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The Bikeriders (15)

The Bikeriders

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Tuesday 23 Jul 202414:00 Book Now (Closed)
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Inspired by Danny Lyon’s 1968 photographic study of Chicago bikers, this power struggle-cum-love triangle is riveting stuff.


Although Jeff Nichols’s film shares the book’s title, it’s no documentary recreation, rather a revved-up pulp-fictional replay of the long-lost outlaw biker movie. Our guide is Kathy (Jodie Comer), the wife of brooding bad boy Benny (a James Dean-esque Austin Butler) who finds herself relegated to a distant second place behind the biker life and Benny’s mentor, leader-of-the pack Johnny (Tom Hardy). The gang, known as The Vandals, also include members Cal (Boyd Holbrook) and Zipco (Michael Shannon). It’s a vivid, fleshed-out insider’s eye view of a subculture populated by authentically hard-edged lost souls.


In telling the story from Kathy’s point of view, Nichols humanises and disarms his characters, giving each one greater depth than typically expected of a testosterone-fuelled, biking affair.


Everything is played out against a delicious soundtrack of ‘60s deep cuts, and while Nichols could have gotten away with simply having Comer, in retro leather, careening down the highway on a Harley, he offers a much more engaging story. And if you’re a sucker for cracking endings, it’s unmissable.


The Conversation (12A)

The Conversation

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Tuesday 23 Jul 202419:30 Book Now

Francis Ford Coppola’s gripping Neo-noir thriller celebrates its 50th anniversary.


Set in a post-Watergate era, the film follows Harry Caul (Gene Hackman), a surveillance expert hired to record a seemingly innocuous conversation between a young couple. As Harry meticulously analyses the recording, he becomes increasingly paranoid, suspecting that the conversation may lead to murder. His obsession with the recording's implications drives him into a moral and psychological crisis, where he must confront his own guilt and the ethical boundaries of his profession.


When The Conversation was first released in 1974, it offered a thoughtful reflection on contemporary concerns about surveillance and privacy. The film owes a lot to Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up for its existence, mirroring its themes of perception versus reality but within the realm of audio surveillance. Its innovative sound design, paired with a straightforward yet compelling narrative, redefined psychological thrillers and made a lasting impact on the genre, paving the way for films like Blow Out, Enemy of the State and Zodiac.


Caught between the towering presence of the first two Godfather chapters, this gem often gets overshadowed, but it stands as a timeless testament to Coppola's brilliance


Treasure (12A)

Treasure

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Wednesday 24 Jul 202414:00 Book Now
Wednesday 24 Jul 202419:30 Book Now

Two New Yorkers explore post-socialist Poland in Julia von Heinz’s enjoyable dramedy.


American music journalist Ruth (Lena Dunham) and her father, Edek (Stephen Fry), a charmingly stubborn Holocaust survivor, embark on a journey to his homeland. While Ruth is eager to make sense of her family's past, Edek has his own agenda as he unlocks his painful memories.


Between Edek and Ruth, much has been hidden or distorted out of an irrational fear of one another’s concerns. Von Heinz is able to translate with this in a somewhat lighthearted manner, but seriously considers the broader implications of entire generations and the pain they’ve suppressed.


Dunham, who rarely acts outside of the films she directs herself, is an inspired choice as Ruth. The squabbling between father and daughter is undoubtedly one of the film’s brightest points and the teaming of Dunham and Fry, which one might not think would work, is it’s greatest trick. And with that winning duo at its centre, Treasure is airy enough to open up the conversations that its characters have to dig so deep within themselves to have, treating touchy subject matter with the respect it deserves


Kinds of Kindness (18)

Kinds of Kindness

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Friday 26 Jul 202414:00 Book Now
Saturday 27 Jul 202419:00 Book Now

Yorgos Lanthimos drags us to some mind-bending places in this trippy, triptych fable.


Returning to their surreally challenging storytelling style, Lanthimos and writing partner Efthimos Filippou have concocted three separate stories starring the same core cast. Each is a warped quest for some sort of redemption, with elements that ring true only within the reality of the narrative.


First there's Robert (Jesse Plemons), whose every life detail is dictated by his depraved desperation to get back into the good books of Raymond (Willem Dafoe), his boss. Then there’s cop Daniel (Plemons again), convinced wife Liz (Emma Stone), recently reunited, is not the same person who was reported missing. Finally, Emily (Stone) and Andrew (Plemons) are searching for the promised one for their cult leaders (Dafoe and Hong Chau).


These three tales explore ideas of power and morality in ways that are, at times, literally breathtaking. Seven actors play different roles in each segment, as a carefully ordered existence is disrupted and needs healing. Plemons is the standout, with three amazingly nuanced, emotionally raw roles, while Emma Stone once again reveals her fearlessness in facing whatever Lanthimos throws at her. Fiercely original and impossibly unforgettable


A Quiet Place: Day One (15)

A Quiet Place: Day One

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Friday 26 Jul 202419:30 Book Now
Thursday 1 Aug 202419:30 Book Now

Michael Sarnoski’s ambitious prequel expands the quietest of cinematic universes.


With the critical and financial success of both A Quiet Place and A Quiet Place Part II, it should come as no surprise that we're getting more. And starting from the very beginning, watching a series of catastrophic events unfold through the eyes of Sam (Lupita Nyong’o), we finally get to experience just exactly how the world went quiet.


Despite the change of scenery and the larger scale that comes with New York City, it's been designed with the same apocalyptic survival horror and classic creature feature elements that it’s predecessors have utilised so well. However, the big city setting offers a number of opportunities we’ve not seen before, namely big action set pieces (with the exception of that great flashback in Part II), more oppressive sequences inside buildings and underground, and more poor humans in extreme danger. And a cat. Because how can you keep a cat quiet?


