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8 no sooner is christmas done and dusted than another major celebration looms on the horizon. Yes folks, oscars season is nigh, and that means cinemas across the country will be screening bold, moving and downright extraordinary works of cinematic brilliance. Which leads me onto cloud atlas. the Wachowski brothers have tackled david mitchell’s so-called ‘unfilmable’ work of literary greatness, and the long awaited release of the ambitious project is set to hit cinemas in february. Will it fly in the face of the sceptics or flop in epic fashion? don’t miss our feature, which explores the background

of the project. i, for one, have been awaiting the release of les misérables with bated breath, which is also hotly tipped to scoop some oscars. if the buzz is to be believed, the heart-wrenching musical is a masterpiece in modern filmmaking. and, with steven spielberg in the director’s chair and daniel day-lewis taking the starring role, lincoln has academy award winner written all over it. the sweeping Us civil Warera drama is another must-see in a season of must-see films. Prepare to spend a lot of time at the cinema over the coming weeks! Rebecca

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8 Twenty years after his first appearance on the Edinburgh Fringe, the Perrier and Sony nominated Shuttleworth ventures beyond the garden gate to tread the mean streets of Britain. Which is better: city life or country living? The supermarket or the village shop? The star of television’s 500 Bus Stops and It’s Nice Up North blends impeccable comic timing, surrealist humour and synthesizer prowess to guarantee an unmissable evening of stand-up. 7 January – salsa night, 19 January – caravan, 1 February – salsa night, 6 February – John shuttleworth, 15-16 February – lynn paula dance school, 21-23 February – cinderella

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8 If you’re looking for a fresh dose of magic in the new year then you’re in luck; Richard LaGravenese, the director behind P.S. I Love You, has been working on the adaptation of the best selling novel Beautiful Creatures. The film follows Ethan Wate, a student living in a small town in South Carolina, who finds himself wrapped up in the life of Lena, a “caster” with access to powerful magic. Their growing romance is threatened, however, by an ominous choice that will soon be forced upon her - “light or dark”. With a strong cast and an experienced director, Beautiful Creatures promises to be an involving romance with a side of fantasy. Kit Goodliffe

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8 Sylvester Stallone stars in this rock and roll shoot-em-up as a retired hitman, brought back into action by the death of his old partner. Sung Kang joins him as a cop also out for vengeance and the pair punch, shoot and boot their way to payback. While Stallone is the face of this old school revenge flick, bad guy Jason Mamoa will be the one to watch. Christian Slater pads out the cast of what promises to be one of the years toughest action movies. Prepare for lots of tough guy one liners from Stallone and many bullets hitting many heads. Alex Dibb

director Walter Hill starring Sylvester

Stallone, Jason Momoa, Christian Slater

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8 Experience an adventure that will take you worlds away. Producer James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar) and director Andrew Adamson (The Chronicles of Narnia, Shrek) have teamed up to bring the world of Cirque Du Soleil from the Big Top to the Big Screen, in immersive 3D technology allowing you to feel part of the adventure. Cirque Du Soleil follows two young people as they lea, soar, dance and swim through the magical dreamlike worlds of Cirque Du Soleil to find one another. Experience acts from the seven well known shows: O, KA, Zumanity, The Beatles LOVE and many more. amy ralfe

director Andrew Adamson starring Erica Linz, Dallas Barnett,

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As the adaptation of David Mitchell’s so-called ‘unfilmable’ book, Cloud Atlas, makes its big screen debut, Lee Curtis charts the rise of a mind-bending and time-bending epic



he Wachowskis became a household name in 1999 when their groundbreaking science fiction film The Matrix stunned critics and audiences with its innovation and gamechanging craft. After the release of the sequels, five years passed before fans were delivered a follow-up film: the high-octane, family-oriented adaptation of Speed Racer. The Wachowski siblings are filmmakers who prefer to take time between projects, though they are often involved with producing or writing roles during their periods away from directing. But it’s now been four and a half years since their last film and, in that time, the duo has somewhat slipped off the radar. When it was announced that the time since Speed Racer had been devoted to a collaboration project with Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer to adapt the seemingly unadaptable and unfilmable Cloud Atlas, fan message boards erupted with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. The filmmaking duo had returned and, armed with heaps of enthusiasm and the vision of their combined creative minds, the trio embarked on their most ambitious film project ever. British author David Mitchell’s novel Cloud Atlas was released in 2004 and generated an enormous amount of critical acclaim, winning both the British Book Awards Literary Fiction Award and the Richard and Judy Book of the Year. Its popularity was

