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Hollywood heavyweights are striding in to battle for cinematic supremacy - which means an epic season in cinema to see us through to spring. Heading up the Oscar contenders comes one Martin Scorsese who, joining forces with Leonardo DiCaprio once again, will be banking on reprising past brilliance with The Wolf of Wall Street. Probing the rise and fall of stockbroker Jordan Belfort, this heady tale of money, excess and hedonism looks set to crackle with its sharp writing and captivating performances. Meanwhile, George Clooney’s The Monuments Men traces the mission of an unlikely platoon charged with rescuing art masterpieces from the Nazis. And the epic drama continues with Pompeii in captivating 3D and, of course, Idris Elba’s star turn as Nelson Mandela in the hugely anticipated Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Throw in the 21st century take on RoboCop and time travel adventure Mr. Peabody and Sherman into the THE mix - and you have plenty to enjoy B a R G OdIES on these long winter’s evenings. GO esome Until next time! our aw n craig may Editor

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Crammed full of previews of the unmissable new releases hitting the big screen in January and February. Including I, Frankenstein, Lone Survivor, The Book Thief and many more.

13 OUT OF TImE Hold on for a mesmerising trip back in time with Mr. Peabody and Sherman in DreamWorks’ latest adventure. Their mission? To save history. No pressure...

14 ROBO REBORN Sci-fi classic RoboCop has had a 21st century makeover. Join the crime-fighting cyborg in lean, sleek and kick-ass mode in this explosive action fest.

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16 dIRTY SEXY mONEY Martin Scorsese is banking on Leonardo DiCaprio for cinematic success once again in The Wolf of Wall Street. Prepare for hard-partying and money-squandering on an excessive and unmissable - level.

18 RaIdERS OF THE lOST aRT George Clooney leads a ragtag ensemble of Hollywood greats behind enemy lines in The Monuments Men.

20 cOmING SOON We look at all the forthcoming films to get excited about in March and April. Including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Muppets Most Wanted and Divergent to name but a few.

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ALL ACTION FANTASY HORROR

I, FrankensteIn Release date 31 JanuaRy / director Stuart Beattie / starring Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto / Genre Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

From the creators of Underworld comes another all action fantasy horror in the form of I, Frankenstein, a bold reimagining of Mary Shelley’s definitive gothic tale. Following his previous success with prosthetic, CGI-rendered facial scarring as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, Aaron Eckhart returns to the makeup artist’s chair for his interpretation of the disfigured horror icon. Set two hundred years after he was stitched together, Victor Frankenstein’s monstrous creation has adopted his maker’s name and operates as a private investigator in a world that has never accepted him. But, Adam Frankenstein isn’t the only monster who populates the ominously titled city of Darkhaven and before long he finds himself enveloped in a ferocious war between winged gargoyles, fallen angels and the human population who suffer the demons’ torment. In offering a modern revision of a gothic tale and infusing the existing traditional themes with stylish visual effects and high octane martial arts, writer director Stuart Beattie looks to mould Kevin Grevioux’s graphic novel, which is also due for a January release, into an eye catching film that is sure to give Underworld fans an early 2014 treat.

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Dates for your Diary 3 January

last Vegas / Mandela: long Walk to Freedom / Paranormal activity: the Marked Ones

10 January

12 years a slave / delivery Man / the Railway Man

17 January

devil’s due / the Wolf Of Wall street

24 January

Grudge Match / Inside llewyn davis / Jack Ryan: shadow Recruit / august: Osage County

31 January

lone survivor / Out Of the Furnace / that awkward Moment / I, Frankenstein (3d)

7 February

the dallas Buyers Club / the Invisible Woman / labor day / Mr. Peabody and sherman (3d) / Robocop

14 February

Cuban Fury / the leGO Movie (3d) / the Monuments Men / Charlie Countryman / Her

21 February

Vampire academy: Blood sisters / Winter’s tale / Pompeii (3d)

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Out Of The Furnace

Release date 28 FebRuaRy / director Brian Percival / starring Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson / Genre Drama, War

Release date 31 JanuaRy / director Scott Cooper / starring Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson / Genre Thriller

Fresh from a stint directing the awarding winning television series Downton Abbey Brian Percival brings us this heart wrenching adaptation of Markus Zusak’s novel of the same name. With a delightful performance from newcomer Sophie Nélisse, The Book Thief tells the story of an extraordinary, spirited young girl sent to live with a foster family in WWII Germany. Intrigued by the only book she brought with her, she begins collecting books as she finds them. With the help of her new parents and a secret guest under the stairs, she learns to read and creates a magical world that inspires them all.

From Scott Cooper, the critically-acclaimed writer and director of Crazy Heart, comes a gripping and gritty drama about family, fate, circumstance, and justice. Russell Baze (Christian Bale) has a rough life: he works a dead-end blue collar job at the local steel mill by day, and cares for his terminally ill father by night. When Russell’s brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) returns home from serving time in Iraq, he gets lured into one of the most ruthless crime rings in the Northeast and mysteriously disappears. The police fail to crack the case, so - with nothing left to lose - Russell takes matters into his own hands, putting his life on the line to seek justice for his brother.

deliveRy Man ReleASe DATe 10 JANuARy an affable underachiever finds out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago.

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WinteR’s tale ReleASe DATe 21 FeBRuARy a burglar falls for an heiress as she dies in his arms. When he learns that he has the gift of reincarnation, he sets out to save her.

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PoMPeii (3d) ReleASe DATe 21 FeBRuARy Paul W.s. anderson directs this period disaster film documenting a romance amidst the destruction of the Roman city of Pompeii during the eruption of Mount vesuvius.

