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  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Captain America: Civil War 3D
  • Concussion
  • Demolition
  • Demolition (Parent And Baby Screening)
  • Demolition (Subtitled)
  • Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Funny Face
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Metropolitan Opera Live: Elektra

Captain America: Civil War 4 stars

The US political establishment insists on the introduction of legislation to control the Avengers. Tony Stark aka Iron Man submits to these demands but Steve Rogers aka Captain America, who has always been a staunch patriot and followed orders, refuses to accede, especially when his good friend Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier is threatened. The gulf between Stark and Rogers forces the remaining Avengers to take sides. A battle royale unfolds just as a diabolical new enemy emerges and threatens mankind.

  • GenreAction, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastChris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr, Paul Bettany, Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle.
  • DirectorJoe Russo, Anthony Russo.
  • WriterStephen McFeely, Christopher Markus.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration147 mins
  • Official sitewww.marvel.com/captainamerica
  • Release29/04/2016

The fragile alliance between the Avengers is shattered in the third Captain America film, directed at a breathless pace by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo. Opening with a flashback to 1991 that sets one major character on their self-destructive path, Civil War underscores its bombastic title by pitting former allies against each other in a series of dizzying showdowns that cleave apart the Marvel Comics universe. Scriptwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely repeatedly inhabit the blurred lines between heroism and villainy, examining the moral conundrums faced by superpowered warriors who have pledged to protect the innocent from the righteous crossfire. Alas, no one emerges unscathed from the melee and the deep psychological wounds inflicted in these bombastic 147 minutes suggest that this muscular chapter signals a bittersweet end for some characters while blatantly teeing up standalone spin-offs for Spider-Man and Black Panther. "Victory at the expense of the innocent is no victory at all," solemnly intones King T'Chaka (John Kani) from the battle-scarred nation of Wakanda. If that is true then Captain America: Civil War is a crushing defeat for everyone except thrill-seeking cinema audiences. A year has passed since the events of Avengers: Age Of Ultron and the US Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt) insists on the introduction of legislation - The Sokovia Accords - to control the superheroes. Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), reluctantly submits, telling his compatriots: "I'm doing what has to be done to stave off something worse." Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (Chris Evans), who has always been a staunch patriot, refuses to sign, fearful of the consequences of the Avengers relinquishing their independence. The gulf between Stark and Rogers forces the remaining Avengers to take sides. Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), James Rhodes, aka War Machine (Don Cheadle), Vision (Paul Bettany), Prince T'Challa, aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man (Tom Holland) all stand shoulder to shoulder with Stark. Meanwhile, Bucky Barnes, aka Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Sam Wilson, aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), pledge their allegiance to Rogers. A battle royale between the two factions unfolds just as a diabolical new enemy, Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl), threatens mankind. Captain America: Civil War could easily trim 20 minutes from its bloated running time without diminishing the impact of the special effects sequences or the pivotal plot twists. The Russo brothers choreograph destruction on a grand scale, including an adrenaline-pumping motorcycle chase on the rubble-strewn streets of Berlin. Evans and Downey Jr puff out their chests for supremacy in every lavish frame, while Johansson somersaults sexily between the feuding factions. A protracted sequence involving Stark, a nerdy Peter Parker and Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) sows seeds of hope that next year's reboot, Spider-Man: Homecoming, might revitalise the webslinging vigilante with whip-smart humour. Miracles might happen.

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Friday 29th April 2016
Saturday 30th April 2016
Sunday 1st May 2016
Monday 2nd May 2016
Tuesday 3rd May 2016
Wednesday 4th May 2016
Thursday 5th May 2016

Captain America: Civil War 3D 4 stars

The US political establishment insists on the introduction of legislation to control the Avengers. Tony Stark aka Iron Man submits to these demands but Steve Rogers aka Captain America, who has always been a staunch patriot and followed orders, refuses to accede, especially when his good friend Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier is threatened. The gulf between Stark and Rogers forces the remaining Avengers to take sides. A battle royale unfolds just as a diabolical new enemy emerges and threatens mankind.