largely due to its unique style and creative narrative approach. The novel presents six separate but interlinked narratives that span 500 years, several genres and many very different locations. But Mitchell’s novel is also a book about books and writing, blending a range of writing and typographical styles on the page. In addition to the typical challenges faced in any major movie production, which are explained below, the Wachowskis’ and Tykwer’s adaptation also faced a more paramount challenge: how would they adapt something that is so fundamentally linked to the written word? The filmmakers have explained that they were immediately inspired by the book and naturally wanted to translate it to cinema, but recognised that a straight book to film adaptation would be impossible because the source material is so inherently linked to its original format. Throughout the novel, Mitchell follows one plot line for multiple pages before suddenly jumping to another character in a different setting and

time period, whether from 19th century South Pacific Islands to a post-apocalyptic future in Seoul, Korea. The filmmakers accepted that they could not replicate this style because of the demands of a modern screenplay, which requires a more linear approach. This resulted in one of the most significant decisions the filmmakers made: to create their own interpretation of the novel rather than slavishly following its original form. In order to achieve this, the filmmakers broke the novel’s narrative down into scenes and wrote the major plot developments on index cards. These cards were then placed on the floor of their scriptwriting hideaway, in order to visualise the narrative. They took the pieces of Mitchell’s puzzle-like narrative and rearranged them to create their own unique telling of the story. Mitchell’s novel is commonly regarded as a noteworthy piece of postmodern fiction, due to its meta-narrative and close examination of an abundance of themes. The narrative tackles


many subjects, including identity, gender, reincarnation, futurism, society, relationships and politics, amongst others. But portraying these themes within a book is very different to presenting them within a film. While Mitchell was able to subtly hint at them within the text, as filmmakers they were required to portray them as a visual image. One of the main themes the filmmakers took and expanded upon is gender, and this could have been a reflection of a close personal connection for one of the Wachowskis. During production, the Wachowski brothers actually became a brother and sister team, as Larry Wachowski underwent gender reassignment surgery and became Lana Wachowski - perhaps contributing to their decision to cast male actors in female roles and female actors in male roles. In addition to these directorial puzzles, the project also faced more than its fair share of production problems. Despite their iconic status as filmmakers, and previous successes with multilayered narratives and ambitious projects, they really struggled to obtain enough funding. Over the course of the four and a half years of production, the project was abandoned on several occasions. Ultimately, when no major film studio was willing to give it adequate support, Cloud Atlas became the largest scale independently financed film ever, garnering investment from across the globe. In addition to outside investment, the directors themselves put in 10% of the overall budget (which was approximately £63.5million) to make it happen. From the tricky task of adapting the novel to the enormous financial struggles, Cloud Atlas looked set to remain on the page. However, through sheer determination, enthusiasm and creative skill, the three filmmakers overcame each challenge they encountered and have delivered a triumphant, long-awaited return to cinema. Cloud Atlas is released on 22nd February 2013


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8 Following box office hits Legion and Priest, it’s safe to say director Scott Stewart knows how to craft a visual spectacle. Though his distinctly gothic take on fantasy may be a feast for the eye, his handle on storytelling has often left many audiences aloof. In domesticated sci-fi horror Dark Skies, things look set to take a fearsome turn into the unknown. The Barrett family may seem atypical, but an unidentified alien terror is tearing their once peaceful existence apart and it’s only a matter of time before fatalities are claimed. It’s familiar territory but this stylised fright fest looks set to get your heart rate soaring. Ben Philpott

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8 Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago. Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation. Amy Ralfe

Director Quentin Tarantino Starring Jamie Foxx, Don Johnson,

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8 Cast Away’s director Robert Zemeckis loves a good plane crash. Cast Away had one of the most terrifyingly real plane crashes in the history of cinema, and it looks like it’s about to be bettered by the same man. Flight follows heavy-drinking pilot Whip Whitaker, portrayed by Hollywood heavyweight Denzel Washington. One day, he manages to perform an impossible manoeuvre which crash-lands his nose-diving commercial airliner in a way that miraculously saves everyone onboard, bar six. But the resulting investigation reveals some puzzling reasons for the plane’s malfunction, including a toxicology report which shows Whitaker had alcohol in his system. Matthew Brigden