With a lean cast packing a mighty punch (Nyong’o in typically fine form alongside the similarly excellent Joseph Quinn and Djimon Hounsou), this is a refreshingly straightforward remedy to the many modern sci-fi films that have become far too bloated for their own good.


Inside Out 2 (U)

Inside Out 2

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Saturday 27 Jul 202414:00 Book Now (LAST FEW SEATS)
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Pixar’s follow-up to their 2015 mega hit glimmers with the diamond-hard truths about growing up.


Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust have been running a successful operation by all accounts. However as Riley’s childhood innocence fades and Anxiety shows up, they aren't sure how to feel. Unprepared for this rapid change, Joy and the other emotions soon discover that Riley is far more volatile than ever before.


Spicing things up a notch with more than a sprinkle of teenage angst, this is a really solid sequel to arguably one of Pixar’s very best works. Tapping into what it means to leave childhood behind, things feel a little more mature this time around, fitting given the dawn of Riley’s teenage years. It’s incredibly relatable, driving home a heartfelt message about the truth of what it is to be human in all its beautiful complexities. Breezy and light on its feet, there are also lovely little nuggets of insight into what makes us all tick.


This is one of those franchises that could naturally run forever, exploring pivotal life moments as Riley transitions her way towards and through adulthood. But for now, it’s just nice to be reunited.


The Garfield Movie (U)

The Garfield Movie

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Monday 29 Jul 202414:00 Book Now

Say what you will about Garfield, but the cat knows his strengths. Lazing around, eating lasagna, hating Mondays. The repertoire may be lean, but the 46-year career suggests it’s a winning one.


This latest attempt at adapting Jim Davis’ creation - readily marketed here as a glossy, sellable brand - shows how Garfield (Chris Pratt) first met his human owner Jon (Nicholas Hoult) and became estranged from his father Vic (Samuel L. Jackson) who shows up just in time to beg his son for help in a daring milk-bottle heist to pay off the vindictive Persian cat Jinx (Hannah Waddingham). Even Snoop Dogg turns up to voice a cat at one point.


Whether or not you think this is an origin story that needs to be told, and one in such a frenetic, Minions-esque way for that matter, is up to the little ones to decide. Parents do get a few bones thrown in the form of movie references to Mission: Impossible, Top Gun and, bizarrely, Fargo. But this is definitely aimed at (very) young. Best to just go with it.


Rose (subtitled) (TBC)

Rose (subtitled)

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Monday 29 Jul 202419:30 Book Now

(Subtitled)


Sofie Grabøl delivers a masterclass in acting in this excellent Danish road movie.


Sisters Inger and Rose have just set off on a highly anticipated coach trip to Paris. But when Inger announces her struggles with schizophrenia to the group, they are faced with pity from some and discrimination from others. On arrival in Paris, it soon becomes clear that Inger has a hidden agenda concerning a figure from her past, ultimately involving the entire group in her hunt for answers.


The trip itself brings out many sides of Inger, making the film at times both a drama and a comedy. At first her manner of speaking and her cautiousness are off-putting to those around her, but she also is full of surprises, even for her sister. Grabøl deftly manages the slow revelation of Inger’s many layers and of her past regrets so that we’re swept along with her, taking her side as she tries to resolve old business. She makes her so perfectly believable. A tremendous, multi-faceted approach to a subject screenwriter and director Niels Arden Oplev’s knows and understands through first-hand experience, and it shows.


The Fall Guy (12A)

The Fall Guy

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Tuesday 30 Jul 202414:00 Book Now
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Ryan Gosling is Colt Seavers, a top stunt

professional whose career and burgeoning

romantic relationship are both derailed by a

broken back from a botched fall on set.

Now Jody (Emily Blunt), the ex-girlfriend he ghosted

after the incident, is directing her first feature, a scifi

B-movie called Metal Storm. And Colt is tempted

out of retirement at her express request. Except

she didn’t ask for him and she wants nothing more

to do with him. Meanwhile, the film within a film’s

star, Tom Ryder (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is missing,

and the fate of Jody’s debut hangs in the balance.

It’s up to Colt to combine his stuntman prowess and

investigative skills (or lack thereof) to unravel the

mystery.

Gosling, still riding high off his Kenergy, has

mastered the art of playing the loveable rogue.

Every mischievous smile and whip-smart comeback

showcases why he’s at the top of his game. Blunt

equally delights, with a nice line in deadpan

delivery. Director David Leitch plays to their

strengths, and paired together, the duo summon

some old-fashioned, feel-good romantic charm: in

other words, a proper summer movie.

Dirty Harry (15)

Dirty Harry

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Wednesday 31 Jul 202419:30 Book Now

Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical (PG)

Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical

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Friday 2 Aug 202414:00 Book Now

Content Warning: mild threat, comic violence


A candy-coloured adaptation of both Tim Minchin’s smash-hit musical and Roald Dahl’s beloved classic.


Utterly misunderstood by her narrow-minded opportunistic parents, the naturally bright Matilda educates herself with the help of story-loving librarian Mrs Phelps. When she is eventually enrolled for school at Crunchem Hall, Matilda strikes up a bond with her teacher, Miss Honey. But it’s a different tale elsewhere. The older girls are menacing and child-loathing headmistress Miss Trunchbull (Thompson) is a terrifying, monstrous presence who rules with an iron fist (and Hammer). When Matilda calls her out as a bully, Trunchbull vows to crush her, setting off a battle of wits that escalates to outrageous proportions.


This is a reimagining focusing not so much on Matilda’s telekinetic powers but on how stifling grown-ups can be of of children’s wishes and dreams. It allows the music to take the story to another place, and Minchin’s catalogue of catchy numbers are an absolute joy from start to finish.


