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Now showing at Brighton's Big Screen Madeira Drive,Brighton BN2 1TW

  • Blade Runner
  • Interstellar
  • Shrek
  • The Dark Knight
  • Toy Story 3

Blade Runner 4 stars

Sci-fi.

  • GenreAdaptation, Classic, Science Fiction
  • CastHarrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young.
  • DirectorRidley Scott.
  • WriterHampton Fancher, David Peoples.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration117 mins
  • Official site

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Wednesday 2nd September 2015

Interstellar 4 stars

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Planet earth is slowly dying. Mankind looks to the stars for a new planet to colonise. When scientists discover a wormhole that should allow a spacecraft to travel beyond the galaxy into the unknown, doting father Cooper bids farewell to his son Tom and daughter Murph to lead an exploratory mission in search of a new home. Accompanied by fellow explorers Brand, Doyle and Romilly, Cooper undertakes the most important mission in human history.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastMatthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, John Lithgow, Topher Grace, Casey Affleck, Sir Michael Caine, Wes Bentley, Ellen Burstyn.
  • DirectorChristopher Nolan.
  • WriterChristopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan.
  • CountryUS/UK
  • Duration164 mins
  • Official sitewww.interstellarmovie.com/index-intl.php
  • Release07/11/2014

Writer-director Christopher Nolan shoots for the stars with a futuristic thriller, co-written with his brother Jonathan, about mankind's search beyond this galaxy for a new home to replace a dying planet earth. Epic in scope and wildly ambitious, Interstellar doesn't quite achieve its bold vision of a love story between a father and daughter set against the vast backdrop of mankind's final roll of the dice to avoid extinction.

However, even when this grand futuristic adventure malfunctions, it's a deeply engrossing meditation on the ties that bind and the endurance of those emotional bonds across space and time.

Nolan and cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema have captured some of the most breathtaking vistas including our first glimpses of a black hole or wormhole on large-format IMAX film.

These sequences pack a mighty visual punch and powerfully convey how tiny and seemingly insignificant we are on our third rock from the sun. Composer Hans Zimmer, who collaborated with the London-born director on The Dark Knight trilogy, provides another bombastic orchestral score to complement the majestic imagery.

Planet earth is dying: great dust clouds sweep across agricultural plains, ruining crops and making it impossible to breathe comfortably without face masks. "We used to look up and wonder about our place in the stars. Now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt," laments Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a former test pilot, who toils the parched soil with his 15-year-old son Tom (Timothee Chalamet) and 10-year-old daughter Murph (Mackenzie Foy).

Cooper answers a call from Professor Brand (Michael Caine) to lead a mission to locate a new planet capable of sustaining human life. "We're not meant to save the world. We're meant to leave it," explains Brand, whose scientist daughter Amelia (Anne Hathaway) will be part of the four-strong crew along with astrophysicist Romilly (David Gyasi) and pilot Doyle (Wes Bentley).

Leaving his brood in the care of his father-in-law (John Lithgow), Cooper undertakes the most important mission in human history, knowing that failure would mean certain death for the people he loves.

Interstellar retains a tight focus on the characters without sacrificing the adrenaline-pumping thrills that fans expect from director Nolan. Two talking military machines called TARS (voiced by Bill Irwin) and CASE are a marvel of mechanical puppeteering and inject much needed humour.

"I have a discretion setting," deadpans TARS in response to a request from Cooper to disclose sensitive information. Oscar winners McConaughey and Hathaway add emotional heft to their embattled astronauts, wringing out tears after Amelia sternly warns Cooper: "You might have to choose between seeing your children again and saving the human race."

A couple of dense, wordy philosophical discussions about gravity and love orbit the moon of unintentional hilarity but thankfully, Nolan avoids the crash and burn in the nick of time.

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Wednesday 2nd September 2015

Shrek 4 stars

Once upon a time, in a far away fairy-tale land, there lived a smelly green ogre called Shrek who had no time whatsoever for any of that Prince Charming nonsense. All he wanted was to find an equally ugly wife and settle down in hideous marital bliss. Unfortunately, the ruler of the realm, Lord Farquar, ruins that plan, and Shrek is forced to play the reluctant hero to save the Princess.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Animation/Cartoon, Children's, Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
  • CastCameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers.
  • DirectorAndrew Adams, Vicky Jenson.
  • WriterTed Elliott, Roger SH Schulman, Terry Rossio, Joe Stillman.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration90 mins
  • Official site
  • Release29/06/2001

