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Local Film Round-Up
Movies 22 Feb 2017
Local Cinemas
Other Cinemas in the Area

 

LOCAL FILM ROUND-UP
22nd February to 2nd March 2017

Four new films have been released during this period. There is the comedy drama 20th Century Women (15); suspense mystery with A Cure for Wellness (18); fantasy action in Logan (12A) and the police drama Patriots Day (15).

The region has lost the film Split and it seems that Rings will soon come to an end of its screening. However we do see the return of Assassin's Creed; the drama I, Daniel Blake; the family favourite Moana and zombie horror in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.

Drama this period comes with NASA mathematicians Hidden Figures; life on benefits in I, Daniel Blake; the family drama Lion; police action in Patriots Day; space flight with The Space Between Us; and the must see move T2 TrainSpotting.

Action movies on offer are Assassin's Creed; the wartime epic Hacksaw Ridge; gun action in John Wick: Chapter 2; the X-man Logan; and oriental fantasy with The Great Wall

Family animation is provided by Ballerina; Moana; Sing; The Lego Batman Movie and Trolls.

Romance is on offer with the musical La La Land and the erotic sequel Fifty Shades Darker.

Horror is well represented with the stylish drama A Cure for Wellness, the creepy Rings and zombie horror Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.

Finally, movies of note this period include a giant rabbit in the classic Donnie Darko and culture with the Royal Ballet The Sleeping Beauty.

Reviews

20th Century Women
Director: Mike Mills
Certificate: 15
Cast includes Annette Bening, Lucas Jade Zuman, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Elle Fanning
Set in Santa Barbara in 1979, Dorothea (Bening) is a divorced mother bring up her teenage son Jamie (Zuman) whilst running a boarding house. She feels that her son needs more role models in his life and so enlists the help of her tenants including handyman William (Crudup), photographer Abbie (Gerwig) and her sons friend Julie (Fanning) to assist. A coming of age tale with drama and a good dose of comedy. A great movie with excellent performances by all. It has received good reviews.

A Cure for Wellness
Director: Gore Verbinski
Certificate: 18
Cast includes: Dane DeHaan, Harry Groener, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth
Lockhart (DeHaan) is a young executive, sent to a the wellness centre health spa in Switzerland to collect the Company CEO Pembroke (Groener) who is being treated there. However Lockhart is injured and finds himself staying at the Spa also. He meets Hannah (Goth) a young patient and she reveals that the spa was built on the ruins of a castle with a troubled history. Lockhart comes to question the cure offered by Dr Volmer (Isaacs) the spa director and finds evidence of dubious medical experiments being carried out. The movie is visually spectacular with false leads, twists and eels that make up for a rather thin plot. An enjoyable move.

Fifty Shades Darker
Director: James Foley
Certificate: 18
Cast includes: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan
A sequel to the 2015 film 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. Anastasia (Johnson) had broken off her relationship with Christian Grey (Dornan) intending to pursue a career in a Seattle publishing house. However Christian entices her back albeit on her terms of a 'vanilla' relationship. However his desire for ownership rather than a relationship and rather shady figures from his past threaten to destroy their future. A sex and kink movie that rather lacks the novelty value of the original. Mildly entertaining.

John Wick: Chapter 2
Director: Chad Stahelski
Certificate: 15
Cast includes: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamercio
The sequel to the 2014 movie. John Wick (Reeves) again comes out of retirement to honour a blood oath and assist a former associate Santino D'Antonio (Scamarcio) who is plotting to take control of an international assassins' guild. As a consequence Wick finds himself with a bounty 'on his head' and he must go on the run pursued by assassins looking to kill him. The plot requires a large suspension of disbelief but the movie provides dizzying action, non stop gun related pandemonium and some flashes of wit and humour. The movie has been well received. It offers plenty of entertainment, but little novelty.

La La Land
Director: Damien Chazelle
Certificate: 12A
Cast Includes: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling
Mia (Stone) works as a barista during the day but aspires to be an actress. She is involved in a road rage incident with Sebastian (Gosling) a jazz pianist. The two subsequently meet again and start to fall for each other as they try to satisfy their ambitions, she attending auditions and he playing in dingy bars as he plans to open his own jazz club. However the daily drudge of trying to live their dreams starts to take its toll. This movie, set in modern day Los Angeles, is brilliantly written and very well acted. Excellent musical entertainment.

