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  • Belle
  • Chef
  • Postman Pat: The Movie
  • Postman Pat: The Movie (Autism Friendly Screening)
  • TS Spivet

Belle 3 stars

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Captain Sir John Lindsay brings his illegitimate, mixed race daughter Dido to England and entrusts the child to his aristocratic uncle, Lord Mansfield. The Lord allows Dido to stay as a constant companion to her cousin, Elizabeth. The girls blossom and Lady Elizabeth seeks a wealthy husband. Meanwhile, Dido must remain behind closed doors at important social gatherings. Her head is turned by idealistic lawyer John Davinier, who is involved in a pivotal court case about the slave trade in England.

  • GenreDrama, Historical/Period, Romance
  • CastMatthew Goode, Emily Watson, Sam Reid, Tom Wilkinson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sarah Gadon.
  • DirectorAmma Asante.
  • WriterMisan Sagay.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration104 mins
  • Official sitewww.belle-themovie.com
  • Release13/06/2014

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but when that beauty defies the social mores of a prejudiced era, it must be cherished in secret. Belle is the enchanting dramatisation of a true story of fortitude across racial and class divides at a time when pompous men of privilege were vociferously debating the end of slavery in England.

The high-profile case at the centre of the debate concerned the crew of a ship called the Zong, who had thrown dozens of slaves overboard because they claimed they did not have enough supplies for the duration of the voyage. When the ship reached port, the Zong's Liverpool-based owners demanded compensation for the lost slaves but insurers refused to honour the claim.

The subsequent trial posed uncomfortable questions about the monetary value of human life. Inspired by an 18th-century painting commissioned by William Murray, who was then Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Amma Asante's handsome period piece illuminates the debate and some of the characters, whose lives intersected at this historical crossroads.

Captain Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode) brings his illegitimate, mixed race daughter Dido (Lauren Julien-Box) to England and entrusts the child to his aristocratic uncle, Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) while he returns to sea. Lord Mansfield's wife (Emily Watson) is opposed to the plan but he permits Dido to stay, allowing his great-niece to become a constant companion to her cousin, Elizabeth (Cara Jenkins).

The girls blossom and Lady Elizabeth (now played by Sarah Gadon) prepares to seek a wealthy husband. "Elizabeth must secure her bread and butter," Lord Mansfield reminds his wife. Dido (now played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is afforded certain privileges by her lineage but she must remain behind closed doors at important social gatherings.

Oliver Ashford (James Norton), the handsome offspring of Lord and Lady Ashford (Alex Jennings, Miranda Richardson) is a potential love match for Elizabeth but he is more interested in Dido. However, Dido's head is turned by idealistic lawyer John Davinier (Sam Reid), who is heavily involved in the Zong case and opens her eyes to the barbarism of slavery.

Elegantly scripted by Misan Sagay, Belle is a beautifully crafted companion piece to 12 Years A Slave that traverses a moral maze through British eyes and reminds us that we have blood on our hands too.

The ensemble cast delivers excellent performances, particularly Mbatha-Raw, who possesses beauty and vulnerability on camera. She catalyses smouldering screen chemistry with Reid, and Wilkinson brings pomp and circumstance to his pivotal role as a man with the power to chip away at the foundations of the legal firmament.

Dramatic momentum steadily builds to Lord Mansfield's deliberation on the Zong case, watched intently by Dido and Davinier. Like them, we're spellbound by his ruling.

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Sunday 3rd August 2014

Chef 4 stars

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When prestigious food critic and blogger Ramsey Michel makes a reservation at his restaurant, cook Carl Casper plans a daring new menu but the owner Riva forces him to cook his tried and tested signature dishes. The subsequent poor review sparks a bitter war of words between Carl engages Ramsey in on Twitter, which spirals out of control and results in Carl publicly quitting his job. Carl's ex-wife Inez suggests he rediscovers his culinary passion by starting a food truck.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Romance
  • CastRobert Downey Jr, Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Emjay Anthony.
  • DirectorJon Favreau.
  • WriterJon Favreau.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration114 mins
  • Official sitewww.chefthefilm.com
  • Release27/06/2014

If food be the music of love then Chef composes a mouth-watering symphony of Cuban flavours to delight the palate of audiences, who crave a heart-warming drama garnished with gentle humour. Written and directed by Jon Favreau, this uplifting confection works to a tried and tested recipe of triumph against adversity, and taps into the rising popularity of food trucks as a lunchtime hang-out for famished American office workers.