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The lEGO movie

lone Survivor

Released 14 FebRuaRy / director Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Chris McKay / starring Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett / Genre Animation

Released 31 JanuaRy / director Peter Berg / starring Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Eric Bana / Genre Action, Drama, Thriller

The leGo Movie, the first-ever, full-length theatrical leGo adventure, opens in a cinema near you this February. The adventure follows emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average leGo minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world! He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. Brought to you from the filmmakers behind Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and co-director Chris McKay (Robot Chicken). Will Arnett co-stars as the voice of Batman, who along with Superman, make appearances in the Warner Bros. picture.

Based on The New york Times bestselling true story of heroism, courage and survival, lone Survivor tells the incredible tale of four Navy SeAls on a covert mission to neutralise a high-level al-Qaeda operative who are ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan. Faced with an impossible moral decision, the small band is isolated from help and surrounded by a much larger force of Taliban ready for war. As they confront unthinkable odds together, the four men find reserves of strength and resilience as they stay in the fight to the finish. Mark Wahlberg stars as Marcus luttrell, the author of the firstperson memoir, whose book shows how the power of the human spirit is tested when we are pushed beyond our mental and physical limits. January / February 2014 7


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CRIME HAS A NEW ENEMY

Robocop Release date 7 FebRuaRy / director José Padilha / starring Joel Kinnaman, Douglas Urbanski, Abbie Cornish / Genre Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

In 1987 Paul Verhoeven took science fiction fans on a journey to his futuristic world with the release of RoboCop. Now, 17 years later, Jose Padilha takes the directorial reigns in what is sure to be an action packed frenzy in his reimagining of this epic film! the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years - and it’s meant billions for OmniCorp’s bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) - a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in detroit - is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice.

Film Shorts ChaRlie CountRyman Release date: 14 FebRuaRy While traveling abroad, a guy falls for a Romanian beauty whose unreachable heart has its origins in her violent, charismatic ex. to protect her, Charlie enters into the hallucinatory, Romanian underworld.

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VampiRe aCademy: blood sisteRs Release date: 21 FebRuaRy Rose hathaway (deutch) is a dhampir: half human/vampire, guardians of the moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living within our world. her legacy is to protect the moroi from the bloodthirsty strigoi.

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non-stop Release date 28 FebRuaRy liam neeson stars as an air marshal confronted with a hostile force who plans to kill every passenger on a flight if the government doesn’t pay a hefty ransom in this action thriller.

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heR Release date 14 FebRuaRy spike Jonze takes the helm for this comedy about a withdrawn writer (Joaquin phoenix) who falls in love with his computer’s highly advanced operating system.

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman

The Dallas Buyers Club

Release date 7 FebRuaRy / director Rob Minkoff / starring Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert / Genre Animation

Release date 7 FebRuaRy / director JeanMarc Vallée / starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto / Genre Drama

Mr. Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell) is a business titan, inventor, scientist, gourmand, two-time Olympic medalist, and genius… who also happens to be a dog. Using his most ingenious invention, the WABAC machine, Mr. Peabody and his adopted boy Sherman hurtle back in time to experience world-changing events first-hand and interact with some of the greatest characters of all time. But when Sherman breaks the rules of time travel, our two heroes find themselves in a race to repair history and save the future, while Mr. Peabody may face his biggest challenge yet - being a parent.

In the fact-based drama, Matthew McConaughey portrays Texas Ron Woodroof, an ordinary man who found himself in a lifeor-death battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies. In 1985, Ron was blindsided by being diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. With the U.S. still internally divided over how to combat the virus and restricting medications, Ron grabbed hold of non-toxic alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. He established a “buyers club,” which fellow HIV-positive people could join for access to his supplies.

The MonuMenTS Men ...risking their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.

Greatest art Heist in History

The Invisible Woman Release date 7 FebRuaRy / director Ralph Fiennes / starring Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Fairley, Felicity Jones / Genre Drama

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Nelly, a happily married mother and school teacher, is haunted by her past. Her memories take us back in time to follow the story of her relationship with Charles dickens. dickens - famous, controlling and emotionally isolated within his success - falls for Nelly, who comes from a family of actors. the theatre is a vital arena for dickens - a brilliant amateur actor - a man more emotionally coherent in his work, or on stage, than in life. as Nelly becomes the focus of dickens’ passion and his muse, for both of them secrecy is the price, and for Nelly a life of ‘invisibility’.

Release date 14 FebRuaRy / director George Clooney / starring George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon / Genre Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Fresh from his adventure into the deep, dark, depths of space George Clooney is back in the directors seat in the run up to awards season! Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is a dramatic thriller focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements. A whole host of Hollywood A-Listers have stepped up to star alongside Mr Clooney for this one including Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, and Cate Blanchett.

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long walk to Freedom charts the life of nelson Mandela, the ordinary citizen who chose to take a stand against prejudice and oppression.

AN INCREDIBLE MAN, AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY

Mandela: long Walk To FreedoM ReleaSe date 3 JanuaRy / director Justin Chadwick / Starring Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto / Genre Biography, Drama, History

sadly, the premier of this film was accompanied by news of Mandela’s death. long walk to Freedom charts the life of nelson Mandela, the ordinary citizen who chose to take a stand against prejudice and oppression. Idris elba (the Wire, luther) and naomie Harris (skyfall) take the lead roles of Mandela, and his then wife Winnie, as they fight against an oppressive regime in which the colour of your skin is more important than your worth as a person. this powerful film charts Mandela’s incredible journey, from oppressed civilian to south africa’s first democratically elected, and black, president. as well as showing us the Mandela we all knew, the film goes deep into his personal life, depicting the struggles of a man fighting for justice while trying to keep focused on what is right. With director Justin Chadwick at the helm (the Other Boleyn Girl, the First Grader), Mandela: long Walk to Freedom is sure to be an intimate and touching portrayal of one of the most famous and beloved men in recent history.