Packed with laughs, shocks, surprises and a spectacularly scene-stealing performance from Thompson, this is one Dahl adaptation that’s surreal, fantastical and strange enough without ever feeling the need to morph into another lifeless Tim Burton production. Great fun.


Robot Dreams (PG)

Robot Dreams

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Saturday 3 Aug 202414:00 Book Now

An unconventional friendship blossoms in this charmingly quirky animated feature.


In the animal-inhabited streets of 1980s New York, Dog leads a solitary life yearning for companionship. His wish comes true when he discovers an advertisement on a home-shopping network for a build-your-own robot companion. Quickly forming an unbreakable bond, Dog and Robot explore the vibrant city together, culminating in a blissful day at Ocean Beach. However, Robot's inability to withstand water leaves him stranded when the beach closes for the season, forcing Dog to leave him behind. As months pass, Robot dreams of reuniting with Dog while his loyal friend anxiously awaits his return.


The film is packed with delightful and witty visual details, every element pointing to the story's central themes about companionship and connection. These may be simple line drawings, but they burst with feelings that create characters who are strongly engaging. Without a single word of spoken dialogue, they reveal complex textures, revealing thoughts and feelings that are easy to identify with for anyone who has ever felt lonely or loved.


A thoroughly grown-up movie that has something important to say to children too and thoroughly deserves to become a cult classic


Back To Black (15)

Back To Black

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Saturday 3 Aug 202419:00 Book Now

The life and legacy of post-millennial pop’s unforgettable icon.


Arguably the greatest singer of her generation and the queen of modern soul, Amy Winehouse recorded just two albums in her lifetime: 2003’s Frank and 2006’s sixteen-million-selling masterpiece Back to Black. But so enduring are her songs and shadow-eyed, wild-beehived image that she practically defines her era single-handedly.


Here, rather than delving into the forensic details surrounding Amy's tragic death, Sam Taylor-Johnson’s film chooses to focus predominantly on celebrating her life and musical journey. Back to Black unfolds as the story viewed through the lens of the singer herself, an approach that sidesteps the potential pitfalls of recounting her rise and fall.


While there exist grittier and darker portrayals of Winehouse's life that could be depicted on screen, Marisa Abela brilliantly captures her essence with a tenderness that highlights her youth, a stark contrast to her tough exterior and a voice rich far beyond her years. And though it may present a somewhat sanitised version of Amy's decline compared to Asif Kapadia's gritty and definitive 2015 documentary Amy, this film still paints a significant narrative of an artist tragically lost well before her time.


Fly Me To The Moon (12A)

Fly Me To The Moon

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Sunday 4 Aug 202418:00 Book Now
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Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum star in this sharp, stylish comedy-drama set against the high-stakes backdrop of NASA's historic Apollo 11 moon landing.


Brought in to fix NASA's public image, sparks fly in all directions as marketing maven Kelly Jones (Johansson) wreaks havoc on launch director Cole Davis's (Tatum) already difficult task. When the White House deems the mission too important to fail, Jones is directed to stage a fake moon landing as back-up and the countdown truly begins.


In a current era when it seems like every other thing is a conspiracy story, does truth still hold the same weight? Playing up to the concept of whether or not we faked it all, Fly Me to the Moon tackles this very question head-on.


A fine supporting cast alongside Tatum and Johansson (surprisingly their first time working together) includes other acting heavyweights such Woody Harrelson (as NASA top-dog Moe Berkus), Ray Romano and Jim Rash.


Meticulously crafted to reflect the ambiance of the 1960’s, it’s a fun and welcoming work of fiction that hooks into the real-life efforts to market the moon landings to the American public and the world


Ama Gloria (Subtitled) (12A)

Ama Gloria (Subtitled)

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Monday 5 Aug 202419:30 Book Now

(Subtitled)


Writer-director Marie Amachoukeli-Barsacq’s fascinating glimpse into the mind of a young French child.


For 6-year-old Cleo in Paris, her nanny Gloria (Ilca Moreno Zego) is the only mother she can remember. She's devastated when Gloria has to return home to Cape Verde to care for her teen children so is sent over for a summer visit. On this tropical island, Cleo is ecstatic to reunite with Gloria, meeting Gloria's pregnant daughter Nanda and surly son Cesar, plus the lively Uncle Joachim. But Cleo begins to understand that Gloria can't return home with her, and she starts to wonder just how she might fix that.


Anchored by an extraordinary performance by 6-year-old Louise Mauroy-Panzani, the film takes an approach that focusses on the characters' feelings rather than any straightforward plot structure. Virtually narrative-free, the story meanders through scenes observing young Cleo as she goes through a momentous few months. Her everyday experiences in France are a huge contrast to what she sees and learns on Cape Verde and the characters she encounters there. Naturalistic, up-close imagery pulls you into the interaction between these people, drawing out raw emotions that somehow gurgle up from underneath. Warm and also sometimes very intense,  it’s a punchy and powerfully involving drama


Back To The Future (PG)

Back To The Future

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Tuesday 6 Aug 202414:00 Book Now


Computer generated blockbusters of recent times are making big box office, but you can't argue that good honest charm and wit is sorely missing. Thankfully this 25th Anniversary (2010) re-release of Back to the Future reminds us how it’s done. Robert Zemeckis' timeless classic combines perfect pacing with forever remembered performances, by Fox and Lloyd


Teenager Marty McFly gets stuck in 1955 thanks to a time-travelling DeLorean. It’s eccentric inventor Doc Brown (the immortal Christopher Lloyd) must find away to get Marty back to the future. The golden rule is never to interact with anyone, or the consequences could be that… Marty was never born!


