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X-Men Apocalypse - this week's film

2 November 2016 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 5th November at 8.30pm
Now a BFI Neighbourhood Cinema

X-men: Apocalypse - film poster

X-men: Apocalypse (2016) 12A | 2h 24min

This film event is free – recommended donation to Mountain Rescue £2

Director: Bryan Singer

Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

After the re-emergence of the world’s first mutant, world-destroyer Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.

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Storyline

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a God. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

Independent Review – 4 stars

X-Men Apocalypse is a mind-bending trip of a movie, one likely both to exhilarate spectators and to leave many either with severe feelings of sensory overload or scratching their heads.

RottenTomatoes Review – 48%

Critics Consensus: Overloaded action and a cliched villain take the focus away from otherwise strong performers and resonant themes, making X-Men: Apocalypse a middling chapter of the venerable superhero franchise.

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Interstellar - this week's film

21 October 2016 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 22nd October at 8.45pm
Now a BFI Neighbourhood Cinema

Interstellar - Film Poster

interstellar (2014) PG-13 | 2h 49min

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Directors: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain

Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival.

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Storyline

Earth’s future has been riddled by disasters, famines, and droughts. There is only one way to ensure mankind’s survival: Interstellar travel. A newly discovered wormhole in the far reaches of our solar system allows a team of astronauts to go where no man has gone before, a planet that may have the right environment to sustain human life.

Guardian Review – 4 stars

Interstellar review – if it’s spectacle you want, this delivers. Despite a plot full of holes of various kinds, Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic remains enthralling and amazing

RottenTomatoes Review – 71%

Critics Consensus: Interstellar represents more of the thrilling, thought-provoking, and visually resplendent filmmaking moviegoers have come to expect from writer-director Christopher Nolan, even if its intellectual reach somewhat exceeds its grasp.

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Captain America - Civil War - this week's film

14 October 2016 / Events / Film

Film Screening Saturday 15th October at 8.45pm
Now a BFI Neighbourhood Cinema

Captain America - Civil War - film poster.

Captain America: Civil War (2016) PG-13 | 2h 27min

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Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.

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Storyline

With many people fearing the actions of super heroes, the government decides to push for the Hero Registration Act, a law that limits a hero’s actions. This results in a division in The Avengers. Iron Man stands with this Act, claiming that their actions must be kept in check otherwise cities will continue to be destroyed, but Captain America feels that saving the world is daring enough and that they cannot rely on the government to protect the world. This escalates into an all-out war between Team Iron Man (Iron Man, Black Panther, Vision, Black Widow, War Machine, and Spiderman) and Team Captain America (Captain America, Bucky Barnes, Falcon, Sharon Carter, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, and Ant Man) while a new villain emerges.

Guardian Review – 4 stars

Captain America: Civil War review – an aspartame rush.

Entertaining mayhem ensues when some of the Avengers reject government oversight following a botched operation

RottenTomatoes Review – 90%

Critics Consensus: Captain America: Civil War begins the next wave of Marvel movies with an action-packed superhero blockbuster boasting a decidedly non-cartoonish plot and the courage to explore thought-provoking themes.

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Listening - This Week's Film

30 September 2016 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 1st October at 8.45pm
Now a BFI Neighbourhood Cinema

Listening (2014) 15 | 1h 40min

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Director: Khalil Sullins

Starring: Thomas Stroppel, Artie Ahr, Amber Marie Bollinger

Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A team of genius-but-broke grad students invent mind-reading technology that destroys their lives and threatens the future of free-will itself.

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The Hollywood Reporter Review

Director/screenwriter Khalil Sullins makes an auspicious feature debut with his audacious sci-fi thriller that’s as engrossing as it is thought-provoking.

Geek Tyrant Review

It feels like the Sullins is working at the very ends of his budget, yet still manages to create a stylish sci-fi flick. I’m really interested to see what he might be able to to do with a larger budget. If you’ve enjoyed movies like I Origins and Primer, check out Listening.

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Star Wars - This Week's Film

27 May 2016 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 28th May at 8.30pm
Now a BFI Neighbourhood Cinema

*Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) PG-13 | 2h 16min *

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Director: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac

Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.

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Storyline

30 years after the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire, Rey, a scavenger from the planet Jakku, finds a BB-8 droid that knows the whereabouts of the long lost Luke Skywalker. Rey, as well as a rogue stormtrooper and two smugglers, are thrown into the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the daunting legions of the First Order.

92% Rotten Tomatoes

Critics Consensus: Packed with action and populated by both familiar faces and fresh blood, The Force Awakens successfully recalls the series’ former glory while injecting it with renewed energy.