Billed rather boldly as "the greatest fairy tale never told", Shrek is a wickedly entertaining and wildly imaginative fable about being true to yourself and following your heart. Across the pond, the film has out-grossed box-office heavyweights such as The Mummy Returns, Pearl Harbor and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. As Disney has known for many years, animation is a lucrative business - if you get the ingredients just right. So, if you're sitting comfortably, then I'll begin. Once upon a time, in a far away fairy-tale land, there lived a pungent green ogre called Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) who had no time whatsoever for any of that Prince Charming nonsense. Rude and abrasive, and not at all frightened of the torch-wielding locals, all Shrek wanted was to find an equally ugly wife and settle down in hideous marital bliss in his cosy little swamp. Unfortunately, the ruler of the realm, the diminutive Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) rather spoilt that plan when he banished the fairy-tale folk from his kingdom, forcing the likes of the three little pigs, Pinocchio and Sleeping Beauty to seek shelter on Shrek's property. Finding his home over-run with unwanted visitors - big bad wolf in his bed; the poisoned Snow White asleep on the kitchen table - Shrek paid Lord Farquaad a visit and struck a deal. He would rescue the Farquaad's bride-to-be, the beautiful and spirited Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), if Lord Farquaad would agree to remove the fairy-tale folk from the swamp. Farquaad consented, and Shrek reluctantly embarked on the quest of his life, accompanied by a donkey (Eddie Murphy) with a mean tongue and an even meaner attitude. Their journey took them to a tower guarded by an amorous dragon, and into the forest where Robin Hood (Vincent Cassel) came a cropper thanks to Fiona's nifty kung-fu moves. Shrek fell hopelessly in love with Fiona but didn't dare disclose his true feelings. After all - how could someone as radiant and refined as a princess ever feel anything but revulsion for someone as disgusting and uncouth as an ogre? Crafted by the computer animation wizards responsible for Antz, Shrek is a feast for the senses, with lush and colourful visuals, and plenty of uproarious humour for big and small kids alike. The humans are surprisingly life-like, and the expressiveness of the character's faces is extraordinary, conveying the gamut of emotions. Vitally, the film boasts a solid and engaging story which operates on two levels: plying slapstick and toilet humour for the little 'uns and innuendo and pop culture references for the parents. For example, the fight between Fiona and the merry men includes the now compulsory Matrix moment, and the credits sequence is a nod and a wink to Raymond Briggs's classic Fungus The Bogeyman. The film rattles along at a brisk 90 minutes, although it would have been nice to see a little more of the villain of the piece (and I'm not referring to his meagre stature). That said, Farquaad does have the best scene in the entire film, torturing the gingerbread man by firstly breaking off one leg then threatening to pluck his candy buttons. The poor biscuity lad spends the rest of the movie hobbling about on crutches. Shrek more than lives up to the hype. Bold and inventive, and uproariously funny, this is the best summer movie of the year so far. By a long, long way.

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Wednesday 2nd September 2015

The Dark Knight 5 stars

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Millionaire Bruce Wayne continues his crusade against crime in Gotham City in his guise as Batman, aided by Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, who is romantically involved with Bruce's old flame, Rachel Dawes. Crime figures soar when criminal mastermind The Joker declares war on the police and on Batman. As the battle between good and evil becomes increasingly personal, Bruce turns to his loyal butler Alfred and to Wayne Enterprises technical genius Lucius Fox to keep his winged alter-ego from plummeting into the abyss.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Drama, Romance
  • CastChristian Bale, Heath Ledger, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman, Eric Roberts, Cillian Murphy, Anthony Michael Hall, Chin Han.
  • DirectorChristopher Nolan.
  • WriterJonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration152 mins
  • Official sitewww.thedarkknightmovie.co.uk
  • Release24/07/2008

With a record-breaking opening weekend in America tucked under the utility bat-belt, Christopher Nolan's dark, brooding sequel swoops onto these shores amidst a storm of hype and feverish anticipation. No film could live up to such expectations but The Dark Knight soars tantalizingly close, probing the inner demons of Gotham's favourite crime-fighter as he duels with his most famous adversary. The death of Heath Ledger from an accidental overdose of prescription medication casts a long shadow over Nolan's gloomy picture, adding a tragic dimension to The Joker.

Ledger's powerhouse portrayal of the demented clown with an unquenchable thirst for anarchy is being tipped for an Oscar. Certainly, it's a dazzling performance; a far cry from Jack Nicholson's camp trickster in Tim Burton's Batman. However, he is not the film's most intriguing or affecting villain: that honour belongs to Aaron Eckhart as the fatally flawed District Attorney Harvey Dent, whose metamorphosis into vengeful Two-Face is riveting.

Nolan builds on the solid framework of Batman Begins to deliver even more eye-popping action sequences including a high-speed chase on the Bat-Pod through Gotham, which reaches a crescendo with an 18-wheeler flipping end over end. The director shot many of these set pieces with IMAX cameras - a first for a major feature film. On the gargantuan canvas of these special cinemas, The Dark Knight leaves you breathless.