Snappily edited scenes of high quality produce being transformed into plates of calorie-loaded deliciousness make any hot dogs, nachos and popcorn from the concessions stand look bland by comparison.

Be grateful that the Smell-O-Vision and AromaRama systems, which heightened the immersive experience of films by releasing scents into the theatre, never gained traction otherwise Chef's 114-minute running time would be exquisite, stomach-rumbling agony.

By the end credits, your appetite was well and truly whetted for one of the film's Cubano pressed sandwiches filled with juicy roast pork, boiled ham and molten Swiss cheese. The culinary wizard responsible for this raging hunger is Carl Casper (Favreau), who is the star attraction at a Los Angeles restaurant owned by Riva (Dustin Hoffman).

Prestigious food critic Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt), who reportedly sold his online blog for 10 million dollars, makes a reservation at the restaurant and Carl excitedly plans a new tasting menu with sous chef Tony (Bobby Cannavale), line cook Martin (John Leguizamo) and sassy hostess Molly (Scarlett Johansson).

"You know what I would do? Play your hits," argues Riva and he forces Carl to revert to his signature dishes. Ramsey's poor review, which berates Carl for resting on his laurels, ignites a bitter war of words on Twitter.

"You wouldn't know a good meal if it sat on your face!" the chef informs Ramsey. Their argument spirals out of control and Carl publicly quits his job. Ex-wife Inez (Sofia Vergara) invites Carl to accompany her and their young son Percy (Emjay Anthony) to Miami to reconnect with his roots.

In familiar surroundings, Carl entertains Inez's canny suggestion of a food truck and the chef transforms a worn-out vehicle into a mobile eaterie par excellence with help from Percy and Martin.

Chef wears its heart on its olive oil-spattered sleeve, establishing an emotional divide between Carl and his son, which might be bridged as they spend valuable time together on the road.

Social media assumes a pivotal role in the script and Favreau employs sparing visual effects to illustrate how Percy builds word of mouth for the food truck by harnessing the power of the internet. Favreau and Anthony are an adorable pairing, and Robert Downey Jr injects ribald humour to his fleeting scenes as Inez's germ-phobic first ex-husband.

Heartfelt scenes of confession and reconciliation ensure tears flow as freely as the overpriced vino from Riva's well stocked cellar.

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Wednesday 6th August 2014
Thursday 7th August 2014

Postman Pat: The Movie 2 stars

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Postman Pat is at the heart of village life in the cosy community of Greendale, where he lives with his wife Sara and football-mad son Julian. Sara has always dreamt of going to Italy so when Pat discovers a trip for two to Europe is the top prize in the TV reality show You're The One hosted by Simon Cowbell, he reluctantly enters. Against the odds, Pat's ballad charms the usually stony-faced Cowbell. Within days, Pat has become a nationwide celebrity.

  • GenreAction, Animation/Cartoon, Children, Children's, Family, Musical, Romance
  • CastDavid Tennant, Jim Broadbent, Rupert Grint, Stephen Mangan, Ronan Keating.
  • DirectorMike Disa.
  • WriterAnnika Bluhm, Kim Fuller.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration87 mins
  • Official site
  • Release23/05/2014

The residents of the fictional village of Greendale are sitting on the secret to eternal youth. Trusty postman Pat Clifton has been doing the rounds with his black and white cat Jess since September 1991 and during those 23 years, he doesn't appear to have aged a day.

Alas, screenwriters Kim Fuller, Annika Bluhm and Nicole Dubuc don't appear to have taken a refreshing swig from Greendale's rejuvenating water supply before they penned the lifeless and shambolic script to Pat's computer-animated big screen debut. Postman Pat: The Movie is a shadow of the beloved stop-motion TV series, exploring the poisonous effects of celebrity on the mild-mannered postie when he becomes involved in a televised singing contest.

If the premature closure of West End show I Can't Sing - The X Factor Musical proved anything, it's that these talent searches are already garish pantomimes that defy parody. Fuller, Bluhm and Dubuc disagree and clumsily satirise the format, casually throwing in romance and a hare-brained sci-fi invasion plot to the unappetising mix.

Postman Pat (voiced by Stephen Mangan) is at the heart of village life in the cosy community of Greendale, where he lives in Forge Cottage with his wife Sara (Susan Duerden) and football-mad son Julian (Sandra Teles).