Director Robert Zemeckis Starring Nadine

Velazquez, Denzel Washington,

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GANGSTER SQUAD 8 After beginning his career with two comedies, Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less, American director Ruben Fleischer departs from this familiar territory and into the crime genre for his third feature. Set within 1940s Los Angeles and inspired by true events, Gangster Squad follows a group of LAPD detectives who band together to dethrone the notorious gangsters who control the corrupt city. Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Josh Brolin headline a promising cast brimming with terrific talent. Most exciting of all is Sean Penn depicting the dangerous mob boss Mickey Cohen, whose legendary menace has been evident in many successful crime films. Lee Curtis

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A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD 8 Everyone loves a good Die Hard movie. This instalment sees John McClane travelling to Russia to help out his reportedly wayward son, Jack. However, upon arrival he discovers that he is with the CIA and is working to stop a nuclear weapons heist. Cue some awesomely frenetic and over the top action combined with a typically tense and fisticuff-laden plot, this time filled with some sharp new blood to inject some life into the old dog. Spearheaded by the director of Behind Enemy Lines, this will be a memorable fifth addition to the Die Hard series. Yippee Ki-Yay Mother Russia! Matthew Brigden

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8 Turning the conventional on its head in this new take on the classic fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is a gruesome horror from director Tommy Wirkola. The siblings are now an action fighting duo who form a deadly team of bounty hunters with one aim; to track down and kill witches from all over the world. After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have become vigilantes, hell bent on retribution. Now, unbeknownst to them, Hansel and Gretel have become the hunted, and must face an evil far greater than witches...their past. Jade Cranwell


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8 Alfred Hitchcock, a name with over fifty films experience, a career expanding six decades highlighted by the highest grossing production of the 1960’s, the spine-chilling Psycho. That as it may, few knew marriage and money anxieties tainted this timeless thriller. This New Year provides a chance to peek behind the camera to the man and even further to the woman hidden by his success. The movie uncovers the life of Hitchcock in the creation of Psycho and even more significantly, the marriage that his wife endured his whole life. With experience in Journalism, Producing and even Scriptwriting for Spielberg, Sacha Gervasi is now adding to his director’s portfolio with this brave mission. Not alone on this pursuit Gervasi is joined no less by Sir Anthony Hopkins undertaking the lead role, who carries an array of awards, most recently a BAFTA in 2008. Playing Hopkins significant other is Dame Helen Mirren who grasps the role bodily and brilliantly. This British cast is ideal to portray Hitchcock at his prime which leads to expect a truly distinguished picture. Eleanor Goodwin


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8 Based on the private diaries of Margaret Suckley, Hyde Park on Hudson explores the human side of one of history’s iconic leaders: US President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Murray). It is June 1939 and Britain is on the brink of war with Germany. At Hyde Park on Hudson, the Roosevelts are preparing for the arrival of the King and Queen of England - marking the first visit of a reigning British monarch to the USA. For the King and Queen, the weekend has a crucial role to play in building a special bond with a nation they look to for support. For the Roosevelts, the issue of international conflict must be faced alongside a challenging domestic situation, as Roosevelt’s wife Eleanor, mother Sara and secretary Missy vie to make the weekend an exceptional one. Then there’s Margaret Suckley (Linney) with whom Roosevelt is having a secret affair - and from whose perspective the story is told. Helmed by Notting Hill and Enduring Love director Roger Michell, this film might primarily be a biographical drama, but the presence of Bill Murray and Olivia Coleman suggests the drama will be laced with a generous dose of comedy. Hyde Park on Hudson is sure to be a heartfelt film, full of laughs and charming portrayals. Daniel Buckley




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8 The guys behind Love Actually and Bridget Jones’ Diary have done it again. They’ve created another irresistible British comedy, a definite must see of the year. Following the trials and tribulations of a pair of newlyweds in their first year of marriage, Rafe Spall and Rose Byrne star as the troubled couple. Since they met at a party, ambitious high-flyer Nat (Byrne) and struggling novelist Josh (Spall) have been deliriously happy despite their differences. Josh is a thinker, Nat’s a doer..but the spark between them is undeniable. Their wedding is a dream come true, but family, friends and even the minister who marries them aren’t convinced that they can last. Josh’s ex-girlfriend, Chloe, and Nat’s handsome American client Guy, could offer attractive alternatives. With their first anniversary approaching, neither wants to be the first to give up, but will they make it? With a brilliant cast and guaranteed laugh out loud moments why not start your new year with a smile and put it on your ‘to see’ list for 2013. Emma Ingham