  • GenreAction, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastChris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen, Scarlett Johansson.
  • DirectorJoe Russo, Anthony Russo.
  • WriterStephen McFeely, Christopher Markus.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration147 mins
  • Official sitewww.marvel.com/captainamerica
  • Release29/04/2016

The fragile alliance between the Avengers is shattered in the third Captain America film, directed at a breathless pace by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo. Opening with a flashback to 1991 that sets one major character on their self-destructive path, Civil War underscores its bombastic title by pitting former allies against each other in a series of dizzying showdowns that cleave apart the Marvel Comics universe. Scriptwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely repeatedly inhabit the blurred lines between heroism and villainy, examining the moral conundrums faced by superpowered warriors who have pledged to protect the innocent from the righteous crossfire. Alas, no one emerges unscathed from the melee and the deep psychological wounds inflicted in these bombastic 147 minutes suggest that this muscular chapter signals a bittersweet end for some characters while blatantly teeing up standalone spin-offs for Spider-Man and Black Panther. "Victory at the expense of the innocent is no victory at all," solemnly intones King T'Chaka (John Kani) from the battle-scarred nation of Wakanda. If that is true then Captain America: Civil War is a crushing defeat for everyone except thrill-seeking cinema audiences. A year has passed since the events of Avengers: Age Of Ultron and the US Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt) insists on the introduction of legislation - The Sokovia Accords - to control the superheroes. Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), reluctantly submits, telling his compatriots: "I'm doing what has to be done to stave off something worse." Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (Chris Evans), who has always been a staunch patriot, refuses to sign, fearful of the consequences of the Avengers relinquishing their independence. The gulf between Stark and Rogers forces the remaining Avengers to take sides. Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), James Rhodes, aka War Machine (Don Cheadle), Vision (Paul Bettany), Prince T'Challa, aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man (Tom Holland) all stand shoulder to shoulder with Stark. Meanwhile, Bucky Barnes, aka Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Sam Wilson, aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), pledge their allegiance to Rogers. A battle royale between the two factions unfolds just as a diabolical new enemy, Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl), threatens mankind. Captain America: Civil War could easily trim 20 minutes from its bloated running time without diminishing the impact of the special effects sequences or the pivotal plot twists. The Russo brothers choreograph destruction on a grand scale, including an adrenaline-pumping motorcycle chase on the rubble-strewn streets of Berlin. Evans and Downey Jr puff out their chests for supremacy in every lavish frame, while Johansson somersaults sexily between the feuding factions. A protracted sequence involving Stark, a nerdy Peter Parker and Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) sows seeds of hope that next year's reboot, Spider-Man: Homecoming, might revitalise the webslinging vigilante with whip-smart humour. Miracles might happen.

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Saturday 30th April 2016
Wednesday 4th May 2016

Concussion 3 stars

Nigerian forensic pathologist Dr Bennet Omalu performs the autopsy of NFL legend Mike Webster. Cross-sections of the player's brain reveal that he was suffering from a progressive degenerative brain condition, which Omalu christens chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). His findings challenge NFL studies, which claim there is no evidence of striking players experiencing neck injury or concussion from blows to the head during play.

  • GenreAdaptation, Biography, Drama, Historical/Period
  • CastWill Smith, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks.
  • DirectorPeter Landesman.
  • WriterPeter Landesman.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration123 mins
  • Official sitewww.sonypictures.com/movies/concussion/
  • Release12/02/2016

You don't need a medical degree or any of the titles held by Will Smith's crusading medic in Concussion to conclude that a contact sport, which delivers repeated blows to the head, might pose a health risk to competitors. In boxing, when a fighter is blindsided by a punch, they are assessed by the referee, given a standing count and asked if they wish to continue.

In American football, when a player is dazed by a collision with the equivalent g-force of a sledgehammer to the cranium, they shake it off and return to the field of play. This blitzkrieg of bone-crunching tackles continues for up to an hour every Sunday for 17 weeks, with the promise of more pain if a team qualifies for the Super Bowl play-offs.

Professionals with careers that stretch into double digits can look forward to more than 45,000 blows to the head. Writer-director Peter Landesman's film pays glorious tribute to Dr Bennet Omalu, the Nigerian forensic pathologist, who challenged studies by the National Football League (NFL), which concluded that there was no evidence of striking players experiencing neck injury or concussion.

It's a rousing tale of a mild-mannered underdog versus a hulking corporate giant that paints the central character as a saint who never strays from the path of righteous indignation, even when he loses everything. If it weren't based on a true story, Landesman's script would be impossible to swallow.