Sara has always dreamt of going to Italy, so when Pat discovers a trip for two is the top prize in the TV reality show You're The One hosted by Simon Cowbell (Robin Atkin Downes), he prepares to belt out a ballad.

"Think of it as singing in the shower," Julian tells his father soothingly, "but in front of lots of people... and with your clothes on." Against the odds, Pat's audition charms the usually stony-faced Cowbell. Within days, Pat has become a nationwide celebrity and he gets caught up in the media hoopla, which takes him far away from his loved ones and his job at the Special Delivery Service (SDS).

In Pat's absence, SDS efficiency expert Edwin Carbunkle (Peter Woodward) plots to replace all of the human staff with robot doppelgangers. Meanwhile, the grand final of You're The One beckons and Pat prepares to compete against teenage singer Josh (Rupert Grint) and his pushy father (David Tennant).

Postman Pat: The Movie is a second-class delivery of a hackneyed plot. Oddly, the film opens with Cowbell auditioning a blond Irish singer called Ronan, who is voiced by Keating, sings one of his hits and cheekily claims to have some experience "in the business".

Cowbell dismisses this wannabe and within 20 minutes, we discover Pat also has the same distinctive Dublin-twanged singing voice. Bizarre. Animation throughout is competent and the handful of gags pitched at snoozing adults, like the screen display of a robotic Jess which reads Faster Pussybot Kill Kill, barely warrant a weary smile. Pat by name, pat by nature.

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Saturday 2nd August 2014
Monday 4th August 2014
Tuesday 5th August 2014
Wednesday 6th August 2014
Thursday 7th August 2014

Postman Pat: The Movie (Autism Friendly Screening) 3 stars

Postman Pat is at the heart of village life in the cosy community of Greendale, where he lives with his wife Sara and football-mad son Julian. Sara has always dreamt of going to Italy so when Pat discovers a trip for two to Europe is the top prize in the TV reality show You're The One hosted by Simon Cowbell, he reluctantly enters. Against the odds, Pat's ballad charms the usually stony-faced Cowbell. Within days, Pat has become a nationwide celebrity.

  • GenreAction, Animation/Cartoon, Children, Children's, Musical, Romance, Special
  • CastStephen Mangan, David Tennant, Jim Broadbent, Rupert Grint, Ronan Keating.
  • DirectorMike Disa.
  • WriterAnnika Bluhm, Kim Fuller.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration87 mins
  • Official site
  • Release23/05/2014

The residents of the fictional village of Greendale are sitting on the secret to eternal youth. Trusty postman Pat Clifton has been doing the rounds with his black and white cat Jess since September 1991 and during those 23 years, he doesn't appear to have aged a day.

Alas, screenwriters Kim Fuller, Annika Bluhm and Nicole Dubuc don't appear to have taken a refreshing swig from Greendale's rejuvenating water supply before they penned the lifeless and shambolic script to Pat's computer-animated big screen debut. Postman Pat: The Movie is a shadow of the beloved stop-motion TV series, exploring the poisonous effects of celebrity on the mild-mannered postie when he becomes involved in a televised singing contest.

If the premature closure of West End show I Can't Sing - The X Factor Musical proved anything, it's that these talent searches are already garish pantomimes that defy parody. Fuller, Bluhm and Dubuc disagree and clumsily satirise the format, casually throwing in romance and a hare-brained sci-fi invasion plot to the unappetising mix.

Postman Pat (voiced by Stephen Mangan) is at the heart of village life in the cosy community of Greendale, where he lives in Forge Cottage with his wife Sara (Susan Duerden) and football-mad son Julian (Sandra Teles).

Sara has always dreamt of going to Italy, so when Pat discovers a trip for two is the top prize in the TV reality show You're The One hosted by Simon Cowbell (Robin Atkin Downes), he prepares to belt out a ballad.

"Think of it as singing in the shower," Julian tells his father soothingly, "but in front of lots of people... and with your clothes on." Against the odds, Pat's audition charms the usually stony-faced Cowbell. Within days, Pat has become a nationwide celebrity and he gets caught up in the media hoopla, which takes him far away from his loved ones and his job at the Special Delivery Service (SDS).

In Pat's absence, SDS efficiency expert Edwin Carbunkle (Peter Woodward) plots to replace all of the human staff with robot doppelgangers. Meanwhile, the grand final of You're The One beckons and Pat prepares to compete against teenage singer Josh (Rupert Grint) and his pushy father (David Tennant).

