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LOCAL FILM ROUND-UP
15th to 23rd February 2017

Three new releases make it to the local screens this period. There is the story behind NASA mathematicians in Hidden Figures (PG); hit man on the run in John Wicks: Chapter 2 (15) and oriental action in The Great Wall (12A).

The movies Doctor Strange; Moana; Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and xXx: The Return of Xander Cage have vanished from our screens. Also the film Rings seems to be approaching the end of its screening. However we do see the return of the family drama with Manchester by the Sea and the science fiction Passengers.

There is a good selection of family animated movies on offer at the moment with Ballerina; The Lego Batman Movie; Sing and Trolls.

Space based drama comes with NASA mathematicians in Hidden Figures and space adventure in Passengers & The Space Between Us. For earthbound drama there is erotic romance with Fifty Shades Darker; the excellent Musical La La Land and the must see T2 Trainspotting. In addition there is the family story Lion and Manchester by the Sea.

Action moves include John Wick: Chapter 2 and The Great Wall. There is psychological drama in Split a western Hell or High Water and wartime action in Hacksaw Ridge.

Horror this period comes with just one entry, Rings.

High drama is represented by National Theatre Live: Saint Joan.

Reviews

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.

Passengers
Director: Morten Tyldum
Certificate: 12A
Cast includes Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt
The rocket 'Starship Avalon' is on a 120 year voyage from earth to the colony planet Homestead II, transporting over 5000 people who are travelling in hibernation pods is a state of suspended animation. However two of the pods open prematurely releasing their occupants while they are still 90 years from their destination. These are journalist Aurora Dunn (Lawrence) and mechanical engineer Jim Preston (Pratt). They are drawn to each other and romance blossoms. However they need to understand the apparent malfunction that released them early from their hibernation and decide how to respond to their plight. They discover that the pods are not the only problem and the spaceship and its entire cargo is in jeopardy. This is a science fiction movie with a good helpings of romance, suspense and action. An entertaining movie.

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 15th February 2017
Denial (the Dukes)
Fifty Shades Darker (Reel, Vue)
Hacksaw Ridge (Vue)
La La Land (Reel, Vue)
Lion (the Dukes)
Rings (Reel, Vue)
Sing (Reel, Vue)
T2 Trainspotting (Reel, Vue)
The Lego Batman Movie (Reel, Vue)
The Space Between Us (Reel)
Thursday 16th February 2017
Denial (the Dukes)
Fifty Shades Darker (Reel, Vue)
La La Land (Reel, Vue)
Lion (the Dukes)
National Theatre Live: St Joan (the Dukes, Vue)
Rings (Reel, Vue)
Sing (Reel, Vue)
Split (Vue)
T2 Trainspotting (Reel, Vue)
The Lego Batman Movie (Reel, Vue)
The Space Between Us (Reel)
Trolls (Reel, Vue)
Friday 17th February 2017
Ballerina (Reel)
Fifty Shades Darker (Reel, Vue)
Hacksaw Ridge (Vue)
Hidden Figures (Vue)
Jackie (the Dukes)
John Wick: Chapter 2 (Reel, Vue)
La La Land (Reel)
Sing (Reel, Vue)
Split (Vue)
T2 Trainspotting (Reel, the Dukes, Vue)
The Great Wall (Reel)
The Lego Batman Movie (Reel, Vue)
The Space Between Us (Reel)
Trolls (Vue)
Saturday 18th February 2017
Ballerina (Reel)
Fifty Shades Darker (Reel, Vue)
Hacksaw Ridge (Vue)
Hell or High Water (the Dukes)
Hidden Figures (Vue)
Jackie (the Dukes)
John Wick: Chapter 2 (Reel, Vue)
La La Land (Reel)
Sing (Reel, Vue)
Split (Vue)
T2 Trainspotting (Reel, the Dukes, Vue)
The Great Wall (Reel)
The Lego Batman Movie (Reel, Vue)
The Space Between Us (Reel)
Trolls (Vue)
Sunday 19th February 2017
Ballerina (Reel)
Fifty Shades Darker (Reel, Vue)
Hacksaw Ridge (Vue)
Hidden Figures (Vue)
John Wick: Chapter 2 (Reel, Vue)
La La Land (Reel)
Sing (Reel, Vue)
Split (Vue)
T2 Trainspotting (Reel, the Dukes, Vue)
The Great Wall (Reel)
The Lego Batman Movie (Reel, Vue)
The Space Between Us (Reel)
Trolls (Vue)
Monday 20th February 2017
Fifty Shades Darker (Reel, Vue)
Hacksaw Ridge (Vue)
Hidden Figures (Vue)
John Wick: Chapter 2 (Reel, Vue)
La La Land (Reel)
Lion (Vue)
Manchester by the Sea (the Dukes)
Passengers (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)
Tuesday 21st February 2017
Fifty Shades Darker (Reel, Vue)
Hacksaw Ridge (Vue)
Hidden Figures (Vue)
John Wick: Chapter 2 (Reel, Vue)
La La Land (Reel)
Lion (Vue)
Sing (Reel)
T2 Trainspotting (Reel, Vue)
The Great Wall (Reel)
The Lego Batman Movie (Reel, Vue)
The Space Between Us (Reel)
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)
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)
T2 Trainspotting (the Dukes, Vue)
The Great Wall (Reel)
The Lego Batman Movie (Reel, Vue)
The Space Between Us (Reel)
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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