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Film Shorts Jack Ryan: Shadow RecRuit Release date 24 JanuaRy tom clancy’s Jack Ryan character returns starring chris Pine. an ex-Marine turned financial analyst living in Moscow, uncovers a terrorist plot. he must race against time to save america and his wife.

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12 yeaRS a Slave Release date 10 JanuaRy chiwetel ejiofor stars as Solomon northup, the new york State citizen who was kidnapped and made to work on a plantation in new orleans in the 1800s.

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GRudGe Match Release date 24 JanuaRy a pair of aging boxing rivals, played by Sylvester Stallone and Robert de niro, are coaxed out of retirement to fight one final bout 30 years after their last match.

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inSide llewyn daviS Release date: 24 JanuaRy Follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the new york winter, he struggles to make it as a musician.

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Last Vegas

The Railway Man

Release date 3 JanuaRy / director Jon Turteltaub / starring Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas / Genre Comedy

Release date 10 JanuaRy / director Jonathan Teplitzky / starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Jeremy Irvine / Genre Biography, Drama

Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) have been best friends since childhood. So when Billy, the group’s sworn bachelor, finally proposes to his thirtysomething (of course) girlfriend, the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days. However, upon arriving, the four quickly realize that the decades have transformed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they never imagined. The Rat Pack may have once played the Sands and Cirque du Soleil may now rule the Strip, but it’s these four who are taking over Vegas.

Based on his best-selling memoir, The Railway Man tells the extraordinary and epic true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labour camp during World War II. Decades later, Lomax discovers that the Japanese interpreter he holds responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him, and his haunting past. Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky, and starring Academy Award-winner Colin Firth, Jeremy Irvine, and Academy Award-winner Nicole Kidman, the film is a powerful tale of survival, love and redemption.

AugusT: OsAge COunTy

MISERY LOVES FAMILY

The Wolf Of Wall street Release date 17 JanuaRy / director Martin Scorsese / starring Leonardo DiCaprio, P.J. Byrne, Jon Favreau / Genre Biography, Comedy, Crime

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Revered filmmaker Martin scorsese directs the true story of new york stockbroker Jordan Belfort (leonardo diCaprio). From the american dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 80s. excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title - the Wolf of Wall street. Money. Power. Women. drugs. temptations were for the taking and the threat of authority was irrelevant. For Jordan and his wolf pack, modesty was quickly deemed overrated and more was never enough.

Release date 24 JanuaRy / director John Wells / starring Meryl Streep, Dermot Mulroney, Julia Roberts / Genre Comedy, Drama

After successfully negotiating the leap from small screen to silver screen in 2010 with his provocative examination of the economic crisis The Company Men, renowned television showrunner John Wells returns with his second feature film, a cinematic translation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning stageplay August: Osage County. This emotionally charged and darkly comic drama tells the story of the dysfunctional Weston family and their unique personalities; Violet, a drug-addicted cancer patient; her husband Beverley, a famous poet; their daughters Barbara, Karen and Ivy; Violet’s sister Minnie, her husband Charles and their son Little Charles. The estranged family have been separated for several years, but when they are reunited by a terrible tragedy, old emotions resurface and set off a series of fresh conflicts. Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Sam Shepard, Benedict Cumberbatch and many others star in an ensemble cast so strong that listing their names is the only promotion this film requires.

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REAL MEN DANCE

Cuban Fury Release date 14 FebRuaRy / director James Griffiths / starring Rashida Jones, Chris O’Dowd, Ian McShane / Genre Comedy

When bruce Garrett’s new boss turns out to be a beautiful american (Rashida Jones), he falls hopelessly in love. she is well out of his league, and bruce resigns himself to being lonely forever. but when, by chance, he discovers that she goes to salsa classes, he realises that not all hope is lost. bruce knows he has to do something special to win her heart. that something is to unleash the salsa prodigy which has lain dormant within bruce’s shabby, down-trodden exterior since his teenage years. It is time for the dancer within bruce to step back into the limelight. based on an original idea by nick Frost, Cuban Fury is written Jon brown, who has previously worked on such hit tV shows as Miranda, Misfits, and Fresh Meat. Chris O’dowd (bridesmaids) also stars as bruce’s demeaning colleague and rival, with Olivia Coleman and Ian Mcshane also appearing. set for release at the beginning of the year, Cuban Fury is a british romantic comedy that will keep the laughs coming and is set to prove, as the trailer asserts, that ‘real men dance’. 12 January / February 2014

Film Shorts PaRanoRmal activity: the maRked ones Release date 3 JanuaRy a california latino named Jesse (andrew Jacobs) is marked for possession by the same malevolent demon who previously claimed kristi and katie.

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devil’s due Release date 17 JanuaRy after a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a couple find themselves dealing with an earlier-thanplanned pregnancy. it becomes evident that the changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin.

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that awkwaRd moment Release date 31 JanuaRy three best friends find themselves where we’ve all been - at that confusing moment in every dating relationship when you have to decide “so...where is this going?”

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laboR day Release date 7 FebRuaRy a single mother (kate winslet) shelters an escaped convict (Josh brolin) and slowly falls for him over the course of one very eventful labor day weekend.

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OUT OF TIME Hold on for a mesmerising trip back in time with Mr. Peabody and Sherman in DreamWorks’ latest adventure. Their mission? To save history. No pressure…

HOKEY SMOKES!