Moana
Director: Ron Clements and John Musker
Certificate: PG
Cast includes: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson
A Walt Disney animated fantasy adventure. Moana (Cravalho) is the teenage daughter of the chief of a Polynesian island. However the fish and island produce become less abundant and hence Moana undertakes a nautical quest to find the magical amulet Te Fiti's heart and the demigod Maui (Johnson). The quest involves monsters and battles This is a magical film, with music, comedy and a good dose of adventure. It is extremely well produced and has received excellent reviews from both critics and audience. A must see movie for all ages.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Director: Paul W S Anderson
Certificate; 15
Cast Includes: Milla Jovovich
The movie is a sequel to the 2012 Resident Evil: Retribution and forms the sixth and final film in the series. Alice (Jovovich) has lost her psychic powers and now is assisted by the Red Queen who has switched sides. She returns to the demolished Raccoon City where, with a band of survivors, she has one last battle with the Umbrella Corporation and myriads of mutants and zombies. This reviewer has greatly enjoyed the Resident Evil Movie series and can recommend the Final Chapter as offering more of the same special effects and fight sequences. However the film is not the best of the bunch and the franchise is now starting to feel a little tired. See it if you are a Resident Evil fan.

Rings
Director: F Javier Gutierrez
Certificate: 15
Cast includes: Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe Johnny Galecki, Vincent D'Onofrio
Julia (Lutz) becomes worried when her boyfriend Holt (Roe) starts to explore the sub-cuture around a videotape which causes the death of anyone who watches it. She watches it herself and discovers that her version of the tape has additional footage which hints at the fate of the antagonist Sadako Yamamura. Julie and Holt undertake a quest to find Sadako's remains in the hope of lifting the curse. This is the latest chapter in the Ring franchise and is a sequel to 'The Ring' (2002) and 'The Ring Two' (2005). The movie tries to move the franchise onto new ground but it has received poor reviews. It is of interest to ardent Ring fans only.

T2 Trainspotting
Director: Danny Boyle
Certificate: 18
Cast includes: Ewen McGreger, Ewen Bremner, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, Anjela Nedyalkova
Mark Renton (McGregor) returns to Edinburgh after twenty years in Amsterdam and finds his old associates are still much as he left them only older. Spud Murphy (Bremner) continues to struggle with heroin addiction. Simon 'Sick Boy' (Lee Miller) nurses old grievances and has swapped a heroin addiction for cocaine. He plans to turn a run down pub onto a bordello. Francis Begbie (Carlyle) is serving a prison sentence, but he escapes. He still harbours a grievance against Renton. The movie is part black comedy, part thriller and total melancholic drama that draws on Welsh's 1993 novel and the 2002 sequel Porno. This is an inventive and vibrant film that captures the spirit of the original. Excellent viewing.