Guardian Review

Peter Bradshaw – Star Wars: The Force Awakens review – a spectacular homecoming 5 / 5 stars

JJ Abrams banishes memories of George Lucas’s prequels with this outrageously exciting and romantic return to a world you hadn’t realised you’d missed so much

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The Martian - This Week's Film

5 May 2016 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 7th May at 8.30pm
Now a BFI Neighbourhood Cinema

*The Martian (2015) PG-13 | 2h 24min *

“Bring him home.”

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Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig

Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the…

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Storyline

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return.

92% Rotten Tomatoes

Critics Consensus: Smart, thrilling, and surprisingly funny, The Martian offers a faithful adaptation of the bestselling book that brings out the best in leading man Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott.

The Guardian – Mark Kermode – 4 stars

The Martian review – Matt Damon shines as stranded astronaut – Director Ridley Scott makes the most of an excellent script and a first-rate star for a scintillating sci-fi trip to the red planet.

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Jupiter Ascending - This Week's Film

30 April 2016 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 30th April at 8.30pm
Now a BFI Neighbourhood Cinema

Jupiter Ascending (2015) PG-13 | 2h 7min

“It’s so stupid it’s beautiful.”

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Directors: Lana Wachowski (as The Wachowskis), Lilly Wachowski (as The Wachowskis)
Starring: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A young woman discovers her destiny as an heiress of intergalactic nobility and must fight to protect the inhabitants of Earth from an ancient and destructive industry.

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Storyline

Jupiter Jones was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine Wise, a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along – her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

Review by The Mary Sue

Review: Jupiter Ascending Is The Worst Movie Ever Go See It Immediately
It’s so stupid it’s beautiful.

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The Machine - This Week's Film

13 May 2015 / Events / Film

Film Screening Saturday 16th April at 8.30pm
The Machine (2014) 91 min – [ R ]

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Director: Caradog W. James
Starring: Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz, Denis Lawson
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller

In efforts to construct perfect android killing machines in a war against China, UK scientists exceed their goal and create a sentient cyborg.

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Two artificial intelligence engineers come together as they work to create the first ever self-aware artificial intelligence. A veteran AI engineer secretly hopes to develop technology to help his diseased daughter, even if it means funding comes from the powerful Ministry of Defense (MoD). His new partner, a young woman gifted in the field of AI, is brought on after her breakthroughs are recognized by the MoD. Things go wrong when the MoD takes over and advances the researchers’ work to the next level, teaching the AI to kill and follow MoD instructions with its new and nearly indestructible body.

Leslie Felperin review – Guardian
Caradog James packs his sci-fi thriller – starring Caity Lotz as a kickass cyborg – with too much philosophy, but directs with brio.

78% Tomatometer
The Machine proves an audacious debut for writer-director Caradog James and a solid entry in modern British sci-fi, with thematic heft to match its genre thrills.

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X:Men: Days of future past - This week's film

9 April 2015 / Events / Arts / Culture / Film

Film Screening Saturday 11th April at 8.30pm
X-Men: Days of future past (2014) 131 min – [ PG-13 ]

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Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

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Sentinels, robots that were created for the purpose of hunting down mutants were released in 1973. 50 years later the Sentinels would also hunt humans who aid mutants. Charles Xavier and his X-Men try their best to deal with the Sentinels but they are able to adapt and deal with all mutant abilities. Charles decides to go back in time and change things. He asks Kitty Pryde who can send a person’s consciousness into the person’s past to send him but she can only send someone back a few weeks because if she sends someone back further it could harm them. So Logan decides to go back himself because he might be able to withstand it. So Charles tells him that it’s Mystique who’s responsible because when she learned about the Sentinels she sought out Bolivar Trask the man who created them and killed him. She would be caught and studied and her ability to change was somehow added to the Sentinels which is why they can adapt. Logan must go to the younger Charles and ask him to help; problem is…

Peter Bradshaw review – Guardian
The X-Men heroically save themselves from incoherence, as Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine goes back in time in a dizzyingly satisfying sequel.

91% Tomatometer
X-Men: Days of Future Past combines the best elements of the series to produce a satisfyingly fast-paced outing that ranks among the franchise’s finest installments.

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Under The Skin - This Week's Film

13 March 2015 / Events / Film

Film Screening Saturday 14th March at 8.30pm

Under The Skin (2014) 108 min – [ R ]

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Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Lynsey Taylor Mackay
Genre: Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

A mysterious woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. Events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.

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An alien in human form is on a journey through Scotland.

Peter Bradshaw review – Guardian – 13th March 2014
‘Very erotic, very scary’
Jonathan Glazer’s sci-fi horror-flick, starring Scarlett Johansson as an extraterrestrial roaming Glasgow in a white van, picking up men, is visually stunning and deeply disturbing

85% Tomatometer
It’s message may prove elusive for some, but with absorbing imagery and a mesmerizing performance from Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin is a haunting viewing experience.

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