WorDS Lee Curtis

reLease date 7 February / director Rob Minkoff / starring Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert / Genre Animation

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r. Peabody is a groundbreaking scientist, prolific inventor, master chef, two-time Olympian and all-round genius. He’s also a dog. Along with his adopted human son Sherman, the accomplished canine uses his most extraordinary invention, the WABAC (‘Wayback’) machine, to travel through time and experience historical events personally. But when Sherman accidentally breaks the laws of the universe and causes a paradox, our two heroes find themselves in a race to repair history and save the future. From the creators of beloved animations Shrek, Madagascar and How To Train Your Dragon comes another eye-popping family adventure

that is sure to give children - and adults - an entertaining half-term treat. After plans for a live action film faded, DreamWorks animation studios took up the reins for the big screen translation of Mr. Peabody’s Improbable History, a regular segment from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, which has been teased since 2007. While the film does mirror many elements of the animated series, it also makes a significant alteration with the introduction of a female character. In an attempt to help Sherman make a friend, Mr. Peabody invites Penny Peterson, the daughter of family friends, to his house – but, unbeknownst to him, their ensuing friendship has catastrophic consequences. When Sherman and Penny take the WABAC for a joyride and accidentally tear a hole in the universe, some of history’s most important events are dramatically altered. It’s left to Mr. Peabody to come to their rescue, save the universe and, more dauntingly, learn how to be a parent.

From the successful reception of the squirrel based gags at the beginning of the ice age films to the beautiful simplicity of disney’s Oscar-winning Paperman, short films that accompany feature-length animations have become an important part of the cinema experience. For an extra dose of nostalgia, theatrical screenings of Mr. Peabody and sherman will be preceded by dreamWorks’ animated short, rocky and bullwinkle. beauty and the beast director Gary trousdale directs a short that sees 96-year-old June Foray reprise her famous role as rocket J. squirrel alongside spongebob squarePants’ tom Kenny as her companion bullwinkle Moose. but there’s more to this short than entertainment. there are rumours that dreamWorks is using it as an opportunity to test the water for a full, feature-length resurrection in the near future.

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RoboCop (1987)

In a dystopian future, criminals rule the inner cities. After officer Alex Murphy is slain, oCp transform him into RoboCop. He must return order to Detroit, all the while battling his own memories, military robot ED209 and super villain boddicker. Intermittent ‘ads’ offer the sharpest satire seen in ‘80s Hollywood. Body count - 32

RoboCop 2 (1990)

New drug ‘Nuke’ threatens global stability and RoboCop is nearly destroyed by the gang that make it. oCp deem him obsolete and replace him with a new, more powerful cyborg. When the new cyborg malfunctions, RoboCop must try to stop him. Written by Sin City author, Frank Miller, this is the bloodiest of the saga. Body count - 79

RoboCop 3 (1993)

An evil corporation want to redevelop Detroit and they won’t accept any disruption from residents. RoboCop’s partner, Lewis, is killed, he battles a cyborg ninja and gets a jetpack. Somewhat maligned sequel, with bloodless action targeted at a 12A audience. Body count - 20


Sci-fi classic RoboCop has had a 21st century makeover. Join the crime-fighting cyborg in lean, sleek and kick-ass mode in this explosive action fest woRdS Christopher Wasey

ROBO REBORN release date 7 February / director José Padilha / starring Joel Kinnaman, Douglas Urbanski, Abbie Cornish / Genre Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

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n the greatest way possible, RoboCop was a creature of the ‘80s. DNA of the eponymous ‘part man, part machine’ was laced liberally with all the tropes that made the era so distinctive. Advanced technology, used for both good and evil. A dystopian future, at the mercy of not just criminals, but evil corporations. And most importantly, lots of wonderfully gratuitous, exaggerated violence. But RoboCop was anything but a hulking, thoughtless blockbuster. Where its contemporaries blindly followed a pattern of ‘bigger muscles = more bucks’, RoboCop aspired to something more. Amidst the gunfire, it incisively lampooned a decade marked with knee-jerk conservatism, rampant capitalism and the birth of consumerism. Consider the role of the antagonist company, (the not so subtly named) Omni Consumer Products, coldly running an under-funded police service into the ground as the officers are killed in the street. Fans will remember the exaggerated ‘ads’ peppered throughout the feature, sideswiping at issues ranging from private healthcare, a lack of compassion for criminals (MagnaVolt), climate change (Sunblock 5000) and the rise of violent entertainment for children (Nukem). As the cinema-going public has grown ever more cynical about tenuous sequels, remakes

and reboots, RoboCop (2014) has worked hard to win over fans of the original. The premise remains much the same: injured police officer is transformed into cyborg crimefighter. But many of the little details have been updated, retaining a sharp edge of cultural comment. Instead of being shot, Murphy is injured in a car bomb. Corporate schmoozing becomes media manipulation. Concerns about inner city violence and police brutality shift to consider the morality of drone warfare and US intervention (‘American machines help keep people safe abroad’). Fans of the original will be pleased to see that ED209 is present and accounted for as well, revealed at the end of the second trailer, battling our hero into a 50-metre fall. Of course, there is one elephant in the room: the iconic suit is now black, not cool Detroit steel. In a clever nod to the film’s forerunner, this is quickly addressed in the trailer, as we see an ‘80s style RoboCop being previewed by Omnicorp executives, “make it more tactical... let’s go with black” before cutting to a visceral montage of a jet-black MKII causing untold destruction. The bulky, weighty original seemed extremely powerful but - compared to the lightning fast nature of modern technology would look antiquated on screen. The new, sleek, almost insectoid design feels far more menacing – this iteration more ‘ultra-modern military’ than ‘man in tin can’. It was a bold change, and one for the better. Confidently taking the suit in a new direction sends a clear message: we respect the film that

...with RoboCop battling bad guys along darkened corridors and snapping the necks of drones in an abandoned warehouse - but also expansive - with aerial drones and large-scale skirmishes across the cityscape.