“Marty's on a mission to make his dad George McFly (Glover) man up, avoid getting it on with his own mum and invent rock ’n’ roll. And it’s just as good as it was in 1985.” (Total Film)


The fable’s emotional hook stems from something most of us would have pondered at some point. What were our parents like in their youth? BTTF injects this with sci-fi fantasy and humour, forging a rollicking yarn. “Despite all the denim, the film hasn’t dated that badly because it gazes lovingly backwards, to the era when America was the World’s innocent good-guy.” (Tot Film)

Old fans and first-timers over 10 will love it...


Sasquatch Sunset (15)

Sasquatch Sunset

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Tuesday 6 Aug 202419:30 Book Now

David and Nathan Zellner’s defiantly offbeat fantasy drama follows a Bigfoot family over four momentous seasons.


In a redwood forest, a male (Jesse Eisenberg) and female (Riley Keough) are accompanied by their child and an older male as they groom each other, forage for ferns and berries, build shelters, move from place to place and meditate on their lives. There are dangers everywhere, but also wonders to enjoy. But events conspire to change the nature of their little community, including the female's pregnancy and a prowling mountain lion. And signs of humanity's encroachment begin to appear everywhere they look, from red X's on trees to a campsite full of fascinating things.


Shot in the spectacular northern California landscapes, this is one of those one-off films that could only come from extremely curious filmmakers. It has a wonderfully deadpan sense of humour, even as the story turns towards the dark and emotional. And the result is both involving and memorable. Despite the absence of dialogue, expressive performances and superb prosthetic makeup bring these figures to vivid life, right down to the tiniest of details. A surprisingly moving look at the relationship between the natural world and its inhabitants


The Nature of Love (Subtitled) (15)

The Nature of Love (Subtitled)

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Wednesday 7 Aug 202419:30 Book Now

Monia Chokri’s riotously romantic French Canadian comedy offers laughter with a meaningful kick.


In Montreal, academics Sophia (Blondeau) and Xavier (Rheaume) enjoy a comfortable life. However, when handyman Sylvain (Cardinal) arrives to fix their lake home, his open and overt sexuality sparks a heated affair with Sophia. The prospect of starting a new a new life with Sylvain feels like the most natural thing in the world, until she meets his friends and family.


Performances are earthy and expressive, with the story told through Sophia's eyes. Blondeau gets the balance right between her brainy smugness and compulsive yearnings, and she also finds very differing kinds of strong chemistry with Cardinal and Rheaume. Sylvain is the sexual driver that Sophia longs for, while also being unusually observant and honest, whereas Rheaume's Xavier is more quietly charming. They win Sophia over with their body and mind, respectively, each making his own vivid connection. Chokri’s cheeky directorial decisions add interest to key scenes by casually obscuring details or isolating characters with up-close camerawork, while carefully designed costumes and musical choices further define each of the trio.


The result is a film that's funny, sexy, challenging and moving in equal measure


IF (U)

IF

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Thursday 8 Aug 202414:00 Book Now

Ever wondered what happened to your old

childhood imaginary friend? Find out in this

wondrous and anarchic Ryan Reynolds starring

fantasy.

Kids grow up, for better and worse. But where

does that leave the hoards of imaginary friends

who helped us through childhood? After a tough

incident in her own early life, Bea (Cailey Flemming)

starts seeing these unwanted and abandoned

imaginary friends, or IFs, wandering alone. And

as the only other person to share her vision, Cal

(Reynolds) works with Bea to partner the IFs with

a new generation of kids, including Blue (voice of

Steve Carrell) who looks like a less creepy version of

Grimace from McDonalds.

Imaginary friends are adorable and all those things,

but they’re also time capsules of your hopes, dreams

and ambitions when you were at your most innocent

and imaginative, and part of that never really goes

away. The film whimsically reminds us that there’s a

part of us that will never truly grow up. For adults, IF

is an endearing mishmash of nineties fantasy films

and those old cartoons you remember so dearly. For

kids it’s a colourful treat.

Chariots Of Fire (PG)

Chariots Of Fire

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Friday 9 Aug 202414:00 Book Now
Sunday 18 Aug 202418:00 Book Now

Hugh Hudson's rich and resonant recreation of a small but important British victory in the years between the wars.


Chariots of Fire is the definitive British prestige film. From it’s inspirational themes of overcoming prejudice to the determined performances from Ben Cross and Ian Charleson, it’s one of the most celebrated film on sports ever made.


On the eve of the 1924 Paris Olympics, we follow two underdog outsiders: Eric Liddell (Charleson) is a devout Scot who won't run on a Sunday; Harold Abrahams (Cross) is a Jewish runner who faces casual antisemitism at Cambridge University. Against the class-obsessed and religiously divided backdrop of 1920’s United Kingdom, the two determined young runners must prepare for the defining moments of their lives.


Intricately written, brilliantly acted and acutely directed, few films have left such a permanent mark on cinematic culture. The iconic opening scene, thanks in large part to Vangelis’ immortal score, is cinematic beauty in the highest form.


A bold, intelligent film and a bellowing tribute to the human spirit, it was a triumph then and its still a triumph now.

MaXXXine (18)

MaXXXine

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Friday 9 Aug 202419:30 Book Now

Ti West's third instalment in his delightfully dark series about the thirst for stardom interweaves grisly horror with a cynical commentary on Hollywood's ruthlessness.


In 1985, Maxine (Mia Goth) is eager to move from porn to mainstream films and auditions for "The Puritan" sequel by rising star filmmaker Elizabeth (Debicki). She lands the role, much to the delight of her shady agent Teddy. Meanwhile, the Night Stalker is terrorising the city and private eye John is tailing Maxine. As people around her begin to die, seemingly at the hands of a satanic cult, two detectives (Monaghan and Cannavale) take on the case.