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8 It’s hard to forget the events that took place on Sunday 26th December 2004. An undersea megathrust earthquake occurred beneath the Indian Ocean and the ensuing tsunami devastated Thailand, Indonesia and many other surrounding regions. Though depicted as British, the narrative follows a true account of a Spanish family’s experiences prior to, during and after the devastating tsunami. Starring Ewan McGregor alongside Naomi Watts, the couple and their three sons are holidaying at an idyllic resort on the coast of Thailand. When the family are separated by the disaster, they search for each other amongst the mayhem of one of the worst natural disasters ever. Spanish filmmakers Juan Antonia Bayona and Sergio G. Sanchez, as director and writer respectively, made their debut in 2007, terrifying audiences with The Orphanage. Reunited with many members of the same crew it’s safe to expect similar horror techniques that will present a harrowing experience. While the pair aims to show the devastating tsunami at its most real, they also hope to install a deep and compelling examination of survivor’s guilt. Lee Curtis


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FILM DIRECTORY Please note: UK release dates are shown but may be subject to change

LES MISERABLES See page 18 18 January


MONSTERS INC (3D) See page 20

THE SESSIONS See page 22


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QUARTET See page 21


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TEXAS CHAINSAW (3D) See page 23 11 January


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Director Craig Viveiros Starring Tim Roth, Peter Mullan, Talulah Riley When 19-year-old Adam agrees to do a day’s driving for his mum’s gangster boyfriend Peter, it takes him on a 24-hour journey into a nightmarish world of murder, sex trafficking and revenge, in the company of aging hit man Roy.

Director Various Starring Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes, Adam Wingard When a group of misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for.


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MOVIE 43 See page 20

ZERO DARK THIRTY See page 24 1 February

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HITCHCOCK See page 14

I GIVE IT A YEAR See page 15


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Director Ray Cooney, John Luton Starring Danny Dyer, Denise Van Outen, Sarah Harding John Smith has been happily involved in bigamist marriages for five years. He lives with Michelle in Kennington and Stephanie in Finsbury. Fortunately, for John, he’s a Taxi Driver which involves varying Shift work! Simple? Well, when the Kennington and Finsbury police forces discover something suspicious in their paperwork, Johns happy bubble is about to be burst.

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Director: So Yong Kim Starring: Paul Dano, Margarita Levieva, Jon Heder A struggling musician takes an overnight long-distance drive in order to fight his estranged wife for custody of their young daughter. 22 February

CLOUD ATLAS See page 10

DARK SKIES See page 12



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8 The big man of action movies is back. Having eased his way back into the fold with bit part and cameos, The Last Stand is the first truly Schwarzenegger-centric picture we have seen in a decade (Terminator 3, 2003). A Mexican drug lord is broken out from FBI custody during transport. As the cartel races to freedom, all attempts to stop them are crushed - until only one small town stands between them and the Mexican border. Disgraced former LAPD officer, Sheriff Ray Owens (Arnie), must race against time to prepare his inexperienced deputies and enlist the support of unhinged gun-nut (Knoxville), if their last stand is to have any hope of success. Not content staying second box office fiddle to one time rival (Stallone), expect a battle-ready Schwarzenegger, here assured strong support from enduring character actors, Guzman and Whitaker. Director, Jee-woon Kim, although not well known in the west, has developed a cult following in Asia, becoming notorious for a slick style and flair with action-comedy. It will be ridiculous. It will be brilliant. It will be all the things we love about the muscle bound Austrian. Chris Wasey


Cheyenne Campbell

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8 Les Mis as a musical has been in the spotlight since its West End debut and repeatedly boosted in popular culture, so it’s difficult to find someone who isn’t familiar with at least one of its hit songs. Tom Hooper, Oscar-winning director of The King’s Speech, however, promises to bring fresh vision to the much-loved show without deviating from the story’s core. Hardcore fans are eager to see Hugh Jackman delivering the demanding and celebrated role of prisoner 24601, better known as Jean Valjean, particularly through the film’s on-set singing (as opposed to miming, the route most movie-musicals take). His star power is sure to be a major draw, as is his match in Russell Crowe’s Inspector Javert, Valjean’s unswerving lifelong adversary. Crowd-pleasing favourite ballads On My Own and I Dreamed A Dream will be reborn with a previously unknown intimacy, thanks to Hooper’s dedication to having the actors sing on location. Whether you’re a regular attendee to the West End production or are new to the story, this tragedy with an ultimately uplifting message of hope and love is sure to make an impact.