you know and love - but make no mistake, this is not your father’s RoboCop. The action is far more ambitious than anything in the previous iteration. Both claustrophobic - with RoboCop battling bad guys along darkened corridors and snapping the necks of drones in an abandoned warehouse but also expansive - with aerial drones and large-scale skirmishes across the cityscape. With modern upgrades come modern budgets. This new iteration, funded to the tune of roughly $120 million (a relatively mid-sized production by today’s standards), is more than ten times the shoestring ’87 release. But where the original cast unknowns, RoboCop (2014) features an ensemble of character actors and household names. Joel Kinnaman (famous for playing the complex and troubled detective, Jan Meyer in The Killing) is RoboCop. A-list support comes by way of Samuel L. Jackson, a powerful media figure and outspoken supporter of mechanised crime control. Michael Keaton plays the villainous CEO of Omnicorp and Gary Oldman is the scientist responsible for transforming Murphy into an armoured crime-fighter, struggling with the ethical ramifications of his creation as the company begins to assert its control. If box office success is forthcoming, there remains a grand scope for the franchise to evolve. The original spawned two sequels, one live action television series and two animated shows. Although 25 years may have seen some changes, the two fundamentals - action and intelligence are very much alive. We won’t be saying ‘sayonara’ to RoboCop for quite some time yet.

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Partners in Crime

gangs of new york The wolf of wall street brings DiCaprio and scorsese together for the fifth time. here’s s a recap of their criminal exploits in the world of film. GanGs of new York (2002)

Gangs of new York tells the story of 19th Century new York. following the murder of his father amsterdam Vallon (DiCaprio) returns to exact revenge on his murderer. Patchy in places, but otherwise sprawling, creepy, and tense.

The DeParTeD (2006)

a remake of a hong kong film, Internal affairs, The Departed is a violent and thrilling tale of mob life and betrayal.

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scorsese takes DiCaprio, nicholson, Damon and wahlberg on a twisted tale of corruption, loyalty, and family.

shuTTer IslanD (2010) scorsese tries his hand at making a thrilling B Movie. DiCaprio’s us Marshall investigates an insane asylum and discovers more than he could have expected. DiCaprio burns with traumatic memories in this chilling psychological thriller.


Martin Scorsese is banking on Leonardo DiCaprio for cinematic success once again in The Wolf of Wall Street. Prepare for hard-partying and money-squandering on an excessive - and unmissable - level words Rewan TRemeThick

DIRTY SEXY MONEY Release daTe 17 JanuaRy / director Martin Scorsese / starring Leonardo DiCaprio, P.J. Byrne, Jon Favreau / Genre Biography, Comedy, Crime

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artin Scorsese is in familiar territory although it may not seem that way at first glance. Where once he made a film about gangsters, he has now made a film about bankers. And there are some striking similarities between The Wolf of Wall Street -from its storyline to its heroes and villains - and the legendary film-maker’s past films. For one thing, an obsession with money is a principal theme: the sweet yet sour medicine that both heals and poisons the American dream. Similarly, Leonardo DiCaprio is returning to a tried and tested skill: portraying largerthan-life real people and real events. From The Aviator to Catch Me If You Can, he excels at taking real-life characters and adding that cinematic sparkle to make their stories shine on the big screen. The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the memoirs of Jordan Belfort, who lived a life of self-indulgence and unstoppable Wall Street greed in the late 1980s. As a stockbroker, Belfort founded Stratton Oakmont in his early twenties, and made himself and his staff more than slightly rich. His money-hoovering schemes essentially involved cheating investors out of money and, by the time the operation

was shut down by the regulators in 1996, Belfort’s company had conned people out of a quarter of a billion dollars. Combine that kind of money and a clear lack of morals and you have a recipe for excess and hedonism on an epic level; Belfort regularly cheated on his wife with prostitutes, threw wildly extravagant parties, took a lot of drugs and even staged dwarf-throwing contests for his staff on Friday afternoons. Unsurprisingly, the Hollywood heavyweights were desperate to adapt his memoirs into a film, even before they were written and published. In the end, DiCaprio battled Brad Pitt for the film rights. Terrence Winter, who penned Boardwalk Empire, wrote the screenplay. The attraction of Belfort as the protagonist of a movie is obvious. He was ambitious and determined; he achieved his goals; he revelled in excess. Yet no matter how fast he rose, how extravagantly he lived - as in the greatest of Hollywood stories - he was destined for a severe fall. There’s only so long you can keep going up before you have to start coming back down again, after all. Another factor that makes Belfort so compelling is his unrepentant attitude. Although reformed after a 22-month term in prison and now a motivational speaker, the tone of his memoir is in no way apologetic. How could Hollywood resist a real life bad boy, who rose from having absolutely nothing to making millionaires of himself and his ‘Strattonite’ colleagues? The similarities between this modern film

about stockbrokers and the gangster films of old can be easily drawn. As The Independent pointed out, the way in which DiCaprio describes Belfort’s story as epitomising “the corruption of the American dream” is rather similar to the way in which critics used to describe gangster movies. The land of the free and the home of the brave seems to have a lot more to offer those who shun morality and have the resolve to disobey the laws. The Wolf of Wall Street marks the fifth occasion DiCaprio and Scorsese have worked together. Their fruitful partnership has yielded the likes of Gangs of New York, The Aviator and Shutter Island, while Scorsese achieved long overdue recognition at the Oscars with both a Best Film and Best Director accolade for The Departed in 2006. Stellar support comes from the likes of Jean Dujardin, Kyle Chandler and a rumoured standout performance from Matthew McConaughey who plays Belfort’s early boss and mentor, Mark Hanna. And, in another foray from Judd Apatow-centric comedy into heavyweight drama, Jonah Hill plays successhungry Donnie Azoff, who becomes friends with Belfort and later his business partner. DiCaprio’s gripping portrayals of real life characters, coupled with Scorsese’s directing credentials and love of a good gangster movie, is sure to create a thrilling tale of risk, rise and redemption. We are all attracted to the anti-heroes, and the heady, hedonistic tale of Jordan Belfort and his band of co-workers is sure to be a darkly comic and captivating riot. January / February 2014 17