Featuring a VHS-style aesthetic, a superb soundtrack and gruesome in-camera effects, the film taps into 1980s paranoia with its depiction of drug use and protests about demonic influences in movies, creating a gritty atmosphere ripe for random violence. Goth once again brings incredible depth to her performance as Maxine’s fearlessness against physical threats is highlighted, all presented with tongue-in-cheek humour, deranged comedy and extreme gore. Satire of fanatical Christianity and the cutthroat nature of the film industry is often superficial, but MaXXXine hints at a subtext suggesting stardom is supernatural


Untouchable (15)

Untouchable

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Sunday 11 Aug 202418:00 Book Now
Monday 12 Aug 202414:00 Book Now

What more to be said of this fabulous heartwarming gallic spark? A huge true-story hit around the world, no moreso than at here the Rex where it has/will run and run.


The film chronicles the unlikely burgeoning friendship between Philippe (Cluzet) a wealthy and cultured quadriplegic, and Driss (Omar Sy) a young banlieue (slum) dwelling French West African hired to be his reluctant carer.  This routine ‘odd-couple’ story works on some other level, simultaneously wry, tender and hard-hitting. Perhaps inevitably, Philippe and Driss find their cosmic differences reveal more about... Philippe's reluctant romantic involvement with a pen-friend; Driss with his flirtatious, mischievous ways and his deep rooted immigrant poverty and consequent daily family earthquakes.  “Untouchable’s moral is conservative optimism: give a man responsibility and he will act responsibly? Might charm, but wont change the world…” (Oh yeah? Telegraph) It will move yours.

From its opening ambiguity, it draws you in, teasing an uncertain tension, before you fall in love. Only the French seem to understand how to tell a fundamental human tale to touch us all across barriers of language and… borders. At the closing of a bad year, come: be uplifted by a European Country’s effortless art of screen story telling; perhaps France’s greatest export gift…



Tampopo (Subtitled) (15)

Tampopo (Subtitled)

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Monday 12 Aug 202419:30 Book Now

(Subtitled)


Two Japanese milk-truck drivers help a restaurant owner learn how to cook great noodles in Juzo Itami’s iconic comedy.


What is it about food that brings out the best in filmmakers across the globe? From slicing garlic with a razor prison style in Goodfellas to the Big Kahuna burger in Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, food on film has provided some of the most visceral, most memorable big screen moments.  


Itami’s classic is no different when it comes to mixing culinary and cinematic pleasures. It has the irresistible freshness of a recipe that many have tried to copy and none have matched. Every aspect of life is filtered through the prism of food. Its rituals of preparation and consumption, its role as a social unifier or divider, its many healthy uses and perverse abuses.


With a wonderful cast, Tampopo is a film that celebrates food, celebrates films, celebrates sex. In short, everything that pleases the senses. And when trucker Goro and his sidekick first saunter into widow Tampopo’s struggling noodle shop, what unfolds is a funny, affectionate celebration of all of these things and their broad, lasting influence on both Japanese and Western culture.


Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (12A)

Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade

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Tuesday 13 Aug 202414:00 Book Now
Tuesday 13 Aug 202419:30 Book Now

Father and son embark on a race to discover the Holy Grail in the wildest and warmest Indy of them all.


People tend to forget, but Temple of Doom was fairly controversial upon release. Stronger violence and darker story elements marked a dramatic shift away from the breezier Raiders of the Lost Ark. Lighter and more comedic than its predecessor, The Last Crusade returned the series to the brisk serial adventure roots of Raiders, while adding a dynamite double act between Harrison Ford and Sean Connery. Connery plays Henry Jones Sr, father to Indy and a medieval literature professor with strong religious convictions who has spent his life assembling clues to the Grail’s whereabouts. When he goes missing, Indiana is faced with finding both his father and unearthing the Grail before the Nazis can get their hands on it.


Shrugging off the criticisms Temple of Doom, Spielberg’s decision to return to thrilling action, a sense of mystery and that perfect blend of humour and adventure redrafted the blueprint for how a blockbuster follow-up should be done. The original final chapter, it remains impossible to deny the film's status as the very best of the series' sequels

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (U)

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

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Wednesday 14 Aug 202414:00 Book Now

The Spielberg classic returns to the big screen yet again, because why wouldn’t you want to take the family to see one of the greatest, most endearing American films ever produced?


That’s because the story of the little boy from a broken home who befriends an alien stranded on Earth - really is a masterpiece. The strange little creature is orphaned by the departure of his spaceship, visiting earth on some kind of botanic expedition, and he is left stumbling around in the undergrowth. But a happy chance leads him to young Elliot (Henry Thomas) who, unknown to his mother or any grownups, takes him in, feeds him, witnesses ET’s healing gift, and finally in an ecstatic mind-melding process, experiences a merging of consciousness with ET.


The government isn't too pleased that the alien is being sheltered in the American suburbs, so it’s up to Elliot and his friends to shepherd the little green man to his mothership, and eventually home. A spellbinding, heartwarming tale of loss and friendship, E.T. is the perfect warm blanket that’ll lift anyone’s ailing spirit. Bring plenty of tissues.



A Greyhound of A Girl (U)

A Greyhound of A Girl

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Thursday 15 Aug 202414:00 Book Now

This heart-lifting adaptation of Roddy Doyle’s children’s novel follows cheeky 12-year-old Mia as she faces the loss of her beloved granny.


The latest European co-production from Italian animator Enzo d’Alo (2012’s Pinocchio) is a simple, yet lovely adaptation of the 2011 novel. A charming, family-friendly production finds some touching life lessons in the tale of a young girl facing the impending death of her beloved grandmother.


A cheeky Dublin girl called Mary (Mia O’Connor) wants to be a famous chef when she grows up. The film opens with Mary competing for the summer camp at an elite catering school. When the snooty judges criticise her dish, Mary’s grandmother Emer (Rosaleen Linehan) lets rip. But then, back at home, granny Emer falls ill and is rushed to hospital.


