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Now showing at Everyman Winchester Southgate Street,Winchester,Hampshire SO23 9EG 0871 906 9060

  • Magic Mike XXL
  • Magic Mike XXL (Parent And Baby Screening)
  • Mr Holmes
  • Royal Opera Live: Guillaume Tell
  • Slow West

Magic Mike XXL 2 stars

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Mike and his fellow dancers Ken, Richie, Tarzan and Tito have been at the top of their pelvis-thrusting game for too long and the end is nigh for the Kings of Tampa. The gang decides to bow out in style with a final performance in Myrtle Beach. En route to this emotional farewell, the men make a detour to Savannah to visit Mike's old stomping ground: the Domina private club run by sassy businesswoman Rome.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Romance
  • CastElizabeth Banks, Channing Tatum, Amber Heard, Kevin Nash, Joe Manganiello, Adam Rodriguez, Jada Pinkett Smith, Matt Bomer.
  • DirectorGregory Jacobs.
  • WriterReid Carolin.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration115 mins
  • Official sitewww.magicmikemovie.com
  • Release03/07/2015

Size matters to Magic Mike XXL. Apart from the tease in the title of this pelvis-thrusting sequel, Gregory Jacobs' third feature is longer and showier than the original. The film dutifully thrusts its crotch towards the target demographics, intentionally showing paying women customers of every age, ethnicity and shape enjoying the raunchy dance solos, and shoehorning a superfluous scene in a gay club that enforces limp-wristed stereotypes.

Unfortunately, the breathlessly staged performances are forced to bump 'n' grind against a script that is flimsier than a moth-eaten G-string. The narrative lacks pace and purpose, most of the characters are limited to one scene of personal development, and a central romance between Channing Tatum and on-screen love interest Amber Heard remains unappealingly limp.

Tatum is the film's strongest asset and his athleticism and agility are repeatedly tested by choreographer Alison Faulk. Pulses quicken when the dancers have their clothes on, gyrating suggestively against whooping clientele.

As soon as the trousers come down and shiny posing pouches succumb to gravity, the electrical charge dissipates. This might be the first film about "male entertainers" where the audience rowdily cheers "put 'em back on!"

It's been three years since Mike Lane (Tatum) turned his back on stripping to pursue his dream of running a custom furniture business. Times are tough: his girlfriend has left him, he's struggling to pay his one employee, and when his signature song - Ginuwine's "Pony" - blasts from the radio in his workshop, he can't resist a feverish grind against the nearest workstation.

Consequently, Mike reunites with fellow dancers Ken (Matt Bomer), Richie (Joe Manganiello), Tito (Adam Rodriguez) and Tarzan (Kevin Nash) for one final pelvis-thrusting hurrah as the Kings of Tampa at a strippers' convention in Myrtle Beach.

En route, the team's MC Tobias (Gabriel Iglesias) is waylaid in hospital, Richie finds a potential soulmate in an uninhibited Southern belle (Andie MacDowell), and the men learn new tricks from smooth operators Andre (Donald Glover), Malik (Stephen 'tWitch' Boss) and Augustus (Michael Strahan) at a private club called Domina run by sassy businesswoman Rome (Jada Pinkett Smith).

Aside from the protracted sequence at Domina that turns up the temperature several degrees, Magic Mike XXL is dull and disjointed. The road trip narrative is a creaky support for the poorly conceived vignettes in Reid Carolin's script, which conveniently forgets about Mike's faltering business, his customers and one employee as soon as he boards the van to Myrtle Beach.

Rome's affirmative message that all women deserved to be worshipped as "queens" by their men might ring true if the women in the film weren't dragged, pushed and spun around the floor like supermops by the dancers. It's one way to do the housework, I suppose.

Showtimes (Click time to book tickets)

Sunday 5th July 2015
Monday 6th July 2015
Tuesday 7th July 2015
Wednesday 8th July 2015
Thursday 9th July 2015

Magic Mike XXL (Parent And Baby Screening) 2 stars

movie title

Mike and his fellow dancers Ken, Richie, Tarzan and Tito have been at the top of their pelvis-thrusting game for too long and the end is nigh for the Kings of Tampa. The gang decides to bow out in style with a final performance in Myrtle Beach. En route to this emotional farewell, the men make a detour to Savannah to visit Mike's old stomping ground: the Domina private club run by sassy businesswoman Rome.

  • GenreDrama, Romance
  • CastChanning Tatum, Elizabeth Banks, Amber Heard, Kevin Nash, Joe Manganiello, Adam Rodriguez, Jada Pinkett Smith, Matt Bomer.
  • DirectorGregory Jacobs.
  • WriterReid Carolin.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration115 mins
  • Official sitewww.magicmikemovie.com
  • Release03/07/2015

Size matters to Magic Mike XXL. Apart from the tease in the title of this pelvis-thrusting sequel, Gregory Jacobs' third feature is longer and showier than the original. The film dutifully thrusts its crotch towards the target demographics, intentionally showing paying women customers of every age, ethnicity and shape enjoying the raunchy dance solos, and shoehorning a superfluous scene in a gay club that enforces limp-wristed stereotypes.