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8 Director Steven Spielberg is no stranger to historical drama and this time he’s taken on the unenviable task of portraying America’s most famous President. Lincoln tells the story of the last few months of President Lincoln’s life as he struggles to pass the Thirteenth Amendment before the end of the civil war, ensuring that his work to end slavery is not reversed. Encouraged to wait by his advisors, Lincoln fears that if he waits until after the conclusion of the war it will be difficult to ensure that the Amendment goes through. Lincoln totes a strong cast with Danial Day-Lewis taking on the challenging role of Lincoln himself. The supporting cast includes a range of impressive names including Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and James Spader. Those interested in authenticity will be pleased to know that the film draws inspiration from Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Lincoln. With Spielberg at the helm and a strong cast behind it Lincoln promises to be a superb political drama for anyone interested in the conclusion of the civil war or the last months of Lincoln’s fascinating life. Kit Goodliffe

Director Steven Spielberg Starring Daniel DayLewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn

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8 Based on the Spanish short film of the same name, and executively produced by horror icon Guillermo del Toro, Mama is a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of a couple who adopt two little girls they found abandoned in a decrepit cabin in the woods. As they look to begin their new life the family discover that the girls disappeared on the day their mother was murdered and now a supernatural force is intent on claiming them back. This modern haunted-house thriller sees much sought after actress Jessica Chastain star alongside Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, best known for his role as Jaime Lanister for HBO’s acclaimed television series Game of Thrones. Mama is the feature debut for Spanish director Andres Muschietti, the writer/director of the original short. The script was adapted into a feature length screenplay by British author Neil Cross, who penned the excellent BBC series Luther. With eager creators at the helm, talented actors in unfamiliar roles and the stamp of approval from Guillermo del Toro, Mama is an exciting horror project that won’t hold back any scares. Lee Curtis

Director Andres Muschietti Starring Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier

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MONSTERS INC (3D) 8 After exploring the worlds of toys and bugs in the Toy Story films and A Bug’s Life, the award-winning computer animation company Pixar delved into the realm of monsters with its feature Monsters Inc. which will be re-released in eye-popping 3D this January. In the city of Monstropolis, power is generated by the screams of human tots, collected by an ace team of “scarers” who enter the human world through the petrified tykes’ bedroom closets. Top of the tree are James P Sullivan, aka Sully (voiced by Goodman), a blue ogre with a heart of gold, and his lime-green, one-eyed aide Mike (Crystal). But their alternate reality is thrown into chaos when a little girl called Boo follows Sully back to his world, where she and her kind are believed to be toxic... I’m sure both original and new fans will enjoy the gruesome gallery of slimy, tentacled, bulbous beasts hitting our screens once again. Who can resist the shenanigans of Sully and Mike in 3D if not only to refresh our brains in time for the second film in the series Monsters University which is released in July.

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Starring Emma Stone, Stephen Merchant, Richard Gere

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8 Movie 43 stars an ensemble cast in what is expected to be one of the most shocking, original and dangerous comedies ever made. Take a hilarious director, add a brilliant cast, mix in some twisted jokes, remove all boundaries, and then stand back...way back. In Movie 43, comedy is served steaming hot (literally) by director Peter Farrelly of The Farrelly Brothers (Dumb & Dumber) in one of the most shocking, original, and dangerous comedies ever made. Starring Johnny Knoxville, Gerard Butler, Anna Faris, Seann William Scott, Hugh Jackman, Richard Gere, Uma Thurman, Halle Berry, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Kate Bosworth, Kate Winslet, Terrence Howard, Liev Schreiber, Elizabeth Banks, Justin Long, Kristen Bell, Patrick Warburton, Josh Duhamel, Jason Sudeikis, Chloe Grace Moretz, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jack McBrayer, Kieran Culkin, and Chris Pratt, Movie 43 is uproarious, outrageous fun. Not for the easily offended, it is being penned as one of the most jaw-dropping films in recent years, promising to disturb, but entertain audiences in a way which has to be seen to be believed. Thomas Mitchell