Having vanquished The Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy), millionaire Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) continues his crusade against crime aided by Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent, who is romantically involved with old flame Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Crime figures soar when deranged criminal mastermind The Joker declares war on the man in the cowl.

As the people of Gotham turn against their saviour, Bruce relies on loyal butler Alfred (Michael Caine) and Wayne Enterprises technical genius Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) to stop him falling into the abyss.

The Dark Knight opens with a nerve-shredding bank heist that introduces the character of The Joker and steadily cranks up the tension. Nolan and brother Jonathan, who co-wrote the script, don't waste a single second of the 152-minute running time; this is a lean, muscular and extremely violent battle between good and evil. The Joker's opening trick (making a pencil disappear) sets the grisly tone for the rest of the film. Casualties are high, even among the principal cast, interspersed with terrific confrontations between an increasingly conflicted Batman and his adversaries.

Bale is somewhat squeezed out of the frame - there could have been more scenes of Bruce wrestling with his conscience - and a pivotal action sequence involving Batman's new sonar-imaging lenses is horribly disorienting thanks to strobing computer effects and Lee Smith's hyper-kinetic editing. However, these are minor blemishes on an otherwise thrilling adventure that echoes Harvey's prophetic words: "You either die a hero... or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain."

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Thursday 3rd September 2015

Toy Story 3 5 stars

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Andy is preparing to leave for college. He has packed up his belongings, setting aside Woody for life on campus, while the other toys are bound for the attic in a black bin liner. Unfortunately, Andy's mother mistakes the bag for rubbish and donates the toys to Sunnyside day care centre, a brightly coloured paradise ruled by Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear. When Woody learns his friends are in danger, he orchestrates an elaborate escape plan.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Animation/Cartoon, Children, Children's, Comedy, Drama, Family, Family
  • CastNed Beatty, Tom Hanks, Michael Keaton, Joan Cusack, Tim Allen, Timothy Dalton.
  • DirectorLee Unkrich.
  • WriterMichael Arndt.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration108 mins
  • Official sitewww.toystory.com
  • Release19/07/2010

The toys are back in town as the computer animation wizards at Pixar bid a fond farewell to Woody the cowboy, Buzz Lightyear and their other beloved creations. Third time's most certainly a charm - Toy Story 3 surpasses the 1995 original and its 1999 sequel for thrills, spills and belly laughs, delivering the most satisfying journey of the rootin' tootin' trilogy. If the emotional upheaval of Pixar's previous feature Up left you sobbing uncontrollably then pack plenty of handkerchiefs.

The final 10 minutes of Lee Unkrich's film are sublime, guaranteed to wring floods of saltwater from audiences as the animators strike the perfect balance between laughter and tears. As usual, Pixar packages the main feature with a charming animated short. Day & Night is a master class in simplicity, proving that dazzling visuals are nothing without a neat dramatic conceit and strong characters. Toy Story 3 has it all.

Andy (voiced by John Morris) is preparing to leave for college. He has packed up his belongings, setting aside Woody (Tom Hanks) for life on campus, while the other toys are bound for the attic in a black bin liner. Unfortunately, Andy's mother mistakes the bag for rubbish and donates the toys to Sunnyside day care centre, a brightly coloured paradise ruled by Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear (Ned Beatty).

"You'll never be outgrown, or neglected...no owners means no heartbreak!" smiles the bear, convincing Buzz (Tim Allen), Jessie the cowgirl (Joan Cusack) and the gang that they will be deliriously happy in their new home. Barbie (Jodi Benson) is especially happy to meet Ken (Michael Keaton), who has dreamy abs and a walk-in closet to rival the Sex And The City gals.

Having said farewell to his buddies, Woody meets a stuffed hedgehog called Mr Pricklepants (Timothy Dalton), who reveals the truth about the day care centre. "Sunnyside is a place of ruin and despair, ruled by an evil bear who smells of strawberries!" he booms. So Woody races back to the centre to orchestrate an elaborate escape plan and return all of his friends to Andy's attic.

Toy Story 3 opens with a breathtaking action sequence and the third film continues to dazzle with each brilliantly orchestrated set piece. The script sparkles with hilarious one-liners, like when Hamm (John Ratzenberger) resigns himself to the dusty attic and quips: "Let's go see how much we're going for on eBay."

Ken and Barbie's courtship is hysterical - "You don't know me from GI Joe but I feel like we were made for each other," coos the he-doll. And there are romantic sparks too between Jessie and Buzz, the latter discovering his passionate side thanks to a malfunction with the language settings. Hanks and Allen are in delightful form, sparking off one another as their characters go to infinity and beyond one last time. So long partners.

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Thursday 3rd September 2015