 
MOVIE LISTINGS
 
Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Ballerina (Vue)
Fifty Shades Darker (Reel, Vue)
Hacksaw Ridge (Vue)
Hidden Figures (Vue)
John Wick: Chapter 2 (Reel, Vue)
La La Land (Reel, the Dukes, Vue)
Lion (Vue)
Sing (Reel, Vue)
T2 Trainspotting (Reel, the Dukes, Vue)
The Great Wall (Reel)
The Lego Batman Movie (Reel, Vue)
The Space Between Us (Reel)
Trolls (Vue)
Thursday 23rd February 2017
Fifty Shades Darker (Reel, Vue)
Hacksaw Ridge (Vue)
Hidden Figures (Vue)
John Wick: Chapter 2 (Reel, Vue)
La La Land (Reel, the Dukes)
Lion (Vue)
Patriots Day (Vue)
Sing (Reel, Vue)
T2 Trainspotting (Reel, the Dukes, Vue)
The Great Wall (Reel)
The Lego Batman Movie (Reel, Vue)
The Space Between Us (Reel)
Trolls (Vue)
Friday 24th February 2017
20th Century Women (the Dukes)
A Cure for Wellness (Vue)
Fifty Shades Darker (Reel, Vue)
Hacksaw Ridge (the Dukes)
Hidden Figures (Vue)
John Wick: Chapter 2 (Reel, Vue)
La La Land (Vue)
Lion (Reel, Vue)
Patriots Day (Reel, Vue)
Resident Evil (Vue)
Rings (Vue)
Sing (Vue)
T2 Trainspotting (Vue)
The Great Wall (Reel)
The Lego Batman Movie (Reel, Vue)
Saturday 25th February 2017
20th Century Women (the Dukes)
A Cure for Wellness (Vue)
Fifty Shades Darker (Reel, Vue)
Hacksaw Ridge (the Dukes, Vue)
Hidden Figures (Vue)
I, Daniel Blake (the Dukes)
John Wick: Chapter 2 (Reel, Vue)
La La Land (Vue)
Lion (Reel, Vue)
Moana (Reel, Vue)
Patriots Day (Reel, Vue)
Resident Evil (Vue)
Sing (Reel, Vue)
T2 Trainspotting (Vue)
The Great Wall (Reel)
The Lego Batman Movie (Reel, Vue)
Sunday 26th February 2017
20th Century Women (the Dukes)
A Cure for Wellness (Vue)
Fifty Shades Darker (Reel, Vue)
Hacksaw Ridge (the Dukes, Vue)
Hidden Figures (Vue)
John Wick: Chapter 2 (Reel, Vue)
Lion (Reel, Vue)
Moana (Reel, Vue)
Patriots Day (Reel, Vue)
Resident Evil (Vue)
Rings (Vue)
Sing (Reel, Vue)
T2 Trainspotting (Vue)
The Great Wall (Reel)
The Lego Batman Movie (Reel, Vue)
Trolls (Vue)
Monday 27th February 2017
20th Century Women (the Dukes)
A Cure for Wellness (Vue)
Assassin's Creed (Vue)
Fifty Shades Darker (Reel, Vue)
Hacksaw Ridge (the Dukes)
Hidden Figures (Vue)
High Society (the Dukes)
John Wick: Chapter 2 (Reel, Vue)
La La Land (Vue)
Lion (Reel, Vue)
Patriots Day (Reel, Vue)
T2 Trainspotting (Vue)
The Great Wall (Reel)
The Lego Batman Movie (Reel, Vue)
Tuesday 28th February 2017
20th Century Women (the Dukes)
A Cure for Wellness (Vue)
Fifty Shades Darker (Reel, Vue)
Hacksaw Ridge (the Dukes, Vue)
Hidden Figures (Vue)
John Wick: Chapter 2 (Reel, Vue)
La La Land (the Dukes, Vue)
Lion (Reel, Vue)
Logan (Vue)
Patriots Day (Reel, Vue)
Resident Evil (Vue)
T2 Trainspotting (Vue)
The Lego Batman Movie (Reel, Vue)
The Sleeping Beauty: The Royal Ballet (Reel, Vue)
Wednesday 1st March 2017
20th Century Women (the Dukes)
A Cure for Wellness (Vue)
Fifty Shades Darker (Reel, Vue)
Hacksaw Ridge (the Dukes, Vue)
Hidden Figures (Vue)
John Wick: Chapter 2 (Reel, Vue)
La La Land (Vue)
Lion (Reel, Vue)
Logan (Reel, Vue)
Patriots Day (Reel, Vue)
Resident Evil (Vue)
T2 Trainspotting (Vue)
The Lego Batman Movie (Reel, Vue)
Thursday 2nd March 2017
20th Century Women (the Dukes)
A Cure for Wellness (Vue)
Donnie Darko (the Dukes)
Fifty Shades Darker (Reel, Vue)
Hacksaw Ridge (Vue)
Hidden Figures (Vue)
John Wick: Chapter 2 (Reel, Vue)
La La Land (Vue)
Lion (Reel, Vue)
Logan (Vue)
Patriots Day (Reel, Vue)
Resident Evil (Vue)
The Lego Batman Movie (Reel, Vue)
LOCAL CINEMAS

Vue Cinema
Vue Cinema Lancaster

Church Street, Lancaster LA1 1LP
To book online click here. There is a booking fee.
Telephone Bookings:
08712 240 240
See website for details of audio described / subtitled films.
• Ticket prices vary depending on performance time and day, see cinema web site for details.

 

Reel Cinemas
Reel Morecambe
Central Drive, Morecambe, LA4 4DW
0871 220 6000 (24hr bookings and Information).
(All telephone bookings are subject to a booking fee)
• Ticket prices vary depending on performance time and day, see cinema web site for details.

 

The Dukes
The Dukes Cinema

Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1QE
Email: tickets@dukes-lancaster.org
Box office 10am-8pm Mon-Sat Tel:01524 598500
24 hour info line: 01524 598501
Hearing impaired (textphone) line: 01524 380062
Or book online. There is a booking fee.

 

The Gregson Cinema
33 Moorgate, Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 3PY
The Gregson is a community and arts centre with a 26 seater cinema available to hire for your planned screening / presentation: £25!
If enough of your group eat at the Gregson beforehand the booking fee may be waived / discounted.
Info & booking tel: 01524 849959
Check out the Gregson events page for public screenings coming up.
 
OTHER CINEMAS IN THE AREA


• The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
Box Office: 01539 725133
Box Office E-mail: boxoffice@breweryarts.co.uk
Web: www.breweryarts.co.uk
Try the Brewery's 'Warehouse Films' page as well as their Cinema page.

• The Royalty
Lake Road, Bowness-On-Windermere, LA23 3JB. Tel: 015394 43364.
Web: http://windermere.nm-cinemas.co.uk/

• Odeon, Preston
Web: www.odeon.co.uk
Riversway, Portway, Ashton-On-Ribble, Preston, PR2 2YQ
Bookings & Info: 0871 22 44 007

• Zefirellis, Ambleside
Compston Road, Ambleside. Tel 015394 33845
Web: www.zeffirellis.co.uk

 

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