: RAJA GOSNELL VOICES: HANK AZARIA, CHRISTINA RICCI, KATY PERRY, ALAN CUMMING USA 2013 / 1H 40M / U 26

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The second feature from Rae, director of the equally political Trouble Sleeping, follows the efforts of a community in the Fife coalfields their menfolk already depleted by the carnage of World War One – as they struggled to join and make sense of 1926’s General Strike. Mindful of the recent Russian Revolution, the government assiduously and often brutally cracked down on this desperate bid for a living wage and job security, which soon became a genuine class war. Using a cast of amateurs, including grandchildren of the actual strikers and their families, Rae’s film vividly conveys the country’s parlous economic situation as well as the anxiety and anger felt by the strikers. As a social essay, The Happy Lands is also a salutary reminder of the politics of repression and its consequences. Contains strong language and moderate violence. DIRECTOR: ROBERT RAE. STARRING: EVIN CLARKE, JOKIE WALLACE, AARON JONES UK 2012 / 1H 48M / 12A


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