Unfortunately, the breathlessly staged performances are forced to bump 'n' grind against a script that is flimsier than a moth-eaten G-string. The narrative lacks pace and purpose, most of the characters are limited to one scene of personal development, and a central romance between Channing Tatum and on-screen love interest Amber Heard remains unappealingly limp.

Tatum is the film's strongest asset and his athleticism and agility are repeatedly tested by choreographer Alison Faulk. Pulses quicken when the dancers have their clothes on, gyrating suggestively against whooping clientele.

As soon as the trousers come down and shiny posing pouches succumb to gravity, the electrical charge dissipates. This might be the first film about "male entertainers" where the audience rowdily cheers "put 'em back on!"

It's been three years since Mike Lane (Tatum) turned his back on stripping to pursue his dream of running a custom furniture business. Times are tough: his girlfriend has left him, he's struggling to pay his one employee, and when his signature song - Ginuwine's "Pony" - blasts from the radio in his workshop, he can't resist a feverish grind against the nearest workstation.

Consequently, Mike reunites with fellow dancers Ken (Matt Bomer), Richie (Joe Manganiello), Tito (Adam Rodriguez) and Tarzan (Kevin Nash) for one final pelvis-thrusting hurrah as the Kings of Tampa at a strippers' convention in Myrtle Beach.

En route, the team's MC Tobias (Gabriel Iglesias) is waylaid in hospital, Richie finds a potential soulmate in an uninhibited Southern belle (Andie MacDowell), and the men learn new tricks from smooth operators Andre (Donald Glover), Malik (Stephen 'tWitch' Boss) and Augustus (Michael Strahan) at a private club called Domina run by sassy businesswoman Rome (Jada Pinkett Smith).

Aside from the protracted sequence at Domina that turns up the temperature several degrees, Magic Mike XXL is dull and disjointed. The road trip narrative is a creaky support for the poorly conceived vignettes in Reid Carolin's script, which conveniently forgets about Mike's faltering business, his customers and one employee as soon as he boards the van to Myrtle Beach.

Rome's affirmative message that all women deserved to be worshipped as "queens" by their men might ring true if the women in the film weren't dragged, pushed and spun around the floor like supermops by the dancers. It's one way to do the housework, I suppose.

Showtimes (Click time to book tickets)

Tuesday 7th July 2015

Mr Holmes 3 stars

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The year is 1947 and Sherlock Holmes, now 93, is a shadow of the brilliant logician, who once held court at 221b Baker Street flanked by Dr Watson and Mrs Hudson. The ageing sleuth has retired to Cuckmere Haven, where he fusses over his beehives and infuriates his widowed housekeeper, Mrs Munro. Her spirited son Roger inspires Sherlock to delve into the fog of the past to recall his only unsolved case - a missing person enquiry in 1919.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Thriller
  • CastSir Ian McKellen, Hiroyuki Sanada, Laura Linney, Milo Parker.
  • DirectorBill Condon.
  • WriterJeffrey Hatcher.
  • CountryUK/US
  • Duration104 mins
  • Official site
  • Release19/06/2015

No one is immune to the allure of that cruel and merciless mistress: time. She saps strength and suppleness from athletic bodies, defies every cream to wither beauty and dulls the sharpest intellects. Mr Holmes imagines the twilight years of one of literature's icons, who is facing the grim reality of dementia with what remains of his once-glorious wit, aided by doses of a rare restorative plant from Japan called Prickly Ash.

This Sherlock, portrayed with dignity and steely resolve by Sir Ian McKellen, is no longer the aloof master of deduction who traversed the pages of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's imagination. Instead, he tends bees on the Sussex coast, haunted by the one case he failed to solve - if only he could recall the facts.

Bill Condon's slow-burning drama tests our little grey cells with a perplexing subplot: The Curious Case Of The Thrice Oscar-Nominated Actress And The Wayward Accent. Laura Linney is one of the finest performers of her generation, but here she is undone by a vocal delivery that roams wildly between the West Country, Ireland and America. Her valiant struggles are an unnecessary distraction.

The year is 1947 and Sherlock Holmes (McKellen), now 93, is a shadow of the brilliant logician, who once held court at 221b Baker Street flanked by Dr Watson (Colin Starkey) and Mrs Hudson (Sarah Crowden).

The ageing sleuth has retired to Cuckmere Haven, where he fusses over his hives, struggles to piece together fractured memories and infuriates his widowed housekeeper, Mrs Munro (Linney). Her spirited son Roger (Milo Parker) is fascinated by Sherlock and the boy shows a natural aptitude with the bees.

"Exceptional children are often the product of unremarkable parents," Holmes coldly observes, wounding Mrs Munro. The lad inspires Sherlock to delve into the fog of the past to recall his only unsolved case - a missing person enquiry in 1919 involving a distraught husband, Thomas Kelmot (Patrick Kennedy), and his beautiful wife Ann (Hattie Morahan).