The film opens in September 2002 in Pittsburgh, where Omalu (Smith) works diligently at the Allegheny Count Coroner's Office under his snarky mentor, Dr Cyril Wecht (Albert Brooks). The death of NFL legend Mike Webster (David Morse) draws a media circus and Omalu coolly performs the autopsy.

Cross-sections of the player's brain reveal that he was suffering from a progressive degenerative brain condition, which Omalu christens chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). His findings challenge the NFL hierarchy spearheaded by boo-hiss executive Christopher Jones (Hill Harper).

The NFL vociferously denounces Omalu's research, even when Dr Julian Bailes (Alec Baldwin), former team physician of the Pittsburgh Steelers, breaks rank to pledge unstinting support. "Bennet Omalu is going to war with the manufacturer of a product that 20 million Americans crave every Sunday the way they crave water," dryly summarises Wecht.

Concussion is blessed with a knockout lead performance from Smith, who nails his character's accent and steely resolve. Unfortunately, his trailblazer is too perfect to be believable or engaging, and a tentative romance between Omalu and his houseguest (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) feels contrived, providing Smith's luminous co-star with various rallying cries for justice.

"If you don't speak for the dead, who will?" she coos. Heroes and villains are sketched in black and white, and dramatic momentum builds to a centrepiece speech that proves one impossibly good man can take on the bullies... and win.

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Sunday 1st May 2016

Demolition 3 stars

Banker Davis Mitchell is left emotionally numb by the death of his wife Julia in a car accident. Unable to grieve and unmoved by his colleagues' and loved ones' concern, Davis turns to customer services representative Karen for support. They eventually meet and Davis becomes entwined in Karen's life and that of her troubled teenage son Chris, who has become cold and distant to her lately. As time goes on, Davis reverts to more extreme tactics to feel again.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Romance
  • CastNaomi Watts, Heather Lind, Jake Gyllenhaal, Judah Lewis, Chris Cooper.
  • DirectorJean-Marc Vallee.
  • WriterBryan Sipe.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration99 mins
  • Official sitewww.foxsearchlight.com/demolition
  • Release29/04/2016

Grief, we're told, comes in many different forms. There's no wrong way to grieve, apparently. Except of course, there is. And nowhere is grief more structured than in Hollywood. There, grief is either a granite albatross weighing the sufferer down until eventually they crack and, more often than not, scream at a coldly beautiful landscape until finally, their artful tears fall, or, it is quite the opposite; it is a fully formed thing from the offset. This much-seen Hollywood version of grief is a blanket which the sufferer is wholly covered and fully in tune with, basking in their loss while a soundtrack of touching acoustic songs play out as the screen is flooded with a golden-tinged montage of 'better times'; long beach walks, ice creams licked off noses and soft punches on the arm, before realising with a shrug, that of course, "This..." - be it selling the house, finding a new partner, or donating their beloved's cardigan - "...is what he/she would have wanted". Demolition, the new comedy drama from Wild and Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee, then offers neither trope for its anti hero, Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal). It's not a version of grief any of the dearly departed would want for their loved ones. Widowed after a car accident killed his wife Julia (Heather Lind), the young banker is left with a numbness he can't shake. He's not just numb about his high-flying job at the bank, where his father-in-law Phil (Chris Cooper) also happens to be the boss, or his covetable home and possessions, he's also indifferent to Julia's death and unmoved by his colleagues and loved ones' needs for him to heal, or at least heal in a way they understand. The only person who penetrates his apathetic exterior is Karen (Naomi Watts). As the customer services representative for a vending machine company, Karen receives a letter of complaint from Davis about the machine in the hospital which gobbled his money, but didn't give him his goods on the night of his wife's death. But while he writes about the complaint, he also expands on his life and loss, until eventually his letters become increasingly confessional in tone to the point where Karen and Davis meet and strike a friendship. Soon, Davis becomes entwined in Karen's life and that of her troubled teenage son Chris (Judah Lewis) who has become cold and distant to her lately. As time goes on, Davis reverts to more extreme tactics - much to the shock of Phil - to feel again and, with the help of Karen and Chris, to rebuild his life and, in turn, unlock the struggles Chris is going through. While sentimentality could be rife, Demolition avoids it largely due to the welcome flashes of humour and thoughtful performances from Gyllenhaal and his young co-star Lewis, but it's just a shame that Watts is underwritten.