Mary’s father Paddy (Brendan Gleeson) is the  peace-maker of the clan, while Mary’s mother Scarlett (Sharon Horgan) carries the burden of granny’s illness. All the trauma of the past is resolved in a road trip involving four generations of women, one of whom just happens to be a ghost. It’s a tender film that will leave only the chilliest heart unwarmed.


Next Goal Wins (12A)

Next Goal Wins

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Thursday 15 Aug 202419:30 Book Now

Kicking against the odds, Michael Fassbender stars in Taika Waititi’s charming tale of the biggest losers in football history.


A decade after enduring the worst World Cup loss on record, the American Samoa soccer team's redemption lies in the hands of disgraced Dutch American coach Thomas Rongen (Fassbender). Tasked with resurrecting their dignity, he faces cultural clashes and a team more focused on relationships than the game. But their lush Pacific island setting soon becomes the canvas for a remarkable journey of self-reflection, rebirth and unexpected triumph.


Renowned for films like Hunt for the Wilderpeople and What We Do in the Shadows, Waititi's signature blend of heartwarming storytelling and quirky characters seamlessly blends with the world of sports. As the perpetually frustrated Thomas, Fassbender is the straight guy amongst a large ensemble of wonderful local actors who never steal focus from each other. His crippling intensity sits at odds with their more soulful approach to life but as Thomas evolves from a grumpy outsider to an empathetic mentor, both his character and the film explore themes of acceptance and the joy inherent in the game. A delightful blend of humour, heart and sportsmanship.


Sing 2 (U)

Sing 2

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Friday 16 Aug 202414:00 Book Now

Buster and his bunch of all-stars are back for their most dazzling extravaganza yet.


With his theatre now a success, Buster the Koala wants to prove himself to a bigger audience, so he takes the gang to audition for big-city wolf mogul Jimmy. Their deal hinges on Buster's ability to lure reclusive musical lion Clay back to the stage and so the company sets out to create the most outlandish show imaginable. But will they be able to rise to the occasion with Jimmy and his entitled daughter Porsha threatening everything they’ve built?


Joining an AAA-list of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson are the fresh voices of Bono as the hide-away Clay and Halsey, who steals the show as the spoiled but talented Porsha.


There are stories here for everyone; young, old and somewhere in between. Everyone can share and enjoy the goofiness, eye-catching visuals and a range of musical mega-hits from Billy Eilish to Prince, Taylor Swift and Shawn Mendes, and of course U2. Animated sequels don’t always live up to the original, but Sing 2 once again hits all the right notes. (Chris Coetsee)


Wonka (PG)

Wonka

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Monday 19 Aug 202414:00 Book Now

The brains behind Paddington – plus a charming Timothée Chalamet – give Roald Dahl’s cherished book a prequel full of irresistible velvety sweetness.


Taking cues from the Gene Wilder original (as opposed to the slightly creepy Johnny Depp version), this sweet and infectious film has Chalemet as a young, starry-eyed Willy Wonka starting up his confection empire. The film is packed with wacky hijinks, such as Wonka being forced to work in a launderette by two Dickensian grotesques played by Tom Davis and Olivia Colman. These moments are heightened by the brightly coloured stripy costumes, the wacky inventions, oodles of Dahl-esque wordplay, and a range of clever cabaret numbers and Broadway show tunes.


There's also a generous helping of syrupy sentimentality. Hugh Grant steals the show as a pompous Oompa Loompa, bringing with him all of his trademark dry wit. Between this and his two Paddingtons, it's clear that director Paul King likes his films to be more twee than their source material, so anyone without a warm heart, or sweet tooth, may feel queasy before the end. Bring your toothbrush


Crossing (Subtitled) (15)

Crossing (Subtitled)

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Monday 19 Aug 202419:30 Book Now

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A retired Georgian teacher sets out to reunite with her estranged niece in Istanbul in Levan Akin's compassionate third feature.


There’s Mzia Arabuli as Lia, a retired schoolteacher on a journey from Batumi in Georgia, to Istanbul to find her missing trans niece, and Deniz Dumanli as Evrim, the trans NGO lawyer the film dupes us into thinking is Lia’s niece. The two women are as far apart as any pair could be — Lia has become emotionless and gives away nothing, while Evrim lives freely and sexually liberated in an otherwise LGBTQ-challenged country — yet Crossing movingly bridges the space between them as Lia gets closer to locating her niece with the help a Gen Z Georgian teenager named Achi (Lucas Kankava).


Following his breakout drama And Then We Danced, Akin now immerses the audience in the bustling Turkish capital, from its lively nightlife to the famous street cats prowling in and out of frames at will. Details about the trio of central characters emerge slowly but surely, creating bright portraits of people who are flawed but trying to learn from their mistakes all the time.


Hunt for The Wilderpeople (12A)

Hunt for The Wilderpeople

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Tuesday 20 Aug 202414:00 Book Now
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Ricky (Julian Dennison) is a chubby hip-hop loving pre-teen who’s been moved from home to home for most of his 13 years. Described by his child-services worker, Paula (Rachel House) as a ‘very bad egg’, his new foster placement is his last chance before being sent to juvenile lockup. Bella (Rima Te Wiata) and Hec (Sam Neill) a self-sustaining old-ish couple living in a remote clearing at the edge of the bush, become Ricky’s guardians and, despite a slightly rocky start, their domestic situation seems promising. When tragedy strikes, Ricky escapes into the bush to avoid the inevitable return to the public system. Fortunately, his cantankerous “Uncle Hec” finds him hungry and cold in the wilderness. Then the real adventure begins. There’s Haiku poetry from Ricky who turns out to be the right foil for Hac’s laconic outdoorsman (and Neill’s great role). Director Taika Waltiti’s last film was the truly fabulously silly vampire comedy What We Do In The Shadows with the Flight of the Conchords boys “It’s formulaic at heart but has a sweet predictable sense of humour and a nice way with words…” (ST Culture) (review Heather Graves) It’s fabulous. Don’t miss.