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8 A few years ago, screenwriter Robbie Fox was a Little League coach who noticed he was getting a lot of unsolicited attention from the mothers of his young players. That was the genesis of Playing for Keeps, with the sport changed to soccer and Gerard Butler cast as a former pro player coaching his son’s team and fending off amorous assaults from a bevy of soccer mums. George Dryer (Butler) has retired from international soccer and relocates to Virginia to try to re-connect with his son and his ex-wife, Stacie (Jessica Biel), who is engaged to a new man. He gets roped into coaching his son’s team and finds that the position improves his relationship with the boy (Noah Lomax). An unexpected perk is that the soccer mums - who include Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Judy Greer - find him ruggedly attractive and start treating him as a sex toy to spice up their boring suburban lives. George doesn’t quite have the fortitude to throw them out of bed, but they become a growing distraction to his primary goals. Amy Ralfe

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8 For his directorial debut at 75, Dustin Hoffman turns to a 1999 play by Ronald Harwood, and a cast including Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, and Michael Gambon. A tale of aging musicians at a stately retirement manor in the country sounds like prime material for fans of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, but it promises good-natured comedy and acerbic wit mingled with a heartwarming and poignant look at old age. One-time prima donna Jean (Smith) arrives at Beecham House for retired opera singers and is well out of her comfort zone. The haughty elderly diva finds herself faced not only with her former glory as a celebrated star, but also her failed marriage to fellow resident Reggie (Courtenay). Old colleagues Sissy (Collins) and Wilfred (Connolly) round out the erstwhile quartet, and scheme to cajole Jean back into their ranks for another hurrah: Beecham House’s Verdi benefit gala, a fund-raising event necessary to the survival of the estate. Jean’s popularity would boost the benefit, and if she and Reggie overcome past betrayals to rekindle their romance, it couldn’t hurt their on-stage chemistry. Cheyenne Campbell

Director Dustin Hoffman Starring Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly

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SAMMY’S GREAT ESCAPE (3d) 8 Leatherback turtle Sammy is set to return to our cinema screens this spring with his second Turtle Tale. The sequel sees Sammy and Ray captured by poachers and then trapped in a spectacular underwater aquarium for tourists. As they craft their plan for a great escape, their grandchildren Ricky and Ella hatch a rescue plot of their own. This movie promises fantastic family fun during the February half term as it can be experienced in vibrant 3D. With exciting adventures, fishy friends, and narrow escapes throughout, Sammy’s second adventure is sure to leave a cracking smile on your face. Jasmin Stopford

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Director Ben Stassen Starring Pat Carroll, Carlos McCullers II, Cinda Adams

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8 An American anti-Hollywood production, dealing with a 38 year old man contained by an iron lung, his life ambition is to lose his virginity. This certainly cannot be attributed to films such as The 40 Year Old Virgin, it contributes a genuine sentiment to an area previously represented as merely comical. Mark O’Brien became the inspirational true story which Writer/Director Ben Lewin grounded The Sessions on. John Hawkes finally has been given the chance to prosper on screen as he plays O’Brien, who in his pursuit finds help in the unlikely Father Brendan (William Macy). An absorbing insight into part of humanity.

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8 Gemma Arterton has changed her spots, from seductive roles in St Trinian’s and Quantum of Solace to now, a pensioner’s music coach, Elizabeth. Song for Marion follows a disgruntled man as he attempts to please his ailing wife by joining her community choir. The Director/ Writer Paul Andrew William is another shock, previously he had been bought to the viewer’s attention for hard hitting features such as London to Brighton. Overall, it forecasts to be another poignant tale of chirpy jokes and a climatic ending which cannot be helped to leave a smile and perhaps a few tears on the face. Eleanor Goodwin

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Starring Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston, Terence Stamp

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Director John Luessenhop Starring Alexandra