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Friday 29th April 2016
Saturday 30th April 2016
Sunday 1st May 2016
Monday 2nd May 2016
Wednesday 4th May 2016
Thursday 5th May 2016

Demolition (Parent And Baby Screening) 3 stars

Banker Davis Mitchell is left emotionally numb by the death of his wife Julia in a car accident. Unable to grieve and unmoved by his colleagues' and loved ones' concern, Davis turns to customer services representative Karen for support. They eventually meet and Davis becomes entwined in Karen's life and that of her troubled teenage son Chris, who has become cold and distant to her lately. As time goes on, Davis reverts to more extreme tactics to feel again.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Family, Romance
  • CastHeather Lind, Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Judah Lewis, Chris Cooper.
  • DirectorJean-Marc Vallee.
  • WriterBryan Sipe.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration99 mins
  • Official sitewww.foxsearchlight.com/demolition
  • Release29/04/2016 (selected cinemas)

Grief, we're told, comes in many different forms. There's no wrong way to grieve, apparently. Except of course, there is. And nowhere is grief more structured than in Hollywood. There, grief is either a granite albatross weighing the sufferer down until eventually they crack and, more often than not, scream at a coldly beautiful landscape until finally, their artful tears fall, or, it is quite the opposite; it is a fully formed thing from the offset. This much-seen Hollywood version of grief is a blanket which the sufferer is wholly covered and fully in tune with, basking in their loss while a soundtrack of touching acoustic songs play out as the screen is flooded with a golden-tinged montage of 'better times'; long beach walks, ice creams licked off noses and soft punches on the arm, before realising with a shrug, that of course, "This..." - be it selling the house, finding a new partner, or donating their beloved's cardigan - "...is what he/she would have wanted". Demolition, the new comedy drama from Wild and Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee, then offers neither trope for its anti hero, Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal). It's not a version of grief any of the dearly departed would want for their loved ones. Widowed after a car accident killed his wife Julia (Heather Lind), the young banker is left with a numbness he can't shake. He's not just numb about his high-flying job at the bank, where his father-in-law Phil (Chris Cooper) also happens to be the boss, or his covetable home and possessions, he's also indifferent to Julia's death and unmoved by his colleagues and loved ones' needs for him to heal, or at least heal in a way they understand. The only person who penetrates his apathetic exterior is Karen (Naomi Watts). As the customer services representative for a vending machine company, Karen receives a letter of complaint from Davis about the machine in the hospital which gobbled his money, but didn't give him his goods on the night of his wife's death. But while he writes about the complaint, he also expands on his life and loss, until eventually his letters become increasingly confessional in tone to the point where Karen and Davis meet and strike a friendship. Soon, Davis becomes entwined in Karen's life and that of her troubled teenage son Chris (Judah Lewis) who has become cold and distant to her lately. As time goes on, Davis reverts to more extreme tactics - much to the shock of Phil - to feel again and, with the help of Karen and Chris, to rebuild his life and, in turn, unlock the struggles Chris is going through. While sentimentality could be rife, Demolition avoids it largely due to the welcome flashes of humour and thoughtful performances from Gyllenhaal and his young co-star Lewis, but it's just a shame that Watts is underwritten.

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Tuesday 3rd May 2016

Demolition (Subtitled) 3 stars

Banker Davis Mitchell is left emotionally numb by the death of his wife Julia in a car accident. Unable to grieve and unmoved by his colleagues' and loved ones' concern, Davis turns to customer services representative Karen for support. They eventually meet and Davis becomes entwined in Karen's life and that of her troubled teenage son Chris, who has become cold and distant to her lately. As time goes on, Davis reverts to more extreme tactics to feel again.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Romance
  • CastHeather Lind, Jake Gyllenhaal, Judah Lewis, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper.
  • DirectorJean-Marc Vallee.
  • WriterBryan Sipe.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration99 mins
  • Official sitewww.foxsearchlight.com/demolition
  • Release29/04/2016