Postman Pat: The Movie is a second-class delivery of a hackneyed plot. Oddly, the film opens with Cowbell auditioning a blond Irish singer called Ronan, who is voiced by Keating, sings one of his hits and cheekily claims to have some experience "in the business".

Cowbell dismisses this wannabe and within 20 minutes, we discover Pat also has the same distinctive Dublin-twanged singing voice. Bizarre. Animation throughout is competent and the handful of gags pitched at snoozing adults, like the screen display of a robotic Jess which reads Faster Pussybot Kill Kill, barely warrant a weary smile. Pat by name, pat by nature.

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Thursday 7th August 2014

TS Spivet 4 stars

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T.S. Spivet is a child prodigy, who lives in Montana with his cowboy father, entomologist mother and beauty pageant obsessed 14-year-old sister. Out of the blue, T.S. receives a telephone call from G.H. Jibsen, undersecretary of the Smithsonian Museum, who reveals that he is this year's recipient of the coveted Baird Award. So T.S. packs his suitcase, writes a farewell note and heads for Capitol Hill. En route, the youngster encounters a menagerie of colourful misfits.

  • GenreAdventure, Drama, Family, Family, Fantasy, World
  • CastKyle Catlett, Callum Keith Rennie, Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, Robert Maillet.
  • DirectorJean-Pierre Jeunet.
  • WriterJean-Pierre Jeunet, Guillaume Laurant.
  • CountryFr/Can
  • Duration105 mins
  • Official site
  • Release13/06/2014

In a career spanning more than 20 years, French writer-director Jean-Pierre Jeunet has chronicled the human condition - warts and all - through the medium of visually stunning and imaginative fantasies. His eye-catching debut Delicatessen, co-directed by Marc Caro, established the deliciously dark and surreal tone that has pervaded his work including The City Of Lost Children and a misfiring fourth chapter of the Alien saga.

The charming Oscar-nominated Amelie starring the luminous Audrey Tautou propelled art-house darling Jeunet into mainstream and deservedly won Best Picture and Best Director at the 2001 European Film Awards.

T.S. Spivet is a similarly magical journey of self-discovery based on a book by Reif Larsen, who has co-written the big screen adaptation. This endearing and occasionally heart-rending fable centres on a 10-year-old prodigy, who must travel more than 1,700 miles from his family's ranch in Montana to Washington D.C. to collect a prestigious prize.

T.S. (Kyle Catlett) - short for Tecumseh Sparrow on account of the bird that crashed into the kitchen on the day of his birth - lives with his cowboy father (Callum Keith Rennie), entomologist mother (Helena Bonham Carter) and beauty pageant obsessed 14-year-old sister (Niamh Wilson).

A dark shadow hangs over the homestead - the loss of T.S.'s fraternal twin Layton (Jakob Davies). T.S. blames himself for the accident that took his brother's life and occasionally converses with Layton's spirit. Out of the blue, T.S. receives a telephone call from G.H. Jibsen (Judy Davis), undersecretary of the Smithsonian Museum, who reveals that he is this year's recipient of the coveted Baird Award.

Inspired by his emotionally aloof mother's words - "Beware of mediocrity - it is the fungus of the world" - T.S. packs his suitcase, writes a farewell note and heads for Capitol Hill. En route, the youngster encounters a menagerie of misfits including a railroad drifter (Dominique Pinon) and a trucker (Julian Richings), who provides unexpected words of wisdom: "Don't change a thing. Steady in your boots man!"

T.S. Spivet is peppered with Jeunet's trademark visual flourishes. When the eponymous tyke must make a spur-of-the-moment decision about telling a fib, Jeunet imagines T.S. standing at a crossroads with one signpost pointing temptingly towards the Mountain Of Lies and another urging him on to the Prairie Of Truth.

Light comedy and tragedy walk hand in hand, building to a crescendo of emotional outpouring that solidifies the bonds between T.S. and his kin. Catlett is utterly adorable yet manages to sidestep the cloying cuteness of some child stars.

He anchors the picture beautifully with excellent support from Bonham Carter, Rennie and the hilarious Wilson, who plays her fame-obsessed teen to a tee. Art direction and cinematography are typically sumptuous, especially in 3D, which Jeunet treats like a playground to indulge his delightfully childish French fancies.

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Monday 4th August 2014
Tuesday 5th August 2014
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