Feature World War II is raging, but a secret battle to recover mankind’s history has only just begun. George Clooney leads a ragtag ensemble of Hollywood greats behind enemy lines in The Monuments Men Words Brody rossiter

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ART release date 14 FeBruary / director George Clooney / starring George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon / Genre Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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he haunting legacy of World War II still stands as one of the most savage and costly conflicts in human history. Not only did the war devour the lives of millions across the globe, it also came incredibly close to exterminating and rewriting our culture as we know it. One man’s attempts to shatter and piece history back together in his image threatened one of our most ancient and irreplaceable possessions - a possession which defines human nature from generation to generation: the beauty and splendour of our art. The Monuments Men recounts the true life tale of the US Army platoon who went to war with a mission far different from most: a rescue

mission not to recapture human lives, but to ensure the survival of the irreplaceable works of art which Hitler and his armies stole from the eyes of the world. Director and leading man George Clooney has enlisted a fine band of Hollywood brothers (and sisters) with whom to race against time, storming darkened Nazi bunkers and snowcapped mountaintop strongholds. Amongst many others, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray and The Artist’s Jean Dujardin all contribute to this darkly comic and thrilling cinematic portrait worthy of the lost masterpieces it strives to uncover. This profound, inspirational and impassioned race to save one of the very foundations of modern society will be one epic lesson in art history. The Monuments Men is a classical story of adventure with a contemporary twist that will surely be worth the price of admission.

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to this day, hundreds of thousands of pieces of Nazi plunder, from family heirlooms to major works by rembrandt and raphael, remain missing - ripped from the homes and museums of France, Poland, russia and Germany. a failed artist himself, it was Hitler’s intention to transform his hometown of linz in austria into a massive museum complex named the Führermuseum - showcasing the classical art he procured by any means. despite the Monuments Men’s best efforts, many pieces eluded discovery. Most recently, a treasure trove of stolen works - valued at over one billion euros and including art by Picasso was discovered in a small Munich apartment, hidden away for over six decades.


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WAR OF THE WORDS

Plunging us into the dark depths of Nazi Germany, The Book Thief tells the extraordinary story of a spirited young girl and the magical world she discovers through the transformative power of words words Lee Curtis

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THROUGH A CHILD’S EYES

Pan’s Labyrinth reLease date 28 February / director Brian Percival / starring Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson / Genre Drama, War

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ophie Nélisse may not be the first name that comes to mind when discussing the most exciting young prospects of the film world but, despite her solo film credit, the bright-eyed Canadian actress is a promising talent with remarkable potential. Two years on from her exceptionally sophisticated breakthrough performance in Philippe Falardeau’s Oscar-nominated Monsieur Lazhar, for which the then twelve-year-old actress received a Genie Award, Sophie Nélisse’s career has skyrocketed into the mainstream. The intensity of a Hollywood production and the daunting prospect of working alongside experienced names such as Geoffrey Rush and

Emily Watson could prove too much for many her age, but she approaches her leading role in Brian Percival’s adaptation of Markus Zusak’s acclaimed bestseller with the same level-headed maturity that proved so successful in her debut. Nélisse stars as a young orphan girl named Liesel who is adopted by a kind-hearted German couple and unknowingly thrust into the atrocities of Nazi Germany. Having been taught to read by her foster father, she begins ‘borrowing’ forbidden books from a private library to fuel her newfound passion for literature and share the stories with the Jewish refugee hiding in her home. The Book Thief is less about the conflict itself and focuses more on the importance of affecting those around you in a positive way. It’s as much an exploration of war as it is a poignant tale about a spirited and courageous child’s fight for her own sense of humanity in such inhuman surroundings.

in presenting the horrors of World War ii through the eyes of its child protagonist, the book thief joins a rich list of adult dramas, which depict grown-up material from the perspective of children. Here’s our top three:

Pan’s LabyrintH (2006) set in the aftermath of the spanish Civil War, Guillermo del toro’s dark fable follows a young girl called Ofelia who, in escaping from her tyrannical stepfather, finds sanctuary in a mythical labyrinth full of nightmarish creatures.

tHis is enGLand (2006) a lonely twelve-year-old schoolboy finds solace in a group of skinheads only to become embroiled in racist violence when their subculture is adopted by white nationalists in 1980s’ england.

Grave OF tHe FireFLies (1988) as beautifully crafted as any studio Ghibli animation, this film is uniquely devastating in its depiction of war-torn Japan, as seen through the eyes of two orphaned children.


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His gREATEsT BATTLE BEgins

The AmAzing Spider-mAn 2 Release date 18 apRil / director Marc Webb starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx / Genre Action, Adventure, Fantasy

After the massive success of The Amazing Spider-Man back in 2012, Marc Webb is back in the director’s seat for the second installment of web slinging chaos. We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead. It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend Harry Osborn (Dane Dehaan) returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp. So hold on tight as this much loved super hero swings back on to our screens reaching a whole new level of dizzying heights! 20 January / February 2014

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Film Shorts the OtheR WOMaN

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RElEASE DATE 25 APRIl Cameron diaz stars as a woman who discovers that the man (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) she’s been dating is married, and teams up with his wife (leslie Mann) to teach him a lesson in fidelity.

RElEASE DATE 14 MARcH Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. his ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.

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the lOve puNCh RElEASE DATE 18 APRIl piece Brosnan and emma thompson team up as a divorced couple scheme to recover the retirement money that was stolen from them.

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GRaNd Budapest hOtel RElEASE DATE 7 MARcH the adventures of Gustave h, a legendary concierge at a famous european hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

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staRRed up RElEASE DATE 21 MARcH a troubled and explosively violent teenager is transferred to adult prison where he finally meets his match - a man who also happens to be his father.