Grief, we're told, comes in many different forms. There's no wrong way to grieve, apparently. Except of course, there is. And nowhere is grief more structured than in Hollywood. There, grief is either a granite albatross weighing the sufferer down until eventually they crack and, more often than not, scream at a coldly beautiful landscape until finally, their artful tears fall, or, it is quite the opposite; it is a fully formed thing from the offset. This much-seen Hollywood version of grief is a blanket which the sufferer is wholly covered and fully in tune with, basking in their loss while a soundtrack of touching acoustic songs play out as the screen is flooded with a golden-tinged montage of 'better times'; long beach walks, ice creams licked off noses and soft punches on the arm, before realising with a shrug, that of course, "This..." - be it selling the house, finding a new partner, or donating their beloved's cardigan - "...is what he/she would have wanted". Demolition, the new comedy drama from Wild and Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee, then offers neither trope for its anti hero, Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal). It's not a version of grief any of the dearly departed would want for their loved ones. Widowed after a car accident killed his wife Julia (Heather Lind), the young banker is left with a numbness he can't shake. He's not just numb about his high-flying job at the bank, where his father-in-law Phil (Chris Cooper) also happens to be the boss, or his covetable home and possessions, he's also indifferent to Julia's death and unmoved by his colleagues and loved ones' needs for him to heal, or at least heal in a way they understand. The only person who penetrates his apathetic exterior is Karen (Naomi Watts). As the customer services representative for a vending machine company, Karen receives a letter of complaint from Davis about the machine in the hospital which gobbled his money, but didn't give him his goods on the night of his wife's death. But while he writes about the complaint, he also expands on his life and loss, until eventually his letters become increasingly confessional in tone to the point where Karen and Davis meet and strike a friendship. Soon, Davis becomes entwined in Karen's life and that of her troubled teenage son Chris (Judah Lewis) who has become cold and distant to her lately. As time goes on, Davis reverts to more extreme tactics - much to the shock of Phil - to feel again and, with the help of Karen and Chris, to rebuild his life and, in turn, unlock the struggles Chris is going through. While sentimentality could be rife, Demolition avoids it largely due to the welcome flashes of humour and thoughtful performances from Gyllenhaal and his young co-star Lewis, but it's just a shame that Watts is underwritten.

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Tuesday 3rd May 2016

Florence Foster Jenkins 3 stars

Biography.

  • GenreBiography, Comedy, Drama, Historical/Period, Musical, Romance
  • CastMeryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson.
  • DirectorStephen Frears.
  • WriterNicholas Martin.
  • CountryUK/Fr
  • Duration110 mins
  • Official site
  • Release06/05/2016

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Monday 2nd May 2016

Funny Face 4 stars

Pretty bookshop worker Jo Stockton catches the eye of fashion photographer Dick Avery, who realises that this unassuming young woman has the potential to become the next big thing. Initially, Jo is sceptical of the exciting opportunity and the chance to mix with the rich and fabulous. However, the deal is sealed with a trip to Paris and a meeting with one of her idols. As Jo embraces her new life, she has to contend with lecherous philosophers and faux pas on the catwalk.

  • GenreComedy, Musical, Romance
  • CastKay Thompson, Audrey Hepburn, Michel Auclair, Fred Astaire.
  • DirectorStanley Donen.
  • WriterLeonard Gershe.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration103 mins
  • Official site
  • Release28/02/2014 (selected cinemas)

A glorious re-release of Stanley Donen's 1957 comedy musical, which was nominated for four Oscars including the costumes designed by Edith Head and Hubert de Givenchy. Pretty bookshop worker Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn) catches the eye of fashion photographer Dick Avery (Fred Astaire), who realises that this unassuming young woman has the potential to become the next big thing. Initially, Jo is sceptical of the exciting opportunity and the chance to mix with the rich and fabulous. However, the deal is sealed with a trip to Paris and a meeting with one of her idols. As Jo embraces her new life, she has to contend with lecherous philosophers and faux pas on the catwalk as she strides confidently towards lasting happiness with the man she loves.

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Wednesday 4th May 2016

The Jungle Book 3 stars

A young boy called Mowgli is raised by wolves Akela and Raksha. The boy's presence in the jungle is an affront to Shere Khan, the Bengal tiger, who resolves to kill Mowgli. Thus the man cub must leave his wolf parents and embark on a perilous journey of self-discovery in the company of Bagheera the black panther and Baloo the bear. En route, Mowgli has a crushing encounter with Kaa the python and is sweet-talked by the deceptively dangerous King Louie.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Family
  • CastIdris Elba, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken, Lupita Nyong'o, Giancarlo Esposito, Sir Ben Kingsley, Neel Sethi.
  • DirectorJon Favreau.
  • WriterJustin Marks.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration106 mins
  • Official sitewww.disney.co.uk
  • Release15/04/2016