As Sherlock's addled mind drifts between that ill-fated pre-war investigation and the present, the old man edges ever closer to an inglorious end.

Mr Holmes is distinguished by McKellen's measured central performance and the strong support from rising star Parker. The script slowly unravels the myth of the literary sleuth, including one bittersweet scene of the ageing Sherlock watching a film in which Basil Rathbone portrays him with unnatural gusto.

Plotting is pedestrian - there are no twists or big reveals - allowing us plenty of time to marvel at the picturesque locations, including one breath-taking shot of the White Cliffs of Dover. We'll meet Holmes again, in many different guises, but few will be as heartbreakingly frail or haunting as this.

Showtimes (Click time to book tickets)

Sunday 5th July 2015
Monday 6th July 2015
Tuesday 7th July 2015
Wednesday 8th July 2015
Thursday 9th July 2015

Royal Opera Live: Guillaume Tell 3 stars

Antonio Pappano conducts Rossini's final opera, broadcast live from the Royal Opera House in London. Gerald Finley sings the title role of William Tell, who helps a Swiss prisoner escape Austrian justice and is punished by the sadistic governor Gesler (Nicolas Courjal). Directed by Damiano Michieletto.

  • GenreMusical, Opera, Romance, Special
  • CastSofia Fomina, Malin Bystrom, Nicolas Courjal, John Osborn, Gerald Finley.
  • DirectorDamiano Michieletto.
  • WriterRossini.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration240 mins
  • Official sitewww.roh.org.uk/cinemas
  • Release05/07/2015 (selected cinemas)

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Sunday 5th July 2015

Slow West 4 stars

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Fresh-faced 17-year-old Jay Cavendish journeys from the cold shoulder of Scotland to the baking heart of America to find his love: peasant's daughter Rose Ross. Jay is poorly equipped to survive the brutality of the frontier west, where cigar-chewing outlaws like Payne and his posse roam with murderous intent. The teenager crosses paths with a world-weary bounty hunter called Silas Selleck, who proposes to chaperone Jay for a fee. The two loners form a tender yet fragile bond.

  • GenreAction, Drama, Romance, Thriller, Western
  • CastBen Mendelsohn, Rory McCann, Michael Fassbender, Caren Pistorius, Kodi Smit-McPhee.
  • DirectorJohn Maclean.
  • WriterJohn Maclean.
  • CountryUK/NZ
  • Duration83 mins
  • Official sitewww.slowwestmovie.com
  • Release26/06/2015 (selected cinemas)

John Maclean, one-time DJ and sampler with The Beta Band, makes an impressive feature film directorial debut with this stylish western shot on location in New Zealand. Confidently abiding by conventions of the genre, Slow West is a classic coming of age story, which positions a resourceful young woman at the heart of the blood-spattered action.

"Wearing a dress don't make her a lady," observes one grizzled character, reminding us that appearances can be deceptive in the dustbowl of 1870s Colorado. This no place for the weak or demure. A moment's hesitation to pull a trigger separates the living and the dead, and no one sheds a tear when you're gone because they are too busy ransacking your pockets.

Maclean's lean script, which gallops to just 83 minutes, won't leave audiences feeling saddle sore and the writer-director confidently orchestrates shoot outs that culminate in a double-digit body count.

Fresh-faced 17-year-old, Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee), journeys "from the cold shoulder of Scotland to the baking heart of America to find his love." In a mosaic of flashbacks, we discover that the impressionable young man, son of a landowner (Alex Macqueen), pursued a Highland fling with peasant's daughter Rose Ross (Caren Pistorius).

She tried in vain to douse Jay's ardour, informing him, "You're the little brother I never had." Rose and her father (Rory McCann) departed for foreign climes and now lovesick whelp Jay is on their trail, determined to woo the object of his unrequited affections.

Jay is poorly equipped to survive the brutality of the frontier west, where cigar-chewing outlaws like Payne (Ben Mendelsohn) and his posse roam with murderous intent. The teenager crosses paths with a world-weary bounty hunter called Silas Selleck (Michael Fassbender), who proposes to chaperone Jay for a fee.

The two loners form a tender yet fragile bond as they trot through a series of misadventures. "There's more to life than just surviving," philosophises Jay, as Silas shaves his almost hairless chin with a knife. "Yeah, there's dying," growls the gunslinger, who has neglected to tell Jay that his beloved Rose and her old man are wanted dead or alive for 2,000 US dollars.

Slow West is a compelling portrait of an era, as seen through the eyes of a jack rabbit, who has strayed into a den of wolves. Smit-McPhee brings an appealing innocence to his stargazing dreamer, who learns harsh lessons about placing trust in strangers on the road.

In stark contrast, Fassbender swaggers with ominous intent, shrouding his character in ambiguity so we are never entirely sure of his allegiances until a barnstorming final reckoning. The actors are an exceedingly odd couple, yet somehow the mismatch works, set against the majestic locations captured in all of their sprawling glory by Irish cinematographer Robbie Ryan.

Showtimes (Click time to book tickets)

Monday 6th July 2015
Tuesday 7th July 2015
Thursday 9th July 2015