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the dOuBle RElEASE DATE 4 APRIl a comic adaptation of Fyodor dostoyevsky)’s novel about a man whose life begins to unravel once he glimpses his doppelganger.

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Ones to watch out for this winter DivERgEnt RElEASE DATE 4 ApRil director Neil Burger / starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet / Genre Action, Adventure, Romance

» Tris prior (shailene Woodley) is

warned she is divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all divergents, she must find out what makes being divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.

gRAcE Of MOnAcO RElEASE DATE 14 MARcH director Olivier Dahan / starring Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, André penvern / Genre Biography, Drama

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The story of former hollywood star Grace Kelly’s crisis of marriage and

identity, during a political dispute between Monaco’s prince rainier iii and France’s charles de Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s.

AbOut LASt night RElEASE DATE 21 MARcH director Steve pink / starring Kevin Hart, Joy Bryant, Regina Hall / Genre comedy, Romance

director Darren Aronofsky / starring Emma Watson, Jennifer connelly, logan lerman / Genre Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

alien creature (scarlett Johansson) who stalks down human prey is a brilliant mixture of fantasy and reality.

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darren aronofsky brings the story of Noah’s ark to the big screen with this epic religious drama. The Biblical Noah suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.

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Visually and aurally audacious and as slippery in form as its central character, Jonathan Glazer’s (sexy Beast, Birth) elliptical sci-fi about an

a modern reimagining of the classic romantic comedy, this contemporary version closely follows new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world.

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RElEASE DATE 14 MARcH director Jonathan Glazer / starring Scarlett Johansson, Antonia campbell-Hughes, paul Brannigan / Genre Sci-Fi

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RElEASE DATE 7 MARcH director pascal chaumeil starring Aaron paul, Rosamund pike, imogen poots Genre comedy, Drama

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New Year’s eve on the top of a london skyscraper. Martin is literally on the edge. a once-beloved TV personality, he’s now desperate to jump. But he’s not alone. single mother Maureen, sassy teen Jess, and musician turned pizza-delivery boy JJ, have all turned up on the same roof with the same plan.

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Rio 2

Sabotage

release daTe 4 april / director Carlos Saldanha / starring Anne Hathaway, Amandla Stenberg, Leslie Mann / Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy

released 25 april / director David Ayer / starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard / Genre Action, Crime, Drama

The entire cast of the animated smash Rio returns in Rio 2, and they are joined by a new flock of top actors and musical talents. Rich with grandeur, character, colour and music, Rio 2 finds Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and their three kids leaving their domesticated life in the magical city that is Rio de Janeiro. When Jewel decides the kids need to learn to live like real birds, she insists the family venture into the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in with his new neighbours, he worries he may lose Jewel and the kids to the call of the wild.

Directed by David Ayer, Sabotage follows Arnold Schwarzenegger as he leads an elite DEA task force against the world’s deadliest drug cartel. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done - until, one-by-one, the team members start to be eliminated. As the body count rises, everyone is a suspect. Joining Arnie for some serious knuckle crunching are Sam Worthington, Terence Howard, Josh Holloway and Mireille Enos. Expect action a plenty!

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300: Rise Of An Empire released 7 March / director Noam Murro / starring Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green / Genre Action, Drama, War

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novel Xerxes and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster 300, this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield - on the sea - as Greek general Themistokles (sullivan stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. it pits Themistokles against the massive invading persian forces led by mortal-turnedgod Xerxes (rodrigo santoro), and artemisia (eva Green), vengeful commander of the persian navy. The seas are sure to run red in this highly anticipated action-packed sequel.

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Ones to watch out for this winter TrACkS RElEAsE DATE 25 ApRIl director John Curran starring Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Emma Booth Genre Adventure, Biography, Drama

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Mia Wasikowska, as a young woman who goes on a 1,700 mile trek across the deserts of West australia with her four camels and faithful dog.

STreTCh RElEAsE DATE 21 MARCH director Joe Carnahan / starring Chris pine, Jessica Alba, patrick Wilson / Genre Action, Comedy, Thriller

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hard luck limo driver stretch (patrick Wilson) is struggling to go straight and pay off a debt to his bookie when he picks up a crazed

passenger (chris pine) whose sought-after ledger implicates some seriously dangerous criminals.

ride AlOng RElEAsE DATE 7 MARCH director Tim story / starring Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika sumpter / Genre Action, Comedy

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When a fast-talking guy joins his girlfriend’s brother-a hot-tempered copto patrol the streets of atlanta, he gets entangled in the officer’s latest case. Now, in order to prove that he deserves his future bride, he must survive the most insane 24 hours of his life.

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RElEAsE DATE 14 MARCH director Terry Gilliam / starring Christoph Waltz, Mélanie

Thierry, David Thewlis / Genre Drama, Fantasy, sci-Fi

» a computer hacker’s goal to

discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; this time, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him.

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RElEAsE DATE 25 ApRIl director Wally pfister / starring Johnny Depp, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman / Genre Action, Drama, sci-Fi

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RElEAsE DATE 11 ApRIl director John Michael McDonagh starring Kelly Reilly, Domhnall Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd Genre Comedy, Drama

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murdered in one week’s time Father James lavelle finds himself with seven days to determine his would be killer and put his affairs in order. he quickly tries to understand his morally scurrilous parishioners with the hope of dissuading the one amongst them intent on his death.

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work toward their goal of Technological singularity, as a radical anti-technology organisation fights to prevent them from creating a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain.