The Dead Don't Hurt (15)

The Dead Don't Hurt

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Wednesday 21 Aug 202414:00 Book Now
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Viggo Mortensen’s second film behind the camera is a quirky spin on the western genre, given true grit by its magnetic heroine.


At the centre of the film is a love story between two independent people who have both grasped the possibilities of the American west. Fierce Vivienne Le Coudy (Vicky Krieps) is a flower seller who gives up her life in San Francisco to settle in Elk Flats, Nevada, with Danish ex-soldier Holger Olsen (Mortensen) after they fall in love at first sight.


Vivienne is no less determined and independent than her ruggedly individualistic lover, and their relationship is presented as a union of equals. Krieps and Mortensen make a convincing and engaging couple, though after Holger heads off to fight in the Civil War, the film is carried by Krieps, as Vivienne must deal with the predatory attentions of a powerful rancher’s spoiled son, Solly McLeod (Tom Jones).


The gentle pacing and fractured, nonlinear structure of this film chime with Mortensen’s arthouse sensibilities, rather than the more traditional view of what a frontier adventure should look like. It’s a pleasant, sincere journey.


Kelly's Heroes (PG)

Kelly's Heroes

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Thursday 22 Aug 202414:00 Book Now
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The worst thing you can do when you come into watch this film is thinking that it is going to be a proper war film. Because Kelly’s Heroes certainly isn’t.


You've got Donald Sutherland playing a hippie, using phrases like, "Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?" You've got a pop music soundtrack by Lalo Schifrin. Plus you have a plot about a group of US soldiers who are not heading behind enemy lines looking to penetrate Nazi defences - they're more interested in the gold bullion sitting in a bank in Clairmont.


This was the second time in two years that Clint Eastwood had appeared in a WWII adventure film, and in very different ways, Kelly's Heroes is just as enjoyable and offbeat as Where Eagles Dare.


As the story progresses it moves quickly from scenes of tension and personal tragedy to wild camp hilarity. It’s never quite sure if it’s a black comedy or quirky war movie, or even both. And that’s what gives the film its immense charm. Kelly’s Heroes is just a cool, subversive anti-military film that hits harder by never hitting too directly or obviously


Despicable Me 4 (U)

Despicable Me 4

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Friday 23 Aug 202414:00 Book Now
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Those irksome cartoon banana bugs are back in business. After 14 years and six films, Illumination’s animated franchise shows no sign of slowing down.


Gru (Steve Carrell) begins with his arrival at a high school reunion in Europe; a castle in the mountains, where the Class of ’85 has assembled. Gru, who has long ago converted to working for the powers of light, confronts a new nemesis: former classmate Maxime Le Mal (Will Ferrell). Maxime has a weapon that turns everyone into cockroaches, and when he goes all out to attack Gru and his wife Lucy (Kristen Wiig), their family must relocate to a new city with fake names. And it is in this new suburban dullness that Gru is discomfited to meet the kid next door: Poppy (Joey King) who has a proposition for him. Meanwhile, Silas Ramsbottom (Steve Coogan), has developed fancy tech  for evolving the little yellow minions up to a new level of crime-fighting excellence.


Speaking of Minions, everyone’s favourite yellow critters are turned into superheroes — dubbed the Mega Minions. They’re presented with a clever twist that allows for a fair amount of chuckles


Twisters (12A)

Twisters

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Friday 23 Aug 202419:30 Book Now
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Old-school blockbusters are back! Daisy Edgar-Jones and Glen Powell are the charismatic leads of a sharply edited, rollickingly good weather-based romp.


The original Twister was the smash-hit 90s disaster film about tornado chasers. Now, nearly 40 years later, we’re treated to a second helping of gutsy, and gusty, summer fun.


Two breeds of nerd, brow to brow in a crisis – makes for endearing protagonists. One is Kate Cooper (Edgar-Jones), a gifted meteorologist, still distrought by a disastrous field experiment in which a tornado claimed the lives of three friends. The other is Tyler Owens (Powell), a swaggering self-styled ‘tornado wrangler’ with a million followers on YouTube, and an ego that could out-blow most of the storms he pursues. Kate has a new scientific plan to fire chemical reagents up into the twister to halt its terrifying spiral and thereby save lives and communities.


It’s expressive and, at times, intense to the point of being frightening, but you can always keep a good handle on who’s where and what’s going on. The film’s climactic tribute to the original’s movie drive-in sequence will go down as one of the year’s best action sequences. Buckle up.


Buena Vista Social Club (1999) (U)

Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

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Sunday 25 Aug 202418:00 Book Now

When a handful of veteran musicians assembled

in the run-down Egrem Studio in central Havana in

1998, no one foresaw that they would introduce a

global phenomenon, which has now sold over eight

million copies worldwide! A group of legendary

Cuban musicians, some as old as their nineties, were

brought together by Ry Cooder to create ‘Buena Vista

Social Club’, an anthology of songs written by the

artists themselves that has gone on to become the

biggest-selling Cuban album ever. In 1998, infatuated

by the Cuban music scene, Cooder invited renowned

German director Wim Wenders to film the recording

sessions of band member Ibrahim Ferrer, with the

help of cinematographer Robert Müller. This led to

interviews with artists across Havana, and moving

moments capturing the performers in New York for

the first time.

A box office hit, the feature won best documentary

at the European film awards, as well as an Academy

Award nomination and several other accolades.

“Infectious, intoxicating joy is conveyed in every

frame of this ravishing, exuberant documentary.”

