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Local Cinema Round-Up for the 15th to 23rd March 2017

Peter Clarke


Our final Local Cinema Round-up by Peter Clarke has reviews of  three new films coming to Lancaster this week, to help you plan your movie date.

Peter, VL owes you a massive vote of thanks for all your very handy guides to the local cinema screens. We're looking forward to your new assignment!
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Films in Lancaster 15th to 23rd March 2017

Three new films reach local cinemas this week viz:
Beauty and the Beast (PG) - Musical drama. A re-interpretation of the well known fairy tale.
Get Out (15) - Comedy horror as a man feels threatened when he visits his girlfriend's family.
Why Him (15) - Comedy when an overprotective father disapproves of his daughter's boyfriend.

The region has lost the following movies: Ballerina; Fifty Shades Darker; Patriots Day; The Eagle Huntress; The Great Wall; Toni Erdmann and Trolls. In addition the movies John Wick: Chapter 2; Lion and Manchester by the Sea will soon come to an end of their screening. This week however we don't have the return of any previously screened films.

Drama is very well represented this week. Family problems come with Fences; Lion; Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight. The story of disadvantaged mathematicians is depicted in Hidden Figures. An IT consultant wreaks havoc in I.T. and there are problems with Indian independence in Viceroy's House.

Action movies on offer include gun violence in John Wick: Chapter 2; King Kong in Kong: Skull Island and X-Man adventure in Logan.

Comedic adventure is provided by Fist Fight; Irreplaceable; The Time of their Lives and Why Him.

There is just one movie in the category of horror this week with the newly released Get Out.

Family entertainment is also well represented with the newly released Beauty and the Beast along with the more established Moana; Sing and The Lego Batman Movie.

Finally high culture this week comes with Bolshoi Ballet: A Contemporary Evening.

Film Reviews


Director: John Moore
Certificate: 15
Cast includes: Pierce Brosnan, Anna Friel, Stefanie Scott, James Frecheville
Mike Regan (Brosnan) is a business tycoon, living with his wife Rose (Friel) and their daughter Kaitlyn (Scott) in a state of the art house. He hires an I.T consultant Ed Porter (Frecheville) whom he invites to fix a problem in his house. However, they fall out and Porter extracts revenge by spying on the family and controlling their house. The feud escalates. This is a high-tech, though rather disappointing stalker movie, with a plot that lacks originality. It has received rather poor reviews.

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.


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.