Daddario, Tania Raymonde, Scott Eastwood

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TEXAS CHAINSAW (3D) 8 The seventh film in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, Texas Chainsaw 3D picks up where the 1974 original left off. The townsfolk of Newt burn down the Sawyer family’s farmhouse after they assist Jeb Sawyer (Leatherface - Dan Yeager) in numerous murders. With her entire family presumed dead, Heather is placed with an adoptive family. She learns of her adoption 20 years later, when a lawyer drops the bombshell that her long lost grandmother has left her an inheritance. Heather (Daddario) and her friends travel to Newt to pick up her inheritance and are met by an unwelcome surprise... Jen Evans

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8 This latest offering from comedy god Judd Apatow stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann as they reprise their roles from the hilarious Knocked Up. This sort-of sequel follows Pete and Debbie as they fight through their marriage, struggling with financial troubles, parenthood and midlife crises. Megan Fox, Chris O’Dowd, Jason Segel and Melissa McCarthy round out the stellar cast of this hilarious, awkward look at middle age. This Is 40 is sure to be a hysterical romantic comedy packed with laughs and moments that will make you cringe, with a fantastic cast that rarely fails to entertain. Alex Dibb



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Director Terrence Malick Starring Javier

Bardem, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams

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8 Set in Oklahoma, this romantic drama explores love in its many forms through the experiences of a small group of characters. After falling in love in Paris, Neil (Affleck) marries Marina (Kurylenko) and invites her and her daughter to move to the States with him. However, the marriage soon begins to flounder. Neil encounters his old flame Jane (McAdams) and considers getting involved with her once more, while Marina meets Father Quintana, a disillusioned priest who is struggling to understand the relationship between God and love. If you like Terrence Malick, you’ll love this poetic film. Daniel Buckley


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WARM BODIES 8 Jonathan Levine’s (The Wackness, 50/50) next naughty yet heart-warming romantic comedy involves X-Men First Class star Nicholas Hoult and a huge horde of zombies, which means this is another guaranteed hilarious stab at the rom-zom-com genre that Shaun Of The Dead popularised. Hoult himself is playing a zombie, who becomes enamoured with the (still living) girlfriend of one of his victims. Their romance sets in motion some nasty events which could mean the transformation of zombies all around the world. Needless to say this brilliantly surreal concept suggests that there may be a few necrophilia-related jokes, considering Warm Bodies’ genre. Matthew Brigden

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8 Wreck It Ralph follows Ralph, an arcade game bad guy jaded by his repetitive existence. Fed up of working every day and not getting any recognition or appreciation, he does what no other character has done before, he leaves his video game. As he leapfrogs through other genres in this reference-filled homage to the arcade games of old, he makes friends, enemies and lives his dream of becoming a hero. Featuring the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch with cameos from all the big names in games, this innovative nerd-friendly family comedy from Disney isn’t just for kids. Alex Dibb

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Director Rich Moore

Starring John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch

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8 Fans of The Hurt Locker should keep an eye on the cinema this January as acclaimed director Kathryn Bigelow brings us a new modern drama following events during the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty is also penned by Mark Boal, the writer behind The Hurt Locker. Moving from the September 11th attacks all the way up to the eventual death of Osama bin Laden, we can expect Zero Dark Thirty to offer a tense and engaging chronicle of a tumultuous ten year manhunt. If you’re looking for military action with foundations in modern history then this is one to watch. Kit Goodliffe

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future films




5 April Director Paul Feig Starring Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Kaitlin Olson


8 March Director Sam Raimi Starring James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz


5 April Director Kimberly Peirce Starring ChloĂŤ Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer

22 March Director Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders Starring Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone



29 March Director Andrew Niccol Starring Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, William Hurt


1 March Director Seth Gordon Starring Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, John Cho


26 April Director Shane Black Starring Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow


29 March Director Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich Starring Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould


8 March Director David Barrett Starring Josh Duhamel, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION (3D) 27 March Director Jon M. Chu Starring Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Ray Park

5 April Director Peter Hedges Starring Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams


1 March Director Allen Hughes Starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones



JACK THE GIANT SLAYER (3D) 22 March Director Bryan Singer Starring Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor


8 March Director Michael Winterbottom Starring Stephen Fry, Anna Friel, Imogen Poots


12 April Director Joseph Kosinski Starring Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough

15 March Director Steven Soderbergh Starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law

SPRING/ SUMMER 2013 RELEASES THE GREAT GATSBY (3D) 17 May Director Baz Luhrmann Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton

THE HANGOVER PART III 24 May Director Todd Phillips Starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms


