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Cinderella (U)

Friday, March 27, 2015
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Slavishly adapted from Disney’s classic 1950 animated musical, Kenneth Branagh’s live action version of the fairy-tale romance doesn’t skimp on the period detail.

The Full Monty begins its run at the Ipswich Regent tonight. Cast outside of Town Hall. Left to right, Gary Lucy, Martin Miller, Andrew Dunn, Rupert Hill, Louis Emerick. Photo: Gregg Brown

Still nippy out, you can’t blame the cast of The Full Monty for leaving more than their hats on when they stopped by Ipswich Corn Hill.

The Gunman (15)

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Undated Film Still Handout from The Gunman. Pictured: Sean Penn as Jim Terrier. and Jasmine Trinca (Annie). See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Studio Canal. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

If there’s one image that unexpectedly lingers in Pierre Morel’s socially conscious yet gleefully violent film, it’s Sean Penn’s gym-toned torso.

Africa

Suite Française (15)

Thursday, March 12, 2015
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Heartbreaking truth is more compelling than fiction in Suite Française, Saul Dibb’s faithful adaptation of the novella Dolce by Irene Nemirovsky.

Germany
Ankita Goswami, 14, reviewed Big Hero 6 for the Recorder

I recently watched Big Hero 6 and I’d have to say that it was the best film that I have watched in 2015.

Katie Leigh and Darius J James star in A Night of Dirty Dancing

It’s the ultimate feel-good classic. A film you switch on if you’ve had rubbish day, a bad break-up or simply because you haven’t seen it in a while.

Undated Film Still Handout from The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Pictured: Left to Right, Celia Imrie as Madge Hardcastle, Ronald Pickup as Norman Cousins, Diana Hardcastle as Carol, Judi Dench as Evelyn Greenslade, Maggie Smith as Muriel Donnely and Bill Nighy as Douglas Ainslie. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Laurie Sparham/Twentieth Century Fox. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

Towards the end of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a secret inspector is asked for an honest assessment of Jaipur’s luxury development for residents in their golden years.

India
Chiara D'Anna in The Duke of Burgundy

Chiara D’Anna talks to Alex Bellotti about working with Peter Strickland, the reality of filming sex scenes and ‘human toilets’.

Film of the week: Selma

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Selma

More than 45 years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, director Ava DuVernay honours the memory of the leader of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement with this impassioned biopic.

Film of the week: Big Hero 6

Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Never underestimate the soothing power of a hug. With one simple squish, you can provide comfort, encouragement or a simple how-do-you-do that transcends a thousand well-chosen words.

Film of the week: Ex Machina

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, when the original Star Wars trilogy, Alien, Blade Runner and The Terminator peddled artificial intelligence as science fantasy, the reality of conscious machines seemed a distant dystopian nightmare.

Testament of Youth

Our film critic Michael Joyce was expecting a mid-standard period production, but James Kent’s latest offering proved a more affecting affair.

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Film of the week: Paddington

Thursday, November 27, 2014
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More than 50 years after he first appeared in print, author Michael Bond’s beloved bear Paddington has finally arrived on the big screen in his first star-packed family adventure.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

The spectre of war casts a long shadow over the penultimate chapter of the blockbusting dystopian thrillers based on Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy.

Film of the week: Interstellar

Friday, November 7, 2014
Undated Handout Photo of Interstellar. Pictured: Anne Hathaway as Amelia and Matthew McConaughey as Cooper. See PA Feature FILM Interstellar. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Warner Bros/Paramount/Melinda Sue Gordon. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Interstellar.

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.

Timothy Spall arriving at the BFI London film festival gala of  Mr. Turner at Odeon West End in Leicester Square, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday October 10, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ Turner. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

On his death bed, celebrated landscape painter and watercolourist Joseph Mallord William Turner, who was a divisive figure in the 19th-century art world, reportedly lamented, “So I am to become a non-entity.”

Film of the week: The Judge

Friday, October 17, 2014
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The law is an ass and the people who administer it bigger asses in David Dobkin’s courtroom drama about an estranged family reunited under the testing conditions of a murder trial.

A movie still from the film The Maze Runner.

Based on the bestselling novel by James Dashner, The Maze Runner is a testosterone-fuelled survival thriller cast from the same robust mould as The Hunger Games and Divergent.

Film of the week: The Equalizer

Thursday, September 25, 2014
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Director Antoine Fuqua, who guided Denzel Washington to the Oscar podium in Training Day, reunites with the charismatic actor for this gratuitously violent reimagining of the beloved 1980s TV series.

Undated Film Still Handout from A Walk Among The Tombstones. Pictured: Liam Film Reviews. See PA Feature FILM Neeson. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Entertainment One. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

A grizzled private detective meets his match in a pair of sadistic kidnappers in Scott Frank’s gritty thriller.

Film of the week: A Most Wanted Man

Thursday, September 11, 2014
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Great actors don’t just play a role, they become the role, vanishing beneath the skin of a character so every word and gesture appears organic.

There has been a rich harvest of taut thrillers in 2014, including the independent American features Blue Ruin and Cold In July and gritty British films Locke and Starred Up.

Jessica Alba as Nancy Callahan in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

Crime pays handsomely in this visually arresting sequel to the 2005 neo-noir anthology based on Frank Miller’s comic series.

Secret Cinema Back to the Future

It didn’t get off to the best start, with the first week of shows cancelled and angry fans taking to social media in their droves to vent their frustrations.

London

Film of the week: Lucy

Thursday, August 21, 2014
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Derriere-numbingly long films may be all the rage but at a lean 89 minutes, Lucy, the new action thriller from Luc Besson, is all the better for bucking this Hollywood trend.

The view from the ferris wheel over the replica Hill Valley town square in Stratford. Pic: Secret Cinema/Laura Little

About a mile from Hackney Wick station, improbably overlooked by the sleek glass-front of the Westfield mega mall, sits a replica of the small Californian town of Hill Valley circa 1955.

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Following a spectacular stunt aboard a moving train that opens this third instalment of the action franchise, Arnold Schwarzenegger turns to Sylvester Stallone and wearily confides, “I’m getting out of this business... and so should you.”

Jenna Coleman and Peter Capaldi attend the Doctor Who London premiere Q&A at the BFI Southbank  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Take a deep breath, there’s a new Time Lord in the TARDIS, and he’s nothing like the man you expected…

Film of the week: The Inbetweeners 2

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Undated Film Still Handout from The Inbetweeners 2 .Picture credit: PA Photo/Entertainment Film Distributors.

Could this summer’s movie mark the end of the road for the inbetweeners? Probably, but it’s been one heck of a fun ride, as the lads tell SUSAN GRIFFIN.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Blending state-of-the-art special effects with an intelligent script, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes conjures two hours of animal magic that looks set to be crowned king of the blockbuster swingers.

Charlie Pittman as Danny and Brodie Mayhew as Sandy in the children's theatre company's production of Grease. Photo: Mike Kwasniak

My wife, something of a Grease aficionado, has given various stage versions the thumbs down over the years. But last night she was up bopping and hand-jiving with everybody else.

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Maybe I was suffering from a kind of Stockholm syndrome, the condition where hostages after a long period of captivity begin to side and empathise with their captors, but I really liked the last Transformers movie.

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Five years ago, Melissa McCarthy was a jobbing stand-up, juggling time between the US comedy circuit and acting work.

Screening of Norfolk Mind's video 'The Bigger Picture' at the Forum. Photo: Bill Smith

A new film and video project has been unveiled in Norfolk to help tackle mental health stigma and discrimination.

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