(New Times LA)

In places the camera waves out of control, and the

constant featuring of Ry Cooder grows tedious,

but come and fall in love with Buena Vista’s

irresistible faces.

Star Wars: A New Hope (U)

Star Wars: A New Hope

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Monday 26 Aug 202419:30 Book Now
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Or simply “Star Wars”, as it was originally titled before the silly subtitle is, by now, practically compulsory cinematic viewing for any age. In terms of pure, unfiltered entertainment, this is perfection.


I’m sure everyone knows by now, but as that enormous yellow text passage (accompanied by possibly the greatest movie theme ever made) will tell you, the galaxy is on the brink of all out war. The insidious Galactic Empire, led by Darth Vader (think fascists, but in space) is ruling with an iron fist. However, a rag-tag of rebellious heroes are fighting for freedom. Naive farmboy Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamil) is tired of living on a sandy rock, drinking blue milk, and wants in on the action. Luckily for him he bumps into senile space wizard Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guiness), charming rogue Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and two bumbling robots who hold the key to destroying the Empire’s giant spherical space-station. Along the way they meet Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), who also has skin in the game.


What follows is a series of perfectly paced sequences of tremendous fun that is simply impossible to dislike.


About Time (12A)

About Time

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Tuesday 27 Aug 202419:30 Book Now

It's easy to sneer at Richard Curtis films, but they clearly strike a chord: Love Actually is adored by many; and About Time, while not on that level, is cherished also.


On his 21st birthday, Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) is informed by his father (Billy Nighy) that the men of their family are blessed with the gift of time-travel. But the small print reveals certain limits: he can only travel back within his own lifetime, so there's no assassinating Hitler or saving the Titanic or whatever.


Curtis, of course, sets his sights on romance, with Tim using his new-found skills to "get a girlfriend". Things look promising when he meets Mary (Rachel McAdams) but on account of a glitch he "loses" that first encounter and has to woo her all over again by deploying his time-bending lark to edit out all his gaffes.


As events progress, he learns that the real trick is simply to live in the moment. And so it proves with Curtis, too, who sets up his time rules only to break them whenever the prospect of an extra hug rears its head. It’s charming and slushy in all the right places.

Dirty Dancing (12A)

Dirty Dancing

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Wednesday 28 Aug 202419:30 Book Now

To reflect, how things have changed, this is one for the Valentine girls who can do without men. Or happy couples who just like a jig.

‘Snake on a dancefloor’- the late Patrick Swayze, shmoozes through this contrived piece of 1980s teen pulp in tight, nobody-over-nineteen-should-wear-jeans, where Baby learns all she needs at the hands, feet and forthright groin of his weekend-thrust! (weird). Nothing written here will stop chicks of all ages having ‘the time of their life’ in frocks of all shapes, swooning and wetting the furniture – divine!

“In many ways, a routine teen-flick with its ‘60s setting, loud pop, sex, and interfering parents…”

Mercifully short, the ‘story’ so far… College-bound ‘Baby’ on holiday with her parents, meets the resort’s resident ‘lap’ dancer and ends up taking his injured dance partner’s place in the final show. This means being coached-up to standard in just a few days. Cut to “movingly coy” scenes as the two glue into the sheets.

“A safe combination of laughs, tears and an improbable happy ending… a burning rock’n’roll score and sleazy choreography carry the day.” (Time Out) Not forgetting a melon or two.

Beware: (Contains juvenile sex references and - no distancing - close thrusting) Shocking, irresponsible behaviour, and watermelons too.

Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back (PG)

Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back

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Friday 30 Aug 202414:00 Book Now

Alright we’re firmly in darker territory now, they’re not messing around. The Empire is striking back hard against the rebels’ victory in the last film, snuffing out any and all remaining opposers.


Our heroes’ morale is dwindling: always on the run, with nowhere to hide. Luke (Mark Hamill) is being trained in the ways of the space wizard by a little goblin puppet named Yoda (Frank Oz), yearning to fight in a duel of fates with Darth Vader. The rest of the gang: Han (Harrison Ford), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), Leia (Carrie Fisher), and the two bumbling robots are fleeing the Empire’s clutches, in spectacular fashion, through asteroid fields and giant space worms before arriving at the place with the film’s coolest character, Lando (Billy Dee Williams).


A huge leap in visuals, scale, and storytelling, Empire is a masterclass in sequel filmmaking. Every character is deepened and matured, all while still maintaining the series’ signature, breathtaking pacing. From the aerial dog-fights to the nail-biting lightsaber duel, this film hits all the right notes. Subsequent instalments never came close to these first two chapters, so see them here while you can


Deadpool & Wolverine (TBC)

Deadpool & Wolverine

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Friday 30 Aug 202419:30 Book Now
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The wise-cracking, foul-mouthed superhero returns for a third go-around. This time he teams up, trepidatiously, with a very familiar, claw brandishing X-Man, in this violent comedy caper.


Six years after the events of Deadpool 2, Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is living a quiet life, having left his time as the cocky mercenary Deadpool behind him, until the Time Variance Authority (TVA)—a bureaucratic organisation that exists outside of time and space and monitors the timeline; you’ll know if you’re keeping up with those Marvel TV shows—pulls him into a new mission. With his home universe facing an existential threat, Wilson reluctantly joins an even more reluctant Wolverine (Hugh Jackman, reluctantly accepting a fat paycheck) on a mission to stop this threat and prevent all the multiverses from collapsing.


Silly and convoluted story aside, this a violently raucous film, with enough nods to other Marvel characters, and even fourth-wall breaking jabs at Marvel and Disney as soulless, money grabbing corporations. Yes, it doesn’t make sense to see Jackman back yet again, after he hung up his claws for the last time with 2017’s affective Logan, but he’s still a blast to watch.