14 June Director Zack Snyder Starring Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Amy Adams


17 May Director J.J. Abrams Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana UK Release Dates are shown but may be subject to change

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Merlin News / READ ALL ABOUT IT The Hard Work’s Paid Off Itʼs been a hectic few months with plenty of blood, sweat and tears but the fantastic Regal team have now given us 4 incredible new screens! It really does look super and given the whole place a new lease of life. Take a look at the pictures to see how nicely the revamped Screen 1 / Regal Theatre is coming along with the addition

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Love Is In The Air At Merlin Cinemas What better way to spend the Valentineʼs Weekend than a romantic evening with your loved one at the cinema. We will have some fantastic offers available at our bars and restaurants which will guarantee you stay in your partners good books for the rest of the year! Films that may be available may include: A Good Day To Die Hard / I Give It A Year / Run For Your Wife / This Is 40 / Warm Bodies and many more..... Check out the Events and Promotions tab on the website in January for more information at

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of boxes and a circle... how fancy! We have even booked in our first show for June, what better way to kick things off than a production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers from Redruth Amateur Operatic Society Trust.

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Digital Cinema Takes Merlin By Storm We are pleased to announce that we are now over half way through the conversion of our cinemas from 35mm to digital projection. The last few weeks has seen the Royal, Phoenix, Flora, Studio and Central cinemas all jump on the band wagon with just the Embassy and Regal Movieplex to join in early 2013. This has taken a great deal of time and investment by the company in order to keep on bringing the magic of the movies to all of our much loved locations!

To celebrate Quentin Tarantinoʼs latest escapade Django Unchained, released on the 18th January 2013, we are giving you the chance to win 4 tickets to see a film of your choice plus a small popcorn and regular drink each, just answer the following question:


Who stars as Django in this set-to-be box office smash hit?! Email the answer, your name and local cinema to

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And Now For Something...


After the huge success of the Shakespeare始s Globe Theatre and Royal Opera House screenings last year, we are proud to present our second season of Theatre, Ballet, Opera and Special Events. These performances will be shown at the Phoenix Cinema, Falmouth and New Carlton Cinema, Okehampton. The Royal Opera House: La Boheme LIVE - Tuesday 15th January 2013 at 19.15 Eugene Onegin LIVE - Wednesday 20th February 2013 at 19.15 Alice始s Adventures in Wonderland LIVE Thursday 28th March 2013 at 19.15

Nabucco DELAYED LIVE Monday 29th April 2013 at 19.15 La Donna Del Lago LIVE Monday 27th May 2013 at 18.45 Gloriana LIVE - Monday 24th June 2013 at 19.15

CineArtsLive: T始ammore LIVE - Tuesday 19th February 2013 at 20.00 Belcanto LIVE - Tuesday 19th March 2013 at 20.00 Gaelforce LIVE - Tuesday 23rd April 2013 at 19.00 Ennio Morricone LIVE from Cannes Tuesday 21st May 2013 at 19.30

Alice始s Adventures in Wonderland


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The National Theatre:

Cinema Live:

The Magistrate LIVE - Thursday 17th January 2013 at 19.00

Andre Rieuʼs 2013 Hometown Concert LIVE Saturday 13th July 2013 at 19.00

People LIVE - Thursday 21st March 2013 at 19.00 This House LIVE - Thursday 16th May 2013 at 19.00

The Metropolitan Opera: Maria Stuarda (donizetti) LIVE Saturday 19th January 2013 at 17.55

Prices for all showings are £15 for Adults and £10 for Concessions. Movie Magic Members discount still applies. For those customers wanting to make a night of it why not enquire about our Dinner and Live Cinema Deal where you can dine and enjoy your chosen performance for one fantastic price (Phoenix only)!

Rigoletto (verdi) LIVE - Saturday 16th February 2013 at 17.55 Parsifal (wagner) LIVE - Saturday 2nd March 2013 at 17.00 Francesca Da Rimini (zandonai) LIVE Saturday 16th March 2013 at 16.00 Giulio Cesare (handel) LIVE -

Saturday 27th April 2013 at 17.00

Andre Rieu

For more information or to book call the Phoenix on 01326 313072 or New Carlton on 01837 658586 or alternatively visit

Movie Magic Magazine January/February 2013  
Movie Magic Magazine January/February 2013  

Film magazine for Merlin Cinemas - January/February 2013 edition