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Muppets Most Wanted release daTe 28 March / director James Bobin / starring Tom Hiddleston, Stanley Tucci, Lady Gaga / Genre Adventure, Comedy

Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theatres in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine - the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit - and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. Also, a host of cameos from Hollywood’s elite! 22 January / February 2014

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The Quiet Ones released 11 april / director John Pogue / starring Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke / Genre Horror

Inspired by true events, The Quiet Ones tells the story of an unorthodox professor (Harris) who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist. Based on the theory that paranormal activity is caused by human negative energy, the rogue scientists perform a series of tests on a young patient, pushing her to the edge of sanity. As frightening occurrences begin to take place with shocking and gruesome consequences, the group quickly realizes they have triggered a force more terrifying and evil than they ever could have imagined.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier released 28 March / director Anthony Russo, Joe Russo / starring Chris Evans, Frank Grillo, Sebastian Stan / Genre Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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steve rogers continues his journey as the super-powered american soldier who’s grasping to find his place in a modern world after being frozen in ice since WWii with this Marvel studios sequel. chris evans returns to star, with director/ producers Joe and anthony russo at the helm. after the cataclysmic events in New York with The avengers, Marvel’s captain america: The Winter soldier finds steve rogers, aka captain america, living quietly in Washington, d.c. but when a s.h.i.e.l.d. colleague comes under attack, steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk.


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Win Some Fantastic Film Goodies The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. Chris Pratt (Moneyball) stars as the voice of Emmet. Will Ferrell (The Campaign) stars as the voice of his primary adversary, President Business, an uptight CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life; while Liam Neeson (Taken) voices the president’s powerful henchman, known as Bad Cop/Good Cop, who will stop at nothing to catch Emmet. So get set for some rib-tickling fun as this sure fire hit assembles in a cinema screen near you on February 14th.

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To celebrate the release of The LEGO Movie we have teamed up with Warner Bros Pictures to give 3 lucky readers the chance to win a fantastic LEGO goodie bag. Simply answer the question below:

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In The LEGO Movie, this actor stars as the voice of Emmet. He has appeared in such films as Zero Dark Thirty, Moneyball, and TV’s Parks and Recreation. Name this actor? Email your answer, name and local cinema to admin@merlincinemas.co.uk Or post your entry to Onscreen Magazine, Savoy Suite, Causewayhead, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 2SN. Entries must be received by 28th February 2014. Terms and Conditions: Closing date for entries is 28th February 2014 Three winners drawn at random will win a LEGO goodie bag. © 2013 The LEGO Group © 2013 Warner Bros. Entertainment. All rights reserved


Dome anD majestic cinemas news anD information

From Stage to Screen » The Dome and Majestic Cinema are proud to be showing various live broadcast events over the coming months, giving you the opportunity to see some of the best theatre, gigs and more without the tiresome travelling, or paying theatre prices.

Just a few of these screenings to get excited about include The Royal Opera House season with The Royal Ballet performing Giselle on Monday 27th January! Full listings of these exciting new showings can be found on our websites listed at the bottom of the page.

Have a Majestic Birthday Our fantastic Birthday Party Package is £11.50 per child and includes:

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Food buffet Ticket to chosen film Sweet, salt or toffee popcorn for the film Ribena or fizzy drink for the film

The bar area will be decorated with birthday banners, helium balloons, with the table decorated to the requested birthday theme. Party themes include Football, Hello Kitty, Moshi Monsters, Movie, Princess & many more. An activity will be provided during the party on request. Activities may include, bead bracelet making, colouring, and badge making.

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Go on treat yourself! » The Projectionist Bar (Dome Cinemas) - The Projectionist’s Bar is open to cinema and non-cinema going customers. Cinema customers may take their drinks into the auditoriums in glasses, though we do ask that glasses are brought out after the film. The bar is open during cinema hours, closing about 30 minutes before the last film of the day finishes. The Projectionist’s Bar is available for private hire, and once a month we hold our Film Quiz in it too. The Balcony Bar (Majestic Cinemas) - Open every evening (apart from Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays) serving a fine selection of bottled ales, lager, cider, wines, spirits, draught beer, tea, coffee & bar snacks. The best part is you can take your drinks into the film!

If you are interested in holding a birthday party at the Majestic Cinema and want to find out more or to book then please call 01553 771918. Or you can email majestic-cinema@hotmail.com

Majestic Gift Vouchers » Why not treat someone special to a magical night at the movies. Our gift vouchers can be made for either £5 or £10 amounts and used for any products and services we provide. They can be purchased from the cinema or by visiting www.majestic-cinema.co.uk

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Premiere and island Cinemas news and information

The Best Deal in Town » At the Premiere and Island Cinemas we offer a unique cinema-going experience. We provide the quality of viewing in a large multiplex, combined with unparalleled atmosphere and customer service. We believe we can offer you quality of service and viewing experience at prices less than half the cost of any other local cinema.

Premiere Cinemas prices are £4.00 for any film, any day!

Island’s Bargain Mondays » On selected Mondays throughout the year enjoy any film for just £3.00 at the Island Cinema. For terms and dates please call us on 01253 725 331 or visit www.theislandcinema.com

Island Cinemas prices are £3.50 for any film, any day!

From Stage to Screen » The Island Cinema is proud to be showing various live broadcast events over the coming months, giving you the opportunity to see some of the best theatre, gigs and more without the tiresome travelling, or paying theatre prices. Just a few of these screenings to get excited about include The Royal Shakespeare and Royal Opera House seasons. In February we are particularly excited for the National Theatre’s original stage production of War Horse live on the big screen! Full listings of these exciting new showings can be found on our website listed at the bottom of the page. .

Island Cinemas Silver Screen Matinee » Don’t know what to do with yourself on a Wednesday afternoon? Well why not join us for a fun filled afternoon at the cinema. The film goes on at 2.00pm and includes a cup of tea or coffee for the great value price of £3.50. To see what we have lined up in the coming weeks call us on 01253 725 331 or visit www.theislandcinema.com

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