The bare necessities of a contented life will come to you by going on safari with Jon Favreau's technically dazzling romp through the stories of Rudyard Kipling. Not since James Cameron's Avatar has a 3D digital world been conjured with such depth and precision. Shot in downtown Los Angeles and beautifully rendered as untamed wilderness on computer hard drives, this immersive Jungle Book retains the wide-eyed charm of the 1967 Disney animation including three songs and comic relief from a rascally bear named Baloo, voiced to droll perfection by Bill Murray. "You have never been a more endangered species than you are now," the hirsute honey thief informs an Indian porcupine (Garry Shandling) during one amusing altercation. Vibrant colour radiates off the screen and gooey sentimentality oozes like sap during the rousing final act, but scriptwriter Justin Marks isn't afraid to hack into darker territory. Shere Khan the Bengal tiger evokes a heartbreaking scene from The Lion King in his relentless, blood-crazed pursuit of Mowgli, and the animated version's jazziest interlude - I Wan'na Be Like You with jungle VIP King Louie and his swingin' band of monkeysicians - is repurposed as a terrifying chase. Man cub Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is raised by wolves Akela (Giancarlo Esposito) and Raksha (Lupita Nyong'o) as a brother to other pups. A terrible drought necessitates an uneasy truce between predators and prey around the watering hole, and other denizens of the jungle finally get to see Mowgli close-up. The boy is an affront to Shere Khan (Idris Elba), who lost an eye to a fiery torch wielded by Mowgli's father. "A man cub becomes man, and man is forbidden!" snarls the big cat, who demands the child be handed over to him for slaughter. Akela and Raksha refuse but Mowgli acknowledges his presence jeopardises the lupine clan. So he embarks on a perilous journey back to civilisation in the company of his protector, Bagheera the black panther (Sir Ben Kingsley). En route, Mowgli gathers honey for greedy Baloo (Murray) and is pressurised into sharing the secret of "the red flower" - fire - with menacing Gigantopithecus, King Louie (Christopher Walken). The Jungle Book flexes its digital muscles in every impeccably crafted frame, festooning the screen with a menagerie of anthropomorphised critters that are just as realistic as the shipwrecked tiger in Life Of Pi. Sethi is a tad wooden in comparison but it must be difficult for a 12-year-old newcomer to find an emotional core when the rest of the cast and lush backgrounds only spring to life in post-production. Vocal performances are strong, replete with disorienting use of Scarlett Johansson's seductive whisper in surround sound during Mowgli's crushing encounter with python Kaa. Trust in me: Favreau's film is a majestic walk on the wild side.

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Friday 29th April 2016
Saturday 30th April 2016
Sunday 1st May 2016
Monday 2nd May 2016
Tuesday 3rd May 2016
Wednesday 4th May 2016
Thursday 5th May 2016

The Metropolitan Opera Live: Elektra 4 stars

Vincent Huguet directs Patrice Chereau's acclaimed staging of Richard Strauss' impassioned opera, previously presented in Aix and Milan, which is broadcast live from the stage of the Lincoln Center For The Performing Arts in New York under the baton of conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. The story unfolds in Mycenae, Greece, some years after the end of the Trojan War, where Klytaemnestra schemes with her lover Aegisth to murder her husband, Agamemnon.

  • GenreMusical, Romance, Special
  • CastNina Stemme, Waltraud Meier, Eric Owens, Burkhard Ulrich.
  • DirectorVincent Huguet.
  • WriterRichard Strauss.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration105 mins
  • Official sitewww.metopera.org/Season/In-Cinemas
  • Release30/04/2016 (selected cinemas)

Vincent Huguet directs Patrice Chereau's acclaimed staging of Richard Strauss' impassioned opera, previously presented in Aix and Milan, which is broadcast live from the stage of the Lincoln Center For The Performing Arts in New York under the baton of conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. The story unfolds in Mycenae, Greece, some years after the end of the Trojan War, where Klytaemnestra (Waltraud Meier) schemes with her lover Aegisth (Burkhard Ulrich) to murder her husband, Agamemnon. In the aftermath of the heinous crime, Klytaemnestra fears the wrath of her children. Her son Orest (Eric Owens) is banished but daughter Elektra (Nina Stemme) remains, suffering the scorn of the entire court, in order to uphold the memory of her father and plot her bloodthirsty revenge.

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Saturday 30th April 2016